Friday, September 22, 2017

Banned Books Week, September 24-30, 2017

To Kill a Mockingbird. A Clockwork Orange. The Holy Bible. Eleanor and Park. Lord of the Rings. Of Mice and Men. From this list of titles, you might assume I'm referring to a “Bestsellers” or “Greatest Books” list. Unfortunately, these classic and influential books are part of the most challenged books in libraries, schools, etc. These challenges are not simply a person expressing their displeasure or concern about certain material; it is an attempt to have the material banned and removed from circulation, thus affecting the entire community’s ability to access the material. Surprisingly (and unfortunately!), the American Library Association states that at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the targets of ban attempts in all types of libraries, all around the country.

So, why exactly is our library celebrating Banned Books Week? Of course we’re not celebrating banned books! We’re celebrating the freedom to read by highlighting the importance of access to all information, even those books that may contain unorthodox and unpopular themes and content. Additionally, this event also focuses attention on the harms of censorship, particularly in libraries and schools. Banned books = censorship.

What can you do to celebrate the ALA’s Banned Books Week:
* Take part in the Rebel Reader challenge on Twitter by completing items on the challenge list here: and utilizing the hashtag #RebelReader during Banned Books Week, September 24-30, 2017.
* Create a YouTube video to “Stand for the Banned Read-Out.” Instructions and submission information available here:
* Other ideas on how to get involved locally available here:

After all, could you imagine your life without these books?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Feeling Overwhelmed by Schoolwork?

Then try out BSC's free peer tutoring sessions!

To make an appointment for a one-on-one tutoring session, look at this page. 

Don't have an appointment? Stop by the library during the drop in hours. All subject tutoring except for Music Theory takes place on the ground floor of the library. Subjects include: Arabic, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Economics, Physics, Political Science and Religion, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish. 

Questions? Contact Dasha Maye at or 226-4750. 

Don't forget to visit the Writing Center and the Math Lab! Both have drop in tutoring times. Writing Center appointments can be made by emailing Dr. Lucas Johnson at Math Lab appointments can be made by emailing Dr. Doug Riley at

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

Hello BSC Community,

Everyone's excited about the Solar Eclipse that will take place on Wednesday, August 21 at about 2:00 p.m.

Here are some links that you may find useful as you prepare for this exciting astronomical event.

Eclipse 101
How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely
Info from NASA, NSF, American Astronomical Society, and other reliable sources.

From the New York Times.

Sky &Telescope imaging editor Sean Walker processed this view of the 2010 total eclipse using the author’s bracketed exposures made with a non-tracking telescope.
--Dennis DiCicco

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Attention First- and Second-Year Students:

That research paper you worked so hard on could win you FAME, GLORY, and CASH!

BSC’s student-edited Southern Academic Review (SAR) is soliciting papers for publication in its next issue.

In conjunction with the SAR, the Library is offering a prize for current first- and second-year students for the finest paper, written in any BSC class, that shows a breadth, depth, and understanding of research. The BSC Award for Excellence in Library Research, which includes a $300 honorarium, will be presented on Honors Day and the winning paper will be published in The Southern Academic Review!

Criteria for judging the BSC Award for Excellence in Library Research 
  • Substantive bibliography, including library resources
  • Correct and consistent bibliographic format
  • Appropriate integration of source materials in the paper
  • The paper addresses a substantive or significant question
  • Paper covers its subject adequately or convincingly
  • Creative or sophisticated use of library resources
Note:  While the Excellence in Library Research Award is limited to first- and second-year students, anyone can submit a paper for publication to the Southern Academic Review (SAR).

Submission Guidelines:
-Essays should be 8-16 pages including bibliography (double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, paginated).
-All methods of citation (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.) will be accepted.
-All submissions should be sent as a word document with the subject line- "SAR Submission—Name."
-The cover email should contain an Essay Abstract (100-150 words).
-Students may submit more than one essay.

Send submissions and/or questions to Samantha Grindell, Editor of the SAR to

HURRY!  The deadline is February 14, 2017