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House of debt : how they (and you) caused the Great Recession,...House of debt : how they (and you) caused the Great Recession, and how we can prevent it from happening again / Atif Mian and Amir SufiWith clear and powerful evidence, House of Debt shows how society’s reliance on debt is dangerous and leads to economic disaster. Atif Mian and Amir Sufi compellingly illustrate how debt too easily destroys common borrowers’ net worth, how these borrowers stop spending, and how people lose jobs as a result.
The second week of the #librariesofinstagram #publisherbindings...The second week of the #librariesofinstagram #publisherbindings challenge works through the color spectrum to orange. Here are some of the items on the “best sellers” shelves that are a vision in orange. #roygbiv
Our school : searching for community in the era of choice / Sam...Our school : searching for community in the era of choice / Sam ChaltainAlmost every major American city is experimenting with school choice–a deeply controversial idea that is dramatically reshaping public education. Will the wider array of school options help parents and educators identify better strategies for helping all children learn? Or will the high stakes of the marketplace end up privatizing this most public of institutions?
Reproducing Racism : How Everyday Choices Lock In White...Reproducing Racism : How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage / Daria RoithmayrThis book is designed to change the way we think about racial inequality. Long after the passage of civil rights laws and now the inauguration of our first black president, blacks and Latinos possess barely a nickel of wealth for every dollar that whites have. Why have we made so little progress?
It’s almost time! For the next three weeks, library staff...It’s almost time! For the next three weeks, library staff will be going through the shelves book-by-book making sure they are all in order. All of this is to help us find missing items and help you be able to find the stuff you need. It’s tedious, but worth it. To make it a bit more fun, we have created our own game out of it and present the person who has checked the most shelves with the coveted Golden Pineapple. Last year’s Golden Pineapple winner, Sue, is doing a few more checks before we begin this year’s project.
El Deafo / Cece Bell A poignant graphic tale based on the...El Deafo / Cece Bell A poignant graphic tale based on the creator’s own experiences with hearing loss follows the adventures of young Cece, who develops “superpowers” to manage the challenges of making friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid that sometimes lets her hear things she shouldn’t.
Enjoy this Tuesday morning whiteboard doodle, courtesy of the 5...Enjoy this Tuesday morning whiteboard doodle, courtesy of the 5 year old daughter of Norm, our evening circulation supervisor. 🐶
Leaders eat last : why some teams pull together and others...Leaders eat last : why some teams pull together and others don’t / Simon SinekSinek is back to reveal the next step in creating happier and healthier organizations. He helps us understand, in simple terms, the biology of trust and cooperation and why they’re essential to our success and fulfillment. Organizations that create environments in which trust and cooperation thrive vastly out perform their competition. And, not coincidentally, their employees love working there.
Feeding Frenzy : Land Grabs, Price Spikes, and the World Food...Feeding Frenzy : Land Grabs, Price Spikes, and the World Food Crisis / Paul McMahonFeeding Frenzy traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of recent turmoil in food markets. Supplies are running short, prices keep spiking, and the media is full of talk of a world food crisis. The turmoil has unleashed some dangerous forces. Food-producing countries are banning exports even if this means starving their neighbors.
Congratulations SMC undergraduate class of 2015! Good luck in...Congratulations SMC undergraduate class of 2015! Good luck in your future endeavors, and come back to visit. Our doors are always open to you. And you’ll even have access to some of our electronic databases as alumni, too. #omgsmc #gaels2015
Br Richard and Dean Pat Kreitz looking fabulous in their...Br Richard and Dean Pat Kreitz looking fabulous in their academic regalia as they prepare to cheer on this year’s graduating class. Sue Birkenseer rounded out the library representation (and she took these photos, this no pic of her). #omgsmc #smclibrary
Phake : the deadly world of falsified and substandard medicines...Phake : the deadly world of falsified and substandard medicines / Roger BateRoger Bate has spent years on the trail of counterfeit medicines in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, learning the anatomy of a nebulous, far-reaching black market that has resulted in countless deaths and injuries around the world.
What a difference a day makes! Have a great summer, undergrads!...What a difference a day makes! Have a great summer, undergrads! (Graduate Business students, see you on Tuesday. 😉)
Local politics in Afghanistan : a century of intervention in...Local politics in Afghanistan : a century of intervention in social order / Conrad Schetter, editorAfghanistan’s people have contended with an almost continuous series of foreign interventions in their local affairs in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Not only have external powers such as British India, the Soviet Union, Pakistan and NATO meddled egregiously in local affairs, but so have Afghan governments, including monarchical, Communist, Islamist and ostensibly democratic ones.
Our changing journey to the end : reshaping death, dying, and...Our changing journey to the end : reshaping death, dying, and grief in America / Christina Staudt, PhD and J. Harold Ellens, PhD, editorsStaudt and Ellens edit this two-volume set on the American cultural perspective on death and dying. Volume I, “New Paths of Engagement,” presents a crisis of understanding in the modern age. This volume starts off by discussing uneven advances in medicine and neuroscience that give hope for true longevity but at present often merely allow people to outlive their ability to fully engage the world.
Progressive Muslims : on justice, gender and pluralism / edited...Progressive Muslims : on justice, gender and pluralism / edited by Omid SafiConfronting such key contemporary issues as racism, justice, sexuality, and gender, this book offers a revealing insight into the real challenges faced by Muslims of both sexes in Western society.
Even after your last final is submitted, the #SMClibrary is here...Even after your last final is submitted, the #SMClibrary is here for you! We’ve got more fun (and serious) stuff to check out to start your summer off right. (at Saint Mary’s College Library)
Social movements, public spheres and the European politics of...Social movements, public spheres and the European politics of the environment : green power Europe? / Hein-Anton van der HeijdenEnvironmental concerns are of prime importance in Western societies today. Most people concede that modernization causes pollution, the creation of waste lands, the loss of biodiversity, and climate change. In this penetrating study, van der Heijden considers the international stalemate in addressing these problems and proposes a solution based on the actions of the European Union and public, often grass-roots, environmental movements.
To the cloud : big data in a turbulent world / Vincent...To the cloud : big data in a turbulent world / Vincent MoscoDescribes the sciences of cloud computing and large data sets, providing critical analysis and context while asking questions about who controls these systems and what the consequences are.
Year zero : a history of 1945 / Ian BurumaYear Zero is a...Year zero : a history of 1945 / Ian BurumaYear Zero is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a global scale: across Asia (including China, Korea, Indochina, and the Philippines, and of course Japan) and all of continental Europe. Out of the often vicious power struggles that ensued emerged the modern world as we know it.