Banned Book Week

The last week of September may mean midterms and busting out the winter clothes to many people, but to librarians and book lovers, it’s Banned Book Week. Organized by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment, BBW honors those books that have been requested to be removed or banned from libraries and schools.

What Gets Banned?

The Top 10 Challenged Books of 2008 were:

  1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  2. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
  3. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
  4. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
  5. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
  7. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
  8. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
  9. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  10. Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper

It’s not only popular new releases or children’s books that are banned. Many of the “classics” are also subject to challenges. Of the Top 100 books of the 20th Century list by Radcliffe Publishing, 42 have been banned or challenged at some time. See the list here, challenged books have bold titles.

For more information on Banned Books Week as your friendly USF Librarian or visit the official Banned Books Week website.


New Database- IPA Source

IPA Source is the newest database on the USF block offering transciptions and literal translations of songs and arias. Search capabilities include composer, poet or text and contains sound recordings to allow you to listen to the actual songs. IPA Source isn’t a huge database, but its 3600 songs and 700 arias make it a great resource for music lovers doing a little information digging.

Check out IPA Source through USF Library

**Off campus users must log in through their portal to access the databases**

Founder’s Day Displays

The USF Library Archives has been hard at work for the last several weeks planning the the displays in the Library, Tower Hall and the Motherhouse in honor of Founder’s Day. Following the theme “Walking the Gospel Road” the displays include historical material available through the USF Library Archives. The displays in the Motherhouse and Library are samples of USF’s great history and include Archives materials and images. In Tower Hall the display creates a visual timeline, dating back to the creation of USF as Assisi Junior College in the 1920’s. Each decade is represented through images, university materials and other items which follow the “Gospel Road” and lead the viewer through the life of USF.

Be sure to stop by each of the displays for an opportunity to see the history of USF and the wealth of items available in the USF Library Archives. If you have questions about the materials please contact the USF Library Archives.

TXT a librarian

Have a short question and need an answer now? Text your question to a librarian at 390.222.7940 and a librarian at one of the participating libraries will send you a text back as soon as your question is answered.

Be sure when using this service to keep your question less than 140 characters so your question isn’t cut short. Your answer will also come via text so questions with long answers should be emailed or called in.

Want to find out more? Check out the TXT a librarian page or stop by the reference desk and ask someone for more information.