Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
11/12/09

What is a Graphic Novel?
by Penny Lochner, Head of Collection Resource Management

Graphic novels are books written primarily with pictures instead of words.
“Isn’t that a comic book”, you might ask?
“Yes, but longer.”
You might now be thinking, “I don’t read comics. Thanks, but no. “

You will be surprised to find that what the comics medium has to offer goes way beyond Superman. In addition to science fiction epics that have become popular movies, such as The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, you will find novels that delve into history, day-to-day life, autobiographical stories–the same topics found in prose novels.

Then, why bother? Well, telling a story with pictures, far from being a gross over-simplification of events, gives the reader a completely different challenge. In the words of Marjane Sartrapi, author of Persepolis, “There are so many things that you can say through images that you cannot say with writing. The comics is the only media in the whole world that you can use the image plus the writing .When you are reading comics, between one frame to the other, what is happening you have to imagine yourself.”

To search for graphic novels in the Trexler Library Catalog, use:

SUBJECT: graphic novels

Infomaniac Tip
by Jen Jarson, Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian

The Internet Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

Top 5 Web Trends of 2009

ReadWriteWeb, a popular blog featuring analysis of all things web, recently ran a series on the five biggest, most cutting edge Web trends to come out of 2009. What made the list?

  1. Structured Data
  2. The Real-Time Web
  3. Personalization
  4. Mobile Web & Augmented Reality
  5. Internet of Things

See http://www.readwriteweb.com/bestof.php for more.

What Will the Web Look Like in 5 Years?

Google CEO Eric Schmidt was recently interviewed about what the web will look like in five years. Check out the highlights at http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_web_in_five_years.php.

Calendar of Events

11/19: Banned Books Reading: SorChing Low’s class. The class will discuss the 20th century censoring by the government of Japanese histories detailing World War II atrocities. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 11:00AM-12:15PM & 3:00PM-4:15PM)

11/20: Faculty and Staff Favorites Books: Barri Gold discusses “Paladin of Souls.” Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM)

11/20: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

11/24-11/29: Thanksgiving Break Hours

11/24 (Tues): Open 8:00AM-5:00PM

11/25 (Wed): Open 9:00AM-5:00PM (subject to change)

11/26 (Thurs) – 11/28 (Sat): Closed

11/29 (Sun): 6:00PM-1:00AM

12/2: “Copyright and Coffee”: Over coffee, we’ll discuss the latest developments in copyright as they relate to teaching and research in academe. Open to faculty, staff, and students. Reply to this email to sign up. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 4:30-5:30PM)

12/4: Trexler Library Winter Break Party. Open to all library student workers and writing tutors. (Trexler Library Level A, 3:00-4:15PM)

12/6: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)