It’s HSL Book Club Day! This spring we’ve been reading Drive: The Surprising Truth Abut What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink. Drive explains how traditional motivators used in business (think carrots and sticks) don’t always work to get people to do what they need to do, and how some people are just not wired to be motivated by such extrinsic rewards. Today we’re sharing some other good reads to keep your motivation engine humming.
Back in September of 2016, a pretty neat bit of history was made in the library world. The Library of Congress swore in its first ever African American into the role of Librarian of Congress. The appointment was significant for a few other reasons as well; to understand why, you’ll need a quick history lesson!
It’s an undeniable fact that with January comes New Year’s resolutions, and with New Year’s resolutions comes the danger of frustration, burnout, or a lack of motivation. Even if you set resolutions that you’re really passionate about (and we hope you do!), changing your behavior can be hard work. To help you all out, I’ve rounded up some book recommendations based on common New Years Resolutions! Whether your goal is to eat healthier, reduce stress, or get organized, These books are here for you. I believe that books contain a wealth of knowledge and can be one of our greatest sources of inspiration when our own is flagging – so get reading and crush those goals!
Resolution #1: Increase your motivation/find your passion
Read Drive: The Surprising truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
If you find yourself low on motivation and need to get yourself fired up for a new project, job, or challenge, Drive is a great reading choice. Pink draws on four decades of scientific research on motivation to reveal the three elements of true motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. By understanding the science behind human motivation, this book gives you the tools to better motivate yourself and others towards achieving your goals.
Drive is also the selection for the library’s Spring Book Club! The book club meeting to discuss Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us will take place on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 from noon – 1:00pm in room 210E in the library. The meeting will be in a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) style, with coffee, tea, and fun giveaways supplied by the Health Sciences Library. Book club meetings take place three times a year in April, July, and November. Click here to RSVP for the meeting!
Although it may not feel like it yet (I’m talking to you, 100-degree-weather), autumn is nearly upon us. School is already in session, football is kicking off (literally) in just a couple of weeks, and I’ve already seen Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations at Target (the true harbinger of new seasons). That means it’s time for the fall installment of the Health Sciences Library Book Club! This session we’ve chosen a fiction novel: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.
With our first ever HSL Book Club just around the corner, we’ve been talking a lot about reading lately (also, we are a library). In case the subject matter of our inaugural book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, isn’t your cup of tea, we have lists of other summer reading picks for you this week. Check out the links below to peruse summer reading lists compiled by those in the know so you can pick the titles you want to read. Hurry, summer goes by fast! So head to the library, check out a lounge chair, park yourself on the Tavistock Green, and enjoy some leisure reading.
Reading has been shown time and time again to have a slew of health benefits – we’re talking improved cognitive function, stress relief, better sleep, slowed mental aging, better decision-making skills, and higher self-esteem (or shall we say shelf-esteem?) to name only a few (check out our full blog post on the health benefits of reading here). Those health benefits combined with the fact that reading is just plain fun make us THRILLED to announce that we are hosting the inaugural meeting of our new Health Sciences Library Book Club this summer, and we want you to join us! There’s a lot to be excited about, so read on to learn about our first book selection, what to look forward to at our first meeting, and how to win a free copy of our first selection – Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (it will make you laugh – we promise).
Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to read more books? If it isn’t, maybe it should be! Besides being downright fun, science shows that reading for pleasure can actually be good for your mental and physical health.
According to a study by Dr. Josie Billington at the University of Liverpool, people who read regularly for pleasure report lower levels of stress and depression than non-readers. Pleasure readers also report higher levels of self-esteem and greater ability to cope with difficult situations. Researchers believe this may result from readers gaining expanded models and repertoires of experience when they read that allow them to look with new perspective and understanding on their own lives. According to an expansive study carried out by the UK’s National Literary Trust, reading for pleasure has also been shown to reduce feelings of loneliness in adults and increase ability to prioritize and make decisions.
July is just around the corner, and July is also National Anti-boredom Month (yes, it’s true!). So to help bust your summer doldrums, here are some lists of e-books worth checking out on your tablet of choice.
You’ve probably stopped by our library once or twice and noticed that we have very few books on our shelves compared to most libraries. The actual number is somewhere around 1,100, but out of those, 737 are allowed to be checked out; the rest are meant to exclusively serve the medical curriculum that is taught at the College.
Being a specialized library, we realize that most of the books available for you to checkout probably wouldn’t be considered light reading. There was a point a couple of years ago when we did have a small leisure reading collection we maintained, though it functioned more as a Book Swap than a “bring this back by the due date” transaction. Should you find yourself interested in reading up on medical procedures, terms, or techniques, we’d be happy to point you in the correct direction – just stop by the front desk and ask one of our staff to help you find what you’re looking for on our shelves! For all our other avid readers who don’t quite fancy brushing up on their medical knowledge, we’d like to introduce you to (or remind you about) our Interlibrary Loan service!
While we don’t have much in the way of leisure reading titles, we thought we might highlight a yearly recurring event within the library community.
Sometimes, a book may appear in a library collection, or become a part of a school curriculum, that the community may not agree with for one reason or another. Often, steps are taken to attempt to remove this title from the collection.
The American Library Association (ALA) promotes the idea that information should be free and uncensored, as well as made available to those that wish to access it, even if the subjects or topics are considered difficult, unorthodox, or unpopular. As such, once a year, the ALA holds an event celebrating this idea. This year’s events will take place from September 22nd through the 28th.
From the American Library Association webpage:
“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
Often, books are challenged or banned by communities with the best intentions – to protect others, mostly children, from difficult ideas and information. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country, but it does not actually place bans on books. Instead, ALA works to ensure free access to information by compiling these reports into lists to inform the public about what is going on.
Here’s a list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Banned/Challenged books from 2000-2009!
1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
You can view the full list of 100 here. The website also has Top 10 lists broken down by year, as well as the reasons behind why the books were challenged or banned.
Some libraries might be participating in the events ALA has planned. This year, sponsors will be hosting a “Banned Books Virtual Read-Out”, engaging in a party on Twitter, and hosting Google+ Hangouts with banned authors. Check with your local public library to see if they are planning to participate!