Every year, libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week, and we wanted to join! This year’s theme is DIVERSITY! Authors of color receive the majority of book challenges every year, which further silences their voices in other mainstream media. We hope to bring their words and voices to the forefront. The library has a small selection of books on display that have been challenged for various reasons: LGBTQIA issues, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities.
While you are checking out our display, you can also play our Guess the Banned Book in the Jar game! A frequently challenged and banned book has been put through the shredder…Oh no! Can you guess which one it is? Enter your answer for a chance to win a gift card from Powell’s Books. One winner will be picked from all of the correct answers on Monday, October 3, 2016.
Last spring we asked for your feedback and suggestions about how to make the quiet space in the library more comfortable and pleasant. You spoke, and we listened! We replaced the big wooden table that wasn’t being regularly used with 6 lounge chairs and 3 tables.
We also brought in rolling whiteboards to help with your studying. Dry erase markers and erasers are available at the front desk for in-library use, or you can checkout whiteboard supplies for a full day.
Finally, remember those paper cranes you folded in the spring? The library staff created a beautiful hanging mobile with those cranes, and it is now hanging above the new seating area. Come take a look at the amazing art piece you helped create and maybe try out the new chairs! This might be your new favorite spot on campus.
Do you want your latest presentation to get noticed? Does your poster need some oomph? The library can help! During our spring survey, you requested color printing in the library. And now it’s a reality! Color printing services are now available at the NUNM library for a small fee.
Regular copy paper: $0.50 per sheet
Presentation paper (24lb.): $1.00 per sheet
Please see someone at the front desk if you have questions or concerns.
Do you wonder how copyright and fair use works? Do you need to know how to cite a website in AMA citation style? Do you need help with time management and study habits? Look no further because the Library Guides are here. Over the past few months, the library staff has been creating guides to help you in your studies. The subjects of these guides range from test anxiety and essay tips to copyright and fair use. The four library guides that we are debuting today are AMA Citation, Copyright for Students, Test Taking Tips and Study Skills. Keep an eye out for more guides that are on the way!
June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and we are celebrating with a special display. Come check out a book from our StudentsAWARE Health Equity Collection. This year the display is dedicated to our brothers and sisters killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016. Evening & Weekend Library Supervisor Jenny Kim hand-lettered 49 hearts with their names in commemoration of their lives.
For springtime fun, we are making and collecting origami cranes in the library. We have origami paper and directions available at the front desk. Come on over and make a crane or two as a fun break from studying. When you finish your crane, it can join the NCNM Library crane flock. We’re collecting the cranes in a ‘flock box’. When we have enough cranes gathered, library staff will turn the flock into a beautiful piece of art to hang in the front room of the library. Come help the flock grow!
In May, we renamed and rebranded our AWARE collection. This is a special collection the library started in 2009 at the request of the AWARE students, who asked that we create a special shelf for books specific to social and cultural medical issues. Initially we included some books from our existing collection, and SGA/AWARE contributed funds to purchase additional books. It’s not clear how many books were in the original collection, but correspondence from the time refers to it as a “shelf,” which suggests that it wasn’t more than about 30 books. This collection has grown in the ensuing years and now includes nearly 100 books and DVDs. We continue to add to the collection; in fact we recently purchased six new books in honor of Black History Month.
Recently Kitwana Pounsel-Lott of StudentsAWARE approached the library asking how we could make the collection more visible and its content more transparent to those not familiar with the AWARE acronym. After considering a number of options, we decided to change the name of the collection, or rather elaborate on it, to the StudentsAWARE Health Equity Collection. The new and larger sign further increases the visibility of the collection. We thank Kitwana and the StudentsAWARE group for taking the initiative and working with us to enact this change!
The mission of AWARE (Actively Working to Advance Real Equity) is to create a culture of inclusion at NCNM, guide the effective recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, students and staff, and to promote excellence in natural medicine by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate education and health care. The goal of AWARE is to create an environment at NCNM that is genuinely welcoming to all community members, with an emphasis on preparing students to work with the diversity they will encounter in all their professional activities.
StudentsAWARE is a student organization dedicated to the facilitation, education, and development of social justice issues, both on campus and in the community. The mission of StudentsAWARE (Actively Working to Advance Real Equity) is to support AWARE in creating a culture of inclusion at NCNM (National College of Natural Medicine). Our goals include promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate health care, improving the curriculum to include a stronger understanding of diversity and provide students with the tools and experiences needed to competently serve diverse populations.
User ID and password are no longer needed for the Classical Chinese Medicine Associate’s Forum, our own Heiner Fruehauf’s rich database of articles, lectures and practical demonstrations. From the library’s Databases page, you can enter the site the same as you would any other database. If you are on campus, simply click on the name of the database: Classical Chinese Medicine Associate’s Forum. If you are off campus, click on the off-campus users link.
The newest video on the NCBI YouTube channel, Navigating the NIH Manuscript Submission Process, gives you detailed help with submitting, reviewing and approving your manuscript in the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system. The NIHMS system supports manuscript depositing into PubMed Central (PMC) as required by the public access policies of NIH and other participating funding agencies.
The latest edition of The Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Medicine is now available online. To access it, search the library catalog for the title and look for Online Access. Ask a librarian if you have any questions.