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Thank you for your years of service!

December 12th, 2011 by Mita

Recently the University of Windsor held a reception to celebrate the contribution of staff who have contributed so much to this campus over their years of service.

The Leddy Library was represented by six employees with 40 years of service, one with 30, and two with 20: Maureen Souchuk, Fay Kennedy, Alida DeMarco, Patricia Belanger, Beverly Dalley, John Minos, Johanna Foster and Marjorie Stephens.

Exam hours in effect! Leddy is open 24/5

December 5th, 2011 by Mita

The Leddy Library is now open 24 hours on most days for your studying needs:

Saturday Dec 3rd ~ to ~ Monday Dec 19th

Leddy Library will remain open 24hrs/5days

Sunday 10am through Saturday morning at 2 am
Saturday 10am through till Sunday morning at 2 am

exception: Monday, December 19th, Leddy is closed at 12 midnight

Good luck students! You can do it!

Food for fines!

November 25th, 2011 by Mita

Help support the University of Windsor Student Food Bank and reduce your library fines by donating non-perishable, unexpired food items at Leddy Library’s Circulation Desk. For each item that you donate, you’ll receive $2 off your fines, up to $50 per person!

An Occupy Reading List : Updated!

November 16th, 2011 by Mita

Everyone knows that you are what you read. So to learn more about the protesters who have been occupying Wall Street for the past three weeks, it makes sense to find out what they’re reading.

The quote is from Bill Morris, who was curious what were in the libraries of the various Occupy movements.  And in this spirit  and in time for today’s panel discussion on the Occupy Movement, here are some of the books that occupies some of the time of some of the people involved in the Occupy Movement.

People's history of the united states

The People’s History of the United States

“Steve Syrek, an English Ph.D. student at Rutgers University, responded when he heard that librarians were needed and protesters were hungry for copies of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Syrek bought nine copies and donated them to the People’s Library…”

from: The Eclectic Reading List at Occupy Wall Street

The Verso book of dissent : from Spartacus to the Shoe-Thrower of Baghdad

“This suggestion comes from one of the Occupy Wall Street Librarians. “What are you guys telling everyone to read?” I asked. He immediately picked up this book, which he said was one of his favorites. “Verso is a great publisher generally,” another guy who was stacking books added. “We like everything they publish.


“If you’re looking for one of the orienting works around contemporary politics of resistance, I’d say you should pick up Antonio Negri’s and Michael Hardt’s Empire.”

from:  Hydra’s Occupy Wall Street Reading List

Direct Action

Direct action : an ethnography

“Nevertheless, some figures are credibly cited as influential, notably David Graeber, an American anthropology don at Goldsmiths in London, who helped organise what became the Wall Street occupation in its early weeks; his books include Direct Action: An Ethnography, Debt: The First Five Thousand Years and Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology.”

Time for outrage!

“Another elderly agitator – grandfathers can sometimes be recruited against fathers – played a comparable role in the southern European sit-ins that followed the Arab spring. Published a year ago when he was 93, the former French resistance fighter Stéphane Hessel’s call for a youth uprising against the powerful, Time for Outrage!, became a pan-European bestseller and was read by the first occupiers in Madrid – the name they adopted, Los Indignados (later copied by the Greek protesters), was taken from its Spanish title, ¡Indignaos!”

from : The Guardian: Occupy: the intellectual high ground

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

“Bartleby’s positive refusal continues to resonate with the OWS movement”

from: Occupy Wall Street Library: Marathon reading of “Bartleby, the Scrivener” @ 60 Wall St, 11/10

Civil Disobedience

“In his seminal 1849 essay Civil Disobedience, Thoreau made a compelling case for individual resistance to civil government that would inspire generations of revolutionaries and ordinary nonconformists alike to engage in moral protest against being made unwitting accomplices in the injustices perpetrated by the state. ”

The art of moral protest  : culture, biography, and creativity in social movements

“One thing this year’s unrest and its treatment in the popular media have exposed is the tendency of today’s scholars to reduce protest to “objective” factors like resources, evolutionary biology, and political structures. More than a decade ago, prominent NYU, Columbia and Princeton sociology professor James M. Jasper channeled his frustration with this conflation in The Art of Moral Protest: Culture, Biography, and Creativity in Social Movements — a thoughtful and provocative treatise on the creative, subjective side of social and political protest.”

from:  Occupy Omnibus: From Philosophy to Art, 10 Essential Books on Protest

And for information about the Occupy Movement, I’d recommend checking out the Occupy Movement Research Guide from Patti Ryan and Lisa Sloniowski of York University. This Changes Everything Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement is currently on order.

And, as an addendum: two more lists

The first list is “Occupy Primer Reading List: The Essentials” from the Occupy Wall Street’s Practical Change Working Group.

If you are curious about why Occupy Wall Street has turned into Occupy Everywhere, if you want a basic understanding of the problems in the system that make this stand necessary, we believe these are the books to start with, in no particular order.*

shock doctrine
Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

Debt: The First 5000 Years – David Graeberend of growth
End of Growth – Richard Heinberg

in defense of food
In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan


Griftopia – Matt Taibbi

These #ows primer books have been selected because they

  1. give a basic yet rarely-discussed understanding of the structural problems that need to change
  2. are often-requested books at the Occupy Wall Street Library
  3. are relatively objective, even though trolls and false media may profess otherwise

Another list recently published is from Barbara Ehrenreich, author of such works as Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America.

In addition to “A People’s History of the United States”, her 3 books on protest include:

Poor people's movements
“Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward’s classic Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail (1978) because to a large extent, Occupy is a poor people’s movement — a movement of the unemployed, of debtors, of low-wage workers and the homeless.”

Bury the chains
“Adam Hochschild’s Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves (2005) because it so perfectly illustrates Margaret Mead’s iconic statement: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

50 years of Massey Lectures to read, to listen to, and enjoy

November 7th, 2011 by Mita

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the CBC Massey Lectures which were created to honour Vincent Massey, Governor General of Canada. Over the past fifty years, renowned writers and thinkers such as John Kenneth Galbraith, Martin Luther King, Northrop Frye, Noam Chomsky, and Ursula Franklin have contributed to its tradition.

You can listen to many of the past Massey Lectures online and you can listen to this year’s Massey Lectures (Adam Gopnik’s Winter: Five Windows on the Season) every night this week, online or on CBC Radio One. Or you can read the following Massey Lectures available from the Leddy Library collection.

Winter: Five Windows on the Season

CBC Massey Lectures 2011

Player One: What is to Become of Us

CBC Massey Lectures 2010

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

CBC Massey Lectures 2009

Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

CBC Massey Lectures 2008

The City of Words

CBC Massey Lectures 2007

The Ethical Imagination

CBC Massey Lectures 2006

Race Against Time

CBC Massey Lectures 2005

A Short History of Progress

CBC Massey Lectures 2004

The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative

CBC Massey Lectures 2003

Beyond Fate

CBC Massey Lectures 2002

The Cult of Efficiency

CBC Massey Lectures 2001

The Rights Revolution
CBC Massey Lectures 2000

The Triumph of Narrative – Storytelling in an Age of Mass Culture

CBC Massey Lectures 1999

Becoming Human

CBC Massey Lectures 1998

The Elsewhere Community

CBC Massey Lectures 1997

The Unconscious Civilization

CBC Massey Lectures 1995

On The Eve of the Millennium

CBC Massey Lectures 1994

Democracy on Trial

CBC Massey Lectures 1993

Twenty-First Century Capitalism

CBC Massey Lectures 1992

The Malaise of Modernity

CBC Massey Lectures 1991

Biology As Ideology

CBC Massey Lectures 1990

The Real World of Technology

CBC Massey Lectures 1989

Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Countries

CBC Massey Lectures 1988

Compassion and Solidarity

CBC Massey Lectures 1987

Growing up with Canada, (unpublished)
CBC Massey Lectures 1986

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside

CBC Massey Lectures 1985

Latin America: At War With The Past

CBC Massey Lectures 1984

Globalism and The Nation State

CBC Massey Lectures 1983

Indefensible Weapons
CBC Massey Lectures 1982

Dangers & Options: The Matter of World Survival

CBC Massey Lectures 1981

No lecture in 1980.

Canadian Cities and Sovereignty Association

CBC Massey Lectures 1979

The Inadvertent Epic: From Uncle Tom to Roots

CBC Massey Lectures 1978

Myth and Meaning

CBC Massey Lectures 1977

No lecture in 1976.

“Limits to Science” (unpublished)
CBC Massey Lectures 1975

Nostalgia for the Absolute

CBC Massey Lectures 1974

Designing Freedom

CBC Massey Lectures 1973

Inscape and Landscape

CBC Massey Lectures 1972

The Power of the Law

CBC Massey Lectures 1971

Time As History

CBC Massey Lectures 1969

The Politics of Family

CBC Massey Lectures 1968

Conscience for Change

CBC Massey Lectures 1967

The Moral Ambiguity of America

CBC Massey Lectures 1966

The Underdeveloped Country

CBC Massey Lectures 1965

The Real World of Democracy

CBC Massey Lectures 1964

CBC Massey Lectures 1963

The Educated Imagination

CBC Massey Lectures 1962

The Rich Nations and The Poor Nations

CBC Massey Lectures 1961

A reading list for future journalists

November 4th, 2011 by Mita

The Columbia Journalism Review asked their favorite journalists, scholars, and critics to recommend books and other works that could help the next generation of reporters become better observers, storytellers, and thinkers. You can find the following suggestions from the Leddy Library:

London labour and the London poor

London labour and the London poor

“Though not officially a journalist, he pretty much invented the reported urban sociological sketch, one of journalism’s best and most durable forms.”

Berlin diary ; the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941

Berlin diary ; the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941

“Part diary, part rewrite of Shirer’s CBS radio reports, it conveys both the daily feeling of the beginning of World War II and the relentless energy and courage of a great reporter at work.”

Song of the Dodo

The song of the dodo : island biogeography in an age of extinctions

“Takes a fairly arcane subject—island biogeography—and from it weaves a great narrative. He’s an intrepid reporter and a wonderful storyteller, and any journalist can learn from him.”

Desert solitaire : a season in the wilderness

Desert solitaire : a season in the wilderness

“Abbey is the real thing, and those don’t come along very often. His memoir-cum-elegy for the American Southwest is worth reading once a decade or so.”

Prisoner without a name, cell without a number

Prisoner without a name, cell without a number

“Reveals the courage that journalists can be called upon to summon and how it’s possible to retain one’s humanity in the face of evil.”

The things they carried : a work of fiction

The things they carried : a work of fiction

“A lesson in writing, of the importance of detail in telling a story. It teaches journalists: look, see, remember”

In cold blood; a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences.

In cold blood; a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences.

“Still the gold standard for true crime writing, even if there’s some fudging of the facts.”

Roughing it

Roughing it

“For the sheer joy of writing and giving a sense of place.”

Tides of consent : how public opinion shapes American politics / James A. Stimson.

Tides of consent : how public opinion shapes American politics

“Accessible and provocative summary of scholarship on the role of public opinion in American politics.”

Jimmy Corrigan : the smartest kid on earth

Jimmy Corrigan : the smartest kid on earth

“A masterpiece of the graphic novel genre, demonstrating how storytelling can be solemn, beautiful, and devastatingly sad using a medium usually considered inferior to the long-form written word.”

Den of thieves

Den of thieves

“The latest den, which brought the world to its knees, is but an echo of the past.”

Random family : love, drugs, trouble, and coming of age in the Bronx

Random family : love, drugs, trouble, and coming of age in the Bronx

“Leaves you unable to draw simple conclusions about the complicated, often no-win choices people and families must face daily.”

Happiness : lessons from a new science

Happiness : lessons from a new science

“Uses data to analyze, in detail, the health of societies around the world; helped show how GDP is a poor measure of how healthy a society is.”

The trust : the private and powerful family behind the New York Times

The trust : the private and powerful family behind the New York Times

“A must-read if you want to understand how The New York Times became our most important newspaper.”

Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia

“Goes beyond reporting, literally into the trenches, to give his firsthand account of the Spanish Civil War.”

The promised land : the great Black migration and how it changed America

The promised land : the great Black migration and how it changed America

“This history of the black migration is the best model I know for using narrative nonfiction to depict sweeping social change.”

Understanding comics : the invisible art

Understanding comics : the invisible art

“Analysis of the nature of graphic narrative invites journalists (and everyone else) to continually reinvent every storytelling form we’ve inherited.”

Within the context of no context /

Within the context of no context /

The age of missing information

The age of missing information

“Complementary deconstructions of TV culture serve as a valuable corrective to today’s wave of Internet-determinist diatribes.”

On writing : a memoir of the craft

On writing : a memoir of the craft

“Will cure you of adverbs, and embolden your best writer’s instincts.”

The creation of the media : political origins of modern communications

The creation of the media : political origins of modern communications

“How media-related decisions shaped the openness but also the gargantuan flaws of the American public sphere.”

What are journalists for?

What are journalists for?

“Parses brilliantly such questions as, What really is the public that journalists supposedly serve, and how well do we serve it?”

Genius : the life and science of Richard Feynman

Genius : the life and science of Richard Feynman

“A wonderful example of how to deal comfortably with the intersection of science and public policy.”

Middlemarch: a study of provincial life

Middlemarch: a study of provincial life

“Exemplifies the precise observation, psychological complexity, and generosity of spirit to which narrative nonfiction should aspire.”



“A perfect antidote to watered-down, on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand war coverage, and a testament to the power of the individual observer.”

Evidence based reviews: trials, error and the God-complex

October 31st, 2011 by Mita

It’s the Second World War, a German prison camp, and this man, Archie Cochrane, is a prisoner of war and a doctor, and he has a problem. The problem is that the men under his care are suffering from an excruciating and debilitating condition that Archie doesn’t really understand. The symptoms are this horrible swelling up of fluids under the skin. But he doesn’t know whether it’s an infection, whether it’s to do with malnutrition. He doesn’t know how to cure it. And he’s operating in a hostile environment. And people do terrible things in wars. The German camp guards, they’ve got bored. They’ve taken to just firing into the prison camp at random for fun. On one particular occasion, one of the guards threw a grenade into the prisoners lavatory while it was full of prisoners. He said he heard suspicious laughter. And Archie Cochrane, as the camp doctor, was one of the first men in to clear up the mess. And one more thing: Archie was suffering from this illness himself.

This is the beginning of economist Tim Harford’s TED Talk entitled “Trial, error and the God Complex”Harford also introduces us to the remarkable Archie Cochrane in his latest book Adapt: why success always starts with failure.

If you would like to learn more about the life of Archibald Leman Cochrane, I’d recommend this brief bio from our Oxford Reference Online collection, which also contains the source of this definition of a Cochrane review.

Cochrane review n A systematic review of research into the effects of a healthcare intervention, designed to inform and guide practical decision making. A Cochrane review adheres to a structured format described in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions published by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization established in 1993. [Named after the Scottish epidemiologist Archie L(eman) Cochrane (1909–88) who promoted the use of systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials]

Through the Leddy Library, you have access to Cochrane Reviews through Evidence Based Review via http://leddy.uwindsor.ca/ebm-reviews which allows you to simultaneously search the following:

Occupy Scholarly Communication

October 28th, 2011 by Mita

It’s Friday and the last day of Open Access Week 2011 or, in the parlance of the day, #OccupyScholComm Week.

You know things are messed up when

Why are librarians taking to the streets? Barbara Fister explains the current situation very well:

Here’s my version of an Occupy Wall Street cardboard sign. At my library, we’ve been seeing big price increases in two big journal packages that we really need. Again. This is what we’re paying for American Chemical Society journals

2010 – $29,705
2011 – $34,337
2012 – $41,741

This is what we’re paying for SAGE journals

2010 – $39,105
2011 – $41,442
2012 – $52,500

… I’m not upset that my budget isn’t growing. I’m upset that scholarly publishers think these price hikes are okay, that they can keep adding new journals to their title lists with the expectation that I will pay for them. I’m upset that big scholarly publishing is being run like a protection racket, and that both I and the faculty I serve are pawns in this game.

You can help us reclaim scholarly communication and make it available to everyone whether you are a professor, a researcher, a student or a librarian.

Open Access 101: free, unrestricted, online

October 27th, 2011 by Mita

In honour of Open Access Week,  we’ve been highlighting videos that celebrate the efforts to make scholarship free, unrestricted, and online. If you’ve missed our previous videos, don’t worry as we have a short Open Access 101 video as one of today’s selections:

The above video was produced by Right to Research – a coalition that takes the student’s point of view when it comes to Open Access Publishing.

On that note, we want students to know that the The Leddy Library is working with other partners to make scholarly work free, unrestricted and online.  Notably, we host the following Open Access journals:

We support your right to research!

Watch RiP: A Remix Manifesto

October 26th, 2011 by Mita

It’s day three of Open Access Week and today’s video selection is RiP: A remix manifesto from the National Film Board.

In RiP: A remix manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.

The film features appearances by:

  • Gregg Gillis (better known as Girl Talk) an American musician specializing in mashup-style remixes, which often use a dozen or more unauthorized samples from different songs to create an entirely new track.
  • Lawrence Lessig, an American academic and political activist, and a professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of its Center for Internet and Society. He is best known as a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark, and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications. He is the author of Remix: making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy
  • Cory Doctorow, a Canadian blogger, journalist and science fiction author. Doctorow is co-editor of the blog Boing Boing and is an activist in favor of reforming copyright laws. He is a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Common themes in his work include digital rights management and file sharing.
  • Gilberto Gil, the Brazilian musician and former Minister of Cultural Affairs who initiated pioneering programs in Brazil through a partnership with Creative Commons. As Minister, he sponsored a program called Culture Points, which gives grants to provide music technology and education to people living in poor areas of the country’s cities.[4]
  • Dan O’Neill, an underground cartoonist and founder of the Air Pirates, a group which was famously sued by The Walt Disney Company for copyright infringement.
  • Jammie Thomas, the single mom successfully sued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) at the Capitol v. Thomas case for Thomas’ illegal downloading. The single mother, who made US$36,000 a year, was ordered to pay US$222,220 in damages for making 24 songs available for download on the Kazaa file-sharing network.

The film itself is licensed under Creative Commons which means that you are so inclined, *you* can remix the movie.