Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

artwork courtesy of ALA

September 27−October 3, 2015

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.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools.

While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Constitution Day – Thursday, September 17

Most Americans are aware of the significance of July 4, 1776. However, few recognize the importance of September 17, 1787.  On this date the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time and The Constitution of the United States, internationally viewed as the finest expression ever made of the determination of a free people to govern themselves and to protect their liberty, was signed by 40 representatives of 12 of the original 13 American states at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  By this act, the nation took the bold step toward "a more perfect Union" of government, and the United States was confirmed as a nation, as a people, and as a major force for democratic change within the world. The Constitution, with its 27 amendments, still defines the federal system of government and embodies the principles on which the United States was founded.

The United States Congress has declared September 17 as Constitution Day in order that Americans everywhere will be reminded of the significance of this document and the liberties which it preserves.  If you want to know what makes you unique as an American, take a moment and read your Constitution on September 17. The document can be accessed electronically through the National Archives.  Additional resources can be found on the Library of Congress website.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Trevecca - America's Best Colleges

Once again U.S. News & World Report named several Nazarene institutions of higher education among "America's Best Colleges." The publication released their rankings for 2016 this week.

Rankings are broken down into specific categories. The first 75 percent of schools in each category are given individual rankings. The next group of schools is in a "rank not published" section listed in alphabetical order, followed by an "unranked" section.

National Universities
Schools in the National Universities category, such as Harvard University and Princeton University, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master's, and doctoral degrees. These colleges also are committed to producing ground-breaking research.

Trevecca was the only Nazarene university to be included in the National Universities ranking!
To see the full report CLICK HERE


Thursday, September 10, 2015

News about the Chronicle of Higher Education!

We are excited to announce that Trevecca faculty and administrators now have online access to the Chronicle of Higher Education! You will see it linked on your TNU4u page, under the My Bookmarks section.  It's also linked on the library database lists.  No password is needed if you are on campus. If you are off campus please access through TNU4u or by using Citrix.

Note: When you open the link you will not see Trevecca's name on the site. You'll know you've accessed the correct site (the site with full access) when you are able to open those articles that have a lock icon in the article title line.