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Choose Privacy

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Choose Privacy Week, an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age, takes place May 1-7, 2012 and is an ongoing program of the American Library Association.


Because we believe that freedom of speech is meaningless without the freedom to read. Confidentiality and privacy are essential to these freedoms, because if library users have to worry about being judged, punished, or put under surveillance, they may censor themselves. They may not seek answers to their questions or read the things they want to read, either in print or online. To be free and to govern themselves, people must be able to explore ideas—even controversial ones—without fear. You can read our policy at http://library.uvm.edu/about/policies/privacy.php

This video from the American Library Association features Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, and social media users and experts talking about the challenges to privacy in the digital age.

In September of 2011, the University of Vermont Libraries co-sponsored an Jeff Chester’s talk on “Digital Media at the Crossroads” at Champlain College. Chester, Executive Director for the Center for Digital Democracy, lectured on the topic of digital democracy, the role of online marketing agencies, changes to policy affecting internet users and their privacy, neuromarketing, and data profiling.

To learn more about privacy, visit the Bailey/Howe Library. Handouts on privacy and our policies are available at the Reference and Circulation desks.

Want to take action? Tell your representatives in Washington how important privacy is to you.

New Books: Animal House

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

These works can be found on our New Book shelf in Bailey/Howe, an ever-rotating sampling of things we’re adding to our collection. You can also review all our newest books online, and subscribe via RSS to receive alerts about acquisitions, by discipline.


Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, Edited by Mark W. Scala

This catalog explores the psychological and social implications contained in the hybrid creatures and fantastic scenarios created by contemporary artists whose works will appear in the exhibition Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, which opens at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts in February 2012. Curator Mark Scala’s introductory essay focuses on anthropomorphism in the mythology, folklore, and art of many cultures as it contrasts with the dominant Western view of human exceptionalism. Scala also provides an art historical context, linking the visual fabulists of today to artists of the Romantic, Symbolist, and Surrealist periods who sought to transcend oppositions such as rationality and intuition, fear and desire, the physical and the spiritual.


Learning from the Octupus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters, and Disease, by Rafe Sagarin

Ecologist and security expert Rafe Sagarin rethinks the seemingly intractable problem of security by drawing inspiration from a surprising source: nature. Biological organisms have been living—and thriving—on a risk-filled planet for billions of years. Remarkably, they have done it without planning, predicting, or trying to perfect their responses to complex threats. Rather, they simply adapt to solve the challenges they continually face. Military leaders, public health officials, and business professionals would all like to be more adaptable, but few have figured out how. Sagarinargues that we can learn from observing how nature is organized, how organisms learn, how they create partnerships, and how life continually diversifies on this unpredictable planet.
Birds of a Lesser Paradise, by Megan Mayhew Bergman
Exploring the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world, this  powerful and heartwarming collection captures the surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when love or fear collide with good sense, or when our attachment to an animal or wild place can’t be denied.