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  • U.S. Policy Toward Iran: How serious a threat is Iran’s nuclear program? Should the U.S. and its allies launch a military strike to ensure that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon, or are there still peaceful methods that can be used to resolve the situation?

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The Bridge DVD

Call number: RC 569 .B75 2007
The Bridge is an intense viewing experience, a documentary that addresses death with a candidness rare in any forum. It is far more respectful and nuanced than the shocking premise sounds, a moving thoughtful sympathetic rumination on the vagaries of mental illness. It opens and repeatedly returns to footage taken of the Golden Gate Bridge, showing it throughout the day, in different weather, following random pedestrians, before lingering on someone who looks like they’ll jump. The effect is to lull the viewer into a meditative state about his or her own mortality. However, director Eric Steel is walking a very precarious line with his repeated use of footage of people committing suicide, running the risk of exploiting the deaths for voyeuristic thrills.
This filmmaker’s dilemma is never discussed, instead focusing on the jumpers and their life story. But how to cover such a private moment in a public place seems like it should be addressed, especially since the audience is a participant as a silent viewer. Overall Steel’s approach is respectful without being timid. There are a few instances where awkward devices are used, particularly when needlessly manipulative pop ballad cues are introduced and when the film plays a cruel game of “will they or won’t they” with the audience in cutting from person to person. Anyway, a few mistakes can be forgiven when dealing with such a difficult subject, and The Bridge’s accomplishments are far more profound than its minor faults. ~ Michael Buening, Rovi

How to Start a Revolution DVD

Tracking number: 1218 GE

HOW TO START A REVOLUTION is a new documentary film revealing how one man’s work has helped millions of people achieve freedom in the face of oppression and tyranny. Gene Sharp is a shy, modest and little-known man. But his work has inspired a generation of people to challenge dictators through non-violent action in a tidal wave of revolutionary spirit and reform that has swept from Eastern Europe, though Asia and to the Middle East and North Africa. (From

Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident DVD set


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Operations Level, Technician Level & Command Level training for hazardous materials incidents, as required by OSHA’s Hazwoper law and NFPA 472. Based on the highly-regarded manual, Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident, this series is a valuable resource for fire fighters, hazmat teams, bomb squads, industrial emergency response teams and other emergency responders who may deal with unplanned hazardous materials leaks, spills or fire during the course of their work. For the list of videos included in the series click here.

Site Management and Control                                                                   140 F
                Identifying the Problem                                                             141 F
                Protective Clothing and Equipment                                           143 F
                Information Management and Resource Coordination             144 F
                Implementing Response Objectives                                          145 F
                Decontamination                                                                        146 F
                Terminating the Incident                                                            147 F
Air Monitoring
                Contamination Assessment (Part 1)                                           148 F
                Direct Reading Instruments (Part 2)                                           149 F
Container Emergencies
                Intermodal Containers (Program 1)                                              150 F
                Petroleum Storage Tanks (Program 2)                                          151 F
                Cylinders (Program 3)                                                                   152 F
Hazmat Operations
                Reconnaissance (Program 1)                                                          153 F
                Hazmat Containers (Program 2)                                                     154 F
                Forecasting Events (Program 3)                                                     155 F
                Organizing the Response (Program 4)                                            156 F
                Tactics (Program 5)                                                                         157 F
Terrorism (WMD Response Reference Package)
                Chemical Weapons                                                                          158 F
                Biological Weapons                                                                         159 F
                First Response                                                                                  160 F
                Explosive & Incendiary Weapons                                                    161 F
                Radiological Weapons                                                                      162 F
                Response to Anthrax Threats                                                           163 F
                Detecting Weapons of Mass Destruction                                         164 F
                Radiation Monitoring                                                                       165 F
                Hazardous Materials Decon Team                                                   166 F
                Mass Decon WMD                                                                          167 F
Foam                                                                                                                168 F
Hazmat/WMD Self Protection for Firefighters                                               169 F
Trench and Excavation Rescue                                                                        170 F
Protective Actions: Evacuation/Shelter in Place                                              171 F
Rapid Intervention Crew                                                                                  172 F
NIMS: Introduction to the National Incident Management System                173 F
Heat! Working in Hot Environments                                                               174 F
Suicide Bomber                                                                                               175 F
Technical Rescue: Awareness                                                                          176 F

The quotable woman : the first 5,000 years / compiled and edited by Elaine Bernstein Partnow

Call number: PN6081.5 .Q65 2011 (reference, doesn’t circulate)

The Quotable Woman, Revised Edition gathers more than 18,000 great quotations from thousands of women throughout history, beginning with Eve and continuing to the present day. Thoroughly revised and updated, this book is a treasure trove of both familiar and unexpected quotations on nearly every subject imaginable, including friendship, love, politics, religion, education, the arts, and women’s role in society. Contributors are presented in chronological order by the year of their birth, then alphabetically within each year. Indexes allow readers to find quotations by subject and contributors by name, occupation/profession, and nationality/ethnicity.

This updated and expanded edition features:

  • More than 4,000 additional quotations
  • More than 1,350 new contributors 
  • Many more quotations from women in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

(From Google Books)

The batterer as parent : addressing the impact of domestic violence on family dynamics / Lundy Bancroft

Call number: HV6626.2 .B25 2012

Moving beyond the narrow clinical perspective sometimes applied to viewing the emotional and developmental risks to battered children, The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics, Second Edition offers a view that takes into account the complex ways in which a batterer’s abusive and controlling behaviors are woven into the fabric of daily life. This book is a guide for therapists, child protective workers, family and juvenile court personnel, and other human service providers in addressing the complex impact that batterers-specifically, male batterers of a domestic partner when there are children in the household-have on family functioning. In addition to providing an understanding of batterers as parents and family members, the book also supplies clearly delineated approaches to such practice issues as assessing risk to children (including perpetrating incest), parenting issues in child custody and visitation evaluation, and impact on children’s therapeutic process and family functioning in child protective practice. (From Google Books)

Google+ for business : how Google’s social network changes everything / Chris Brogan

Call number: HM742 .B76 2012

Every week, millions more people sign up for Google+: Suddenly, it’s today’s hottest new social network. Google+ for Business reveals why Google+ offers business opportunities available nowhere else–and helps you grab those opportunities now, before your competitors do. Top social media professional speaker and business advisor Chris Brogan shows how to get great results fast, without wasting time–and without wasting a dime. Brogan guides you through using Google+ for promotion, customer service, community building, referrals, collaboration, and a whole lot more. You won’t just master innovative new tools like Circles and Hangouts: You’ll use them to generate more customers and more cash!

  • Make the right first moves after you’ve signed up for Google+
  • Take advantage of links between Google+ and Google search
  • Define the best Google+ strategy and tactics for your business
  • Create a business page that attracts new paying customers
  • Integrate Google+ into your current online/digital strategies
  • Learn how your customers are using Google+–and give them what they’re looking for
  • Use Circles to organize your contacts and interactions more effectively
  • Create Google+ posts that draw attention and spark conversations
  • Master warm selling on Google+
  • Build a simple, low-cost content strategy around Google+
  • Grow your audience and share others’ valuable content
  • Discover new ways to derive even more value from Google+

(From Google Books)

E-business and e-commerce management : strategy, implementation, and practice / Dave Chaffey

Call number: HF5548.32 .C472 2007

This book provides the most versatile introduction to e-business and e-commerce available. It is understandable by MBA, Masters and undergraduate students alike. It targets students who struggle with technology and converts them into people who aspire to work in the industry’ Ben Clegg Aston Business School ‘I strongly recommENDE-Business and E-Commerce Management to my students. It covers a wide range of e-business applications, offers a valuable selection of real-world cases and provides a bank of online resources that really help students to get the most from their course.’ Jenny Backhouse University of New South Wales, Australia ‘This is by far the best coverage on the subject and the companion website is unparalleled.’ Marc Macaluso Purdue University Calumet, USA Stay ahead! In today’s fast-paced world of continuous technological development and change you need to know the latest thinking on best practice for e-business.
In the third EDITION of E-Business and E-Commerce Management, leading AUTHORity Dave Chaffey brings the most up-to-date academic thinking and professional practice together in one place. This bestselling text covers all aspects of e-business focusing on sales and marketing, as well as detailing procurement, supply chains, and the legal and security considerations. It has a range of features to help you learn effectively including margin definitions, international case studies, activities and web links. Here are just a few reasons why you should read E-Business and E-commerce Management: Learn from in-DEPTH cases on global organisations such as Amazon, the BBC and eBay, on regional companies such as and, and on start-ups such as Northwest Supplies and Get the latest on new e-business technologies and ‘Web 2.0’ applications including blogging, Really Simple Syndication (RSS), instant messaging, podcasting, digital TV and mobile marketing Understand the challenges of security in the face of hacking, viruses, SPAM, identity theft, and the legal constraints on data protection, privacy and accessibility Keep up with cutting-edge e-marketing and E-CRM techniques, such as affiliate, search engine and viral marketing, and the use of ‘customer personas’ and value analysis Learn a structured approach to plan and implement, assess and improve e-business strategy for different types of organisation. Developed for students studying e-business and e-commerce at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and also used by many business managers, E-Business and E-Commerce Management is the essential text to keep pace with technology, strategy and implementation. Dave Chaffey ( is an e-business consultant and visiting lecturer on e-business courses at Warwick University and Cranfield School of Management. (From Google Books)