Honored guests : citizen heroes and the State of the Union / Stephen Frantzich

Call Number: CT215 .F73 2011

In 1982, Ronald Reagan invited Lenny Skutnick, the government employee who dove into the icy waters of the Potomac River to rescue passengers following the crash of Air Florida Flight 90, to sit with First Lady Nancy Reagan in the House of Representatives balcony during the State of the Union address. Since that time, Reagan and subsequent presidents have used major presidential addresses to recognize ordinary citizens responsible for extraordinary acts of citizenship. In this book, Stephen Frantzich tells the fascinating stories of forty of the heroes who have earned this presidential recognition and explores the larger context of whether they represent a presidential gimmick or a touchstone with the American spirit. Taken together, the stories of how they got there, their decision to allow themselves to be used as symbols, and the impact of the recognition tells a great deal about the presidency, politics, and the role of heroes in American society. (From Google Books)

Featured Interview with the Library Tutor Jen Traore



Name:  Jen Traore

Position Title:  Library Tutor
Worked at the Library6 years
Contact Info:  jheiding@ivytech.edu or 480-4176
Q. What do you do at the library?
I teach information literacy skills to our patrons.  Most of my time is spent teaching others how to find information in databases and other resources, but information literacy also encompasses how to appropriately use and think critically about information.  I also dabble in decorating the library, creating library guides and marketing materials, and I organize our annual Edible Book Festival. 
Q. Where does your expertise come from?
I worked in my college library while earning bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, and after graduation I joined the Peace Corps to teach English in central Africa for a few years.  We were trained to lesson plan using 4MAT, which divides each lesson into segments where students are motivated, informed, practice what they’ve learned, and then apply it to new situations.  When I returned to the States I wanted to continue teaching while working in an academic library, and this position was perfect for me.  I’m now in my sixth year of researching on a daily basis and have grown very familiar with available databases and how they work.  It’s not always intuitive!  I also just finished a master’s degree in Library Science, which familiarized me with the wide variety of issues involved in running a library:  selecting and organizing library collections, intellectual freedom and censorship, management, etc.
Q. What is unique about you that could be of service to the Ivy Tech community?
I’m very familiar with where information sources are hidden and how to find them.  I am also naturally curious about the world and will pursue the answers to questions to the ends of the earth – it’s not at all unusual for me to continue looking for the “perfect” source long after the patron requesting it has left the building!  I can also chat with you in French if you prefer it to English.
Q. Recommend a book to us that you enjoyed.

A few years ago I took a class on youth literature, and futuristic novel The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld was assigned reading.  I don’t normally read teen fiction, but I found this one so compelling that I was driven to seek out and read the rest of the books in the series (usually until the wee hours of the morning.)  The constant cliffhangers drew me in despite the fact that I disliked the main character, but I also enjoyed the social commentary.

Q. What’s your favorite thing to do outside the library?
I love spending time with my family.  My daughter, Mimi, is 16 months old and enjoys dancing, taking long walks, and pretending to sneeze.
Q.  This YouTube video makes Jen laugh. See below:

It’s a jungle out there! : 52 nature adventures for city kids / Jennifer Ward

Call number: GV191.63 .W36 2011

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy nature. This compact guide offers 52 nature-focused explorations, adventures, observations, and games that can help you and your child connect to nature while living in the city. While it may be hard to see nature through the traffic, buildings, and busyness of the city, there is still much of the natural world to explore when you turn your gaze to the cracks in the sidewalk, the trees on the street, or the green spaces that your city offers. Become an urban birder, make your own man vs. wild observations, and discover the not-so-hidden pockets of nature in your neighborhood. For children ages 4 to 8.(From Amazon)

The myth of the model minority : Asian Americans facing racism / Rosalind S. Chou

Call number: E184.A75 C515 2008

In this pathbreaking book sociologists Rosalind Chou and Joe Feagin examine, for the first time in depth, racial stereotyping and discrimination daily faced by Asian Americans long viewed by whites as the ‘model minority.’ Drawing on more than 40 field interviews across the country, they examine the everyday lives of Asian Americans in numerous different national origin groups. Their data contrast sharply with white-honed, especially media, depictions of racially untroubled Asian American success. Many hypocritical whites make sure that Asian Americans know their racially inferior ‘place’ in U.S. society so that Asian people live lives constantly oppressed and stressed by white racism. The authors explore numerous instances of white-imposed discrimination faced by Asian Americans in a variety of settings, from elementary schools to college settings, to employment, to restaurants and other public accommodations.
The responses of Asian Americans to the U.S. racial hierarchy and its rationalizing racist framing are traced’with some Asian Americans choosing to conform aggressively to whiteness and others choosing to resist actively the imposition of the U.S. brand of anti-Asian oppression. This book destroys any naďve notion that Asian Americans are universally ‘favored’ by whites and have an easy time adapting to life in this still racist society. See an interview with Rosalind S. Chou at Rosalind S. Chou Interview (From Google Books)

Salem Press and Videatives

The Library currently holds a variety of online health/medical books from Salem Press.  We’ve recently added history and forensic science online books to these existing library resources, as well as, a new video service from Videatives which features short videos for early education and child development.  They are linked on our BOOKS, AUDIO-VISUAL , and A-Z List pages.

JSTOR Additions

Six weeks ago we announced that the Library had purchased parts of the JSTOR collection, including Arts & Sciences I, Business I, and Mathematics & Statistics.  We have now added Arts & Sciences II-VIII and the Life Sciences collections.


JSTOR has full-text articles from scholarly journals; the articles go back to the volume1, issue 1, including previous and merged titles.  To learn more about JSTOR, click here.  You will find JSTOR linked on our Search & Find: Articles page and our 

A-Z list.