Introducing…Kanopy!

The W. I. Dykes Library now has a subscription to the film streaming service Kanopy! Kanopy has over 26,000 films from sources like PBS and the Criterion Collection, and also includes many rare and obscure feature films.

Kanopy is similar to Netflix in navigation: the homepage (screenshot below) has films by categories and users are also able to search for titles using the box at the top.

screenshot of Kanopy database homepage

If a movie looks interesting, hover over the cover to get more information then click to watch! You don’t have to create an account to use Kanopy through UHD, but making an account does have it’s perks. You can create a watchlist or even a playlist of film clips for a class project.

screenshot of movie page in Kanopy

Kanopy also allows user to browse by subjects!

Screenshot of browse by subjects page

To access Kanopy, visit the Library’s homepage and select Databases on the left side of the search box. Select the letter K and then click through to Kanopy. If you are off campus, please be aware that you will need to log in using your UHD Network ID and password.

Happy streaming!

 

March Recommended Reads

Text reads: Pull up a chair & and get cozy! Recommended Reads, recommended books from the W.I. Dykes Library Staff. Image of a side table with books next to a reading chair and lamp.

It’s time for March’s Recommended Reads! Here’s what we’re reading and recommending this month:

Megan is reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (again). She says, “It’s been about three years, but I think about it often, and it is one of my favorite fantasy books of all time. We know from the beginning of the book how the story will end, but the journey is like one huge mysterious knot that needs to be untangled. Rothfuss has a lovely way with words, and I never feel like he is padding out the novel, or adding text just for book length – everything feels significant. My commute is long, so I’m listening to the audiobook version narrated by Nick Podehl; it is very well done, and he does a good variety of voices so I can keep all the characters straight. I really enjoy this book and its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, and am eagerly awaiting the final book in the series, The Doors of Stone.

I also recently checked out Stack the Cats from the UHD library to ready to my daughter. It’s got adorable illustrations, and teaches counting up to ten. It should come with a “do not try this at home” label, though. If we tried to stack our cats on top of each other, I think we’d have World War Cat in our house.”

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Steve is currently reading selections from The View from the Cheap Seats, Neil Gaiman’s collection of non-fiction essays. “Even though most of the essays originated as speeches, they read very well as prose. (I’m guessing he’s done some editing and tweaking.) I like that it’s easy to jump around the book – no need to read it in sequence.

Not surprisingly, my favorite essay so far is “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming: The Reading Agency Lecture, 2013″. In it, Gaiman tells stories of his childhood spent in libraries and the librarians who encouraged him to read. He argues that it’s important to teach and model the love of reading – especially reading for personal enjoyment – and that too often this is lost at an early age. If people don’t learn to love reading, and to read for pleasure, he argues they don’t grow into literate citizens. Even more, reading imaginative and speculative fiction increases our ability to dream and conceive of new ideas. He points out that everything we can see in a room, for example, was first imagined. He ends by linking reading for pleasure to the development of ideas that benefit humanity.”

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Anne is reading The Circle by Dave Eggers. Here’s what she had to say:

Mae Holland is thrilled when she lands a job at the top tech company in the world. The Circle is working to create one online identity for every individual. One transparent account with one password that links a person’s email, social media, banking, and full medical history and real time data. The line between private and public becomes blurred and then completely obliterated. This book raises intriguing questions about  personal vs. collective rights.

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Library assistant Michael is reading Tu rostro mañana: 3 Veneno y sombra y adios, the third volume in the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy by Javier Marías.

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Marías concludes his enormously praised and disquieting trilogy with the last increment of Jacques Deza’s story, finding him recruited as a character analyst by a shady British intelligence agency. He’s working for Bertram Tupra, who welcomes Jacques into the intelligence fold by using him in his plot to assault a Spanish embassy employee. Soon, Tupra shows him horrifying blackmail videos gathered by the agency that poison Jacques’s soul. The effect of this poison becomes apparent when Deza returns to Madrid to see his father and his estranged wife, Luisa, who sports a black eye presumably inflicted by her boyfriend, Esteban Custardoy. Jacques begins to secretly track down Custardoy with the intent of persuading him never to see Luisa again, and when Jacques finally confronts Custardoy, Marias’s masterful depiction of the ecstasy of violence makes it difficult not to exult in Jacques’s barbarous behavior. The intrigue yet to come pushes Jacques into a crisis of conscience.”

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Pat recently read Raven Stratagem, the second book in Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire trilogy, science fiction set in a world where weapon technologies are powered by pain and torture. The first book is Ninefox Gambit. “Although the world in this series depends on complex math and calendar observances, and the plot is complicated, I found myself being carried along by the wonderful characters and the excitement of the action aiming at the overthrow of an evil government. When you throw in that the main character is inhabited by the ghost of a centuries old master general who butchered his own troops, you have an amazing science fiction read. Ninefox Gambit won last year’s Locus Award for Best First Novel, and it was well deserved. Now I’m waiting for the third book to appear later this year with great excitement!”

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Donovan is reading reading Asking for It by Louise O’Neill. It takes place in a small Irish town, and it focuses on an eighteen-year old girl named Emma O’Donovan. Not only is she very popular at school, she’s also very pretty. But, because Emma knows how attractive she is, she’s also snobby, arrogant, and apathetic. This leads to her being disrespectful to her parents, friends, and a neighbor boy whom she’s aware has a crush on her. Emma goes so far as to flirt with the boys that her friends like and even looks in the mirror every once in a while and tell herself that she is beautiful.

However, one evening after a party, Emma’s parents discover her on their doorstep bloodied, unconscious, unkempt, and discombobulated. She can’t recall what happened to her at the party or afterward, but when damaging photos of her appear on social media, she slowly realizes the worst has happened to her. Everyone who knows Emma, even her family, treats her differently, for better, or for worse. Once a criminal investigation is initiated, Emma finds herself in a dilemma of whether to come forth to the police to obtain justice for herself, or remain silent in order to preserve the reputations of those who are responsible for assaulting her.

February Recommended Reads

Text reads: Pull up a chair & and get cozy! Recommended Reads, recommended books from the W.I. Dykes Library Staff. Image of a side table with books next to a reading chair and lamp.

It’s time for February’s Recommended Reads! Here’s what we’re reading and recommending this month:

Lisa is currently reading, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. She says, ”it was named one of Library Journals best books of 2017, and I can see why.  The little known story of at least 24 murders that occurred on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma in the 1920s is heartbreaking.  Through the lens of one family, Gann weaves information about the frankly horrendous treatment of indigenous people in the U.S. with intriguing insight about early 20th century law enforcement techniques. That he manages to do so with empathy and the utmost respect for those most closely effected by the tragedy is what, to me, makes this book so readable.”

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Donovan read Star Wars: Ahsoka, written by E.K. Johnston. Star Wars: Ahsoka is a story that takes place after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. At this time, Ahsoka Tano, a Togruta female who was once a padawan learner to Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker, is a fugitive hiding from the Galactic Empire. She settles on the rural moon of the planet Raada working as a mechanic named Asha. However, the empire invades the Raada moon. The oppressive presence of the stormtroopers and other imperial personnel prompts the residents to consider revolting. Sympathetic to their cause while trying to keep a low profile, Ahsoka encourages and eventually participates in their rebellion.

Donovan says, “I enjoyed reading Ahsoka because Ahsoka Tano has become one of my favorite Star Wars characters. I hoped the events of her life between the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels would be told. I liked and appreciated the vignettes of side stories that were mentioned intermittently throughout the primary narrative.

In addition, I liked that there were movie/television nods and established character cameos. The only thing I didn’t like was that the book didn’t explore Ahsoka’s time after she became an agent for the Alliance to Restore the Republic. I felt that there was not enough content about her that connects the two series together. Other than that, I would recommend this book for check-out from the W.I. Dykes Library.”

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Anne is currently reading Dove by Robin Lee Graham. In 1965, sixteen year old Graham set off from California in a 24-foot sailboat to sail around the world. It took him nearly five years to circumnavigate the globe solo, and at the time, he was the youngest person to complete this feat. Parts of his boat break multiple times and pieces get lost in the sea, he has times when he nearly runs out of food or water, and he sails through terrible storms that nearly sink his little boat. He meets fascinating people and cultures along the way, even falling in love and getting married. He wants to quit his journey several times, but he perseveres and through the process, grows into his full self.

Dove isn’t available at the UHD Library, but you can request it through Interlibrary Loan!

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Pat just finished reading Revenger, by Alastair Reynolds. “He is, hands down, my favorite science fiction author, and definitely one of the best writing today. His Revelation Space series is so good that I have read the entire thing twice! His most recent book is a quick, exciting read about a young woman who leaves her home with her sister to join a crew that investigates deserted planets to find treasures. A life-changing encounter with a pirate ship is the motivation for profound transformation and amazing adventure. The things that I like about Reynolds are the dark tone of his books, the fascinating plots, and, above all, outstanding character development. And, the library has every novel he has written, so if you like him, too, you’re in for a lot of great reading!”

Lynda.com Learning Library

Pictures of popular subjects available on Lynda.com

UHD students, faculty, and staff now have access to Lynda.com, an online learning platform where you can expand your business, software, technology and creative skills! From learning a new software program to expanding your customer service skills, Lynda.com has resources for everyone. Here’s just a snapshot of a few interesting training topics on Lynda.com:

  • SEO for local businesses
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Music lessons in piano, guitar, banjo, voice
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Designing mobile responsive websites
  • Gamification for interactive learning

Access Lynda.com through the UHD website and login with your UHD username and password.

Library Hosts Black Cinema Series Event

Join the W.I. Dykes Library in room N420 on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 for the Black Cinema Series! In celebration of Black History Month, we’re screen three award-winning feature films back-to-back.

Here’s the event lineup:

  • Fences @ 11:00 am - A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. Runtime: 2h 19min
  • Get Out @ 1:45 pm - It’s time for a young African-American man to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambiance will give way to a nightmare. Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Moonlight @ 3:45 - A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Runtime 1h 51min

Popcorn and refreshments will be provided, so stop by!

Flier for the Black Cinema Series event, including film titles and start times.

Access Restored to Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports

As an update to a previous blog post, we are pleased to announce that access to Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports has been restored. Access to Biological Abstracts is still suspended.

Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports can be accessed via our A to Z Database List.

If you encounter difficulties when accessing these resources please contact the library at (713) 221-8187 or our online chat, which is available 24/7.

Films on Demand and Blackboard

Due to recent updates in Films on Demand’s proxy URL, please be aware that embedded video codes in Blackboard will need to be manually updated.

What exactly does this mean?

If you previously had a video from Films on Demand embedded in your Blackboard course (that is, if the video played within your course) and it no longer works, you will need to go back into Films on Demand and copy the embed code again. To find the embed code, click </>Embed/Link (step 1 below) and then select Copy (step 2 below) after the embed code line. Then you’ll need to go into your Blackboard course and completely replace the old code with this new one.

Screenshot of where to find Films On Demand's embed code. Two red circles show the order of steps. Doing this ensures that your video will load and play within Blackboard, both immediately on campus, and after logging in from off-campus.

If you’ve never embedded a video from Films on Demand into Blackboard, simply follow the steps above.

Please contact the library if you have any questions or trouble with this process. Our reference desk phone number is (713) 221-8187 and our online chat is available 24/7.

Pop-up Library @ The Marilyn Davies College of Business

The W.I. Dykes Library is coming to YOU, College of Business students! On Tuesday, January 30th, the library will be holding a Pop-Up Library at the College of Business Career Center’s Resume Dash. We’ll be there from 11am-1pm, and then again from 4:30-7pm.

We’ll have resources to help you with your resumes, cover letters, and interviews so be sure to stop by and say hello!

And don’t forget your student ID: all books will be available for a six-week checkout period!

Flyer for Spring College of Business Pop-up Library event.

January Recommended Reads

Welcome to our first ever Recommended Reads post! Each month we will be sharing book recommendations made by library staff. If you’re looking for something to read, this is the place to start!

Text reads: Pull up a chair & and get cozy! Recommended Reads, recommended books from the W.I. Dykes Library Staff. Image of a side table with books next to a reading chair and lamp.

Pat recently finished Borne, the latest by Jeff VanderMeer, master of the New Weird, and author of Annihilation, soon to come out as a movie (which the Library also has). It gets her highest recommendation. “You may not have known you wanted to read a lyrical, heartbreaking novel about a city ravaged by genetic engineering and toxic waste, starring a young woman who picks a small bit of trash out of the fur of a giant, flying bear, only to find herself raising a new life form, but you do. That life form is Borne, and he’s the most heartbreaking character you’ll ever meet in a novel. This is the best book I’ve read in at least a year.”

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Naomi is currently reading Postcards from Ed, a book of letters and postcards written by environmental activist Edward Abbey. She has this to say about it: “Ed Abbey is witty, savage, and downright unapologetic about nearly everything he writes. A lot of the topics he wrote about 50 years ago are things that are still relevant with today: the overreach of politics, protecting our national lands, and enjoying the outdoors. It’s actually inspired me to write some letters of my own!”

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Library assistant Michael is reading El secreto de sus ojos by Eduardo Sacheri, the source novel for Juan José Campanella’s Academy Award-winning 2010 film The Secret in Their Eyes.
A murder investigation set over the course of decades is framed by the emerging authoritarianism in the Argentina of the early 1970s and the aftermath of the dictatorship 25 years later.

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From Steve: I’m currently reading Hear the Wind Sing, the first book in Haruki Murakami’s Trilogy of the Rat. I’m reading the UHD Library’s copy, an edition which includes the trilogy’s second novel, Pinball, 1973, as well.

I read how Murakami was inspired to write a novel and it piqued my interest. In the introduction of the book, he describes the experience as an epiphany, like something that fluttered down to him out of the sky. He was attending a baseball game and heard the crack of a bat. He says in that moment he realized he could write a novel.

In the story, the narrator introduces us to his friend, the Rat, and spins tales of their exploits together. It’s an odd friendship. The story also has moments of magical realism, which is one of my favorite genres of modern fiction.

I recommend this book for anyone interested in magical realism, modern Japanese culture, and the joy of discovering a new author.