The Lynn University Library has just instituted a Library Student Worker of the Month program. Morgan Goldstein, a freshman from Andover, Massachusetts, is the first student worker recognized as Student Worker of the Month. Veselin Bozhilov, student worker supervisor, said Goldstein was chosen because she is reliable, enthusiastic and was very helpful to everyone who came into the Library in the days surrounding the Presidential Debate.
I am really excited about tonight’s Lynn-only advanced screening of the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln. The movie is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln. Ms. Goodwin spoke about her research on Lincoln when she visited the Lynn University campus in 2008. Team of rivalsis a fascinating account of how Lincoln appointed the men he had edged out for the Republican nomination to his cabinet. Lincoln was able to win over most of his rivals, but one, Salmon P. Chase gave him continual grief. Chase repeatedly threaten to resign from his post as Secretary of Treasury. Chase was surprised when Lincoln accepted one of his letters of resignation and perhaps more surprised when Lincoln graciously appointed him as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The Lynn Library has the Team of Rivals and many other fine books on Lincoln in our collection. Outstanding among these are Honor’s voice: the transformation of Abraham Lincoln by Douglas L. Wilson which focuses on Lincoln’s personal formation as a young adult, Eric Foner’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The fiery trial: Abraham Lincoln and American slavery and Carl Sandburg’s massive biography, Abraham Lincoln: the prairie years and the war years.
In honor of Lynn University’s 50th Anniversary, the Lynn Library has a display of books and movies from 50 years ago. (The display is on the first floor across from the popular magazines.) 1962 was a great year for both literature and the cinema. Nobel Prize winner, Alexander Solhenitsyn, published his first major work, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, which exposed the harsh treatment of political prisoners in the Soviet Union. Madeleine L’Engle’s children’s classic, A Wrinkle in Time made its debut. Other popular fiction works included: The Reivers by William Faulkner, Letting Go by Philip Roth, We have always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and Youngblood Hawke by HermanWouk. Non-fiction favorites included two classic tales of War: Terrible Swift Sword (The Civil War) by Bruce Catton and The Guns of August (World War I) by Barbara Tuchman.
Many of the movies from 1962 are considered classics today. Two of the top three movie heroes of all time were in films released in 1962: Atticus Finch played by Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird and James Bond as portrayed by Sean Connery in Dr. No. Lawrence of Arabia has been consistently listed as one of the top 10 American movies of all time.
One 1962 movie has special memories for me. That summer our family took a road trip from Wisconsin to California stopping at Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone Park, the Grand Tetons and Yosemite along the way. In San Francisco, we went to How the West was Won which was shown on the huge Cinerama wide screens. The characters shot the river rapids, crossed the plains in stage coaches, had a shoot out on a train all in the half of the country we had just traveled across. I highly recommend watching How the West was Won on a big screen TV.
It’s getting to be that time of year when you need to start thinking about doing some research for that end of term research paper. You know the library databases are a good place to start but feel a little intimidated. This video from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library might be very helpful. They have a lot of the same databases Lynn Library does.
What a great experience having the Presidential Debate at Lynn was!! Working in the Media Parking Lot yesterday, I met reporters from Brazil, France, Australia, Germany, Bosnia, Serbia, Pakistan, Hong Kong as well as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN and all the local stations.
The Red, White and View party was a blast. Both Obama and Romney supporters can agree that Lynn University won the debate!
In honor of our great occasion, I have updated our Presidential Debates Research Guide to include footage of last night’s debate as well as early reactions.
If you come to the library over the next week, you cannot help but notice the four banners draped on the outside as well as another four flanking the lobby. These are part of a traveling exhibit sponsored by the Every Child Matters Education Fund. This exhibit has been to all the 2012 Debate sites and has finally made it to Lynn in time for the Presidential Debate to be held here next Monday. The exhibit calls attention to the plight of children by raising children’s issues across the country. The banners feature former U.S. Presidents and their contributions to child welfare.
With the Presidential Debate at Lynn just one week away, everyone at Lynn is thinking politics. A great new resource Congress.gov has been launched by the Library of Congress. You can find a link to this political treasure trove on the Databases page of the Library website.