Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Banned Books Week

September 25 - October 1 is Banned Books Week, a time in which we can celebrate our freedom to read! This year Banned Books Week focuses on diversity, and thus challenged literature focusing on "diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities" (WNDB, 2016). Events planned over the next several days include a a lunch time Read-Out, a screening of a banned Star Trek episode, and a discussion on Sherman Alexie's work led by the Anti-Racist Book Club.

Banned Books Week events are sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, and Armacost Library.

Banned Books Read Out
When: Monday, September 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Outside the Irvine Commons
Brave members of the community will read from their favorite banned or challenged book. Stop and listen for a spell, or join in the freedom to read. Banned and challenged books will be available for perusal.

Star Trek Screening
When: Tuesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Library computer lab, #104
Why was "Plato's Stepchildren" banned? Food will be provided during the screening. After, discuss anything Star Trek with expert Iyan Sandri.

Anti-Racist Book Club
When: Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Holt Lobby
Join the Anti-Racist Book Club for a discussion on works by Sherman Alexie!

Banned Books Display
When: All week
Where: Library entrance, 2nd floor
The Armacost Library will highlight banned and challenged literature.

We Need Diverse Books [WNDB]. (2016). The we need diverse books YA short story contest. Retrieved from

Monday, September 05, 2016

Welcome (back)! The Armacost Library is here to support you.

Of course you expect to be able to borrow books from the library, both e-books and in print. But we also have many DVDs--feature films, television shows, and excellent documentary films. More interested in music? We have music available on CDs, streaming, and on vinyl.

Searching for articles (scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers)? The library purchases access to 123 multi-disciplinary and subject-specific databases. Your librarians have created guides to the core databases in each of the major/minor disciplinary programs available at University of Redlands.

Business research guide:

If you can't find what you need at Armacost Library, we can get it for you from another library easily (usually)! We can get most books through our Link+ service, and it takes only a day or two for books to arrive. Look for the Link+ button in the library catalog. Articles can be requested through Interlibrary Loan: When you see the Find Full Text button next to an article in one of our databases, click through to Interlibrary Loan if we don't have the article. Most articles will arrive within days; we'll email to let you know it's available online. We can get almost anything in the world for you; all you have to do is ask.

The Armacost Library offers a variety of study spaces: individual study carrels, large group study tables, soft comfortable seating, and two group study rooms.

Computers and printers are available both in the Library and in the Fletcher Jones Computing Center (computer lab and several smaller collaborative learning spaces) on the first floor of the building.

Your librarians are here to help you with research projects and other assignments. Research assistance is available M-Th 9am-9pm, F 9am-5pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, and Sun. 1-9pm. Ask at the main desk for the librarian on-call. You can also call, chat, email, and make an appointment with your subject librarians. After hours, these subject research guides my help you out.

If you're having trouble finding your way, these floor maps of Armacost Library may help.

Please don't hesitate to contact us, let us know what you need. We're only a few steps, a phone call, a chat window, and an email away.

Good luck with the first week of classes!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Library Open House

Greetings new students! The Armacost Library will host an Open House on Friday, September 2, from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Please drop by to enjoy light refreshments, short tours, and discussions with your Librarian. That's right, all students have their own Librarian depending on what their major is. For example, there is an Arts Librarian, a Natural Sciences Librarian, and so on. We look forward to introducing you to all the ways in which the Library supports student research.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Seeing Unseen": Privacy, Surveillance and the Hamlet Project

This Thursday, May 26 at 7 pm, the University of Redlands Theatre department invites you to attend a free, open rehearsal of "The Hamlet Project" developed by Chris Beach and Doug Hammett at the Frederick Loewe Theatre.

Beach and Hammett's adaptation sets Shakespeare's tragedy in a dystopian world where people speak Shakespearean English while employing modern-day social networking and surveillance technologies.

This juxtaposition makes thematic sense given that the plot of Hamlet revolves around several crucial mysteries: has King Hamlet's ghost risen from the grave? How did the king really die? Why has Hamlet started to behave strangely? Shakespeare's characters seek eyewitness evidence to answer these questions, devising elaborate strategems to ensure that they can see without themselves being seen.

Surveillance has become a heightened concern in modern-day societies, with the introduction of digital technologies that expand the scope of what can be recorded, analyzed and inferred. Incorporating cameras, mobile devices and social networking into a production of Hamlet raises necessary questions about the value of privacy and the way in which societies throughout history have balanced security and liberty.

If you're interested in reading further, try searching the Armacost Library catalog for more information on electronic surveillance, privacy and digital technologies. Here are a few possibilities:

American Privacy: The 400 Year History of Our Most Contested Right
Frederick S. Lane
KF 1262.L36 2009

Attorney Frederick Lane reviews the role of privacy in American history, from the efforts to keep postal mail safe during Colonial times through the signing of the PATRIOT Act in October 2001.

Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family
Theresa M. Payton & Theodore Claypoole
KF 1262.P39 2014

Payton is a former White House Chief Information Officer and CEO of a fraud and risk consulting company. Claypoole is a technology attorney who heads the Privacy and Data Management team for a major law firm. They explain in plain English how popular consumer technologies can be used to gather data in unwanted ways, and what you can do about it.

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
Bruce Schneier
HM846.S362 2015

Security analyst Schneier describes how corporations and governments have created a "surveillance society" at the cost of economic, civic and moral harms.

Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide?
Anita L. Allen
JC596.A44 2011

Is privacy always good? Should we have laws enforcing privacy, or should it be a matter of individual choice? Philosopher and laywer Anita Allen looks beyond the most popular and well-liked privacies, to ask whether unpopular - even coercive - privacies are also worthwhile, even if they require government regulation.

Sanjeet Mann
Arts & Electronic Resources Librarian
University of Redlands

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Lure of the Desert

“Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear-the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break. [...] I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.”
~Edward Abbey (1990), Desert Solitaire, p. 194

In Southern California, we are surrounded by deserts. Specifically, the Colorado and Mohave Deserts, within which rests Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, the Salton Sea, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. These unique ecosystems, and long stretches of sky, have influenced and shaped the words of many writers.

For a broad view of literature of "The West", which would involve in some cases, deserts, A Literary History of the American West, located in the Reference Collection in Armacost Library is a useful volume to introduce oneself to the history and development of literature on this side of the continent. The book is sponsored by the Western Literature Association, and begins with the oral traditions of Native Americans and early travel narratives, followed by the bulk of the book, which covers authors in different areas of the West (including Southwest, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, etc.).

Edward Abbey (quoted above) is an essential author to read if you are fascinated with the desert landscape. His most well known work, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, documents his time spent as a park ranger at Arches National Monument, in which he reflects on his love of nature, and warns of the continuing desecration of our wild lands. This theme of desecration is continued in his novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, which follows a group of ecological anarchists intent on demolishing tractors, trains, and bridges to protect the environment. Good News is one of his novels which tends to fly under the radar. It may be best described as a desert dystopia, which warns readers of the consuming march of civilization.

After you've explored Edward Abbey a bit, you may be ready to move on to the following books, which explore our local desert landscapes:



Monday, April 25, 2016

Congratulations Bulldogs!

Congratulations Bulldogs!  Happy Graduation to those who participated in festivities this past weekend! It’s that time of year when students and faculty begin wrapping up shop, preparing for holidays, planning for the future! But wait, did you forget to turn something in??

While you are cleaning out your dorm room or office, you may stumble across that thesis you were supposed to send somewhere. Was it InSPIRe? Yes! There is still time for graduates to submit an honors thesis to InSPIRe.

InSPIRe @ Redlands is the University of Redlands's institutional repository. That's just to say that it's a collection of intellectual and creative artifacts created by the University of Redlands community.  If you are still not sure what InSPIRe is, check it out here: InSPIRe@redlands While it is better to complete this task before you depart this beautiful campus, the library can still assist you over the summer. The Armacost Library is always here to help and we are open year-round!

The final approved copy of a thesis can be sent to the InSPIRe mailbox at and the signed permission slip can be sent to the Library Director, Gabriela Sonntag via email Don’t forget there is always snail-mail: University of Redlands, Armacost Library, 1249 E. Colton Avenue, Redlands, CA 92374 ATTN: InSPIRe

Share your knowledge with future generations. Leave a legacy of scholarship, generate new ideas and contribute to new knowledge. Inspire others! You may become famous!

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Santa Anas

It’s a little hot and windy lately, eh!?  (No - not that last lecture.)  The Santa Anas have kicked up.  Here are some Armacost Library sources about Southern California’s own devil winds.  Don’t let them get to you - come on in, find a comfy spot, and read in the cool comfort of the Armacost Library!

Baron, R. A., Russell, G. W., and Arms, R. L. 1985. “Negative Ions and Behavior: Impact on Mood, Memory, and Aggression among Type A and Type B Persons.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 48(3): 746-754.

Brown, James. 2002. “Fire.” New England Review 23 (1): 45–51.

Carle, David. 2006. “Santa Ana and Diablo Winds.” In Introduction to Air in California. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Chandler, Raymond. 1995. “Red Wind.” In Stories and Early Novels. New York: Library of America.

Cody, M. L., and H. A. Mooney. 1978. “Convergence Versus Nonconvergence in Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems.” Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 9: 265–321.

Davis, Mike. 1995. “The Case for Letting Malibu Burn.” Environmental History Review 19 (2): 1–36.

Didion, Joan. 2008. “Los Angeles Notebook.” In Slouching towards Bethlehem. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Langford, A. O., R. B. Pierce, and P. J. Schultz. 2015. “Stratospheric Intrusions, the Santa Ana Winds, and Wildland Fires in Southern California.” Geophysical Research Letters 42(14): 6091–6097.