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New Acquisitions � March 2010


New York Times best sellers from 2005 through 2009 are available for check-out on the New Book shelves, which is located in the Trailer #1 hallway.

New titles recently added to the University Library’s collection include:

Betrayal: how Black intellectuals have abandoned the ideals of the Civil Rights Era. Houston A. Baker Jr. (Main Stax, Special Collections E 185.615 .B27 2008).

Houston A. Baker Jr. condemns those black intellectuals who, he believes, have turned their backs on the tradition of racial activism in America. These individuals choose personal gain over the interests of the black majority, whether they are espousing neoconservative positions that distort the contours of contemporary social and political dynamics or abandoning race as an important issue in the study of American literature and culture. As he sees it, the mission of the black intellectual today is not to do great things but to do specific, racially based work that is in the interest of the black majority.

Complexity: a guided tour. Melanie Mitchell. (Main Stax Q 175.32 .C65 M58 2009).

An intimate, detailed tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of efforts that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among myriad individuals. In this richly illustrated work, Melanie Mitchell describes in equal parts the history of ideas underlying complex systems science, the current research at the forefront of this field, and the prospects for the field's contribution to solving some of the most important scientific questions of our current century.

Creating effective teams: a guide for members and leaders. Susan A. Wheelan. (Main Stax HD 66 .W54 2010)

In this guide, Wheelan outlines skills for working in teams and addresses how work groups become teams; what makes teams function successfully; and how to create high-performance teams. She also describes the characteristics of productive teams, members, and leaders, stages of group development, and maintaining high performance. Helpful sections of this new edition include examples, checklists, self-evaluations, references, and new coverage of diversity. This is a useful resource for anyone involved in human resources, social psychology, education, leadership, sociology, organizational studies, management, and communication.

Fat tail: the power of political knowledge in an uncertain world. Ian Bremmer and Preston Keat. (Main Stax HD 61 .B64 2009)

Bremmer and Keat shed light on a wide array of political risks--risks that stem from great power rivalries, terrorist groups, government takeover of private property, weak leaders and internal strife, and even the "black swans" that defy prediction. But more importantly, the authors provide a wealth of unique methods, tools, and concepts to help corporations, money managers, and policy makers understand political risk, showing when and how political risk analysis works--and when it does not.

How to change 5000 schools: a practical and positive approach for leading change at every level. Benjamin Levin. (Main Stax LB 2822.84 .O6 L48 2008)

Levin uses public schools in Ontario as an example of how the process of education can be changed with positive results. During Levin’s tenure as deputy minister of education for Ontario, test scores improved dramatically and dissatisfaction among teachers practically disappeared. In How to Change 5000 Schools, readers discover the factors that led to this dramatic improvement in Ontario’s schools.

Literature police: apartheid censorship and its cultural consequences. Peter D. McDonald. (Main Stax Z 658 .S6 M34 2009 – Off-site storage).

Peter D. McDonald tells the strangely tangled stories of censorship and literature in apartheid South Africa and, in the process, uncovers an extraordinarily complex web of cultural connections linking Europe and Africa, East and West. The Literature Police affords a unique perspective on one of the most anachronistic, exploitative, and racist modern states of the post-war era, and on some of the many forms of cultural resistance it inspired. It also raises urgent questions about how we understand the category of the literary in today's globalized, intercultural world.

Prevention of bug bites, stings, and disease. Daniel Strickman. (Main Stax QL 434 .S95 2009).

Line drawings and representative color photographs help identify all types of blood-sucking or venomous arthropods accurately, and information on each bug's particular habits and habitats allows readers to minimize potentially annoying, painful, and even lethal encounters. This book is packed with helpful tips on using barriers - window-screens, bed nets, smoky coils, and proper clothing, and on choosing the right repellent for the right bug in the right place. Readers also will learn how to apply pesticides safely and effectively.

So much reform, so little change: the persistence of failure in urban schools. Charles M. Payne. (Main Stax LC 5133 .C4 P39 2008)

According to Payne, many attempts to “fix” school systems fail because of mistakes made by reformers. Both liberal and conservative theorists have expected immediate change, teachers have had curricula imposed from above, parents have not been treated as agents of change, and there has been little communication among those setting the rules.


February One. (2 copies in Special Collections /AV, 1 copy in circulating Audio/Video Room F 264 .G8 F73 2004).

The story surrounding the 1960 Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins conducted by four college freshmen. This action revitalized the Civil Rights Movement and set an example of student militancy for the coming decade showing how a small group of determined individuals can galvanize a mass movement and focus a nation’s attention on injustice.

Negroes with guns: Rob Williams and Black Power. (1 copy in Special Collections/AV E 185.615 .N44 2005).

Robert F. Williams was the forefather of the Black Power movement and broke dramatic new ground by internationalizing the African American struggle. Negroes with Guns is not only an electrifying look at an historically erased leader, but also examines Black radicalism and resistance and serves as a launching pad for the study of Black liberation philosophies. Interviews with historian Clayborne Carson, biographer Timothy Tyson, Julian Bond, and a first person account by Mabel Williams, Robert's wife, are included.

Tulia, Texas. (1 copy in Special Collections/AV HV 8184 .T85 T85 2008).

By investigating a landmark case, Tulia, Texas uncovers the deep-rooted assumptions about race and crime that still permeate our society and undermines our justice system. The film shows how the 'war on drugs' has become a war on due process, waged against African Americans. Today America has the largest prison population in the world; in some states as much as 15 percent of the black male population is incarcerated. This program shows one reason why.


New titles recently added to the University Library’s collection include:

American educational research journal. (available in Serials – Trailer #1).

Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism (available in Serials – Trailer #1).

Exercise immunology review. (available in Serials – Trailer #1).


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CamelliaNet – As of Mar. 15, 2010, the collection contains 90 MP3 audiobooks, 1315 VMA audiobooks, 137 ebooks, and 182 music files. They are iPod compatible.