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Looking for Alaska - Banned Books Week Discussion

Friday, September 30th, from 12-1pm in the Library Learning Center, Jessie Blum, Librarian - Research and Instruction Coordinator, will lead this discussion of Looking for Alaska… the number one Banned Book of 2015.

Need more? Fifty Shades of Grey and I Am Jazz, numbers two and three on the list, respectively, will also be discussed. The Holy Bible ranks number six on the list. Chime in with your opinion.

The discussion is free and open to the public.

Learn more about Banned Books Week and see the top 10 most challenged books of 2015.

Library Staff Celebrates Banned Books Week

The 9th Annual Banned Book Week rolls into the ALB Library this week with a distinctly seasonal flavor…election. At the core of the library profession is Intellectual Freedom – the right of free expression, including freedom to read, seek and access information. Join the librarians and staff of the ALB Library as they welcome you. They’re always happy to share titles of some of their favorite Banned Books.

"He Called Me Malala" Screening Today

Join us as we continue to celebrate Banned Books Week:

“He Called Me Malala”

Wednesday, September 28, 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Library Learning Center, Main Floor of the Library

This documentary film tells the story of the young Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, who has spoken out for the rights of girls, especially the right to education, since she was very young. Dr. Johanna Fisher’s Women & Gender Studies class will welcome you to the viewing and discussion.


Whistle Stop: Tues, Sept. 27, 1-3 PM

WHISTLE STOP, sponsored by the Buffalo-based Foundlings poetry magazine, promises “unforgettable political readings.”

You won’t want to miss Megan Kemple (poet/actor), Ben Brindise (member of Buffalo’s award-winning #PureInkPoetry slam team), Justin Karcher (Tailgating at the Gates of Hell) and Pat Kewley (published in Salon, Slate, and McSweeney’s), as they read from important historically banned or censored works before reading some of their own work. Included will be presidential haiku, protest poetry, original verse, punk rock, and riffs on the Founding Fathers’ street ball slam-dunking skills.” English department adjunct, and founding partner of Foundlings poetry magazine, Aidan Ryan, ’14 will lead the discussion.

Tuesday, September 27, 1-3 PM, Library Learning Center on the First Floor of the Library.

This event is free and open to the public.

Banned Books Week 2016

The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read.

The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship. The 2016 celebration will be held September 25-October 1.

A complete list of Banned Book Week events at Canisius.

Faculty Resources and Services

information literacy: research, critical thinking, technology competencyThe library supports the information literacy efforts of departments, faculty, and individual courses. Our librarians strive to provide transformative learning experiences for your students through in-person and online instruction, tailored online resource guides to meet your course goals, and offering assignment and teaching tools that you can employ in your courses.

Each department has been provided a library liaison to serve as your contact in the library to ensure your students have access to needed resources, such as suggesting purchases for Course Reserves. We also provide services such as Interlibrary Loan and ConnectNY to support your own research. For more information, please see our Faculty Resources Guide for all of our offerings to support campus-wide information literacy skills.

Finding Articles with Google Scholar

You are at the point in your research where you need to find scholarly articles. Wouldn’t it be nice to use something like the Google searches you are used to, but with the added benefit that the search returned links to scholarly articles in many of the Library’s databases?

The search results also let you know where to find more recent research, find related research, and even give you a citation in MLA, APA, or Chicago style!

For guidance, check out the Library’s research guide on Google Scholar to set up access to Canisius databases and learn more about using Google Scholar for your research.


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