Our Own Chicago Wiki

Want to help out fellow Chicagoans?  Or people just visiting the city?  The local wiki for Chicago just got up and running this March, so it needs new entries done by Chicagoans (or Oak Parkers or River Foresters, etc.) to beef up Chicago knowledge.

So do you know a good place to just hang out with friends that, also, happens to have the best coffee in the city?  Or maybe a good service to help the homeless out?  Or perhaps the best place to get a cinnabon in the city?  Your feedback is required to make this grassroots wiki a reality.  You’re welcome to create any page you’d like, and even have a chance to talk to other Chicagoans making edits.   It is super easy, just requiring you to sign in, and the rest is just like a blog account.  This wiki will make a great resource for anything and everything Chicago as long as people pitch in!

 

How Asimov Imagined 2014 in 1964

In 1964 the Science Fiction author Isaac Asimov made some predictions about 2014.  Asimov is responsible for the popular I, Robot, and the Foundation series;  he is, also, known for his Three Laws of Robotics.

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • A robot may not injure its own kind and defend its own kind unless it is interfering with the first or second rule.

His predictions range from the invention of 3-D movies and television to being able to dial Antarctica.  While he also thought everyone in 2014 will be seeing psychologists, the rest of his predictions are pretty much on target.  The BBC collected and presented most of them.  It is another example of how Science Fiction can and has molded our future.  How much do you think society and technology will be changed 50 years from now?

Some of Rebecca Crown Library’s books about Asimov

Picture credit from: PLCjr on Flickr.com

World Book Night

By: Rebecca Komperda and Katelyn Morrison

Today, April 23, 2014 is World Book Day which is marked as a “celebration of literacy by publishers, bookstores, libraries and individuals who love books and reading” all around the world.  On this day, Shakespeare’s birthday, those who registered with the non-profit group as “book givers” distribute 20 copies of a previously read and loved book, from a pre-approved list of 30 select book titles, to absolute strangers.  The importance behind this celebration is to encourage and advocate for the vitality of literacy worldwide.  2014’s list is compiled by booksellers, librarians, and readers who want to share their love of reading.

Through this event a “nationwide  advocacy and distribution network” is established between libraries and bookstores. On this day the American Library Association (ALA) to help “spread the love of reading from person to person”. Why read?  Studies continuously show that people who read for pleasure have better vocabularies, are better able to interact socially, and books can even improve your mental health and happiness.  People all over the world sign up to be volunteers to pass out books to people in participating libraries and book stores.  You might even get a free book at Rebecca Crown this day!

Further Information on World Book Night. 

Happy Earth Day

PlanetEarth
Planet Earth image from Wikipedia.

Today is Earth Day and there are a number of things going on around campus:

1:00 p.m. – Free Yoga in the Quad

Bring your mats, blankets or towels for a mid day yoga session outdoors hearing the birds chirping and feeling the breeze on your face as you stretch your body and mediate for some personal wellness.

6:30 p.m. – The New Moo in the Founder’s Court

Enjoy free cookies and celebration on Earth Day with Eco Club who will have information on hand regarding GMO foods and how it affects our environment and our bodies. Nutrition Club will be hosting an alternative milk tasting. Try some of those new milks you have been hearing about, such as almond, coconut, rice, hemp, and the old standard soy. If it is raining, the alternative location is the Parmer Silveri Atrium.

7:00 p.m. – Film Screening of Food Patriots

Join us in watching this moving and inspiring documentary about food and how food can better our bodies and our planet when we grow it/purchase it with Sustainable and Social Justice awareness.

April 15th in History

We live in a time where our days fly by like the speed of lightening and we rarely get the chance to appreciate what has happened each day in history.  We wanted to take this opportunity to allow a minute out of our busy and hectic day to get a glimpse as to what has happened in history over the past. Enjoy!

  • 1784- The first balloon was flown in Ireland
  • 1817- The first school for the deaf in the United States was open in Hartford, CT
  • 1865- President Lincoln died from being fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth
  • 1892 -The General Electric Company opened
  • 1912-The Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic, leaving 1,517 dead
  • 1923- Insulin became widely available for the general public dealing with diabetes

Reference:

http://on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/apr15.htm

All Oxford University Press Books Online FREE during National Library Week

By Bryan Deziel

In celebration of National Library Week, Oxford University Press is offering free access to all of its online resources from April 13th-19th.  Founded in 1586, Oxford University Press is the largest academic publisher in the world.  OUP’s publications are widely respected and regarded as among the most scholarly and trustworthy reference sources.  Online resources available this week include these reference sources (including the Oxford English Dictionary) as well as scholarly editions of many essential texts in the humanities.  To explore the wide range of online resources provided by OUP, follow this link: http://global.oup.com/academic/librarians/national-library-week/?cc=sa&lang=en&

 

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is observed annually, usually during the second week in April.  The week commemorates the important contributions of libraries and librarians and promotes the use of libraries and the pursuit of lifelong learning.  More information on this year’s National Library Week can be found here: http://atyourlibrary.org/national-library-week