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Library and Information Science

This guide is designed to help students and faculty access credible resources related to the study of Library and Information Science.

Digital Preservation

This short video created by Digital Preservation Europe gives a humorous yet useful overview of the issues involved with providing long-term access to digital resources. 

National Archives Month

Archives: The Records of Our Lives


Archives Month is an annual event sponsored by archives and special collections across the nation. Archives showcased include academic, private, corporate, religious and governmental repositories. 

Not sure what an Archives actually is? You're not alone!

  • Simply put, "an archives is a place where people go to find information. But rather than gathering information from books, people who visit archives often gather firsthand facts, data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other primary resource" (excerpt from What Is An Archives?).
  • Today many archives make their resources available digitally so that you can visit the National Archives without even leaving your house!
  •  For Mountain West Digital archival resources, check out MWDL online!

For more information about local events celebrating Utah Archives Month 2011:

Your history is also our country's history! Letters from relatives, your grandmother's diary, photos and videos of you and your friends all provide vital and unique information about your life or the history of your family. They also represent our country's cultural heritage of a certain place and time - they are part of our community's collective memory!

Student Runs Secret Banned Books Library from Locker

A Catholic school student who identifies herself by the avatar name “Nekochan” started an unofficial library of banned books that she runs out of her locker at school. She began to lend books to her classmates when her school banned a long list of classic titles, including The Canterbury TalesParadise Lost and Animal Farm.

Concerned about getting in trouble for violating school rules, Nekochan wrote a letter to an online advice column to ask if it was “ok to run an illegal library” from her locker.

Nekochan wrote about the recent book ban: “I was absolutely appalled, because a huge number of the books were classics and others that are my favorites. One of my personal favorites, The Catcher in the Rye, was on the list, so I decided to bring it to school to see if I would really get in trouble. Well… I did but not too much. Then (surprise!) a boy in my English class asked if he could borrow the book because he heard it was very good AND it was banned! This happened a lot and my locker got to overflowing with banned books, so I decided to put the unoccupied locker next to me to a good use. I now have 62 books in that locker, about half of what was on the list.”

Read more from the full article.

Banned Books Week

If it’s the end of September, it’s Banned Books Week!  This is the annual awareness campaign that draws attention to censorship and is the only national celebration of the freedom to read.

This year, instead of the physical "Read-Out" events, ALA (American Library Association) has partnered with fellow cosponsors of Banned Books Week to host a virtual "Read-Out" where readers from around the world will be able to participate.

  • Videos (no more than two minutes long) can be submitted by anyone as long as the video includes a reading from a banned or challenged book.
  • Alternatively, videos of up to three minutes can be submitted giving eyewitness accounts of local challenges.
  • All videos will be featured on the dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel.
  • Any individual who would like to participate in the event can find instructions on the new Banned Books Week website under Virtual Read-Out.
  • YouTube videos of authors reading from their favorite banned/challenged book or talking about the importance of the freedom to read will also be featured.