Monthly Archives: September 2014

Net Neutrality – what is it?

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Maybe you’ve run across the phrase “Net Neutrality” in your online news consumption, or heard it on the news. The term was coined in 2003 by law professor Tim Wu, and refers to the idea that the “Internet should be an impartial conduit for the information that travels through it,” according to journalist Nancy Scola of the Washington Post. Or as this ABC News story put it, it’s the idea that “Internet service providers shouldn’t block, manipulate or slow data moving across their networks.”

It became an even hotter topic back in January 2014 when a Federal Appeals court struck down most of the FCC’s (Federal Communication Commission) net neutrality rules.It sends the FCC back to the drawing board and we can’t expect any new rulings until 2015.

Political sides have been taken, and groups like the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and Save the Internet, are fighting against any policy that would allow big companies to charge extra for broadband. Conservative think tanks like the Hoover Institution and the American Enterprise Institute argue against any new regulation of the Internet. Scola’s article (linked above) lays out the “Five Myths of Net Neutrality.”

Our Opposing Viewpoints subscription database is a great starting point to read articles on both sides of the issue.

How will it affect you personally? It’s too soon to tell, though your speedy Internet connection while on any of the Miami campuses shouldn’t be affected.

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Banned Books Week!!

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This year’s theme for Banned Books Week is Graphic Novels. Stop by the library–look at the display and check out some of the most commonly challenged/banned books.

For more information about Banned Books Week and books that have been challenged/banned, take a look at some of the websites below.

Banned Books Week

Banned and Challenged Books

Banned and Challenged Comics/Graphic Novels

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books from 2000-2009

Guess What Day It Is?!?!?!

Find the Camel!! He’s hanging out in the library. Take a picture, show the picture to one of the library staff and you will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to the bookstore.

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It’s Hump Day!!!

Find the Camel!! He’s hanging out in the library. Take a picture, show the picture to one of the library staff and you will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to the bookstore.

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“The Whistleblower” Criminal Justice Week events

Attending the Criminal Justice Week events this week and want more information? There are 2 copies of Kathryn Bolkovac’s book “The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Fight for Justice” available in the library.

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http://www.lib.miamioh.edu/multifacet/record/mu3ugb4366816

Open House (which means Free Food!!!)

Stop by the library for our Open Houses on Monday, Sept. 8th from 9am-11am and on Tuesday, Sept. 9th from 1pm-3pm. Meet the library staff, see what all the library has to offer, sit on the comfy furniture and enjoy some free food! We’ll have donuts and coffee on Monday morning and cookies and punch on Tuesday afternoon.

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