Harry Potter…The Bluest Eye…The Holy Bible…Fun Home… What do these books have in common? They’ve all made the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books. Chances are, many of your favorite books have made the list. Banning and challenging books has a long and sordid history, and the practice continues today. Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries, and schools. Don’t close the book on your freedom to read! Fight censorship by reading from your favorite banned or challenged book during Rollins College’s second annual Banned Books Read-Out, Wednesday, September 28th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Olin Library front lawn. You’ll get a voucher for a free coffee or tea from the Bookmark Cafe if you read, or just stop by and support others and enjoy lemonade, cookies, and pizza. Visit Olin Library for more information on Banned Books Week 2016. We’ll see you there!
MacKenzie Ryan, Assistant Professor in Art History, is the recipient of our first Open Education Resource (OER) Grant. Mackenzie will work with a team consisting of librarian, Jonathan Miller instructional technologist, Amy Sugar, and James Zimmerman, Director of the Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching to replace the traditional required texts in her course ARH205 Introduction to Global Art with OER materials. As MacKenzie wrote, “Fantastic news! … I look forward to working with you all and transforming Intro to Global Art.” The review committee was particularly struck by the variety of resources MacKenzie planned to use — texts, images, video, podcasts — from a wide variety of sources.
ARH205 is taught each fall semester so MacKenzie will work on this grant for three iterations of the course through the fall semester of 2017. The next OER grant will be awarded in the spring of 2016. Stay tuned for updates.