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Books & Magazine of the Week - June 16, 2014
What to Consider If You're Considering University
Call Number: Electronic book available on Ebrary (click the cover)
Publication Date: 2014-04-22
Going to university used to be a passport to future success, but that's no longer the case. For some students, it's still a good choice that leads to a successful career after graduation, but for many their degrees are worthless pieces of paper. Choose the wrong program and graduation is more likely to lead to disillusionment and debt than a steady paycheque. Yet parents, guidance counselors, and politicians still push higher education as if it's the only option for building a secure future. In this book, Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison set out to explore the many educational opportunities and career paths open to Canadian high-school students and those in their twenties. This book is designed to help young adults decide whether to pursue a degree, enrol for skills training, or investigate one of the many other options that are available.
Call Number: HC79/E5/T45/2013 (on the 3rd floor)
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
The pursuit of sustainability has generated lifestyle changes for individuals across the globe, widespread initiatives within civil society and business, historic policies for municipal, regional, and national governments, and crucial protocols and agreements by international organizations. Increasingly, sustainability provides a common language and goal for diverse peoples and nations. Yet the meaning of sustainability remains unsettled, and the term frequently serves as a PR strategy--a green veneer for business as usual--rather than a driver of fundamental change. Leslie Paul Thiele's accessible yet thorough book provides a broad-ranging introduction to the concept and practice of sustainability today. It addresses the history, scope, and contested meanings of sustainability as an ethical ideal, an ascendant ideology, and a common sense approach to living in an ever more crowded world of increasingly scarce resources. Key topics covered include environmental health and ecological resilience, the promise and unintended consequences of technology, political and legal challenges, economic limits and opportunities, and cultural change. Unlike most other approaches to this crucial topic, Thiele argues that sustainability requires innovation and adaptation as much as the conservation of resources. His book will be a valuable resource for students in a broad range of courses, including environmental studies and related areas, as well as general readers keen to grapple with one of the most pressing issues of our times.
Native Peoples of the World
Call Number: REF GN380/N38/2013/Vol. 1-3 (on the Main Floor)
Publication Date: 2012-11-05
This work examines the world's indigenous peoples, their cultures, the countries in which they reside, and the issues that impact these groups. It highlights the complex relationships between native groups and the physical and social environments in which they live. It serves both as a primer for people wishing to learn about indigenous peoples worldwide, and as a ready-reference for historic and contemporary information on specific groups, countries, and issues. The encyclopedia is organized in three main parts: Indigenous Groups (including regional sections), Countries, and Issues. More than 500 articles are arranged alphabetically within sections, and accompanied by 55 sidebars highlighting interesting individuals, events, places, and ideas. Maps, bibliographies, a topic finder, and a comprehensive general index are included. The diversity of articles and perspectives contribute to a unique depth and breadth of coverage, making this an indispensable resource.
Guns in American Society
Call Number: Electronic book available on CREDO Reference (click the cover)
Publication Date: 2002-12-12
School shootings, gangland slayings, spousal murder. With more guns than people, the United States suffers a death-by-gun rate 10, 20, even 50 times that of other industrialized democracies. What lies behind our 200-year-old fascination with firearms? What explains our national ambivalence toward gun control?
Call Number: GN700/A725/ser (Main Floor - Periodicals Section)
Publication Date: Current Cover
"ARCHAEOLOGY magazine offers compelling narratives about the human past from every corner of the globe. Edited for a general audience, our news, features, and photo essays employ in-depth reporting, cogent analysis, and vivid storytelling to provide an accurate and often surprisingly intimate look at the record of human existence. Our pieces offer insights into the beginnings and ends of cultures, as well as examining the full expression of those cultures. ARCHAEOLOGY’s stories share one distinctive trait—they rest on the close investigation of archaeological evidence—of the things, in short, that we leave behind." -- taken from website.