It is Banned Book Week 2016!


Banned Books Week 2016

Banned Book Week was launched in 1982 in order to bring attention to a surge of challenges that schools, bookstores and libraries were getting. The purpose is to highlight the value of free and open access to information and the freedom to read. The American Library Association (ALA) reports that between 2000 and 2009, 5,099 challenges were made. According to the ALA, “A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported. We estimate that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported.”


New books are added every year – and some never make it off the list (Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird are two examples). Many of the banned books are novels, but a number of science books have also been challenged.

Here are a few of the many books related to Engineering and Science that have been banned at one time or another:

  • Any writing or discussion demonstrating the heliocentric nature of the universe was banned in 17th Century Europe.
  • Writings by physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei were banned and he was charged and convicted of heresy by the Inquisition in 1632 for writing, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems.
  • Books and teaching materials on Darwinian evolution theory, including The Illustrated Origin of Species by Charles Darwin were banned in schools in Tennessee following the Butler Act of 1925.
  • The Menifee School District in California banned Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. It was banned for having definitions that were too explicit.
  • The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, written in 1960 by Robert Brent and illustrated by Harry Lazarus was banned in the United States for being too accurate in its scientific initiative.
  • Books and materials on Mendelian genetics have been banned from publication in Soviet-era USSR

If you are interested in exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s engineering works, check out Doing da Vinci. Four builders and engineers attempt to build never-before-constructed inventions! da Vinci’s armored tank, siege ladder, self-propelled carts and even a machine gun are featured on this 2-disc set! Will his creations actually work? Doing da Vinci will show you!

We have many resources that relate to Darwin, Galileo, and da Vinci. Come explore our library and find these titles and more!


Banned Books Week. 2016. Thunderclap, Inc.

Banned Books Week. 2014. Cornell University.

Banned Books in the Sciences. 2016. Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University.

Gelilei, Galileo, translated by Stillman Drake. 2967. Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems, Ptolemaic & Copernican. Berkeley : University of California Press. Main Library QB41 .G1356 1967

Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. 1993. Springfield, Mass : Merriam Webster. Hardin Library for Health Sciences PE 1628 W4M4 1993

Other Resources:

Why Diverse Books are Commonly Banned. Sept. 21, 2016 by Maggie Jacoby. Banned Books Week.

Scholz, Matthias Paul. 2007. Advanced NXT : the da Vinci inventions book. Berkeley, CA : Apress : New York : Distributed by Springer-Verlag. Engineering Library TJ211.15 .S36 2007

Letze, Otto, editor. 1997. Leonardo da Vinci : scientist, inventor, artist. Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany : Verlag Gerd Hatje : New York, NY : Distribution Art Publishers. Engineering Library N6923.L33 A4 1997

D’Onofrio, Mauro, Burigana, Carlo, editors. 2009. Question of modern cosmology : Galileo’s legacy. Berlin : Springer. Engineering Library QB981 .Q47 2009

Naess, Atle. 2005. Galileo Galilei, when the world stood still. Berlin : New York : Springer. Engineering Library QB36.C2 N2413 2005

Brasier, M.D. 2009. Darwin’s lost world : the hidden history of animal life. Oxford, NY : Oxford University Press. Engineering Library QE653 .B736 2009

Kick-Start That Project!


Creative Kick-Start

Hey students!
Are you interested in giving your idea, project, or invention a kick-start?
Want to make that project a reality?

A new program, Kick-Start, has been developed for engineering students (undergraduate and graduate) to request funding to pay for prototyping and/or finishing projects using the services offered through the Creative Space, Engineering Electronic Shop (EES) and the Engineering Machine Shop (EMS). There will be ten $500 awards!! How exciting is that!?

There are a limited number of Kick-Starts to be awarded this year – so this is a competitive process! Make sure you check the Kick-Start webpage to get complete details!

Briefly, any student (graduate or undergraduate) may apply for a Kick-Start award. You come up with an idea, find a faculty or staff sponsor, complete an online application form (available soon), attend an in-person workshop (approximately an hour), and present your project in April!

There are a few requirements which include (but aren’t limited to) keeping receipts and a record of all expenses (a budget spreadsheet template will be be provided). A post-project survey of the Kick-Start program will also be required.

You are strongly encouraged to visit the Hanson Center for Technical Communication for assistance with writing your proposal before it is submitted. We also suggest you fill out a page and use it to post regular, substantial updates on the status of your project. Each update should include photos – of your project, notes or sketches – and text explaining your progress.

There are a few restrictions, one of which is you may not already be receiving funding for this project from any other source. There can only be one idea per submission and a student may only be the primary investigator on one Kick-Start per year.  Students may be co-investigators on more than one project. Be sure to check the Kick-Start webpage for more information.

So what else do you need to know?

The idea for the project is yours, and may be a finished product or a prototype. You maintain ownership of your idea and anything you build during the project. For inspiration check out United Nations Global Problems.  A team may work on the project together, but one student must be designated as the primary investigator. A primary investigator may be a co-investigator on another project.

You may keep any materials you purchase for your project, but tools purchased should be returned to the Creative Space for use by future makers. This can be a gray area, so please direct any questions about what should be returned to The $500 award may only be used in EES and EMS for materials, tools, and labor, etc. Any unused funds will revert back to the program and will go toward helping another future maker build their idea.

You are required to have a sponsor who will review the requirements of the Kick-Start program and review your application before it is submitted. You will meet with your sponsor a minimum of 3 times during the course of the Kick-Start program. The sponsorship officially ends with the presentation in April, but the sponsor and student are free to continue to work on the project if they so choose.

Remember that ‘failure’ is part of the creative process. The important thing is you learn from these failures and therefore are better prepared for future projects. You will still be required to present your project in April – your presentation can deal with what went wrong, how it could be fixed, what you would do differently, what you learned. As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that  won’t work.”

Ellis mitre band saw in the Engineering Machine shop (EMS).

Ellis mitre band saw in the Engineering Machine shop (EMS).

One of the Modeling Stations available in the Creative Space.

One of the Modeling Stations available in the Creative Space.

There are so many resources to help you complete your project! Our Creative Space is a great place to begin! Two collaboration tables, each with a quad-screen monitor will help your team work together to imagine your project. There are 4 modeling stations with Leap Motion controllers, Wacom drawing tablets and the high-powered software you need. 3D cameras, a 4400 Dell computer with a video card, Leap Motion controllers and an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset can help you manipulate your project in virtual reality.  EES and EMS have the equipment you need to take your project from virtual reality to reality! EES provides circuit board fabrication, dye sublimation printing, PC board prototypes, laser cutting and etching and 3D printing (among other things!). EMS has sheet metal tools, power hand tools, computer controlled machine tools (among other things!) Staff in both EMS and EES are happy to answer questions and provide guidance!

We have the resources and the support needed to help bring your idea to reality! So, what are you waiting for? Kick-Start your project now!!

Here’s video of the new Creative Space Open House!

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Become proficient with APA Style | Workshop @Hardin Library Tuesday, Sept. 13 | 1-2pm

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Learn how to format your papers and references in American Psychological Association (APA) Style, version 6.

You will learn how to do basic formatting with APA style and how to apply APA formatting to journal, book, and web references.  Speed up your writing with our free workshop!

Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 – 2:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library)

Register for this or any of our other workshops online, or by calling 319-335-9151.

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Creative Space Open House!!




SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library, in collaboration with the College of Engineering, is pleased to announce an Open House to introduce our new Creative Space!

The Open House will be a hands-on experience, allowing exploration of 3D scanning and virtual reality. You’ll also be able to experience the world through the lens of a 360° camera, and play the giant keyboard!

The Creative Space is designed to provide users with the space, equipment and software to Imagine, Tinker, Design, Create!