Introducing Media Education Foundation Streaming Videos

Starting thimef-digital-web-banner-1s month, Hostos Library offers a new streaming media service.  Media Education Foundation produces and distributes films that “inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.” Click here for a complete list of titles.

Don’t forget to check out our other streaming media services:

April 22, 2014 – You are Not a Gadget

You are not a gadget: a manifesto
by Jaron Lanier


“The most important thing about technology is how it changes people.”

Jaron Lanier, a long time computer scientist–and controversial, outspoken critic of many aspects of computer science today–poses provocative questions about how we interact with each other through social media of all sorts, how we share and construct ideas, and how we try to solve problems or believe (perhaps wrongly) that we can solve all problems through new technology.

Whether or not you agree with his analysis, Lanier asks questions and makes assertions that will make you think.


Bonus links: Read a review from The Washington Post. 
Read an excerpt of the book here.

Now at Hostos Library!

Where to find it: this book is shelved in the main reading room, under H for social sciences (HM is the sub-category for sociology). You can see more on how books are organized by subject here.

The call number on the side of the book will look like this. (Look at the cards on the sides of the shelves to find where “HM” is first, then find the rest line-by-line.)

Questions about finding books in the reading room?  Come ask a librarian!

Feb 26, 2014 – The Big Truck that Went By

The Big Truck that Went By : How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster 

by Jonathan M. Katz









I wanted to write this book to understand how a massive humanitarian effort, led by the most powerful nation in the world–my country–could cause so much harm and heartache in another that wanted its help so badly.
– Jonathan M. Katz

An experienced journalist who was living in Haiti in 2010 when a terrible earthquake devastated the island writes about the aftermath of not only the natural disaster but the human catastrophes related to efforts that in theory were supposed to make things better.

“There’s a word in Haitian Creole, dégagé, which basically translates as ‘muddling through’ or ‘hustling’, every hour of every day just to get by.  The aid industrialized countries give to Haiti is part of dégagé, you as a foreigner are part of dégagé, but we’re not the whole thing.  Haitians are capable of taking care of themselves, they just need the tools.”

Bonus links: Read a thought-provoking interview with the author here.

Read an excerpt from the book here.

Now at Hostos Library!


“What’s New?” Wednesday – Make the Road by Walking

We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change
by Paulo Freire and Myles Horton; edited by Brenda Bell, John Gaventa, and John Peters

we make the roadPaulo Freire and Myles Horton were both educators who were passionate about social justice and empowering low-income individuals and communities through education, communication, and creation.

Myles Horton was an American, and founded the Highland Folk Center in the mountains of Tennessee.  Highlander was a place where social activists, teachers, and community members could come together to learn from each other and (as the Highlander Center says today) “gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible.”  Rosa Parks attended a training there the summer before her refusal to sit at the back of the bus sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott!

Paulo Freire was Brazilian, and he criticized the idea of traditional teaching, which he called “banking education”, in which students were seen as just passive and empty vessels and teachers were supposed to deposit knowledge in their heads.  Instead, he argued that students already had existing experience and knowledge and should be active participants in making sense of new ideas in connection with and relationship to what they already know.  He also thought that learning was more about asking complex questions than finding tidy answers, and that more learning takes place through dialogue than from a one-sided lecture.  His most famous work was Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

When these two educators got together in 1987, they had a conversation that everyone who cares about thinking, learning, teaching, and social justice should read.  That conversation is recorded in We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change.

Available now at Hostos Library!

Bonus link – read more about Paulo Freire’s ideas on teaching and learning.

New Database: Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

Hostos Library now subscribes to Ebsco’s Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text.  This database supports paralegal, criminal justice, criminology, and police and policing.  Here’s a description by Ebsco that contains a list of titles included.  Records for the 120 full text titles included in the database will not appear immediately in the library catalogue.

Credo Criminology collection

We’ve upgraded our basic Credo reference collection to include more works on criminology.  Books in this area are in high demand and now we have a small but good collection of reference books and handbooks on criminology in Credo.  They will be in CUNY+ by the end of the week.

Don’t forget: Credo is an excellent, interdisciplinary reference tool with hundreds of books in many subjects.  It is a great place to start students with research.

Here’s a list of the new criminology titles available in Credo

21st Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook 2009
Blackwell Companions to Sociology: The Blackwell Companion to Criminology 2007
Contemporary World Issues: Corporate Crime: A Reference Handbook 2008
Contemporary World Issues: DNA Technology: A Reference Handbook 2009
Contemporary World Issues: Domestic Violence: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition 2007
Contemporary World Issues: Global Organized Crime: A Reference Handbook 2010
Contemporary World Issues: Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition 2005
Contemporary World Issues: Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook 2009
Contemporary World Issues: Illicit Trafficking: A Reference Handbook 2005
Contemporary World Issues: Intellectual Property: A Reference Handbook 2007
Contemporary World Issues: Juvenile Justice: A Reference Handbook 2005
Contemporary World Issues: Policing in America: A Reference Handbook 2007
Contemporary World Issues: Punishment in America: A Reference Handbook 2005
Contemporary World Issues: Sentencing: A Reference Handbook 2007
Contemporary World Issues: Sexual Crime: A Reference Handbook 2009
Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment 2002
Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory 2010
Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice 2002
Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement 2005
Encyclopedia of Law and Society 2007
Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime 2003
Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities 2005
Encyclopedia of Race and Crime 2009
Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention 2010
Encyclopedia of White-Collar Corporate Crime 2004
The Handbook of Forensic Psychology 2006
Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions 2009
Key Issues in Crime and Punishment: Corrections 2011
Key Issues in Crime and Punishment: Courts, Law, and Justice 2011
Key Issues in Crime and Punishment: Crime and Criminal Behavior 2011
Key Issues in Crime and Punishment: Juvenile Crime and Justice 2011
Key Issues in Crime and Punishment: Police and Law Enforcement 2011