Library Hours During Spring Festival

Dear faculty, students and staff,

During the Spring Festival, NYU Shanghai Library’s collection and services will be closed from Jan. 24-31. Electronic resources are available 24/7.

For research assistance in the meantime, please email librarians in NYC at https://library.nyu.edu/ask/email , or use the chat widget on the library website.

Happy Spring Festival!

NYU Shanghai Library

People’s Republic of Desire

The documentary, People’s Republic of Desire by Hao Wu, prompts many venues for discussion. What does this film make you think about? From celebrity to aesthetics, ethics to marketing, finance to gender, the library can help you find research to build an argument for a paper or project.  Read on for several books (electronic or in print on 4F) as well as a series of guides from librarians on how to start researching any one of these topics:

Media & Globalization;

Business of Media;

Technology and Society;

Global and Transcultural Communication.

book jacketCelebrity in China
Louise P Edwards; Elaine Jeffreys
Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press ©2010
HKU Press digital editions.
DS779.43 .C39 2010
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Library Hours during Dragon Boat Festival

Dear Faculty, Student and Staff,

During Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival), NYU Shanghai Library’s collection and services will be closed from June 7-9. Electronic resources are available 24/7.

For research assistance in the meantime, please email librarians in NYC at https://library.nyu.edu/ask/email , or use the chat widget on the library website.

Happy holiday!

NYU Shanghai Library

Library Hours in Summer

Dear faculty, staff and students,

As the spring semester is approaching the end, the NYU Shanghai Library’s collection and services will open from 9 AM to 5 PM in summer. Please be advised that it will be closed on June 7 and will be open on June 1 and 16.

Hope you enjoy a wonderful summer break!

NYUSH Library

Waiting for Paradise

If you missed the event Friday, or want to watch book jacketagain with classmates, the DVD, Shanghai Waiting for Paradise, is available to check out on 4F.  We have a viewing room if you don’t have a DVD player or disc drive.  You may check out a DVD player from IT.  Unfortunately, we don’t allow popcorn or more than two viewers together in the library.

If your mind is churning with questions, harness that interest to research this semester for an assignment.  I suggest starting with a general introduction, such as Shanghai in transition: changing perspectives and social contours of a Chinese metropolis, which explored Shanghai at the same time as the film, about 2003.  It is also an ebook, where you can skim the table of contents for ideas about what angle your research might try.  Remember, education and research are about trying things out, from your interest in a topic to different methods for exploring and reporting, to different theories for organizing and understanding the information.  University is the best time to take a risk, try a new topic or subject.  Now is the time to find out what you don’t like doing as much as what you do like.  It’s also a great time to realize the skills you need (logically thinking, calculus and statistics, coding) and learn with a classmate on a group project. Continue reading

The Cleaners

Libraries have evolved over time, from carefully curated collections of “the best” books to entertaining and educating collections. A librarian and editor, Mary Jo Godwin, argued, “A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”  Many librarians advocate for access to materials because individuals have the power and responsibility to self-select.  If I pick up a book I find objectionable, I can choose to learn from it, turn away from it, or seek out a conversation to help me contextualize how it speaks to some readers but not others.

Postage Stamp from India in Blue Ink of a building, the National Library of India, with an oval portrait of Dr. S.R. Ranganathan. 1992. 100 rupees.

India Post, Government of India [GODL-India (https://data.gov.in/sites/default/files/Gazette_Notification_OGDL.pdf)]

S. R. Ranganathan advocated five laws for libraries, including “Every person his or her book [and e]very book its reader,” which I interpret as a challenge to collect books I may not be interested in personally.  Every person has unique needs and tastes. I select books broadly because each of us may not realize what we are looking for in a book.  I may be surprised and learn something new.

Libraries in public schools and communities negotiate with their communities on when to label a movie or book based on content, topics, or maturity.  One American organization hosts a Banned Books awareness campaign, not that books are themselves banned in the US anymore, but to increase awareness of the challenges librarians and teachers face in teaching diverse materials.

If you are inspired to explore librarianship or information management as a career, I invite you to explore LISA, the Library and Information Science Abstracts, or a preprint archive, for topics on ethics of Intellectual Freedom or Freedom of access to information.  Librarianship has a history of agents agitating for change, such as Sandy Berman, who argued subject headings were discriminatory and biased.

This film may prompt research outside librarianship, such as computing, ethics, mass media, or censorship.  I wasn’t sure where to start, so I use Annual Reviews to search “ethics AND censorship” which showed me the broad possibilities from Big Data to Sociology, from the Internet to Politics.  Annual Reviews are big reviews by experts of the latest developments in a field.  The introduction and future trends sections might be enough to spark your interest for research in our guides on Mass Media or Philosophy.

South Asian Documentaries Film Festival

Are you drawn to documentaries?  The library has many more you can stream.  Or books and journals to read about documentaries.  For example, how to analyze them; how to make them; or disciplines of study, such as anthropology.  Are you drawn to the topics in the documentaries?  The library has guides, databases, and films related to the economic, political, social, and cultural histories of South Asia. You can directly contact the librarian who specializes in your topic.  Their emails are one each guide below.

We have grouped databases for interdisciplinary topics and Area Studies:

Africana

Latin American and Caribbean

Middle East

Russian and Slavic

Gender and Sexuality

New York City

Dance

Or you may find research in your area under our Literature & Language collections:

French

German

Irish

Italian

Spanish and Portuguese

 

Please Remember Me

Joe, a smiling man with silver hair and eyeglasses in a blue plaid shirt.

Please Remember Me explores aging.  How do health and social needs change over any person’s life?  How do economic development, urbanization, and current health care systems affect our families?  If the film opened your eyes to a new field of research, check out the library resources below for further reading or viewing options.

Start with the tab on Aging in the LibGuide for Social Work: Policy for international projects, divisions, and centers.  Seniors are a special topic of research, affecting legal issues, psychology, and respect for wisdom.  Or if you are looking for data, this LibGuide on Public Health can prepare you for an appointment

Women speaking in a crowd.

“The Age of the World Picture” by World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations is licensed under CC BY 2.0

with a librarian.  Caitlin Mannion is NYU Shanghai’s Social Work Librarian and she maintains a Shanghai-specific LibGuide on Social Work.

You may want to set up email alerts about new articles published in the top journals, listed at the bottom of the LibGuide on Social and Public Policy.  Journals are published on different schedules; some once or twice a year, others every month or so.  With alerts, you don’t have to remember to visit a website.  Instead, you receive the table of contents listing the new releases.  Or you can request notices for specific topics or authors most relevant to your research.  This is how many professors keep up to date on research in his or her discipline.