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Saroyan Prize finalists selected


"Thirty books—half fiction, the other half nonfiction—have been selected as finalists for the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Winners in both the fiction and nonfiction categories get a $12,500 prize and will be recognized Sept. 5 during Stanford's Saroyan Centennial celebrations. Jointly awarded by Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, the Saroyan Prize aims to encourage new or emerging writers and honors Saroyan's literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation."

--From The Stanford Report

See also:
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Stanford's William Saroyan Collection

Green Library closed on 4th of July

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Green Library will be closed on the 4th of July. We will reopen on Saturday, July 5, 9am - 5pm.

Summer Quarter Hours

Citation help ... in Facebook

CiteMe is a new Facebook application that allows you to create formatted citations from WorldCat records in Facebook. Just use CiteMe to search for a book you want to cite, then select from APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA or Turabian style for a formatted citation you can cut and paste into your paper.

Add CiteMe to your profile, or become a fan of Green Library on Facebook and use it there.

50% of college students read E-books


As written up in the Chronicle of Higher Ed, this finding is described as Survey Finds That Only Half of College Students Use E-Books. But the fact that 50% of college students spend some time each week reading E-books, and almost 25% spend 1 hour/week or more strikes me as pretty high. After all, the 2006 NEA report To Read or Not to Read shows pretty low levels of reading overall. From the NEA report: a 2007 AP poll of adults found only 73% had read a book at all in the past year. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, only 54% of college seniors are spending 11 hours/week or more "studying, reading, writing, doing homework". So, 23% spending 1 hour/week or more reading E-books seems pretty high to me.

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