Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Circle: a Guide

Click here to see a guide to The Circle created by BSC Library staff.  

Use it to find out more about the book itself; author Dave Eggers; the world of the Circle, including main characters; readalikes; web links; and things to think about more deeply.

The guide also includes information about Campus Read and a Customer Experience Survey.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Circle -- Fiction, but All Too Real

The Circle by Dave Eggers may be fiction, but the kind of world it depicts is all too real.
C. L. Lindsay III

Mark your calendar and plan to attend one of C. L. Lindsay's presentations on "Computing and the Law" on Wednesday, September 23, at the Basin Electric Auditorium in the NECE.
The 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. sessions will be student-focused; the 3:30 p.m. session will be geared towards faculty and staff.
"Computing and the Law" focuses on the dangers of social media on college campuses:
  • Understanding the implications of participating in campus “confession” sites, including potential legal and disciplinary liabilities for both posters and site administrators
  • Plagiarism & intellectual property
  • Potential employers and online information – the content of your Facebook page can undermine future job opportunities
  • Privacy
  • Posting underage drinking on the Internet can result in disciplinary actions – you can be thrown out of college
  • Cyber bullying
C. L. Lindsay III is a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of student rights and academic freedom. His book, The College Student’s Guide to the Law (2005), has become the definitive authority used by students, university counsel, and as a textbook for masters and law courses nation wide.  Lindsay graduated magna cum laude from Denison University, and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan. In his spare time, he teaches courses in Law and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1998, Lindsay left his practice in New York City to found and direct the Coalition for Student & Academic Rights (CO-STAR). CO-STAR is a national student rights organization that helps thousands of college students with their legal problems, free of charge, each year.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The 2015 BSC Campus Read selection is ... 

The Circle by Dave Eggers                                 

“A vivid, roaring dissent to the companies that have coaxed us to disgorge every thought and action onto the Web . . . Carries the potential to change how the world views its addicted, compliant thrall to all things digital. If you work in Silicon Valley, or just care about what goes on there, you need to pay attention.” —Dennis K. Berman, The Wall Street Journal

“When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency ... Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world — even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.”