–Compiled by Alice Dietrich
From Up On Poppy Hill
Director: Gorō Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa
Based on a work by: Tetsurō Sayama and Chizuru Takahashi
Set in 1963 Yokohama this is the tale of Umi, the oldest of three siblings and a high school student who helps run the boarding house her grandmother runs, the friendship she makes with another student at her school, and the struggle the students have to preserve their club building. The setting is a Japan still recovering from the damage of WWII and is preparing to show the world it has recovered in its preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. This is an era when the most modern was promoted and large construction projects were common so much of the old was being replaced. This is a glimpse into school life of the time as well as the Cities of Yokohama and Tokyo as they existed then.
I won’t say more as to do so could easily introduce spoilers into the description.
I highly recommend this one.
Taxes due in April? This annual publication (2014 edition covers 2013 tax year) may help you to sort through the complexity of tax filing and explain some confusing issues.
It will not tax your strength to find it on the shelves. Just go to Ref HJ 4652 .J2. The library keeps current edition and 3 years back for you really late filers or amenders.
– Larry Burg
ProQuest recently launched RefWorks Flow. Flow is the latest reference management tool for students, researchers, educators, librarians, and companies, and it is available to the students and faculty of Golden Gate University. If you’re not already using RefWorks to organize your research and references, you might want to consider it. I may be dating myself, but I seriously wish RefWorks had been more widely available during my undergraduate and graduate studies. It would have saved me a ton of time and heartache managing those myriad citations. But I digress… If you are already using RefWorks to manage your research, the jump to RefWorks Flow is a simple one. Flow automatically imports existing collections from your RefWorks account when you create your Flow account.
How is it different than the RefWorks you’ve come to know?
According to the FAQ, Flow is “a new way to collect, manage and organize research papers and documents. You can read, annotate, organize, and cite your research as well as collaborate with friends and colleagues by sharing collections.” I’m not sure I agree that the tool is entirely new; Flow builds on the foundation of RefWorks. However, the ease of adding documents to Flow is an improvement on basic RefWorks. The process of adding documents and citations has been streamlined significantly. The user simply drags and drops documents, such as PDFs, into their library to add them.
Users can also add a “Save to Flow” button to their Internet browser to save and cite webpages. If you’re reading an interesting article online that you want to cite in a paper, simply click the Save to Flow button for on-the-fly citing and saving. I found that this feature is not available for every website, so in some cases, you might have to do it the old-fashioned way. Please note: This feature is not available on library terminals.
In addition to easy saving, ProQuest has added many new features to RefWorks to enhance the user’s ability to collaborate with colleagues and other researchers. It’s cloud-based, which is conducive to sharing documents and information for group work and other collaborative projects. The application allows users to highlight and annotate documents and allow other users to comment on their documents.
It’s free, sort of…
Academics can begin a RefWorks Flow account that includes unlimited references, collection sharing, and 2GB of storage, free of charge. However, if you need more space than that you have the option to upgrade to the premium account, which can be used by 25 collaborators and includes 10GB of storage.
Want to try it out?
If you’re curious about RefWorks Flow, learn more online and set up an account. Flow is available to GGU students and faculty with .edu email addresses.
Each month the University Library staff recommend a few DVD discs in our collection. Come in check them out, or head to your public library to see if they can provide them.
HIGH and LOW (1963)
- PN1997 A124 T45 DVD
- Recommended by Gilles
Directed by Akira Kurosawa and based on the novel King’s Ransom by Ed McBain. This is the tale of an industrialist who has been amassing funds to use in preventing a takeover of his company. However shortly before a crucial stockholder’s meeting his chauffeur’s son is mistaken for his and kidnapped. The ransom demanded is large and he now must decide what to do with the money he has accumulated.
- PN1997 M552 DVD
- Recommended by Gilles
When documentary filmmaker Genya Tachibana starts to interview retired actress Chiyoko Fujiwara he hands her an object she lost many years earlier. This opens her memories and the audience is treated to the story of her life, glimpses of the history of Japanese cinema in the mid 20th century, as well as the political and social turmoil of the times. The story is said to have been inspired by the life of actress Setsuko Hara.
- PN1997 M663 DVD
- Recommended by Lee
This oscar-nominated, biographical film about the 2002 season of Oakland A’s and their general manager’s quest to create a competitive team is engaging even for the non-sports fan. The manager’s unconventional strategy to create a winning team draws you in and keeps you rooting for him. The film is based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Check out both the DVD and the book (call number GV880 L49 2011)!
SAMURAI VENDETTA (1959)
- PN1997 S26 DVD
- Recommended by Gilles
In early 17th century Edo a young unemployed man helps a relative in dire need. His skill and determination catches the public eye and leads to several job offers. Which one will he take? Will his choice place him in danger? Being a samurai he can’t just quit and look for another job.
This database aggregates the statistical abstracts of over 40 countries. These statistical abstracts are generally issued by the national statistical offices of foreign governments and contain country-level data not easily found elsewhere. Global and regional statistical compendia issued by international organizations and research firms will also be included.
Users will be able to browse the tabular content of each compendia section by section, apply table-specific filters to narrow results, search across all content or within a single country, as well as view and download a table in a spreadsheet. In its look and feel and overall functionality, the product will resemble Statistical Abstract of the United States…but with much broader coverage of content.
If you have any questions about this new resource, ask a librarian!
Financial Meltdown is the theme for the January/February 2014 Featured Books display in the University Library. Crashes, scandals, fraud, crises, deception, bubbles could further describe what is contained in this selection of titles. (we have some more on the way, that will give an even more current perspective on the financial situation) So, if you wish to delve more deeply into the financial crisis, check out some of these volumes.
As always, despite the books being on display, you are encouraged to borrow any ones that interest you.
As a reminder, LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/ggulibrary (click on “use it” next to: “ggulibrary has a suggested style for viewing this library” ) will show you the latest 12 months of all our book acquisitions.