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Taylor & Francis Journals

Taylor & Francis Online will be undergoing maintenance on Wednesday Feb 22, starting at 11 am.  The database will definitely not be available for one hour, but may  last for three more hours till 3 pm.

The database provider will be doing all they can to minimize disruption to the service.  Thank you for your patience while they perform essential work to keep things running smoothly.

Credo Reference Downtime

On Friday evening, Feb. 10th, Credo Reference will take some of their back-end systems down for routine maintenance. As a result of this work, Credo will be unavailable from 9:00pm to 1:00am.  They have endeavored to make this change during the lowest usage periods, to minimize the inconvenience.

A page instructing users about availability will be displayed during the downtime.


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Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week takes place February 27 – March 2 this year. And there are Blue Smokeopportunities for you to participate!

Throughout the week there will be readings from banned and challenged books. The readings will take place Monday-Friday from 12:00-1:00. Everyone is welcome to attend the readings.

If you are interested in reading, please contact either Becky Willson ( or Kristina Oldenburg (

Check out these links for suggestions of books from which to read:


Happy uncensored reading.


The Digital Closet

Library Speaker Series presents:

The Digital Closet: How Internet Filtering Technologies Suppress Access to Information by, for, and about Sexual and Gender Minorities

Dr. Alvin Schrader (University of Alberta) will be giving a talk about intellectual freedom, the ability to “access [all] expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity, and to express thoughts publicly. His talk centres on his research into web filtering and how this filtering discriminates against the online information needs of the LGBTQ communities and their allies.  The talk discusses the shortcomings of filtering software that both over- and under-block digital content, in addition to the censorware phenomenon and the ways in which the politics of fear and the brute force of technology trump access to LGBTQ voices on the Internet.

Friday, March 2nd, 2012
10:00 – 11:30 am

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