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In the Stacks: senior student reading selections

April 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Over the past five years, graduating library student employees have recommended more than 50 titles for addition to the library collection. Titles selected run the gamut from whimsical and light reading to items needed to finish a senior project.

The class of 2012 is very excited to share their additions to the library collection. Here, in the students’ own words, are the reasons they chose a particular title.

Azulinaciones
selected by A.J. Haughton
“I was introduced to this book by a professor at the Universidad San Franciso de Quito, where I studied through their exchange agreement with Beloit College. It is an excellent, but neglected, piece of contemporary Ecuadorian fiction.

Inventing English
selected by Kelly Hayes
“I read this book once and found it very enjoyable. It is a brief yet detailed history of the English language and the cultures, events, and history that molded (and mold) it. It is perfect for language geeks.”

Swamplandia
selected by Molly McCracken

“This is one of my favorite books. It is bizarre and beautiful and you find yourself lost in a world of alligators, decrepit theme parks, and never-ending swampland.”

Student  recommendations over the past five years have led to the addition of more than 170 items to the library collection.

Titles selected from previous classes include:

  • Michael and Natasha : the life and love of Michael II, the last of the Romanov tsars
  • Raw power (an album by Iggy and the Stooges)   
  • The primate anthology:essays on primate behavior, ecology, and conservation from Natural History
  • Flat broke with children: women in the age of welfare reform
  • Cho Oyu, west of Everest (a documentary about a mountaineering expedition to the sixth highest mountain in the world).

Not limited to just library student employees, over the past five years Beloit College student  recommendations lead to the addition of over  170 items to the library collection. Stop by the library reference desk to learn more about submitting your own recommendation for the library's collections.