Author Archives: Sierra Whitfield

My Favorite Books Episode 11: Religion In Fantasy (The Chronicles of Narnia vs. His Dark Materials)

Welcome to the eleventh episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

In this episode, Sierra delves into the topic of Religion and Fantasy by examining two titular works of 20th Century Fantasy, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

You can listen to the latest episode here.

Available on iTunes!

 

Summary from Goodreads:

His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights (published as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes.

The Chronicles of Narnia
Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a land where magic meets reality, and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations.

The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

More Than Books Ep. 49: Makerspaces & Migrations

Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast Episode 49! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!  “More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 49: Makerspaces & Migrations 

 

You can listen to the latest episode here!

 

 

Description: We’re joined today by Jessica Omer, (Senior Circulation Assistant) and Joel Hartung (Assistant Director, Library Systems) as we delve into the topics of Makerspaces in Libraries, as well as our ILS Migration.

Music Attribution:
The Last Noel by Quincas Moreira

 

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

 

My Favorite Books Episode 10: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Welcome to the tenth episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

You can listen to the latest episode here.

Available on iTunes!

 

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights (published as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes.”

 

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

Digital Archives and Otter.ai

A short time ago, there had been an issue with our digital archives. Typically, we strive for them to be equipped in all areas with high-resolution images (especially for older items), metadata, and proper transcription for all of our videos. However, the act of creating a full transcript from scratch can be rather time consuming, as the recorder would have to watch the entire video and then type out word for word whatever was being audibly presented. With this method it would take a recorder a week, often many more, to get through a single video. Obviously, this was not the most efficient process.

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More Than Books Ep. 48: National Library Week

Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast Episode 48! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!  “More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 48: National Library Week

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Description: We’re joined today by Alicia James, (Access & Outreach Services Specialist) and Sylvia Stevens, (Reference Support Specialist) as we delve into the topic of National Library Week, its origins, this year’s theme, and our displays (Women Inventors) and events.

 

Music Attribution:
The Last Noel by Quincas Moreira

 

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

My Favorite Books Episode 9: Joe Hill’s Horns

Welcome to the ninth episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of Joe Hill’s Horns.

You can listen to the latest episode here.

Available on iTunes!

 

 

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.”

 

 

 

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

My Favorite Books Episode 8: Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

Welcome to the eighth episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness.

You can listen to the latest episode here.

Available on iTunes!

 

 

Summary from Goodreads:

 

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose – and change – their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters.

Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

More Than Books Ep. 47: Farewells & Fan Conventions

Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast Episode 47! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes! “More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 47: Farewells & Fan Conventions

You can listen to the latest episode here!

 

Description: Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast, Episode 47! In the first half of this episode, I, along with my special guests, will be discussing the wildly popular phenomenon that is known as fan conventions. We will also be discussing some top-secret information on the upcoming Bruin-Con. The second half will be a little sad, a little bittersweet. After seventeen years with the Bellevue University Library, our very own Margie will be, sadly, retiring. Robin Bernstein, our library director, guest hosts as she gives conducts a special, one-on-one, interview with Margie about her work at the Bellevue University Library. So sit back and enjoy the rest of the show!

 

Music Attribution:
Outro – The Last Noel by Quincas Moreira

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

Mortal Engines DVD PN1995.9 F36 M67 2019

“It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.”

This is where our tale begins, in a world that will – eventually – be our own. In this post-apocalyptic future, society revolves around the philosophy of Municipal Darwinism; a dog-eat-dog world, or rather, more specifically, for the setting of Mortal Engines, a city-eat-city world. The earth has been made inhabitable by a cataclysmic event in the far past, and in the future, “cities ride on wheels, consuming each other.” A technological ecosystem has sprung up the wake of civilization, a brutal, unforgiving world that bring triumph to the strong and powerful, and culls the weak, all in a bid for survival. Smaller cities, which inevitably end up consumed, are used for their resources, both for mechanistic purposes (i.e. fuel, machine parts, or as metals to be melted down), and a food resource (humans captured by larger cities are either enslaved or used as a source of… protein). Yes, you read that correctly. Protein.

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My Favorite Books Episode 7: Frank Herbert’s Dune

Welcome to the seventh episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

You can listen to the latest episode here.

Available on iTunes!

 

 

Summary from Goodreads:

 

“Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for…

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.”

 

Music Attribution:

Wisdom of the Mountains

by Serge Quadrado

Arabic Sadness

by Serge Quadrado

 

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.