LIBRARY READERS ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 165 (4 January 2012)


1. Van Noorden, Richard. “365 days: 2011 in review,”
Nature (21 December 2011)

This article reviews the ups and downs in science in the past year, from deep space to the inner workings of matter in particle colliders.

Interactive Timeline

Nature is available electronically at

2. “The world this year,”
The Economist vol. 401, no. 8764 (17 December 2011): p.9-10.

This article covers the most significant stories of 2011 in economics, politics, and science.

The Economist is available electronically at


North Korea under Kim Chong-il : power, politics, and prospects for change / Ken E. Gause
(DS935.774 .G38 2011)

Wondering what will happen in North Korea after the recent death of Kim Jong-il? This book provides history and perspective for those who are curious as to how his death and the accession of his son, Kim Jong-un, will affect North East Asia.

Links of Interest:
Obituary from The Guardian
Obituary from The Economist


Václav Havel (5 October 1936 – 18 December 2011)

A Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician; he went from serving in prison under the old regime to become the nation’s first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia after the non violent “Velvet Revolution,” and became the first President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003). The Library has works by Havel and also those about him and his career. You can learn more about him from Václav Havel: from “bourgeois reactionary” to president, an article from Radio Prague; and from the official website of Václav Havel.

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