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Freedom – It's What We're Reading

November 2010

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

“There had always been something not quite right about the Berglunds.”
Recently on the cover of Time magazine and selected for Oprah’s Book Club, it is easy to see Franzen more as the celebrity author than celebrated writer. In his fourth novel, Freedom, he once again explores the relationships, actions and consequences of an American family in Saint Paul, Minnesota. What begins as a description of a normal middle class family evolves into a story of their different decisions, conflicts and disappointments. The novel tells the story of the Berglund family from several points of view. The first section of the novel is seen through the eyes of their neighbors, who seem to delight in the family’s ups and downs, impatiently waiting for everything to fall apart. The rest of the novel deals closely with family and friends, with first-hand accounts from wife Patty Berglund, family friend and musician Richard Katz, husband Walter Berglund, and finally to Berglund’s son Joey, as he enters his first year of college. This isn’t just another book about a suburban family. Franzen’s attention to detail and sharp wit make Freedom worthy of the hype.

This book is held in the Library’s Popular Fiction collection.

New ILL Services: ILLiad is here!

Our new ILLiad software, improves the ILL experience by allowing end users to:

  • directly request, track, and electronically retrieve (for articles), their Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • receive timely email notifications (to their SJU email address) that let users know when books are available for pickup, or when they can log on to the ILLiad site and retrieve your article electronically.
  • view a running history of all requests sent.

So log on and take a look: http://sju.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/

Log on using your SJU Username/Password (the same one that you use for MySJU.

(First-time users will be required to complete a one-time registration.)

New Student Video!

It’s that time of year when students have finalized their college choices and are getting to know what will soon be their new home. We want to welcome all the students who have made the choice to come to Saint Joseph’s with a new promotional video we recently finished. We interviewed students (and asked other students to interview students) across campus to find out what they liked most about the Library.  Check out their responses in the video below!  You can also learn more about what the Library has to offer you on our New Hawks page.

The students have spoken!

The Drexel Library staff would like to thank all of the students who participated in our survey earlier this semester! Here are some highlights from our findings along with our responses:

Students would like the Library to be open later on weeknights. We are doing something about that! We extended our hours until 2:00 a.m. after spring break, and are going to be open 24/7 for finals week.

The percentage of students feeling safe in the Library is up dramatically from previous surveys. We’re glad you feel safe here!

On the topic of improving our book collection: we were surprised that the most frequently mentioned subject was…. Popular Reading/Fiction. Check out the McNaughton Collection of current popular books at the entrance to the Library Cafe.

We understand that you find the Library’s temperature uncomfortable sometimes. Remember, we work here every day! We are anticipating improvements with the completion of the new Learning Commons.

Extended Services during Finals!

Extended hours and 24/7 hours for finals

Drexel Library will continue to be open until 2 a.m. Sunday – Thursday until the end of classes. On Sunday, May 2 Drexel Library will be open 24 hours through the end of finals (May 8). Please note that there will be no library assistance during the hours of 12 midnight through 8:00am. Settle in and get to work!

Reserve a Study Room At Francis A. Drexel Library
Between April 16 and May 8, SJU students can reserve one of four study rooms on the second floor of Drexel Library.

The study rooms are designed for group work. SJU students can reserve the room during the following hours:
8:30am – 10:00pm Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 9:00pm Friday
10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday
10:00am – 10:00pm Sunday

For more information, please see the Group Study Rooms Reservation page.

Good luck with all your final projects, papers and exams!

Marketing through Social Networks

As people’s information habits change, television commercials and printed advertisements become less effective at marketing products and services, and companies have to stay on their toes to find new ways of reaching their target audience. Researching the newest information trends, and marketing effectively within these circuits becomes vital to a company’s survival. CMO.com, a resource site for Marketing professionals, recently published a cool, concise guide to some of the most important social networking tools available to marketers, including how they’re most effectively used in categories like brand exposure and customer communication.  Read about the Guide here, or go directly to the guide here.

Also check out some great resources for keeping up with the marketing times on our Marketing Toolkit’s new Social Media page, including the latest news in social network marketing, how-to guides and important definitions for marketing gurus.

Thanks to Cynthia Slater, our Business Reference Librarian, for suggesting these resources, and for her hard work on the new Social Media site!

Discover More

The Discovery Catalog has recently been upgraded to include an Advanced Search feature – meaning  you now have a lot more options for researching.  From the red bar at the top of the page, click on Advanced Search to perform a more thorough search – searching by title, author, subject, and publication year are just some of the options, and you can even search across multiple fields at once.  Looking for a copy of Freakonomics?  Go into Advanced Search and search by Title.  Looking for anything we might have by Freud on psychoanalysis?  You can search for him in the Author field with psychoanalysis as a keyword.  Head over, explore, and let us know what you think!

Student Library Survey: Win a Flip Camcorder!

How are we doing? What can we do better?

Let us know by filling out the Drexel Library survey and you will have a chance to win a Flip Camcorder! It takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and the information you provide will help us improve our collections and services.

To complete the survey, log on to my.sju.edu and click on the survey link under Announcements.

If you have any problems accessing the survey or any questions, contact the Drexel Library through email at librarysurvey@sju.edu.

The survey closes on Feb. 12, 2010. Your help is much appreciated!

Charity Navigator

Since last week’s major earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti, U.S. citizens have been eager to help out in any way they can, and the news has been overflowing with names of organizations that would gladly accept donations to go to the relief effort. But, like all charitable giving, it’s important to be informed about where your money is going. You might want to do a little background research first to make sure that most of the dollars you give directly supporting the cause, and not being stopped short by high administrative expenses, or heavy fund raising costs.

If you are planning to give to the cause of rebuilding Haiti, or any other cause that’s close to your heart, check out Charity Navigator – a site that rates charities on a four-star scale based on indicators like organizational efficiency and overall expenses. If you’re looking to get involved in a charity, it can also be a great place to read about the great variety of different types of charities offered in the U.S.

Take a minute to browse, and certainly give if you can – you just might stumble across a cause that you didn’t even know you were passionate about!

Library open 24 hours for finals!

With the semester winding up into a frenzy of final exams, papers and projects, the Library is once again supporting student work with extended hours: we’re open 24 hours a day, now through Saturday, December 19th, when we will shut our doors for the weekend at 4 p.m. (The Library will open with shorter hours next week, after finals are over.) Come and study, write, work, collaborate, and, for all you night owls, settle in until the sun comes up!