Today's Hours

New Book Display — “Vive la Révolution!: The Movements and Revolutions that Changed History (for better or worse)

We may think that our politics has been intense over the last couple of years, but it’s still nothing compared to what has happened in the past. As the country prepares for this year’s Mid-Term elections, we present our newest book display: Vive la Révolution!: The Movements and Revolutions that Changed History (for better or worse).” This collection describes Revolutions of all kinds, from the paradigm-shifting French Revolution to the bloodless, symbolic “Revolution of 1800” to the deadly rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany and more.

The collection also focuses on some of the important social movements that have shaped modern society, from the Civil Rights Movement to the quest for equal rights for Women and the LGBTQ community.

You can browse these books from home or check them out in person at the display case on the 1st floor of the Post Learning Commons between the elevator and the lounge. The display will last through the rest of November. Vive la Révolution!
–  Brendan Johnson
This display curated by Brendan Johnson.

Campus Coffee Hour with SJU Library Featuring Human Resources

For this month’s Campus Coffee Hour, our colleagues in Human Resources will be on hand to answer questions you may have about services and benefits available to you as an employee. Take a few moments out of your busy day to enjoy light breakfast fare while you network with campus partners. 

Friday, November 2nd
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Post Learning Commons
2nd Floor Lounge

Mark your calendar and plan to join us!

Happiness is a Cup of Coffee and a Good Book!

The buzz about the new student-run Saxbys in Campion is hard to miss — between the article in The Hawk as well as the one in Philadelphia magazine, it is an exciting opportunity and we wish them success in their venture.

The Library has books (and e-books!) on all things coffee. Check them out!

Uncommon Grounds: the History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World

The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed

Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry

Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival

Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

– Cynthia Slater and Marian Courtney

 

 

Open House SJU Archives and Special Collections

As part of American Archives Month, University Archives and Special Collections will host an Open House in the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections Suite on October 25th during Free Period.

Notable pieces from our collections will be on view including a copy of the 1918 edition of Hopkins’ poems, rare books from our Jesuitica collection, and the marriage record from Old Saint Joseph’s Church for Francis A. Drexel and Emma Bouvier that was signed by Father Barbelin. Fr. Feeney and Carmen Croce, two esteemed colleagues, plan to join us.

You can search SJU Online for photos and objects of interest while visiting.

Light refreshments will be served. Please join us in celebrating our heritage and collections!

“First Man” Opens This Weekend

You’ve seen the movie First Man and the idea of space exploration captures your imagination. SJU Library can help fill the void!

We have books (and e-books!) on the Apollo project and the race to the moon.

With Fall Break on the horizon, take a look at these offerings and “explore!”

Apollo in the Age of Aquarius

No Requiem for the Space Age: The Apollo Moon Landings and American Culture

Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon

Moon Landing: A Chronology of the Apollo Missions

Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo: A Rare Photographic History

The Race: The Uncensored Story of How America Beat Russia to the Moon

– Cynthia Slater and Marian Courtney

CLASSIFIED: Spies, Double Agents, and Informers

 

 

Our latest book display features the furtive world of espionage in, CLASSIFIED: Spies, Double Agents, and Informers. Ranging from intrigue in the Court of Henry VIII and the Vatican, to spies on both sides of the Civil War, from Allied intelligence during two World Wars to the Red Scare and beyond, this collection gives some insight into the minds of men and women who lived secret lives to serve, protect, and sometimes, betray their nations.

You can browse the list of “CLASSIFIED” books from home, although not all book jackets will be visible. Better yet, stop by, take a look, and check one out! Our display can be found on the 1st floor of the Post Learning Commons between the elevator and the lounge for at least the rest of October.

           – Susan Clayton

 

 

This display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager.

 

Celebrating American Archives Month with SJU Collections Online

The Archives and Special Collections has created SJU Collections Online  to make information about the University’s collections more accessible to students, faculty, staff researchers and the public.  The database  contains records for institutional photographs, collected memorabilia and rare books.  More materials will be added on a regular basis.

Take few moments to browse through the virtual collection and learn something new about Saint Joseph’s University’s rich history.  For research assistance, or to consult the physical materials represented in the database, email Archives and Special Collections staff (archives@sju.edu) to make an appointment.

– Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Turns 20 — some thoughts

As we celebrate Google‘s 20th birthday today, let’s take a look at how Google has impacted research in the library. Google is a tool that has some really great benefits, but also some drawbacks. It does a really great job of using natural language in its search, allowing users to type in common phrases without having to think about keyword combinations. Google Scholar allows anyone to search through quality academic journals, do extensive forward and backward citation searching and even access the full text of articles unavailable in the library. Most importantly, Google has given millions of students and faculty instant access to knowledge and information that could have taken hours of working with a Reference librarian in a library. This access gives students more time to search for and read their sources and produce better research.

But… it still has flaws to consider. As good as the spoken language search has become, Google is still keyword-based, which puts the onus on the searcher to find and use the best keywords. Also, Google’s PageRank tool emphasizes websites that contain a high number of links, or that are linked to a high number of times, over those with less, which can rank pages with poor quality or inaccurate information higher above better quality pages. Google Scholar, for all the access it provides, most results are not full text and contains many non-refereed, non-academic sources mixed in the results. And while Google provides instant access to millions of pages of information, it leaves it up to YOU, the searcher, to determine what is of value and what is not.

Google has given us so much, but has also made it more important than ever that we can evaluate the sources we find, especially for scholarly research.

It is up to you to Google wisely.

– Brendan Johnson

International Podcast Day

Saturday, September 30th is International Podcast Day!

Our favorite podcasts are entertaining, informative, thought provoking and challenging.

Rather than get road rage during your commute, why not tune in to something that will stimulate your brain and result in further investigation and research on the topic? Or, you may choose something lighter that delivers current events or topics of the day with a humorous twist.

If you never or rarely tune in, here are some that library staff, family and friends have suggested as favorites:

Good to Know

Slowburn

Cinescapism

How I Built This

The RFK Tapes

We Came To Win

Serial

Crimetown

30 for 30

WTF with Marc Maron

Academic Minute

Binge Mode

Time Magazine just released a list of what they consider the 50 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now. Maybe you recognize one or two of your favorites in the list?

Let us know what you think!

– Marian Courtney