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The Outsiders – It’s What We’re Reading

“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering reviews from the Drexel Library staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.

The Outsiders

The Outsiders
by S. E. Hinton

One of my favorite books is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It elaborates on the saying “stay gold” meaning to always stay true to yourself. That saying has stuck with me for years now. It’s an easy read but has a lot of lessons inside.

The Outsiders is available in the CMC Children’s Literature section on the second floor of the Drexel Library.

Student employee reviewed

–  Julia Donahue

Campus Coffee Hour with the Career Development Center

Please Join us for November’s Coffee Hour with the Career Development Center

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

Mark your calendar –
Grab a coffee and snack while you network with colleagues.
See you then.

Jesuitica — That’s What You Will Find in our November Book Display

Saint Joseph’s University was founded 1851 by the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits). Jesuits work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits.  And while an entire library could be filled with books authored by Jesuits or about Jesuits, our 3-tier book display presents an overview. Subject matter ranges from historical backgrounds to application of principles on a personal level through the lived life of someone such as Pope Francis.

For a list of the titles in the catalog, see Jesuitica. Or, better yet, stop by and check one out!
This display curated by Cynthia Slater, Business Reference Librarian.

About Scholarship@SJU

As part of Open Access Week, we are highlighting the Library’s digital repository, Scholarship@SJU, to raise awareness of the Library’s role in promoting faculty scholarship.

Scholarship @ SJU is a digital repository for the scholarship of Saint Joseph’s University. The Library administers this site to preserve and showcase the intellectual and creative achievements of the Saint Joseph’s University community and to foster scholarly communication and research. Our site is part of a larger network of 500 institutions using the cross-searchable Digital Commons platform. In addition, the site’s materials are made available in Google search results.

Scholarship @ SJU’s faculty publications are organized by department, discipline, and author. Authors are provided with readership reports, including information download counts and world-wide locations from which their work was viewed.

The Library posts the bibliographic citation for your scholarly publications and presentations. The information is obtained from several sources: directly from you, the author; from the fall academic departmental annual reports; and from alert services. Making the repository most useful requires that the full-text be deposited for open access. We depend on you to help us add that material.

If you have questions about Scholarship@SJU, please contact Kristine E. Mudrick,
Associate Director for Resources Management, 610-660-3215 or

Open Access Week October 23-29

International Open Access Week 2017

What is Open Access Publishing?

Open Access Publishing allows for scholars to make their work accessible to the public. In traditional publishing, researchers submit their work to a journal and the publisher provides access to the journal via databases or print issues. Often these journals are aggregated into large subscription-only databases produced by such companies as EBSCO and ProQuest. This means that, including libraries, only those that purchase individual articles or subscribe to these sources can access them.

By publishing in an Open Access Journal, authors can make their work available to anyone with an internet connection.  While the moniker “Open Access” suggests free for all, producing an open access resource is not without cost. Open Access journals have different business models to support production, which includes costs associated with advertising, crowdfunding, membership dues, or publication fees.

There are two methods to distribute work via open access: Gold OA (open access) and Green OA. Gold OA refers to peer-reviewed open access journals that allow the authors to retain the copyright. Green OA are open access repositories, often organized by institution or discipline. Green OA does not peer review articles, but much of the content has been peer reviewed by other sources already. It can also include preprints and post-prints, or a release by the publisher once an embargo has passed.

In some instances, faculty, particularly those seeking tenure, are fearful of submitting to an OA journal because it is believed that since the journal is freely available, the journal is lacking in quality and prestige. Over time, however, this is changing, and open access may provide a less expensive solution to expanding scholarship.

It is important for scholars to evaluate a journal before submitting for preview. If the publisher is aggressively soliciting submissions, promises a quick publication turnaround, or eliminates peer review, it may be a predatory journal.

If you have already published in an Open Access journal, please consider submitting your work to our scholarship repository, Scholarship@SJU.


Fledgling – It’s What We’re Reading


“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering reviews from the Drexel Library staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.


By Octavia Butler

Shori wakes up in a cave not remembering anything about herself or her life. She realizes that she is recovering from extremely grave injuries, including severe burns and gunshot wounds, and that she is hungry. Upon recovering enough to leave the cave, Shori finds the nearby site of a small community, destroyed by fire and a gun battle, from which she must have escaped. Through subsequent experiences finding nourishment and interacting with humans, Shori learns that she is a vampire. She must use her skills, her fragmented memory, and human help to find vampire role models, and figure out how to live as a vampire, and with vampires and human symbionts. While learning about herself, her history, and her family, Shori has to keep herself and her human and vampire family members from being killed. She is determined to find out who is trying to kill her and her family and why, and bring the killers to justice.

Fledgling is available on the Second Floor of the Drexel Library.

The Library also owns three other books by Octavia Butler: Kindred, Bloodchild and other stories, and Parable of the Sower.

How to Avoid Common Mistakes People Make with Insurance (Brown Bag Lunch Talk)

Visiting Professor Todd Erkis in the Finance Department will discuss his recently published consumer self-help book, What Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know: An Insider Shows You How to Win at Insurance, and answer questions.

Todd is the former Chief Actuary of Lincoln Financial and worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years prior to teaching full time at SJU.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. It is also available through Amazon.

Tuesday, November 7 noon -1 p.m.
Wachterhauser Seminar Room

(2nd floor, Post Learning Commons)
Bring your lunch. Cookies and drinks will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library and the Administrative Staff Council.

Please rsvp here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Library Lines Fall 2017

Happy Fall! The latest newsletter from the Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library, Library Lines Fall 2017, is now available. This past summer the Library redesigned the Library Instruction Lab, upgraded its Integrated Library System and Interlibrary Loan service, and had a new librarian join the staff. Take a look and see what we’ve been going on.



“The Clear Voice of Justice” Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967/2017 Exhibition

WHEN: Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

WHERE: Post Learning Commons Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections, 3rd Floor

WHAT: Take a trip back in time to October 26,1967 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed an audience in the Alumni Memorial Field House (now, the Hagan Arena) of Saint Joseph’s College (University). Listen to a few brief remarks about the exhibition “The Clear Voice of Justice” Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967/2017, view the history, talk with friends about it and enjoy some light refreshments. Learn something new.

Photo credit: Glenn A. McCurdy

Dark Tales and Witch Hunts — Must be October


In contrast to the beautiful display of fall foliage found locally, the month of October also calls to mind all things dark and ghoulish the closer we get to October 31st.

With this idea in mind, the Library has put together a display of books from its collection that includes books about witches and witch trials, werewolves, superstition, and Halloween. The “Dark Tales and Witch Hunts — Must be October” display can be found on the 1st floor of the PLC beyond the elevator. This display curated by Cynthia Slater, Business Reference Librarian.

Stop by and check one out!