Throughout the first floor of Drexel Library are ten displays highlighting female artists. This exhibition is a collaboration between Dr. Martha Easton’s Art 107 course, Kathleen Vaccaro’s Art 133 course, SJU art librarian Jenifer Baldwin, and SJU Gallery Director, Jeanne Bracy. In order to raise awareness of the work of women artists, and provide more inclusive representation of these artists in the library’s book collection, SJU students created the book displays, accompanying essays, and portraits.
ART 107: Women, Gender, and Art
Dr. Martha Easton and Jenifer Baldwin, SJU’s librarian for art, collaborated on developing the assignment in which students selected the books and researched and wrote essays providing context for the artists’ lives and work.
ART 133: Drawing 1
To celebrate and understand the work of a variety of women artists on a deeper level, students in Kathleen Vaccaro’s Drawing I course researched the lives and work of the artists and created a portrait inspired by that artist and her artwork.
While some of the book cover images have been included above, pictured below is a sampling of the student art in “Focus on Women & Art”.
A reception for the exhibit will be held in the library on Tuesday, February 4th during Free Period. The students, faculty and art librarian will be on hand to discuss this interesting collaboration and answer questions you may have about the process and outcomes.
“Focus on Women & Art” will be up throughout the spring semester.
The latest book display is a mash-up of various themes all centering on holidays or festivals around the world. Some themes are religious, such as Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza, while others are of secular feasts. These secular festivals can be as dissimilar as portrayals of coming-of-age ceremonies among African tribes or Soviet propaganda parades.
You can find this highly visual display on the first floor of Drexel Library across from the Main Service Desk. The books are all available for checkout!
– Marian Courtney
Art Work – Makenzie Koonrad ’22
This display was curated by Makenzie Koonrad ’22 and Martha VanAuken, Library Technician – Circulation
First-Generation College Students is the theme of the book display on the 1st floor of Drexel Library. In conjunction with National First-Generation College Celebration on November 8th, the display features titles by and about first-generation college students. You can view the selections online or, better yet, stop by and check one out!
Check out our First Gen library guide for more resources.
-Naomi Cohen, Education Resources/Reference Librarian
This display was curated by Naomi Cohen and Maggie Oliver, Program Specialist, Graduate Business.
From Medieval explorers to travel writers of modern day, our November book display is a sampling of books from our collection that tap into various aspects of global travel throughout the ages. Some of the books are about maps — how certain ones came to be and the historical significance of each. Others tackle more delicate topics that could involve a more personal or philosophical journey to a distant land. One book describes a foreign culture through its culinary offerings and several are focused on the modern pastime of traveling.
It’s a Small World: Travel, Discover, Map It! will be up throughout the month of November. “Explore” the offerings to see if something piques your interest. Better yet, stop by and check one out! The display is on the wall adjacent to the elevator on the 1st floor of the PLC.
– Marian Courtney
This display curated by Marian Courtney, Library Operations Manager
Migration and Medical Humanities is a student-curated display in coordination with the Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library and located upon entrance to Drexel Library. All materials were purchased for the Library’s permanent collection in supports of University curriculum, as well as student and faculty research needs.
“My Summer Scholars project is titled Thinking About Migration: Working at a Free Clinic. After completing a semester of service-learning at Inglis House (a wheel chair community) and reading and writing about medicine in the medical humanities course Hospital Stories, I wanted to deepen my experience through additional service that explored the connections between immigration and medicine. With the current rise in immigration and the subsequent healthcare concerns related to the mass movement of marginalized groups, stories of medicine and immigration and their convergence are timely.
This project resulted in three creative nonfiction essays. My first essay detailed my experiences of volunteering at The Clinic, an organization the inthe Philadelphia region that provides healthcare to the uninsured, while cultivating an environment of respect and dignity for these individuals. My second essay described medicine and immigration from the perspective of my grandmother, who moved from Ireland to England in the 1960’s and became a nurse in a London hospital. Finally, my third essay explores the on-going humanitarian crisis at the southern US border.”
– Ceili Hamill, ’20 Biology Major/English Minor. Ceili’s plans after graduation are to attend medical school and become a physician.
The SJU chapter of Active Minds has partnered with the Francis A. Drexel Library to create a book display in recognition of National Depression Screening Day (October 3) and Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 6-12). Active Minds is a national nonprofit dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness and treatments while promoting greater dialogue about mental health.
The display includes books that tell real stories of individuals struggling with their mental health, popular works of fiction with mental health themes, and books of general mental health information to educate all readers.
1 in 4 adults will experience some sort of mental health related illness in their lifetime, so our goal at Active Minds is to ensure that those individuals are not ostracized and will receive the support that they deserve.
– Brendan McNally, ‘20
Co-President, SJU Active Minds
This display can be found upon entrance to the Post Learning Commons.
Some of the topics include recipes, history, and general facts about your go-to early morning meals. Both e-books and hard copies are available. Take a look!
– Makenzie Koonrad ’22
Book Display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager
What is it about a book that attracts your attention? Maybe it’s the title or the author. Perhaps it’s the cover art. What if all you had to base your decision upon was the book’s first line? A well written first line can draw you in and entice you to read the next line, the next paragraph, and beyond.
Our latest book display gives you the chance to judge a book by its first line. Some will be very familiar…others might interest you enough to take a chance and continue reading. Visit First Lines in its new location on the first floor of the Drexel Library.
This display was curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager and Martha VanAuken, Library Technician.
The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners will be announced on April 15th. Recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for writers and artists, the Pulitzer has been honoring excellence in the arts, letters, and journalism since its inception in 1917.
Pulitzer Prize Winners will be on display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons throughout the month of April. Browse these outstanding novels, plays, poetry collections, biographies, and histories!