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.
Which books would you like to see on display? The library invites you to help us curate the type of book displays you want to see! We’re looking for individuals or groups to put together book displays that will be showcased every month. Book displays can be thematic, subject, or author focused. All genres will be considered!
Scan this code to access our suggestion form or stop by the first floor Drexel library to fill out a form.
Cell Phone Symphony, an exhibit of student art from Graphic Design I, is currently on display on the 2nd floor of the PLC. The visual interpretations are colorful, varied, and thought-provoking. Here are some samples as well as an overview of the assignment followed by the names of the student artists.
In this project students were asked to:
- Create 4 posters from 2 number keys for “Cell Phone Symphony,” a performance by artist Golan Levin, featuring music composed via interaction among the audience’s cell phones. Create a random list of phone numbers (a dozen or so), which will be used to generate visual imagery for the poster,
- Devise a system for turning the phone numbers into visual form. For example, the digits 0-9 could each be assigned a color, size, typeface, character, or degree of transparency. The goal of each poster is to suggest auditory experience as well as ideas of social and technological interaction.
At this event, Dr. Cosgrove, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and her creative writing students will read selections from The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice. Written with wit and style, this craft guide approaches poetry through that vital and mysterious literary element: voice. Bring paper and pen to do a writing exercise from the book.
Tuesday, April 16th
PLC, 2nd Floor Lounge
Mark your calendar and come join us!
Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library
New All-Gender Restroom in Library
The Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library is pleased to announce the availability of an All-Gender restroom beginning January 14, 2019. Anyone can use this restroom regardless of gender identity or expression. The new restroom is located on the first floor of the Library building, replacing a women’s restroom. Single-gender restrooms are located throughout the Drexel Library and the Post Learning Commons.
The Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library strives to create an environment that is respectful, safe, and conducive to study.
For more information, please contact Anne Krakow, Library Director, email@example.com
National African American Read-In.
Tuesday, February 21
11am-12:15pm in the Post Learning Commons 2nd Floor Lounge
4-5:30pm in the Center for Inclusion and Diversity (Campion 210)
Bring your favorite passage written by an African American author to read aloud or browse the library’s Black History Month display, based on the Charleston Syllabus, on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.
If you can’t join us on campus, share a video of your reading on social media and tag it #SJUReadIn.
Questions? Contact Tom Ipri at firstname.lastname@example.org or Monica Nixon at email@example.com
Hope to see you on the 21st!
Hello everyone; I’m back for part two of my blog post! I hope that you enjoyed the previous post about using the library resources when conducting research for a marketing project at Saint Joseph’s.
Some would argue that conducting research is the boring part of a project (I am, on occasion, one of those people). However, me and my group-mates conducted research for a good reason because we then had to create a video on Millennials to share the information that we found. In the video, we discussed the demographics, geographics, and behavioral patterns of Millennials among other things. Once again, the library played a big role in helping us complete our project on time!
Me and my group members are all very busy Saint Joseph’s students. Some of us play varsity sports, some play club sports, and some participate in clubs. To make things even more hectic, we all live in different places on campus. Needless to say, finding a time where we could all get together and work on our project was difficult. However, by using the library, we were able to complete our project early and submit it after fall break.
Me and my group used the library as a meeting place to work on our project; all of us could get to it easily and there was plenty of space for use to spread our books on the table and get to work. We worked in both the old side (at the big
tables on the second floor) of the library and the new side (once again, at the tables on the second floor) of the library when we met to discuss our project. Both times we met we originally planned to meet on the first floor PLC. However, we could never get a table here because they are in high demand.
Individually, I also came to the library to use the computers on the first floor. I was able to stop in the library in between classes to work on the project or add in some last minute details. Luckily, my group used Google Docs;
this made it very easy for all of us to work together even if we were not on campus. Working at the library made it much easier for my group to complete our project because we were all able to work together on the project at the same time and place. Using the library resources made it easier for us to complete our project more efficiently. Without the library, our project would have been much more difficult!
As a marketing student at Saint Joseph’s, I was extremely excited to finally work on my very first marketing project as a college student. The assignment on market segmentation intrigued me, and I was eager to begin making the best project I could manage. However my group quickly discovered that brainstorming ideas and finding quality information that would be representative of these ideas are two totally different things. Thankfully, I soon realized that me and my group members weren’t alone in this; we had the library! The library has helped us tremendously when it came to completing our project. Thus, I wanted to share my experience by blogging about it. This post is one of two, and the second post will be posted shortly after this one.
Starting our research:
The first thing we had to do for our project was create an annotated bibliography in APA format. Therefore, we had to do research and find information on our assigned segment. Even though I did my research from the comfort of my dorm, I was still able to use library resources. When I searched for ‘Millennials’ on Google Scholar, I was (pleasantly) surprised to discover that I could access many of the search results through the library. In Google Scholar, if SJU has a full-text version of a source, the SJU link will appear next to the search result link. [Instructions and video for Google Scholar]
I also found the library databases to be very helpful in finding scholarly research. My group relied heavily on the information we found on our segment from EbscoHost. The library has multiple databases from EBSCO to choose from. For this project, my group chose to use Academic Search Premier and Business Source Complete to find information. In particular, I like the fact that you can customize your search on EbscoHost by using multiple keywords. For instance, to find information on how Millennials behave, I searched for keywords “Millennials” and “habits.” Moreover, EbscoHost allows you to narrow your search results to help you find the most accurate and up-to-date information. You can narrow down searches by dates, topics, and what type of format you would like the article to be in (pdf, HTML full-text, etc.).
Like other college students, I am accustomed to using MLA format to cite all my sources. However, in many business classes at Saint Joseph’s, APA format is required. Therefore, I turned to the library for help with my citations. I was able to receive help when creating an annotated bibliography for this project. To get help, I simply went to the “research help” section at the front desk on the old side of the library. There, I found several librarians and research librarians who were very helpful (and friendly). Many individuals at the library are willing to help students properly cite their information (in fact, these (over-excited) individuals encourage students to ask for help with citations). I now have a better understanding of how to cite in APA format because of the help I received in the library.
Without the use of the library resources, me and my group would have had an extremely hard time finding appropriate articles and information on our segment. In addition to the information we found from quality websites, we heavily relied on the library for our research, and using the library tools helped us to find all the necessary information we needed to create a high-quality project!
Stay tuned for part 2 of this post to find out how we used library resources to make a video for our project!