Doomsday for print?

With the onslaught of new forms of media ushered in by fast-evolving technologies and the growth of the internet, the world of print is changing rapidly.  Magazines are discussing the doomsday prophesies of the book industry, as smaller publishers get gobbled up by large conglomerate companies interested mostly in the bottom line (this article from the magazine New York lays out the tumultuous road the book industry faces).  Newspapers are commenting on the demise of the magazine (check out this cool graphic from the New York Times that shows the number of ad pages plummeting for some mags), and bloggers are announcing that the age of the newspaper is drawing to a close (this blog entry is one among many).   As publishing drastically changes in the new information economy, libraries do try and keep up, and it is no stretch to say that the libraries of the future will look drastically different than the ones of the past.   Yet, as of now, we need to remember that projections and predictions aren’t the same as reality — we’ll continue to collect print materials as long as there are important print materials published.  And let’s hope that the really quality materials will be skillful enough to adapt to new markets and new readers!

Thanks to Cynthia Slater for the New York Times graphic!


Faculty Scholars

The faculty here at SJU work hard every year to research, write and publish on important topics across the disciplines.  Come and join us in congratulating them on the fruits of their labors at our Faculty Scholars event, and the opening of the Faculty Scholars exhibit, tomorrow from 3-5 p.m. on the second floor of the Drexel Library.    An opening by President Father Lannon and the Provost, Dr. Brice Wachterhauser, will be followed by presentations from four faculty members who will talk about the projects they’ve worked on and the things that they’ve published in 2008.   The exhibit and presentations will feature not only journal articles and books, but also creative works or projects that professors have been apart of.   Come get the scoop on what your professors do outside of the classroom!

The program will include presentations by:

Susan Fenton, Assistant Professor, Photography

John Neiva, Assistant Professor, International Business

Thomas Donahue, Professor, Foreign Language and Literature

Melissa Goldthwaite, Associate Professor, English

Brush up on your Business Etiquette!

Because of ever-expanding markets and new possibilities for collaboration, studying business nowadays often means thinking internationally.  Knowing the right ways to approach a culture, both in everyday interactions and within businesses, can make you either a success within a new cultural environment, or sink you for not having properly investigated the ins and outs of a society that’s new to you.  The Kwintessential Business Etiquette Guide can start you on the right track for a myriad of different countries.   Their country profiles will get you familiarized with the basics with information on customs, values and cultural practices.  The doing business guides go a bit more specific into business etiquette, and introductory language phrases in numerous languages will help you begin the steps of building communication.  They even have some fun videos on business etiquette for different cultures.

Check out these and other resources on the Research Toolkits pages on Global Business Strategy and Italian Business World and its Languages.

Thanks to Cindy Slater for compiling these pages and recommending these resources!

You Suggest, We Respond

Here are the suggestions for the Library that we received between November 20, 2008 through January 30, 2009, along with the Library’s responses.

Please note that due to the variety of demands on the Library we will not necessarily be able to act on all suggestions.

More frequent cleaning of the bathrooms was requested by 1 patron
Assistant to the Library Director, Marian Courtney, replies:  The housekeeping staff has been contacted about these concerns. 

Too much heat was commented on by 2 patrons
Assistant to the Library Director, Marian Courtney, replies:    We have been working diligently with Facilities Management to resolve uncomfortable temperatures in the library in a timely fashion.   Our HVAC system is complex, requiring investigation and adjustment by the mechanics to resolve any problems.  We will continue to monitor the temperature and work on keeping it within relatively comfortable levels. 

The cold water in the faucets was commented on by 1 patron
Assistant to the Library Director, Marian Courtney, replies:    When there is no heat, the library does not have hot water.  When the weather is cold and the heat is on the hot water can run out quickly. 

Noisy reading lights were commented on by 1 patron
Assistant to the Library Director, Marian Courtney, replies:  Facilities management has been notified. 

For the above building issues, please contact Marian Courtney ( if the problems persist.

Light “on top” in some places was requested by 1 patron
Assistant to the Library Director, Marian Courtney, replies:  It is not clear exactly what location needs more light.  We are aware of two dim areas on the third floor.  Replacing some of the opaque glass (Kalwall) along the back wall with clear glass would let in more light, but is costly.   This comment is being passed on Associate Director for Public Services and Programming, Anne Krakow (

The inconvenience of the Café hours for University College students was commented on by 1 patron
Assistant to the Library Director, Marian Courtney, replies:  The hours of the café are determined by Aramark, which plans to keep the same hours for the foreseeable future.  I will pass your comment on to Associate Director for Public Services and Programming, Anne Krakow (   To see about lobbying for better services for UC students in general at Saint Joseph’s University, you should contact University College directly.

More headphones were requested by 1 patron
Associate Director for Public Services and Programming, Anne Krakow replies:  We are looking into purchasing a few more good substantial headphones.

One request was made for the newest flash player to be installed in all computers
Information Systems Librarian, Marvin Weaver, replies:  We have requested this from the IT Department.

Low wireless connectivity in some spots was commented on by 1 patron
Information Systems Librarian, Marvin Weaver, replies:  Upgrading our wireless is a project that we are working on with the IT Department.  While we hope to have better service soon, we are unsure as to an exact timetable for the project.

More care of students was requested by 1 patron
Library Director, Evelyn Minick, replies:  I hope to get more information from this individual so we could address their concern.

Thanks to all who took the time to give us your input regarding Drexel Library resources and services.

And thanks to Sarah B. and Dan H. for monitoring the Suggestion Box and collecting the responses.

Shakespeare Alive and Well

As a former English major and lifetime lover of good literature, it’s always exciting for me to see how the Web 2.0 world is pushing the bounds of how we think about the Classics.  Moving content online and beginning dynamic discussions breathes new life into old topics.  News on the Rialto, a blog created and updated by Shakespeare Magazine’s staff, is no exception.  From new movie and play productions to new discoveries about Shakespeare’s life, see how his life and work is still relevant, how cultures across the globe are retelling his stories, and how incredibly interesting a guy who lived almost 400 years ago can really be.