9/30 – 10/6 Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week 2012September 30 – October 6, 2012

Banned Books Week, held annually in late September, celebrates our freedom to read. During the week, the American Library Association hopes to bring attention to the importance of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. The Drexel Library will showcase some of the banned and challenged books in a display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

A challenged book is described as “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group” while a banned book is the removal of such materials from a collection or curriculum. (About Banned & Challenged Books) Books are most often challenged because their contents are considered sexually explicit, have offensive language, or unsuited to any age group. While the challenges may be well-meaning, demanding libraries to censor constitutionally protected speech is a violation of the First Amendment.

Please take a look at the display and feel free to check out a banned book!


Beware of the Books

For more information, please see American Library Association’s website on banned and challenged books.

10/19 Noon: Book Discussion – Vatican II: 50 Personal Stories

Book Discussion – Vatican II: 50 Personal Stories

Vatican II: 50 Personal Stories


October 19, 2012
Wachterhauser Seminar Room,
2nd Floor Post Learning Commons

Please join us as we celebrate the recent release of Dean William Madges’ book, Vatican II: 50 Personal Stories (William Madges and Michael J. Daley, editors).

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first session of Vatican II. In this collection of 50 stories, authors provide their assessment and personal experience of this important event in Catholic history. Authors include Francis Murphy (who, as “Xavier Rynne,” penned an inside account of the Council for The New Yorker), Martin E. Marty, Lisa Sowle Cahill, John O’Malley, Joan Chittister, Gregory Baum,Michael Novak, Basil Pennington, Richard McBrien, Cardinal Avery Dulles, John Dominic Crossan, Joseph Komonchak, Brother Roger of Taizé, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Elizabeth Johnson, David Hollenbach, and many more.

A light lunch will be served.

10/10/12 at 3pm Celebration of Faculty Scholarship


Faculty Scholarship

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship

October 10, 2012 3:00pm
Wachterhauser Seminar Room, 2nd Floor Post Learning Commons

Ron Dufresne James Caccamo

As a part of Inauguration Week, the Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library will celebrate the recent scholarship of Saint Joseph’s faculty. There will be two brief presentations from two faculty members, James Caccamo (Religious Studies, Theology) and Ron Dufresne (Management).

Marjorie Rathbone, Associate Director for Resources Management, and Kristine Mudrick, Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian, will present a brief introduction to the new faculty scholarship database.



The World of Downton Abbey – It’s What We’re Reading


A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

The World of Downtown Abbey
The World of Downton Abbey
Jessica Fellows

American television audiences have been captivated for the past two seasons by the upstairs and downstairs lives portrayed in the fictional Downton Abbey <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/>on PBS’ Masterpiece <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/index.html>. Unfortunately, the end of each series has left us wanting to know more about our favorite characters, the actors involved and British Society during the early 20th Century. Well, Jessica Fellowes, the niece of the Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes (Screenwriting Oscar for Gosford Park), has come to our rescue with her companion title. It is well researched, written and illustrated with photographs from throughout the series production. Some of the interesting topics that she covers include: family, society, style, life in service and the estate house. There is even a behind the scenes look at the program. Reading this book is an enjoyable way to prepare for the continuation of the drama’s next chapter in 2013.
Highclere Castle <http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/> is used for the filming of the fictional Downton Abbey.

This book can be found in the Popular Reading collection on the first floor of the Library.

9/27/12 A Question of Habit: A Tool for Educators 3pm

A Question of Habit: A Tool for Educators

A Question of Habit

September 27

Wachterhauser Seminar Room,
2nd Floor Post Learning Commons

A second viewing of the film “A Question of Habit” will be offered at the Post Learning Commons for faculty, staff and administration.

Writer-Producer-Director Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy will be on hand to discuss how this film can be used effectively to teach U.S. cultural studies, gender and the intersection of religion and culture.

A Question of Habit explores popular culture’s fascination with all things “nun” and dives into the real stories behind the women religious in the United States from the battle field medics of the Civil War to the creators of the first HMO in the Country to the political activists fighting against capital ?> punishment.?

The film is narrated by Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon.


Sunset Park - It’s What We’re Reading

September 2012

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Sunset Part

Sunset Park
Paul Auster
In the first dark months after the 2008 economic collapse, Miles Heller moves to Sunset Park, Brooklyn after his marriage collapses because of his own infidelity and inattention. The cast of characters he finds there are all of the ghosts of contemporary America, young squatters in an apartment building, a young “trash-out” worker photographing abandoned objects left behind by evicted families, an independent book publisher trying to save his business and his marriage, an older actress trying to return to Broadway. Paul Auster always offers characters that pull on your heart, and this one is no exception.

9/21 noon: Book Talk with Angilee Shah and James Carter, Ph.D.

Please join us for the Book Launch and Discussion of

Chinese CharactersChinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast -Changing Land
featuring Co-editor, Angilee Shah, and Contributors Jay Carter and Megan Shank

Friday, September 21, 2012
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Wachterhauser  Seminar Room
Post Learning Commons, 2nd floor

A light lunch will be served.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing

“It is refreshingly free of cant and far better-written than most non-fiction about China:
well worth the time and effort,” Peter Gordon, Editor, Asian Review of books

Protecting Your Digital Footprint: 9/19 at 3pm

Protecting Your Digital Footprint at Work, Home & on the Road:

15 Tips on ID Theft in 60 Minutes

Robert Lackie     featuring Robert Lackie, Professor & Librarian
at the Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University

Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 3:00pm


Robert is a very engaging speaker with lots of great practical advice. Personal ID theft continues to escalate, 543 million records were breached from 2005 – 2011.

This program will give you the tools to be vigilant in protecting your privacy, identification and good name. It also includes information on who is at risk, the various

types of ID theft, and how to detect and protect your own digital footprint.

This event is co-sponsored by the Post Learning Commons/Drexel Library, the Office of Information Technology and the Office of Organizational Learning and Leadership.


Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

To register for the event:

Log into MySJU (http://my.sju.edu/cp/home/loginf )

· Click on the School Services Tab

· Under Employee Services, select Enroll for Employee Training

· For Class Type, select Training & Development

· For Subject, select Campus Workshop Series

· Click SEARCH and register