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Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque

Today we take a look at volume 2 of a 2 volume set Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque.

We are sharing with you the 2nd volume, since volume 1 is much more fragile. Luckily it has been digitized and is available via Rice University’s The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) and through the Internet Archive.

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This book was compiled and written by Professor George Mortiz Ebers and translated by Clara Bell. Ebers was a German Egyptologist and writer (1837 –1898). Clara Bell (1834–1927) was a translator best know for her translation of the 90-volume work  The Human Comedy by Honoré de Balzac. Heavily illustrated, with over 400 images, with gilt edges. It is a large book at 387 pages and measuring 12 1/4″ x 15″ making the digitization of it a joy not only of access but for its ease of use.

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Today we offer you a selection of images (all of the artists are credited at the front of each volume) from the book with corresponding links to modern images, additional information, and locations of the sites.

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Located here. Also, a modern day image of the temple. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Image of Sekhmet statues near the Temple of Mut in Karnak, located here.

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Come check out this or one of our other rare books housed in the Special Collections & Archives at Monroe Library Loyola University New Orleans, M-F 9-4:30.

The Anatomy Of Melancholy

First published in 1621, The Anatomy of Melancholy was subsequently repeatedly expanded by its author Robert Burton (an Oxford don who also worked in the Oxford Library) 6 more times during his lifetime. His work in the library is informative in that The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book of many books, filled with citations, quotations, and interpretations of various specialists.

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Robert Burton is pictured (above) holding a book.

Burton, as described in A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, was “subject to depression of spirits” and wrote the book as an “antidote” for his own melancholy. A su generis work that covers much more territory than to just anatomize melancholy (though it is a dissection of it), it is a book that seeks to explain human emotions, and is a compendia of printed knowledge and science of the time.

It is composed of three parts:

First Partition = Causes of Melancholy

Second Partition = The Cure of Melancholy

Third Partition = Love Melancholy and Religious Melancholy

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The book is rooted in the dominate Greek Medicine theory of Humoralism. Within this theory, melancholy (clinical depression) is attributed to black bile, one of the Four Humors.

The Four Humors and their corresponding qualities:

Blood = Sanguine = Spring = hot and moist

Yellow Bile = Choleric = Summer = hot and dry

Black Bile = Melancholic = Autumn = cold and dry

Phlegm = Phlegmatic = Winter = cold and moist

Galen of Pergamon theories on the Humoral System of medicine influenced Western medicine for over a century. His theory of the Four Humors consisted of a holistic system that drew upon the Platonic philosophy of the relationship between the mind and the body. These fluids ran all through the body and where all thought to be present in the blood. For instance, if you poured a person’s blood into a glass, it would (theoretically) separate into these four fluids. These fluids and their corresponding temperaments (mind-body connections) need to be in balance for health, while disease occurs when they are out of balance. Treatments like blood letting, purging, vomiting, and food sought to bring the humors back into equilibrium.

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Burton wrote, and rewrote, The Anatomy of Melancholy as a treatment for his own struggles with depression. The fact that he revised and expanded the work with six published editions is a testament to his obsessiveness regarding the process and the need to “write of melancholy by being busy to avoid melancholy”.

We have two different editions here in the Special Collections and Archives and you can also find it online in full-text. It is a fascinating book that is satirical and serious and of a time when scholars wrote and read across the disciplines of science, medicine, and philosophy.

And here’s a little something extra: A BBC Radio IN OUR TIME  broadcast on the book.

Faculty Search Announcement: Instruction and Research Coordinator

To apply: Email letter of application, resume, and 3-5 references with contact information to:
Deborah Poole, Dean of Libraries

Submissions must be submitted in pdf or MS Word format.
Application deadline is May 16, 2016.
Loyola University’s Monroe Library is located in beautiful uptown New Orleans, facing Audubon Park and the historic streetcar line. Loyola University is a Catholic institution that emphasizes the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person.  The Monroe Library has been consistently ranked as one of the Best College Libraries by Princeton Review. Loyola University offers a generous vacation and competitive benefits package for full-time employees.
Loyola University is an AA/EOE employer.

Loyola University New Orleans
Job Description: Instruction and Research Coordinator
J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library

Title of Position: Instruction and Research Coordinator

College: University Library                               Date Written: 2011, revised 2016

I.       SUMMARY OF POSITION

This a full-time 12-month, tenure-track member faculty position. The Instruction and Research Coordinator leads the library’s instruction program and the strategic planning and assessment of information literacy learning outcomes; develops and offers research and technology instruction to the Loyola community; promotes the integration of information literacy throughout the curricula; coordinates the Teaching and Learning Team, including the library’s liaison program.

II.      ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Responsible to: Dean of Libraries

Assignments received from: Dean of Libraries and library teams

Interacts with: Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community; library teams and university committees; university departments and offices; colleagues and professionals in the field

Nature of Supervision: Meets regularly with the Dean of Libraries

Nature of supervision given and individual(s) or groups supervised: Supervises, mentors, and trains library faculty, staff, and student employees as needed

III.    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A.          Essential Functions

1.   Leads strategic planning and assessment of the library’s instruction program.

Provides vision and sets priorities for the Teaching and Learning Team to align with the Library’s and the University’s strategic goals. Works with Standing Committee on the Common Curriculum to develop information literacy learning goals and assess outcomes in the Loyola Core.

2.   Coordinates and provides information literacy and technology instruction.

Promotes efforts to integrate information literacy into assignments, courses, and throughout curricula. Collaborates with Media Services, Learning Commons, Special Collections & Archives, and Online Learning Team regarding instruction. Maintains the library instruction teaching schedule and classroom reservations.

3.   Leads the Library’s active liaison program to partner with teaching faculty on information literacy, research support, collection development, and the use of information resources. Facilitates collaboration between the Teaching and Learning Team and the Information Resources Team.

4.   Develops a community of practice among the library instructors. Creates internal and external opportunities for professional development regarding instruction.

5.   Provides, coordinates and assesses reference and research services, including the AJCU chat service.

6.   Participates in local, regional, and national library instruction communities.

Keeps current with trends and fosters awareness of new developments in research, instruction, scholarship and technology trends in order to integrate them into the library’s practice and planning.

7.   Serves as a liaison to designated academic departments and centers on campus. Serves as liaison to the Honors program. Engages in collection development that supports teaching and learning in liaison departments.

8.   Serves on library and university teams and committees. Serves as the library’s representative on the Standing Committee on the Common Curriculum.

9.   Engages with area high schools  and community partners to promote information literacy, lifelong learning, and academic libraries.

10. Fulfills expectations for promotion and tenure, including scholarship.

B. Additional Responsibilities

1.   Participates in professional development to enhance skills and knowledge; attends professional meetings and conferences.

2.   Identifies grant opportunities and works collaboratively to create proposals in support of library instruction.

IV.       QUALIFICATIONS

A.  Required Education, Experience, Skills and Abilities

1.   Master of Library Science or equivalent degree from an American Library Association accredited school.

2.   Minimum of two (2) years experience in an academic library related to instruction, reference, and liaison services.

3.   Teaching experience, including information literacy, technology instruction, or instructional design. Knowledge of the concepts articulated in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Demonstrated knowledge of student learning outcomes assessment.

4.   Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in planning, implementing and assessing library initiatives.

5.   Experience supervising and mentoring.

6.   Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to foster a diverse and collegial work environment that encourages innovation.

7.   Demonstrated skills and experience in collaborating within and outside the library to develop and deliver quality service.

8.   Ability to balance varied responsibilities; demonstrated ability to work in an active learning environment and juggle multiple tasks.

9.   Ability to develop and create online tutorials, guides, and other learning objects.

10. Potential to meet the requirements for promotion and tenure, including evidence of contributions to the scholarship of librarianship or teaching and learning.

B.        Additional Desirable Qualifications

1.   Familiarity with information literacy assessment tools.

2.   Experience developing tutorials, research guides, and other learning objects.

3.   Experience with teaching online.

4.   Experience with Blackboard or other course management software.

5.   Additional advanced degree.

The New Orleans Mint, March 8th, 1838

Today in celebration of the 178th anniversary of the opening of the New Orleans Mint, we bring you some images and info from the book Illustrated History of the United States Mint.

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Published in 1892, the book gives a complete overview of the American coinage history and production at the time.

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Here are the pages specific to the the New Orleans Mint:

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If you would like to take a closer look at this volume or other books on the history of New Orleans, come visit the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM till 4:30 PM.

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Here’s a Library Lagniappe for you. A film from 1940 showing how coins are minted!

Open Education Week 2016

March 7 through 11, 2016 is Open Education Week around the world. It seeks to spread recognition and use of free and open educational materials and promote an understanding of how these materials can benefit students and teachers. Ask us or your teacher about using open textbooks at Loyola. As the Open Education Week website says: “The open education movement seeks to reduce barriers, increase access and drive improvements in education through open sharing and digital formats.
Open education includes free and open access to platforms, tools and resources in education, including learning materials, course materials, videos, assessment tools, research, study groups, and textbooks, all available for free use and modification under an open license.”

Visit the Monroe Library’s Open Access guide at http://researchguides.loyno.edu/openaccess and the Open Textbook guide at http://researchguides.loyno.edu/opentextbooks.

Now Online: Informed Sources

Since 1984, WYES, New Orleans’ public television station, has been broadcasting Informed Sources, a program devoted to in-depth discussion of the news by local journalists.

The WYES Informed Sources Archive is now now available for viewing online, and offers a look at thirty years of local history through conversations about crime, politics, education and life in New Orleans. Take a look!

LIBRARY CLOSING AT 1PM

In anticipation of today’s inclement weather in the New Orleans area, Loyola University New Orleans will be canceling all remaining classes and activities beginning at 12:30p.m. today (February 23, 2016). The Monroe Library will be closing at 1 pm. Normal campus activities and operations will resume tomorrow.

Nick Hern Playscripts

Nick Hern playscripts now in Drama Online!

Drama Online is an online collection of play scripts and writing about drama from Aeschylus to the present day.  The Monroe Library has recently added an additional 256 scripts from the the publisher Nick Hern, by a wide variety of authors.  There are historical dramas, murder mysteries, one-character plays, satires, and more.  This additional collection can be browsed at http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/series/nhb-modern-plays-iid-135039 or found through a search of the entire Drama Online collection.

Love Poetry of W.B. Yeats

Our Valentine’s treat is to highlight our copy of A Selection from the Love Poetry of William Butler Yeats.

Hand-printed in 1913, in an edition of 300, the volume was the product of the Cuala Press.

The Cuala Press, initially the Dun Emer Press, was part of an Arts and Crafts studio operated by W.B. Yeats’ sisters Elizabeth Corbet Yeats and Susan “Lily” Yeats. Elizabeth had learned the art of hand printing from William Morris, and the work of the Kelmscott Press was hugely influential on the Cuala Press.

Our copy contains the following inscription in Irish Gaelic. We would love to know what it says!

A Selection from the Love Poetry of William Butler Yeats is available for viewing Monday through Friday in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room from 9:00 – 4:30.

Read more about the work of the Yeats sisters in The Dun Emer Press, Later the Cuala Press in the Monroe Library’s circulating collection.

Color Our Collections Week!

It is Color Our Collections week! A week-long special collections coloring event inspired by the current coloring craze and the fabulous images found inside special collections worldwide. Organized by the New York Academy of Medicine and happening from February 1st through the 5th.

Follow this LINK to download, print, and color images from volume one of British zoologist John Gould’s publication The Birds of Great Britain.

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Once you’ve colored your picture(s) share them to social media including the hashtags #ColorOurCollections and #loynosca!

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Today also happens to be the 135th anniversary of John Gould’s death. Gould was a British zoologist active throughout the mid-19th century and known chiefly for the over 3000 hand colored lithographs that he produced throughout his career. The first volume of The Birds of Great Britain, can be found in Special Collections & Archives at Loyola’s Monroe Library and online as part of our digital collections.

Follow these links to explore some of the other institutions participating in Color Our Collections Week and happy coloring!

See Also: More Libraries Participating in Color Our Collections Week