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Check Out the Library Catalog’s Makeover!

Anyone who’s used our Classic Catalog interface to look for library materials might have noticed that its appearance is a little retro.  This is about to change, as we’ve given our old catalog a makeover that updates its look and makes it a lot more user friendly. Classic Catalog has served us well, but we think everyone will be excited by the improved experience they’ll get with our new catalog interface, Enterprise. It lets you do almost everything that Classic Catalog could do while also adding some great new features.

Browsing

One of the first things you’ll notice about Enterprise’s landing page is its rotating gallery of new materials in our catalog. Click on the button next to any new title in the gallery to see where it’s located in our collection. Alternately, you can change over to see galleries of faculty publications. This new front page lets you browse and keep up with the materials we’re adding every day. Plus, it keeps the same navigational capability but with more intuitively laid-out buttons and links that enhance usability.

Searching

Enterprise’s search functions are as robust as our old catalog’s, but fields are bigger, and buttons and drop down menus have larger print, which makes it much easier to click your way through to the results list. It’s also easier to find links to log in to your library account and to find relevant library information. Put simply, there’s just more room to breathe! One change you’ll see is that, while the old catalog required an AND between words to fully search all of the catalog fields, in Enterprise, you just enter the words without anything in between.

Filtering

Probably the most exciting thing about Enterprise is its added filtering options. If you’ve ever dreaded wading through several hundred results with the Classic Catalog interface, you’ll be relieved to hear that the new catalog has amped up filtering features that let you sift through and categorize your results in seconds. For each search you run, results will be sortable by author, material type, subject, and date. That means if you’re looking for a DVD and not a book, or if you know you want the high voice edition, you can cut through the clutter of too many results and find your item faster!

Because old habits die hard, we’ll be leaving Classic Catalog up through the end of June. But we hope you’ll take this chance to check out the new kid on the block — Enterprise. We’ll be working all summer to fine-tune and optimize it for a prime-time debut in the fall, so please give us your feedback!

Presenting Monroe Library’s Research Competition 2018 Winners!

Monroe Library is happy to announce the winners of its 2017-2018 Student Research Awards! Here are this year’s awardees:

Junior/Senior Category: Kaylie Saidin (English Literature) for her project on language and miscommunication in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
Freshman/Sophomore Category: Baylee Robertson (Theatre Arts) for her project on the gender politics of Shakespearean costume in Much Ado About Nothing

Each winner received a $200 award for the superlative and innovative research projects submitted. Monroe Library holds the contest each spring and is happy to honor the outstanding research conducted at Loyola. Congratulations to both student scholars!

Now available online: Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 Part 1

With material drawn from hundreds of institutions and organizations, including both major international activist organizations and local, grassroots groups, the documents in the Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 present important aspects of LGBTQ life in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond. The archive illuminates the experiences not just of the LGBTQ community as a whole, but of individuals of different races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political orientations, and geographical locations that constitute this community. Historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals are featured, as well as publications by and for lesbians and gays, and extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis. The archive also contains personal correspondence and interviews with numerous LGBTQ individuals, among others. The archive includes gay and lesbian newspapers from more than 35 countries, reports, policy statements, and other documents related to gay rights and health, including the worldwide impact of AIDS, materials tracing LGBTQ activism in Britain from 1950 through 1980, and more.  The archive is vital for scholars and researchers focused on gender and LGBTQ studies, women’s studies, American studies, civil and human rights, journalism, social movement history, British twentieth-century history, and more.  Materials include magazines and ‘zines, photographs, press releases, memos, and government publications.  Browse by collection, visualize results and save documents.  Search by itself or as part of Gale Primary Sources.

Event Announcement: Lecture on Janet Mary Riley by Janet Allured ::: April 11th, Monroe Library, 2:30-3:30

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Event Announcement:

Janet Allured, Ph.D. will present the lecture “Janet Mary Riley: An Angel with Teeth” in conjunction with Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives exhibit “Janet Mary Riley: A Voice for Social Justice In Louisiana” as part of the citywide NOLA4Women exhibition series that seeks to celebrate generations of women who have built and rebuilt the city of New Orleans.

Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Location: Monroe Library, Multimedia II, RM 133

Time: 2:30-3:30 pm

FREE

Light refreshments will be provided

Janet Allured is Professor of History and Women’s Studies at McNeese State University.  Her latest book is “Remapping Second-Wave Feminism:  The Long Women’s Rights Movement in Louisiana, 1950-1997” (University of Georgia Press, 2016).  She is currently at work on a monograph about southern Methodist women as progressive reformers, 1939-2000.

Janet Mary Riley, Loyola alum and first female law professor in New Orleans, remained dedicated throughout her career to protecting the rights of the disenfranchised in Louisiana. Riley’s papers housed in the Special Collections & Archives at Monroe Library Loyola University New Orleans are the focus of their new exhibit showcasing letters, publications, awards, and legal achievements that bring Ms. Riley to life in her own words.

This lecture is brought to you through a Loyola University New Orleans Strength in Diversity grant.

Black History Month Selected Readings

We’re so happy to see how many people have checked out items from our Black History Month display. If you’re someone who’s enjoyed one of the books from the display or if you’re curious about what else the Monroe Library has on African American history, check out our research guide. It includes tabs for historical newspapers, electronic resources, encyclopedias, music, and movies. And if there’s something you wish we’d included in our display, contact one of our subject librarians to make a suggestion.

Fall 2017 Extended Study

Monroe Library will once again be open 24 hours during final exams. Our hours are:

24 hours from 7:30am Monday, December 4 to 2am Saturday, December 9
(closed Saturday, December 9 2am-9am)

9am Saturday, December 9 to 2am Sunday, December 10
(closed Sunday, December 10 2am-9am)

24 hours from 9am Sunday, December 10 to 9pm Friday, December 15

Closed Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17

We offer free coffee and tea 12am-7am during our 24 hour periods. Please be sure
to pick up an Extended Study Pamphlet at Monroe Library’s Learning Commons Desk. Also, visit the Relaxation Station at the front of the library; pencils, coloring books, games!

Good luck on all your final exams and projects!

Voting Information

We just wanted to remind you that Louisiana elections are Saturday, November 18. Go to the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections and Voting website for more info about times, locations, and your ballot, or download the Geaux Vote app.

A Spooky Week in Special Collections

Insects

Get into the Halloween spirit with this week’s list of links from the Special Collections & Archives Tumblr:

Marbled Monday Page Fright: Endpapers from All Souls’ Night by John Kelly.

CREEPY CRAWLERS!: A delightful infestation of specimen from Le Règne animal… published between 1836-49 and authored by George Cuvier, often referred to as “the father of paleontology.”

#Bookguts: Enjoy a few frightening GIFs from Encyclopédie moderne, Eustache-Marie Courtin, 1824.

Tumblr Blog Post Roundup and *NEW* Instagram for SCA

This weeks list of links for the Special Collections & Archives Tumblr.

The Ghosts of Rowan Oak, by William Faulkner

Janet Mary Riley: A Voice for Social Justice in Louisiana

William Carlos Williams’ Patterson

Also, check out our new Instagram account.

New Exhibit! Janet Mary Riley: A Voice for Social Justice in Louisiana

Come see our NEW exhibit on Loyola law professor, feminist, and social reformer Janet Mary Riley’s life and career.

The exhibit will be up through Spring of 2018 as part of the citywide NOLA4Women a citywide “series of more than 45 exhibits, performances, lectures, blogs and a new app [that] will shine a spotlight on the prominent role women played in creating the cultural, physical and social infrastructure of New Orleans.”

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The exhibit is located in the Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of Monroe Library in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room.

Check out digital Janet Mary Riley exhibit created by Brittney Giardina.

Stay tuned for more updates and events throughout the year!