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Gubernatorial General Election

Nov. 16, 2019
Gubernatorial General Election
Early voting is Nov. 2-9 (except Sunday, Nov. 3) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Use the Geaux Vote App to find your voting location, sample ballot, and more, and get more information here.

Monroe Library Research Competition Finalists Honored

Please join us in congratulating the four winners of the Monroe Library Student Research Competition. Awards this year were given in the categories of freshman/sophomore, junior/senior, and capstone categories, as well as an Honorable Mention at the freshman/sophomore level. Winners came from a wide variety of academic disciplines, including biology, sociology, English, and political science. Every year we are struck by the quality of projects that students enter into the competition. While it’s often difficult to choose which projects to honor, each of this year’s honorees stood out for their own distinctive reasons.

Freshman/Sophomore Prize: Brandon Vincent (Sociology) for service learning research in a Sociology class with Angel Parham. Brandon’s project showed particular thoughtfulness in placing his service learning experience with high school students in the context of sociological literature about at-risk youth.

Freshman/Sophomore Runner-Up: Kimiasadat Mirlohi (Biophysics Pre-Health) for research in an English class with Kevin Rabalais; What judges found noteworthy was Kimiasadat’s use of primary and secondary research in the personal essay to explore the difficulty of identifying as both a scientist and an artist, likening the different spheres to two “close, complementary friends.”

Junior/Senior Prize: Brittney Giardina (History — International Studies) for an independent study with Behrooz Moazami. Giardina’s engagement with the international scholarly community in the field of Middle Eastern scholarship was significant, as was evidence of the continuing evolution of her work.

Senior Capstone/Thesis Prize: Shannon Hester (Environmental Science — Teacher’s Certification) for an honors thesis with Aimee Thomas. Judges found Hester’s project on spiders in urban environments impressive both for its applied research and the varied bibliography of scholarly resources used to support her project, thesis, presentation, and the accompanying poster.

Winners received $200 prizes and our honorable mention received a $100 prize. Next year, in February of 2020, we will be accepting entries for projects completed during the 2019 calendar year, including entries from students who graduate during 2019. We also welcome graduate student research projects! Mark your calendars!

Past is Prologue: Black History Month at Monroe Library

Black History Month asks us to celebrate and reflect on a complex and painful past, but it also prompts us to direct our thoughts elsewhere. The thing to remember about history is that it was once the present. Looking back at pivotal acts, people, and struggles in Black history, many of us can only guess what it might have been like to live through Jim Crow or apartheid, to live under national laws overtly designed to keep a part of the polity from thriving. What must it have been like for Ruby Bridges to brave the shouting protesters outside of Frantz Elementary in the Ninth Ward? How did former slave Toussaint Louverture feel when he was made lieutenant governor of his native island, Saint-Domingue? What does it feel like to live and witness monumental events?

Obviously, we can’t know what was in people’s heads at these kinds of moments, and history is more than a story of big moments. Indeed, it’s just as much a story of small moments of everyday experience, of people persisting in ordinary-seeming ways. To know what it felt like to make history, big or small, we look to eyewitness accounts, film and pictures, and artifacts from the time to feel our way into history. And libraries are a great resource that can help us do this. Check out some of Loyola’s holdings that shed light on those different-sized moments in Black history. (Also check out our book display in the Monroe Library Learning Commons. All books and DVDs are available for checkout!)

In wondering about history, we can also consider ourselves as actors in a drama that will soon become history. What’s the Black history of our present? Maybe it’s hinted at by the names of people such as Trayvon Martin or Colin Kaepernick, of Kamala Harris and the Obamas, of Neil deGrasse Tyson, of LeBron James? The saying that past is prologue is borne out by the persistence of issues like voter rights and equal opportunity protections. Court cases, legislation, and nationwide marches are examples of tectonic political movement, but history can also tell us about what forms small daily resistance can take. The first step to knowing where we’re going as a country is knowing where we’ve been, and the library is a great place to start!

Open Access Week 2018

Open Access (OA) Week 2018 is October 22-28.

Libraries, authors and others around the world are observing OA Week. The theme for 2018 is “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” As the OA Week website says: “This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux.”

Open Access is the growing model of scholarly publication based on sharing. Open Access means free, immediate access to scholarly material in full. Writing can be published on an institutional repository (“green open”) or published in a completely open journal (“gold open”).

It’s a reversal of the old model, where university faculty and researchers write articles, publish them in commercial journals, and the library has to buy them back for other faculty and students to read. That’s paying for it twice–-in the researcher’s salary and the library’s money! And the publisher owns the article copyright and can decide when and how it’s used and reused-–the writer has very little further control over its use. The Internet provides a quick and simple way to distribute information to the world at a minimal cost, where organizations and individuals see their research get the widest possible audience. Universities, libraries, and researchers worldwide are getting behind this new model of scholarly publication.

Open Access Week is a great time to learn about this powerful new model for publishing and distribution.

Code With Us in 2018!

Join the Monroe Library for a hands-on introduction to computer programming at our Hour of Code event!

  • When: Tuesday, November 6, 12:30-2pm
  • Where: Monroe Library Instruction Classroom (1st floor, Room 146 in the computer lab wing)

We’ll have fun introductory computer programming activities to choose from.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Please help spread the word to anyone on campus who you think may be interested! We’ll be following up in the coming weeks with a Research Guide; have a look at last year’s guide for more information. We’re also looking for participants to help lead coding activities; let us know if you’re interested!

The hour you spend working through the tutorial is just the beginning – you’ll also be directed to free online resources to continue learning independently.
No experience is necessary, and all are welcome! Feel free to bring your own laptop and headphones if you prefer to work on your own machine.

#loynocodes

About Hour of Code:
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching millions of students in 180+ countries. The goal of the Hour of Code is not to teach anybody to become an expert programmer in one hour. One hour is only enough to learn that coding is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background. Above all, what all participants can learn in an hour is that we can do this.

Enterprise Introduction and Tutorial

Notice Anything Different?

We’ve made a few changes to the library’s space this summer, but you might also notice some touch ups we’ve made to the online search tools available on our home page. You’re probably already familiar with QuickSearch, the default search box on our landing page. It lets you build a search that looks through ALL of our print and digital holdings, both full-text and citation-only. But you might want to take some time to get to know Enterprise, accessible from our landing page by clicking on the “Catalog” tab.

Like the old Classic Catalog, Enterprise still lets users search ONLY for ebooks and for resources that we have in the library itself (scores, LPs, DVDs, etc.). Because we anticipate that people will have questions about this new search interface, we’ve put together a Q&A to explain what it can do for you. Scroll to the end of this post for a link to our video tutorial.

Why not just keep the old Classic Catalog?
It’s not that we’re shallow, but Enterprise is much easier on the eyes. Print is bigger, search boxes are roomier, and strategic use of boldface makes item descriptions easier to skim. Enterprise retains the functionality of the old catalog interface, its useful features are easier to find and set so everyone’s more likely to take advantage of them.

Can I still search by a specific format, like scores only or etextbooks only?
Absolutely! Just use the leftmost dropdown menu on Enterprise’s search bar. For example, you can search for DVDs only or just for physical reserves. There’s also still the same surgical precision that we were used to with the Classic Catalog – you can still search by keyword, author, title, subject, ISBN, and other options.

So what’s new?
With more recent print and electronic books, you’ll notice that users can click on a Google Preview button on the right hand side of the item’s record. This means that you can automatically look through some of a book’s actual content to see if it’ll be useful. Since not all books are contained in Google Books, this won’t be an option in every case, but it’ll still save you valuable research time.

Are journal articles and databases included in an Enterprise search?
They aren’t, but if you’re looking to do a broader search that also includes these kinds of resources, you’ll be better off using QuickSearch. If you want to see whether the library owns access to a specific journal title, our trusty Journal Finder tool will come in handy. It’s located just below the search box on our home page.

My Enterprise search just turned up 72 pages of results! Can I filter some out?
Totally. This is one of the more exciting and useful of Enterprise’s new features. Just look for the sidebar to the left of your results list. You can quickly and easily filter to include or exclude by name, material type, location in library, subject, and date.

To see Enterprise in action, click here for a brief tutorial.

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.