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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

Wireless Projection

Would you like to use your laptop in a classroom with no strings attached? We have a device that will allow you to project from your laptop wirelessly! Plus, it will allow up to 4 laptops to project a “quad screen” so that both you and your students can project simultaneously. You can also connect iOS and Android devices with some limited functionality – images only. Contact Media Services, mediasrv@loyno.edu or x7120, to set up a demo.

QuickSearch is Here!

Introducing Loyola’s new discovery tool from EBSCO Discovery Service:

QuickSearch is a new customized searching experience based on the EBSCOhost interface you already know. Through a single search box on the library home page QuickSearch provides fast, simple access to content from hundreds of academic publishers, the library catalog, and our digital archives.

Click here for a video tutorial on using QuickSearch.

Report any problems using this form and we will follow up with you. Thank you for taking the time to help us improve the system.

Online Services Over Break

New in 2016 at the Monroe Library

The Monroe Library is undertaking some exciting upgrades to our
services.  We hope that these upgrades will provide even better
service and access to information resources for our users. Please note,
there may be some disruption to online services during the transition
time. If you are working on research that requires library services,
please plan for possible outages between Dec. 28 and Jan. 7. See the
schedule below for more detailed information.

QUICKSEARCH IMPLEMENTATION:
The search box on the library homepage will lead you to a new searching
tool. Using QuickSearch, you can search a unified index of the
library's resources including books, online journal articles,
e-books, and more - all from one search box.

JOURNAL FINDER INTERFACE UPGRADE:
The new Journal Finder includes improved searching and easier navigation.
It allows you to search or browse all publications made available to you
by the library, regardless of the publisher.

LIBRARY CATALOG:
The catalog will be moving to a new hosted solution that will allow us to
take advantage of some of the exciting new features being offered by our
catalog vendor.

POSSIBLE SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS:

        - December 28th: Journal Finder will be unavailable.

        - January 4-5th: The catalog will be unavailable as we move to a
new server.

        - January 7th: The search box on the homepage may be unavailable
as we transition to the new QuickSearch.

        Thank you for your patience during this transition. We look forward to
introducing these upgrades to improve online access to library resources.
Please contact us with questions and comments at libsys@loyno.edu.