Monroe Library’s Online Services Coordinator, Jim Hobbs, was selected to receive the LOUIS Discussion List Guru Award for 2016! Jim was nominated by his peers due to his efforts and leadership in the areas of collection development and e-resources. The Louisiana Library Network (LOUIS) will present the award at the LOUIS Users Conference in Baton Rouge on October 5th to recognize him for fostering and moderating discussions on the LER-L Discussion List for Louisiana university librarians.
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October 5 is #AskAnArchivist Day! Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives staff are eager to respond to any and all questions you have about archives and archival work. Tag us on Twitter at @MonroeLibLoyno and use #AskAnArchivist.
What questions can be asked?
No question is too silly . . .
- What’s the craziest thing you’ve come across in your collections?
- If your archives had a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?
- What do archivists talk about around the water cooler?
. . . and no question is too practical!
- What should I do to be sure that my emails won’t get lost?
- I’ve got scads of digital images on my phone. How should I store them so I can access them later on?
- How do you decide which items to keep and which to weed out from a collection?
- As a teacher, how can I get my students more interested in using archives for projects?
This month Special Collections & Archives will be participating in #PageFrights.
What is Page Frights?
All is revealed via the Page Frights website @ pagefrights.org:
“HALLOWEEN, LIBRARY & ARCHIVES-STYLE.
Welcome to Page Frights, a month-long social media celebration of Halloween, library & archives-style.
This October, libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing spooky, creepy, and otherwise frightening and/or Halloween-related books and images from their collections on social media using the hashtag #PageFrights. Follow along and join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and other social media sites.”
Look for more #PageFrights all throughout October!
And please come visit the Special Collections & Archives M-F from 9-4:30, located on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library.
There is no reason to doubt that it was the Citizens’ Bank that gave the name “Dixie” to the South. The origin of that word has never been positively determined, but the tradition that gives the credit to the Citizens’ Bank is certainly stronger than any of the other claims advanced. When the country was flooded with wild-cat money and counterfeiting was so common as to cast suspicion on nearly every species of paper money, the notes of this bank commanded respect throughout the great valley, and, in fact, everywhere in the country, and its ten-dollar notes were the standard of value. These notes in ante-bellum days were printed in the French language, and instead of bearing the numeral in English, they bore the French word “dix.” It became common when one was passing down the great river to trade at the Southern metropolis for him to say that he was going South to acquire some dixes. Thus it happened that the lower stretches of the river became known as the land of the dixies, or “Dixie land.”
“Citizens’ Bank & Trust of Louisiana”, New Orleans, 1916, p. 11
As the new project assistant in Special Collections & Archives here at Loyola, I have thoroughly enjoyed perusing the stacks as I better acquaint myself with the collection. Since my academic background is in printmaking and book arts, I naturally gravitate towards the rare books on our shelves, and I am continuously fascinated by the bindings and material qualities of these old books. Today I would like to share with you this small letterpress-printed pamphlet: “Citizens’ Bank & Trust Company of Louisiana,” New Orleans, 1916.
A modest book at first glance, “Citizens’ Bank..” is a lovely example of early twentieth century letterpress-printing. Although there is no press information on the title page of this pamphlet, there are clues in the tactile quality of the book that reveal how it was printed and what materials were used. It is sewn with a silky cord, and a knot tied on the spine of the book allows the pamphlet to close flat. It is composed of a high-quality mould-made paper, which is evident in the paper’s strong, visible fibers and deckled edge, as well as watermarks that are visible when certain pages are held up to bright light. If you were to lightly brush your finger along the text of this book, you’d notice a texture, an imprint, which occurs because of the amount of pressure applied in the printing process. At close inspection you’d see that some of the text is over-inked in places, which creates a small puddle around individual letters. I could go on and on about the letterpress process, but instead I’ll refer you to this resource if you’d like to learn more.
This book was letterpress printed on high quality paper because its materials were likely intended to reflect the history of a wealthy institution: the Citizens’ Bank & Trust Company of Louisiana. Its brief 31 pages outline the history of the bank, and the book serves as a well-crafted advertisement for the financial institution. You can view more images of this book (and many more) on our tumblr, or come in for a visit on the third floor of Monroe Library!
In preparation for Constitution Day, Bea Calvert (Information Resources and Government Documents Librarian) distributed Pocket Constitutions from the U.S. Government Publishing Office to Professor Chris Screen’s First Year Seminar, Investigating the Constitution.
View the Constitution Day Research Guide for more resources!
John Gould, a British zoologist active throughout the mid-19th century, is known chiefly for the over 3000 hand colored lithographs he produced throughout his career. The first volume of one of his most successful publications, The Birds of Great Britain, can be found in Special Collections & Archives at Loyola’s Monroe Library.
Position Announcement: Assistant to the Dean of Libraries
The Assistant to the Dean of Libraries ensures that all functions of the Dean’s Office are performed efficiently and effectively. The Assistant to the Dean functions as office manager and assists the Dean in administrative functions of the library, including personnel, budgeting, planning, assessment, facilities management, fundraising and outreach.
Qualifications: High school diploma or GED required; college degree preferred; a minimum of three years administrative experience required; ability to operate standard office equipment and routine administrative functions including word processing, filing, and reports; budget management experience; ability to handle financial information with accuracy and strong analytical reasoning; strong organizational and planning skills; ability to plan and organize individual and group work to effectively meet desired outcomes; knowledge of software packages including Word and Excel; technological savvy and motivated to learn new tools and applications; excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills; ability to develop friendly and productive working relationships; ability to maintain and respect confidential information required. Additional preferred qualifications include: formal bookkeeping and/or accountancy training; experience using financial record systems; library work experience; file management experience; familiarity with academic library operations; familiarity with fundraising and outreach; and supervisory experience desired.
Work schedule: Monday-Friday; 30 hours per week.
To apply, please visit Loyola University Human Resources at:
Over the years Loyola has has a variety of computer systems, including this IBM 1620 Data Processing System. The 1620, considered to be a small, affordable model, was manufactured by IBM between 1959-1970, during which time 2,000 were produced.
Check out the IBM 1620 in action in the 1966 film The Story of Technology:
Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.
Position Announcement: Part-time Learning Commons Assistant
The Monroe Library is seeking a part-time Learning Commons (LC) Assistant to provide basic circulation, research, and technology assistance Thursday-Sunday. The position is responsible for managing library facilities during the evening and weekend hours and maintains library printers, copy machines, and other equipment. The LC Assistant participates in the training, supervision, and mentoring of LC student employees. The position requires a high level of interaction with students and members of the Loyola community requiring excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to handle complex situations with tact, discretion, and equity; and demonstrate good judgment in interpreting and applying policies and procedures.
Qualifications: College degree; or two years of college and two year of library work experience. Excellent customer service skills, demonstrated ability to work in an active learning environment and juggle multiple tasks; excellent interpersonal skills, communication and writing skills, and clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with faculty, staff, students and others; demonstrated problem-solving skills, motivated to learn new things.
Work schedule: The Part-time Learning Commons Assistant’s work schedule during the Fall and Spring semesters are: Thursday: 4pm-9pm, Friday: 4pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-6pm, Sunday: 11am-4pm. Summer and intersession hours vary depending on the academic calendar and the library hours.
To apply, please visit Loyola University Human Resources at:
The Games of the XXXI Olympiad, known in it’s host country of Brazil as Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016, will be kicking off in Rio de Janeiro next week. To celebrate, we are looking at The Olympic and Pythian Odes of Pindar.
The Olympic Odes were written by Pindar circa 476 B.C. and celebrate the victors of the Ancient Olympic Games, “either by speed of horses, strength and dexterity on running, wrestling or boxing, or skill in music.” The edition held by Special Collections & Archives was privately printed in 1903 by Nathan Haskell Dole, Boston.