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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.

Test Prep Guides

New test preparation guides at the Monroe Library!

In cooperation with the Student Success Center, test preparation guides for the Dental Admission Test (DAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) are now available for you in the Monroe Library.  All guides are at the front Learning Commons Desk shelved with the books on reserve under “Test Prep”. They can be checked out for four hours with your Loyola ID. We will be adding more guides for more tests in the near future.

Also, don’t forget the Learning Express Library 3 with online tests for many admissions tests, occupational tests, TOEFL, and skill improvement tutorials.  Individual registration is required to use this service.

Spotlight on Collections: Robert Giroux Book Collection

Today is the 47th anniversary of the death of religious writer, social activist, and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.

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The intimate Merton : his life from his journals 1st pbk. ed.

Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) wrote on both Eastern and Western religious thought as well as meditations, journals, and essays on social justice and peace. He is considered one of the most important spiritual writers of the 20th Century. Merton’s best-known book is The Seven Storey Mountain, an autobiography about his childhood and subsequent conversion to Catholicism at age 23. Edited my Robert Giroux, this book went on to become a best seller with all Merton’s earnings going to the Gethsemani monastery in New Haven, Kentucky due to his vow of poverty upon entering the order.

Please follow this LINK to look at all the volumes by and about Thomas Merton as included in our Robert Giroux Book Collection.

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For an extensive bio on Merton please follow this LINK to the excellent one located at the Poetry Foundation.

This collection is available for research in the Special Collections and Archives Booth-Bricker Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:30.

Cookies!

Pop-up cookie parties are coming! The next time you’re in the library this finals season you just might look up to see a plate of homemade cookies coming your way…

Special Edition: Works of Charles Dickens

At some point in the holiday season one is sure to come across some sort of adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

The definitive Christmas story has not only inspired numerous adaptations, but has also been influential on other works including It’s A Wonderful Life and The Grinch That Stole Christmas.

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas, TV Guide.

If you find yourself wanting to read the novella for yourself this year, we have wonderfully luxurious copy here in library’s Special Collections and Archives. A Christmas Carol can be found in Christmas Books, Volume I as part of our 64 volume fine press edition Works of Charles Dickens. There were only 10 copies of this set created in 1900, with this set being bound especially for J. Alice Maxwell of Rockville, Connecticut.

All 64 volumes are encased in full red morocco leather with gilt edges, three raised bands on the spine, gold lettering and gold floral tooling. The set looks rather festive just sitting on the shelf, but once you open the volumes the extravagance continues with front and rear covers bound in red and blue morocco leather and matching leather end papers personalized with  J. Alice Maxwell’s signature stamped in gold.

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The volumes are heavily illustrated with photogravures, facsimiles, etchings, and original watercolors.

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Works of Charles Dickens, photogravure by Fredrick Barnard, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.

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Works of Charles Dickens, facsimile of the first page of the original manuscript.

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Works of Charles Dickens, etching by John Leech, The Last of The Spirits.

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Works of Charles Dickens, watercolor, Scrouge.

The watercolors are of particular interest since they are actual watercolors bound into the volumes.

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Works of Charles Dickens, watercolor, Tilly Slowboy from The Cricket On The Hearth.

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Works of Charles Dickens, watercolor, Trotty Veck from The Chimes.

Please feel free to come and see this amazing turn of the century example of limited edition fine press publishing in the Special Collections and Archives Booth-Bricker Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9:00 to 4:30 pm.