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To the Class of 2014

In a few weeks the Class of 2014 will be graduating. They will take their lasts examinations, spend their last sleepless nights in Monroe Library, and pack their bags for the last time. Each chose to spend the past 4 years at Loyola for their own personal reasons and I assume they are all pleased with this choice. More importantly, they came to New Orleans to spend these 4 years. A unique city unlike any other. Some seniors will remissness on countless walks in Audubon Park, Mardi Gras, crawfish and more. For others, their memories of Loyola and New Orleans may be much simpler. At this time, you may also be scared of the unknown life that is soon to unfold after college.  Class of 2014, I encourage you to read this article from the 1990 Maroon. In this article a senior discusses his experience at Loyola University New Orleans. He reflects on the ups and downs and the simple things about the city that he loves so much. Additionally, he discusses his fear of the future. Seek comfort in this article and know that all of the feelings you are having right now are perfectly natural. Good Luck and Congratulations!

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Friend of the Month: Luka Bahra

The Monroe Library Friend of the Month for March is Luka Bahra!  Luka is a sophomore majoring in Spanish from New York City.

Luka uses many of the library’s services, but mainly uses laptops provided by the library for students to borrow and other electronic equipment. In case you didn’t know, the library offers headphones, cameras, calculators, digital recorders and a whole host of other electronic equipment to our students. To see all the equipment available for check out, please feel free to look through our Equipment Page.

Luka is happy with the library’s services and doesn’t think the library has much to improve on. He states, ‘It’s a pretty good library!’

Thank you for using the Monroe Library, Luka, and congratulations on being our Friend of the Month!

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Farewell #minibookmonday

Found in the Archives is retiring #minibookmonday. For our last look at some of our tiny treasures, we offer two miniature books from the Nineteenth Century especially appropriate for the Lenten season.

The first, Considerations and Devout Meditations for Every Day During the Season of Lent was published in 1866 in Dublin. Written by an anonymous member of the Society of Jesus, the small volume (3.5X6 inches) offers daily thoughts and quotes from the scriptures.

The second volume, Méditations sur la vie de N.S. Jésus-Christ was published in 1841 in French.  At 2.5 X 4 inches, the Méditations were truly pocket-sized.

We hope you have enjoyed #minibookmondays. Stay tuned for the debut next week of our new feature, #howtotuesdays.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

No, I am not referring to Christmas. I am referring to academic advising and registration, of course! I know that is what everyone was thinking. If not, start thinking about it now because it is fast approaching, March 24th to be exact. It is one of two times during the academic school year in which you can reflect on the semester and consider the advantages and disadvantages of your schedule. If you are like me, this probably involves thinking something along the lines of “DO NOT TAKE A 8 AM CLASS EVER AGAIN. SLEEP IS A VALUABLE THING.” More importantly, it’s the time of year to consider all of your remaining course requirements and options. When doing so, I know there is one main concern on everyone’s mind. The professor. Everyone wants to take the course with the nice, flexible, and interesting professor who grades “easy”. In efforts to do so, I know that everyone scurries over to sites that rate professors, but what if there was another way to select the best class?  In 1983, Loyola issued a “Course Consumer Guide.” Though the 1983 Maroon claimed that it was flawed, it seemed to include great information, such as everything from teaching style to a student’s perspective of the class. I wonder if this could be a useful tool to Loyola students once again. Maroon 1983 page 6

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Mardi Gras Memories

Mardi Gras day 2014 will go down in history as one of the coldest. (And the rain didn’t help, either.)  Let’s look back on some sunnier Mardi Gras moments from The Wolf.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Temporary LC Research Assistant

Learning Commons Research Assistant

The temporary Learning Commons Research Assistant will provide research, circulation and technology assistance from an active Learning Commons desk. The schedule includes nights and weekend hours. This position will be scheduled to work approx. 28 hours per week through the end of July 2013.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; actively pursuing MLS degree from an ALA accredited program, with reference course work completed, or, Masters of Library Science Degree from an accredited library school; highly motivated and organized, with excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills; demonstrated commitment to responsive and innovative service; demonstrated ability to work in an active and user-centered environment and can juggle multiple tasks. Flexibility is highly valued in this position; fluency in the use of Microsoft Office and other computer applications; comfortable learning new technologies and enjoys teaching others; ability to troubleshoot basic computer, printer, photocopy machine issues. Preferred qualifications include: Experience working in an academic library service environment; general knowledge of circulation services; computer lab experience; supervisory experience; experience with Blackboard or other course management software.

Cover letter and resumes should go to resumes@loyno.edu.
For more information, see: http://finance.loyno.edu/human-resources/staff-employment-opportunities

Feeling the Midterms Blues?

Though today is the last day of mid terms, many of you may already feel like a failure or have midterm grades posted on LORA that you are not proud of. The good news is they are only midterm grades! There is still time to improve your grades before finals! If you feel as if you need to improve your study strategy, read this article from the 2009 Maroon for suggestions.

Maroon 2009 page 8

Maroon 2009 page 9

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

19th Century Shipbuilding Scrapbook

Today Found in the Archives highlights the Arthur L. Freret Shipbuilding Scrapbook.  The scrapbook documents Mr. Freret’s work in shipbuilding in the Sunderland area of the United Kingdom, Glasgow, Scotland, and Nantes, France. The scrapbook appears to have been compiled from 1866 – 1868.

The scrapbook contains several publications, including a booklet titled, “A Short Description: Modern Floating Docks,” by Clark & Stanfield of Westminster, England, as well as full page issues of The Illustrated London News and The Engineer, both published in London, England.

Advertisement from Freret Scrapbook

"The Engineer", 1866, Freret Scrapbook

Additionally, the scrapbook contains hand written articles, graphs, plans, drawings, and experiment result tables referring specifically to the innovation of adding plating to the sides of iron ships.

“When I came thro Glasgow, in late fall of 1866, I got from a Danish friend, Mr. Ortman, head draught man of the Napier’s Ship Yard, the tracings & notes, on “Development plan” of outside plating to Iron Ships.

This development plan was then, still in its infancy, & unknown in French yards, where I introduced it in 1867-

A. L. Freret”

The Freret Scapbook is written in French and English, and contains a carefully preserved record of one man’s shipbuilding career. As always, it is yours for the viewing in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Black History Month: Loyola’s BSU Established

In light of Black History month, here is an article in the 1970′s Maroon that commemorates the establishment of Loyola University’s Black Student Union. BSU is a student organization that is open to all students and encourages the understanding of African American culture and history through various activities on campus. This organization, among many others, contributes significantly to cultural understanding and the diversity of the Loyola community.

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

When archives get personal

The scrapbook of Lise Mary Magdalen Tallant is a delightful object to peruse. Assembled when Ms. Tallant, who lived from 1888-1972, was a girl, it is full of images that caught a young girl’s fancy at the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth: pictures of flowers, children, animals, and fashionable young women abound. While the book itself is quite fragile, the items that are pasted in have been well preserved, and the colors have maintained their luster.  [The entire scrapbook has been digitized and can viewed here.]

When I first examined the book the inscription of the creator struck me. Tallant is my mother-in-law’s maiden name. I’ve never met another Tallant in New Orleans. Could they be related?

When I told my mother-in-law about my find, she thought so. She had a great-aunt Lise. The scrapbook contained Lise’s address: 727 Lowerline Street in New Orleans. A check of the census records revealed that the Tallant family that resided there was indeed my mother-in-law’s family. Her grandfather Walter is listed on the 1900 census alongside Lise – they were brother and sister.

From my mother-in-law I know just a little bit about Lise. She never married and lived her entire life in the family home on Lowerline Street, along with another unmarried  sister, Mary.  So much about Lise is unknown to me, but her scrapbook remains. I can only assume that it was an object she treasured.  It came to Special Collections and Archives as a part of a donation of New Orleans related material collected by Ben C. Toledano. What Mr. Toledano saw in it, and why he donated it to Loyola is not clear, although he may have been influenced by the fact that Lise was Aunt to well known New Orleans writer Robert Tallant, author of Voodoo in New Orleans, Gumbo-Ya-Ya, and others. (Robert Tallant’s extensive archive is held by the New Orleans Public Library.)

When I first saw the Lise Tallant scrapbook, I saw it simply as an historical object: What does it tell us about American girlhood in the late nineteenth century? What does it contain of interest in the field of graphic arts and design?  Does it tell us anything about New Orleans of 1900? All of those interests remain, but now that I know its place in my family when I hold the book in my hands it means so much more.  It means that one day I can I say to my now two-year-old son, “You had a great-great-great-aunt Lise. When she was a little girl she kept a scrapbook. Would you like to see it?”

-Trish Nugent, Special Collections and Archives Coordinator

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.