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Extended Study Hours Are Here!

Beginning at 9:00 am on Sunday, April 29, the library will be changing over to its extended study hours for the last week of classes through the end of exams. During both weeks, we won’t close on Sunday through Thursday nights, and we’ll have extended hours of operation Friday night through Sunday morning.

On days when we don’t close overnight, we’ll be offering free coffee, tea, and snacks to everyone studying into the wee hours. Be sure to get the academic year sticker on your i.d. updated so that LUPD can confirm that only Loyola community members are in the building during the late hours. (Parking Services can help you with this!)

Extended Study Hours

Sunday, April 29: 9 am – No Close
Monday, April 30: Open 24 Hours
Tuesday, May 1: Open 24 Hours
Wednesday, May 2: Open 24 Hours
Thursday, May 3: Open 24 Hours
Friday, May 4: Closes at midnight
Saturday, May 5: 11 am – midnight
Sunday, May 6: Open at 9 am – No Close
Monday, May 7: Open 24 Hours
Tuesday, May 8: Open 24 Hours
Wednesday, May 9: Open 24 Hours
Thursday, May 8: Closes at 9 pm
Friday, May 9: 8 am – 6 pm

Now Hiring: Learning Commons Coordinator

http://finance.loyno.edu/human-resources/staff-employment-opportunities
Professional Staff Opening:  Learning Commons Coordinator -  J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans.

The Monroe Library Learning Commons (LC) is an evolving and active space where students, faculty, and staff come together to study, learn, teach, create, and collaborate.

The Learning Commons Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the Learning Commons, the main point of service at the Monroe Library. The LC Coordinator provides vision and leadership in the ongoing development of the Learning Commons with a commitment to customer satisfaction and quality and creates a dynamic and innovative environment based upon current research and best practices. The Learning Commons Coordinator will take a lead in the development and evaluation of library services, policies, and teaching and learning spaces.

The Learning Commons Coordinator is responsible for training library faculty, staff, and students, scheduling shifts, and assessment. The Learning Commons Coordinator works to establish strategic relationships with library teams, campus departments, and programs committed to the design of services aimed at supporting student success. The Learning Commons Coordinator is dedicated to student success and retention.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; minimum of three years of library experience with increasing responsibilities; minimum 3 years library experience working in access or public services; strong personnel management experience and knowledge of principles of management; supervisory experience required; commitment to innovative and responsive service; excellent customer service skills; demonstrated problem-solving and conflict resolution skills; demonstrated ability to work in an active learning environment and juggle multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy in complex, detailed work; excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills with clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with faculty, staff, students and others; skills and experience in the use of computer applications for word processing, scanning, printing, spreadsheets, etc.; skills and experience in project planning and implementation in a service environment; collaborative strategic planning. Preferred qualifications include: Experience and/or interest in developing and management of innovative learning spaces; experience working in an academic library service environment and familiarity with the higher education landscape; circulation and/or access services experience; experience with scheduling software; computer lab experience; survey and assessment experience; teaching and or training experience; experience and/or interest in outreach and promotion.

Physical Requirements: Lift and carry equipment, supplies, or materials weighing up to 30 lbs.; Access upper library shelves with a step stool and bend to lower shelves; push a fully loaded, wheeled, book cart, up to 100 lbs.; Sustain long periods of standing/walking back and forth; bend, stoop, and reach equipment and materials at the Learning Commons desk.

Competitive salary based on education and experience.

Loyola offers an excellent benefits package including generous tuition benefits for full-time employees and their dependents.

To apply for a currently posted position, please email your resume and cover letter with the job title as the subject to: resumes@loyno.edu or print an application and mail signed application to:

Human Resources Department

Loyola University New Orleans – Box 16

6363 St. Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70118

Please complete our EEO Inquiry Form when applying. Please do not include the EEOC form in the same email with your resume or with the printed application.

Monroe Library says “relax”

Need a break from studying and writing papers? Come to the Relaxation Station on the first floor of the Monroe Library to color or do puzzles. By concentrating on a creative and challenging task for just 15 minutes, your mind is temporarily removed from the stress of essays and exams.

Relaxation Station sign

partially colored wildflowers book

completed coloring pages of birds

partially colored birds book

The Relaxation Station is on your immediate left when you come in the front entrance of the library.

Want to setup your own Relaxation Station at home? Special Collections & Archives and Marketing & Communications both have coloring books available for you to download and print:

Color Your Way to Loyola

Excerpts from the University Archives

Johann Gottlieb Mann’s Germany’s Wild Medicinal Plants

John Gould’s Birds of Great Britain

Open Access Week

Oct. 19 through 25 is Open Access Week around the world.  Open Access is a new model of scholarly publication based on sharing. Open materials can be distributed freely, and often revised and remixed freely.  Open Access resources include open journals, textbooks, quizzes, videos, and other materials.  Open textbooks mean little or no cost for students, adaptability and customizability, and access through print, browser, tablet and smart phone. Ask us or your teacher about using open textbooks at Loyola. Visit the Monroe Library’s Open Access guide and the Open Textbook Guide. Find more at http://www.openaccessweek.org.

Extended Study begins Sunday, 4/26

The Monroe Library’s Extended Study schedule begins this Sunday, April 26. The library will be open continuously starting Sunday, April 26 at 11 am and will not close until Thursday, May 7 at 12 am.

Here’s what you should know about extended study:
-Starting at midnight each night, the library will be open only to members of the Loyola community. Please be sure bring a valid Loyola ID in order to enter the building. The front doors will be locked, so use the side entrance near the computer lab wing to access the building.
-Free coffee and tea will be served starting at midnight!
-Group study rooms cannot be renewed if there are people on the waiting list.

Help us make the library conducive to all types of studying: the first floor is great for group study; the second floor is meant for quiet study (whispers only!); and the third floor is reserved for silent study.

Good luck with finals!

2014 Extended Study Begins December 5th

Fall 2014 Extended Study has come and gone.

The Monroe Library’s Extended Study Hours begin this Friday, December 5th. The library will be open continuously starting Friday, December 5th at 7:30 AM and will close Tuesday, December 16th at midnight.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Starting at midnight each night, the library will be open only to members of the Loyola community. Please be sure bring a valid Loyola ID in order to enter the building. The front doors will be locked, so use the side entrance near the computer lab wing to access the building.
  • Free coffee and tea will be served starting at midnight!
  • Group study rooms cannot be renewed if there are people on the waiting list.
  • Help us make the library conducive to all types of studying: the first floor is great for group study; the second floor is meant for quiet study (whispers only!); and the third floor is reserved for silent study.

This is the first semester we’ll be open continuously for eleven nights straight! (That’s right, we’re even open on Friday and Saturday night.) Love it? Hate it? “Meh” about it? Let us know what you think via our suggestion box.

Don’t leave your valuables unattended

Laptock Locks

It only takes a second for someone to walk away with your backpack, textbook or laptop.

Laptop cable locks and locker keys are available for checkout at the Learning Commons Desk.

Free 12 am snacks start Sunday, 12/8

The Residence Hall Association has partnered with the library to provide free snacks during finals. Fruit, bagels, energy bars, and other healthy treats will be served by your RHA representatives in the library at midnight on Sunday, December 8 through Wednesday, December 11. Thanks for your generosity, RHA!

LC Student Worker: Starlight Williams

Starlight Williams

The Monroe Library Learning Commons Student Employee of the Month for November is Starlight Williams!  Starlight is a freshman from Douglasville, Georgia, and is majoring in Journalism and Pre-Med.  Starlight is active on campus as an editorial assistant for the Maroon, a Loyola Ambassador, and a member of the Residence Hall Association’s Campus Programming and Service & Community Advocacy Committees.

According to Learning Commons Assistant Welbie Prinston, “Starlight is a trooper! Her fierce determination to learn and grow, backed by her winning smile and gentle spirit, have made her an outstanding and invaluable member of the Learning Commons community.”

Congratulations, Starlight, and thank you for all of your hard work!

2013 Extended Study hours begin 12/2

Fall 2013 Extended Study has come and gone.

The library’s Extended Study schedule is from Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 13.

Extended Study hours are as follows:
Open continuously from 7 am on Monday, December 2 until midnight on Friday, December 6.
Open 8 am-9 pm on Saturday, December 7.
Open continuously from 10 am on Sunday, December 8 until 6 pm on Friday, December 13.

During Extended Study:
-The front doors will be locked at midnight Sunday-Thursday. During this time, please use the computer lab entrance.
-Only members of the Loyola community will be permitted to be in the building while the front doors are locked.
-A valid Loyola ID will be required to enter the library.
-Study groups should work on the first floor in the Learning Commons or in a group study room.
-Group study rooms can be checked out to two or more Loyola students.
-The second and third floors are reserved for quiet study.
-Free coffee and tea will be provided at midnight.

Good luck with finals!