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Meet the MLSRC winners

Left to right: winners Meredith Faulkner, Tasnim Shah, Laurel Taylor, Denise Powell

The Monroe Library Student Research Competition recognizes and rewards students who make exemplary use of the collections, resources, and services of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library throughout the research process in order to produce an academic or creative work. This year’s winners were awarded in four categories.

Freshman/Sophomore

Meredith Faulkner’s “A Guide to Writing Dialogue” is a collection of accessible advice for aspiring writers on the form and function of speech in print. She is an English Writing major and the research assistant for Dr. Sarah Allison. Meredith worked with Brian Sullivan, Librarian Liaison for English, to learn how to use the MLA International Bibliography database and save her resources using the citation manager Zotero. Interlibrary loan enabled Meredith to obtain books available through other libraries. Her guide provides insight into the implications of form in writing dialogue and allows authors to craft more intentional and meaningful pieces.

Junior/ Senior

Denise Powell, a biology major, wrote “Drug War or Race War? The Effects of Illegal Drug Distribution on Violence in and against the African American Community” for the history course Violence in Black America. Her paper explores the illegal drug industry and its contributions to institutional, structural, and interpersonal violence in the African American community. After attending a library instruction session, Denise examined many resources in a variety of formats and particularly relied on historical newspaper databases. Dr. Ashley Howard enthuses, “I am most impressed with the diverse range of sources she interrogates, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of African American studies.”

Senior Capstone/ Thesis Project

Laurel Taylor completed her senior English thesis on “Making Monsters of Men; or, The Stigma of Incarceration in Eighteenth Century Gothic Novels.” With a focus on criminal justice, she analyzes gothic novels from the 1790s and their unique value as a reflection of social and political realities. Her thesis advisor Dr. Sarah Allison commends, “Laurel’s thesis takes up a major scholarly question.” Throughout the extensive research process, Laurel met with Brian Sullivan in order to make the most of the library’s print and electronic resources. She cites JSTOR and ProjectMUSE as her two favorite databases for her work.

Graduate

Tasnim “Mimi” Shah created her poster presentation on “Thecla and the Rejection of the Acts of Paul” for the Graduate Student Research Symposium held in the Monroe Library. Mimi is a graduate student in the Loyola Institute for Ministry program and completed her project with the advisement of Dr. Gilberto Ruiz. She provides an overview of the historical controversy regarding Thecla, a key figure in the Acts of Paul, and her relevance to women today.

Congratulations to the winners! Further information about the competition criteria and awards is available at http://library.loyno.edu/services/instruction/competition/.

Monroe Library Student Research Competition Winners

Left to right: winners Tasnim Shah, Meredith Faulkner, Denise Powell, Laurel Taylor

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Monroe Library Student Research Competition! Winners were awarded in four categories:

Freshmen/Sophomore
Winner: Meredith Faulkner, “A Guide to Writing Dialogue”
Honorable Mention: Hayley Risse, “Poisoned Beef”

Junior/Senior
Winner: Denise Powell, “Drug War or Race War? The Effects of Illegal Drug Distribution on Violence in and against the African-American community”
Honorable Mention: Yunuen Cacique-Borja, “Role of CD45RO Signaling in Modulation of HIV Infection”

Senior Capstone/Thesis Project
Winner: Laurel Taylor, “Making Monsters of Men; or, The Stigma of Incarceration in Eighteenth Century Gothic Novels”
Honorable Mention: Mara Steven, “Woody Guthrie: Instrument of Change”

Graduate
Winner: Tasnim Shah, “Thecla and the Rejection of the Acts of Paul”

The Monroe Library Student Research Competition recognizes and rewards students who make exemplary use of the collections, resources, and services of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library throughout the research process in order to produce an academic or creative work. Information about the competition criteria and awards is available at http://library.loyno.edu/services/instruction/competition/. Once again, congratulations to the winners!

Winners Announced! LibQUAL Drawing

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2015 LibQUAL drawing! The following survey participants were selected randomly:

- Jazz Fest Tickets: Merritt B., Alexandria D.

- FitBit: Brian M., Austin R.

- Beats Headphones: Carolina F., Ashleigh S.

Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who completed the Monroe Library LibQUAL Survey. We appreciate your participation.

DEADLINE EXTENDED–ML Student Research Competition

Students are invited to apply to the 2015 Monroe Library Student Research Competition. The competition recognizes and rewards students who make exemplary use of the collections, resources, and services of the Monroe Library throughout the research process in order to produce an academic or creative work.

  • $200 for a freshman/sophomore research project
  • $200 for a junior/senior research project
  • $200 for a senior capstone/thesis project
  • $200 for a graduate student research project

Applications are due Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (deadline extended!). Application information is available at:http://library.loyno.edu/services/instruction/competition/

For more information, contact Malia Willey: mewilley@loyno.edu

Enter the Monroe Library Student Research Competition

Students are invited to apply to the 2015 Monroe Library Student Research Competition. The competition recognizes and rewards students who make exemplary use of the collections, resources, and services of the Monroe Library throughout the research process in order to produce an academic or creative work.

  • $200 for a freshman/sophomore research project
  • $200 for a junior/senior research project
  • $200 for a senior thesis project
  • $200 for a graduate student research project

Applications are due Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Application information is available at: http://library.loyno.edu/services/instruction/competition/

For more information, contact Malia Willey: mewilley@loyno.edu

Interlibrary Loan

What Is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) gets books, articles and other materials not owned by the Monroe Library for your use.  There is no charge for requests.  ILL is available to Loyola current faculty, students, and staff engaged in scholarly research. (Law students and faculty are required to use services provided by the Law Library.) You must have a library-issued bar code on your Loyola ID and less than $15.00 in current library fines.

The length of time to obtain material varies.  Articles can arrive within two to five days, but may take longer. Books usually arrive within one to six weeks. The sooner you request them, the sooner you’ll have them!

Requests go through ILLiad, a web-based system. You can even use ILLiad to track the status of your requests, edit requests and request renewals online!  To become an ILLiad user, create an account by clicking on the “First Time Users” link on the ILLiad main page. You must select a username and password. You’ll only need to do this once.

We are unable to accept requests for materials that are owned by the Loyola University Library. These include books on reserve, books checked out, and non-circulating material. We will request books that have been declared lost or copies of articles from journals that are missing or at the bindery.  We do not borrow textbooks currently in use. Before filling out a request, be sure to check the library’s online catalog to make sure Loyola doesn’t own the material you need.  Or ask a reference librarian for help in finding material on your topic.

Welcome back, Wolf Pack!

We’ve got all kinds of great stuff for you in the Monroe Library!

Did you know that you can check out laptops and other equipment at the Learning Commons desk? There are headphones, voice recorders, cameras, video recorders, webcams, flip cams, and calculators. You can also check out lockers and group study rooms.

Do you need resources for a paper? Our librarians can help you locate scholarly articles, books, and even DVDs that are relevant to your research.

Do you need a textbook for your class? Check with us at the Learning Commons desk to see if your professor put it on reserve.

So come on over to the Learning Commons desk and let us know what you need. Your success starts with us!

Elevate New Orleans and the Monroe Library

A Successful Collaboration between Elevate New Orleans and the Monroe Library

The Monroe Library was the academic home to Elevate New Orleans this year. Elevate is an after-school program for inner-city middle and high school students who excel at basketball. The program provides academic, athletic, and social training to help ensure the students attend college and ultimately give back to their community. This mission aligns with the Jesuit vision of education, which includes educating the whole person and acting as men and women for others. Sky Hyacinthe (Executive Director of Elevate) and Malia Willey (Instruction Coordinator) coordinated the collaboration between Elevate and the Monroe Library. Loyola students engaged in tutoring for the Elevate students through the Community-Based Federal Work Study program. Elevate has also partnered with other Loyola groups, such as the Lindy Boggs Center, the Office of Service Learning, and the University Honors Program.

Here’s what a few of the Elevate students had to say about the Monroe Library and their Loyola student tutors:

“Monroe Library is a cool environment because of all the people opening the door saying good afternoon and I really like the way they welcome me at Loyola University. I thank you for having me at your school.”

“My grades have gone up a lot since I’ve been coming to Loyola for tutoring.”

“I have got way better in math and my writing skills. I understand things now more than I did before.”

“Loyola student tutors are very helpful. They help me prepare for my test and with my homework. Every time I’m with the Loyola student tutors I feel more prepared for the school day the day after.”

“The Monroe Library makes me feel safe and welcoming.”

“They have helped me improve my grades and my GPA. They have also taught me new ways to do homework.”

“Awesome. They have helped tremendously. When my grades were down they helped me pick them up.”

“The Monroe Library is a place I look forward to seeing every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. It is a place for me to get away from the chaos of school and the outside world and it is a place for me to concentrate only on work.”

Faculty Presentation on Librarian Partnerships

Faculty members are invited to learn about librarian partnerships at an event hosted by the Center for Faculty Innovation on Friday, March 15 at 3:30 pm in Multimedia Room 2 at the Monroe Library.

Panelists include:

  • Teri Gallaway & Naomi Yavneh
  • Laurie Phillips & Elizabeth Parent
  • Brian Sullivan & Terri Bednarz
  • Malia Willey & Mark Fernandez
  • The panelists will discuss and answer questions about their collaborations. For more information, contact Malia Willey: mewilley@loyno.edu

    Technology Showcase

    The Monroe Library would like to invite you to our Annual Technology Showcase. Swing by and see the equipment we have available for the Loyola community; from computers and Kindles to video cameras, projectors and audio zoom recorders. Also, get information about additional services such as DVD duplication and classroom equipment.

    The Technology Showcase will take place on January 29th, from 12pm to 2pm in the Monroe Library, Room 101-Living Room.

    Thank you and we hope to see you there!