Archive for 2011

Friend of the Month: Marlin Williford

Name: Marlin Williford

Year: Sophomore

Major: Mass Communication

Who is Marlin?

Marlin is from California.  He chose to come to Loyola because he got the best scholarship and New Orleans is a very interesting city.  So far, he loves the city—there’s great people and great food!

How he uses the library:

Marlin checks out laptops and course reserves.  He also works in the library, so he knows where to find what he needs!

How can the library help to further student success?

Marlin says “it’s a pretty good library and they’re good at giving students what they need.”  He finds the library’s hours very helpful, especially at night.

Constitution Day

Celebrate Constitution Day at the Monroe Library on September 17, 2011.

Now Available: The Stephen Dankner Collection of Musical Works and Papers

From Stephen Dankner's Cello Sonata Movement I (1968)Former Loyola College of Music professor Stephen Dankner donated a collection of his music scores and other papers to Loyola after moving to Massachusetts in 2006. The husband of former Loyola music librarian Laura Dankner, Stephen is a prolific composer and educator who has won awards and commissions from around the world. The majority of the items in this collection are original holograph scores and parts by Dankner as well as sketches (rough-draft pencil outlines for pieces, usually incomplete), printed scores, and research notes. In addition to scores, the collection includes correspondence to and from copyright agencies, friends, performers, publishing companies, record labels, recording studios, and teachers; and concert programs, newspaper and electronic reviews, press releases, and photos. A large portion of the collection is dedicated to the creation and premiere by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra of Symphony No. 5: Odyssey of Faith (2001)—a performance which featured the Loyola University Chorale and soprano and baritone soloists Ellen and Philip Frohnmayer, both College of Music and Fine Arts voice faculty. The items in the collection give a rare insight into the compositional process as well as the business of being a composer.

The finding aid for the collection can be viewed here.

The Stephen Dankner Collection of Musical Works and Papers is open for research use in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives. Special Collections (Room 333, Monroe Library ) is open Monday – Friday from  8:30am to 4:45pm.

For more on Stephen Dankner, search the Monroe Library catalog.

WE RECOMMEND: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Egan, Jennifer. A Visit From the Goon Squad. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Call number: PS3555 .G292 V57 2010

Recommending a book that in a single year has won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and is being made into an HBO mini-series may not be particularly original. But when the book is this good, it’s easy to jump on the accolades bandwagon.

Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad resembles a collection of linked short stories more so than a novel, though that is how some critics have characterized it. The common thread among the stories is music producer Bennie Salazar—while each chapter concerns a different central character, they all have some sort of connection to Salazar. The titular “goon” is time. The stories take place anywhere from 1973 to 2020, and each of the characters suffers drastically from the ageing process.  Rarely is growing old as socially and economically damning as in the entertainment business, where many of the characters begin their careers.  Despite the vastly varying backgrounds of the central characters, Egan succeeds in creating entirely new voices for each of them. If you’re having a difficult time keeping track of the characters or the chronology of the book, no worries—the blog Ready When You Are, C.B. has a number of charts, pictures and graphs to help you get things straightened out.

A Visit From the Goon Squad is at once sweet, sad, funny, and poignant. This is a book that will keep you thinking about it long after you’ve put it down.

Elizabeth Kelly, Instruction and Special Collections Librarian

Friend of the Month: Damir Durmo

Name: Damir Durmo

Year: Senior

Major: Finance management

Minor: International Business

Who is Damir?

Damir is from Sarajevo, Bosnia. He came to Loyola in 2008 on a basketball scholarship. He says that choosing Loyola is probably the best decision he’s ever made–he’s having a great time and his education will help him get a job “somewhere in the world” after graduation.  He’s really thankful to all the people that helped him come to Loyola.

How he uses the library:

Damir checks out laptops, DVDs, reserve books for classes, and other library materials.  He also prints everything that he needs for his classes.

How can the library help to further student success?

The library could place more emphasis on recycling.  There’s a lot paper waste that could go in the recycling bins.  Also, the computers in the Learning Commons could use an update.

On Exhibit: Medicinal Wildflowers

“Medicinal Wildflowers: A Collection of Antique Illustrations” now on display in Special Collections and Archives, third floor of Monroe Library.

Monroe Library’s Special Collections and Archives is proud to display reproductions from one of the most beautiful volumes in our collection, Deutschlands wildwachsende Arzney-Pflanzen by German botanist Johann Gotttleib Mann.

Published in 1828, Deutschlands wildwachsende Arzney-Pflanzen (Germany’s Wild Medicinal Plants) contains hand-colored lithographs of medical plants, flowers, and fruits. Following the illustrations is the Latin name and German description for each plant.

In the introduction to the volume, Mann states that his goal in publishing the work was two-fold: to present a collection of realistic drawings of medicinal plants for the use of doctors, veterinarians and pharmacists who would not otherwise have the time or opportunity to study the plants in nature, and to give a simple and precise description of the plants along with where they may be found and when they are in season.  Mann’s illustrations transcend their original, utilitarian purpose of assisting medical professionals, however; they are works of art.

The exhibit runs until December 16, and may be viewed in Special Collections and Archives, Monday through Friday, 8.30-4..45.

WE RECOMMEND: Philadelphia Story (Dir. by George Cukor)

The Philadelphia Story, directed by George Cukor

With its fast paced dialogue, its slapstick humor, and a plot revolving around an impending marriage; The Philadelphia Story is a classic “screwball comedy.” Katharine Hepburn plays Tracy Lord, a wealthy socialite who is to be married to a man from the “lower class,” George Kittredge (John Howard). Macaulay Connor (Jimmy Stewart), an aspiring writer and reluctant reporter for Spy Magazine, is assigned to cover the story of Tracy’s wedding. With the help of Tracy’s ex-husband, C.K Dexter Haven (Carey Grant), Macaulay and his photographer/ girlfriend Elizabeth Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) are introduced as friends of Tracy’s brother, and they are invited to stay at the Lord household for the wedding. Hilarity ensues as the characters discover that nobody is really who they appear to be and they soon learn the lesson that they cannot judge each other based on class membership (or any other preconceived notions). The characters learn the value of seeing each other simply as human beings.

The movie is a “must-see” especially because of the witty dialogue and the chemistry between the actors. Grant and Hepburn engage in such fast paced arguments and the clever insults fly effortlessly; the onscreen chemistry between the two is pretty remarkable. Hepburn and Stewart have many humorous and tender moments together as well, including a great scene which takes place in a library (library fans will be amused). Also, look out for Ruth Hussey’s character Liz, she has some of the best one-liners in the movie. Overall, The Philadelphia Story is a wonderful classic film; definitely not to be missed.

- Kayla Whitehead, Technical Services Assistant/Serials Specialist

Visit the book display on advising

Advising is important to student success. The Academic Advising Council (AAC) brings together faculty and staff from across the campus, and is led by Dr. Lydia Voigt, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. The AAC is working to enhance and strengthen advising at Loyola University New Orleans.

In order to further support the efforts of the AAC, the Monroe Library has created a book display on advising. Additional materials were acquired for the collection. The display is located at the Center for Faculty Innovation lounge, which is on the third floor of the library at the front of the building.

For more information about the display, please contact Malia Willey, Instruction Coordinator:

Newspapers Online! Read All About It!

Put off by online newspapers that ask you to pay to read articles? The Monroe Library has a wide variety of national, regional and local newspapers you can read daily at no additional charge! And they’re updated with today’s paper.
Go to Newspapers & Current Events on the page Databases by Subject.

You’ll find individual entries for the New York Times (current and historical), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. To get a specific day’s paper for these five, start the service, then click the Publications tab, select the one you want, and then select the day you want. Sort results by page number to see the articles from front page to back. (Note: for the Times-Picayune, use the Get It button for full text.)

There is also a very large collection of U.S. papers in LexisNexis Academic. Use the Search the News form to look for a word or phrase in a specific paper. You’ll also find major world papers and broadcast transcripts.
And don’t forget the Times-Picayune for 1923 through 1987!

Library Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

McPherson College’s Miller Library has come up with a pretty creative way to promote the library while simultaneously teaching students about the Dewey Decimal SystemLibrary of the Living Dead, a graphic novel where students and librarians must use Dewey to battle droves of brain-thirsty zombies. Loyola uses the Library of Congress Classification System–maybe a LC vampire graphic novel is in our future…?

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Library of the Living Dead: Your Guide to Miller Library at McPherson College