Archive for January, 2011

Diboll Gallery: Harold Baquet ‘In the Blink of an Eye’

Copyright: Harold Baquet, Loyola University

Copyright: Harold Baquet, New Orleans, LA

From February 3 to March 24, 2011 ‘In the Blink of an Eye: a retrospective by Harold Baquet’ will be on display at the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery. The Gallery is located on the fourth floor of the Monroe Library.

Opening lecture: Thursday, Feb. 3, 5 p.m.
Miller Hall, Room 114

Exhibit opening to follow lecture in Collins C. Diboll Gallery, fourth
floor, J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library

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Everything you wanted to know about Library Reserves but didn’t know to ask

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What are reserves?
Physical reserves are materials that professors ask the library to set aside for use by students in their classes. They may do this to make sure that no one student checks out an important book or they may do it to make class materials more widely available.

Where are reserves and when can I use them?
Reserves are shelved behind the library’s Learning Commons desk. Just ask for a reserve book at the desk by the professor’s name and the title of the book, score, CD or DVD. You can use them any time the library is open, up until 15 minutes before closing.

What kinds of things are on reserve?
They may be the actual course textbook, or supplementary materials for the class. They can be books, scores, CDs or DVDs that are owned by the library or owned by the professor and temporarily loaned to the library.

What’s the difference between physical reserves and e-reserves?
If your class is using a whole book, it will be on physical reserve. Book chapters or articles will be scanned and posted under Library Resources in your Blackboard course.

Who decides what goes on reserve?
Your professors! The library does not purchase textbooks, so any textbooks on reserve must be provided to the library by the professor. If your professor has not placed a copy of the textbook for your class on reserve, you may ask him or her to do so, or you may request that we ask on your behalf. Sometimes a librarian will pull materials from the library’s collection that are on your syllabus and place them on reserve for your class so the library’s copy will not be stolen or lost.

How do I know if my professor has materials on reserve?
There is a big black binder at the Learning Commons desk that is organized by professor, showing what each professor has on reserve. There should also be a link to a course’s physical reserves under Library Resources in Blackboard.

How long can I check out materials on reserve?
The professor who places the item on reserve decides on the loan period, but it may be 2 hours, 4 hours, or overnight. The 2 hour loan period is the most popular for books, as it allows for more students to use the materials without having to wait. The 4 hour loan period is used for DVDs because most films are longer than 2 hours.

Can I take reserve materials out of the library?
The library holds a student’s Loyola i.d. at the Learning Commons desk while the materials are checked out to ensure that we know what is checked out and so that students are more likely to return the materials on time.

If you need help with Reserves, or if you have questions, please contact Laurie Phillips at 864-7833 or

This just in: Historical Times-Picayune available online!

Times Picayune

The Monroe Library has added the New Orleans Times-Picayune Online 1923-1987 to its collection! Through our website, Loyola students, faculty, and staff are able to access each digitally reproduced issue, including individual articles, photographs, and advertisements. Users are able to search the full-text of all issues or browse issues by date.

Individual pages and entire issues can be downloaded as PDFs for use.

Over 21,000 issues are included from 1923-1987 (please note that some issues are not available). Click the link to give it a try:

For more information about this service, contact Jim Hobbs at 504-864-7126 ( or ask at the Monroe Library Learning Commons Desk!

National Book Blitz Month!

Can you believe that January is almost over, and we are just getting around to National Book Blitz Month!?

Wait. What is National Book Blitz Month!?

Great question! Unlike National Book Month, National Library Week, and Banned Books Week, National Book Blitz Month doesn’t have a website. There are no nationally coordinated demonstrations or readouts or cool posters. In fact, there’s very little info out there at all except a bunch of blogs with entries about how January is National Book Blitz Month. So what are we supposed to do?

Let’s break it down.

Book (noun): a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory

Blitz (noun):
1. an intensive aerial military campaign
2. a fast intensive nonmilitary campaign
3. a rush of the passer by a defensive linebacker, back, or end in football

Let’s pick definition no. 2 for blitz and assume that’s what we’re going for. How can you make fast intensive reading of paper, skin, wood, or ivory part of your month?

1. Read more books than you did last January
2. Read a little bit everyday
3. Read a book with “blitz” in the title (like Peter Stansky’s The first day of the blitz : September 7, 1940.
4. Read the longest book you’ve ever read (try Atlas Shrugged or The Count of Monte Cristo, each over 1000 pages!)

However you decide to do it, use the rest of January as an opportunity to spend a little more time reading, and a little less time on the internet.

Friend of the Month: Tanja Brown

TanJa Brown

Name: Tanja Brown

Year: Senior

Major: English Writing

Who is Tanja?
After finishing her associates degree at Delgado, Tanja entered Loyola University as a senior. She loves to read and write and is excited to be in Dr. Biguenet’s Writing Poetry and Writing Fiction workshops this semester. Tanja is a writer by trade, and plans to get her masters at UNO in English Teaching so she can eventually teach at the college level.

How she uses the library:
Tanja mostly uses the library to study. Although the first floor is loud, she is able to find a quiet spot on the third floor to study. Tanja likes the wide variety of books the library has to offer, from academic to leisure reads.

How can the library help to further Tanja’s success?
More study rooms! She also thinks it would help if the library ordered more copies of the items that teachers frequently put on reserve.

Thanks for using the library, Tanja!

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

Some people stay, some just pass through on their way to class.

Welcome back!

Did you know that one of the top ten most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get organized? Why not let the Learning Commons help you out?

Librarians are available 24/7 to help with your research needs. We can help you find books, scholarly articles, movies, CDs, and whatever else you need to write the perfect paper.

- Come to the library 9am-9pm Monday through Thursday (and 9am-5pm Friday) and talk with a real live librarian.
- Talk to our librarians from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday through the Monroe Library Chat
- Chat live with librarians from Jesuit colleges and universities across the country 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Ask a Librarian Live
- Call or e-mail the Learning Commons desk at 504-864-7111 or

If you need multimedia equipment for a project, we’ve got that too. The library checks out laptops (Macs, PCs and Eee PCs), headphones, voice recorders, cameras, video recorders, webcams, and flip cams, to name a few.

Looking for a quiet place to study? The 2nd and 3rd floors of the library are designated quiet areas and are perfect for cozying up in a chair and getting to those assignments you usually wait and do at the last minute. Need more privacy ? Just check out a study room from the Learning Commons desk. And if you need a place to store your books while you’re running from class to class, we also check out locker keys.

If your New Year’s resolution is to read more, look no further. The “We Recommend” blog is full of great books, movies, and CDs recommended by library faculty and staff.

Our New Year’s resolution is to make sure you get the help you need at the Monroe Library Learning Commons. Make spending more time at the library your resolution!