Archive for February, 2011

Take Research and Technology 2.0 this summer

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Learn to research this summer by taking the library’s one-credit course. Research and Technology 2.0 is offered online this summer. Contact Malia Willey ( for more information.

Course Description:

Research expertise and proficiency are core expectations throughout academia and its varied disciplines, but they have broader applications as life skills that are increasingly valued and recognized within the professional realm. In this class, the broad range of critical issues relevant to successful research, along with practical, step-by-step techniques for using electronic resources, will make you discerning and reflective information consumers and citizens.

Talking About Teaching: Open Access & Digital Libraries with Jim Hobbs

The event has come and gone, but if you’d like more information about this topic, please check out this handout or contact Jim Hobbs at hobbs @

Center for Faculty Innovation “Talking about Teaching” Series

Please join the conversation about “Open Access and Digital Libraries.”

The Internet is changing scholarly communications, and individuals, universities and associations are coming up with new creative, rigorous publications without high price tags.  Come hear about the new publications that provide high quality, peer reviewed research articles at little or no cost. Jim Hobbs, University Library and Patricia Dorn, Biological Sciences will share their knowledge and experiences regarding this new publication format.

Wednesday, February 16
3:30 p.m.
Monroe Library, Room 334

Let’s celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month was designed to educate people on the pain and suffering throughout history that Blacks encountered to receive equal rights and freedom. Americans have recognized Black History annually ever since 1926 when it was first known as “Negro History Week” and then converted to “Black History Month.” Although Blacks have been part of our country’s history since the colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they received a respectable honor in the history books.

On the heels of an historic election, African-Americans have overcome devious and cunning methods to prevent their voices from being heard:

Poll taxes

Literacy tests

“Grandfather” clauses

Suppressive election procedures

Black codes and enforced segregation

Bizarre gerrymandering

White-only primaries

Physical intimidation and violence

Restrictive eligibility requirements

Rewriting of state constitutions

I am privileged to come from a lineage filled with strength and courage, proud to stand tall in the midst of history and look forward to a future filled with promise and change.

If you want to know more about African Americans and their struggle for the right to vote, click here. If you want to know more about African Americans and their struggle for equality, click here.

By clicking the icon you will be lead to our full catalog.


Southern Horrors and Other Writings by Ida B. Wells

Southern Horrors coverSouthern Horrors and Other Writings by Ida B. Wells

It’s hard to overstate the courage of Ida B. Wells. She was one of the loudest – and loneliest – voices against the barbaric practice of lynching throughout the American South during Reconstruction. As one of the only writers to undertake a systematic study of the practice, she uncovered grotesque facts (the practice of lynch mobs keeping body parts of the lynched as “souvenirs”), common lies (the most common incitement to a lynching being the allegation of impropriety or sexual aggression against a white woman), and what she saw as the root cause: the expansion of black sufferage, black economic power, and black social mobility.

Anti-lynching certainly wasn’t Ida Wells’ only cause, but it was the one for which she gained the most notoriety, both in the United States and in Europe. It was also one of the darkest chapters in American history, one in which her voice was often the only voice speaking for the thousands of innocent men and women who were tortured and killed. Her writing is urgent, impassioned, and absolutely necessary.

- Phil Rollins, Learning Technologies Developer

Friend of the Month: Sarah Wagner

Friend of the Month: Sarah Wagner
Name: Sarah Wagner

Year: Senior

Major: Economics

Minors: Business

Who is Sarah?

Sarah is from Nashville and came to New Orleans on a whim.  She plans to stay in New Orleans for a while after graduation because there is still so much to explore.

How she uses the library:

Sarah enjoys using the library because it has a lot of unique features that other libraries don’t have.  She checks out laptops frequently, takes naps on the couches and peruses old Life magazines for fun.  She’s glad that Loyola has one of the best libraries in the nation!

How can the library help to further student success?

Everyone is always very helpful in the library (especially Hilary) and the librarians are always a great help with research.  It would be great if the library had more beanbags!  People always move them around.  One time she found a beanbag tucked away in the stacks—she went back the next day because it was actually a good place to study.

Thanks for using the library, Sarah!

Who’s Your Librarian Superhero?

Gale is holding a competition to see who is the greatest library superhero! Interim Dean Deborah Poole has already placed one nomination.

“I nominate Teri Gallaway, Systems and Metadata Initiatives Coordinator @ the J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola Univ New Orleans. A super hero of extraordinary powers. In addition to jumping tall buildings at a single bound, Teri solves the most complex problems (and actually enjoys doing so!). Teri demonstrates her super-human strength and x-ray future vision as web coordinator, instructor, liaison, systems guru, learning commons counselor, and strategic planner. From setting up online serials to classroom teaching, Teri is a blended librarian par excellence! Ever-generous and enthusiastic, Teri, along with her team of superheroes, (and 1/2 of a dynamic duo) demonstrates the power of libraries to inform, educate, and inspire.”

Four librarians will be selected from your submissions and turned into cartoon superheros. Winners will be featured on a metal lunch box and unveiled at ALA in New Orleans. Just post your nomination as a new wall post on the “Are You a Librarian Superhero” facebook page.

The Monroe Library is full of librarian superheros. Who’s yours?

Requesting Materials for Purchase

Request for Purchase

Did you know that you can request materials for the library’s collection? We accept requests from students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community borrowers.   You can request that we purchase materials including books, videos, scores, CDs, and electronic resources.   Use this form today and help build the library’s collections.