Archive for March, 2011

Talking About Teaching: More on Teaching Critical Thinking through Class Discussions

This event has come and gone, but please join us for our next discussion on April 6th.

The Center for Faculty Innovation presents “Talking About Teaching: More on Teaching Critical Thinking through Class Discussions. ”

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Time: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Monroe Library, 334

For additional information contact: Liv Newman by email at

The Center for Faculty Innovation supports the intellectual life of the Loyola community by nurturing connections among faculty as learners, teachers and scholars within the context of our distinctive Jesuit identity. It fosters new directions in teaching and promotes excellence in research, scholarship, and creative work.

We Recommend: Prep: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

Prep: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

Prep coverThere is no shortage of coming-of-age stories (especially coming-of-age stories set in boarding schools), but rarely is there one as realistic and relatable as Prep: a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld. As the story begins, the lovably awkward Lee Fiora is a freshman at Ault, a prestigious boarding school near Boston. Lee is a witty and intelligent teen, but as a scholarship student from the Midwest, she sometimes feels as though she does not fit in with her wealthy, privileged classmates. She spends a lot of time observing her classmates instead of interacting with them and soon gives herself the role of “the outsider.”

Occasionally, Lee can be a frustrating character, because she would probably be accepted if she gave people more of a chance. She eventually makes friends and finds her place at the school, but it’s a little bit of a struggle. Along the way, she works through her feelings of isolation and she handles difficult social situations; sometimes with hilarious results. She also deals with issues of sexuality and the loss of a first love (and Prep deals with these issues in a very frank and honest way, there are a couple sexually explicit scenes and there is explicit dialogue throughout the novel).

Overall, Prep is a fun, nostalgic read. There is some “teenage angst” and heartbreak, but also a lot of laughs. Many people will find something that they can relate to; I think there’s a little bit of Lee Fiora in all of us.

Kayla Whitehead, Technical Services Assistant/Serials Specialist

Mobile barcodes in the library

DVD Quick Search QR Code

Try our new QR codes and Mobi tags in the DVD section.  Using your smart phone you can take a picture of one of these barcodes and then search the DVD collection from your phone.

You’ll need an app for that.  So search for the “QR App” from the App store on your iPhone or go to to download the Microsoft Mobi tag reader.

For your convenience we are using both so keep in mind that QR Code tags look like this:

QR Tag

And Microsoft Mobi tags look like this:

Mobi Tag

Contact Teri Gallaway at with questions.

Friend of the Month: Jessica Duhamel

Name: Jessica Duhamel

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology & Pre-Med

Who is Jessica?

Jessica is a transfer student originally from Maine.  She has a two-year-old son and is interested in pursuing a career in animal science with the intention of going on to grad school after she finishes her studies at Loyola. Jessica made the Dean’s List in the fall semester and attributes this accomplishment to developing a daily routine, which includes studying at the Monroe Library.

How she uses the library:

Jessica is an early-riser and a regular user of the study rooms in the library.  She describes the building as her “second home” and prefers the quieter locations.  She is a fan of the printing availability in the library and uses the Learning Commons to work on group projects.

How can the library help to further student success?

Sometimes Jessica would like to be able to check out study rooms for longer periods of time, but is conflicted because she realizes that in the end it may make it more difficult for her and others to get a study room when they need it.  She thinks that having more laptops would be an improvement.  Since she spends a lot of time in the library, she prefers to have more comfortable chairs like the striped ones on the third floor.  She also mentioned that having blinds on the exterior windows of the study rooms would help her see her computer screen on sunny mornings and afternoons.

Thanks for using the library, Jessica!

Renew Online

Renew Online

Don’t get stuck with late fees.  Use our online renewal.

From the library’s home page, click on the online catalog link and proceed to My Account. Users will need to enter their library ID number (14-digit barcode number) or Campus Wide ID number and library PIN. You can get your library PIN from the Learning Commons desk.

Some items like laptops may not be renewed online and to renew an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) item, log into the ILLiad request system and select Renew Items. For ILL renewals, be sure to renew an item before its due date to allow time for us to contact the lending library.

For more information about online renewals, please call the Learning Commons desk at 864-7111.

For more information about ILL renewals, please call 864-7137 or email us at

Income Tax Information Online


* Federal tax forms and publications online at

There’s good news for procrastinators this year in that the filing deadline for individual income taxes has been extended until April 18.  You can read about the schedule changes in this news release from the IRS:,,id=233910,00.html

Tax Changes for Individuals: Read about the changes made to the tax laws for 2010 individual returns here:,,id=178012,00.html

More Info from the IRS: The IRS provides lots of additional information for individuals here:

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* The Louisiana Dept. of Revenue offers the most commonly requested tax forms at

* If you’re looking for an out of state tax return form, visit the FTA (Federation of Tax Administrators) website for a list of state tax/revenue websites:  here

More news:

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is again offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program this year to provide free tax preparation assistance for people with low to moderate incomes.

The sessions, designed by the Internal Revenue Service, begin Monday, Jan. 24, and continue through Thursday, April 14. Hours for the tax preparation sessions are Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Mondays and Thursdays from 5 – 7 p.m. The VITA office is located at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Broadway Activities Center, 501 Pine St., Room 202. No sessions will be held on Saturday, March 5 or Monday, March 7 due to the Mardi Gras holiday.

VITA will also offer tax preparation again this year at the Community Center of St. Bernard Parish, located at 1111 LeBeau St., Arabi, La. 70032. Sessions take place 10 a.m. – 2p.m. on the following Saturdays: Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb 26, March 12, March 26, April 2 and April 9. For more information on sessions in Arabi, call 504-281-2512.

Those attending tax preparation sessions should bring identification, Social Security cards for each member of their household, tax returns and all other tax documents, including W-2 forms, 1099 forms and Social Security statements.

Loyola’s VITA Program is affiliated with the Asset Building Coalition of Southeast Louisiana and the American Bar Association.

For more information, call 504-861-5668, visit the VITA website, or e-mail Andrew Piacun, site coordinator, at For pre-recorded directions, call 504-861-5665.

2011 Mardi Gras Hours

2011 Mardi Gras Holiday Hours
Friday, March 4,  2011
7am – 7pm
Saturday, March 5, 2011
10am – 5pm
Sunday, March 6, 2011
noon – 5pm
Monday, March 7, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Wednesday, March 9 – Saturday, March 12, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011

For a complete list of hours, including holiday schedules and other exceptions, please visit the hours page.