Archive for 2013

Banned Books Week

From ALA News (

CHICAGO — What would you do if you went to the library to check out a book, only to find it wasn’t there? Not because it was already checked out, but because someone else disapproved of its content and had it removed from library shelves? Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, stresses the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book, no matter how unorthodox or unpopular.

Despite the perception that censorship no longer occurs in the United States, attempts to ban books frequently take place in our schools and libraries.   According to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), there were 464 reported attempts to remove or restrict materials from schools and libraries in 2012 and more than 17,700 attempts since 1990, when the ALA began to record book challenges.

Just recently Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) called for a ban on the novel “The Bluest Eye,” stating that the book should be removed from libraries and the 11th Grade Common Core reading list because he believes the book is “highly objectionable” and has “no value or purpose.” “The Bluest Eye” is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s first novel and is often included in honors and Advanced Placement English classes.  Holtzclaw’s demand is just one example of the kinds of book challenges that, if successful, deny students and their parents the right and the freedom to choose books and literature that contain diverse ideas drawn from across the social and political spectrum.

“The ability to read, speak, think and express ourselves freely is a fundamental freedom that sustains and upholds  our democratic society,” said ALA President Barbara Stripling. “Banned Books Week serves as an opportunity to remind all of us that the freedom to choose books for ourselves and our family is a right, not a privilege.”

Book challenges to school library materials are not the only threat to students’ freedom of inquiry.  Online resources, including legitimate educational websites and academically useful social networking tools, are being blocked and filtered in school libraries. In an effort to raise awareness, the American Association of School Libraries (AASL), a division of the ALA, has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day – Wednesday,  Sept. 25 – and is asking school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how excessive filtering affects student achievement.

Banned Books Week 2013 has been celebrating the freedom to read for more than 30 years.  Libraries and bookstores will observe Banned Books Week by hosting special events and exhibits on the power of literature and the harms of censorship.  ALA, along with Banned Books Week co-sponsors, will host one of those events, a Virtual Read Out on YouTube [] where participants will read from their favorite banned books. Past participants have included highly acclaimed and/or frequently challenged authors such as Judy Blume, Chris Crutcher, Whoopi Goldberg, Lauren Myracle and many others.

For the first time this year, Twitter parties will help promote the message of Banned Books Week.  A party will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern time on Monday, Sept. 23, with a second party scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25, from noon to 2 p.m. Eastern time.  Supporters are urged to tweet using the hashtag #bannedbooksweek. More information about the Twitter parties is available on the Banned Books Week website,

Also, many bookstores, schools and libraries celebrating Banned Books Week will showcase selections from the ALA OIF’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2012. The list is released each spring and provides a snapshot of book removal attempts in the U.S. The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2012 reflects a range of themes and consists of the following titles:

1) Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

2) “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie.
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

3) “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

4) “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

5) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

6) “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

7) “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

8) Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence

9) “The Glass Castle,” by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

10) “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Freedom to Read Foundation, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, and PEN American Center also signed on as sponsors.

ALA’s work opposing censorship takes place not just during Banned Books Week, but throughout the year. OIF tracks hundreds of challenges to books and other materials in libraries and classrooms across the country.  OIF provides support to librarians, teachers and community members looking to keep books on the shelves.  Those wishing to support Banned Books Week and libraries can do so by texting ALABBW to 41518 to provide a $10 tax-deductible donation.

For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Web site at, or

We March in Dignity

“We March in Dignity”, a photography exhibit now on display in Special Collections and Archives, documents two significant Civil Rights events of 1963: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, held on August 28th, and the September 30th Freedom March in New Orleans.

The photographs, taken from the Louis J. Twomey S.J. Papers and the B. Raynal Arriati Papers, offer intimate glimpses of both events.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, stands as one of the largest political demonstrations ever held in the United States. Between 200,000 and 500,000 people went to the nation’s capital to express their support for civil rights legislation that was then making its way through Congress. The marchers gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, where they listened to songs and speeches for three hours. Events culminated with closing remarks by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His words are now remembered as the “I Have a Dream” speech.

On the evening of Monday, September 30, more than 10,000 marchers made their way from Shakespeare Park (now named A.L. Davis Park) located at Washington and LaSalle, to City Hall. There the Citizens Committee presented the “Petition to the Greater New Orleans Community”. Speakers at City Hall included The Rev. A.L. Davis, Oretha Castle, Ernest Morial, The Rev. Avery Alexander and Gerald T. Thomas.

Ernest Morial later called the September 30th march “probably the largest peaceful march outside of Washington in 1963.”

“We March in Dignity” will be on display in Special Collections and Archives from September 20 – December 13, 2013.

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Cocoa and Chocolate, 1917

In 1917 Walter Baker and Co. released three out-of-print publications along with new material in the book Cocoa and chocolate; a short history of their production and use.

According to the book, the first American chocolate mill was established in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1765 by Irish immigrant John Hannan and was taken over by Dr. James Baker in 1780.

The book includes a history of chocolate use throughout the world, details on the preparation of chocolate and cocoa by Walter Baker and Co., and a few recipes. Baron von Liebig, “one of the best known writers on dietetics,” is quoted as saying, “Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted powers…It is highly nourishing and easily digested, and it is fitted to repair wasted strength, preserve health, and prolong life…It soothes by stomach and brain, and for this reason, as well as others, it is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.” English majors and librarians, take note!

Previous editions of the book have been digitized and are available in the Internet Archive. Loyola’s copy is available in Special Collections & Archives and also in the Louisiana Digital Library. If you haven’t had your fill of chocolate research yet, the Walter Baker & Company Records, 1812-1945 are held at Harvard.

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2013-2014 Progress Report Available

Our 2013-2014 Progress Report is now available online. Check it out now here!

We appreciate your support and welcome your feedback.

CISPES Papers Available

Special Collections and Archives is pleased to offer this spotlight on one of our recently processed collections: New Orleans-Southeast Regional Office of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) Papers.

The Committee in Solidarity with the People of EL Salvador (CISPES) was founded in 1980 in response to the Civil War in EL Salvador (1980-1992). The U.S. government during the Reagan Administration supported the Salvadoran government and its military. CISPES was founded in support of oppositional guerrilla groups, particularly the Farabundi Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), and its political representation, the Democratic Revolutionary Front (FDR).

The papers of the New Orleans-Southeast Regional CISPES chapter include correspondence, periodicals, reports, journals, newsletters, press clippings, publications, writings, and other printed material. The collection provides considerable information about CISPES in New Orleans and the U.S. from 1980-1996, with the bulk of materials from 1980-1987.

Over the years, CISPES formed coalitions in solidarity with other Central American groups, both secular and religious. Many publications of solidarity organizations are found in this collection, particularly as relates to US policy in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Also of note are numerous FBI documents on both the New Orleans and the National  CISPES office in Washington D.C., obtained by Ms. Ishee via the Freedom of Information Act.

The papers were donated by LaVaun Ishee. Ms. Ishee was a member of the Liberation Support Movement, the New Orleans Rainbow Coalition, and secretary for the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. She was a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital in New Orleans from 1980-1994, and served as Coordinator of the New Orleans Southeast Regional chapter of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador from 1982-1983 and 1984-1986. In 1981, LaVaun’s husband Carroll left New Orleans and his studies at the Tulane School of Architecture to join the opposition to the U.S. backed Salvador government and its military in the El Salvador Civil War. In 1983, Carroll Ishee died in a helicopter attack on his camp. A decade later, LaVaun Ishee served on a medical-aid mission to El Salvador she coordinated with the assistance of Mercy Hospital. Ms. Ishee died in 1996.

The CISPES papers are available to researchers during our Reading Room hours. Please contact Special Collections and Archives for more information.

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Constitution Day Exhibit and Reception

As part of Loyola University New Orleans’ Constitution Day celebration this month, the University Honors Program and the J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library are partnering to display rare historical documents relating to the U.S. Constitution including the first printing of the Constitution from an 18th-century magazine in Philadelphia.

A reception for the exhibition will take place on Tuesday, September 17, from 6:30 through 8:00pm in the Learning Commons open area. All are invited to attend.

In addition to the first printing of the Constitution from American Museum magazine printed in Philadelphia in 1787, the exhibit also features:
–a two-page 1775 printing of Benjamin Franklin’s draft of what eventually became the Articles of Confederation—the document that governed the United States until the ratification of the current Constitution;
–a colonial printing from 1774 of the Articles of Association, which named the colonial congress the Continental Congress and implemented a British trade boycott;
–an early printing of the Bill of Rights; and
–other historical manuscripts relating to the Bill of Rights, including documents on the abolition of slavery, institution of income tax, prohibition and women’s suffrage.

The exhibition will be on view through Monday, September 30, and is free and open to the public.

Photo Essay: Loyola Freshmen of the Past

As a new school year begins, it can be fun to look back at how Loyola’s freshmen class was welcomed in the past….

Loyola Freshmen Welcome

Loyola Freshmen Welcome

Did you know each freshmen, male and female, was issued a beanie? Women also received Loyola pin cushions at one time!

Loyola Freshmen Beanie

Loyola Freshmen Beanie

Freshmen with Beanies

Freshmen with Beanies

Freshmen Sweethearts

Freshmen Sweethearts

They were subjected to Kangaroo Courts who doled out mock punishments….

Kangaroo Court

Kangaroo Court

Freshman being paddled

Freshman being paddled

Freshman scrubbing the sidewalk

Freshman scrubbing the sidewalk

..including lots and lots of pies in the face!

Freshman with pie face

Freshman with pie face

More freshmen and pies

More freshmen and pies



It’s a good thing they seemed to have a sense of humor about the whole ordeal.

Freshman smiles with pie face

Freshman smiles with pie face

Freshman smiles with pie face

Freshman smiles with pie face

A few things were certain – they were definitely a defiant bunch…

Freshmen unite!

Freshmen unite

…and quite dapper dressers!

Well dressed frosh!

Looking good!

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Monroe Library accomplishments spring 2013

Please join me in congratulating our staff and faculty on the following achievements for spring 2013.

Elizabeth Joan Kelly.
Attended Digital Library Forum, Denver, CO, November 3-5, 2012. Passed four course exams towards completing Digital Archives Specialist certification.
Member University Centennial Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, LOUISiana Digital Library Committee, LOUISiana Digital Library Strategic Planning Committee, Society of Southwest Archivists Local Arrangements Committee

Michael Olson
Elevate New Orleans and Today’s Monroe Library, St. Stephen Central School, December 10, 2012 (* = participation with intent to raise funds for the Monroe Library).
The Monroe Library in Loyola’s Second Century, Atlanta Chapter of the Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Hall, February 9, 2013.
Experienced Library Fundraisers Starting Anew: Which Best Practices Should We Continue, What Must We Relearn and Recreate?, Annual Conference of the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN), University of Pittsburgh, May 22, 2013.
Social Media 101, [Loyola] Alumni College, June 8, 2013. Attending June 7-9.
Sustaining Ethical Values and Educational Standards at American Jesuit Colleges and Universities, 4th Annual Jesuit Heritage Celebration, Charlotte, April 2014.
“A Library for a New Century,” LOYNO Magazine, Spring 2013, pp. 20-21.

Malia Willey.
Hutchings, J., Lercher, A., Seidel, K., Stahr, B., & Willey, M. (2012). Integrating Information Literacy into the General Education Curriculum: Resources for Louisiana Colleges and Universities. Retrieved from

Faculty Development Grant to attend the Assessment Track of the ACRL’s [Association of College and Research Libraries] Institute for Information Literacy’s Immersion Program
Member LALINC [Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium]
Information Literacy Committee (2011-2013 term)
Member Center for Faculty Innovation Advisory Committee, Member Engaging in Science Lab Workgroup, Member First Year Experience Steering Committee, Member First Year Seminar Workgroup, Member Natural Science in Context Workgroup, Member Standing Committee on the Common Curriculum, Member Student Support and Career Services for Student Success Initiative, Member Student Success Summit

Congratulations to each and every one of you on your outstanding accomplishments! – Posted by Jim Hobbs

Introducing #minibookMonday

Welcome to #minibookMonday! The Miniature Book Society defines miniature books as “no more than three inches in height, width, or thickness.” Special Collections & Archives has a number of books that fit this profile as well as many that are slightly larger but still diminutive. Every other Monday we will be bringing you a new baby book from our collection.

This week’s miniature is Dig, An Excavation at Marcham by Claire Bolton. Watch the video above to see what the book looks like when opened. At exactly 3 inches it is a perfect representation of a miniature book. Dig is part of SC&A’s Rosalee McReynolds Collection and is No. 35 of “A limited and numbered edition of forty numbered copies designed, printed and bound by Claire Bolton with lots of help from Nicole Passerotti.”

Join us again on September 28 for another round of #minibookMonday!

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Try our new search tool: Primo

The Monroe Library is launching a new tool called Primo, which allows you to search most of the library’s collections in one step.  With this tool you can see many of the book, article, archival, and media resources the library owns in a single search. Watch for changes to our library home page as we incorporate this new service.

Here are some tips on when to use Primo:

If you know the title of the book or article that you want to locate, Primo is a great place to start because it offers relevancy rankings.  Items that best match your search terms will be at the top of the list.  You’ll also quickly find related resources in the results list.

If you just need a few articles for a paper, start your search with a general database like Academic Search Complete.  If you decide you need more sources or if you need books and other types of resources, give Primo a shot.  Let us know how you like it.

If you are an advanced researcher and need to limit your searching to discipline-specific sources, use our Research Guides to access the specialized databases that we have for your major or discipline.

Since Primo combines results from our catalog, databases, and digital collections you will often encounter results lists with many items.  Try using the limiters on the left (similar to those on or adding more keyword terms to your search.

Need one-to-one help?  Contact us in-person at the Learning Commons desk or by chat, text, email, or phone.