Archive for 2014

Greek Life in the 50s and 60s

Sorority recruitment happened at Loyola earlier this month, and fraternity recruitment is going on right now. Our newest batch of digitized photos in the University Photographs Collection includes some of Greek life at Loyola in the 1950s and 1960s.

Sigma Alpha Kappa (SAK)

Alpha Delta Gamma (ADG)

Alpha Delta Gamma (ADG)

Epsilon Kappa Sigma (EKS)

Epsilon Kappa Sigma (EKS)

Homecoming, 1959

BEGGARS (Beta Epsilon Gamma Gamma Alpha Rho Sigma)

ADG (Alpha Delta Gamma), 1962-1963

There are many more photographs in the collection related to fraternities and sororities; just search for “Greek life” or the name of the organization you’re interested in. You can also browse the entire collection for photos which may be unlabeled and leave us a comment at the bottom of the image page.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Constitution Day

Celebrate Constitution Day at the Monroe Library on September 17, 2014.

Need a Textbook? Try Our Reserves

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! 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 phillips@loyno.edu

Loyola on 9/11

On the thirteenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, Found in the Archives looks back at how our campus reacted and responded to the tragedy.

The first Maroon printed after the events, on September 14th, describes the scene on campus  in the morning as the attacks unfolded:

“The Danna Center was crowded with people sitting on the floor and leaning against walls, eyes glued to the television, waiting to hear news of the latest updates on the worst attack on America since the bombing of Pearl Harbor….There were tears; there were hugs; there was anger; but most of all there was shock.”

As the day unfolded some professors cancelled classes, but not all, as the university wanted to have somewhere for students to go, and have their professors available to them if they needed to talk.

University Ministry, Student Affairs and the Student Government Association quickly met that morning and organized community meetings and prayer services for the afternoon. Students also began collecting money for the Red Cross an donating blood as a gesture of support.

The confusion and fear was compounded when an erroneous bomb threat was called in to campus, causing the evacuation of several buildings.

Later that day Loyola’s then President Rev. Bernard Noth, S.J. addressed students, faculty and staff on the Peace Quad.

As that awful day came to a close, Loyola’s campus, like the world, could only wonder what would come next. A Loyola student told the Maroon:

“Now all we can do is expect the worst, hope for the best, and pray for the victims and their families.”

You can read the entire September 14th issue of the Maroon here.

#howtotuesdays : Learning to Spell in 1865

With the start of a new school year it’s always good to brush up on your spelling and here at Loyola’s Monroe Library’s Special Collections and Archives we have found just the primer : Chaudron’s Spelling Book: Carefully prepared for family and school use

In 1865, Madame Adelaide de Vendel Chaudron (writer, translator, and resident of Mobile, Alabama) created a slight volume of spelling instruction. Though the book small, Chaudron and her publisher S.H. Goetzel’s aspirations for the volume were somewhat sizable. They likened the lack of standardization in schoolbooks in the United States to an “evil” that the Civil War had at least temporarily delivered the publishing industry due to the “scarcity of materials”.

Those concerns aside, the volume’s rustic woodblock illustrations and lively and somewhat nonsensical verses make enjoyable use of the vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation lessons therein.

Enjoy several of its charming pages below.

This volume is housed in the Special Collections and Archives of the Morgan Library.

For a more in-depth look at this volume you can peruse it in its entirety over at the Internet Archive.

Now Hiring: Library Systems Developer

The J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library is seeking a user-focused Library Systems Developer. The Library Systems Developer collaborates with library faculty and staff on the maintenance, customization, and assessment of the library’s systems and website, contributes to the ongoing inventory of the library collection, and staffs the Learning Commons desk. The ideal candidate will demonstrate skills in project management, customer-focused service, team collaboration, and have an ability to develop skills in CSS, PHP, JavaScript, and Perl.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred, excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, with clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with colleagues and patrons; ability to work productively in a team environment; computer skills in an online, multi-tasking environment; high degree of accuracy and focus concerning complex, detailed work; high level of technical skill; collaborative and creative problem-solving ability; ability to work independently to manage multiple projects in a time sensitive environment.

Application instructions at http://finance.loyno.edu/human-resources/staff-employment-opportunities

Freshmen Beanies

We’ve talked about freshmen traditions at Loyola before, but the beginning of the school year seems like a good time to highlight more freshmen beanies.

All freshmen used to be issued beanies.

Freshmen were also subjected to Hell Week…

…but weren’t too despondent to do some posing in front of the Loyola sign.

To enjoy more photos of Loyola students of yesteryear, peruse the Loyola University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Welcome, Loyola freshmen (and other students new to campus). We hope you’ll come by and see us in Special Collections on the 3rd floor of the library.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Souvenir : New Orleans of to-day

Still figuring your way around town? A.J. Hollander’s Souvenir : New Orleans of to-day gives an idea of what a smaller New Orleans looked like in the late 19th century.

The book includes photographs and drawings of New Orleans as well as profiles of well-known architects who helped shape the city into what we see today.

Some sights haven’t changed much…

…some look a little different now…

…while some “ain’t dere no more.”

Even the ads are pretty snazzy:

The book has been digitized and is available through the Louisiana Digital Library. It can also be viewed in Special Collections & Archives on the 3rd floor of the library Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

#howtotuesday: Speak New Orleanian

New to town? You will find that New Orleanians have a unique way of speaking, and it can sometimes take some getting used to. Today’s Found in the Archives is here to help.

First things first: How to pronounce New Orleans. For the “correct” way, let us turn to the The Yat Dictionary by Christian Champagne.

It may be useful to review “Actual Dialogue Heard of the Streets of New Orleans” by consulting F’Sure! published in 1978 by New Orleans cartoonist Bunny Matthews.

And last, but certainly not least, every New Orleanian should watch “Yeah You Rite!” , a gloriously 1980s documentary on the variety of New Orleans accents and dialects. The Monroe Library has a DVD copy you can check out. But in the meantime, enjoy dis lagniappe, dahlin’! 


Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Blackboard Workshops for Faculty

If you are interested in learning more about the new version of Blackboard, or need some help with the everyday use of the system, please feel free to attend one of our Blackboard workshops the week of Aug 18th. The full schedule is as follows:

Monday, Aug 18th

12pm – 1pm Blackboard Basics

2pm – 3pm Assessment and Grading in Blackboard

Tuesday, Aug 19th

2pm – 3pm Blackboard Basics

Wednesday, Aug 20th

10am – 11am What’s New in Blackboard

12pm – 1pm Safeassign Plagiarism Prevention Tool

Thursday, Aug 21st

10am – 11am Assessment and Grading in Blackboard

Friday, Aug 22nd

10am – 11am What’s New in Blackboard

2pm – 3pm Blackboard Basics

All workshops will be held in the LI classroom on the second floor of the Monroe Library, rm 229.

If you are interested in learning more about a specific topic or function we can arrange workshops for small groups or personal consultations upon request. If you would like to schedule something of this nature or have any questions about Blackboard in general, please feel free to contact the Blackboard Manager, Jonathan Gallaway, at 864-7168 or jgallawa@loyno.edu.