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.

Freshmen/Sophomore “Tug-o-War”

Hausmann Trophy Tug-of-War

From 1927-1961, the Hausmann Trophy competition was an annual Loyola tradition in which freshmen and sophomores competed in feats of strength and intellect. Events were as varied as a tug of war, basketball, debate, essay-writing, volleyball, and football. In the inaugural contest, students had to submit essays on “The Future of the Railroad.”

The Maroon Vol. 30 No. 14

The trophy itself was a gift from local jeweler Gabe Haussman.

The Hausmann Trophy

Unfortunately, lack of interest led the Student Council to discontinue the competition in 1962. Luckily we still have remembrances of the event in Special Collections & Archives.

The Maroon Vol. 38 No. 15

Hausmann Trophy Case

Hausmann Trophy Tug-of-War

More information about the Hausmann Trophy can be found in the Maroon and the University Archives Photographs in the Louisiana Digital Library.

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

Faculty Search Announcement

INFORMATION RESOURCES LIBRARIAN, MONROE LIBRARY, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS. The J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library is seeking an energetic, creative, analytical and user-focused Information Resources Librarian.

Functions as Information Resources Librarian:

  • coordinate development, management and assessment of the library’s print and electronic monograph collections as an active member of the Information Resources Team.
  • lead the Stacks Maintenance Team to create a successful user experience in the use of the library’s physical collections and for optimum use of library spaces; lead projects associated with physical collections.
  • monitor and analyze information resources budgets and endowments associated with print and e-book collections.

Functions as a Library Faculty Member:

  • Serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments
    • Promote and participate in the library instruction program. Work with faculty members to incorporate information literacy into assignments, courses, and programs. Contribute to curriculum revisions, including the scaffolding of information literacy goals. Develop opportunities to participate in intensive instruction.
    • Collect materials that support the curriculum.
    • Build relationships with the faculty members through outreach and collaborations.
    • Provide research and technology assistance and instruction in the Learning Commons, through appointments and consultations, and in courses
    • Serve on library teams and university committees.
    • Fulfill expectations for promotion and tenure. Show a pattern of growth and development in librarianship, teaching, scholarship and service.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • ALA-accredited MLS;
  • demonstrated interest in working with scholarly collections;
  • minimum of one year of experience with acquisitions, collection development, or publishing; demonstrated knowledge of major trends in scholarly publishing;
  • strong commitment to responsive and innovative service;
  • ability to balance varied responsibilities;
  • highly motivated and organized, with excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation, and writing skills;
  • clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with faculty, staff, and students;
  • demonstrated problem-solving skills;
  • comfort with the use of technology for selection and purchase of materials, and for data analysis;
  • skills and experience in project planning and implementation in a service environment; dedication to teaching, learning, and student achievement and success.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience with work in an academic setting.
  • Background in cataloging or a working knowledge of MARC and RDA
  • Knowledge of copyright issues, fair use, open acccess, and other copyright issues that pertain to an academic library

Loyola University’s Monroe Library is located on a beautiful campus in uptown New Orleans, facing Audubon Park and the historic streetcar line. Loyola University is a Catholic institution that emphasizes the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position with 20 days of vacation and competitive benefits package including TIAA-CREF.  Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level ($46,500 minimum, salary commensurate with qualifications). For full job description, go to http://library.loyno.edu/jobs/irlib.pdf Email letter of application, resume and 3 references with contact information by September 22, 2014 to:  Laurie Phillips, Associate Dean for Technical Services, phillips@loyno.edu.  Submissions must be submitted in .pdf or MS Word format.  Loyola University is an AA, EOE.

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College of Music Collection

1885 drawing of Mr. W.B. Schmidt’s house, later the New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art

Special Collections & Archives recently finished processing an artificial collection containing materials related to the College of Music (now the College of Music and Fine Arts) at Loyola University New Orleans. Violinist and composer Ernest Schuyten established the New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art in 1919. Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Music was established when the Conservatory was incorporated into the university in 1932 with Schuyten as the first dean.

Materials in the collection include written histories of the College; documents relating to persons associated with the College; programs of musical performances; newsletters; and music scores both by College faculty and written for the university.The finding aid for the collection is available here. Some items from the collection have been digitized and are available in the Louisiana Digital Library.

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