#howtotuesdays: 19th C. Engineer

Ever wondered how to be a nineteenth century engineer? We have the book for you!

The operative mechanic and British machinist; being a practical display of the manufactories and mechanical arts of the United Kingdom was published in America in 1826 by Cary and Lea of Philadelphia.

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Two volumes bound as one book, the Operative Mechanic instructs one on all manner of engineering.

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Including wind mill construction:
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As well as the basics of harnessing “Animal Strength”:

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Feel free to come and see The Operative Mechanic for yourself in Special Collections and Archives!

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Happy Nurses Day

Today is National Nurses Day. To celebrate, here are some images of nursing students from Loyola’s history.

Wondering when these photos were taken, or who’s in them? So are we! Leave a comment to help us identify them.

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Free 12 am snacks this week

The Residence Hall Association has partnered with the library to provide free snacks during finals. Fruit, bagels, energy bars, and other healthy treats will be served by your RHA representatives in the library at 12 am on Monday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 7. Thanks for your generosity, RHA!

Finals? Beware of “reflex nightmare!”

The front page of the The Maroon from May 5, 1935, is full of busy end-of-the-school-year news. The final student dance had been scheduled, and the senior party hosted by alumni had been set. But what really caught our attention can be found at the bottom of the page: “Dental Student Victim of Unique Reflex Nightmare.”

As the article explains, Eddie Driscoll, a junior in Loyola’s Dental School, was so nervous about his upcoming pathology exam that he awoke from a dream and was unable to move. (Perhaps a case of what is now called “Sleep Paralysis”?) If such a panic should strike you, take comfort in the fact that, as Eddie explained, “this only happens to brilliant people.”

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#howtotuesdays: Meditate

With finals right around the corner, some of you might be looking for a way to increase your focus and spiritual well-being. Enter the Dutch Jesuit Rev. Joannes Philippus Roothaan’s How to Meditate. The volume was originally published in Latin in 1840; the version presented here was translated into English by Louis J. Puhl in 1945.

Meditation here refers not to the “New Age” definition of the word but to the most commonly used method of prayer from St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, one of the “great classics of Christian spirituality” (LEWIS, J. “Spiritual Exercises.” New Catholic Encyclopedia).

This book and others by Roothaan are available in Special Collections & Archives and the Jesuit Archives.

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Contraflow: Senior Exhibition in Diboll

Senior Exhibition

“Contraflow” Opening Reception:

Thursday, April 24, 5 – 8 p.m.

Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, Fourth floor, J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library

Free and open to the public

Come join us to celebrate our talented graphic design seniors in the Loyola Department of Art + Design’s annual exhibitions, featuring works by Kortney Cleveland, Blair Daspit, Jamie James, Hannah Joffray, Calder King, Nicole Luke, Eugenie McLellan, Blair Price, Alexander Smith, Rebeca Triana and David Wessel. The exhibit will run from April 24 through May 1 in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery.

Extended Study hours begin 4/27

The library’s Extended Study schedule is from Sunday, April 27 – Thursday, May 8.

Extended Study hours are as follows:
Open continuously from 10 am on Sunday, April 27 until midnight on Friday, May 2.*
Open 10 am-midnight on Saturday, May 3.*
Open continuously from 10 am on Sunday, December 8 until 2 am on Friday, May 9.
Open 7:30 am – 4 pm on Friday, May 9.

*Please note: the library closes at midnight the first Friday and Saturday of Extended Study.

During Extended Study:
-The front doors will be locked at midnight Sunday-Thursday. During this time, please use the computer lab entrance.
-Only members of the Loyola community will be permitted to be in the building while the front doors are locked.
-A valid Loyola ID will be required to enter the library.
-Study groups should work on the first floor in the Learning Commons or in a group study room.
-Group study rooms cannot be renewed if there is anyone on the wait list.
-The second and third floors are reserved for quiet study.
-Free coffee and tea will be provided at midnight.

Good luck with finals!

To the Class of 2014

In a few weeks the Class of 2014 will be graduating. They will take their lasts examinations, spend their last sleepless nights in Monroe Library, and pack their bags for the last time. Each chose to spend the past 4 years at Loyola for their own personal reasons and I assume they are all pleased with this choice. More importantly, they came to New Orleans to spend these 4 years. A unique city unlike any other. Some seniors will remissness on countless walks in Audubon Park, Mardi Gras, crawfish and more. For others, their memories of Loyola and New Orleans may be much simpler. At this time, you may also be scared of the unknown life that is soon to unfold after college.  Class of 2014, I encourage you to read this article from the 1990 Maroon. In this article a senior discusses his experience at Loyola University New Orleans. He reflects on the ups and downs and the simple things about the city that he loves so much. Additionally, he discusses his fear of the future. Seek comfort in this article and know that all of the feelings you are having right now are perfectly natural. Good Luck and Congratulations!

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

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#howtotuesdays: Cuisine De l’Amour

“We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks.” Owen Meredith.

So begins Cuisine De l’Amour, or the Aphrodisiac Culinary Manual. This 1942 cookbook and guide was compiled by Charles F. Heartman, a German émigré and book collector. Heartman and his family moved to New orleans in 1935  where he founded The Pelican Galleries in the French Quarter. More information about Heartman is available from USM where the Heartman Papers are held.

While oysters are often touted for their aphrodisiac qualities, Cuisine also suggests using eggs, vegetables, and fish to entice the object of your desire.

The manual includes recipes as well as historical anecdotes and general advice.

If you’re looking for Henry IV’s “prowesses in duels of love,” Aphrodisiac Culinary Manual is available for viewing in Special Collections & Archives.

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Titanic Anniversary

One hundred and two years ago today, April 10, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on a voyage to New York City. Four days into the journey, on April 14, 1912, the ship hit an iceberg off of Newfoundland and sank. Over 1,500 people lost their lives in one of the greatest disasters of the modern age. That same year Story of the Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic : the Ocean’s Greatest Disaster was published.

Featuring photographs, illustrations, and accounts of survivors, the book is an example of how the sinking of the great ship was regarded in its own time.

You can view Story of the Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic : the Ocean’s Greatest Disaster in Special Collections & Archives.

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