Highlights from the Valente Library

The Valente Library continues to acquire materials donated by prominent scholars in the field of Italian Studies. Recently cataloged and shelved on the third floor are books from the library of Dr. Patricia Hochschild Labalme, a Renaissance scholar, who taught at Wellesley, Barnard, and Hunter Colleges, and New York University. She also directed the humanities program of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Other parts of her library were donated to the American Academy in Rome and to Kenyon College. Dr. Labalme received a master’s and a doctorate from Harvard. She was the author of Bernardo Giustiniani: A Venetian of the Quattrocento (1969) and numerous articles. To donate to our growing Italian Studies collection, please contact Dr. John Buschman, Dean of University Libraries, John.Buschman@shu.edu

Gift of Recent American Poetry from Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Poet and Seton Hall alumna, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, has donated to the University Libraries over 300 volumes of recent American poetry, short stories and fiction, inncluding works by David Slavitt, Andrew Hudgins, and Maxine Kumin. Most of these books can be found in the PS (American Literature) section of the library.  Gillan, who was born in Paterson, New Jersey, is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University.  She has published fourteen books of poetry, including The Weather of Old Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications), Where I Come From, Things My Mother Told Me, and Italian Women in Black Dresses (Guernica Editions). With her daughter, Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies: Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing Up Ethnic in America (Penguin/Putnam) and Italian-American Writers on New Jersey (Rutgers).

Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy: Marking the Limits of Neoliberalism

Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy:  Marking the Limits of Neoliberalism by Dr. John Buschman, Dean, University Libraries, has just been released by Scarecrow/Rowman & Littlefield (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810885295). As the book’s description notes: In Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy: Marking the Limits of Neoliberalism, Dr. Buschman details the connections between our educative institutions and democracy, and the resources within democratic theory reflecting on the tensions between marketing, advertising, consumption, and democracy. Drawing on wide scholarship to explore some of the history of democratic theory and its intertwinements with capitalism, the author helps the reader think about how democracies can deal with the challenges of this current historical phase. The complex arguments of de Tocqueville, Dewey, Marx, and many others help clarify how the market has pierced classrooms and libraries with advertising and marketing—and why this is of concern in the interests of democracy.

World War II and its Aftermath: New Acquisitions in the Valente Collection

Italy entered World War II in 1940; by its end, in 1945, several hundred thousands of Italians had lost their lives and many of Italy’s towns and cities were in ruins. This tumultuous period of Italian history is documented in the numerous personal narratives, pictorial works and historical accounts that recently have been acquired as part of the Valente Italian collection, located on the third floor of Walsh library. The Valente Collection is open to all researchers, who wish to consult its extensive print resources. Most materials can be borrowed by the Seton Hall community, those individuals with a Rebl card, and faculty in the Vale Academic Library Consortium. It is open during the library’s normal working hours.

For more information, please see http://www.shu.edu/academics/libraries/valente-italian-library.cfm.

Donation of the Sabo Collection

The Library is pleased to announce the donation by Joseph G. and Bean Corcoran of 432 books that belonged to George Sabo (1896-1983), a bibliophile and book dealer well known to scholars and librarians in the field of Slavic Studies. These titles comprise Orthodox and Uniate Scriptural and Liturgical texts and will add significantly to the holdings of the Seton Hall University Library. Another notable category is comprised of both Russian and Hungarian encyclopedic sets, a number of collectible illustrated books and commemorative books, principally French/Russian, Czech and Hungarian, Russian archaeographical sets and a small number of 1930s Soviet art and literary volumes. A number of the books bear provenance markings of Mount Athos and the pre-revolutionary Russian Winter Palace. The donation is valued at $23,000.

Get Paid for Doing Research and Help the Library!

Professors Beth Bloom and Marta Deyrup are seeking Seton Hall sophomores, juniors and seniors to participate this semester (Spring 2012) in a research study. The goal of our project is to understand students’ research behavior patterns, so that we can give better instruction that is modeled on the way students actually do research.
If you are a Seton Hall sophomore, junior or senior you are eligible to participate. You must be enrolled in a class that requires writing a research paper. For your time, you will receive $125 Pirates Gold upon completion of your participation. [Please note: if you participated in this project last semester you are not eligible.]

Your Part in the Project
Participating students will be trained in using OpenHallway, an online tracking tool http://www.openhallway.com/
As you do your online research, you will be asked to use this online tracking tool to record your search actions. Students will be divided randomly into two groups: one group of students will have a one-on-one research session with a librarian as they do their research; the other group of students will do research using their own research strategies. At the end of the semester, students will be given a final short survey and attend a wrap-up session with the investigators.

We really appreciate your help and time in improving library services. We hope you are interested in our project and will help us out! We look forward to working with you.

To participate or to find out more about the study contact Professor Bloom (beth.bloom@shu.edu) or Dr. Deyrup (marta.deyrup@shu.edu)