Library Reopens

Welcome Back to Walsh Library!

We are excited to see you again and looking forward to providing you a safe place to study.  Our hours will be shorter this Fall.

  • Wednesday, August 12th — Friday, August 14th  8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, August 15th & Sunday August 16th CLOSED
  • Monday, August 17th — Friday, August 21st 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, August 22nd & Sunday August 23rd CLOSED

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Starting Monday August 24th, hours will be:

  • Monday — Friday 8:30am – 7:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

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In accordance with SHU Policy and the SHU Pledge (https://www.shu.edu/health-intervention-communication/seton-hall-pledge.cfm), social distancing must be observed and masks must be worn at all times while in the Library.  Because we must socially distance, there are fewer seats in the Library.

Please do not move chairs/desks/furniture to sit closer to someone else. The furniture has been laid out to provide a safe space between others.

Library space is available only to SHU ID cardholders at this time.  Members of the public are not allowed, with the exception of those who have made prior arrangements with the Archives to consult Special Collections materials.

Group Study Rooms are closed and unavailable.

There is no food allowed in the Library now.  You may not eat in the building (to eat you have to take your mask off, and that’s against the rules… hence no food).  Drinks are allowed in covered containers only.

The Library will be carefully and thoroughly disinfected and cleaned every day. Sanitation wipes will be available throughout the library and we ask that you disinfect surfaces and computer keyboards and mice before use.

From Wednesday, August 12th — Friday, August 14th there will be no checkout/circulation of any library books or other items at the circulation desk.

Starting Monday, August 17th we are offering curbside pick-up and home delivery by mail for library items.  Just place your item on hold in the catalog. When it is ready you will get an email asking how you would like to get your items.

It is fine for you to come to the 2nd floor Information Commons or to use a study carrel on the 3rd or 4th floors to “attend” a class remotely if you still need to be on campus.  We encourage using headphones/earbuds to hold down noise for fellow Pirates who need quiet to study.


Wednesday, August 12th — Sunday, August 23rd

  • Walsh Library is now open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm (closed Saturdays & Sundays).
  • The Special Collections Reading Room is open M-F 9am-5:00pm. 
  • Masks and social distancing are observed throughout the library in accordance with the Seton Hall Pledge (https://www.shu.edu/health-intervention-communication/seton-hall-pledge.cfm).
  • Library space is available only to SHU ID cardholders at this time.  Members of the public are not allowed, with the exception of those who have made prior arrangements with the Archives to consult Special Collections materials.
  • Monday, August 17th we are offering curbside pick-up and home delivery by mail for library items.

Monday, August 24th onward

  • Walsh Library is open 8:30AM – 7:30PM Monday-Friday, and Saturday & Sunday 9AM-5PM.
  • The Special Collections Reading Room is open M-F 9am-5:00pm.
  • Masks and social distancing are observed throughout the library in accordance with the Seton Hall Pledge (https://www.shu.edu/health-intervention-communication/seton-hall-pledge.cfm).
  • Library space is available only to SHU ID cardholders at this time. Members of the public are not allowed, with the exception of those who have made prior arrangements with the Archives to consult Special Collections materials.

 

Summer Library Events For Student Engagement

Seton Hall University Libraries has organized several events this summer to support the Division of Student Services and Office of Student Engagement in creating opportunities for students to engage with one another while at home and online.

All sessions are virtual, interactive and are accessed using Microsoft Teams. Come learn more about Seton Hall University’s campus, its history, and activities!

Click on any of the event titles links for more information and to join the session.

Monday, August 3: 2p-3p Virtual Campus Tour with Historic Postcards

Come along on a Virtual Campus Tour using historic postcards of Seton Hall to learn more about the University’s history! Presented by Sarah Ponichtera (Asst. Dean for Special Collections & the Gallery) and Sheridan Sayles (Archivist) from The Msgr. William Noé Field Archives and Special Collections Center.


Monday, August 10: 2p-3p Treasures of the Monsignor William Noe Field Archives

Join Sarah Ponichtera (Asst. Dean for Special Collections & the Gallery) and Alan Delozier (University Archivist) as they share many of the treasures held within Monsignor William Noe Field Archives.


Tuesday, August 11: 2p-3p The History of Athletics at Seton Hall University

Join Prof Alan Delozier (Univeristy Archivist) for a look at the evolution of sport from 1856-present and its connections to the Setonia student experience through participation, memorable events, allegiance to alma mater, and the spirit of competition in line with the collegiate experience overall.


Tuesday, August 11: 4p-5p 2020: Reflections on the Time Called COVID

Quaranzines are a new kind of online journal. Their contents–often poetry, flash fiction or non-fiction, and personal artwork –are community-published reflections of life in the time of COVID-19. Join Dr Marta Deyrup (Outreach & Humanities Librarian) to participate in the creation of quaranzine by attendees!


Tuesday, August 18: 2p-3p A Woman’s Right to Vote: 100th Anniversary

August 18th is the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Join Dr Marta Deyrup (Outreach & Humanities Librarian) where we will engage in a transcribing project for handwritten documents relating to important moments in women’s history, part of an ongoing project from the Library of Congress.


Tuesday, August 18: 4p-5p The History of Student Life and Milestones

An overview of school history from the eyes of the Seton Hall student over the years. Join Prof Alan Delozier (University Archivist) as he covers academics, activities, and other aspects of how those affiliated with the school have enriched the institution throughout the years within the context of higher education overall.

Caribbean American Heritage Month

Happy Caribbean American Heritage Month! To learn more about Caribbean culture, life, and history, we partnered with SHU’s West Indian Student Organization (WISO) and compiled a list of reading recommendations. Below is a list recommended by Ijah Penn, the treasurer of SHU WISO. To see more reading recommendations, you can go on Instagram and follow #caribbeanreads, and you can get involved in SHU WISO or learn more about their organization by following their Instagram: shu_wiso

Additionally, Chelsea Barrett, Business Librarian and Africana Studies liaison, compiled a new Research Guide on Caribbean Studies. Please check it out and provide feedback!

1. Land of Love and Drowning (2014)- The author Tiphanie Yanique represents St. Thomas and the U.S Virgin Islands. The story is a book of twisted and dark family secrets that plague the Bradshaw women over 60 years in the early 90’s in the U.S Virgin Islands. The novel is available as a print book in the library.

2. Elizabeth Nunez is a Trinidadian author who writes about internal cultural and societal struggles and the complex identities of her characters reflect the turmoil of these challenges. Two of Nunez’s works listed below can be found in the SHU library catalog as ebooks: Even in Paradise (2016),  and Not Everyday Use (2014).

3. The Dragon Can’t Dance (1986) by Earl Lovelace is a novel that discusses the difficulty of postcolonial Trinidad. The story is told through one man’s preparations of an elaborate dragon costume for Carnival as he attempts to shed the struggles of his life after Emancipation.  This book can be found in print in the library.

5. A Brief History of the Seven Killing (2014) is written by Marlon James, who represents Jamaica. The novel is a suspense-filled fictional story about Jamaica’s history and the political climate of the 1960’s through the 80’s. This book can be found in print in the library.

6. Esmeralda Santiago is a prominent Puerto Rican author in the United States. She writes memoirs that encapsulate her own assimilation into this American culture and way of life, which allow others with similar experiences to relate and feel represented. Her writing showcases themes of self-discovery, immigration, working-class immigrant experience and biculturalism.

Below are just a few samples of her writing and contributions:

Esmeralda Santiago. “El Hombre Que Yo Amo.” Ploughshares, vol. 26, no. 2/3, 2000, p. 146. EBSCOhost. Link to Read Full Text.

Video: “Esmeralda Santiago discusses her novel When I Was Puerto Rican.”

More selections from Santiago’s writing are also available to read in this print book, Boricuas: Influential Puerto Rican Writings — An Anthology

 

#BlackBirdersWeek In Review

May 31-June 5, was the first ever #BlackBirdersWeek, a social media education campaign devised by Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, and co-founded by Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, Sheridan Alford, Danielle Belleny, Chelsea Connor, and Tykee James.

Announced on May 29th, the goal of the campaign was to bring awareness to the Black hobbyists, naturalists, scientists, who enjoy birding. It also sought to highlight the challenges and dangers that Black people face when participating in outdoor activities. The event was inspired by Christian Cooper, science writer, comics writer, and a Black bird watcher, who was involved in a racially charged incident in Central Park on May 25, 2020. Read more.

Some hashtags you can still look up to find great accounts, images, facts, and resources

#BlackBirdersWeek
#BlackInNature
#BlackWomenWhoBird
#BlackAFinSTEM

Some Black birders of note to follow on social media

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman
Danielle Belleny
Chelsea Connor
Tykee James
J. Drew Lanham
Jason Ward   (Watch his Birds of North America series on Youtube) 

Articles by Black Birders

Black Birders Week (Inside Higher Ed)
Nine New Revelations for the Black American Bird Watcher (Vanity Fair) Birding While Black (LitHub)

Bird watching ebooks in our library catalog

Some prominent bird organizations that endorsed #BlackBirdersWeek
National Audubon Society
American Birding Association
American Bird Conservancy

Anti-Racist Readings

As members of an academic community, we strive to continually better ourselves and the world through learning and education. These books, recommended by academics and experts all around the world like Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, may help you challenge your own internalized biases and understand the pervasiveness of racism in history that colors society to this day.

Read the University’s Statement Regarding Unrest Across the Nation.

Anti-Racism Readings in eBooks from the Library Collections

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts

How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman

The Autobiography of Malcolm-X

We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America

Black and Blue : the Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism

The Construction of Whiteness: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Race Formation and The Meaning of a White Identity

White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness by Ruth Frankenberg

“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Uniting #SetonHall2020 and Beyond: Personal Narratives of COVID-19

The University Libraries partnered with Professor Angela Kariotis-Kotsonis in CommArts to develop the Personal Narratives of COVID-19 Oral History project this semester.

We continue to seek your stories of what this time has been like for you with the goal of staying connected as a community. Now that we have begun to receive submissions, we’d like to feature some from those in the 2020 graduating class and encourage more to submit their stories! Capture a 1-3 minute reflection of your experience during this time, and your narrative will become part of Seton Hall history.

Submit your narrative to the project.

Together Again: Select Personal Narratives from the Class of 2020

 

CommArts 16th Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition

Every year the Walsh Gallery hosts CommArts’ Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition. This year, despite the closure of the gallery due to COVID-19, we still want to honor the work of our students, especially some selections from students of the graduating class of 2020.

View the full digital exhibition at the_space.

Jonathan Petiote (SHU 2020)
Bioluminescent Jellyfish
Class: Drawing As Design
Professor Kolankowski
This project was to use Prismacolor colored pencils and create a luminescent bright colored environment in black paper. My focus was to have a setting of sea creatures such as jellyfish.Jellyfish are the types of sea life that makes colorful lights at the ocean.

Andrew Cates (SHU 2020)
Design Practicum
Professor Krus
This self-portrait series stemmed out of frustration with not being able to have a traditional graduation in May. I wanted to try and capture some of the emotion that myself and some other graduates would be feeling, and also show what a graduation would look like if it did happen right now. I hope I’ve showed some of the longing our graduating class feels for the reward of hearing your named called and walking across the stage with my current events take on the classic graduation portrait.

Claire Evans (SHU 2020)
Cooped Up
Social Impact Design
Professor Lhowe
Cooped up is a project visually and interactively communicating the plight of industrially farmed chickens. The aim is to bring the audience face to face with uncomfortable truths, inspire action, and promote awareness.

Luis Barreiros (SHU 2020)
Light in a Bottle
Design Practicum
Professor Krus
In this assignment I was tasked with making a design of anything I wanted while 3D modeling and render it with an animation. For this I chose to model a particle effect going into a bottle, once the light effect from the particles I was creating reached the bottle I made it so that it would “over flow” increasing the light intensity and basically “burn” the screen to end the animation.

New Online Exhibits from Walsh Gallery

Walsh Gallery recently added three major collections to Google Arts and Culture, the D’Argenio Coin Exhibit 1 (Early coins), the D’Argenio Coin Exhibit 2 (Roman coins), and an exhibit of Native American BasketryGoogle Arts and Culture is a rapidly growing site that displays highlights from over 2,000 museums and private collections. Its app, which can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple Store, allows the visitor to interact with the artwork through AI features like virtual tours and exhibits.

The D’Argenio Collection, which consists of 427 rare coins from ancient Greece, the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire and Byzantium was donated to the university by Ronald D’Argenio MS’76/JD’79. The collection allows us to trace the relationship of the earliest Roman coins of the Republican period to its immediate Greek predecessors.  It includes coins with images of Julius Caesar, the first Roman leader to have his portrait represented on a piece of currency.

We also see his imperial successors over the next three centuries represented, including the infamous Caligula and Nero.  Byzantine coins in the collection from the fourth to fourteenth centuries AD demonstrate the changes in design –including the introduction of full-faced portraits– once the capital of the Roman Empire shifted from Rome to Constantinople.  The exhibit can be accessed through Google Arts and Culture Walsh Gallery’s main page and the coins can be found through searches in Google Arts and Culture’s main interface, allowing the coins from Seton Hall’s collection to be seen in the context of numismatics collections around the world.

Google Arts and Culture also displays highlights from Seton Hall’s one-time University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology Collection, now stewarded by Walsh Gallery.  This museum contained an extensive collection of Native American material culture, collected and sometimes excavated by archaeologist J. Kraft. Kraft was an expert in the Lenape tribe of New Jersey, but his collection encompassed materials from Native American peoples across the Americas.  The basket exhibit shows some of the finest examples of the craft in Seton Hall’s collection.

 

Political Analysis Journal Surpasses 21,000 Downloads

Political Analysis Journal Surpasses 21,000 Downloads During COVID-19

Photo of Marlene Da Cruz.
Political Analysis Editor in Chief, senior Marlene Da Cruz, describes her experience of pulling this journal together during COVID-19

Political Analysis is a student-run journal that is managed through the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and funded by the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA). Articles from 2013-present have been downloaded over 21,600 times with over 6500 downloads in 2020 from 152 countries and 2141 institutions worldwide. The journal is published by the PSA Editorial Board in the University Libraries Institutional Repository.

Political Analysis Editor in Chief, senior Marlene Da Cruz, describes her experience of pulling this journal together during COVID-19. Da Cruz and the Pi Sigma Alpha editorial board began early preparation of the 2020 issue at the end of the 2019 fall semester. Once the spring semester began in January, emails were sent out to students and faculty within the Political Science Department for paper submissions.

Coming back to campus after spring break, everything changed. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, classes were switched to online, yet this student team was still responsible for creating the annual issue of Political Analysis. The editorial process of the journal was challenging but the editorial board worked closely through email with political science faculty members. Despite the challenge that the virus perpetuated with students moving off campus, in some cases abruptly, this year’s issue of the journal was a success. In fact, the journal issue was published earlier than expected in April, instead of May. Instead of working on campus, the editorial board was working between South Orange, Upstate New York, and Jersey City where students had relocated to.

New articles in the 2020 issue include:

As of April 22, Da Cruz’s article already has 47 downloads in 13 countries including China, Austria, Canada, United Kingdom and Turkey. The articles were posted and archived in Google Scholar a few weeks ago.

The statistics gathered from the journal analytics dashboard can help guide the direction of the journal, according to Da Cruz. These statistics include the country, the institution and the number of times a specific article was downloaded. This information is valuable for the future of Political Analysis because it gives the next Editorial Team the ability to have statistical metrics regarding article readership. Additionally, these statistics provides valuable knowledge that can be utilized to create a strategic plan to increase worldwide readership of Political Analysis in the future.

Da Cruz stated that acquiring paper submissions for Political Analysis has been the most challenging aspect of the journal. This is not because students do not want to submit their papers, but often times students are unaware that the opportunity to get published at the undergraduate level exists. What has helped solicit submissions from students is by advertising the journal within the Political Science Department and within the College of Arts and Sciences. Reaching out to professors, posting flyers on campus, and speaking to students individually have become successful strategies to encourage students to submit their papers to the journal.

Da Cruz is graduating with a Bachelors in Political Science in May 2020. After graduation, she plans to work and then plans to apply to law school. She is thankful to have had the opportunity to serve as both President and Executive Editor in Pi Sigma Alpha. She collaborated with her editorial board that included political science majors, Patrick Carr, also graduating in 2020 and Stephen Hoffman, who will graduate in 2021. These positions have contributed to Da Cruz’s professional and personal growth at Seton Hall. Da Cruz has learned that hard-work, cooperation, and teamwork are the pillars that contributed to a successful publication and editorial team success these past two years while she was Executive Editor.

Da Cruz and the editorial team are thankful to the faculty and staff within the Political Science Department for all their encouragement and guidance with Political Analysis. Da Cruz states that the department encompasses extraordinary professors who care about the growth and success of their students. She wants to thank her professors for their kindness, support, and advice. More specifically, she wants to give a special thank you to her advisor, Dr. Terence Teo, who has helped make this journal a success.

Dr. Terence Teo had high praise for Marlene. “Marlene is a bright, independent, and motivated student. I’m proud of the hard work she has put it to make the journal a success in her two years as Editor in Chief, especially during this time. She leaves behind a journal in outstanding shape, which showcases work that blends careful analysis with contemporary practical relevance. Students like Marlene make teaching fulfilling and worthwhile, and it’s my pleasure to have had the opportunity to know her.”

Those interested in starting an academic e-journal can email eRepository@shu.edu or contact Sebastian Derry, Assistant Dean for Public Services, University Libraries at sebastian.derry@shu.edu or 973-275-2058.

Meet the Library’s New Coworkers

As a result of the stay at home orders implemented by the state of New Jersey, we have all been forced to work from our houses or apartments. We miss working with and seeing our colleagues and students on campus. One way for us to connect with you is through social media. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so we can keep you updated about online library services and how we are making out with our new coworkers.

One of the most popular memes circulating throughout social media is people joking that pets are their new coworkers. We wanted to share some of the fun we are having with our new furry coworkers. Visit the post on our Instagram page here.


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