Updated Library Hours for Fall – Spring Semesters

2020 Fall Semester Hours

Monday, August 31st — Tuesday, November 24th    

                • Monday – Friday        7:30am – 10:30pm
                • Saturday & Sunday     8:30am – 5:30pm

CLOSED for Thanksgiving  Wed Nov 25-Sun Nov 29

Monday, November 30th — Friday, December 11th   

                • Monday – Friday              8:00am – 7:30pm
                • Saturday & Sunday          CLOSED

Monday, December 14th — Tuesday, December 22nd   

                • Monday – Friday              8:00am – 5:00pm
                • Saturday & Sunday          CLOSED

CLOSED for Christmas Wed Dec 23-Sun Jan 3

2021 Spring Semester Hours

Intersession: Monday, January 4th — Tuesday, January 26th   

                  • Monday – Friday              8:00am – 7:30pm
                  • Saturday & Sunday          CLOSED

Wednesday, January 27th — Wednesday, March 31st    

              • Monday – Friday                7:30am – 10:30pm
              • Saturday & Sunday            8:30am – 5:30pm

CLOSED Easter Thu Apr 1–Sun Apr 4

Monday, April 5th — Tuesday, May 19th     

              • Monday – Friday               7:30am – 10:30pm
              • Saturday & Sunday           8:30am – 5:30pm

Wednesday, May 20th — Friday, May 28th     

                  • Monday – Friday             8:00am – 7:30pm
                  • Saturday & Sunday         CLOSED

CLOSED Memorial Day Weekend Sat May 29–Mon May 31

Open Access Week is October 19-25, 2020

Open Access Week takes place October 19-25, 2020. An initiative of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Open Access Week is presented as an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.”

This year’s theme, “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion,” builds on the discussions of the 2018 and 2019 themes in centering the urgent need for action on equity and inclusion in this work. According to the 2020 Open Access Week Advisory Committee, “Openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge. Rebuilding research and scholarship to be open by default presents a unique opportunity to construct a foundation that is fundamentally more equitable. Yet today, structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion are present and persistent in places where openness is a core value. As a global community, it is important to understand that the systems and spaces of the present are often built upon legacies of historic injustice and that addressing these inequities is a necessity.”

Check out Seton Hall University Libraries’ guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) here.

Free Webcast on Wednesday, October 21!

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a free webcast celebrating Open Access Week. Tune in on Wednesday, October 21, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, for “Celebrating Open Access Week: Building Structural Equity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications.” Join recipients of ACRL’s scholarly communications research grants—based on research suggested by 2019’s Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future—for a discussion of their projects; the challenges of enacting change in scholarly communications including the global digital divide and information inequality, decolonization, democratization, and privilege (or the lack thereof); and practical, actionable steps that academic librarians can take to help build a better future.



Celebrate National Black Poetry Day

Established in 1985 to commemorate Black poets, October 17 was named National Black Poetry Day in the United States. This particular date is attributed to the birth date of the first published Black poet, Jupiter Hammon. We celebrate this day to pay respect to the significance of Black heritage and Black voices throughout history, both past and present. This is a day to recognize the many contributions that Black Poets have made to the arts and to show appreciation for their effect on our world today.

Seton Hall University Libraries is home to inscribed volumes given to a faculty member by the famed ringleader of Poetry in the Round that add to the rich history of Seton Hall University. To honor and celebrate Black Poetry Day, we will highlight these inscribed volumes as a tribute to Black poetry and the influence of Black voices at our university. Two inscriptions came from Derek Walcott and Al Young, both which are illustrated below. You can learn more about the Poetry in the Round series and view Black poet speech recordings from our Archives & Special Collections.

Below are recent photographs of these inscribed volumes:

1) Al Young

Al Young Inscription Page

2) Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott Inscription Page 2 Derek Walcott Inscription Page

Derek Walcott Inscription Page 3Derek Walcott Inscription Page 3

You can also view poets.org to see many prominent Black poets throughout history: https://poets.org/search?combine=black%20poets.

School of Diplomacy Virtual Events Series

School of Diplomacy Virtual Events Series

The School of Diplomacy and International Relations has organized a very exciting line up of special events for the Fall semester. Don’t miss these opportunities to engage with renowned guest speakers and discuss the most important topics of the day!

Thursday, October 15 4 p.m.
Women, Peace and Security: UN Resolution 1325 and Its Influence on US Foreign Policy

With Kelley E. Currie, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Register by clicking here.

Ambassador Kelley Currie
Ambassador Kelley Currie

Monday, October 19 2-3 p.m.
Superpower Dialectics: Dueling Perceptions and the Crisis in US-China Relations
With Robert Daly, Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the US.
Zoom Meeting.

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 20 & 21 | 11-1:30 p.m.
All Conflict is Local: Personal Experience, Reflection, and Conflict Resolution
Students and alumni with direct personal experience of conflict or a region that has experienced a violent conflict share their stories and reflections. Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.

Tuesday, October 27 12 –1 p.m.
Anti-Racist Training
With the University’s Chief Equity, Diversity and Compliance Officer, Lori Brown, and leaders of the SHU Diversity and Inclusion Alliance.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.

Thursday, October 29 4 p.m.
Cybersecurity: Highest US and International Threats and the Election
National Security Fellow, Mohamed Mirghahari, with experts Adam Nielson
and Steve Olson. Register by clicking here.

Thursday, November 12, at 4 p.m.
Decolonizing IR Theory: War, Peace and Anti-Colonial Self Determination
With Dr. Robbie Shilliam, professor of political science at Johns Hopkins. Register by clicking here.

Dr. Robbie Shilliam
Dr. Robbie Shilliam

Thursday, November 19 at 4 p.m.
Middle East Peace Process
With Palestinian Ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 

Ambassador Riyad Mansour
Ambassador Riyad Mansour




The Hispanic Identity of Filipinos: A Short History

This is a student guest blog post in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Filipino American Heritage month.

Author: Mark Francis Mabalatan ’21, Management and Political Science Major, 3+2 Master of Public Administration Program

333 years is quite a long time. For Filipinos, the 333 years the Philippines were subjugated to Spanish colonization were rife with conflict, both militarily and in identity. Like several other civilizations that first met Spanish conquistadors at their shores in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Philippines had unique, highly structured societies prior to European contact. These conflicts were exemplified by the story of The Battle of Mactan, where Ferdinand Magellan (Guillermo 261) was famously defeated by native datu (ruler) Lapu-Lapu (Guillermo 240), in my own ancestral province of Cebu (Guillermo 100). While the Battle of Mactan is a legend every Filipino is familiar with, the subsequent centuries gave way to a tidal wave of Spanish settlement, economic practices, and cultural rifts.

The first Spaniards in Cebu were 2,100 settler-soldiers from New Spain (Mexico), and the Philippines was administered as a Viceroyalty of New Spain until the end of Spanish rule in 1898. In that time, Spanish settlers changed almost every aspect of life on the islands. They changed our names. They changed our languages. They changed our religions. The effects of Spanish colonization were wide-ranging and emphatic, remaining to this day. So, is the Philippines a Hispanic country? Quite clearly, yes. But in the contemporary Hispanic consciousness, it is not understood as such – as if there was something that erased those 333 years of history.

As it turns out, the subsequent 48 years of American colonization is quite the eraser. The United States undertook an expedited process of undoing the Hispanization of the Philippines to make way for its Americanization of the islands. Despite this, the fact remains that the cultural DNA of the Philippines is Hispanic, making many aspects of the Filipino experience Hispanic and the experience itself Hispanic. The father of modern Philippines, José Rizal, wrote all his foundational works in Spanish. We tell time in Spanish. 80% of Filipinos are Catholic. The holiday known in the Philippines as Undas is a carbon copy of Dia de Muertos in Mexico and other Latino countries. Cebuano, also known as Bisaya and the native language of my family, contains thousands of Spanish words. However, the beauty of our culture is not derived from our colonization, but how we rose out of it. Distinctly Filipino music and dance styles such as Cariñosa, featuring dancers in brightly colored, flowing dresses called Maria Claras, bears a striking resemblance to jarabe tapatío of Mexico. Traditional Hispanic family values, including respect for elders, close family ties, and pride of the home country, are powerfully evident in many Filipino families.

Every year, October 1st to 15th serves as a metaphor for Hispanic identity of Filipinos. During this time span, there is a two-week eclipse of Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts from September 15th to October 15th, and Filipino-American Heritage Month, which lasts the entire month of October— Hispanic, but not completely. History defines the present and the future, an axiom especially significant to ethnic groups. So what does Filipino history say about the country’s Hispanic identity? As Filipino-American sociologist Anthony Christian Ocampo, author of The Latinos of Asia: How Filipinos Break the Rule of Race, plainly states, “You can’t just forget the three-and-a-half century Spanish influence in the Philippines.”

See below for to learn more about the Hispanic identity of the Philippines, Filipinos, and Filipino-Americans:


Bulosan, Carlos. America Is in the Heart: A Personal History. Vol. 2014 edition, University of Washington Press, 2014. EBSCOhost, https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=sso&db=e700xna&AN=1052322&site=ehost-live

Francia, Luis. A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos. Overlook Press, 2014. https://setonhall.on.worldcat.org/oclc/878963486 Request through ILL or Suggest for Purchase!

Guillermo, Artemio R. Historical Dictionary of the Philippines. Vol. 3rd ed, Scarecrow Press, 2012. EBSCOhost, https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=sso&db=e089mna&AN=413501&site=ehost-live&custid=s8475574&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_100

Ocampo, Anthony Christian. The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race. Stanford University Press, 2016. EBSCOhost, https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=sso&db=e000bna&AN=1115879&site=ehost-live

Rizal, José. El Filibusterismo: Continuacion Del Noli Me Tangere. Boekdrukkerij F. Meyer-Van Loo, 1896. Project Gutenberg, http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30903

Rizal José. Noli Me Tangere. Project Gutenberg, http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/20228



Dr. Wyatt Murphy on Open Educational Resources

To help foster a constructive conversation about Open Educational Resources (OER), University Libraries asked Dr. Wyatt Murphy, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Seton Hall, his thoughts about how OER can help students and faculty.  

University Libraries have been at the forefront of promoting Open Educational Resources (OER) on campus. Can you share your thoughts on how OER can help students and faculty as an alternative to the traditional publisher textbook model?

As a student, when you are talking about a $250 textbook that is being used all over and it’s been homogenized, there’s not much there, it’s disposable. A question student should ask: is this book good enough for me to keep, am I going to get value out of this?

But if the OER textbook book costs nothing, and if it’s equivalent to the publisher’s textbook, there’s more value to an open source book. Students can keep it; they can mark it up any way they want digitally. In an open source textbook, the quality and creativity is often greater than a standard textbook, and that’s going to just expand.

With OER textbooks the thing I like best is: I might not want to write a whole book, but I might want to write a chapter because I have a different way of looking at things, you know (I’ve been teaching for almost 40 years) and I found that this is a better way to teach this. The conversations we’ve had over in Chemistry where, we’re bouncing around ideas about how to do things, we kind of have to find books that fit it. We can put a book together but it’s assembling other people’s stuff.

I think that a lot of people look at open sources, and think “Well, it’s free. It can’t be good.” My experience is “It’s free and it’s great!” I’ve used this book Chemistry: Atoms First 2e now it’ll be two years by end of the summer 2020. When you walk into class and when you put in your syllabus that the book is free, the students are going to love you, you know, you’re a hero. And the thing is, I don’t feel like I’m compromising my choice.

To learn more about Open Educational Resources, please visit our OER Research Guide.