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 — Tuesday, December 22nd     

                • Monday – Friday              8:30am – 7:30pm
                • 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              8:30am – 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             8:30am – 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




Online Discussion: 2020 Election—The Impact of the Latino Vote

How deeply can the Latino population of the United States affect the 2020 Presidential election?

On Wednesday September 30 from 6p-7p Seton Hall University scholars explored trends, voting patterns and the current events cycle to analyze the impact the Latino vote will have in the 2020 Presidential election.

All were welcome to join the online discussion, featuring:

    • Dr. Matthew Hale (Moderator) Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science and Public Affairs, Seton Hall University
    • Dr. Patrick Fisher Associate Professor, Political Science, Seton Hall University
    • Maria del Cid-Kosso BA’15, Director, Office of Policy & Legislative Services, NJ Dept. of Health
    • Jonathan Castañeda BA ’11/MPA ’14, Municipal Administrator, Town of West New York

The event was held through Microsoft Teams and you can find a recording here.

ICPSR Data Fair September 21-25

Join ICPSR Data Fair running September 21-25

The Seton Hall Community is invited to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research’s Data Fair, “Data In Real Life.” With all the unexpected twists and turns of 2020, the ICPSR Data Fair will provide a data lens on timely topics such as the elections, Black Lives Matter, the Census, higher education, immigration, COVID 19, and more. The Data Fair is September 21-25, 2020 and is entirely virtual and free to all. Learn more and register here.

There are excellent programs for faculty who may want to supplement their syllabi with programs across many disciplines such as:

For more information about ICPSR data and Seton Hall’s subscription, please contact Prof Lisa DeLuca Seton Hall’s ICPSR Representative at University Libraries.


The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an organization of member institutions based out of the University of Michigan working together to acquire and preserve social science data, to provide open and equitable access to these data, and to promote effective data use.

The ICPSR data archive and holdings encompass a range of disciplines, including political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, education, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, health and medical care, education, child care research, law, and substance abuse.  Seton Hall faculty and students have access to over 15,000 studies and 5.6 million variables through the University Libraries’ subscription.

Data Services Group

University Libraries launched its Data Services Group in Fall 2019.  Librarians and a Data Support Specialist are available to provide training in data management, specific tools like Stata, SPSS and R, Survey Research Methods for Qualtrics and Data Management for Seton Hall University students, faculty, staff, and administrators.  For further information, please view the Data Services website.  Part of the Data Service mission is to provide access to data sources including ICPSR.


University Libraries Launch Special Projects to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The University Libraries invites the Seton Hall University community to contribute to several projects in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino/a/x peoples.

In collaboration with the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute, the Library will be adding a select number of literary contributions by Hispanic and Latino/a/x authors. To participate in the literature selection process, please complete this survey.

Mi Voz, an e-repository, will collect personal essays, audio files and artwork from the Seton Hall University community. Contributors are asked to reflect on what being Hispanic or Latino/a/x in the United States means to them. The e-repository will be open to submissions until October 31, 2020 and contributors can submit their work here. The collection will ultimately be preserved in the archives’ digital preservation system.  “The Monsignor Field Archives and Special Collections Center is dedicated to building its collections to better represent the entire Seton Hall community, and collections like this will preserve the voices of today’s Hispanic and Latino/a/x students for future generations,” said Sarah Ponichtera, Assistant Dean for Special Collections and the Gallery.

The Walsh Gallery’s Nuestras Familias is a virtual photography gallery that will be premiering on October 1, 2020. The gallery will highlight members of the Seton Hall community and the families that support, encourage, and inspire them. Please send 300 DPI JPEG images along with the title of the image and the photographer credit to latinoinstitute@shu.edu by September 15, 2020.

Seton Hall University’s Hispanic Heritage Month Committee has united departments and student organizations for a month-long series of events and special project. This year’s theme, Navigating Latinidad, will look at what it means to identify as Hispanic and Latino/a/x and how that identity takes form in American society. By Navigating Latinidad, we can explore the labels chosen for us and their respective histories.

To learn more about the month’s activities, please visit: https://www.shu.edu/latino-institute/hispanic-heritage-month.cfm

Check back throughout the month to see blog posts and social media posts from student scholars and leaders about reading recommendations and ways to get involved in the SHU and greater Latinx and Hispanic communities.


Advanced Data Support for the SHU Community

Seton Hall University Libraries, in conjunction with the Department of Information Technology, is excited to announce a campus-wide license for Stata is now available for student and faculty use.

Professor Joseph Huddleston, Assistant Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, notes “I am so glad we can offer access to Stata to our students now. Stata is a standard analysis software in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, and other social sciences. It is a powerful tool, both for instruction in the classroom and for students’ own research projects.”

What is Stata?

The name Stata stands for a syllabic abbreviation of Statistics and Data.  Stata is a statistical software package that provides tools for data management, statistical methods and data visualization, much like SPSS. It is a powerful tool to create publication-quality graphs and tables.

Why Stata?

Stata offers both pull-down menus and command syntax. Stata commands are very intuitive and easy to use and learn. Stata has a powerful reproducible documentation and version control systems. These systems ensure that researchers will have the same results every time they run the commands. Stata offers a wide number of learning resources including short video on how to use Stata.

How to request and install Stata?

To request a copy of Stata/SE use the Software Request form from the IT Department.

For help with Stata: 

Please contact SHU Libraries Data Services: https://library.shu.edu/data-services

Data Services Group

University Libraries launched its Data Services Group in Fall 2019.  Librarians and a Data Support Specialist are available to provide training in data management, specific tools like Stata, SPSS and R, Survey Research Methods for Qualtrics and Data Management for Seton Hall University students, faculty, staff, and administrators.  For further information, please view the Data Services website.

Interested in learning more? Sign up for Stata class offered by SHU Libraries Data Services for the SHU community:

9/16, Wednesday class 1pm – 1:45pm, Introduction to Stata

9/22, Tuesday, class 4:15 – 5pm, Introduction to Stata

9/23, Wednesday, class, 10am – 10:45am, Introduction to Stata

Faculty Resources For Streaming Media

#SHU_Libraries offer several ways to stream film and video. The Seton Hall community can steam video using Academic Video Online. Academic Video Online provides a comprehensive video collection, delivering more than 66,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

The Library offers access to over 25,000 commercial films in digital format through Digital Campus. These films may be viewed in the classroom or through Blackboard and must be ordered by a faculty member.

Faculty members can also request films for the SHU community through Kanopy. Kanopy streams more than 26,000 films from the Criterion Collection, Great Courses, PBS, and hundreds of other producers. The films range from documentaries, indie and foreign films to classics and blockbuster movies. To start exploring our film and video collections please visit Accessing Films at SHU https://library.shu.edu/films/home.

Streaming Platforms

Please Contact Prof. Gerry Shea for further information.

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Access To The Library

As a health & safety measure during the current COVID-19 pandemic access to the Walsh Library building is restricted to SHU ID cardholders only  (i.e. current students, faculty, staff, administrators).

There is no physical access to the library for public visitors, community borrowers, Seton Hall University alumni, guests or visiting scholars, until further notice.

For those who wish to visit the Archives & Special Collections, please book your visit using their booking page.

For questions/concerns please contact:

Sebastian Derry
Assistant Dean for Public Services
sebastian.derry@shu.edu | 973-275-2058