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

 

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.

Monday, August 17th — Sunday, August 23rd
Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Monday, August 24th — Sunday, August 30th
Monday to Friday 8:30am – 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Monday, August 31st — Tuesday, November 24th
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:30am – 5:30pm
CLOSED LABOR DAY Monday, September 7th

Please see our complete hours here https://is.gd/U3ifHW


Research help is available! You can chat online with a librarian 10AM – 6PM Monday through Thursday, 10AM-4PM Friday, and 2PM – 6PM Sunday (starting 8/24)

Visit our Research Guides by Subject and Course for starting your research, and for help with working with data, please see our Research Data Services .


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.

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.


Monday, August 17th — Sunday, August 23rd

  • Walsh Library is now open Monday Friday 8:30am-4:30pm (closed Saturday & Sunday).
  • The Special Collections Reading Room is open Monday Friday 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 — Sunday, August 30th

  • Walsh Library is open Monday Friday 8:30AM – 7:30PM (closed Saturday & Sunday).
  • The Special Collections Reading Room is open Monday Friday 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 31st — Tuesday, November 24th

  • Walsh Library is open Monday Friday 7:30AM – 10:30PM,  Saturdays & Sundays 8:30am – 5:30pm and CLOSED LABOR DAY Monday, September 7th.
  • The Special Collections Reading Room is open Monday Friday 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.

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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Reconnecting with Each Other in the Current Pandemic

#SHU_Libraries The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life at Seton Hall as it has for millions of others around the country and the world. In the name of saving lives by practicing social distancing, it has scattered us into our homes around the region and the country. Although we are now physically distant from one another, we remain united as Pirates through our connection to Seton Hall.

Seton Hall Commencement, 1885
Seton Hall Commencement, 1885

To reconnect as a community, we seek your stories of what this time has been like for you. We have established a website to submit short personal narratives. We hope that sharing these stories with one another will bring us back together in a new way, through sharing our personal experiences of this moment. When we move forward, because there will be a time when we move forward, we plan to listen to these stories together as a community, reflect on what we have learned, and let them guide us into the future.

To participate, please record a 1-3 minute narrative about your experience, using any video or audio equipment available to you, and submit the file to our e-Repository.  Please also submit an image that represents your narrative, which will appear next to your recording in the published archive.

Questions to guide your response:

  • What is your day to day life like?  What would you want people in the future to know about what things are like for us now?
  • What has been most challenging about this time?  What do you miss about your life before the pandemic?  Are there specific places or things on campus that you miss?
  • Essential is a word we are hearing a lot right now.  What does essential mean to you?  Who is essential?  What are we learning about what is essential?
  • What is COVID-19 making possible that never existed before?  What good do you see coming out of this moment? How can we re-frame this moment as an opportunity?
  • What is it you want to remember about this time?  What have you learned?
  • After this pandemic ends, will things go back to the way they were?  What kinds of changes would you like to see? How will you contribute to rebuilding the world?  What will you do differently?

Choose the one that speaks to you, or address more than one if you wish.

With thanks to the scholars and librarians who came together to create this project: Professors Angela Kariotis Kotsonis, Sharon Ince, Marta Deyrup, Lisa DeLuca, and Alan Delozier, Technical Services Archivist Sheridan Sayles and Assistant Deans Elizabeth Leonard and Sarah Ponichtera.