African American Women & Information Resources

The value of finding resources written by African American women, or titles that focus upon their countless accomplishments are an important part of our collection which is constantly expanding. These works represent all academic disciplines and provide a wide range of perspectives that enhance the research opportunities available for our students.

As a woman navigating the business landscape, Business Librarian, Professor Kayla Glynn, notes that, “A community that you connect with is an important resource in the path to success. Finding others going through the same experiences as you can be powerful. It presents an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and reflect.”

To that end, Professor Glynn has provided the following recommendations for resources women can utilize when entering the corporate world and related fields:

“In 2017, Women in Business was founded at Seton Hall University by a group of determined and hopeful young women. Since then, the organization has grown to include over 150 current and past members in professional fields.”

“In the Women in Economics Podcast Series from the St. Louis Fed, we highlight the research and careers of those making their marks in the field of economics.”

“Girls Who Invest (GWI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the investment management industry by attracting and advancing women investors, changemakers, and leaders.”

“The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises.”

“Our mission is to empower women to invest in themselves via entrepreneurship by providing necessary resources for women to successfully start, own, operate, & grow their businesses.”

“Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.”

Our Librarian Instruction Coordinator, Professor Maria Barca also noted that there are a number of thoughtful works that are recommended reads for those who want to explore various books representing the Liberal Arts.

Within the volume: “Poetry is Not a Luxury”, Sister Outsider, p. 37 (1984, 2007) by Audre Lorde, Professor Barca provides a helpful quote that is at the heart of this text. “For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence,” that shows the necessity of verse when it comes to verse.

Another recommended example of insightful content highlighted by Professor Barca includes the bell hooks work that includes advice for those who seek to advance their respective research goals is: “To engage in dialogue is one of the simplest ways we can begin as teachers, scholars, and critical thinkers to cross boundaries, the barriers that may or may not be erected by race, gender, class, professional standing, and a host of other differences.” In “Building a Teaching Community”, Teaching to Transgress, p. 130 (1994, 2020) by bell hooks

Additional books recommended by Professor Barca include:

  • How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, edited and introduced by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, 2017.

  • Angela Davis: An Autobiographyby Angela Davis, 2021.

As a compliment to the volumes provided by Professor Barca and Professor Glynn, a wide range of titles across all disciplines can be found via the following introductory selection of works on, or written by African American Women found within the University Libraries Catalog.

Need additional help through the University Libraries? You can book a research appointment here: Research Appointment Site.


University Libraries Podcast Zet Forward – Professor Brendan Kiely Discusses “All American Boys”

We are happy to announce the newest episode of the University Libraries podcast series, Zet Forward, dropped in March. In the episode, Gerry Shea, Communication Librarian at Walsh Library, talks with Professor Brendan Kiely, Writer-in-Residence in the English Department at Seton Hall. He is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), Tradition, The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His most recent book is The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege. His work has been published in over a dozen languages, and has received the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Meyers Award, and ALA’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults.

In this episode, we discuss his New York Times Best Seller All American Boys. The New York Public Library has selected All-American Boys for its Teen Banned Book Club. The novel, tells the story of two teens—one Black, one white—grappling with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country divided by racial tension.

You can find the podcast at Zet Forward. Please check it out when you have time.

Oxford African American Studies Center

If you are interested in finding resources about African Americans, the Oxford African American Studies Center is a great choice! The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 20,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.

National Grammar & Proofreading Days

The University Libraries celebrates a pair of commemorations that aid with the quality of resources we offer to support the scholarly efforts undertaken by our research community.

During the first week of March we celebrate National Grammar Day (3/4) and National Proofreading Day (3/8) and the University Libraries has various resources related to proper usage of syntax and editing techniques found within our collection.

Additionally, the Seton Hall University Writing Center is located in Rooms #304, 310, and 316 found on the Third Floor of Walsh Library which is also a widely utilized service that assists students with their respective assignments editing needs.

Need additional help through the University Libraries? You can book a research appointment here: Research Appointment Site.

Financial Literacy Workshop

The Women’s Network of Seton Hall University presents their annual TWN-SHU Financial Literacy Workshop to be held on Friday, March 1st starting at 6:00 p.m. in Jubilee Hall, Room 211.

For more information, please fee free to reach out to The Women’s Network of Seton Hall University for more information.

This event is free and open to the public.


Podcast: Seton Hall University. A History, 1856-2006 with Dermot Quinn, Ph.D.

We are happy to announce the latest installment of the University Libraries podcast series entitled: Zet Forward. This podcast entitled: “Seton Hall University. A History, 1856-2006,” with guest scholar Dr. Dermot Quinn.

This podcast features Professor of History, Dr. Dermot Quinn who has an extensive knowledge of Catholic, Irish-American, and University History has produced a volume honoring the multi-layered and significant aspects that have been a part of our educational institution over the last century plus.

As his publisher noted: “In this vivid and elegantly written history, Dermot Quinn examines how Seton Hall was able to develop as an institution while keeping faith with its founder’s vision. Looking at the men and women who made Seton Hall what it is today, he paints a compelling picture of a university that has enjoyed its share of triumphs but has also suffered tragedy and loss. He shows how it was established in an age of prejudice and transformed in the aftermath of war, while exploring how it negotiated between a distinctly Roman Catholic identity and a mission to include Americans of all faiths.

Additional overviews of this book can be found via the following media links:

You can find this podcast at: Podcast @ Seton Hall University.

Zet Forward is a podcast to celebrate authors and other individuals who are involved with projects for the benefit of Seton Hall University and the wider world.  The series began in February of 2022.

For additional information please feel free to contact us via e-mail at: University Libraries

Love Letter To Self – Special Event

The Women’s Network of Seton Hall University presents their annual “Galentine’s Day – Love Letter to Yourself Event” to be held on Friday, February 16th starting at 6:00 p.m. in Jubilee Hall, Room 211.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to The Women’s Network of Seton Hall University for more information.

This event is free and open to the public.

Love Data Week 2024

Seton Hall University Libraries is proud to announce that our annual Love Data Week celebration is returning the week of February 12th. We welcome all students, faculty, and staff to register for each of these presentations that will be featured via Teams live stream.

For more information you can refer to our Love Data Week Library Guide and you can register for this event in advance Here.

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to us for more details on the event and any information related to the University Libraries Here.


By Professor Kayla Glynn, Business Librarian

Women in Business (WIB), a SHU student organization, is hosting Seton Hall University’s first ever WomenCON! This is a university wide event made possible by WIB partnering with the following women led organizations:

  • H.A.I.R. – Having Appreciation in Realness
  • M.O.M – Mind Over Matter
  • N.C.N.W – National Council of Negro Women
  • PERIOD – The Period Movement
  • S.G.A. – Women from Student Government Association
  • T.W.N. – The Women’s Network of Seton Hall
  • W.D.L.P. – Women of Diplomacy Leadership Program
  • W.I.S.T.E.M. – Women in S.T.E.M.

A panel discussion will be held from 7:35pm to 8:05pm. The panelists include:

  • Mary Balkun – SHU Professor, English & Director of Faculty Development
  • Karen Boroff – SHU Professor, Management & Dean Emeritus
  • Sona Patel – SHU Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology

Register by clicking this link: Registration

Founded in 2017, Women in Business’ mission is “to develop a community of determined women pursuing business or other related fields at Seton Hall University to serve as a support system to help each other reach career goals from an early start.”



Academic Search Premier & Interdisciplinary Investigation

The University Libraries presently has 627 specialized databases devoted to information resource discovery that leads to the ease of sharing of data covering a vast number of academic topics. When it comes to a generalized, yet helpful starting point for each of your respective courses, the Academic Search Premier site powered by EBSCO Host is an excellent place to begin.

According to officials at EBSCO, the Academic Search Premier database is a:

“. . . multi-disciplinary database for academic institutions with peer-reviewed full-text journals across disciplines including computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.”

In terms of size, Academic Search Premiere features over 8,000 full-text periodicals and more than 10,000 abstracts dating from 1887-present. With the large volume of choices available to our research community, we are glad to share specific resources through Academic Search Premier and other databases in our collection. Happy and successful searching!

Need additional help through the University Libraries? You can book a research appointment here: Research Appointment Site.