Welcome Back! Fall Hours, Services, and More

Welcome back to campus for our returning students, faculty, and staff, and a very special welcome to those of you who are at SHU for your first semester!

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about the library. If you don’t see the answer to your question here or need more help, please reach out to us: Ask Us page and FAQs.

Regular Fall Semester Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8am – Midnight
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – Midnight

Check our calendar for daily Library Hours.

Visit our newly updated Quick Start to Using Walsh Library for an introduction to our services, spaces, and resources.

 

Faculty Resources

Graduate Student Resources

Need help seeing if the library has your textbook? Search our library catalog for the book (video tutorial on how to search), or check our Course Reserves to see if your professor left a copy for your class to use. For help with textbook purchases or rentals, visit the SHU Bookstore.

 

Research Advice from a Senior Diplomacy Student

Laura Rogers
Laura Rogers, recent Seton Hall graduate and former student library worker

The library has many resources available that I wish I’d known about as a freshman, especially for Diplomacy students. As someone who has worked at the library for the last four years, I’d recommend that all students familiarize themselves with the library’s website, as most questions regarding the library can be answered there. On the website, you can find comprehensive lists of available books and eBooks, which are separated by subject. Many professors will put their textbooks on permanent reserve at the library. I highly recommend taking advantage of this resource, since I know how expensive some books can be and how they add up. Professors don’t always announce when books are on reserve so it’s important to check the website for yourself, especially because some professors use the same textbooks for different classes.

Another aspect of the library that few students know about is the newspaper subscriptions that are available through the website. I know that many professors encourage students to stay up to date on current events, whether it be through news or journal articles. Many of these are available for free online through the library. So, if you need to access to major newspapers like the New York Times or Wall Street Journal among others, I encourage all students to look at the subscriptions the school already has access to.

All disciplines have research guides, which are a great starting point for finding relevant databases and resources. They’re written by expert liaison librarians for each major, so I highly recommend students find out who their librarian is! I personally met with the Diplomacy subject librarian over the past four years by making a research appointment. I met with her several times to discuss papers I’ve written, including my senior thesis. She was incredibly helpful in providing me with tips to locate the sources I needed.

While the website covers most of the resources you’ll need, our subject librarians and circulation staff are always welcome to help any students navigate the resources the library offers in person or over chat or email.

 

Podcast on American Catholicism Drops

Image of Margaret M. McGuinness, Ph.D. is Professor of Religion at La Salle UniversityWe are happy to announce the latest installment of the University Libraries podcast series entitled: Zet Forward. This podcast entitled: “American Catholicism” features an interview by University Archivist, Alan Delozier, D.Litt. with Dr. Margaret McGuinness and Dr. Tom Rzeznik who collaborated on the edited work: The Cambridge Companion of American Catholicism (Cambridge University, 2021). Margaret M. McGuinness, Ph.D. is Professor of Religion at La Salle University.  Thomas F. Rzeznik, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History at Seton Hall University and coeditor of the quarterly journal, American Catholic Studies. He is author of Church and Estate: Religion and Wealth in Industrial-Era Philadelphia (2013). This podcast covered a number of topics within the American Catholic experience in both a historical and contemporary context.

You can find this podcast at Podcast @ Seton Hall University. Please check it out along with our other sessions conducted by Professor Chelsea Barrett and Professor Gerry Shea.

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.

Get to Know the Library Staff: Stephen Bacchetta, Records Manager and Digital Archivist

Stephen Bacchetta is the Records Manager and Digital Archivist at Seton Hall University. As the Records Manager for the university, he manages the storage and security of records from departments around campus that must be retained for operational, historical, and legal reasons. In his archival role, Stephen’s primary responsibility is with SHU-related collections. He helps support the departmental initiative of making our digital objects accessible to the public by working with Seton Hall’s collection management system and digital preservation software. Stephen is a graduate of the MI program at Rutgers University and earned a B.A. in English from Montclair State University.

1. How long have you been working at the library?

Two months.

2. What was the last book you read that you really enjoyed?

The Thursday Murder Club. I’m in a murder mystery book club and this was one of my favorites so far!

3. What is the best way to rest / decompress?

Get into bed early, put on some relaxing music, and do a crossword puzzle.

4. What superpower would you want?

The ability to fly so I won’t have to sit in traffic anymore.

5. Do you have a favorite sports team?

It’s a tie between the New York Giants and the New York Mets. Depends if it’s football or baseball season!

6. What person living or dead would you like to have dinner with?

Any of my favorite comedians! Steve Martin, Norm MacDonald, Jerry Seinfeld, Daniel Tosh, the list goes on and on…

Get to Know the Library Staff: Ryan Fino, Library Technology Coordinator

Ryan Fino is the Library Technology Coordinator for the University Library. He handles the technical support, manages the tech projects and does some of the tech purchasing on behalf of the staff and faculty in the library. He graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Computer Engineering and is nearing the completion of his MBA in IT Management from our very own Stillman School of Business! In his free time he enjoys video games with friends and golfing with his father.

  1. How long have you been working at the library?
    I started in May 2017 so I will be starting my 5th year this May.
  2. What was the last book you read that you really enjoyed?
    Technically the last book was Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson but the whole Stormlight Archive series is a must read for any fantasy fan!
  3. Print book or ebook?
    Audiobook! I consume most books on my way to and from work! However, without that option, print book.
  4. What is your favorite spot on campus?
    Before it was removed, I really enjoyed going to The Cove and getting their Boland Pizza.
  5. Do you have a favorite sports team?
    The main sport that I follow is football and my team is the New Orleans Saints, fitting for our Catholic University, I would say! 😉
  6. What person living or dead would you like to have dinner with?
    Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden would have so many amazing stories to tell!

Dr. Chistopher Tienken Joins Zet Forward Podcast

We are happy to announce the second episode of the libraries’ new podcast series, Zet Forward, dropped in March. In the episode, Gerry Shea, Communication Librarian at Walsh Library, talks with Dr. Christopher Tienken from the College of Education & Human Services about his book The School Reform Landscape Reloaded: More Fraud, Myths, and Lies.

Dr. Tienken is an associate professor of Education Leadership, Management, and Policy at Seton Hall University in the College of Education and Human Services. He is the former editor of the American Association of School Administrators Journal of Scholarship and Practice and the current editor of the Kappa Delta Pi Record. His research interests include school reform issues such as standardization, the influence of curriculum quality on student outcomes, and the construct validity of high-stakes  standardized tests as decision-making tools. He has authored over 85 publications. His new book, with Carol Mullen, is The Risky Business of Education Policy.

You can find Dr. Tienken on Twitter @ChrisTienken and also at his website.

You can find the podcast at Podcast @ Seton Hall University. Please check it out when you have time.  

Art Talk + Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Register for this event 

Attendees of the 2022 Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon at Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University will learn how to edit and create Wikipedia pages for artists who are women, gender diverse, and/or people of color. Building on the work done since this program began in 2020, attendees will enrich and expand the presence of women in this widely read digital resource, which is also the foundation of many linked data projects. The goal of the workshop is to amplify the voices of artists and cultural workers who are often underrepresented in digital resources. Read more about the Art+Feminism non-profit.  The Walsh Gallery and the Walsh Library will host Seton Hall’s third Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon in partnership with Art House Productions, Hudson County Community College, Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark, Rutgers University – Newark, and The Feminist Art Project, a program of the Rutgers Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities.

Information for Attendees:
• The event will begin at 11am with an introduction to artists that consciously engage with gender issues in their work, then segue into instruction on editing Wikipedia at 12pm.
• Instruction will be interspersed with opportunities to get hands-on practice, making an immediate impact on the project of enriching description of women artists on Wikipedia.
• A Wikimedia affiliate will be present to guide and support successful editing work.
• Attendees will be encouraged to use their new skills to create or edit a Wikipedia page. We will provide a list of artists who do not have Wikipedia pages or whose pages need edits, and attendees are more than welcome to create or edit pages for artists not on the provided list.
• Attendees who have already edited Wikipedia are encouraged to attend and to work on editing artist pages, as well as support new editors.
• The workshop will conclude with the provision of resources and community support to continue this editing work.

The event will feature closed captions autogenerated by Zoom. To request ASL interpreters, please email info@arthouseproductions.org at least 72 hours before the event.

Presented by:

Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall’s University Libraries
Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers Newark
Art House Productions
The Feminist Art Project
Hudson County Community College Cultural Affairs

Celebrate Love Data Week 2022

Seton Hall University Libraries’ Data Services Group is excited to invite the SHU Community to the 5th Annual Love Data Week 2022, an international celebration of data, aiming to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services.

SHU hosted events will take place on February 15th and 16th. View all the upcoming events here. To see a list of other related events that will be occurring all week across the globe, check out the host’s Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) here.

This year’s LDW theme at SHU is “Data is For Everyone,” a look at the people side of data, the shape of data in different disciplines, and the biases of who is and isn’t included in or represented by data. Event topics include data lakes and unstructured data for business intelligence, data ethics, data in finance, and a demonstration of an interactive map of Seton Hall’s collections of donated and archived materials and artifacts.

Of special note is our workshop at the IHS library about the scope of Research Data Services offered by University Libraries, including how to create a data management plan and data storage options with University Libraries. This offering will help students, faculty, and administrators to manage, analyze, and visualize data.

Be sure to follow along with Love Data Week online at #LoveData22

Faculty who are unable to attend these sessions can have them delivered during scheduled class time for their students. Make arrangements through your liaison librarian.

Join a session (or a few!) and get connected.

The registration links can be found at the following:

For more information, please contact data.services@shu.edu.

This article was written by Michael Murphy, intern, Spring 2022.

Introducing the CAPS Collection

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Seton Hall University Libraries are proud to announce the purchase of a collection geared to promoting mental health care and wellness within our campus community. Housed in three locations – Walsh Library, the IHS Library in Nutley, and at the CAPS Office (second floor of Mooney Hall, Room 27)- the collection is designed to help encourage education around common topics of interest to students. The collection was funded by grants from Great Minds Dare to Care, a university-wide collaborative suicide prevention initiative focused on student wellness and mental health.

Topics covered across the collection include general stress management, conflict resolution, perfectionism, insomnia, anxiety, coping with chronic pain, exploring and accepting gender identity and sexuality, mental health in the context of race, body image issues, substance abuse and addiction, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These books can help give you the tools to help yourself or a friend or loved one in need if struggling with any of these issues. For a list of available titles check here.

Additionally, don’t hesitate to take advantage of CAPS counseling services. Call (973) 761-9500, Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.- 4:45 p.m., to schedule an appointment.

If there is an immediate psychological emergency, students can call the SHU 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Hotline (973) 275-HELP (4357) for support.

University Libraries Announces New Podcast Series

We are happy to announce the first episode of the libraries’ new podcast series, Zet Forward, dropped at the beginning of February. 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.  In the first episode, Chelsea Barrett, Business Librarian at Walsh Library, interviews Dr. Jay Liebowitz. Dr. Liebowitz is a visiting professor in the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences at Seton Hall University. He was awarded a U.S. Navy Summer Faculty Research Fellowship at the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division (NSWC-CD) for Summers 2020 and 2021. Professor Liebowitz, who teaches in the Stillman School of Business’ M.B.A. and online M.S. in Business Analytics programs, focused his research on developing an enterprise-wide knowledge management strategy at NSWC-CD and metrics to measure the scientific and technical health of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC-CD). The interview covered, among other topics, Dr. Liebowitz’s newest book: A Research Agenda for Knowledge Management and Analytics.

You can find the podcast at Podcast @ Seton Hall University. Please check it out when you have time.