September 2010


St. John’s University is proud to host two contemporary Caribbean authors,  Marlon James and Tiphanie Yanique, for an afternoon of readings, discussion, and book signing. Please join us for this special event on the Queens and Staten Island Campuses on Thursday, October 14th.

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Join these celebrated authors  on the Staten Island campus on October 14th in the Spellman Cafe from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM for readings and  discussion of their work, as well as a book signing.

James and Yanique will be on the Queens campus in the Little Theatre from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM for readings, discussion and conversation.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow in D’Angelo Center, room 128.

Click here to RSVP for the Staten Island campus event. For more information about the event on Staten Island, contact the Office of Student Life at 718.390.4131.

Click here to RSVP for the Queens campus event. For further information about the event on the Queens campus, contact Mary Siconolfi at 718.990.1869 or email siconolm@stjohns.edu.

Students can earn 4 MVP points for attendance at this event — remember to bring your STORMcards!

To complement this event,  a special exhibition of “Notable Caribbean Authors” will open on Thursday, October 7th on the third floor of the Queens Campus Library.  It features highlights of the life and works of Marlon James and  Tiphanie Yanique, along with eight other Caribbean writers, including Nobel Prize-winning authors Derek Walcott and Sir V.S. Naipaul.

James’ and Yanique’s works, as well as copies of the books by the other featured authors, are available now for loan at the Service Desk in the Library (St. Augustine Hall).

Clear here to read more about Marlon James and Tiphanie Yanique or to get more details about the event by visiting the Caribbean Writers in Conversation Exploring Cultural Complexities event webpage.

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This event is sponsored by The President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee; The Office of the Provost; Committee for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS); University Libraries; Division of Student Affairs; Academic Affairs Committee (SGI); Haraya, the Pan-African Students Coalition; LASO (SI); Pan African Caribbean Student Association (SI)

In partnership with: Caribbean Cultural Theatre

Accessing a specific publication through St. John’s University Libraries’ databases can be somewhat cumbersome, often requiring you to run a search in the database that carries the periodical you want.

However, many databases now allow you to use RSS (Real Simple Syndication) to display articles from your favorite publications on your own personal Web page. This not only gives you free and convenient access to your favorite journals, but also allows you to save trees in the process!

For example, if you wanted to create an RSS feed to display the most recent articles in the Wall Street Journal, you would start by running a search in ProQuest Direct, which carries WSJ in full text. To do so, click on “Advanced” search near the top left of the ProQuest Direct home page, and in the top search box (there will be three), enter

wall street journal

To the right of the search box, choose “Publication Title.” Then hit enter. This will retrieve articles from WSJ, most recent first.

To set up an RSS feed of these articles, click on “Create RSS Feed” at the top of the results page, then copy the link from the page that pops up.

You will then need to set up an RSS feed reader on which to display the results. An easy one to use is iGoogle. (http://www.google.com/ig) You can access iGoogle through your existing Google account, or easily create one.

Once you have logged in to iGoogle, click on “Add Stuff>>” (near the mid right-hand side of the page) then click on “Add feed or Gadget,” which you will find near the bottom left of the page. Paste the URL from the ProQuest direct RSS feed, as directed. From then on, you will see a link to “ProQuest Direct Search Results” on your iGoogle page. When you click on it, it will ask you for your St. John’s user name and password, then give you a list of the most recent articles from the WSJ, or whichever periodical you set up.

EBSCOhost and CSA databases also allow you to set up RSS feeds, as do many other databases. To find out how to use RSS in your favorite database, click on its “Help” feature and search for “rss.”

One other thing – if you are not sure which database carries your favorite publication in electronic form, click on “Full-text eJournals” on the SJ Libraries home page (http://yz3rj4vl2y.search.serialssolutions.com/) and simply enter its title. This will tell you which databases carry the publication, and indicate dates of coverage.

St. John’s University Libraries invites you to join the

“Read It/See It!” Film Discussion Group*

Our first meeting will be held on

Thursday, September 23rd, 4:30 PM

Honors Commons (1st floor, St. Augustine Hall)

to watch and discuss Tobias Wolff’s


THIS BOY’S LIFE

Everyone is welcome! Membership in the “Read It/See It!” Discussion Group is open to all STJ students, faculty and staff. Copies of the readings will be on reserve and available for loan at the Service Desk on the third floor in the library (St. Augustine Hall). No registration is necessary.

Save these upcoming dates!

November 11, 2010: Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan (A Good Woman)

February 3, 2011: Helen Hanff’s 84, Charing Cross Road

April 7, 2011: Andre Dubus’ Killings (In the Bedroom)

Sponsored in collaboration with the Honors Program


All meetings will be held in the Honors Commons at 4:30—

For more information, contact Prof. Caroline Fuchs, Outreach Librarian, at x 5050 or fuchsc@stjohns.edu. To learn more about other STJ discussion groups, visit our blog: http://stjlibrariesbookgroups.wordpress.com/

*Door prizes available to members attending the Read It/See It Group

St. John’s University Libraries and the Honors Program invite you to join the NEW Graphic Novels Discussion Group!

Registration and a “meet & greet” meeting will be held Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM in the Honors Commons (1st floor, St. Augustine Hall)

Membership in the Graphic Novels Discussion Group (GNDG) is not limited to students in the Honors Program — it is open to all STJ students, faculty and staff. A limited number of copies of the reading selections will be available for loan at the Service Desk on the third floor in the library (St. Augustine Hall).

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Schedule of the Graphic Novel Discussion Group meetings and topics:

September 21, 2010: Registration/Introduction/Meet & Greet

October 26, 2010: A Contract with God  (Will Eisner)

November 30, 2010
: Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)

December 14, 2010: Stitches: a Memoir (David Small)

February 22, 2011: Palestine (Joe Sacco)

March 22, 2011: In the Shadow of No Towers (Art Spielgelman)

April 19, 2011: American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pen)

All GNDG meetings will be held on the above dates at 4:30 PM in the Honors Commons.

For more information, contact Prof. Caroline Fuchs at x 5050 or fuchsc@stjohns.edu or Prof. Arthur Sherman at x6715 or shermana@stjohns.edu .

To learn more about other STJ discussion groups, visit our blog: http://stjlibrariesbookgroups.wordpress.com/

St. John’s University Libraries and the Honors Program invite you to join the Great Books Discussion Group!

Registration and a “meet & greet” meeting will be held today, September 13, 2010 at 4:30 PM in the Honors Commons (1st floor, St. Augustine Hall)

Membership in the Great Books Discussion Group (GBDG) is not limited to students in the Honors Program — it is open to all STJ students, faculty and staff. Using the Great Books Foundation anthology Even Deadlier, each GBDG meeting will focus on a short story dealing with one of the “deadly sins.” Multiple copies of the anthology will be on reserve and available for loan at the Service Desk on the third floor in the library (St. Augustine Hall).

Schedule of GBDG meetings and topics:

9/13/2010: Registration and Meet & Greet
10/18/2010: Pride
11/15/2010: Envy
12/6/2010: Anger
2/7/2011: Sloth
3/14/2011: Greed
4/11/2011: Gluttony/Lust
All GBDG meetings will be held on the above dates at 4:30 PM in the Honors Commons.
For more information, contact Prof. Caroline Fuchs at x 5050 or fuchsc@stjohns.edu or Prof. Arthur Sherman at x6715 or shermana@stjohns.edu .

To learn more about other STJ discussion groups, visit our blog: http://stjlibrariesbookgroups.wordpress.com/

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