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Graphic of keyboard with keys spelling out PRIVACY

CC Photo courtesy of g4ll4is on Flickr

The recent EU court’s ruling on the “right to be forgotten” is an interesting wrinkle in the debates around privacy and public information in the world of cyber-connection.  Even those who have carefully guarded what information they have “put out there” can find that information related to their name or face exists online and can be mined and redistributed in any number of ways.   While the EU  just forced  Google to institute a procedure for removing items from the “results” for searches originating in Europe ( and, they were not forced to delete those items from their “repositiory” of sites.  Those who were hoping to  have the request option for the US version of Google are out of luck; no court has forced Google to do this for US yet.   However, if you want to clean up your “international image”, Jill Scharr’s helpful blog entry has more info on doing that.

Google does offer a procedure to remove “outdated” content. It may take some following-up with them (as the page suggests, since I guess they can take their time and/or refuse).  You will also need to do this in conjunction with the webmaster of your site (if you are not your own webmaster).

In the short-run, you can delete passages or pages on your site; however, since they were indexed by Google shortly after you “published” them, they would still show up in a google search.  The old/deleted materials will  “sink down” in the search-results as more people click on your more recent materials.   Your best bet in the interim, is to make old content “private”, and use either text-links to let people know that there is a more current page with a link to new info and/or implement a  re-direct URL to the now-current information….an inelegant solution until the google request is acknowledged, but a quick and dirty solution for the time-being.

For more information on privacy and security in relationship to your “online presence” check out our Info Ethics LibGuide


Thomas Piketty, in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that extreme economic inequality in the current global economic system is undermining democratic values.  This book has gotten a lot of press coverage recently in such publications as The Guardian, The New Statesman, and the New York Review of Books, where Paul Krugman had a lengthy review. The New York Times referred to Piketty as the “latest overnight intellectual sensation,” following in the footsteps of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag, Christopher Lasch, and Francis Fukuyama.

We thought we’d let our readers know that Capital in the Twenty-First Century is available as an e-book to members of the St. John’s University community.



 The University Libraries welcome St. John’s University’s new president Dr. Conrado M. Gempesaw.  We thought our readers might be interested in Dr. Gempesaw’s scholarly writing.  Please check this site for links to many of his articles.

Catholicism in East Asia photoExhibit on view through May 2, 2014

Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Curated by Anastasia Chiu

The Chin Ying Asian Library possesses a significant collection of works chronicling the advent and development of the Catholic Church’s presence and establishment in East Asia to support St. John’s University’s core curriculum and scholarship. This installation of the Asian Collection Highlights Exhibit presents selections from the rich multilingual resources on Catholicism in the Asian Library’s collection, and includes a list of further suggested titles to encourage usage and perusal by students and researchers in St. John’s’ academic community.

Items on display may be removed from the display case upon request and perused in-library or checked out.

women writers exhibit books imageExhibit on view through April 4, 2014

Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Curated by Anastasia Chiu

To mark Women’s History Month, the Asian Collection Highlights exhibit is showcasing literature anthologies of works by woman writers in East Asia. Covering multiple genres of literature from 1600 through the 1990’s, the anthologies in this exhibit are a small sample of the wealth of works in the Chin Ying Asian Library that observe and analyze the growth and development of women’s voices and representation in the modern international context.

As with all Asian Collection Highlights exhibits, items on display may be removed from the display case upon request and perused in-library or checked out. Previous installations of the Asian Collection Highlights Exhibit have included: Literary Classics and Visual Arts in Japan, the Wang Guanying Gift, the Soong Sisters (for the 2013 observance of Women’s History Month), and Buddhist Art in East Asia.




If you come to the library in the next few weeks, check out a new display called Winter Thoughts.  There are photographs of the St. John’s campus in winter, with accompanying quotes from authors such as Jack Kerouac, Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost, and Percy Bysshe Shelley.  The exhibit is located in the 3rd floor lobby of St. Augustine Hall, across from the service desk.

Exhibit on ViewExhibit photo - Japanese lit classics

Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

November 21, 2013 – February 1, 2014

Curated by Anastasia Chiu

This installation of Asian Collection Highlights illuminates the cornucopia of Japanese literary classics and scholarly works on literature in the Chin Ying Asian Library on the Queens campus. The exhibition explores multiple genres of Japanese literature and multiple visual art forms across a wide range of cultural epochs, drawing on significant literary classics from the seventh century through the modern era. It includes notable English translations, Japanese-language source texts, and significant works of scholarly criticism with reproduced paintings and prints. Previous installations of the Asian Collection Highlights have included: Buddhist Art in East Asia, The Soong Sisters, and The Wang Guanying Gift.

Items in the exhibit are available for perusal in the library.



We realize that you may be focusing on finals at the moment, but if you want a good book to read over Christmas break, check out the new additions to our McNaughton collection, located behind the Information Desk in the library’s 4th floor lobby — books by Michael Connelly, Ian McEwan, Clive Cussler, and Zadie Smith, among others.

1. Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
2. Bloodstone , by Gillian Philip
3. The heart of everything that is, by Bob Drury
4. Jony Ive, by Leander Kahney
5. My brief history, by Stephen Hawking
6. The testament of Mary, by Colm Toibin
7. All American, by Steve Eubanks
8. Mozart, by Paul Johnson
9. November 22, 1963, by Jodie Elliot Hansen
10. Hatching twitter, by Nick Bilton
11. Blasphemy, by Sherman Alexie
12. Sweet tooth, by Ian McEwan
13. Robert Plant, by Paul Rees
14. This is how you lose, by Junot Diaz
15. Rustication, by Charles Palliser
16. The gods of guilt , by Michael Connelly
17. The hidden history of the JFK assassination, by Lamar Waldron
18. Mirage, by Clive Cussler
19. This is the story of a happy marriage, by Ann Patchett
20. Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield
21. American mirror , by Deborah Solomon
22. An Old Betrayal, by Charles Finch
23. Toby’s room, by Pat Barker
24. Through the Evil Days, by Jul Spencer-Fleming
25. The man he became, by James Tobin
26. The minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, by Alexander McCall-Smith
27. Johnny Cash, by Robert Hilburn
28. NM, by Zadie Smith

Alfred PolitzThis collection documents the career of Alfred Politz, founder of the market research company Alfred Politz Research Incorporated (ARPI). He was known especially for developing new techniques in polling and opinion analysis. The collection includes biographical and autobiographical information, correspondence, speeches, news clippings, articles, research studies and other published and unpublished material written by, or about, Alfred Politz and ARPI.

This collection is available for research (by appointment only) at the St. John’s University Archives and Special Collections. Please see our location, hours and contact info.

A finding aid for the Alfred Politz Papers is available on our Special Collections website.


If you need to scan a document, class notes, etc., the library now has a public scanner available in the printing alcove on the 3rd floor, south side, of St. Augustine Hall. You can email scanned documents or save them to a flash drive. The service is free.



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