An Exhibition of Botanical Specimens from the Mary Garden at St. John’s
February 13 – March 5, 2014
St. Augustine Hall 4th Floor
St. John’s University

Sacred Botany; Seed, Leaf, Flower in the Healing ArtsHidden within the pages of illuminated manuscripts, books of hours and breviaries, intricately illustrated botanical specimens have formed an integral part of medieval manuscripts and religious iconography and later, the Renaissance aesthetics. They illustrate botanical symbolism and its Christian orientation and enhance the visual beauty of a work on paper.

For Mariology students (THEO 3215) of Prof. Andrea Florendo as cross-curricular Mary Gardeners, they constitute intriguing footnotes to the larger but related subjects of art, botany & theology. Their Academic Service- Learning and participation in Learning Communities events lead in part to artistic documentation and record-keeping of botanical specimens from the Mary Garden at St. John’s habitat, and preserved in a herbarium at St. Albert’s Hall for research purposes. Several works from the Library’s Special Collections showcase images of plants that are used to sustain not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.

 

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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.

RefWorks LogoThe good folks at RefWorks have notified us that :  “As of December 9th, 2013 RefWorks users will no longer be required to enter a group code when logging in to their RefWorks account(s) off-campus or outside of their institutional IP range.”

Current users should not really encounter any difference regarding this change…except that when you click on ourRefworks  access link from home (http://libraries.stjohns.edu/refworks/) you will encounter one-less-screen before getting to your beloved citations, Hooray!

NOTE: If, in your enthusing about RefWorks, you encourage a friend or colleague to get an account, please note the  those patrons who do not yet have a RefWorks account must be on-campus or using VPN  to create the account …that’s the only big change in the game.   If your biblio-colleagues are not due back on campus for a while, just have them email refworks@stjohns.edu and we will create their accounts for them.  Once an account is created, anyone can access his/her account from the far corners of the internet-connected planet.

Of course, there are still cases where all users will still need to use the group code:  (1)Using GoogleScholar from off-campus and (2)Using WNC III or earlier versions of WNC.  RefWorks has indicated that when WNC4 comes out, it will not require Group Code either.

For any other questions or updates about RefWorks, please consult our RefWorks Guide: http://stjohns.campusguides.com/RefWorks

 

 

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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.

American League for an Undivided Ireland, Anti-Partition Bulletin

These records document the activities of the American League for an Undivided Ireland, founded in 1947. The aim of the organization was to make every possible effort to abolish the partition of Ireland. The members of the organization tried to influence U.S. foreign policy in relation to the desired unification of Ireland. Primarily correspondence, but also includes a certificate of incorporation, Irish and U.S. publications, speakers’ notes, news clippings, membership lists, printed Congressional papers, press releases, and mailing lists. Correspondents include Frank Aiken, Tom Barry, Emmanuel Celler, John A. Costello, Eamon de Valera, Everett Dirksen, Jacob Javits, Paul O’Dwyer, Henry Cabot Lodge, Charles Rice and Joseph Scott.

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 Records of the American League for an Undivided Ireland  is available on our Special Collections website.

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