September 2009

The St. John’s University Libraries
and the Division of Student Affairs

invites you to join them for a book discussion on

Mitch Albom’s   The Five People You Meet in Heaven*

Thursday, September 24, 2009
12:15 (Common Hour)
Marillac Hall, Room 135


To RSVP or for further details, contact
Prof. Joan M. D’Andrea at
718.990.6054 or

* Copies of Five People  are available  in the St. Augustine Library, Room 306A

open lockFollowing up on previous postings about the “open” movement in research and education, we refer you to a report in Library Journal’s (9/15/2009)  that five universities — Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, MIT, and UC Berkeley — have spearheaded a campaign to make OA publishing economically viable. They are the first to create and sign on to COPE: compact for open-access publishing equity. They are encouraging other universities to join in, and offering answers to “frequently asked questions about how/why to join.    Aside from the economic issues facing big institutional libraries, the OA model is a social justice issue, ensuring that timely, authoritative research is available to scholars in emerging nations.  The overview section of the COPE site briefly explains the need for such a compact:         

Universities subsidize the costs of subscription journals by subscribing to them. Universities and funding agencies can provide equitable support for the processing-fee business model for open-access journals — to place the subscription-fee and processing-fee models on a more level playing field — by subsidizing processing fees as well.

The compact for open-access publishing equity supports equity of the business models by committing each university to “the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds.”

A full account of the motivation for the compact can be found in the article “Equity for Open-Access Journal Publishing” published in the open-access journal Public Library of Science Biology


Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (2009). Accessed 9/18/2009.

Hadro J (2009) Five Universities Sign Open Access Funding Compact. Library  (9/15/2009). Accessed 9/18/2009.

Shieber SM (2009) Equity for Open-Access Journal Publishing. PLoS Biol 7(8): e1000165. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000165



Representatives from Queens Library will be on the St. John’s University Queens campus to process your application for a Queens Public Library card

September 16, 2009

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

Outside the main entrance of St. Augustine Hall

(In case of rain, find us inside the lobby of St. Augustine Hall)


Did you know? “People, who live, work, attend school or own property in New York State may become an account holder for free. By opening an account and obtaining a card, you can borrow books, magazines, CDs, Videos, DVDs, games, and more, at all libraries throughout Queens. You may also use library computers or borrow laptop computers for in-library use when available. An account holder may also access services and information online from remote locations.”

Be sure to bring identification:

  • A valid New York State driver’s license, current photo learner’s permit or current non-driver’s ID card
  • OR, your STORM card

*For further information contact Caroline Fuchs email or call 718.990.5050

7DeadlySins There will be a second “inaugural” meeting of the St. John’s Student Great Books Discussion Group at 4:30 PM on September 23, 2009 in the Honors Commons (1st floor, St. Augustine Hall).

All members of the St. John’s community are welcome to attend and join in the discussion.

The GBDG members will be able to continue discussing these works on the St. John’s University Great Books Discussion Group blog or by following the Twitter hashtag #stjgbdg

For further information, please contact: Caroline Fuchs, 718.990.5050, or Arhtur Sherman, 718.990.6715

We hope to see you then!

Please join us for the inaugural meeting of the St. John’s University Student Great Books Discussion Group (GBDG) on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 4:30 PM in the Honors Commons.

The newly-forming GBDG is co-sponsored by the University Libraries (Prof. Arthur Sherman and Prof. Caroline Fuchs) in partnership with the Honors Program (Dr. Robert Forman).

7DeadlySins  The readings will be taken from the Great Books Foundation’s anthology The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler, and will include short stories by such authors as William Falkner, Flannery O’Connor, Edith Wharton, Tobias Wolff, Rudyard Kipling, Margaret Atwood, Anton Chekhov, Bobbi Ann Mason, Elizabeth Bowen, Raymond Carver, Xu Xi, Perri Klass, and Nathan Englander. Multiple copies of the anthology will be placed on reserve . They can be found at the Service Desk of the library, and will be available for 24-hour loan.

The first meeting, to be held on September 9th, will introduce the group members to the philos0phy of the GBDG and will serve as an opportunity for participants to meet one another.  This will be followed by a short reading will be distributed, followed by a brief discussion of that reading.

Each GBDG meeting will focus on a reading relating to one of the seven deadly sins. The group will meet on the following days in the Honors Commons at 4:30 PM:

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2009 — introduction/meet & greet
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2009 — Topic: Pride
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2009 — Topic: Envy
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2009 — Topic : Anger
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2010 — Topic: Sloth
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2010 — Topic: Greed
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2010 — Topic: Gluttony
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2010 — Topic: Lust

For more information, contact Caroline Fuchs at or call 718.990.5050.

We look forward to seeing you there!