Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Welcome to those who are new to St. John’s…classes start soon, and we look  forward to meeting you and helping you acclimate to your new research environment! 

Welcome back to our student friends who are looking forward to new academic adventures.  If you need a little jumpstart on library resources and workshops, check out the new Queens Library Workshops schedule for Fall, or request a workshop  for your  cohort,  club,  graduate class or thesis support group.

Welcome  back to our faculty colleagues, in addition to working with you on your research, and helping incorporate Library resources into your courses, we pass along this link to the August “Special Issue” from the Center for Teaching and Learning regarding the new schedule and working around no “exam week.”  Look for more information about CTL on their CampusGuides page.    Interested in using CampusGuides for your class?  Contact  for more information.

We are also  working on a few book discussion groups  (including Graphic Novels, “Even Deadlier Sins” from the Great Books series, “Reading Memoirs” and “Read It, See It” (movie/book discussion group). Keep on eye out for more blog entries on these programs, or contact Outreach Librarian, Caroline Fuchs for more information.

Summer – a time for catching up, relaxing, exploring, starting new projects, or perhaps completing work in progress.  With this in mind, we have asked some faculty members at St. John’s what they are reading this summer.

Dr. John Lowney, a Professor in the English Department, writes:

This summer I am looking forward to reading the long awaited biography of Thelonious Monk by Robin D.G. Kelley, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original.  Monk is not only one of the most innovative pianists and composers in jazz history; he was also a legendarily controversial performing artist.  Kelley’s biography is the most thoroughly researched account of Monk’s life.  It is also nothing less than a cultural history of jazz as it evolved in the middle decades of the twentieth century, particularly in New York City. 

 This book appeals to me because of my current research interests in jazz literature, and I am especially interested to see how Kelley relates his extensive knowledge of African American history and radical activism to the development of mid-century jazz.