March 27, 2014
The 2013 Digital Humanities awards came out relatively recently, offering an array of amazing projects to peruse — some public, some academic, all worth a gander. It is worth highlighting that the best InfoGraphic award covered statistics on why “Humanities Matter” [PDF] — making the infographic a meta-DH project of sorts.
As a follow-up to the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities’ “Quantifying Digital Humanities” infographic from 2012 (PDF), The Humanities Matter! starts a more expansive effort by the Center and 4Humanities to gather statistics and create infographics about the humanities. The Humanities Matter! is part of the 4Humanities Humanities Infographics initiative, including Infographics Friday online posts.
Another DH-for-fun award went to Serendip-o-matic — which acts as a federated-serendipitous-search engine: insert a block of text, and the applet finds related images culled from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana digital Libraries.
If you are curious about Digital Humanities at St. John’s, the next CTL Interdisciplinary Roundtable discussion will focus on Digital Humanities, on Monday April 7th; where Jen Travis will facilitate discussions about “projects and pedagogies of this emerging field.” If you are interested in learning more about creating infographics, or using them as an alternative research project, the University Libraries are hosting an edutech workshop on infographics on Wed. April 2nd. Does unearthing the treasures of the DPLA sound appealing? Does making your own a mash-up of the DPLA resource-data sound sound intriguing ? If so, join us Wednesday, April 9th, for a workshop on DPLA and engage with new treasure trove of primary resources and the meta-data that makes it tick!
February 12, 2014
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
Hidden 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.
January 16, 2014
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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.
December 13, 2013
The 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 email@example.com 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
December 12, 2013
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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