April 17, 2014
by jkremer

11 Librarians in Literature

BorrowerAs we close out another National Library Week, we thought you might like to read Benjamin Woodard’s article on BuzzFeed Books entitled 11 Literary Librarians Who Smash Stereotypes: There ain’t nothing basic about being a librarian.”

Woodard recommends 11 pieces of contemporary literature that help put the tired image of the introverted, prudish library worker to rest at

“Though the librarian stereotype continues to thrive in television and film, it is thankfully shattered in the world of literature. Rather than offering up dry, buttoned-up types (or their opposite: the sex-crazed nymphomaniac hiding behind a pair of horn-rimmed glasses), many contemporary writers attach the occupation to immensely complicated characters forced to confront their own morals. Whether it’s Mike Hanlon from Stephen King’s It, or Henry DeTamble from Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, these library employees, all flawed individuals, breathe in a three-dimensional environment.”



April 11, 2014
by jkremer

National Library Week Events April 13-17

National Library Week 2011 022Celebrate National Library Week!

1. Shelfie Pic Contest-   Share a Shelfie (selfie in the library stacks) on twitter or instagram.  Use #DNLShelfie. Get the most likes and win a Fuji Instax Mini camera! All Fairfield U community welcome to share; contest open to students only.

2. Student Worker Appreciation Board in Lobby – all week

3. Staff Employees Ice Cream Social – Tuesday, April 15 from 12:30-1:30. Come on down to the Multimedia Auditorium  for a sweet; discover all the Library has to offer you!

4. Faculty Publishing Party (2nd Annual)-  Tuesday, April 15, 4:00-5:30. A showcase of faculty scholarship during the past year and a chance for faculty to informally chat about their scholarship with those across campus.

5. Cake for all! – Wednesday, April 16 at 3:00 in Library lobby




April 9, 2014
by jkremer

Shelfie Contest – Win a Camera!

Share a Shelfie (selfie in the library stacks) on twitter or instagram.  Use #DNLShelfie. Get the most likes and win a Fuji Instax Mini!


Enter to win a Fuji Instax Mini Camera with your creative or funny shelfie (photo of yourself in the library stacks). Follow us on twitter or instagram (@Fairfieldulib) and tag your shelfie #DNLshelfie. If you’re camera-shy, hide behind your favorite books or movies.We will repost all of your beautiful faces/books beginning Sunday, April 13  and whoever gets the most likes will win.

All currently enrolled students are eligible for a chance to win prize.  (Staff and Faculty are welcome to post their Shelfie too!)


Film Screenings: Milk, October, and The Crying Game

April 7, 2014 by Brooke Duffy | 0 comments

There are many excellent and FREE film screenings happening this week on campus. Don’t miss out!

Two films will be screened on Tuesday night (4/9):

On Tuesday April 8th, assistant professor of politics Gwendoline Alphonso will introduce the final installment in the American Studies spring film series: Milk. This 2008 film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn depicts the story of Harvey Milk, gay rights activist and the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. The film will be shown at 7pm in the Multimedia Room in the library.

Sergei Eisenstein’s 1928 classic about the Bolshevik Revolution October: Ten Days That Shook The World will be screened in BCC 200 at 7pm (4/8). This is the last film in the spring semester Russian Film Series.

On Wednesday (4/9) at 7pm Irish Studies will present The Crying Game in the Multimedia Room in the library. This film “will mark the festival’s first of the three Rea/Jordan films. ‘The Crying Game’ deals with sexual identity, national identity, and the IRA’s efforts to get the British out of Northern Ireland.” The film will be introduced by Dr. Richard Epstein, professor of English. Click here to read more.



April 7, 2014
by jkremer

Research HELP available now!



Having trouble getting started on your research paper? Not sure where to go to get the scholarly articles you need? You are not alone!

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library staff wants you to know that help is available by phone, in-person, and online. Here are a few ways to get help:

Have an in-depth research question? Individual Research Appointments are available with a librarian. Schedule an appointment online at

Most days, the Reference Desk is staffed from 9am to 10pm. Stop by or call us when you have a question, such as how to cite an article, which database to choose for a topic or how to locate a book. The reference desk telephone is 203-254-4000, ext. 2178.

Go to ASK A LIBRARIAN to learn all the ways to get help!


How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment:

April 4, 2014
by jkremer

How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment

The Library has just purchased University-wide access to “How liberal arts and sciences majors fare in employment: a report on earnings and long-term career paths” by Debra Humphreys and Patrick Kelly.  This AAC&U report is now available in the catalog and at click here to view. If you are off-campus, you should be prompted for your NET ID information.

You also might find interesting this AAC&U commissioned report “It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success” (Spring 2013, Vol. 99, No. 2) by Hart Research Associates available at


April 3, 2014
by jkremer
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Why Does College Cost So Much?

ROBERT ARCHIBALD & DAVID FELDMAN, co-authors of the book Why Does College Cost So Much? will be at Fairfield U on Wednesday, April 16, 2014,  3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Oak Room, Barone Campus Center as part of our Fairfield 2020 initiative.

Fairfield 2020 Book Display in Library

Fairfield 2020 Book Display in Library


You can read their book online through the Library’s e-book collection : Click here to view. 

You can also check the book out in print.  We have two copies- find them on the main level as part of a book display dedicated to the Fairfield 2020 initiative.

You can also read Jeffrey Selingo’s book College (un)bound : the future of higher education and what it means for students- print copies available on book display.


March 27, 2014
by jkremer
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Fr. von Arx Op Ed: Juvenile offenders need a second chance

Read President Rev. Jeffrey von Arx’s Op Ed: “Juvenile offenders need a second chance” published on  on the website is the website of the Connecticut News Project, Inc, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization created in 2009 to reinvigorate coverage of state government, public policy and politics.

Want to learn more?  Read the 2011 (electronic) book Juvenile Crime and Justice .


March 18, 2014
by Brooke Duffy
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Irish Film Series: On Another Man’s Wound, 4/2, 7 pm

The Irish in Film presents On Another Man’s Wound
Presenter: Cormac O’Malley, son of Ernie O’Malley

“The series starts on Wednesday, April 2 with On Another Man’s Wound (2008). Directed by Jerry O’Callaghan, the documentary features revolutionary and writer Ernie O’Malley’s experiences as an IRA leader in the War of Independence and the Civil War. The film is based on O’Malley’s autobiography of the same title, published in 1936. O’Malley’s son, Cormac O’Malley, who edited his published papers and letters, will introduce the film.” Read the full press release here.

All four films in the Irish Studies Film Series will be shown on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Multimedia Room. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Marion White, Irish Studies Program, (203) 254-4000, ext. 3021 or

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March 17, 2014
by jkremer
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New-to-You Irish Films

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Photo from  Waking Ned Devine -

Photo from Waking Ned Devine –

Celebrate by watching a film set in Ireland.

1. Albert Nobbs  A woman (Glenn Close) passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men’s clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making.

2. Waking Ned Devine – When lottery winner Ned Devine is found dead, his friends embark upon an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket, but first they have to get all the townsfolk to go along with their plan.

3.Once – Guy meets Girl and makes music in Dublin.

4. Snapper -Comedy about a close-knit, boisterous Irish family, and the commotion that follows the oldest daughter’s announcement that she is pregnant.

5. Intermission – Starring Colin Farrell. In the suburbs of Dublin, more than a dozen strangers find their paths colliding in sometimes violent, sometimes absurd ways.

6. The Commitments – Fueled by raw talent and driven by dreams of glory, a dozen dead-enders from Dublin’s gritty North Side share a passion for soul music that takes their band on a wild rollercoaster ride from the streets to superstardom.


March 12, 2014
by jkremer
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YIKES! Nuclear Missile Officers Cheat

Former nuclear missile officer Edward Warren says he and others with their hands on the nuke button felt enormous pressure to cheat.  Why? The reason was “a culture driven by constant demand for perfection.”



Read or listen to this story from National Public Radio at

Join us for this topical student event Frank Discussions on Academic Integrity: when college life and academics collide!  on Thursday March 13 at 6:30 pm in BCC Mezzanine. Heather Petraglia will be our administrator on the panel.  Dr. Joan VanHise will be the faculty representative. We will have two student representatives – one undergraduate and one graduate.  Dr. David Schmidt will  be the moderator.




March 11, 2014
by jkremer
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New Reference Books


The Library has added a large number of excellent new reference books courtesy of Assistant University Librarian Christina McGowan. Christina serves on the Dartmouth Medal committee, part of Reference and User Services Association that honors the creation of a reference work of outstanding quality and significance.  Here is a list of a few of the reference works added to our collection:

1. Native peoples of the world : an encyclopedia of groups, cultures, and contemporary issues

2. The Princeton encyclopedia of Islamic political thought

3. Encyclopedia of the mind

4. The international encyclopedia of ethics 2014 Dartmouth Medal Honorary Mention

5. The encyclopedia of global human migration

6.The encyclopedia of Caribbean religions2014 Dartmouth Medal Honorary Mention

7. The international encyclopedia of media studies

8. Encyclopedia of the U.S. presidency : a historical reference