July 21, 2014
by Mike Olynick

A World With No Patents?

What would a world without any patents look like? Would industries go into a frenzy, without any legal binding to prevent one company from using an idea from another? Or could no patents possibly lead to a much more beneficial result?

NPR recently posed this question, following news that Tesla, the hottest new company in the car industry, has put its patents in the public domain. This move allows anyone to access Telsa’s patents and copy their ideas without legal consequences. Another effect of Tesla’s decision is that it has reopened the debate about the usefulness of patents in modern times.

Below– listen to the audio file of the original NPR story that aired on July 17, 2014.

Not working? Click the link to the original story here.

To see a list of  patents released from Tesla, click  here.

Readers! The library has books on this topic too, in print and ebook form! Click here!



July 17, 2014
by Mike Olynick

4 Ways to Enjoy Summer

As we hit the midway point of summer, here are four tips to get the most out of your break:

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Finally, it’s summer! Time to hit the beach,  party, and—maybe the best part—sleep in! It’s true that summer is the time to enjoy yourself, but don’t let school become a distant memory. Taking care of obligations like tuition, school paperwork, and course registration are vital. The best way to stay on your prepared-student game is to check your school email often. That way, you will be updated on financial aid, registration, and messages from your future professors for fall ’14. Follow the Library news on  social_facebook social_twitter

2. Be Active     
Wherever you live, the weather is probably thePuma_shoes best it will be for the whole year, so enjoy it while it lasts! Get active by taking up a new sport (why not try Starting Yoga : A Practical Foundation Guide for Men and Women ebook), or use a sport you already know as a way to reconnect with old friends. Meanwhile, Fairfield’s campus is as beautiful as ever in the summer, and the perfect place to get some fresh air if you’re in the area. Whether you are tearing up the tennis courts, playing in the pool, or simply taking a walk outside, the summer is the time to get active!

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This is a library blog, after all! Be sure to check out our summer reading lists on the following links: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Adult. Even if reading is not your “thing,” make it a goal to read at least a few books this summer. You’ll be happy you did.

4. Seize the Day
The Latin phrase, “Carpe Diem,” applies especially Carpe-Diemfor college students during the summer. One day, when you graduate and have a job, summer breaks will sadly be a thing of the past. Don’t sweat the future too much, but do try to make the most of each day. Explore James Allen’s book Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success.  Have fun, be open to new things, and learn.

The Library looks forward to seeing you next Fall!


July 14, 2014
by Mike Olynick

Stop The Beauty Madness Campaign

Body image has become one of the major cultural issues of this generation.

The use of “enhanced” images in popular magazines, which change the proportions of the human body,  is only one example of how “beauty” has become distorted and unattainable for real people. Females are at the center of this issue, with ad campaigns, social groups, and even politicians  fighting against the “idealizing” of the female body. The following is a documentary available through the Library’s Film on Demand database on this important and polemical topic.

Below- Watch Beauty in the Eyes of the Beholder (54:29 min).

Trouble viewing the video above? Try this link.

The library also offers many online e-books on this topic. Click here to see a sample on this topic.

Learn more at #stopthebeautymadness and


2014 Summer Reading List

July 3, 2014 by Mike Olynick | 0 comments

A picture of our summer reading display.Calling all readers!

Check out our summer 2014 reading list, selected by Library staff. There are two displays by the main staircase, featuring a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, and young adult books.  Be sure to take a copy of our list and check out a book– the summer is the ideal time to catch up on reading!

Not in the Library? Here’s our list online! Summer Reading List PDF


July 1, 2014
by jkremer
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Civil Rights Act – 50 year Anniversary

As part of his vision for a Great Society, on July 2, 1964, President Johnson signed into law The Civil Rights Act of 1964, guaranteeing freedoms and rights for all Americans. – See more at:

Below- Watch the documentary with original footage Birth Struggle of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (55:00 min)

Trouble viewing the video above, click here. 

This documentary from the CBS News Archives examines the stormy passage of civil rights bill H.R. 7152 through the House of Representatives. The program, filmed in 1964, begins with a report on the controversial bill’s history, from its introduction by John F. Kennedy to the eve of its debate on the Senate floor. Following that report, Eric Sevareid moderates as Senators Hubert Humphrey and Strom Thurmond engage in a live television debate on the bill’s merits. Footage of John and Robert Kennedy, Justice Department officials Nicholas Katzenbach and Burke Marshall, President Lyndon Johnson, and the racial clashes of the early 1960s captures the tension and drama surrounding the most comprehensive civil rights law since Reconstruction. Produced by CBS NEWS. (55 minutes, b&w)


June 25, 2014
by jkremer
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Remodeling Update: Check-out at Reference Desk

As we head into the closing stretches of our new carpet installation on the main level of the Library,  check-out of all materials will temporarily be done at the Reference Desk on main level. We expect this temporary location change for check-out will be in effect through Monday, as the Circulation area gets new carpet.


June 25, 2014
by jkremer
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Exhibit: 72 Best Movies About College Life

DVD: AVAILABLE, PN1997 .P26 B753, Media Collection Main Level

Founded in 1942, Fairfield University turns 72 this year – to celebrate, we’ve chosen the 72 best films about college and university life for our Summer 2014 exhibit. Animal House? History Boys? Horse Feathers? Social Network? See if your favorite college movie made our list!

Featured movies include:

1920s  — College (1927)
Buster Keaton’s lesser-known feature has some superlative comic moments, as tiny frosh Buster tries his darnedest to make every muscle-bound varsity team.Part of the DVD Collection the Art of Buster Keaton:PN2287 .K4 A783 Vols 1 – 11 Media Collection Main Level

1940′s –Good News (1947)
Here it is, “College: The Musical,” a colorful MGM remake of an earlier 1930 song-and-dance film about innocent, pie-eyed 1920s campus life. The librarian (June Allyson) falls hard for the football hero (Peter Lawford), and the predictable on-and-off romance—there’s a vamp in the way!—is surrounded by a classic score including “The Best Things in Life Are Free.” VHS, PN1995.9.M86G66, Media Collection Main Level

1960s –Where the Boys Are (1960)
This coming of age comedy film about four Midwestern college co-eds who spend spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida featured sun, sand, and romance. PN1997.W54 L483, Media Collection Main Level

1990′s –Rudy (1993) It’s corny, shameless American Dream stuff, but audiences love this unpretentious story of the stubborn little guy (Sean Astin) who, against the odds, wills himself onto the Notre Dame football team.PN1995.9 .S67 R843, Media Collection Main Level

2010′s– The Social Network (2010)We can’t imagine college without Facebook, so let’s go back to the social network’s birth. In this 2010 Academy Award winning film starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s story about how his popular site exploded into the world exposes the secrets and conflicts behind the founding of Facebook and the lawsuits that followed. PN1997.S63 F553, Media Collection Main Level

The Exhibit runs from May 15 – August 15th in the lobby and main floor of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.


May 27, 2014
by jkremer
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Summer Hours – Research Help, Writing Center and ITS

Summer Hours for Research Help:

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Go to to see all the ways to get research help!


ITS4U Help Desk summer hours:

The hours of operation are
Mon – Thursday: 8:00am- 7:00pm Friday: 8:00am -12:00pm.

Stop by the Library on the main level or you can call phone: (203) 254-4000 ext. 4069.

Related web site:


Writing Center summer hours:

The Writing Center will be open limited hours during June and July.

To set up an appointment, students should visit Students may also request an online appointment by emailing


Please Note:  Hours might vary from above during the summer- please check to see Library Hours.

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May 8, 2014
by jkremer
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Winners of 2014 Library Research Prizes

Congratulations to our 2014 Library Research Prize Winners!

Undergraduate Winners

Emma Cannon: winner for the Undergraduate Student category for her Moderm Languages capstone paper, “The shared experience of child protagonists in Spanish and Argentine film: the transatlanticism of contemporary  cinema depicting  the dictatorships of Franco and Videla”.  Faculty Supporter: Jerelyn Johnson

Rachel Beauregard: 2nd place winner for the Undergraduate Student category for her Nursing paper, “The Need for Increased Formal Pediatric Palliative Care Education Nursing Curriculum”.  Faculty Supporter: Eileen O’Shea.

Graduate Winners

Eileen Spenard: winner for the Graduate Student category for her Nursing paper, “Nurses’ Knowledge of Heart Failure Self-Care Management”.  Faculty Supporter: Jaclyn Conelius.

Maria Sanchez and Emma Sheeran: 2nd place winner for the Graduate Student category for their Education paper, “The Effects of Personal Music in the Classroom: A Mixed Methods Study”.  Faculty Supporter: Barbara Welles-Nystrom.








May 8, 2014
by jkremer
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Library Wins Award for Twitter

We are excited to have the Library’s social media work win a 2014 Connecticut Library Association Publicity Award for the its Twitter feeds.  The goal of the Library’s Twitter account is to:

  • create awareness of Library services and material, and
  • invite conversation with our community on library and higher education matters

Follow us at

Hayley Battaglia working on a new tweet.


Hayley Battaglia received the award  at the Connecticut Library Association Conference in Cromwell on Monday, April 28. Congratulations to Hayley and Jackie Kremer for having their work recognized.



May 2, 2014
by jkremer
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Coffee All Night in Library

Stay Up All Night with Us!

coffeecartpicTry our new Keurig coffee machine, located next to the Circulation Desk on the main level. This machine is available from midnight until 7:45 am.

FREE Coffee, tea and hot chocolate when we are open past midnight. We are open 24 Hours per day during finals, except for Saturday and Tuesday night.



May 1, 2014
by jkremer
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Finals Doggie De-Stress

Meet Belle and Beau
on Monday (5/5) and Wednesday (5/7)
from 3-5 pm

on the Library front lawn

FREE Hot coffee and tea from midnight to noon (except when Library is closed). Breakfast snacks every morning!


April 28, 2014
by jkremer
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Glass Art and Poetry Microexhibit

The Library is hosting a microexhibit “La Settimana Santa / Holy Week” featuring artwork and poetry by famed Murano glass artist Giampaolo Seguso. This smaller-scaled exhibit, located on the top floor of the library, is an extension of a larger exhibit at the Bellarmine Museum of Art, entitled La Ragntela/The Spiderweb: Works by Giampaolo Seguso from The Corning Museum of Glass.

The pieces are centered on the events of Holy Week, the week in the Christian Church before Easter Sunday.  Each one of these pieces, engraved with a poem, is an artistic expression of deep faith commemorating these events. The Seguso family has been working on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy for six centuries.

This microexhibit is on display from April through September, 2014.