Wednesday, January 2, 2019

J-Term hours

...Aaaaand we're back!

Our regular hours for January 2nd - January 21st:

Monday - Friday     8:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Saturday                  9:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Sunday                    CLOSED

We will also be closed on Wednesday, January 16th (for the SHU Winter Workshop) and Monday, January 21st (for Martin Luther King Day).

Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas hours


December 17  -  20     8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
December 21  -  January 1    CLOSED

We'll be back at 8:00 a.m. on January 2nd. Happy holidays!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Finals Hours

LIBRARY hours (the office and the rooms with the books!); the Learning Commons space upstairs will be open 24/7!

  • December 3 - 6                     8:00 a.m.  –  9:50 p.m.
  • December 7                          8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
  • December 8                          9:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
  • December 9                          CLOSED

Friday, November 30, 2018

Friday Reads: The Demon of Brownsville Road

Dr. Stanley has a personal connection to today's Friday Reads feature! Read on to learn more about The Demon of Brownsville Road: A Pittsburgh Family’s Battle with Evil in Their Home by Bob Cranmer and Erica Manfred.

David Stanley with The Demon of Brownsville Road

Coming from a family who has lived on Brownsville Road for 4 generations I was familiar with the house that inspired the book. Growing up there were rumors of at least one haunted house on Brownsville Road; however, it was not the one that is talked about here. Being familiar with the Pittsburgh political scene I am familiar with Bob Cranmer but did not know that he lived just a few blocks away. Not being a true believer in hauntings, ghosts, etc., I wanted to see what was happening at the house that was always one of the better-kept in the area. It was fun to try to decipher a lot of the areas and people alluded to in the book. I still see the house quite often but now I slow down and look for specters in the windows!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Melvil Mondays: 700-709

We're all the way to the 700-709s today-- "The arts." There's a lot of wild, wacky, and beautiful stuff in the 700s, and today we start out by looking at the first few "standard subdivisions" sections.

* 700 - Standard subdivisions of the arts, including decimal classes for philosophy and theory of the arts and even computer applications that are "used as a technique to support traditional techniques in the arts."
700.1 F85
But is it Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory
by Cynthia A. Freeland

700.103 P76
Politics, Gender, and the Arts: Women, the Arts, and Society
edited by Ronald Dotterer and Susan Bowers

* 701 - Philosophy and theory (of fine and decorative arts... just tack that onto the end of all of these categories!)

701.15 K91
Creative Sparks
by Jim Krause
* 702 - Miscellany

* 703 - Dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances

* 704 - Special topics, including ethnic and national groups and iconography

704.0392 S44j
Jewish Art
by Gabrielle Sed-Rajna
* 705 - Serial publications

* 706 - Organizations and management

* 707 - Education, research, and related topics

* 708 - Galleries, museums, and private collections

* 709 - History, geographic treatment, and biography

Monday, November 19, 2018

Melvil Mondays: 600-609

We're running out of Mondays for the semester! This week we explore the 600-609 section, which is a relatively slim segment of our collection.

The 600s are for Technology (Applied sciences). This includes a great many things, and we sometimes refer to the 600s as the "catch all" block of the Dewey Decimal System. Much of it has to do with mechanical engineering, which is of course not a program that is or that has been offered at SHU. As a result, we only have a few shelves' worth of books in this call number range.

* 600: "Class here inventions."

How Things Work: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Technology
Translated from the German original, Wie Funktioniert Das? by George Allen

* 601: Philosophy and theory
* 602: Miscellany (the catch-all section of the catch-all section-- the true junk drawer of the DDC)
* 603: Dictionaries and other reference materials
* 604: "Technical drawing, hazardous materials technology; groups of people"

Hazardous Materials Chemistry
by Armando S. Bevelacqua
604.7 B57
* 605: Serial publications
* 606: Organizations
* 607: "Education, research, related topics"
* 608: Patents
* 609: History (like industrial archaeology), geographic treatment (of industry, production, and the related economics), and biographies of inventors and/or patentees

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Reads: Motherless Brooklyn

Happy Friday!

Today, our Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, Adam Pellman, tells us about Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem:

Adam Pellman is reading Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

I'm still working through my reading challenge for the year, which is to read one book published each year since I was born.  Motherless Brooklyn is my pick from 1999.  The novel follows Lionel Essrog, a New York City private detective who is working to solve the murder of his boss/mentor, Frank Minna.  Lionel has Tourette syndrome, a disorder characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements and vocal tics.  The disorder makes for a unique variation on the detective genre, as Lionel's focus on his investigation and its clues is sometimes sidetracked by his compulsions.  It also makes the novel a great work of psychological fiction, and it's interesting to view the world through such a distinct lens.