January 18, 2017
by jkremer
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Presidential Inauguration

Book display in main lobby

President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office on January 20, 2017, to formally become the 45th President of the United States. To see the full run down of inauguration events, go to https://www.usa.gov/inauguration-2017.

In the Library's main lobby, you will see books by Donald Trump including his famous Art of the Deal and also The America We Deserve. Also on display are books (and speeches) written by past presidents as well as presidential biographies by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Check one out today.

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January 18, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
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Happy NEWS Year! FREE digital subscriptions

Library staff will be at the Dolan School of Business on Thursday, Jan 19 from 11am-7pm at the Upper Lobby near classrooms 110A and 110B to help you sign up for DIGITAL, FREE subscriptions  to the Wall Street Journal & The New York Times. If you have an iPad, bring it with you and we’ll help you set it up!

Can't make it to DSB on the 19th? Go to http://librarybestbets.fairfield.edu/specialaccess now for complete directions on how to sign up, or stop by the Reference Desk.

Questions? Contact Jackie Kremer @ jkremer@fairfield.edu.

 

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January 10, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
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How many students did we reach during finals?

During finals weeks the library is THE place to be! From December 13th through December 20th 20,840 people came through the library doors. Librarians answered questions about research and citations, the group study rooms were booked, and the desks and niches of the library were so packed with students that we opened up two additional rooms to provide even more study space real estate.

To help students do their best, as well as de-stress, the library's Outreach Committee planned special services such as study supply giveaways, free coffee and snacks after midnight, coloring stations, and of course, the ever-popular therapy dogs came by to visit! The Department of Recreation and Counseling & Psychological Services co-sponsored a Meditation & Massage event, complete with healthy snacks, calming essential oils, and helpful lists of study and de-stress tips. The Fairfield University Bookstore also partnered with us on a coloring de-stress drop-in event. Get the full picture of finals week and scroll down to view our infographic, and photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beloved therapy dog, Dakota, visited the library!

Students tracing an image of the library to create a giant coloring page

Taking a break to color

Library finals info and postcards to mail home to family (140 cards sent)

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January 9, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
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Books & Films on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Civil Rights Movement

Stop by the library to check out a book or film

The library has a new book and media display to draw attention to the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) and his legacy as one of the world's advocates for social justice, equality, and peace.

Martin Luther King Day is an American federal holiday to commemorate Dr. King's birthday, observed on the third Monday of January each year, which this year falls on Monday, January 16th 2017. The library will be open from 3:00pm-9:00pm on the 16th.

Fairfield University honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. each year, in January, through a series of campus-wide events. This year the events will run from January 21st through January 30th. Details can be found here: https://www.fairfield.edu/about-fairfield/mission-values-history/diversity/mlk-celebrations/

For academic research on MLK, Jr, try using the databases and other resources listed here: Research Guide: Black Studies.

 

 

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January 6, 2017
by jkremer
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Navigating a Post-Truth World

The Oxford English Dictionary (ÔED) selected “post-truth” as its 2016 Word of the Year, beating out such words as alt-right, coulrophobia (an extreme or irrational fear of clowns) and Latinx (a gender-neutral Latino or Latina) as words that showed dramatic increased usage in 2016. The ÔED defines post-truth as “‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’” Now let’s think about this term for a minute: Does “post-truth” accurately reflect the zeitgeist of our times or is its spike in usage an election year fad? I venture the opinion that it is the former and that post-truth thinking will shape our society for many years to come. I am not alone in my opinion. For example, see William Davies’s “The Age of Post-Truth Politics” and David Ignatius’s “In Today’s World, The Truth Is Losing.” This issue poses significant challenges for those of us in higher education. How do we educate our students to be global citizens and agents of change if our culture no longer views the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion as a worthwhile pursuit and even questions the existence of objective fact?

To read more of this piece written by Jackie Kremer and appearing on Fairfield University's ThinkSpace blog, go here.

 

 

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