March 21, 2017
by Jackie

Event: Fake News! Media Skepticism and Democracy in the Digital Age

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library will be hosting a Panel Discussion:
Fake News! Media Skepticism and Democracy in the Digital Age
on Tuesday, March 28th at 4:00 - 5:30pm
at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Multimedia Auditorium on the lower level.

Image by Free Press Pics

Ebong Udoma
is WSHU's senior political reporter. He regularly contributes spot news to NPR, and has worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR's diversity initiative. Mr. Udoma has covered presidential visits and high profile political races. Prior to joining WSHU in 1994, he was an award-winning reporter with the Connecticut Post.

Gayle Alberda, PhD, joined Fairfield University in 2016 as an assistant professor of Politics and Public Administration. Dr. Alberda teaches undergraduate American political science courses and graduate courses in Public Administration. Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Alberda’s work in politics included lobbying, party and campaign experience.

Matt Tullis, MFA is an assistant professor of English and digital journalism at Fairfield University. He is the host and producer of Gangrey: The Podcast, which focuses on narrative journalism and the reporters who write it. His book, Running With Ghosts: A Memoir of Surviving Childhood Cancer, will be available later this summer.

Melissa Zimdars, PhD is an assistant professor of Communication and Media at Merrimack College.  She is also the author of the forthcoming book Watching Our Weights (Rutgers University Press). After her media literacy lesson went viral, Dr. Zimdars began working with a team of librarians and computer programmers to create tools for navigating fake news and other “news” websites through the OpenSources project. Additionally, she is working on a co-edited anthology entitled Fake News, which brings together scholars who study media literacy, big data and technology, cultural studies, political science, and psychology, in order to examine the history and contemporary realities of fake, misleading, propagandistic, and conspiratorial news.

David Gudelunas, PhD, professor of Communication and director of the School of Communication, Arts and Media, will moderate the conversation. Dr. Gudelunas will be introduced by Jesse Erickson ’17, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Fairfield University’s independent student newspaper, The Mirror.

Seating is limited and registration is required. The event is open to the public. To register for the discussion, visit:

Questions? Contact Jackie Kremer  at


March 13, 2017
by Jackie

Library Closed Tues. & Wed.

The Library will be closed Tues (3/14) & Wed (3/15) due to weather. Please check the Library's website for Thursday's hours.

Check out our online books available through our Library Catalog. For example, read the book Winter is Coming : the Medieval World of Game of Thrones and Snowball in a Blizzard : a Physician's Notes on Uncertainty in Medicine

Also, watch  streaming movies available from our two library databases: Films on Demand and Kanopy.  Just in time for St. Patrick's day, watch the streaming film "May the Road Rise to Meet You": The Irish-American Experience, and the Irish in America, an A&E Special about how the Irish shaped American culture.



March 3, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
Comments Off on “That’s What She Said”: Interactive Women’s History Month Display

“That’s What She Said”: Interactive Women’s History Month Display

Adapted from the Sacramento Public Library

In observance of Women's History Month during the month of March, on the main level of the Library take a few minutes with our "That's What She Said" interactive display. Guess which notable female authors are quoted on the large board and lift the quotes to view the author's name, image, and some background information.  Also on display (and available for check out) are books written by, or about, the authors.

Learn more about these accomplished women at the Library today!




March 1, 2017
by Jackie
Comments Off on St. John’s Bible and Ash Wednesday Passages

St. John’s Bible and Ash Wednesday Passages

St. John's Bible in cases on the lower level of Library. Photo credit: Matt Blaine

Today is Ash Wednesday and the St. John's Bible pages have been turned to reflect two Lenten related readings from the bible.

One is from the Old Testament, Isaiah 58:6-7

6 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

St. John's Bible. Page open to beginning of Mark's Gospel. Photo Credit: Matt Blaine

The other is from the New Testament, Gospel of Mark 1:12-15

12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."

We invite you to come on down to the Library on the lower level and see the 7 volumes of the St. John's Bible on display.