August 12, 2016
by Brendan McNamara
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“Grey Gardens” on Kanopy

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Little Edie outside of the Grey Gardens

Award-winning actress, Jessica Lange said, “For me, nothing has ever taken precedence over being a mother and having a family and a home.”  Apart from her real-life role as a mother of three, Lange has played many iconic mother roles from Mary Tyrone in Long Days Journey Into Night to Carly Marshall in the Academy Award winning Blue Sky.  Though arguably none of Lange's mother roles were as unique and original as Big Edie Beale in the 2009 HBO film Grey Gardens.  Based on the cult classic documentary of the same name, Lange was praised for her performance as the hermit matriarch of the Beale family.  Both versions of Grey Gardens, the documentary and the television film, are must-sees, and are available through the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

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Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange in the "Grey Gardens" television movie

Aunt of the great Jackie Onassis-Kennedy, Big Edie and her daughter Little Edie were “high-society drop-outs” who ditched their upscale, aristocratic life to live in the their Long Island summer home/estate Grey Gardens. The beautiful stately Grey Gardens, under the Beale women’s care fell into a state of disarray and disrepair (including trash-filled rooms, virtually no pluming, and flea and raccoon infestations) that brought much attention to Big and Little Edie.  The two women are now iconic not just for their dramatic life-change from upper-class socialites to recluses but are remember for their unique fashion and philosophies that have made the two classic cult characters.  In 1976, Albert and David Maysles wrote a unique documentary titled Grey Gardens which highlights the lives of Big and Little Edie.  Listed on Sight and Sound’s Top 10 Documentary Films of All-Time, Grey Gardens has inspired many spin-off works including a 2006 Broadway musical which starred Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson and a 2009 television film starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.

The iconic documentary, Grey Gardens, is available through the library’s video streaming services.  The Lange/Barrymore television film is also available through the library’s DVD collection.  Both films are a must for all history, fashion, and documentary film fans.

Be sure to check out  Grey Gardens, and more streaming films like it by accessing the Library’s streaming videos at: http://librarybestbets.fairfield.edu/imagevideoresearch/video.  Also, be sure to come into the library and explore our DVD collection.

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August 9, 2016
by Brendan McNamara
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National Book Lovers Day — August 9th!

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Today is National Book Lovers Day!  Come on in and grab your favorite book to celebrate.

Need a recommendation? Check out what our library staff recommended--click the titles to get the call number and check them out of our University Library.

Elise Bochinski recommends Lewis Caroll's classic Alice in Wonderland.

Roxann Riskin suggests trying Letters to the Father: Suor Maria Celeste to Galileo by Dava Sobel

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami is Matt Blaine's favorite book.

Jonathan Hodge loves Raymond Carver stories.  He recommends Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories.

Matthew Bernstein loves William Faulkner's challenging book As I Lay Dying.

Nina Peri hopes you try Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness from food-blogger Sasha Nina. Check your local library for this one.

Christina McGowan thinks you should try Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.

Barbara Ghilardi is celebrating today by reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Hayley Battaglia suggests Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Stephanie Parry is reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Jill Massari hopes you try Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is Robert Hoyt's favorite book.

Curtis Ferree recommends Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's landmark novel 100 Years of Solitude.

Jackie Kremer's favorite is Michael Chabon's novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

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August 2, 2016
by Brendan McNamara
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“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” on Kanopy

In 2011, legendary Hollywood producer Scott Rudin sponsored a film-adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s acclaimed novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, and Christopher Plummer.  The film went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Film Editing. (The film also won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.)  The popularity of these film is not unprecedented as the crime-thriller is jam-packed with themes of betrayal, despair, violence, and death.  What many who have seen this film don’t know is that Rudin produced this version upon seeing a Swedish adaptation of the novel in 2009 directed by acclaimed Danish director Niels Arden Oplev.  The 2009 version of the film (which is in Swedish with English subtitles) won many award in Europe and North America including Best Film Not in the English Language at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in 2010.

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The DiMenna-Nyselius Library is now streaming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (the trilogy of Swedish all based on Steig Larsson's Millennium series) through Kanopy—a video streaming database available to all students/faculty/staff.  If you loved the 2011 version with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, you must check out this 2009 film starting Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace. If you call yourself a "Dragon Tattoo" fan, you should certainly see Adren Oplev's interpretation--one many die-hard fans prefer to the American version.

Be sure to check out more films like  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by accessing the Library’s streaming videos at: http://librarybestbets.fairfield.edu/imagevideoresearch.  Other films in the Millennium series can be found here: https://fairfield.kanopystreaming.com/video/girl-dragon-tattoo-trilogy.

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July 29, 2016
by jkremer
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New Academic Integrity Tutorials

Librarians have created new academic integrity tutorials. These tutorials:

1) emphasize the importance of academic integrity as critical to membership in our Jesuit community,
2) foster mindsets that fully participate in scholarly conversation by engaging sources effectively and ethically, and
3) support the development of skills needed to avoid plagiarism.

The Library currently has four versions of the academic integrity tutorial:

  1. Academic Integrity Tutorial for FYE Students - embedded in Blackboard for all FYE students.
  2. Academic Integrity Tutorial for Undergraduates – includes a post tutorial quiz with results sent to professor
  3. Academic Integrity Tutorial for ESL Students - embedded in Blackboard for all ESL Engineering students
  4. Academic Integrity Tutorial for Graduate Students – includes a post tutorial quiz with results sent to professor.

In support of the University’s academic integrity learning outcomes for all students, librarians Matt Bernstein, Barbara Ghilardi, Robert Hoyt, Jackie Kremer, and Witt Meesangnil have created an open source, flexible and innovative academic integrity online tutorial.

This project represents a total redesign of the previous plagiarism avoidance tutorial, given in the past to students in the FYE program and ESL Engineering classes. These new academic integrity tutorials go beyond avoiding plagiarism, focusing more on academic honesty and integrity as fundamental to, and an inherent part of, a Jesuit education, in which teaching and learning are based on mutual respect.

Faculty - these tutorials are available for you to assign to your classes.  Please email Jackie Kremer at jkremer@fairfield.edu if you would like to discuss.

 

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