June 23, 2017
by Jackie

DNL Librarians Share Work Designing Learning Program

Jeremiah Mercurio and Barbara Ghilardi at CT Information Literacy Conference

Librarians Barbara Ghilardi and Jeremiah Mercurio presented at at the 2017 Connecticut Information Literacy Conference The IL Connection: From How We Learn to Now We Learn in June, 2017.

Their presentation, developed with librarian Matt Bernstein, was entitled Building & Evaluating 21st Century Learning: ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy as a Tool for Enhancing Assessment.  The presentation focused on the process instruction librarians at Fairfield University went through in redesigning the Library's Information Literacy program.  The goal of the redesign was to incorporate learning activities that appeal to first-year students and to determine how ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy could help develop new learning outcomes that better fit 21st-century learners.  Armed with two years of assessment data, these librarians demonstrated what their students are learning and the challenges associated with assessing Framework-based outcomes in the one-shot model, with strategies for revising the program moving forward.

To learn more about DiMenna-Nyselius Library's Instruction program, go to https://www.fairfield.edu/library/services/instruction/



June 19, 2017
by Riham Majeed

Pride Month at DNL

New initiatives like More Color More Pride have been making efforts to be inclusive within the LGBTQ+ community. Pictured above is a Pride flag with two new colors, recognizing people of color.

In celebration of Pride Month, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library is highlighting the LGBTQ+ authors, artists and musicians in our collection. Visit our display on the main level to check out a few works by LGBTQ+ creatives from our catalog.

Here are just a few featured:

Audre Lorde- Sister Outsider- This collection of fifteen essays bring light to Lorde’s intellectual and philosophical concerns about marginalized women, creating a dialogue on race, sex and economic status.

Radclyffe Hall- The Well of Loneliness- This honest portrayal of lesbian love almost ruined Hall’s literary career, but now stands as an LGBTQ classic.

Shelley Rice and Lynn Gumpert- Inverted Odysseys- Discover the way Claude Cahun, an openly gender non-conforming photographer, operated in 19th century France as she redefined gender identity.

Against Me!- Transgender Dysphoria Blues-, Against Me!’s record explores the self-discovery of the bands journey through the DIY music industry, as well as trans vocalist Laura Jane Grace’s identity.


June 12, 2017
by Riham Majeed

Staff Summer Reading Picks

Summer is upon us and the library staff have recommended a few summer reads. Ranging from historical fiction to science non-fiction, the staff have selected something for everyone. Come visit the main level of the library, where you’ll see the books on display, and check one out with your StagCard. Here are some highlights:

Sylvia Hurlburt: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is a hilarious depiction of the clash between old money and new money as three super-rich Chinese families enact a storm of drama when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

Mat Blaine : The Collected Works of Billy the Kid  by Michael Ondaatje is a funny yet terrifying depiction of history and myth through the fictional character William Bonney a.k.a. “Billy the Kid,” and his collage of poetry and prose, layering of photos, illustrations and “clippings.”

Nina Peri: The Importance of Living Yutang Lin is a witty antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world through classic Chinese philosophy that reminds readers to savor life’s simple pleasures.

Christina McGowan: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury tells the story of a magical, timeless summer in ‘28 in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.

Sharon Sparkman: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben shares the authors deep love of woods and forests. Through the fascinating subject of the science behind the unknown life of trees, readers learn how they communicate like human families.


Here are all the other books hand picked by the staff:

Grace Bissenden: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Curtis Ferree: This One Summer  by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki and SPQR by Mary Beard
Nina Peri: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Matt Bernstein : Northwest Passage by Kenneth Lewis Roberts
Lisa Thornell: We Were Liars by E Lockhart
Mat Blaine: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Robert Hoyt: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn


June 5, 2017
by Riham Majeed
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Films that will Transport you Places!

Are you traveling anywhere this summer? Take a trip with the DiMenna-Nyselius Library’s DVD collection to a destination far away. Visit the library’s film collection and pick out a film from our display featuring some of our best destination movies (popcorn included).

Here are some of our favorites including two streaming films from our library database, Kanopy:


Little Miss Sunshine- Take a road trip to sunny California with the dysfunctional Hoover family. Follow their tumultuous travels as they attempt to realize little Olive’s dream of winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

Manakamana- A trip that was once a multi-day trip, now just a 10 minute cable car ride away, watch as various travelers and their stories from the village of Manakamana in Nepal reach an ancient mountaintop temple.

Mamma Mia!- In this musical tale, Sophie plans on having a destination wedding on a Greek island, but decides to invite three of her mother’s past lovers in attempt to discover who her real father might be.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert- Two drag queens and a transgender woman leave the safety of Sydney, Australia to travel across the desert to perform at a drag show, but not without an array of crazy and comedic adventures on the way.

The Hitch-hiker- Two middle-class homebodies take a vacation to Mexico for what they thought would be a fishing trip, but endure a tension-packed dance of death as their lives are taken over by a psychopathic serial killer.

2 Days in Paris- In attempt to repair their tattered relationship, Jack and Marion travel to the romantic Paris, home of Marion’s many ex-boyfriends. (Online)

Antarctic Edge 70 Degrees South- Join a group of world-class scientists as they explore the fastest warming place on Earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. (Online)




June 1, 2017
by Jackie
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75 Anniversary Exhibit at Library and at Fairfield Town Museum

Fairfield U @ 75: Building Our History

Come join us in celebrating Fairfield University's 75th anniversary by visiting the Library's exhibit up now through August 15, 2017. The exhibit itself consists of three micro-exhibits.

One lobby showcases features original architectural renderings of some of our best known buildings on campus, including the Faculty Office Building (now Donnarumma Hall), the Campus Center (now the John A. Barone Campus Center) and the Center for Financial Studies (now the Dolan School of Business).

The other lobby showcase is a celebration of the library itself, featuring figures from the life-size hammered bronze screen by artist Lumen Martin Winter that used to be on display in the original 1968 building.

The third micro-exhibit is called Campus Roads: Putting a Face to the Name, and can be seen in the four lobby glass cases and two glass cases on the library main floor. Each case features an inset map of roads on campus that are named in honor of former staff and faculty, with a photo and explanation of how they contributed to the legacy of Fairfield University.

Then drive on down to the Fairfield Museum and History Center to see the exhibit :  Fairfield University, 1942-2017: A Proud Past, An Amazing Future, running from May 11-June 30. More information is here.

Want to learn EVEN MORE about Fairfield University's history?  Check out our 75th Anniversary Timeline.