September 1, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
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Welcome New International Students!

New international students have arrived on campus this week for their orientation. Part of their welcome to Fairfield University includes a Library tour and information session. 45 students visited on Friday, September 1st and learned about research services, circulating materials, interlibrary loan, study rooms, ITS services, how to obtain course textbooks, and much more. Dr. Beth Boquet, English Professor and Head of the Writing Center, spoke to each tour group about the writing support available to students and walked them through how to set up an account to book appointments with Writing Center tutors.

Library and Writing Center staff had a great time meeting everyone and are looking forward to seeing the new students again soon!









August 28, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
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Welcome new Graduate Students!

The Library joined other departments at Grad Stag Day on Saturday, August 26th, to welcome over 100 new graduate students, and their family members. Many attended the two Library Info and Research Sessions in the Barone Campus Center. Students also stopped by the Library's table at the Resources Fair to talk to Matt Bernstein, Reference & Instruction Librarian, and pick up a library-branded coffee mug, bookmarks and buttons. Matt also made an appearance at the School of Nursing's recently renovated and state-of-the-art building to speak with a group of 47 nursing students about library resources.


If you are a new graduate student who missed the library info sessions at Grad Stag Day and would like to talk about library resources available to you, please contact Lisa Thornell, Student Engagement & Outreach Librarian



August 15, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
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Transforming Library Collections into Art

Yarrington, Jo, "The Weight of Public Opinion", 2017.

As the Library continues to reorganize collections this summer to better serve the student community, some dated materials have been weeded out of the collection and recycled. Jo Yarrington, Professor of Visual & Performing Arts at Fairfield University, has used several boxes of microfiche to create works of art. The microfiche Yarrington employs in her art was withdrawn from the Library collection due to the information being more readily available via library databases. 

Yarrington's "The Weight of Public Opinion", pictured here, uses bound microfiche of public opinion journals placed on a vintage weight scale. It will be on display at an upcoming exhibition, "Visual/Virtual", at the Noyes Museum of Art, NJ. The exhibition runs from August 25th through October 15th, 2017.

Interested in learning about other art projects that use recycled library materials? See the previous blog post, The Afterlife of a DNL Dust Jacket.




August 7, 2017
by Riham Majeed
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Wonder Woman at the DNL!

In lieu of the new Wonder Woman film starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins, the DNL is inviting students, faculty and community members to utilize the diverse form of resources we have on the groundbreaking superheroine.


Check out our collection of items on Wonder Woman, including streaming videos, ebooks, print books, graphic novels and journal articles.


“Diana Price”, better known as Wonder Woman, flew into existence in 1941 by creator William Moulton Marsten. An Amazonian princess originating from an island of women who lived apart from men for centuries, she landed in the U.S. to battle injustice and gender inequality. Her civilian disguise, a secretary named Diana Price, was made for the purpose of working in the U.S. military intelligence. Sculpted from clay by her mother Queen Hippolyta and given life by Greek goddess Aphrodite, she exists for and by the empowerment of women. An intelligent, strong, and beautiful superhero, Wonder Woman offers young girls and boys a role model for peace, justice and women’s rights.


Streaming Video:

Wonder Woman: The Untold Story of American Superheroines



Wonder Woman Chronicles by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter

Wonder Woman, Earth One by Grant Morrison

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

Wonder Woman by Meredith Finch and David Finch

Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello



Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 by Noah Berlatsky

Wonder Woman Unbound: the Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley and Johnathan Hahn

The ages of Wonder Woman: essays on the Amazon Princess in changing times by Darowski, Joseph J


Journal Articles:

“Lasso of Truth”: Rediscovering the Forgotten History of Wonder Woman by Irena Jurkovi?

Wonder Woman by Tina Snyder

The Search for Wonder Woman: An Autoethnography of Feminist Identity by Paige Averett


July 28, 2017
by Mat Blaine
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New Research Published on Football and Brain Disease

CTE Ollie Matson Courtesy NYTimes


Written by Matt Bernstein:

The ongoing relationship between the NFL and concussion safety took another important step on Tuesday when a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association strongly linked playing in the NFL with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that is found in individuals who suffer repeated blows to the head. The study examined the brains of 202 former football players from varying levels of experience from High School to the NFL. The researchers found CTE present in:

“3 of 14 high school (21%), 48 of 53 college (91%), 9 of 14 semiprofessional (64%), 7 of 8 Canadian Football League (88%), and 110 of 111 National Football League (99%) players.”

The study’s senior author, Dr. Ann McKee, has published extensively on head trauma in relation to sports. After the article was released she was interviewed by NPR and commented that "this is by far the largest [study] of individuals who developed CTE that has ever been described.” She noted that this study was significant in that it was limited to football, previous studies have focused on CTE and a wide variety of sports. While this study is a significant step in understanding the relation between CTE and football, McKee acknowledged the limitations of the convenience sample: “All the brains studied were donated … all the players in this study, on some level, were symptomatic. That leaves you with a very skewed population.”

The research article was quickly picked up by news outlets and a variety of sports media sources. ESPN reported that John Urschel, an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, retired at age 26 in response to this study as well as other CTE research. In a statement provided to NPR the NFL shared that they are, “committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries.”

This study adds to the growing outcry from the public for the NFL to toughen its stance on player safety, specifically with the treatment of head injuries. Head injuries among NFL players have been brought to the forefront most notably by the suicide of Junior Seau as well as the release of the film Concussion starring Will Smith.


Read the NY Times article analyzing the study

Remember to claim access to the NY Times trough the Fairfield University Library

Full article from the Journal of the American Medical Association

Check out Concussion starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin