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


July 25, 2017
by Jackie
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NY Times and Wall St. Journal Access

 Are you struggling to keep up with all the BREAKING NEWS?

Your library offers DIGITAL subscriptions  to the Wall Street Journal & The New York Times. Download the apps and read directly on your phone or ipad.

Go to now for complete directions on how to sign up, or email the Reference Desk at for assistance.

"Libraries are directly and immediately involved in the conflict which divides our world, and for two reasons; first, because they are essential to the functioning of a democratic society; second, because the contemporary conflict touches the integrity of scholarship, the freedom of the mind, and even the survival of culture, and libraries are the great tools of scholarship, the great repositories of culture, and the great symbols of the freedom of the mind."
—Franklin D. Roosevelt

July 24, 2017
by Riham Majeed
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July 24th: Amelia Earhart Day!

Today, July 24th is Amelia Earhart Day.

The first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart set incredible feats as an aviator. Of the countless record-breaking flights she navigated, she set the highest Women’s World Altitude record in 1922,  was the first person to fly the Atlantic twice in 1932, and was the first person to fly solo between Honolulu Hawaii and Oakland California in 1935. She was critical to the formation of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization for female pilots.



Check out the New York Times Historical database through access to the DNL for more newsworthy accomplishments she set!

You can watch the A&E film Amelia Earhart:Queen of the Air here.

Check out her print book Last Flight, originally released in 1937; this book was compiled after her disappearance by her husband George Palmer Putnam from her letters, diary entries, notes and pilot's logbook.


July 12, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
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The Afterlife of a DNL Dust Jacket

Every time the library adds a new physical book  to the collection, the dust jacket (also called a book jacket, dust wrapper, or dust cover) is removed. This is a standard practice at many academic libraries.  So, what happens to the dust jacket? Many libraries discard or recycle them in the trash. Not the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

For the past year library catalogers have been accumulating the dust jackets and contacting Professor Jo Yarrington, Professor of Visual & Performing Arts at Fairfield University. Professor Yarrington ships the packed box of dust jackets (or several boxes) to an artist in St. Louis, MO, who incorporates them into his work. The artist is Buzz Spector.

According to the artist's bio, Buzz Spector's work "makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception". Spector's artwork has been shown in such museums as the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Writers as others 2, 2014, collaged dust jacket elements on handmade paper, 8.5 x 8.5 inches. Image from Marsha Mateyka Gallery.

You might ask, what is so fascinating about a dust jacket? In a 2015 lecture entitled "Dust Jacket Expressionism" at Mount St. Mary's University Spector highlighted their aesthetic value and argued that the dust jacket is one of the most crucial parts of selling and marketing the book. The cover, to the plot blurb, author’s biography and picture must be presented in a way that attracts readers and persuades them to purchase the book. Some of these elements might be cut and arranged into collages, or text placement could turn into an original piece of poetry. Spector stated “I’m destroying the book in the course of making my work, and proposing that the artifact has value of a different order than the value of the writing.”

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library is not the only library providing dust jackets. Buzz Spector's network of libraries is vast which means he has a wide range of materials to work with.

Students in Professor Yarrington's SA 136: Investigating Text & Image classes gather inspiration from Spector and other artists such as Doug Beube and Brian Dettmer to create their own book works. The students are often told about the dust jacket recycling efforts (the library and faculty member as collaborator with the art world), which surprises and intrigues them.

About the Author 4, 2016
collaged dust jacket elements
on handmade paper,
8.5" x 8.5". Image from Zolla/Liberman Gallery

Tower, 2016
collaged dust jacket elements
on handmade paper with acrylic,
52" x 38". Image from Zolla/Liberman Gallery