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2014 News Items

24 Hours Begin 04/21

April 21, 2014 -

O’Neill Library, will be open 24/7 beginning on Monday, April 21 & continue through Tuesday, May 13 at 11pm. Gargan Hall begins 24/7 starting Monday, April 21 at 5pm through Tuesday, May 13 at 5pm. Additional study space will be available at O’Neill Library during the 24/7.  Click here for a list of rooms & times they will be available for student use.

2014 GIS Contest Winners!

April 14, 2014 -

It is with great pleasure that the Boston College Libraries announce the winners of the Fifth Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College. The response this year was impressive in the relevance, variety of topics and the attention to social justice and environmental issues. Prizes were awarded to both graduate and undergraduate entries with a third place tie for graduate submissions. Click here to read more.

Faculty Publication Highlight!

April 4, 2014 -

Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment - edited by Professor Richard Lennan and Professor Nancy Pineda-Madrid - addresses both the possibility that hope offers and the capacity of hope to respond to the challenges that life presents to us all. What is particular to this book is that it offers a theology of hope. Click here to learn more!

Losing Sleep over Bibliographies?

April 1, 2014 -

If keeping track of citations and making bibliographies are stealing time from your other pursuits, sign up for these workshops coming up at O'Neill Library:
Citations: Why, When, How
RefWorks: Automate Citations!
Workshops begin April 7 & will be offered weekdays at various times through April 16.

BC GIS Contest deadline April 2nd, 2014

March 27, 2014 -

There is still time to submit your GIS project and win an Amazon gift certificate! Click here for contest rules. For more information click here.

Java Popup Issues

March 28, 2014 -

Users trying to access Blackboard or Agora from library computers may get a pop-up telling them to upgrade JAVA. This will be corrected during the summer when Blackboard is replaced by Canvas. In the meantime, users can just click through all of the messages & will be able to access the sites.

Faculty Publication Highlight

March 21, 2014 -

The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant by Dr. Dana Sajdi is about a barber, Shihab al-Din Ahmad Ibn Budayr, in Damascus in the 18th century. The barber may have been a "nobody," but he wrote a history book, a record of the events that took place in his city during his lifetime. Click here to learn more!

Elizabeth Hayward Collection of Ursuline Academy

March 14, 2014 -

A collection of primary source documents regarding a nineteenth century Boston-area fire is now online. The Elizabeth Hayward Collection of Ursuline Academy material held by the John J. Burns Library was recently digitized. Click here to learn more

Faculty Publication Highlight!

March 6, 2014 -

Andrew Sofer's new book, Dark Matter, maps the invisible dimension of theater whose effects are felt everywhere in performance. Examining phenomena such as hallucination, offstage character, offstage action, sexuality, masking, technology, and trauma, Sofer engagingly illuminates the invisible in different periods of postclassical western theater and drama. Click here to learn more!

New issue of the Libraries Newsletter

February 13, 2014 -

Read Tom Wall's announcement of the establishment of an Open Access Publishing Fund, a pilot program funded by the Provost's Office and administered by the University Libraries; Bridget Burke on the performance of Christobal de Morales' Missarum Liber Primus; Brendan Rapple on the database The Vogue Archive; Kevin Tringale on the growing number of exhibits sponsored by BC Libraries. These articles and more from the Boston College Libraries Newsletter.

2013 News Item

Faculty Publication Highlight!

December 16, 2013 -

Charles Corm - 6000 Years of Peaceful Contributions to Mankind is an annotated critical translation of Charles Corm's 6000 ans de génie pacifique au service de l'Humanité.  Dr. Salameh, the first Western researcher to be given access to Corm's Beirut archives and unpublished papers, has supplemented Corm's text with a foreword, introductory chapter, and historical commentary. Click here to learn more!

Alert: Fraudulent emails not from BC Libraries

December 4, 2013 -

Recent emails sent to the BC community about "expiring library credentials" are fraudulent. Do not click on the included link! The BC Libraries will never ask for your password in an email, and we will never include a login link in an email. If you have clicked on the link, please contact BC Information Technology Services.

24 Hours Begin 12/02

December 2, 2013 -

Beginning the evening of Monday 12/2, the O'Neill Library and Gargan Hall in the Bapst Library will be open 24 hours a day. 24/7 hours end midnight, Friday 12/20 at Bapst and 5pm, Saturday 12/21 at O’Neill. Click here for more info.

Elizabeth Hayward Collection of Ursuline Academy

November 27, 2013 -

A collection of primary source documents regarding a nineteenth century Boston-area fire is now online. The Elizabeth Hayward Collection of Ursuline Academy material held by the John J. Burns Library was recently digitized. Click here to learn more

Integritas, New Open Access Journal

November 5, 2013 -

The Division of University Mission and Ministry at Boston College is pleased to announce the launching of a new journal, Integritas, dedicated to exploring questions about the mission of Catholic colleges and universities in the twenty-first century. Read more about Integritas here.

Faculty Publication Highlight!

October 30, 2013 -

30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World offers a comprehensive survey of art in the ancient world. Over the course of 36 lectures, Professor Diana K. McDonald, an expert in ancient art history, takes you on a grand journey around the world to see some of the greatest works of art ever created and to explore the cultures that made them. Click here to learn more.

Illustrated London News Archive

October 30, 2013 -

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive provides online access to the entire run of the ILN from its first publication on 14 May 1842 to its last in 2003. Each page has been digitally reproduced in full color and every article and caption is full-text searchable with hit-term highlighting and links to corresponding illustrations. Facsimiles of articles and illustrations can be viewed, printed and saved either individually or in the context of the page in which they appear. For more information on the ILN database see the following recent article.

Energy: From the Last to the Next 150 Years

October 24, 2013 -

"Energy: From the Last to the Next 150 Years," a symposium presented as part of the Boston College Sesquicentennial, will focus on both an historical perspective on energy use and the importance of plotting a future course that is economically and environmentally sustainable. Created in support of this event, a new library research guide serves as a portal to a host of energy-related information resources available through the Boston College Libraries, and beyond.

Faculty Publication Highlight

October 15, 2013 -

In The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American, Min Hyoung Son has scrutinized more than one hundred works by emerging Asian American authors and having interviewed several of these writers, and argues that collectively, these works push against existing ways of thinking about race, even as they demonstrate how race can facilitate creativity. Click here to read more!

2013 Fall Library Newsletter

October 4, 2013 -

Read Tom Wall’s commentary on maintaining a balance between the traditional and the modern in library collections; Fr. Dick Blake on the recently digitized monograph series Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits; Virginia Reinburg on a new collaboration between the History Department and BC Libraries; David Richtmyer on a recent Burns acquisition, a German art magazine published by the Nazi Party; Jonas Barciauskas on redefining research collections in the digital age; Jane Morris on the escalating costs of textbooks; latest news from the Law Library; Brendan Rapple on information literacy and the core curriculum.  These articles & more from the Boston College Libraries Newsletter.

Faculty Publication Highlight!

October 3, 2013 -

In this ground-breaking book, I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah With Translation of Major Works, based on archival and field research and previously unknown historical evidence, Maxim D. Shrayer introduces the work of Ilya Selvinsky, the first Jewish-Russian poet to depict the Holocaust (Shoah) in the occupied Soviet territories. Click here to read more!

C21 Resources

September 24, 2013 -

C21 Resources, a service of Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center, is now available at, as a full-text searchable resource. Click here to read more!

World Scientific Publishing Trial

September 13, 2013 -

Over 5,000 e-Books from World Scientific Publishing are on trial at Boston College Libraries through October 16th in a wide array of subjects. Try them out and send us your feedback.

New Scholarly Communication Blog

September 6, 2013 -

The Boston College Libraries have moved Scholarly Communication News@BC to a new blog platform. Scholarly Communication News aims to keep the BC community updated on developments in copyright and intellectual property, author rights, open access, new legislation, BC Library publishing initiatives and innovation in scholarly discourse and dissemination. Click here to read more!

Faculty Publication Highlight!

September 5, 2013 -

Dr. Arthur Lewbel's article "Children's Resources in Collective Households: Identification, Estimation, and an Application to Child Poverty in Malawi" has been published in the American Economic Review. Click here to read more!

Faculty Publication Highlight!

July 29, 2013 -

Dr. Peter Gray's book, Free to Learn, discusses how our children spend their days being passively instructed, and made to sit still and take tests-often against their will. We call this imprisonment schooling, yet wonder why kids become bored and misbehave. Even outside of school children today seldom play and explore without adult supervision, and are afforded few opportunities to control their own lives. Click here to learn more!

Noise Alert

June 10, 2013 -

Ongoing construction and First-Year Orientation activities may cause noise in parts of O'Neill Library. Quiet study is available on O’Neill floors 1 and 5 or in the Bapst Library.

Faculty Publication Highlight!

July 11, 2013 -

The Ecology of College Readiness: ASHE Higher Education Report by Dr. Karen D. Arnold discusses that despite extensive research, policies, and practical efforts to improve college readiness in the United States, a large proportion of low-income students remain unprepared to enter and succeed in higher education. Click here to read more.

New Database for European Companies

June 20, 2013 -

Amadeus contains comparable financial information for public and private companies across Europe. The BC subscription includes about a million very large companies. The Libraries have access for one year.

Faculty Publication Highlight

May 22, 2013 -

Dr. Christopher G. Frechette book, Mesopotamian Ritual-prayers of "Hand-lifting," is about a rubric that names a class of ritual-prayers written in cuneiform, but the rubric and the rituals are about something much less esoteric: the role of recognition in a human's relationship with the divine. Click here to read more!

2013 Summer Library Newsletter

May 15, 2013 -

Read Tom Wall’s commentary on the renewed emphasis by BC Libraries on scholarly communication and open access; Sue Barrett on the "Apprenticeship in College Teaching", a new program offered by the Connors Family Learning Center for grad student teaching assistants and fellows; Greg McMahon and Barbara Hebard on the work of the two student Bookbuilders of Boston scholarship recipients in the Burns Library; Brendan Rapple's contention that open access to scholarship is an ethical imperative; Jonas Barciauskas on the new full-text downloading feature of HathiTrust. These articles & more from the Boston College Libraries Newsletter.

Faculty Publication Highlight

May 6, 2013 -

In Cancer as Metabolic Disease, Dr. Thomas Seyfried presents an alternative origin of cancer based on the theories of Otto Warburg, wherein cancer is viewed as a disease of cellular metabolic dysfunction due to damaged mitochondria. In addition to pointing to new directions of research, Dr. Seyfried elaborates on a non toxic mode of treatment. Click here to read more.

BC joins the NDLTD

May 3, 2013 -

The Boston College University Libraries recently joined the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), an international group dedicated to the use and dissemination of electronic theses and dissertations. Click here to read more.

Faculty Publication Highlight!

April 24, 2013 -

Dr. Joy Field's new book, Designing Service Processes to Unlock Value, discusses how the service process design landscape is changing, with many of the previous limitations disappearing on how and by whom services are delivered. Opportunities for new service design configurations are being supported, to a large extent, by technology-enabled innovations. Click here to read more.

Access the HathiTrust Digital Library

April 19, 2013 -

Over 3 million volumes in the public domain are now fully available through the HathiTrust. Users can access HathiTrust Digital Library with their BC username and password and download full text PDFs. Users can also create and save personal collections of HathiTrust materials on the HathiTrust site. HathiTrust is a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. BC Libraries have been a member since the fall of 2011.

24/7 Hours Begin 04/22

April 22, 2013 -

Beginning the evening of Monday April 22nd, and continuing through the night of Monday, May 13, the O'Neill Library and Gargan Hall in the Bapst Library will be open 24 hours a day. Click here for more details about available study space.

Reading by Mikhail Shishkin

April 16, 2013 -

Boston College Libraries & the Slavic & Eastern Languages Department are hosting a reading and discussion with Mikhail Shishkin, an acclaimed Russian novelist.  The talk is on Tuesday, April 23th at 4:00pm in Thompson Room, Burns Library. For more information click here.

Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits

April 18, 2013 -

Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits is now available online as an open access journal through eScholarship@BC. Published in collaboration with the Boston College University Libraries, Studies is comprised of writings from the Seminar on Jesuit Spirituality. In the over forty years of archived volumes now accessible online to the public, authors discuss the spiritual doctrine and practice of Jesuits in great depth. This journal is among the growing number of open access publications now published through the Boston College University Libraries. Check out our complete list of Open Access Journals.

GIS Contest Winners

April 16, 2013 -

It is with great pleasure that the Boston College Libraries announce the winners of the 4th Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest. The response this year was so strong that our University Librarian, Tom Wall, determined that dual prizes are warranted in order to recognize the work of both graduate & undergraduate students. Posters of all entries will be on display in the library so please stop by & enjoy the great work of these students. For more info on the winners, click here.

Databases on Trial

April 12, 2013 -

Check out the list of databases on trial, try them out, and let us know what you think!

Faculty Publication Highlight!

April 2, 2013 -

During the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, Laos was positioned to become a major front in the Cold War. Yet American policymakers ultimately chose to resist communism in neighboring South Vietnam instead. Two generations of historians have explained this decision by citing logistical considerations. Click here to learn more!

James Jeffrey Roche Letters Digitized

March 28, 2013 -

The Boston College University Libraries have digitized the James Jeffrey Roche Letters which are now part of the Boston College University Libraries Digital Collections. Roche (1870-1908) was an Irish born journalist who edited The Pilot, published poetry and biographies, was highly active in Boston Irish society, and served as the United States Consul in Italy and Switzerland. Click here for more information.

4th Annual GIS Contest!

March 13, 2013 -

SUBMISSION DEADLINE April 04, 2013. Students are invited to present their GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Mapping work as part of a campus-wide celebration of geospatial research at Boston College. Prizes will be awarded to the top student entries which will be displayed in the O'Neill Library Reading Room on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Click here to read more.

New Banking Database

March 26, 2013 -

Bankscope contains detailed financial information for public and private banks.  It also includes rating reports and country risk ratings in addition to income and balance sheet information. The library has access to Bankscope for one year.

Faculty Publication Highlight!

March 22, 2013 -

Illegal. Undocumented. Remedial. DREAMers. All of these labels have been applied to immigrant youth. Using a combination of engaging narrative and rigorous analysis, this book explores how immigrant youth are included in, & excluded from, various sectors of American society. Click here to learn more.

Faculty Publication Highlight

March 11, 2013 -

Kay Lehman Schlozman's book, The Unheavenly Chorus, is the first book to look at the political participation of individual citizens alongside the political advocacy of thousands of organized interests - membership associations such as unions, professional associations, trade associations, and citizens groups, as well as organizations like corporations, hospitals, and universities. Click here to learn more.

Early CWP Research Online

February 28, 2013 -

The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy & the Boston College Libraries have made the Center’s early research available digitally for the first time. CWP is a multidisciplinary research center specializing in the study of spirituality, wealth, philanthropy, & other aspects of cultural life in an age of affluence. Click here to read more.

Labyrinth Walk for Prayer & Meditation

February 27, 2013 -

Take a break from studying and spend time in prayer & meditation while walking an indoor labyrinth! This simple Lenten installation in the Atrium Gallery of the Theology and Ministry Library continues the library's commitment to providing space for reflection and contemplation during the penitential seasons of Lent & Advent. Click here to learn more!

New Statistical Abstract Interface

February 25, 2013 -

Try the new ProQuest interface for one of the most frequently used statistical resources, Statistical Abstract of the United States. This compilation of government statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States includes historical statistics and some future estimates. Look for download options for spreadsheet and pdf formats.

O’Neill Reading Room Closed from 2pm-7pm

February 26, 2013 -

The O’Neill  3rd Floor reading room will be closed from 2pm to 7pm to host the talk How Technology can Facilitate Faculty & Student Engagement.

Guest Speaker: Anya Kamenetz

January 28, 2013 -

How Technology can Facilitate Faculty & Student Engagement
Guest Speaker: Anya Kamenetz

Anya Kamenetz offers a thoughtful and much-needed call to rethink higher education in a world of spiraling tuition costs, a 50 percent college drop-out rate, and a growing understanding that the one-size-fits-all college model is broken. Click here to learn more.

New Faculty Publication Highlight

February 19, 2013 -

In The Promise of Christian Humanism: Thomas Aquinas on Hope, Dominic Doyle discusses how the work of St. Thomas Aquinas, Charles Taylor, Nicholas Boyle, and others reveals the essential bond between the Christian virtue of hope and the life-affirming sensibilities of humanism. Click here to read more.

BC Libraries Spring Newsletter

January 30, 2013 -

Read Tom Wall’s commentary on the new Library system and catalog (Holmes); Professor Sarah Ross writing about her very successful experiment of having the students in her Core course visit Burns Library and use its resources; Brendan Rapple on the important collection of the papers of Coventry Patmore (1823-1896) in Burns Library. These articles & more from the Boston College Libraries Newsletter.

Digital Humanities & the Dialogue among Civilizations

January 31, 2013 -

The Institute for the Liberal Arts and The Boston College Libraries invite you to attend a presentation by Dr. Gregory Crane, Editor in Chief of the Perseus Project, Tufts University and Alexander von Humboldt Professor.  The event will take place on February 7, 2013 at 4:15pm in the Thompson Room, Burns Library. Registration is required.

BCPD’s Operation Identification Program

January 30, 2013 -

Boston College Police and the BC Libraries are sponsoring a program called Operation Identification Program. Operation Identification is a burglary/theft prevention program. The Operation ID program involves engraving property with an identifying number, such as a license as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. It also provides police with a way to identify property should it be stolen and recovered. Click here to learn more...

Publishing Strategies for Grad Students - 01/30/13

January 23, 2013 -

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the University Libraries will present a panel discussion, Publishing Strategies for Graduate Students, to provide students with tools and strategies to maximize the benefits of scholarly publishing. Click here for more information.

Faculty Publication Highlight

January 16, 2013 -

From jazz fantasy camp to running a movie studio; from a fight between an old guy and a fat guy to a fear of clowns — Dr. Carlo Rotella’s Playing in Time delivers good stories full of vivid characters, all told with the unique voice and humor that have garnered Rotella many devoted readers in the New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, and Washington Post Magazine, among others. Click here to learn more.

Advertise Your Campus Event!

January 15, 2013 -

Flat screen monitors located in the main lobby and adjacent to the level 1 entrance of O’Neill Library provide the ideal spot to publicize a campus event. Many faculty, staff, students and visitors enter the O’Neill Library each day and these highly visible locations will catch the eye of your target audience. The library welcomes content from campus groups - if you are having a poster made for display around campus, send us an image, using this online form, to advertise your event in the O’Neill Library.

Holmes Downtime

January 15, 2013 -

Holmes will be unavailable from 3am to 4am on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. All online databases and library services will be available as normal.