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This Week in Reference: Masons and Self-Esteem

by Jennifer Schwartz 7/18/2014 2:39:00 PM
Welcome back to This Week in Reference!

Topics coming to us this past week include:
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Masonic Membership
  • Hummingbirds and artificial feeders
  • Chagas disease
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

A student needed help finding an article about environmental science that related to her major, which in this case, was creative writing.  The librarian, undaunted, started with the Environmental Sciences Research Guide, and demonstrated how to find information in the databases Environment Complete and Academic Search Complete together.  They searched for “vocabulary or writing or rhetoric or language* or composition” AND environmental sciences (as a subject term) and were able to find quite a few promising articles.

A librarian was asked for help locating scholarship about self-esteem for a business psychology class.  The student was hoping to demonstrate the importance of self-esteem for entrepreneurs, specifically in developing countries.  The librarian started with the Management Research Guide and they searched in Business Source Complete for terms “self-esteem” and “success in business”, as subject headings.  The librarian also suggested some books, including The Power of Self-Esteem, published by the American Management Association.
This Week in Reference:  July 6 - July 12, 2014

Illiad Service System Update - July 19th

by Jim LeFager 7/18/2014 9:00:00 AM

The ILLiad server will be down for maintenance on Saturday July 19, from 9PM to 1AM. There will be no access to your ILLiad account during that time. We expect service to be available again following the update, at 1AM. 


Illiad Interlibrary Loan Service Down

by Jim LeFager 7/14/2014 9:21:00 AM

Update - Monday, July 12th

The Illiad interlibrary loan service has been restored. 


Original Announcement

The Illiad interlibrary loan service is currently unavailable.  We are working with the vendor to restore access as soon as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience.  


Library Catalog Downtime - Saturday July 12th

by Jim LeFager 7/10/2014 4:07:00 PM

The DePaul Library Catalog and the I-Share Catalog will be offline Saturday, July 12th, from 4am - 12pm while UIUC campus networking staff perform a hardware upgrade to the Production CARLI Data Center. This downtime will also affect the availability of items showing in WorldCat Local. We expect availabilty of all of systems to be available following the update at 12:00pm on Saturday.  

During this update

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Lab Computer Reductions

by Jim LeFager 7/9/2014 10:22:00 AM
As part of the continued budget planning and review of public computer labs on the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses, Information Services has retired additional public workstations in the John T. Richardson Library.  Shortly after the start of the first Summer Quarter, 21 public workstations were removed from the 2nd floor of the John T. Richardson Library open computer lab, leaving a total of 47 public workstations in this space.   There were no additional reductions to the Loop Library computer labs at this time.  Public workstations will continue to be available in both libraries, including over 60 workstations (PC and Mac) available in the John T. Richardson Library Information Commons and over 70 PC workstations available in the Loop Library.  Details on information technology available in the DePaul University Library may be found in our Guide to Library Information Technology.
Questions or comments about information technology in the library may be directed to the DePaul University Library or to Information Services.

31 Days of Zines: Celebrate International Zine Month

by Michelle McCoy 7/9/2014 9:00:00 AM

Fizzies from Snackbar Confidential, 1972, Kathy Moseley Zine Collection Snackbar Confidential, 1972, Kathy Moseley Zine Collection

Included among the 31 ways that the Stolen Sharpie Revolution’s website names for celebrating International Zine month is visiting a zine library. Did you know that you can do this right here at the DePaul University Library? Special Collections and Archives currently serves as the repository for fifteen different collections of zines. With titles like Antimatter, Love Songs for Psychopaths, Space Monkey Vertigo, and Snackbar Confidential, who wouldn’t be enticed to take a peak?
Named for the individuals who donated the materials, each of the zine collections at DePaul are comprised of a mixture of genres that were acquired through creation, purchase, swap, or gift. Short for magazine or fanzine, these do-it-yourself publications boldly engage the reader in comics, music, literature, personal interests, and social issues. By most accounts, the term “zine” acquired wide usage by the 1970s. Others, however, point to the evolution of zine culture from the science fiction fans who wanted a forum to express their thoughts and communicate with each other and began to develop this medium in the 1930s.  
Cyclpos (fanzine), 1976, Heath Row Zine Collection King Kong from fanzine, Cyclops, 1976, Heath Row Zine Collection

While the fanzine tradition endures, the zine concept has expanded greatly. In fact, no topic is too outrageous or off-bounds for most zinesters. This is just one aspect that makes zines such a rich resource for anyone who wants to gauge opinions on subjects outside of what is chosen to be published by established or mainstream media. As a primarily self-produced venture, zines provide rich primary source territory for scholars to mine attitudes about popular culture, women and gender relations, social and political stances, or methods of alternative communication. From the 1970s onward, photocopiers and other technologies have made the creation of zines readily accessible and added more voices to the conversation. With such a large range of titles to choose from, reader’s guides of zine reviews (produced in zine form by zine peers) such as Xerography Debt or Media Diet, can help guide new initiates into the different zine scenes. 

In addition to DePaul’s bounty of paper zine publications, Heath Row’s handwritten journals and correspondence offer a rare behind the scenes glimpse at the world of zine authors and reviewers.

Review zine, Xerography Debt, 2004, Kathy Moseley Zine Collection Page from zine review journal, Heath Row Zine Collection

 To learn more about the zine collections at DePaul, you can browse our Zine Collections or stop by Special Collections and Archives in Room 314.



Summer Reading Recommendations

by Alexis Burson 7/8/2014 6:01:00 PM

Finally have time to read a good book but aren't sure which to choose?   Don't despair, our library team is here to help you out.  Staff from Special Collections and Archives, Access Services, Reference, Document Delivery, Web Services and Acquisitions have briefly set aside processing, cataloging, building archival collections, checking out books, reshelving, managing student workers, processing interlibrary loan requests, updating the website and offering research assistance to help you find an interesting book this summer!  Visit our Summer Reading Recommendations exhibit on display all summer at the 1st floor of the John T. Richardson Library.   Whether you like fiction, non-fiction, young adult lit or graphic novels, there's something for nearly every interest. 

If you can't make it in this summer, visit our Summer Reading Recommendation board on Pinterest.  


Saint Vincent's Reading List LIV: Vincent's Political Know-How

by Rev Edward R Udovic CM 6/30/2014 9:30:00 AM

La Cour de Rome la Saincte, ou Traité des Cérémonies et Coustumes qui s'Observent dans la Ville de Rome, by Claude Vaure. Paris: Chez Nicolas Buon, 1623. 


Vincent de Paul was a savvy politician. This part of his personality and his work is certainly under-appreciated. Monsieur Vincent understood precisely how to navigate the daunting maze of laws, institutions and power relationships of Church and State in seventeenth century France. He knew that if he and his followers were to create effective and sustainable solutions to address the poverties that so characterized his age, or to bring about the desperately needed reform of the Catholic Church that there was no alternative to working through and within these systems.

Vincent understood that the pure ideals and rhetoric advocating for systemic societal and ecclesial change always has to contend with the hard realities of law, culture, privilege, narrow self-interest and the defenses of the status quo. So for Vincent de Paul, realistically navigating through these political processes to effect change was a necessary means to a desired end.  

Being a sharp student of human nature, Vincent de Paul also understood that his entry into the political processes of his age had to be guided by the authenticity of his faith and values. He relied on these to morally guide him in finding the compromises that are always necessary to a greater or lesser extent when one tries to wrest change from institutional and personal power bases. They always provided him a line he was careful never to cross.

Vincent de Paul had to navigate not just through the maze of laws, institutions and power relationships of 17th century France, but also through the corresponding maze of papal laws, institutions and power relationships that characterized what he always referred to as the "Court of Rome." Even though the king of France exercised an effective control over the Catholic Church in France, this was an authority shared with the papacy.  Such uneasy power-sharing had been laid out by the Concordat of Bologna in 1516.

The 17th century Vatican, image courtesy of Albion Prints

Simply put, those religious affairs which were primarily the responsibility of the crown, i.e. the appointment of bishops, still required papal approval. The king could appoint bishops, but only the pope could confer their spiritual authority. The pope could legislate for the Church, but no papal legislation could take effect in France without royal approval.

Vincent thus needed an in-depth knowledge of how to navigate through both the court of the King of France and the papal court in Rome. This knowledge had to extend both to the organizational charts of these power authorities, as well as to the personalities who filled the administrative offices on behalf of the king and the pope at any given time.

The present volume, printed in France during Vincent's lifetime, lays out some of the intricacies of the operations of the papal court.



St. Vincent's Reading List is a recurring blog series exploring texts known to have been read and recommended by Saint Vincent de Paul, those which can be presumed to have been read by him, and works published during his lifetime (1581-1660) illustrating his world. All materials discussed are held by DePaul University’s Richardson Library. The entire series may be viewed here.


This Week in Reference: Joan of Arc and Gaudi

by Jennifer Schwartz 6/27/2014 1:33:00 PM
Joan of Arc The finals frenzy has passed, but we’ve still been answering interesting reference questions!  Some topics to come to the research help desks this week include:
  • Guilt vs. Shame
  • Frances Willard
  • The trial of Joan of Arc
  • Christian themes in The Matrix (film)
  • Invasive rats in Ireland
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

Barcelona and Modernity A student was looking for material about Tim Burton for a philosophy class.  The librarian first suggested the book Burton on Burton.  They used the “Click for more information on this title” link to read a summary of the book, making sure it would be a good fit for the paper.  Then, the librarian suggested searching in the Film and Television Literature Index with the terms: Tim Burton and (themes OR interviews).
We were pinged on IM for help researching the personality of Antoni Gaudi.  The librarian pointed out the Art History Research Guide, and helped search for books, finding: Barcelona and Modernity: Picasso, Gaudi, Miro, Dali, and Living Gaudi, the Architect’s Complete Vision.  They were also able to find biographical information in the journal literature, through an ‘all databases’ EBSCO search by subject for Gaudi.
This Week in Reference: June 8 - June  14, 2014 



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