Monday, April 28, 2014

Discussion Forum on May 13: Transforming Learning and Teaching

"Transforming Learning and Teaching in College and Beyond" Discussion Forum

The Loyola Notre Dame Library, with coordination by the USMAI Library Consortium, will host a discussion forum on May 13th, 2014, from 10:30 AM -12:30 PM in the Loyola Notre Dame Library's Ridley Auditorium. The invitational forum, "Transforming Learning and Teaching In College and Beyond," will provide perspectives from two local leaders in the transformation of teaching and learning:

M.J. Bishop, Ed.D., is the Director of the University System of Maryland's Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CIELT), which encourages and coordinates innovative practices among the 12 campuses of the state university system. She will discuss current CIELT initiatives and system-wide academic transformation efforts, and contextualize these with observations on external forces and opportunities for new partnerships in Maryland.

Aaron Presnall, Ph.D., is President of the Jefferson Institute, an independent research and education institute. He will provide details on some of the institute's work building and deploying digital tools for integration with research and education systems, including an overview of the new Advanced Distributed Learning initiative with multiple funders and partners.

Each presenter will speak for approximately 30 minutes, followed by approximately 30 minutes for questions after each presentation. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and think about potential ways that multi-institutional stakeholders such as libraries, departments, deans and administrators, faculty , and external partners can work together and attract support to accelerate teaching and learning transformations in Maryland’s colleges and universities.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Therapy Dogs at the Library April 28 & May 9

They're back! The library will once again be hosting some cuddly friends to help you "de-stress" right before finals. Pets on Wheels will bring the dogs - and a few of their volunteers are actually Loyola alums, so they're especially looking forward to the event.

Monday, April 28 & Friday, May 9
Library Gallery

See you then! We can't wait. 

For more information about Pets on Wheels, visit

Monday, March 10, 2014

Library Book Sale - April 11

Mark Your Calendars!


Friday, April 11
9am - 4pm
Loyola Notre Dame Library Gallery

Over one thousand books! Choose from a wide variety of subjects. We have both "academic" books and some more general reading, so there's something for everyone.

Paperbacks for $1
Hardbacks for $2

Cash only!

For more information, contact Katie Dehler (410.617.6814 or


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Digital Humanities Brown Bag Discussions

Want to learn about the Digital Humanities? Now you have the chance!

The library will host a series of three "brown bag" discussions this spring about our Digital Humanities projects. "Digital Humanities" is loosely defined as digital publishing that enables interaction, visualization, "mashups," or other enhancements that give new perspectives on scholarly materials.

Come learn about current trends and new methods, and exchange ideas with colleagues. The library will provide coffee, donuts, and the prospect of productive conversation. 


Thursday, February 27, 12:15-1:15

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Witt, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland

Dr. Witt will demonstrate some of his "progressive publishing" projects - digital editions of rare texts using structured markup. These methods allow the reader to do things like compare manuscript images to matching transcriptions or to detect differences among multiple editions in real time.

Thursday, March 20, 12:15-1:15

"Grab Bag"

This session we are planning for a wide-ranging discussion of Digital Humanities and consideration of examples, platforms, issues, and opportunities. If you plan to attend, please let us know, and feel free to bring up examples from the Digital Humanities - your work or any projects that you know of.

Wednesday, April 9, 12:15-1:15

"Media History Exchange"

We will look at the Media History Exchange, a forum funded by NEH for those interested in the history of media. The representative is Dr. Elliot King of the Communications Department. He and others with experience getting NEH funding for DH projects will share.

We will also be showing some new text analysis projects done for literature, using techniques like Topic Modeling. 

The discussion is also open to other themes people would like to bring up or share.

Projects discussed will include some that have been done by Loyola and Notre Dame faculty, as well as some by other universities and institutions. Notes taken during each session will be made publicly available after the event.  

We welcome all suggestions regarding the content and structure of these sessions, and we encourage you to mention these lunches to any of your colleagues that have an interest in Digital Humanities.   

For more information, contact Web Support Specialist John Breitmeyer in the Research & Instruction Department  ( or or Charles Lockwood, Head of Digital Services at the library ( or  If you can, send us an email letting us know of your plan to attend so we can make sure there is adequate seating.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Films on Demand: New Streaming Video Database

Introducing Films on Demand, the library’s new database of streaming videos! Choose from thousands of videos on wide-ranging subjects such as history, business, art, and education - just to name a few!

With Films on Demand, you can…

* Make clips
* Create playlists
* Use interactive video transcripts
* Embed videos
…and more

Click here to log in with your library barcode. Accessible to current Loyola and Notre Dame faculty, students, and staff.

Click here to access a PDF from Films on Demand for more detailed information.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Gallery Exhibit: "Book of Dreams: PostCards Home"

Coming Soon to the Library's Ferguson Gallery

Book of Dreams: 
PostCards Home

featuring the art of Sanzi Kermes 
curated by Geoff Delanoy

February 24 through April 4, 2014

Reception Thursday, Feb. 27, 5-7pm
Gallery Talk March 27, 12pm

Ferguson Gallery is pleased to present the art of Baltimore artist, Sanzi Kermes. In this exhibit, Book of Dreams: PostCards Home, multimedia artist Sanzi Kermes presents installation art, artist’s books, and prints, three components that comprise her vast artistic practice. 

PostCards Home is an installation in which the audience is invited to mail a postcard back to the artist, which then will be incorporated into a future edition of artists books. Completed books and prints presented in this exhibition document and present artist and audience interactions from the past decade.

Kermes’ Scrabble series explores the intersection of art and play by documenting Scrabble games the artist has played visually and linguistically through the printmaking process. An avid Scrabble player, Kermes started this project after a conversation with Minimalist artist Brice Marden in 2000. She says “Brice said he has a fixed set of parameters to guide his art practice – and that he subsequently has the freedom to break those parameters.  I began to think about that when I played Scrabble: a game with a fixed set of parameters, 100 tiles; 225 squares. How many variations from that beginning might occur?” This innovative series of prints is a creative record incorporating many facets of the game. Each set of prints is presented as an artist’s book.

Born in Pittsburgh, Kermes has lived and worked in England, where she received her Masters in Contemporary Fine Art Practice in 2008 from Leeds Metropolitan University. Her paintings were collected extensively while in the UK.  Kermes returned to Baltimore in 2009 and has since focused her practice on both painting and the making of artist books. She has exhibited widely in the UK and in the US at venues including Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Waldorf School of Baltimore, Minas Gallery, and Maryland Art Place.

Ferguson Gallery is open daily. Free admission. For hours and more information, visit

Friday, January 10, 2014

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship - February 14, 2014

Loyola Notre Dame Library
Celebration of Faculty Scholarship

Honoring works published by the faculties of

Notre Dame of Maryland University and
Loyola University Maryland from July 2012 to June 2013.

Friday, February 14, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Library’s Ferguson Gallery and Ridley Auditorium

Please join us for an exhibit of publications, refreshments, and faculty presentations. 
Presentations will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Loyola University Maryland Faculty Speaker:

Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, Department of Communication

Notre Dame of Maryland University Faculty Speakers:

Ms. Shelley Puhak, Department of English

Dr. Joseph Christopher Schaub, Department of Communication Arts

Please contact Jennie Ray for more information: 410.617.6835/ or