Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Text an LNDL Librarian

In December 2008, we debuted a new service -- you could send us a text to ask a question. The hack we used to capture and respond to text messages was buggy and difficult for customers to use, and over the summer we decided to try something new.

You can now text the Research Assistance desk at (410) 929-6876. You might notice this isn't quite a campus number -- that's because we're using Google Voice to provide this service. This is still a hack, rather than a fully-supported system, and so it's not perfect. The back-and-forth can be slow, and if we're closed you won't get a message back telling you that. But, we hope that it's at least easier to use!

Please keep in mind that we can only answer texts when the Research Assistance Desk is open. That's until 9:30pm, unless the whole library closes earlier that day. And remember that this is a text-only number. If you'd like to call us, you'll want to dial (410) 617-6802.

Please note that your carrier may charge you for text messages sent and received, and that the library is not responsible for these charges.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

National Visionary Leadership Project

The Loyola ▪ Notre Dame Library is pleased to announce the donation of tapes and transcripts of interviews of many notable African American Visionaries that were recorded by the National Visionary Leadership Project. The subjects of these interviews have shaped American history in many different ways and come from all walks of life; some of these Visionaries are nationally recognized leaders, while others are known primarily in their local communities. LNDL is cataloging the materials and placing them on reserve for use by students, including those taking courses in Loyola’s new African and African American Studies minor.

The library’s holdings include videos of full-length interviews with Quincy Jones and Coretta Scott King (see clips below), among many others. Transcripts of many of the interviews are also available. The interviews cover everything from their thoughts on leadership and the civil rights movement, to anecdotes from childhood.

In addition to the acquisition of this collection, the faculty of the Loyola African and African American Studies minor are co-sponsoring an inaugural lecture by Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of NAACP, on September 29. For details and to RSVP, please visit the website for the AAAS minor.

Coretta Scott King on her childhood:

Quincy Jones on America’s racial future:

Friday, September 3, 2010

Medical Baltimore: A Visit with Dr. Paul McHugh

Join us for the first in a Baltimore authors lecture series, sponsored by the Friends of the Loyola ▪ Notre Dame Library. Our first speaker is Dr. Paul McHugh,
Distinguished Professor and long-time Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. McHugh, a dynamic lecturer, will speak on his book “The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry” followed by questions, discussion and a reception.

The lecture will be held in the Loyola ▪ Notre Dame Library’s Ridley Auditorium on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm. Light refreshments will be available. RSVP to Alison Cody at (410) 617-6835 or /

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Change to Alumni & Community Borrowing

Beginning October 1, in order to borrow books, alumni and community borrowers will be required to obtain a library card by joining the Friends of the Loyola ▪ Notre Dame Library. A one-year membership begins at $25, and will enable you to check out up to 10 books for 6 weeks. It will also give you access to a variety of cultural programming throughout the year. For details and to obtain a card, please visit the Friends of LNDL webpage or stop at the Customer Services desk.

This change will not affect current students, faculty or staff of College of Notre Dame or Loyola University; nor will it impact students at local colleges and universities with whom we have reciprocal borrowing agreements. To check if your school offers reciprocal borrowing priveleges, please visit our Other MD Libraries contact page, and look to see if your institution is starred.