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During the month of December, Loyola Libraries staff make lists and check them twice. What are these lists about? Anything! You can look at past years’ lists here, and stay tuned for more lists all month long! Without further ado… Bridget’s Favorite Lesbian Films of the Decade 9. Disobedience (2017) If I created the tagline for this film it would be Two Rachels, One Bad Wig. Or Two Rachels, One Spit Take. 8. Wild Nights with Emily (2018) Finally, a film that shows the true queerness of Emily Dickinson and her life-long relationship with Susan, her brother’s wife. Mad respect to Emily for playing the long game here. 7. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2017) Is there a gayer crime than forging scandalous letters from dead celebrities? 6. Colette (2018) Keira Knightley is captivating playing the iconic French author, Colette. I have a theory that in every Keira Knightley role she plays a lesbian. Bend it Like Beckham? Gay. Pirates of the Caribbean? Gay pirate. Pride and Prejudice? She somehow made Lizzie Bennet even gayer. 5. Princess Cyd (2017) This is a criminally underappreciated coming of age queer film set in Chicago. There is a cute, blossoming romance between Cyd […]
During the month of December, Loyola Libraries staff make lists and check them twice. What are these lists about? Anything! You can look at past years’ lists here, and stay tuned for more lists all month long! Without further ado… Best of the Decade: Top 20 Films of the 2010’s By James Conley, Media Services Librarian The years from 2010-2020 have brought us a slew of new artistic achievements in cinema. Sure we’ve also had plenty of duds and schlocky cash-grabs, but we’ve also had the rise and endurance of entirely new sub-genres. The 2010’s were as much defined by franchise films like those of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Expanded Universe as they were by the deep diversity of first time directors and actors, taking chances to push the boundaries of genre film and to explode audiences’ expectations about what going to the theater meant. As more and more films and shows were released by and on platforms like Netflix and Amazon the worry of cinema becoming something for the small screen permeated the platforms of auteur directors and classicists. In the end we’ve found something of a hybrid- films produced by streaming services getting both a home […]
During the month of December, Loyola Libraries staff make lists and check them twice. What are these lists about? Anything! You can look at past years’ lists here, and stay tuned for more lists all month long! Without further ado… Emily’s 9 Coffee Hangouts for Concentration Need a change of scenery to get your studying groove back? Tired of running into everyone you know at Metropolis? Try these places with great drinks and chill vibes. 1. Emerald City Uptown 1224 W. Wilson Ave https://emeraldcitychicago.com/ Features an inventive coffee menu plus baked goods and a small selection of larger food options. This place has mostly low and high table seating, plus a few couch spots near a fireplace. Brick and wood give it a cozy feel, as does a jigsaw puzzle near the counter to entertain you while you wait. 2. Heritage Outpost Lawrence House 1020 W. Lawrence St https://www.heritagebicycles.com/pages/heritage-outpost-lawrence-house This incarnation of the Heritage Outpost/bicycle chain is only a small nook, but opens up onto the vintage-glamour lobby of the Lawrence House apartments. Choose to sit at long wooden tables or to sink into the richly-coloured tufted furniture. 3. Nighthawk 4744 N. Kimball Ave https://www.nighthawkchicago.com/ This craft coffee and cocktail […]
During the month of December, Loyola Libraries staff make lists and check them twice. What are these lists about? Anything! You can look at past years’ lists here, and stay tuned for more lists all month long! Without further ado… Jackie’s Top Five Best Fantasy Books of 2019 1. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow* Witty, sarcastic, and magical, The Ten Thousand Doors of January took me by the hand and led me, laughing, into its rich world with its first words. January is a unique heroine with powerful character-development and an even more powerful presence. Ten Thousand Doors has a depth of story-telling rarely found as its words wind their way through countless (10,000, or so) parallel worlds and a multi-generational search for belonging. There were even consistent, thoughtful comments on colonialism, classism, racism, art theft and looting- basically every social issue that matters to me, and I’m sure to many other readers, at the present moment. Not to mention that Harrow wraps it all up in a stunningly-mapped and gloriously-written story that held my attention from the first page to the last. Read this book, and you just might find a home in it. […]
Finals Week is almost upon us! But don’t stress–the Libraries have you covered with relaxation activities and plenty of snacks to go around. Join us for Study Day 2019 at Lewis Library and the IC. Lewis Library 6th Floor of Corboy Law Center | 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Take a well-deserved break from studying, refresh and recharge at the Lewis Library. Make a button, play a game, work on a puzzle, color, or grab a snack! Information Commons 1st Floor of Information Commons | 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Cudahy Library and the Wellness Center invite students to relax and unwind in the midst of finals. We will have crafts, snacks, and massages! Please join us on the first floor of the Information Commons, from 11 am to 2 pm, on Wednesday, December 11. And don’t forget to keep a look out for the holiday snack train! You never know when a free snack will roll through Cudahy Library, the IC, or Lewis Library.
During the month of December, Loyola Libraries staff make lists and check them twice. What are these lists about? Anything! You can look at past years’ lists here, and stay tuned for more lists all month long! Without further ado… 5 Reasons Grease 2 is the better Grease Movie! 1. The Fashion! 2. Michelle Pfeiffer is literally the coolest… 3. …and her solo Cool Rider is unforgettable! 4. The songs are much better! (besides one, but we won’t speak of that one…) 5. The female leads stand up for themselves and refuse to be defined by their partners! MEET THE WRITER Bio: Tori Golden is the Circulation and Collection Services Manager at Loyola. She is currently on her 1200th rewatch of The Office and enjoys watching soccer games with her cat.
Giving Tuesday, or more commonly known as #GivingTuesday for online activism, is held every first Tuesday in December. It is a global effort that encourages people to do good for others. The #GivingTuesday movement was created in 2012 by the New York 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. It was created to encourage an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season. #GIVINGTUESDAYLUC AT LOYOLA This year, our Loyola University Chicago community is celebrating this annual day of giving for the sixth time, but we know that our students, faculty, staff, and alumni exemplify the tenet of generosity every day armed with values and skills gained during their time at Loyola. EXPRESSING OUR THANKS The University Libraries thanks all of our friends and supporters who have generously donated money and time toward our vision to be Loyola’s gateway to the world of information and scholarship. SUPPORT THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES Your participation and contribution allow us to facilitate the pursuit of knowledge and creativity through user-focused services and collections in an inviting, collaborative, and innovative environment. Please consider supporting the University Libraries in one of many ways. Visit libraries.luc.edu/support OR make an online gift, luc.edu/librariesgiving […]
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During the month of December, Loyola Libraries staff make lists and check them twice. What are these lists about? Anything! You can look at past years’ lists here, and stay tuned for more lists all month long! Without further ado… Interactive fiction is one of the lowest-resolution forms of games you can find online but is chock-full of imaginative potential. Sometimes called “text adventures,” interactive fiction dates back to the mid-seventies with classic titles such as Colossal Cave Adventure and the Zork series. Rather than disappearing, there remains a small but vibrant community of interactive fiction developers and enthusiasts today who continue to push the limits of the medium with new platforms and techniques for telling stories. Interactive fiction ranges from simple choose-your-own-adventure style branching narratives to complex loops, puzzles, and procedurally-generated maps and text. Works span all genres, including humor, romance, and adventure, and offer a novel way of presenting and understanding social issues of the past and present. They give the reader the opportunity to experience life through another person’s eyes. The following games are great for a mental reset break from studying or as entertainment over the holidays. Lost Pig A humorous game told from the viewpoint […]
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Find substantive, authoritative entries on varied topics, all of which receive ongoing updates, in Oxford Research Encyclopedia: American History. Researchers beginning to explore a topic or gain introductory knowledge make excellent use of previously available Oxford Research Encyclopedias for Asian history and African history. Documents and texts on topics related to sex and sexuality created between 1600 and 1940 compose the Archives of Sexuality and Gender, Part III, a collection of particular use to researchers in the interdisciplinary areas focused on LGBTQ issues as well as women’s issues and gender studies. PastMasters expanded to provide access to the complete works of Rene Descartes, Michel de Montaigne, Baron de Montesquieu, and Ludwig Wittgenstein; many other writings by a variety of philosophers also available from PastMasters. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks contain chapters are written by scholars for undergraduates to explain key areas of philosophical debate and research; available titles: Education, Environmental Ethics, Feminism, Medical Ethics, Mind, Religion, Sex and Love, Sport, Technology, and Sources, Perspectives, Methodologies. Your questions are always welcome. Contact us or assistance and more information about these new electronic resources.
Search and read complete content from the Sunday edition of the Times (London) (1822-2016) in this archival newspaper collection. The Sunday edition access complements pre-existing availability of the same newspaper, Monday through Saturday. We’ve added two more subject modules in Oxford Bibliographies Online: African American Studies and Philosophy, an ever-popular collection especially of interest to graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams. Your questions are always welcome. Contact us for assistance and more information about these new electronic resources.
Last week during Open Access Week if you walked through Lewis Library or the Information Commons, you might have noticed a large tub of candy. Each piece of candy represented $10,000 spent on journals and databases, and we asked you to guess how many pieces of candy were in the box. We chose six winners out of about 300 guesses. Congratulations to Nicholas, Kamille, Gabriel, Mohammed, John, and Martina for getting the closest guess of 360 pieces of candy, which represented $3.6 million dollars in spending. This wasn’t just a game to scare everyone and make sure they were well stocked for Halloween trick or treaters. It’s important to recognize how much academic resources cost, for a few reasons. We are lucky to have an institution that will invest that much in student and faculty success. This means that we can access high quality scholarship and research tools. But the other side of this is that those costs go up every year, and have outpaced inflation. Those increases aren’t sustainable forever, and many institutions have had to make hard choices about which journals and databases the library can afford. Open Access Week helps us understand our options and ways we […]
Since its creation in 2012, eCommons has had over 3.6 million downloads of work by Loyolans. Loyola eCommons is an open-access, sustainable, and secure repository created to preserve and provide access to research, scholarship, and creative works created by the university community for the benefit of Loyola students, faculty, staff, and the larger world. It is how we share the theses and dissertations written by our students, articles and conference talks by our faculty, and peer reviewed journals created by Loyola students and faculty. That number of downloads is impressive, but what’s even more important about this is that so many of those downloads have come from across the globe and from countries who would otherwise not be able to participate in scholarship at the same level as we are able at Loyola University Chicago. As we reflect on the question “open for whom?”, this helps us to add some nuance to this question. We are fortunate to be able to pay for access to databases, journals, and books so that our students and faculty can access the latest and best research. Or, if we don’t have access to something here at Loyola, we can use interlibrary loan to borrow […]
Need to check out a textbook? The University Libraries has textbooks from among the largest classes on campus. Starting this semester, we also have all of the required textbooks for Arrupe College courses. Why do the Libraries offer textbooks? During the 2018-19 academic year, the average undergraduate student needed to budget $1,240-1,440 for books and related supplies. With textbook prices continuing to increase, lack of affordability can lead students to not purchase required books for their classes, or purchase out-of-date editions instead. This can then lead to worse grades, dropped/failed courses, and avoidance of certain courses altogether. Simply put, we understand that affordable textbooks are crucial to academic success. Our textbook program is an effort to provide equitable support to your studies at Loyola. To check out a textbook from the Libraries, please visit the Circulation Desk in Cudahy Library (1st floor) and/or Lewis Library (Corboy Law Center, 6th floor). You can check out a textbook for 4 hours at a time. To find out if the textbooks for your class are available, search for textbooks here. Questions or comments? Please contact us at email@example.com.
Loyola University Chicago Libraries celebrates two important awareness events the week of October 20th — Open Access Week and National Friends of Libraries Week. In 2009, the Friends of the Loyola University Chicago Libraries was founded as an organization that supports the libraries’ vision of being Loyola’s gateway to the world of information and scholarship. Through an annual gift, the Friends become members who support our mission of providing user-focused services and collections in an inviting, collaborative, and innovative learning environment for our students, faculty, and the greater Loyola community. A Friends Advisory Board is also a vital part of the organization as they serve as volunteers who work with the Dean of the Libraries to offer guidance and act as advocates. How do Friends support our mission? Friends of the University Libraries enable us to support Loyola’s mission of “expanding knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.” They understand the critical importance of the libraries as the center of learning and intellectual growth on our campus. They provide financial support to ensure that a wide variety of audience can be served and has access to print and electronic materials, special collections, digital resources, and expert research […]
Open Access Week is a yearly celebration of all the work that goes in to making open scholarship, data, and education resources. This year’s international theme “Open for Whom?” invites us to consider equity. Whose voices are included in open scholarship? Whose work “counts”? What Is Open Access? “Open access” is a term used to describe research information which can be freely accessed online paired with the rights to use these results by anyone, regardless of institutional affiliation or any other classification. Open access represents the democratization of information as a public good in the service of furthering human progress. The values espoused by the open access philosophy closely mirror Loyola’s mission, which speaks to the need for “knowledge in the service of humanity” and “learning and leadership in openhanded and generous ways to ensure freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth and care for others.” Open Access Week at Loyola We are holding a number of events this week to celebrate Open Access Week. See all our events and register here. All Week Cudahy Library and Lewis Library display areas Guess how much the University Libraries spend on our subscriptions each year. Stop by and see the clues, and […]
Experience commencement 100 years ago. See Sister Jean in the early 1970s. Go to church on a boat. Read a letter from Alexander Hamilton. These are just a few of the many digital collections available on a new platform for digital collections at the University Libraries. This tool, called Preservica, allows us to manage digital collections for the long run by keeping secure backups and helping us to migrate formats over time as software changes. We have completed a multi-year migration process to bring our digital collections into the new platform, which included some reorganization and updates to the collection information, so you can find even more exiting artifacts of Loyola’s past as well as Catholic and United States history. Thanks to some milestone years, our collections are currently expanding. Both University Archives and the Women and Leadership Archives are actively digitizing many more photos for the upcoming celebration of Loyola’s 150th anniversary and the WLA’s 25th anniversary. Check back frequently to find new additions. You can find many more digital collections and digital exhibits, as well as scholarship produced by Loyola faculty and students in our complete list of digital collections.