The Library Goes to New Orleans


Evening reflection by the Mississippi River

Every year, Campus Ministry enables a group of students to go to New Orleans as a part of their Alternative Break Immersion program. While on the trip, the students work with United States Project on rebuilding home and connecting with other organizations work with struggling neighborhoods and communities. This year, the trip incorporated celebrations of the Civil Rights Movement with participating in the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee and visiting Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL and the National Civil rights Museum in Memphis, TN.


This year, one of the Librarians, Liz Lang, had the opportunity to go on the Alternative Break Immersion at the Librarian in residence. She got to experience the amazing communities in New Orleans along with the students, but also connected the students with Rebecca Crown Library resources while they were away from campus, and the library. A large part of the trip was centered on stories and Liz was able to begin to connect the stories the group was learning about as they interacted with different historic events and the current communities in New Orleans to oral histories that everyone at Dominican University has access to.

HistoryMakers is the largest African American video archive in the world. The goal of this project is to capture the full breadth of African American experience. In preparation for this trip, Liz created this guide with relevant videos for every stage of the trip. While technical difficulties limited how much this resource could be used while on the trip, part of the group was able to listen to stories about the Montgomery Bus Boycott just before stepping onto the Alabama state capitol, where the boycott ended. In future trips, these videos could be played during the nightly reflections to add context to the real life stories that the students interact with daily on this trip.


John Deconstanza talking about the significance of where the students were standing

Students experience a lot on this trip, much of which take a significant emotional toll on the students. It is the library’s hope, that we can continue to provide informational support that will help students make sense of all of these experiences and emotions.



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Want to get caught up on your favorite magazines over Easter break? Check out Flipster. Flipster makes reading your favorite magazines, including Chicago, Glamour, Ebony, Men’s Healthy, and Wired, easy. You can log in through the library website or download the app.  Just download the Flipster app from Google Play Store or iTunes. Once in the app, search for Dominican University, and log in with your Dominican username and password.

Welcome to the Media Center

The Media Center, located on the lower level of the Rebecca Crown Library Room 008, has feature films, documentary films and CD’s that are available for checkout by Dominican students, faculty and staff. Instructors often place materials on reserve for their students to view and/or listen to in the Media Center. Viewing areas are available for individuals and groups. In addition, the Media Center provides limited audio/visual copying services for educational purposes.

And don’t forget to check out the 3D printer. Need a model? Need a prosthetic arm? You can make almost anything out of plastic.