Michael Gorman Speaks at DU – Monday, Nov. 5th

Emerging Library Leaders for the 21st Century
Sponsored by GSLIS presents:

Michael Gorman, past president of the American Librarian Association, will be speaking on the topic of “Building for Tomorrow: Twenty-First Century Academic Libraries,” Monday November 5th, 2007 in the Springer Suites in Crown Library 4:00-6:00 pm.  Refreshments will be provided.

Many of Michael Gorman’s publications can be found in Crown Library Resources.  Some of the more recent works are listed below with links to fulltext articles or the call number where available.

Also included in the Emerging Library Leaders in the 21st Century series are:

November 19, 2007: 4-6pm, Springer Suite
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Resumes, Cover Letters and Interview Planning”
Lenora Berendt, Coordinator of Student Placement and Adjunct Instructor GSLIS, Dominican University

December 3, 2007: 4-6pm, Springer Suite

LISSA/Faculty/Staff Mixer, Holiday Party


London in a Box

Dominican students at Stonehenge, circa 1985

I am knee-deep in the archives’ box number 4874: London Semester. Over the past few weeks I have been busy organizing the materials from the Dominican University program, which dates back to 1971. At first glance the box contains nothing extraordinary–the tutorials, housing lists, budgets, and correspondence of the hundreds of students and numerous directors who have spent their Autumn studying in Britain.

But the more I work on it, the more exciting it becomes. Stories unfold, lives become real, and I am finding a great desire to–at the drop of a hat–tour the British countryside with the works of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Henry Fielding, T.S. Eliot, and Geoffery Chaucer as my guides. How lucky 36 years of students are to have had such an opportunity, even if, as some of the notes can attest, not everyone bothered to read the books.

The depth of information these folders contain is immense. Watching the program evolve and change has been quite an experience: moving from home-stays to hostels to dorms, adapting the courses and research projects to accommodate the schedules and interests of students, and the discovering the suggestions of the director in each year’s closing report.

If you are in need of a research project I suggest stopping by. Sister Jeanne would be overjoyed to assist you. There is so much here to discover. And if you feel the need to conduct research first-hand, please buy my flight to London as well.

Dominican Students in London, circa 1979

The Big Read 2007 – A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park communities join together to celebrate A Farewell to Arms by Oak Park native Ernest Hemingway in the 2007 Big Read.

Of particular interest to the Dominican University community is the participation of several faculty members.

Join us for the these events!

Sunday, October 28, 2007
Special Event: “Fashions of World War I” lecture by Dr. Susan Strawn. Fashions throughout the decades have reflected the political and economic changes occurring in society. Strawn will show examples of clothing featured in “A Farewell to Arms,” including puttees, and discuss how World War I military styling such as Army-issued sweaters and trench coats, became popular with civilians and remain wardrobe classics today. 3 p.m. Dominican University, 7900 Division Street, River Forest, IL

Monday, November 5, 2007
Special Event: Dr. Peter Fallon presents “Ego-Journalism: From Hemingway to the Blogosphere.” As mainstream media increasingly focus on news as entertainment and information as a salable commodity, social and political pressures have forced them to don a mask of objectivity. Consequently, we now look to “alternative media” to interpret information and give us the meaning behind stories. Hemingway’s “my-point-of-view” reporting, referred to as “ego journalism,” formed the basis of the “new journalism” of the l960s, made famous by writers such as Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, and Norman Mailer. Alternative media like blogs — made possible by the rise of the meta-medium of the Internet — resurrect this personal form of journalism, and offer the opportunity for all people to post their ideas and interpretations to a sizable readership, impossible under the old media model. Peter K. Fallon, PhD, is a 22-year veteran of the TV industry — 17 years with NBC’s “Today” show. 7 p.m. Parmer Hall, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Special Event: “Hello to Propaganda” lecture by Dr. John Jenks. The year Ernest Hemingway graduated Oak Park-River Forest High School, America entered World War I and began inundating its citizens with propaganda — propaganda to encourage enlistments, boost war bond sales, and overall help the “war effort.” The overwhelming volume, intensity, and sophistication of propaganda was unprecedented and quintessentially modern. Dominican University Communication Professor John Jenks discusses the origins and evolution of war propaganda in 1917-18 and its impact on American public life, and on the young men such as Hemingway who were stirred into action. 7 p.m. Parmer Hall, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest.

There are many more events throughout the fall — take a look at the Big Read website for more information.

Open Mic November 7


The Campus Activities Board and the Crown Library hosts our first


Wednesday, November 7 during Founder’s Week

From 8:00 to 10:30 PM in the Cyber Café

Poetry. Spoken word. Comedy. Tragedy. Music. All genres are welcome!

Sign-up that night to take the stage or reserve a specific time slot by emailing cab@dom.edu.

Questions? Email cab@dom.edu or contact Jill Bambenek (ext. 6874), Tony Zupancic (ext. 6438), or Megan Hoppe (ext. 6411).

A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte, French general and emperor of France (1769-1821)

Exercise your freedom of self-expression!

Feeling Censored?

BB Display

Banned Books Week was a definite success–with displays throughout Dominican University we raised awareness and encouraged everyone to celebrate the freedom to read by, well, telling people they couldn’t partake in banned or challenged books. I hope you had time to check out the displays.

BB Table

The unofficial lego-tally asked Dominican students, faculty, and staff to vote for their favorite of five banned or challenged books by dropping legos into a corresponding vase. Voters could chose from To Kill a Mockingbird, A Light In the Attic, The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter, and Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird incited the greatest reaction, as both were read (and for the most part, greatly loved) in high school English classes. The final count reflects this:

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Also successful was the dual screening of The Hollywood Librarian with a total of 108 Dominican viewers over the course of the week.

Congratulations to Diane, assistant professor in Library and Information Science, and Cybill, sophomore in Graphic Design for winning the “I read banned books” tote bags.

Continue to celebrate your freedom year-round. Read.

Banned Books Week, Sept. 29 – Oct. 6


Celebrate your right to read!

  • Participate in the Chicago Read Out, Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1-4 pm at the Pioneer Plaza (on Michigan Avenue between the Tribute Tower and the Chicago River). Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, and the Newberry Library, local Chicago celebrities join acclaimed authors to read passages from their favorite banned and challenged books. Admission is FREE.
  • Visit the Banned Books Week Table in the Lewis Alcove, Monday, Oct. 1 thru Thursday, Oct. 4, from 11am to 2pm. Vote for your favorite banned or challenged book and enter a free drawing to win a Banned Books tote bag.
  • Watch The Hollywood Librarian, the first movie about the real lives and actual work of America’s librarians, premiering during Banned Books Week in libraries across the country. The Crown Library will have two screenings: Mon. Oct. 1 @ 6pm in Springer Suite and Thurs. Oct. 4 @ 7pm in Bluhm Lecture Hall (in Parmer). Click here for ticket information.


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