Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center
FSA News - September 2012

Message from the Director


On behalf of the Grasselli Library, I'd like to welcome you back to another school year at John Carroll and a special welcome to my cohort of peers that are new to campus. Everyone has been very welcoming, and I've been warned more than once that it snows here and will be colder than Texas. My four-year-old is counting on it.


While the first year at a new place is often the learning year, I'm also hoping we can roll out some new things here in the library. I've heard from several students about things they'd like to see, but we certainly want to include faculty, staff, and administrators in the discussion.


Very shortly we'll be rolling out a service called Selected Works to highlight our faculty's scholarly contributions. With that, we will debut our digital archives, Carroll Collected, that will give you a glimpse of some of our historical holdings. Down the line this year, we're hoping to have the opportunity to expand our e-book holdings and add a tool called a discovery layer to our library's resources that will act as a sort of Google search that will certainly help in interdisciplinary research. I also really want this cool scanner in the library that will solve many of our faculty copying woes!


And yes, we will still keep buying books, as well all of the other things we know you need in your teaching and research.


While I work this year to keep all the trains running and think about creating a new vision for the library, I hope to hear from you as well. If you have thoughts on what you'd like to see, what you already love, or just want to say hello, feel free to stop by sometime.


Have a wonderful semester!

Michelle Millet

In This Issue
Carroll Collected
New OhioLINK loan policy
Zora Neale Hurston Lecture
Octovafest Lincoln book discussion
Display space available
Streak the Vote!

Carroll Collected
Last spring, Grasselli Library began work on Carroll Collected, JCU's institutional repository, a digital archive that already has in it a number of student publications and series documenting the university's history. These include The Carroll News, up to 1968, and its predecessor, The Ignatian; The Lumina, a student publication from St. Ignatius College; Carroll Quarterly, v.1-v.24; selected years of the Carillon; athletic programs; commencement programs; JCU theses; and more.

The next step is adding Selected Works, designed to provide maximum visibility
and dissemination for the scholarship created by John Carroll University faculty.
Selected Works will give each faculty member a professional page for gathering
published work, forthcoming work, unpublished work, and even multimedia into
one safe place. Each full-text entry will have a permanent, separate URL that can
be pasted into any email, vita, or hypertext document, or linked to from any blog
or other webpage.

Studies show that online open-access articles are viewed and cited much more
frequently than those available only in paper or only by limited subscription. The
statistics collected by Selected Works will demonstrate interest in faculty work
whether or not it results in a citation. It is a great way to maximize the impact of
JCU faculty accomplishments.

Look for an inaugural celebration of Carroll Collected later this fall!  Contact Ruth Connell for more information. 
Longer checkout periods for faculty with OhioLINK!
  • Faculty now have a six-week loan period for OhioLINK books.
  • Everyone can now have up to six renewals on a book as long as there are no requests for that item.
  • Everyone can now place a hold on a checked-out book 10 days prior to it being due or up to 10 days after it's due.
  • Changes do not apply to borrowed media or bound journals (7 days, no renewals).
  • SearchOhio, the public library consortium that shares with OhioLINK, is not affected. SearchOhio books loan for 21 days and up to 4 renewals.
Dr. Regennia Williams
Zora Neale Hurston Lecture

Dr. Regennia N. Williams, Associate Professor of History at Cleveland State University, will present a lecture on Zora Neale Hurston on Thursday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. in Grasselli Library's Muer Room. Dr. Williams is director of the Watching God and Reading Hurston Conference, which was held earlier this month at CSU commemorating the 75th anniversary of the publication of Hurston's acclaimed novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance literary and artistic movement, having had a profound influence on many African American writers including Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Two Fine Press Books on Abraham Lincoln
A talk with Chuck Zarobila 
As part of the 2012 Octovafest celebration, Grasselli Library is proud to showcase two of our fine and rare books. Please join us on October 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the library's Mackin Room for a presentation about two fine press books in Grasselli Library's Lincoln Collection.  The books are an edition of Nicolay and Hay, The Life and Works of Abraham Lincoln, and Bernhardt Wall, Following Abraham Lincoln.  Both of these books are highly crafted tributes to Lincoln. One was assembled by an association of workers, and the other was composed and printed by an individual.  The two products of the creators' careful work will be discussed. Questions? Contact Chuck Zarobila.
Fill our lobby walls - Looking to display your (or your class') work somewhere on campus?? Consider using the library lobby! For more information and open dates, please contact us .
Streak the Vote! 
Get engaged! Get registered! Get informed! 
The deadline to register to vote in the November 6th election is October 9th. Voter registration forms will be available in the library at the circulation and reference desks or onlineMore info 

Election Central 2012
Want to be more informed about the upcoming presidential election? Want to hear more about candidates and issues on local ballots? Check out our Subject Guide ELECTION CENTRAL 2012.

Still need more information? Consider our three complimentary news databases:  Factiva is a huge collection of news, including full-text articles from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and some 10,000 other national and international sources. Lexis/Nexis, in addition to being a legal and business resource, covers major metropolitan news from national and international newspapers, including newswires. Newspaper Source rounds out the list, covering five Ohio newspapers. Click on the Articles & Data tab from the library homepage to access these and other databases. 

Newsletter Contributors:  


Editor: Diane Williams

Proofreading: Karen Ketchaver

Distribution and Technology: George Leggiero

Writing staff: 
Ruth Connell, Cindy Lenox, Michelle Millet, Marcy Milota,  Diane Williams, and Chuck Zarobila