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  •  Literary Cuisine : A Tasty Bite of Literature

    Friday, Mar. 23, 2012

    Last Dinner on the Titanic:  Stories of Those Who Were There

    Wednesday, April 18
    Noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center

    Please join the Library and Bon Appétit for the Spring 2012 Literary Cuisine.

    Come hear Elizabeth McKeigue, Associate University Librarian for Public Services, discuss the real life stories of some of those who survived and perished in the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

    In particular, Elizabeth will tell the story of first-class passenger Harry Elkins Widener, a 27-year-old Harvard graduate and book collector. Widener Library at Harvard University was built shortly after the sinking and houses Widener's rare book collection. As a librarian at Widener Library before coming to Santa Clara, Elizabeth was responsible for providing historical tours and training tour guides. She will share her knowledge of this famous Titanic passenger and his family. Elizabeth will also share some of the experiences of those in the second and third class aboard the ship and compare their stories to passengers like Widener.

    Last Dinner on the Titanic CoverBon Appétit will be serving a special theme lunch inspired by Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner for the occasion. The cost is $10 per person. You may register online. Payment can be made by debit card, credit card, or check. We regret that it is not possible to accept online reservations with ACCESS cards at this time. Checks should be made payable to Santa Clara University and mailed to:

    Terry Hingston 
    University Library
    Santa Clara University
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053

    If you require assistance for this event, please contact Terry Hingston (408-554-6830, by Monday, April 16.

    Please plan to join us on April 18 for this fascinating lunchtime event and an opportunity to win a DVD of the movie Titanic, 2 tickets to the next Literary Cuisine program in Fall 2012, or a copy of Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner by Rick Archbold & Dana McCauley.

  •  New exhibit celebrates artistry of print

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

    Pressing Forward: The Book Club of California at 100

    As the general public's link to the printed page becomes increasingly tenuous and as greater numbers embrace the virtual images of their e-readers, true bibliophiles still revel in an appreciation of the origins of print, the texture of fine paper, and the intriguing idiosyncrasies of typography. Pressing Forward: The Book Club of California at 100, the newest exhibit in the Third Floor Gallery of the Learning Commons celebrates the artistry of print in a tribute to the centennial of the Book Club of California (BCC), which publishes fine press editions of books on California and the West.

    In 1912, in San Francisco, a group of book lovers came together to create The Book Club of California. At that time, San Francisco possessed fine press printers, a thriving literary and art community, knowledgeable booksellers, and major book collectors. Fifty-eight of these men and women including the city appraiser Adolph Sutro and Phoebe Hearst , were the charter members of The Book Club of California, created for "the study of letters and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books." The first years set the program that has continued to this day. Scholarly lectures on the book were sponsored, the first exhibit (on rare bookplates) was mounted, and the Club offices were established in downtown San Francisco. In 1914, the Club published its first book, Bibliography of the History of California and the Pacific West, 1510-1906, by Robert E. Cowan.

    In honor of the one hundredth anniversary of The Book Club of California, the focus of the exhibit, "Pressing Forward," will be the physical creation and manifestation of the written word. Items in the exhibit are drawn from Santa Clara University's extensive collection of BCC publications. All books on display in the exhibit will be available to the public in the Martin Reading Room at a later date. For more information please visit the website of The Book Club of California.

  •  Book of the Quarter

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012


    The Butterfly Mosque

    The Butterfly Mosque CoverBook of the Quarter, Winter 2012
    Saint Clare Room, 3rd Floor
    Learning Commons, Technology Center, & Library
    Thursday, March 1
    4 - 5:30 p.m.

    The Library is pleased to host G. Willow Wilson discussing her memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, as the Winter 2012 Book of the Quarter. This book has been chosen because it is one of the two selections for this year's Silicon Valley Reads, a program which is presented annually by the San José Public Library Foundation, the Santa Clara County Library, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

    Wilson will discuss this memoir and answer questions from the Muslim Student Association and Professor Philip (Boo) Riley, Religious Studies Department. 

    The Book of the Quarter event will be held Thursday, March 1 beginning at 4 p.m. in the Saint Clare Room on the 3rd floor of the Learning Commons. The event is free and open to the public. It is not necessary to read the book to attend the event, but copies are available for purchase in the campus bookstore. Additionally, Wilson will be available to autograph books at the end of the program.

    About the Book

    The Butterfly Mosque, journalist G. Willow Wilson's remarkable story of converting to Islam and falling in love with an Egyptian man in a volatile post-9/11 world, was praised as "an eye-opening look at a misunderstood and often polarizing faith" (Booklist) and "a tremendously heartfelt, healing crosscultural fusion" (Publishers Weekly).

    About the Author

    G. Willow Wilson is an American author and essayist who divides her time between Egypt and the US. Her articles about modern religion and the Middle East have appeared in publications including The Washington PostThe AtlanticThe New York Times Magazine, and Canada's National Post. Her memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, was named 'Best Book of the Year 2010' by The Seattle Times, and her DC/Vertigo comic book series, Air, was nominated for an Eisner Award. She has also written Cairo, an original graphic novel published by Vertigo, as well as Vixen: Return of the Lion, a DC miniseries.

    To learn more about Wilson, visit her website.



    Please direct ADA/504 accommodation requests to Terry Hingston (408-554-6830, TTY 1-800-735-2929) at least 48 hours prior to event.

  •  Announcing the appointment of a new University Librarian

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

    Dear Colleagues:

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Nutefall as the
    next Santa Clara University Librarian. Jennifer will join the University
    community in August 2012. 
    As University Librarian Jennifer will serve as the public face of the
    University Library, interacting closely with students, faculty, staff,
    and the community.  She will facilitate the use of a broad array of
    information resources in support of teaching, learning, scholarship, and
    integrated education; provide leadership for the library staff; and work
    with other administrative leaders in supporting the University’s
    Strategic Plan.  
    Jennifer is currently the Associate University Librarian for Innovative
    User Services at Oregon State University. In this role she planned and
    supervised a reorganization that enhanced support for faculty research
    and student learning; provided the vision and resources for a learning
    commons redesign; introduced a rigorous assessment program; and
    facilitated the development of a teaching philosophy for the library. 
    Jennifer earned a master’s degree in Library Science from Syracuse
    University and a master’s degree in higher education administration
    from George Washington University.  
    I would like to sincerely thank Chair Diane Jonte-Pace and members
    Emily Armstead, Christa Bailey, Michelle Burnham, Christine Grimsby,
    Mary Hood, Michael Kevane, Helene LaFrance, and Alex Zecevic for their
    valuable service on the University Librarian screening committee, and Ed
    Ryan for staffing the committee. They conducted a quick and very
    effective search which identified three excellent candidates for campus
    visits. And thanks to all of you who participated in interviews of those
    candidates, listened to their presentations, and provided feedback that
    helped us reach a final decision.
    I also want to acknowledge Robert Boyd, Taeock Kim, Elizabeth McKeigue,
    and Deborah Whiteman for their exceptional service as Co-Interim
    University Librarians, roles which will continue until Jennifer joins us
    in August. 
    Ron Danielson
    Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer
  •  JST iPad Pilot Project

    Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012


    The Technology Steering Committe funded the Jesuit School of Theology's proposal "Pilot Project: Integrating Technology into Ministerial Formation" to give iPads to the 1st year Master of Divinity class.  The twenty students will be using the iPads in their Bay Area immersion/pilgrimage experience.  Having iPads will allow students to easily record, reflect, and integrate their immersion trip experiences through the use of photos, movies, journals, and research, while on-site.  They can interview people they meet and minister to, and invite those people to tell their stories.  They could also use Facetime to connect with one another, across locations, during the immersion. They could even pray and conduct theological reflection together, across time and space.  Upon their return to JST, students can then share these experiences with others through the visual imagery they have produced.  With their iPads, they can then continue this work in their 2nd year field education experiences, and for the duration of their 3-year program.

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