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American Libraries in 2018

The American Library Association has just released its 2018 State of America’s Libraries that reinforces the crucial role libraries play in the development of their respective communities be that academic, public, special, or school. Of particular interest is the summation of academic library activities on page 8.

Libraries act as both institutional repositories of knowledge and as centers of engagement through diverse offerings such as the provision of ESL classes to the creation of makerspaces to library instruction classes in colleges (in this latter category, 6.2 million students were reached). A brief but data-laden report highlighting libraries’ contributions to the populace they serve.

“Knowledge is power.” Francis Bacon, Meditations, 1597.

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The Irish/Ireland in the Printed World

A newly-established series of reports from OCLC examines the influence in printed works of specific nationalities; this report – An Exploration of the Irish Presence in the Published Record – highlights that “Ireland’s global cultural profile, and the widespread interest in “Irishness,” can be partially understood through the island’s manifestation in the published record. Using WorldCat, this publication offers reflections on the Irish presence in the published record, including its size and salient characteristics, evolving trends, and patterns of global diffusion.” (9)

Supplemented with tables and figures, the extent of Irishness in the printed world can be readily ascertained through the holdings in WorldCat, the world’s largest repository of library metadata holding more than two billion items. Who are the most popular Irish authors? The most translated? How many books deal with Irish-related topics? For such a small country, the Irish and Ireland have had, and continue to have, a significant presence in the published world.

 

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Largest U.S. Academic Libraries

Buried in the 2016 Digest of Education Statistics, is this table ranking the largest libraries by total number of volumes. Additional data such as the size of the staff, the number of weekly visits, hours of operation, etc. are also included.

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Early Years of the New Jersey State Library

For those of you interested in the formation and development of this state’s library, this short 2012 publication – Genesis of the New Jersey State Library 1703 – 1796 : A documentary history – should answer nicely. It is filled with extracts and title pages of both enabling legislation and first New Jersey imprints. It makes for a diverting and fascinating read.

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Library Hours for Spring 2018 Semester

It goes like this:

Monday – Thursday   7:30am – 10pm

Friday 7:30am – 5pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm

Sunday 11am – 5pm

 

CLOSED

Saturday February 17 – Monday February 19

Saturday March 10 – Sunday March 11

Friday March 30 – Sunday April 1

 

Exam Hours

Monday May 7 – Thursday May 10   7am – 11pm

Friday May 11                                            7am – 5pm

Saturday May 12                                      9am – 5pm

Sunday May 13                                         11am – 5pm

Monday May 14 – Tuesday May 15   7am – 11pm

 

Library services end fifteen minutes before Library closes.

 

 

 

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NJCU Library Hours for 2017/18 Winter Intersession

The Guarini Library will have reduced hours from December 20 through January 15. We will be open Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm; we will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition we will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day as well as Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15, 2018; we will start the Spring semester on Tuesday, January 16.

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A Recent Interview With Congressman Frank J Guarini

This interview appeared in the online edition of The Jersey Journal, November 20, 2017. NJCU’s library is named after him because of his very generous donation to the University.

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