You’ll be happy to know that while we, like other campus departments, have been affected by some scaling back in the budget, we continue to offer a wide variety of resources to the university community. Our print collection exceeds 125,000 volumes, and we continue to subscribe to more than 80 digital services that provide access to important databases, approximately 43,000 e-journals and over 35,000 e-books.
We also continue to offer library literacy instruction to all comers, and our staff of library instructors are experts in the use of the many online services we have available. Library faculty members are available for both classroom and one-on-one instruction upon your request.
Recently our Archives and Special Collections Department became the home of the Dominican College Archives, expanding our resources regarding the history of Catholic New Orleans. Archival personnel are available daily, Monday through Friday, to assist student and faculty researchers with reference help with the wide variety of documentary, photographic, and manuscript resources held in our special collections.
Our Media Center recently received a collection of nearly 750 jazz and classical compact disks from the collection of Dr. and Mrs. Steven Salm. This is perhaps the largest single acquisition of recorded music received here in the past 25 years. Library users are encouraged to explore and enjoy the riches in this new collection.
This Library continues its association with the Department of English and the QEP office in the production of Xavier’s Books into Film program. Every month we screen a film that was adapted from a novel, the aim of which is to introduce undergraduate students to both classic film and classic modern literature. We’ve recently screened A Place in the Sun, based on Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy and Charly, based on the science fiction classic Flowers for Algernon. Upcoming are The Spook who Sat by the Door, The Ox-Bow Incident, Lolita, and Suddenly Last Summer. Check the Library website for times and location of each program.
Remember that this is your library. We actively seek your input so that we can offer services that will meet your needs. We look forward to serving you and assisting you in your research needs during the 2012-2013 academic year.