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Dr. Julia Assante: The Ancient Roots of the Fear of Death in Patriarchal Religions

September 18, 2013 - by Debbi A. Smith

Dr. Julia Assante:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
1-3 PM
Swirbul Library, Room 101

Scholar of the Near East Dr. Julia Assante will speak about her new book, The Last Frontier: Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death.

Sponsored by Asian Studies, University Libraries, the Departments of History and of Gender Studies, School of Social Work, and the History Society.

Adelphi University Authors and Artists Exhibit

September 14, 2012 - by Stan Bogdanov

"Adelphi University Authors and Artists"
Monday, September 17 - Sunday, November 25

Swirbul Library Gallery Reception: Thursday, October 4 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

An exhibition featuring the scholarly and artistic works published or created by Adelphi University faculty, administrators and staff.

Children's Illustrated Literature on Display in Swirbul Library

April 26, 2012 - by Stan Bogdanov

What was your favorite book as a child? 

Come to Swirbul Library from April 26 to May 31 and see the display of selections from our special collection of children's illustrated literature.  Your favorite may be there!  In the meantime, please log in to tell us your favorite children's book and the memories it holds for you.



Adelphi University Authors and Artists Exhibit

April 16, 2012 - by Debbi A. Smith


Monday, September 17 - Sunday, November 25

Adelphi University Authors and Artists
Swirbul Library Gallery

Reception: Thursday, October 4 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

An exhibition featuring the scholarly and artistic works published or created by Adelphi University faculty, administrators and staff.

Henrietta Lacks: Behind The Story (Exhibit)

March 19, 2012 - by Stan Bogdanov

Henrietta Lacks Exhibit

Join us for a wonderful exhibit on Henrietta Lacks in the Swirbul Library Gallery from March 18th to April 19th, 2012! After you view the exhibit, please take a few moments and answer some of the questions below.You can either comment directly to this blog post or use the embedded Google Form to submit your answers. Feel free to do as few or as many questions as you want!

  • In 1976 when Mike Rogers Rolling Stone article was printed many viewed it as a story about race. How is this different from the way her story is being interpreted today? (Courtesy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot)
  • Do you think Henrietta would have given consent to have a tissue sample used in medical research if she had been given the information? (Courtesy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot)
  • Is it possible to approach history from an objective point of view? If so, how and why is this important in the context of Henrietta’s story? (Courtesy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot)
  • How do you feel about the Supreme Court of California ruling  that states when tissues are removed from your body, with or without your consent, any claim you might have had to owning them vanishes? (Courtesy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot)
  • When is your body not just your own?
  • How would you feel if this was your mother?
  • What's the rule of law in human rights?
  • What's the difference between legality and morality?

Friends of the Library Art Lecture

November 01, 2011 - by Debbi A. Smith

The Friends of the Adelphi University Library will be having their 16th Annual Fall Arts Lecture this coming Sunday. Henry Joyce, Executive Director of the Planting Fields Foundation, will talk about the park and the Gold Coast mansion on the grounds, Coe Mansion. Please join us on Sunday, November 6, at 3 P.M. at the University Center for this free lecture, followed by the Friends' annual raffle.

Adelphi Authors and Artists Exhibition: September 14-November 27, 2011

September 19, 2011 - by Stan Bogdanov

Adelphi Authors and Artists 2011

All are invited to view the 2011 Adelphi Authors and Artists exhibition in the Swirbul Library Gallery. The annual exhibition showcases recently published books, articles, music scores, media and art by members of the Adelphi community. This year, we display the work of 58 authors and 36 artists. Exhibitors are welcome to post information about their work in the comments section of this blog post. We also invite viewers to share their reactions to the show. To view a small panoramic image of the exhibit hall, click on the picture below. You can also follow this link to view a gallery of images from the exhibit - http://www.adelphi.edu/photogallery/gallerydisp.php?id=751:

Livia Kohn

September 16, 2011 - by Debbi A. Smith

Livia Kohn:
Women in Daoism: Past and Present
Monday, September 19, 2011
12:00 Noon
Swirbul Library, Room 101

World renowned Daoist scholar Livia Kohn will speak about Daoism and Daoist women in history and contemporary times.

Please visit a related book exhibit of works by Livia Kohn and other books on Daoism in the Hay Periodicals Lounge of Swirbul Library.

Sponsored by Asian Studies, University Libraries, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Departments of History and Gender Studies.

Dr. Lu Xichen Returns to Swirbul Library on May 2 to speak about the Daodejing: The Classic Way and the Virtue

April 26, 2011 - by Debbi A. Smith

On Monday, May 2, 2011, the Library is co-sponsoring a talk with the Asian Studies Department by Dr. Xichen Lu on the Daodejing..  Dr. Lu is an eminent classical Daoist scholar and psychologist. Her previous talk last summer on cognitive behavioral therapeutic aspects of the Daodejing text and its clinical application with patients was fascinating, and the Library is glad to have her back for a talk during the regular school term.  Dr. Lu is the Director of the Ethics Research Institute at South Central University, Changsa, China, a council member of the Association of Chinese Religions and a scholar and practitioner of Daoism, and has published four books on Daoism and over one hundred research articles.

The talk will be held at Swirbul Library in Room 100 from 3:30 - 5 PM. Co-sponsoring this Asian Studies event are the College of Arts and Sciences Dean Steven J. Rubin and the University Libraries (Dean Charles Simpson).Discussion will follow the lecture and is encouraged through participation in this blog. A related exhibit with books you can take out on Daoism can be found in the Swirbul Library periodicals lounge on the first floor.


The Friends of the Adelphi University Library Annual Fall Art Lecture

November 12, 2010 - by Debbi A. Smith

On Sunday, November 7, the Friends of the Adelphi University Library hosted their 15th Annual Fall Art lecture. The lecture is always a draw for its speakers from local museums, which in the past have included ones from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. This year's speaker, Joshua Ruff from the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, gave a slide show and talk on the Carriage Museum, which houses a collection of over 200 historic carriage and is affiliated with the Smithsonian Museum.

The lecture is also the Friends' main fundraisng event. After the lecture there was a drawing for raffle prizes which this year included art work and vouchers for local restaurants. If as a student you may have found a second home in the Adelphi Library think about becoming a Friend after you graduate; you can stay part of the Adelphi family by helping the Library raise money for unique and special items for the collections.

Click here to see more photos

Adelphi Authors & Artists Exhibit Reception: October 7, 2010

October 19, 2010 - by Debbi A. Smith

Each year an exhibit, "Adelphi Authors and Artists: An Exhibition of Scholarly and Artistic Works," is held in Swirbul Library.  This annual exhibit highlights the academic and artistic achievements of the entire Adelphi community.  In celebration, the Provost hosts a reception which took place this year on a beautiful fall day in  the Swirbul Library garden.  Take a look and check out your favorite professors, deans and staff as they congratulate each other on another stellar Adelphi year. Come and check out the exhibit which is on display in the Swirbul Library gallery until Sunday, November 28th.


Academic Inspirations: Library reception in honor of newly appointed and tenured faculty

May 21, 2010 - by Debbi A. Smith

Every two years, the Library has invited newly appointed and newly tenured faculty to suggest an item for the collection that has in some way inspired them in their life or career.  These items are bookplated in commemoration of the faculty member and exhibited in the Hay Periodical Lounge in Swirbul Library.  The exhibit, Academic Inspirations, was launched with a reception on May 5 with a wine and cheese reception kindly funded by the Provost.

The exhibit will remain in Swirbul Library through the summer.  Please come and look at the items selected and join us at the University Libraries in honoring our faculty who have achieved a landmark in their careers.

And, please click on the link here to see more photos of the reception. 


Reading and Discussion: Feathered Serpent on April 21 in Swirbul Room 101, 12 -1:30 PM

April 19, 2010 - by Debbi A. Smith

On April 21 there will be a panel discussion about the novel Feathered Serpent in Swirbul Library, Room 101, from 12-1:30 PM.  Authored by one of China’s most significant and influential women writers, Ms. Xu Xiaobin, the work is a major contribution to the women’s fiction genre, and a winner of China's inaugural Creative Writing Award for women's modern literary fiction.

As described on the publisher's website, the novel is an "epic family history that spans one hundred years, from the 1890s during the later stages of the Qing Dynasty to the 1990s, traversing the experiences of five generations of women. Yu is the central character, whose life story is woven through the lives of her grandmother, mother, sisters, and niece. She loves her parents but at a tender age realizes they do not love her. After committing two unforgivable sins, she is sent away to live in the city but is soon abandoned. Yu's life becomes a quest for love; she is fragile but resilient, lonely but determined. Now, in the 1980s, Yu becomes caught up in the political storm and comes close to love but falls short. Her last chance at getting what she desires will ultimately come at a tragic cost."

One of the editors of the English language translation of this work, Professor Lawrence Sullivan (Political Science/Asian Studies), will read from Feathered Serpent. Professor Hanna Kim (Anthropology/Asian Studies) will comment upon the book from an anthropological perspective and Professor Cristina Zaccarini (History/Asian Studies) will explore the book in the context of the history of Chinese women and the Cultural Revolution. Professor Debbi Smith (University Libraries) will moderate and Professor Victor Oliva (University Libraries) will chair what is shaping up to be a lively panel discussion on how well a work of literature can accurately reflect the events, gender roles and culture of its time.

April 21 - Click here to see photos of the panel and attendees (http://www.flickr.com/photos/au_libraries/sets/72157623905238988/ ).

Welcome to biBLiOGraphy

February 02, 2010 - by Lois O'Neill

Welcome  to biBLiOGraphy, the Libraries' new blog. We are hoping to use this space to establish a dialogue with you, the Libraries' patrons. We want to hear from you—suggestions you may have about our website, our collection or our services. And we're hoping you'll share your thoughts about what you're reading that especially interests you. Check out President Scott's discussion of why he chose Airlift to America, a bookabout young African students who were brought to America to study, one of whom was Barack Obama, Sr. 

We also want to use biBLiOGraphy to tell you about tools we're introducing (under 'New Stuff') like AU2Go, our new smartphone app, and AlicatPlus, our new Library Catalog that allows you to create your own tags. Look for info on resources you may not know we have (under 'Featured Databases') such as Black Newspapers, a collection of newspapers available on our 'Databases A-Z' list. We welcome your feedback about any of the above.

Thanks to Stan Bogdanov and the campus Web Team for helping us set up this blog. 

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biBLiOGraphy is written by
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From Left to Right: (In back) Eloise Bellard, Gary Cantrell, Linda Weinberg, Stan Bogdanov
(In Front) Lois O'Neill (Chair) , and Frank Scaturro
(Not Pictured) Amrita Madray and Debbi Smith


Professor Eloise Bellard is the Instructional Services Coordinator/Reference Librarian specializing in Social Work and Sociology research. She enjoys skiing, tennis, golf and a good read.

Stan Bogdanov is the Library's Instructional Multimedia Specialist. His interests encompass anything from new technologies and mobile apps to movie-making and singing.

Professor Gary Cantrell is a Reference Librarian and subject specialist for the Performing Arts. He enjoys singing with the AU chorus.

Professor Amrita Madray is the Education/Reference Librarian. She loves the summers and enjoys tropical scenes and delights.

Professor Lois O'Neill is Electronic Resources/ Reference Librarian and chair of the Library Web Committee. A graduate of Adelphi's MFA program, she also writes poetry.

Frank Scaturro is an Adelphi Library Systems Administrator by day and a hard core tennis player by night.

Professor Debbi Smith is the Library's Collection Development and Management Librarian. When not at work, she sews quilts and clothing, or is traveling and taking many pictures. And READing!

Professor Linda Weinberg is the Coordinator of Cataloging and subject specialist for Nursing and Health Studies. She enjoys a morning walk before beginning her work day.

The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of the page author(s). The contents of this page have not been reviewed or approved by Adelphi University. The copyright and all related rights to original work posted via the blog service are owned by and are the sole responsibility of its author(s).

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