Library News

Alternative Spring Break Exhibit in the Library!

Now through June 16, Northeastern University Libraries and the Northeastern Center of Community Service invite you to view Break Out to Serve: Alternative Spring Break 2008, in the exhibit showcase on the first floor of Snell Library. During Alternative Spring Break 2008, 92 students and ten staff members from Northeastern volunteered their time to a variety of projects in a number of issue areas. Volunteers dedicated a total of 4,080 hours of service, all providing unique experiences and assistance to communities in need. In Fort Smith, Arkansas, volunteers helped build four homes. Alternative Spring Breakers tutored children at an orphanage in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, in math and reading. Volunteers worked to repair and restore homes of senior citizens and people with disabilities living in Macon, Georgia. Other students planted trees and worked to restore the environment on a wildlife preserve in Kissimmee, Florida. Volunteers in Mobile, Alabama assisted HIV/AIDS patients with daily living tasks, such as landscaping and housework. In both New Orleans, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi, students served by assisting in the continuing efforts to clean up post-Katrina wreckage. Students built a playground at a primary school and taught forty schoolchildren lessons for the week in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. In Tahlequah, Oklahoma, volunteers helped lay PVC piping on the local waterline project as well as tending to other routine tasks within the Cherokee Nation. Volunteers worked at a camp in Killeen, Texas for children with special needs and chronic illnesses. Take a look at trip pictures and learn more about how you can get involved with Alternative Spring Break at Northeastern. For more information on how to make your next spring break the experience of a lifetime, contact the Center of Community Service at

The Dangers of Cell Phones?

I have a few friends who use Bluetooth headsets, and one told me an upsetting story about her sister’s friend, who was a day trader and constantly on her cell phone, and who developed a brain tumor, allegedly due to the radiation.  (According to her, the headset prevents this exposure).  While I still use my cell phone regularly (how can you not?), I do sometimes feel a little nervous about it.  Cell phones are so omnipresent-it’s hard to imagine modern life without them.  I was quite worried when I read this article on the dangers of mobile phones-particularly for pregnant women and children.  It left me wondering, are mobile phones the cigarettes of the future?

Senator Ted Kennedy and Student Financial Aid @ Northeastern University

I am sorry to hear about Senator Ted Kennedy’s ill health.  He’s the subject of a new online exhibit by the NU Libraries Archives on Student Financial Aid at Northeastern University.  The exhibit recounts Kennedy’s strong support of federal financial aid for college students, and his relationship with Northeastern.  He spoke at student rallies, heard personal student testimonies, and held a press conference and a senate committee field hearing at Northeastern whenever student financial aid programs were threatened by presidential or congressional proposals.  The exhibit comprises photographs, articles from Northeastern University’s student and faculty/staff newspapers, official statements, and background information.  I wish Senator Kennedy and his family the best. 

From Homicide to Hope

Please join us for Thursday’s FOCUS (Forming Opportunities for Collaboration, Understanding, and Service) Forum-From Homicide to Hope: A Community Approach to Reducing Youth ViolenceJack Levin, Professor and Co-Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, student Alex Alvanos ’09, Co-Founder of Social Change through Peace Games, and Emmanuel Tikili, Director of Programs for the Boston TenPoint coalition, will lead the discussion.  The program’s goal is to inform the Northeastern community about issues that affect our neighboring Boston community and to provide the attendees with resources that empower them to serve the community and to act. Attendees will leave the program with more information on what exactly they can do to reduce youth violence.  This forum is sponsored by Northeastern University Libraries and the Northeastern University Center of Community Service.

Thursday, May 22 @ 4:30 pm

90 Snell Library

Julie Andrews and Libraries

You may know Julie Andrews as the star of Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and The Princess Diaries, but I was quite excited to learn that she’s also an enthusiastic supporter of public libraries! She wrote an editorial in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, criticizing budget cuts. I’ve visited some California public libraries (and in fact have a Palos Verdes Peninsula library card) but am not that familiar with LA libraries. Have any of you visited any? And what do you think of her editorial?