Summer arrives with a celebration as June is the national LBGTQ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, and Queer) Pride month. Snell Library is honoring LGBTQ month with our curated Hub display of movies and books by or about an LGBTQ person. Pride month was started in 1995 to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, NYC While it originally began as a 1 day “Pride day” on the last Sunday of June, it has now evolved into a month-long celebration. Across the United States, cities and towns will host parades, bands, workshops, and speaker events focusing on creating a safe space for the LGBTQ community to connect Snell Library is taking part of that celebration by highlighting select works in our Hub collection that touch upon sexuality and gender. We have the newly released movie Carol, which focuses on two women’s affair in the background of the 1950’s where homosexuality was forbidden. Sonnets of a Dark Love by Federico García Lorca is a collection of poems and essays which centers heavily on the poet’s Spanish heritage and internal struggle with homosexuality during the early 20th century. These poems were written in the later part of his life before his untimely execution by Nationalists at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. We also have Moonlight, which is the first film with an all-black cast and the first LGBT film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Lastly, the author of Young Adult novel Little & Lion discusses topics such as mental illness, bisexuality, and intersectional identity This pictures follows the main character through three main stages of his life as he comes to terms with his identity and past relationships. These are but a few of the great movies and books that we’ve put on display at the Hub, come check it out!
If you have ever joined a book club you know from experience that it is not easy to coordinate busy schedules, agree on next month’s book, or decide who will be next to host. Northeastern Journalism Professor, Jeffrey Howe, has created a book club that eliminates all of these troubles. Howe’s book club is on Twitter @1book140. The way it works is quite simple. 1book140 selects the book of the month by a majority vote of its Twitter followers. Once a book is selected members tweet their thoughts as they read, abiding by the month’s weekly schedule, and including the hashtag #1book140 so that their comments are collected on the site’s Twitter page. This month, readers have their noses in The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. If you’re interested in joining you can view the weekly reading schedule for June and reserve The Blind Assassin at Snell Library to start your summer reading! For more information about @1book140 read this article from Marketplace Tech Report
Snell Library’s own Maria Carpenter recently presented at the 2011 Academic Library Advancement and Development Network Annual Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. Maria, the Director of Advancement, Marketing, and Communications for Northeastern University Libraries, gave a presentation and a workshop on power theory and its use in different political and social organizations. Her sessions focused on examples of how leaders of organizations have successfully used power and how those examples can be applied to those in the library advancement field. Her presentation took place during a lunch session on May 17th where over 100 people were in attendance. The workshop that followed allowed attendees to take part in a more interactive q&a discussion about power and how to use it in the workplace. For more information or for questions about the topic please contact Maria Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2 is fast approaching (the first classes start on June 29th!) Snell will maintain the following hours for the rest of the summer (please note that Snell will be completely closed on Monday, July 4): Circulation Desk: Sunday: 10am – 11pm Monday through Thursday: 8am – 11pm Friday: 8am – 8pm Saturday: 9am – 5pm InfoCommons: Sunday through Friday: 7:30am – 11pm Saturday: 7:30am – 5pm Library Study: Open 24 Hours, but will close at 11pm on Sunday, July 3rd and will be closed all day Monday, July 4th. As always, you must show a current NU Student/Faculty/Staff ID after the Circulation Desk closes. Enjoy summer time at Snell!
Yesterday’s celebration of Snell Library’s 20th anniversary was truly a memorable event. Guests gathered in the lobby of Snell to welcome our esteemed speakers: Dean of Libraries Will Wakeling and the 10th Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, as they spoke of both the history and future of the library, and brought to light the many roles Snell fills in Northeastern’s community. A reception followed and celebrated the library’s staff who have been at Snell since the beginning as well as past authors from Snell’s Meet the Author Series. Special recognition was also made for the library’s largest supporters and members of Snell Library’s building campaign. To read more about the festivities, check out the News@Northeastern coverage of the event here: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/stories/2011/04/snell.html