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The power bar (countertop) in the Reference area

In the fall, unused shelf space in the Reference Area was removed. In its place, a counter with 18 outlets was installed for “power-hungry” students.

In the last three years, the Library has made a conscious effort to provide more outlets to students in the form of tabletop hubs upstairs and downstairs, as well as a charging table equipped with common smartphone chargers.

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Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 4:34pm

Last month, the Library conducted its first survey of John Jay faculty in many years. Preliminary results are in: 216 faculty members responded, including 27% of the full-time faculty. Although (and happily) 87.5% of respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with the Library overall, 90 people took the time to write an answer to the question “How could the Library better serve you and/or your students?” You may be assured that we will be carefully reading all comments and will provide a comprehensive discussion when we have had time to fully analyze all of the results. Meanwhile, if some resource or service mentioned in the survey intrigued you—or you just want to give your opinion about the Library—please feel free to contact any member of the Library faculty. If you want to talk about the survey itself, contact Bonnie Nelson or Ellen Sexton. And thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey.

Bonnie Nelson

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Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 4:32pm

Ellen Belcher presented her paper Identifying Halaf: Embodiment and Adornment in Sixth Millennium Mesopotamia at the Archaeological Institute of America 117th Annual Meeting/AIA 2015, (session 6C) in San Francisco, California, on January 8, 2016. She also presented a paper Unlearning Function in Prehistoric Figurines: New Methodologies and Theoretical Approaches at the UK Theoretical Archaeology Conference/TAG Bradford, in Bradford, England, on December 16, 2015. Additionally, she compiled and presented a presentation and an exhibit documenting the history of the Fortune Society at a panel discussion on April 11 celebrating the gift of the Records of the Fortune Society to the Library. The exhibit will soon be on view in the Library.

Kathleen Collins reviewed Branded Women in U.S. Television: When People Become Corporations in the December 2015 issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly and presented “Podcasting, Comedians and the Demotic Turn” at the Southwest Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque in February.

Robin Davis presented “The Library Outpost: Modules, Templates, and Outreach in Blackboard” with Helen Keier (JJ) at Mercy College for the Northeast Connect conference in November 2015. She published “Git and GitHub for Librarians” and “Synchronizing Oral History Text and Speech: A Tools Overview” in her Internet Connection Column for Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian 34.3 and 34.4. With Mark Eaton (KBCC), she also co-authored “Make a Twitter Bot in Python” in the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy’s Blueprints section.

Bonnie Nelson published "Improving Reference Service with Evidence" in the open-access journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, vol. 11, no. 1 (2016).

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Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 4:30pm

White Slavery: Chicago Style

“First in violence, deepest in dirt, lawless, unlovely, ill-smelling, irreverent, new; an overgrown gawk of a village, the ‘tough’ among cities, a spectacle for the nation,” so wrote the Progressive-era journalist Lincoln Steffens in the early twentieth century. He should also have remarked that Chicago was a leader in vice, especially in “white slavery,” or enforced prostitution. One of Chicago’s most infamous “red-light” districts was in the “Levee” in the First Ward run by Alderman Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna. From 18th to 22nd Streets near the wharves on Lake Michigan, you could find countless brothels, saloons, rough dives, dance halls, and other similar places of entertainment. The issue of white slavery was the object of many Chicago reformers. U.S. Attorney Edward Sims remarked in 1908 that “There is enough to indicate that no other city in America holds and harbors the evil of white slavery as Chicago.” For example, in a two month period in 1907, law enforcement or reformers rescued 278 girls under the age of fifteen from Levee brothels.

Book cover: The Tragedies of the White SlavesBook cover: From Dance Hall to White SlaveryBook cover: Seventy Traps of White Slavers

The Sealy Library recently acquired a number of books about Chicago vice, and published in Chicago, with titles such as The Tragedies of the White Slaves (the only recorded copy), From Dance Hall to White Slavery, and the small pamphlet, one of two known copies, Seventy Traps of White Slavers By Which They Trap Girls. The latter offers such tips as “Don’t take music lessons behind locked doors.” “Most all dancing schools are run by white slavers. This is a favorite trap by which they find victims. Beware!” “Never trust the old lady who comes to you.” We could go on, but the Levee fell to the reformers, the passage of the Mann Act in 1910 and the automobile, which allowed vice to move to outlying areas accessible by this new form of transportation.

Today, the “Levee” is a gentrified area surrounding the University of Illinois in Chicago. We are pleased, however, to have acquired such rare evidence of this crime, which adds once again to our outstanding reputation as a research library.

Larry Sullivan

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Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 4:19pm

The library has just added new titles to its Oxford Bibliographies Online resources providing annotated citations and introductory overviews on a range of topics.  Annotated sources include books, journal articles, websites, data sets and archives. In additon to the African Studies, Criminology, Latino Studies and Psychology bibliographies,  the library now provides access to these titles:

  1. Atlantic History
  2. Chinese Studies
  3. Islamic Studies
  4. Military History

To access all titles now, click here.

Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 6:08pm


The library now subscribes to this unique database for students and scholars of American History.

Use this database when you need  background information, timelines, photographs, maps, points of view and a plethora of primary source documents on major issues and controversies in American History.

To start exploring now click here.


Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 5:36pm

Library reserve lab

The Reserve Lab is now open until 11pm Mondays through Thursdays, thanks to your Student Council.

The Reserve Lab is located downstairs in the Library and offers computers (Mac & PC), printers, scanners, and study tables.

Some exceptions apply. See hours calendar.

Please note that the Reserve Desk, which circulates books on reserve, will be closed at the usual time.


Posted Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:35am

This evening we'll be having our first walk-in clinic for graduate students. Come to the library classroom between 5-6pm for help getting started on that literature review. We'll be holding several more throughout the semester, so mark your calendars:

  • Monday, Feb. 22, 5-6 pm, Lloyd Sealy Library Classroom
  • Tuesday, March 15, 5-6 pm, Lloyd Sealy Library Classroom
  • Wednesday, March 30, 5-6 pm, Lloyd Sealy Library Classroom
  • Thursday, April 7, 5-6 pm, Lloyd Sealy Library Classroom
  • Tuesday, April 12, 4:30-5:30 pm, Lloyd Sealy Library Classroom
  • Wednesday, April 20, 5-6 pm, Lloyd Sealy Library Conference Room

Do you need one-on-one help with your research project or assistance finding appropriate resources for an assignment? Would you like to improve your research skills? If so, then drop in and get the help you need just when you need it most. Contact Kathleen Collins with any questions about the clinics.

February 22, 2016

Posted Monday, February 22, 2016 - 1:13pm

The library has a new exhibit called  L♥VE IN THE LIBRARY COLLECTI♥NS in which we feature a selection of books, e-books and special collections on the topic of L♥VE, broadly definedEach book is accompanied by a QR Code so that you can find more information, or, in the case of e-books a path to download it to your device.  Here's a selection of featured books:

Aristaenetus, Erotic letters. (available as an ebook through Ebrary)

Bruckner, Pascal. The paradox of love.  (available as an ebook through Ebrary)

Cayton, Andrew R. L Love in the time of revolution : transatlantic literary radicalism and historical change, 1793-1818.   Stacks - PR878 .L69 C39 2013

Chase, Linda. Not many love poems.  (available as an ebook through Ebrary)

Duhamel, Denise Blowout (available as an ebook through ebrary)

Echols, Damien. Yours for eternity : a love story on death row Stacks BF575 .L8 E365 2014

Europe and love in cinema.  (available as an ebook through Ebrary)

Hayes, Sharon. Sex, love and abuse; discourses on domestic violence and sexual assault   (available as an ebook through Palgrave Connect

Horstman, Judith. The Scientific American book of love, sex, and the brain: the neuroscience of how, when, why, and who we love. (available as an ebook through Ebrary)

The Kama Sutra  (available as an ebook through Ebrary)

Love in western film and television: lonely hearts and happy trails. (available as an ebook through Palgrave Connect)

Määttä, Kaarina. Many faces of love. (available as an ebook through Springer Link)

Nehring, Daniel. Intimacies and cultural change : perspectives on contemporary Mexico.  (available as an ebook through Ebrary)

Screening the dark side of love: from Euro-horror to American cinema (available as an ebook through Palgrave Connect)

Todd, Erica. Passionate love and popular cinema: Romance and film genre. (available as an ebook through Palgrave Connect)

Weisser, Susan Ostrov. The glass slipper: women and love stories. (available as an ebook through Ebrary)




Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 5:47pm

The library just started a trial to the database World Politics Review which runs through April 1, 2016.

This is a daily, online publication and resource on political and foreign policy matters with articles written by a network of more than 400 contributors from around the world. You can search this resource using the EBSCO platform or on the World Policy Institute website, by geographic area, personal name, author, publication name, date and publication type, among other qualifiers.

Please send your feedback to Maureen Richards, Electronic Resources LIbrarian  at

Posted Friday, January 29, 2016 - 5:16pm