From the Communion of Saints tapestry created by John Nava for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California.
As we prepare for Halloween, we must not forget to celebrate the following day as well which is All Saints’ Day! Back in old England, saints or holy people are called “hallowed”, so All Saints’ Day was also known as “All Hallow’s Day”. Thus the evening before the feast became popularly known as “All Hallows’ Eve” or “Halloween”.
Learning about the saints can be fascinating. According to Fr. Robert Barron, “The saints differ in a wide variety of personalities, styles, backgrounds, and education. They have vivid, memorable, and striking personalities. Saints are not simply there to be our models or heroes, but are there to be our friends and guide us along the path of holiness. When we celebrate “All Saints Day” we celebrate the source of radiance they bring, which is brought on by their burning love for Christ.”
Our library collection is a rich resource for information about the saints. For example, you can learn more about All Saints’ Day in the New Catholic Encyclopedia.
Are you looking for information about a particular saint? Look them up in Butler’s Lives of the Saints in our Reference Collection (3d floor Kindlon Hall) or search the Library online catalog for books in our collection.
Happy and blessed All Saints’ Day!
Halloween approaches. Time to stop by the BenU Library to check out some horror films…and some scholarly horror genre film criticism to help you analyze said films. Here are just a few of the titles you can find in our collection:
Horror Films on DVD
Horror Film Criticism
This week—Oct. 20-26—is Open Access Week. What does that mean exactly? Open access (OA) is the practice of providing free, unrestricted online access to scholarly content. OA content is free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Advantages include easier access, wider visibility, greater impact of research, faster publishing, and easier sharing and collaborating.
There are two main routes that you can follow to make your content open access:
- Gold open access is achieved by publishing content in open access journals, like those listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.
- Green open access is achieved by depositing content in open access repositories. In other words, you publish your content in any journal and then self-archive a version for free public use in your institutional repository. (By the way, the BenU Library is developing an institutional repository. Keep an eye out for more information about it in the near future.)
Interested in learning more about the Open Access (OA) movement? Here are a few resources to get you started:
Check out some of the new popular films on DVD available for checkout at the BenU Library on the Lisle and Springfield campuses:
More popular films on DVD
HINT: On the Lisle campus, the Popular Films Collection is located on a revolving shelving unit in Kindlon Lower Level. Can’t find it? Ask us at the Circulation Desk.
Each year, we celebrate Banned Books Week to call attention to the harms of censorship. The focus of this year’s Banned Books Week is comic books and graphic novels. In recent years, there have been a number of high profile challenges to comics. For example, just last year Chicago Public Schools restricted access to Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir Persepolis.
Why are comics so often targets for censorship? According to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) Banned Books Handbook, “Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges because of the medium’s visual nature and because comics still carry the stigma of low-value speech. Some challenges are brought against comics because a single page or panel can be taken out of context, while others come under attack because of the mistaken notion that all comics are for children” (p. ).
Here are just a few of the comics and graphic novels challenged in recent years:
- Bone / Jeff Smith (Reason challenged: Drugs, alcohol, smoking, political viewpoint, racism, violence)
- Stuck in the Middle / ed. Ariel Schrag (Reason challenged: Language, sexual content, drug references)
- The Color of Earth / Kim Dong Hwa (Reason challenged: Nudity, sexual content, unsuited to age group)
- Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi (Reason challenged: Profanity, violent content)
- Fun Home / Alison Bechdel (Reason challenged: Sex/nudity, LGBTQ themes) *Last week, Bechdel was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.
- Blankets / Craig Thompson (Reason challenged: Sex/nudity)
- The Sandman / Neil Gaimon (Reason challenged: Anti-family themes, offensive language, unsuited for age group)
- Watchmen / Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Reason challenged: Unsuited to age group)
Find the full list of the Library’s comic books and graphic novels.
For literary criticism on graphic novels, search MLA International Bibliography or JSTOR (access via our Databases page).