March 5, 2018
by Jackie

A Pocketful of History – 1961

In exciting library news, librarians have found a date due slip signed by Father Small, the first Director of Libraries here at Fairfield University, from July 1961. He was the first person to check out a copy of the book The Administration of the College Library 3rd Edition by Guy Redvers Lyle, as you can see from the slip in the book pocket.

Rev. Francis Aloysius Small, S.J. was named Director of Libraries in 1952 when the library occupied two rooms in Xavier Hall. He led the move to the main floor of Canisus Hall in 1957 where the library remained until the Nyselius Library opened in 1968. It was under the leadership of Father Small that the library began a microform collection, purchased its first electronic typewriter, and developed a procedure for duplicating catalog cards. Father Small remained the Director of Libraries until 1974.

By Taylor Matto


1968 photo: Rev. Francis A. Small, S.J., Director of Libraries, poses with Dr. Margaret C. Deignan and two other women in Nyselius Library.



February 28, 2018
by Lisa Thornell

Celebrate the Birthday of Dr. Seuss

Blog post written by Library Social Media Student Assistant, Taylor Matto:

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

This Friday, March 2, 2018, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library will hold an event in honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Fairfield University students will celebrate the life and birthday of one of the greatest American authors, Dr. Seuss, by making a craft inspired by the trees from the beloved book, The Lorax, and enjoy mini-birthday cakes.  Copies of various Dr. Seuss books will be on display and available to check out.

Dr. Seuss would have been 115 years old on March 2nd of this year. Throughout his life and career Dr. Seuss won many awards including two Academy awards, two Emmy award as well as earning a Pulitzer Prize. He has written many childhood classics including The Cat in The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Lorax.

“I’m so excited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. I loved reading his books growing up!” said sophomore student worker Emma Rauth, who is just one of the many students excited to attend the event.

Please stop by the library lobby and celebrate with us. The event will be a lot of fun!


February 15, 2018
by Lisa Thornell
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MARCH Triliogy: Graphic Memoir on the Civil Rights Movement

Have you read the March triology? Schools have been adding the books to curriculum since the first book was published in 2013. Congressman John Lewis (GA-5), one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, shares his remarkable story with new generations via the medium of the graphic novel. The award-winning, #1 bestselling graphic novel trilogy recounting John Lewis's life in the Civil Rights movement, is co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell.

The books provide a poignant first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. The 1950's comic book, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, which advocated nonviolent resistance, inspired student activists like Lewis. Check them out at the Library today.

An exclusive peek at the art from the upcoming 'Run' illustrated by Afua Richardson

John Lewis recently announced his next multi-part graphic memoir titled Run. This next book will pick up where March left off, continuing his story and the story of the civil rights movement. Lewis said in a statement reported by Time Magazine: “In sharing my story, it is my hope that a new generation will be inspired by Run to actively participate in the democratic process and help build a more perfect union here in America.”


February 12, 2018
by Jackie
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The Magical Power of Dictionaries

Webster Dictionary advertisement - Project Gutenberg from WikiMedia

In the days of my youth, for those of us who liked to read, the dictionary was a magical object of mysterious powers."

He also writes about how libraries are like dictionaries. He notes, "Aby Warburg, the great reader, defined for us all what he called a library’s "law of the good neighbor." According to Warburg, the book with which one was familiar was not, in most cases, the book one needed. It was the unknown neighbor on the same shelf that contained the vital information. The same can be said of the words in a dictionary."

Want to read more about dictionaries?  Try Simon Winchester's book The Professor and the Madman : A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, available at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.


February 2, 2018
by Lisa Thornell
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Debuting a Research Guide for New FUAM Exhibit

Giovanni Battista Gaulli (Italian, 1639-1709), Painted Model for the Apse Fresco of the Gesù, 1690 (detail), Oil on paper laid down on wood, Church of the Gesù, Rome (museum)

The Fairfield University Art Museum  (FUAM) has opened a new exhibition this week, The Holy Name: The Art of the Gesù: Bernini and His Age. The exhibition features artistic treasures from the Roman church of the Gesù never before seen in America and paintings, sculptures, rare books, precious objects, drawings, prints, and historical documents by Bernini, Domenichino, Gaulli, Ciro Ferri, Carlo Maratti, and Andrea Pozzo, among other Italian Baroque masters, on loan from American museums and private collections.  These masterpieces tell the fascinating and intertwined stories of the church’s early history and splendid interior embellishment, and the foundational chapters of the Society of Jesus. To support student learning and provide supplemental materials for all museum patrons, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library has partnered with FUAM to create a research guide with links to relevant library resources:

All museum patrons are welcome to visit the DiMenna-Nyselius Library to view the library resources on this guide. Only Fairfield University students, faculty and staff are able to view some of the links & resources remotely by authenticating with a current NetID and password.

The Holy Name: The Art of the Gesù: Bernini and His Age will be open in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries from February 2-May 19, 2018. For more information about the exhibition visit: