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Summer Library Jobs

Interested in working at the Whittemore Library this summer? Coverage is needed from May 22 through September, both days and evenings.  Contact Lori Wolfe  as soon as possible for an application.

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Meet the new Curriculum Library Assistant!


Maria Lentini is the new Curriculum Library Assistant. She has a BA in Theatre and Communications from Seton Hall University. She has a great interest in mythology and travel, and has taught English in Hiroshima, Japan as a participant in the JET program.

She is very excited to be a part of the FSU Library team.

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Stephanie Farne, Reference Librarian

stephaniefarneStephanie Farne has been a part time reference librarian at FSU since May of 2016.  She holds a BA in Political Science/International Relations from UMass Amherst, a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.  Stephanie has worked at several Boston area academic libraries, a law firm library as well as a public library.

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Hedda Monaghan, Reference Librarian


Hedda Monaghan is our part-time Reference Librarian and she usually works on Fridays and Saturdays.

Hedda has an MLIS from the University of British Columbia and a B.S. in Plant Soil and Insect Science from U. Mass. Amherst. She has taught Refworks and Zotero workshops for undergrads and graduate students, edited and updated Libguides in biology and forestry, and created tutorials in database searching. The library is excited to have a Hedda as part of our team.

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by | June 21, 2016 · 3:23 pm

Library Spotlight – Barbara Slavin


“Barbara had a whole lifetime of experience before becoming a librarian and started to learn the trade at a time when profession was already insisting on digital competency.   She’s a social media maven – Twitter, Flickr and AudioBoom,  to name a few, and especially enjoys guiding students through the maze of  information, electronic and hard copy,  they have to navigate to complete their assignment and research papers.   She walks to work (weather permitting), loves dogs, good coffee and coffee shop debates.

Her only complaint about her job is that not enough students ask her questions!”

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Library Spotlight: Justin Daras

Justin Daras

Justin Daras is a Reference Librarian here at the Henry Whittemore Library.

Can you tell us a little bit about your job?
My work here is to help people use the library and its resources. Some students need help searching for books and articles, and another part of my job is to help students think about their assignments, to figure out what they’re looking for and why. Inherent in academic research is the process of uncovering initial beliefs, searching and encountering the literature, and developing something original to say about all of that. It involves change, and recognizing assumptions. It’s hard, and that’s where students struggle. But it’s why you go to college, and how you grow as a person. We’ve all been there!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I take care of my young daughter full time during the days, and work evenings—so I can relate to many of the students I work with at night. Putting your education first—above food and sleep, and a million other responsibilities—is a hard thing to do, and requires a lot of sacrifice. I admire the dedication I see in FSU students.
My priorities in life are to be a good father, partner, and librarian. I received my M.S. from Simmons College and attended Temple University for a B.A. in Philosophy. The organization of ideas has always interested me, as well as logic and ethics.
How does the library contribute to the campus community?
Libraries promote freedom, and we’re here to help all members of the FSU community exercise their minds and achieve their academic goals. Being a librarian is to be in service to society. Especially if you turn on the TV and don’t see people who look like you, if your interests aren’t reflected in popular opinion, and if your values have been marginalized by close minded people. The library is a place of free speech and free association. I’m proud of the work being done here at FSU to create an inclusive community. The library isn’t just a place for books; we’re here to support people discovering themselves and their voices. Diversity, inclusiveness, service, and free speech are central tenets of librarianship, and I think people don’t always think of us that way. Libraries are places to be.
Is there anything most people don’t know about you?
My somewhat neglected love of the ancient near east. Going to the UPenn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology and seeing some of the earliest examples of writing was life changing for me. People had been using language for a long time, but at some point it started to be written down in a way that lasted long enough for us later humans to read it. How did people feel back then, and why did they feel the ways they did? To have a personal reaction to a poem written down roughly 3,000 years ago is a humbling way of feeling connected to the deep history of being human.

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Gettysburg Address Read by FSU Librarians

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by | November 19, 2013 · 6:09 pm

Celebrate National Library Week April 16-19th

The Henry Whittemore Library will be celebrating National Library Week – April 16-19

Events include:

-A performance by Ben Cosgrove in Library Café, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16th.
-Get a free wrapped book in our Books “under-wrap” give-away
(Give-away is all week long or until we run out).
-Enter our Whittemore library staff matching baby photo contest.  Win a prize!  (entries accepted until drawing on Fri. April 19th).
-Draw Your Favorite Book (Month of April)
-Faculty/Staff Publications and Art & Craft Exhibit (Runs month of April).
-Environmental Poetry Workshop/Poetry Slam led by Professor Sam Witt in the Library Cafe at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th.
-Reading by author Maryanne O’Hara in the Library Café on Thursday, April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.
-Literary Cake Decorating Contest – Any patron can make a cake in the theme of a book in the Library Café on Friday, April 19, come vote for your favorite 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, come enjoy a sample of these yummy creations 1-2pm.

We look forward to seeing you all participate in all the week’s events.

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How well do you know the Henry Whittemore library staff?

Come on into the Library and enter our Library staff matching baby picture contest.
Entries must be in prior to April 19th.  Get them all right and you’ll be entered for the prize drawing to win a flash drive!

While you’re here, enjoy some of our National Library Week events, happening all week long.

Try your artistry to “draw your favorite book”

View our Faculty Staff Publications and Art and Craft exhibit (exhibit will be up the month of April)

Get a free wrapped book in our Books “under-wrap” give-away

There are many more events and activities to take part in throughout the week.

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National Library Week Calendar of Events April 9-13th

Please come by and celebrate National Library Week with us at the Henry Whittemore Library April 9-13th!

April 9-23rdth:
– Displays of faculty and staff publications and art exhibit.
– Draw your Favorite Book Display.  Go to specific service desks to participate.
– National Libraries around the World Exhibit.

Monday, April 9th:
– Flash Mob Event – Come and participate on the Doyle Technology Patio 4:30-4:45pm.  Come early to get a spot!

Tuesday, April 10th:
– Pimp my book cart contest.  Please come and vote for your favorite decorated cart!
– Environmental Poetry Workshop and Reading 4:30-6:30pm in the Library Café.  Professor Sam Witt and Librarian Sandra Rothenberg

Thursday April 12th:
 Library Snapshot Day
– Book Club – Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer 12pm in the Library Café.

Friday, April 13th:
– Literary Cake Decorating Contest.  All welcome to participate in creating a Book related decorated cake.  Come by and assist us by voting for your favorite literary decorated cake. Voting 9:30-12:30pm.  At 1pm come by to partake of the yummy creations from 1-2pm. 
-Curriculum Library will host a story time for the pre-school children from the Child Development lab.

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