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Q&A with an embedded librarian

The Libraries' Department of Research and Instructional Services offers faculty classroom support, helping students learn information literacy skills and use of academic resources. Librarians can be embedded in courses as an instructor or simply as a research contact. Among other things, they teach students how to use research databases, evaluate sources and create bibliographies. Read more.

Student resources for digital media production

Since its launch in 2011, the Libraries' Digital Media Studio has continued to provide students with equipment, software and instruction for digital media projects such as web portfolios, videos and podcasts. Technology such as video cameras, iPads, iMac computers, sound recorders, microphones and digital cameras are all available for student use at no cost. Read more.

Institutional repository makes Marquette scholarship accessible

This May, Marquette University's institutional repository - e-Publications@Marquette - reached a milestone of one million downloads, half occurring within the past year. The open access digital repository provides persistent URLs to the scholarly work of over 400 faculty, students and staff, making their work visible on a global scale. Read more.

Happy anniversary, Raynor

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New staff, welcome!

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Librarians help faculty measure research impact

Assessing the use and importance of research—known as research impact—is valuable to many. Researchers who spend countless hours investigating topics of great personal, organizational and global significance care about research impact. Tenure and promotion committees rely on measurements of impact when evaluating institutional scholars. Institutions that fund research use these same measurements to see the return on their investments.

Therefore, it may be no surprise that librarians too are invested in the measurement of research impact. The subject liaisons at Raynor Memorial Libraries who support Marquette researchers provide services designed to improve awareness of current measures as well as increase the visibility and accessibility of researchers' outputs. Read more.

New group study room reservation system

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The room reservation system for student group study rooms has gone virtual. Take a look!

Connecting Marquette community to resources

Over the course of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Department of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) lent over 12,300 library items to other academic institutions and borrowed 8,000 items.  This library-to-library lending service supports the research needs of the Marquette University community and our partners.

When the Libraries do not already own an item needed by a Marquette patron, the ILL team attempts to procure it by sending a borrowing request to another library. In the instance that Marquette Libraries own an item needed by a patron at another institution, that institution might place a loan request. Read more.

The Saint John's Bible on display at Libraries

 Photo of Saint John's Bible

This July, Raynor Memorial Libraries acquired the seventh and final volume of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible. The Libraries have been in the process of acquiring the Bible for the past two and a half years. Read more.

  • Message from the dean
  • Upcoming events

Janice WelburnAs you scan over this issue of News from the Libraries, you might quickly draw the conclusion that everything in Raynor Memorial Libraries has gone digital. Our digital institutional repository, e-Publications@Marquette, is in full swing. Marquette’s students are making heavy use of the Libraries’ Digital Media Studio. Librarians are embedding themselves virtually in classrooms equipped with databases and other e-resources. You can tour the Libraries by using your mobile phone to scan our QR code. And among our recent hires you will find an Electronics Records Manager and an Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Yes, this is not your grandfather’s library. Perhaps it never was.

As Robert Darnton, the esteemed French historian and Librarian of Harvard University wrote about the launching of the National Digital Public Library in the April 25th issue of The New York Review of Books, “For all its futuristic technology, the DPLA harkens back to the eighteenth century. What could be more utopian than a project to make the cultural heritage of humanity available to all humans? What could be more pragmatic than the designing of a system to link up millions of megabytes and deliver them to readers in the form of easily accessible texts?”

Dr. Darnton is right. Throughout the history of humankind, libraries have depended upon advances in technologies to provide people with access to information, and this has been especially important to libraries at universities like Marquette. Not all technologies have been perfect. We have survived the creation of paper with high acid content and the invention of the microcard, a promising idea to reduce massive amounts of text to small cards that failed when the company that made the readers ceased to exist. Yet, Darnton has also pointed to our reality in the university library, that “despite financial pressure, we therefore are advancing on two fronts, the digital and the analog.”

There is no death to print in the foreseeable future; rather, we will continue to see our books alongside our tablets as vital tools to get our work done as students and scholars.

In the ten years since the opening of Raynor Library and completion of the renovation of Memorial Library, we have fully realized the integration of print and digital worlds. While we have acquired electronic resources and opened facilities and repositories for digital media, we have also improved our space for unique archival and manuscript papers and completed acquisition of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible. And while we have enhanced Web access to our e-collections and virtual services, we are making it easier to use our group study spaces with a new room reservation system.

As Heather James, one of our librarians from Research and Instructional Services, says in describing her role as an “embedded” librarian, “In the most basic sense, librarians put people in contact with information…librarians assist people in working with all those systems of preserving, finding and evaluating the information.” For the staff of Raynor Memorial Libraries, the true center of what we do is our work with you - the users of our libraries.

Janice Welburn
Dean, University Libraries
Marquette University

Save the date!

J.R.R. Tolkien Manuscripts: Public Showings, 2013-2014

A public showing of J.R.R. Tolkien's original manuscripts will take place Friday, November 15 in Raynor Library's Prucha Archives Reading Room.

The showing is one of several throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Presentations are led by Raynor Library archivists. Among the manuscripts shown are The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

This free event is open to the Marquette community and general public. Reservations are not necessary. Please note that this event is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Photography will not be allowed.

Contact Bill Fliss,, for more information or visit the website.

Date: Friday, November 15
Time: 2:30 – 3:15 pm
Location: Prucha Archives Reading Room, 3rd floor, Raynor Library

What's Next for Sub-Saharan Africa? Open Questions for African Studies (Sub-Saharan)

This is the fifth panel discussion in the Global Discussion Series presented by Raynor Memorial Libraries, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the Office of International Education.

Join an informal and interdisciplinary discussion surrounding global issues. The discussion will encourage awareness of international events and focus on the large questions facing the region. The series is designed to allow students and faculty to share their views, experience, and research questions to provide direction to students looking to explore such issue in greater depth.

A panel of faculty experts will briefly sketch social and political background and critical issues and a librarian will offer reliable resources to dig deeper into the topics discussed.

Faculty Experts

  • · Dr. Chima Korieh, Moderator, Associate Professor of History
  • · Dr. Boubakary Diakite, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • · Dr. Michael Monahan, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • · Dr. Ellen Eckman, Associate Professor/Chair of Educational Policy and Leadership)
  • · Dr. John Jentz, Library Liaison to the Department of History

All faculty and students are invited to join the conversation. Coffee, tea, and pumpkin bars will be available. For more information contact the Office of International Education at 414-288-7289.

Date: Friday, November 15
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: Raynor Library, lower level, Beaumier Suites

Supporting Milwaukee through service

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In support of Marquette's mission to dedicate ourselves to the service of others, the Dean of University Libraries and library staff participated in several service activities in the Milwaukee community. Read more.

Tour the Libraries, virtually!

Take a tour of Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Libraries in less than three minutes and from the comfort of your home. The Libraries’ virtual tour, narrated in both English and Mandarin, provides a thorough exploration of both Raynor and Memorial library buildings, services and resources.

Library tour QR codeA mobile version is available for self-guided tours. Scan the QR code on this page with a smart phone to get started. Free QR code scanner apps are available through the app store on your smart phone. In person tours are also available. Call the Information Desk to schedule an appointment, (414) 288-7556.

Whether you are new to the Marquette campus or have been here for years, it is worth a few minutes of your time to discover or rediscover what is available at your Libraries.