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a library newsletter, a compendium of interesting tidbits, a communication tool....from Bailey Library @ Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Updated: 2018-03-07T15:03:20.243-05:00




The Voice for Social Justice and Equality: Frederick Douglass

Last Monday night at 6 PM, Bailey Library hosted a presentation by Dr. Christophas Walker.  Longtime associate of the Frederick Douglass Institute, Dr. Walker spoke of the impressive life of Frederick Douglass, slave, writer, and the voice for social justice and equality. 

As an infant, Douglass was separated from his mother and sold into slavery.  Although illegal at that time to teach slaves to read or write, the wife of Frederick’s first slave owner began teaching him to read. When her husband discovered this, he stopped it; but, Frederick’s taste for learning could not be sated easily.  He became skillful at trading things to school boys in exchange for using their textbooks and furthering his reading skills.

Eventually Douglass escaped to the North and worked alongside Abraham Lincoln during his term as president, addressing the treatment of black men in the army, as well as, slavery.   Frederick spoke out for social justice and equality, was a supporter of women’s rights, and often spoke on behalf of women's suffrage groups.  When Lincoln died, former slave, Frederick Douglass was present at his funeral.

As Dr. Walker continued his presentation, he addressed current human rights issues, such as gender inequality, and domestic violence by sports heroes, making his audience aware that almost 200 years after slavery was abolished, we still are fighting for social justice and equality.

For further information about Frederick Douglass, his life, and slavery, check out Bailey Library’s Frederick Douglass Pan African Studies Collection of 10,000 titles.

Archives ….and all that Jazz


Jared Negley, Slippery Rock University Archives assistant

Jared Negley, former Slippery Rock University graduate, is Bailey Library’s newest Archives assistant.  Negley graduated from SRU in 2008 with a Bachelor in the Arts of Music degree and an East Asian Studies Minor. 

Jared is an avid jazz musician and plays the upright bass.  His freelance jazz playing led him from gigs at the North Country Brewery in Slippery Rock and the Butler Symphony Office, to playing with bands like the Trinity Jazz Orchestra and the Harmony-Zelienople Jazz Band. He teaches private music lessons and taught jazz combo and improvisation with a team of other SRU student assistants at the Slippery Rock University Summer Creative & Performing Arts Academy.  He also taught bass, rhythm section and ear training master classes. 

As an undergrad, Negley spent much of his time in Bailey Library studying and doing group work. He then procured employment as a student worker in the Serials department where he helped patrons locate periodicals and prepared journals for binding, as well as updated holding records.  It was during this time that he realized he wanted to become a librarian with music as his specialty.  Jared also has another tie with Bailey Library.  His mother, Dorothyann Negley, worked at Bailey in the Technical Services Department for 32 years until her retirement in 2010.

In 2008, Jared continued his education at Rutgers University in New Jersey where he studied Jazz History and Research until his graduation in 2010 with his Master of the Arts degree.  While at Rutgers, Negley taught a course on the history of rock and pop music. At the Institute of Jazz Studies in New Jersey, he gained valuable experience as an Archives assistant, working there from 2008 to 2010. 

The Pratt Institute came next where Jared earned his Master of Science degree in Library and Information Sciences in 2012.  During this period he furthered his archival experience with an internship at the Louis Armstrong Archives in Queens, New York.  “I like working in libraries.  I like the idea of giving people free access to information and preserving our history,” said Negley. 

Then, in the latter part of 2014, Slippery Rock University Archives department advertised for an Archives assistant to create an online database for record groups and collections, and to digitize and upload photos.  Jared applied, was interviewed, and offered the position.  He accepted, and the rest, as they say, is history. 



Recently Read by Jaymie Macek

Jaymie Macek, Public Relations Major

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier is a book that I would recommend to any female wishing to read about time travel and the old English time period. I borrowed this book through Bailey Library’s Interlibrary Loan online,
E-ZBorrow, and received the book in about four days.  While reading this book, I was instantly encapsulated into the story and did not put the book down until it was finished. I didn’t want the story to end!  Luckily for me, this is a trilogy and I have already requested the next two books in the series.  Gwyneth, the main character in this book, is extremely fun and spunky.  She and her new time-traveling partner, Gideon, pick up their next adventure in the sequel in the trilogy entitled “Sapphire Blue.” When reading this book, you might want to set a chunk of time aside because you willkeep turning the pages until the book is over. Definitely a “must read.”

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Request this book through E-ZBorrow

Recently Read by Carlie Lipke


Carlie Lipke, Communications Major
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is definitely a novel I would recommend to anyone. I picked it up after hearing it would be a film soon. I read the first few chapters and was instantly hooked. It’s definitely a great read for any student at SRU because the story line is amazing and keeps you on your toes.Just when you think you have everything figured out, Flynn adds another plot twist to take it to a new level. Psychologist students would love it! I especially liked how the chapters alternated from the points of view of the main characters, Nick and Amy. This was a twist in itself---making the reader believe first one, then the other. My advice is to plan a day of reading because you will not want to put the book down.  

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Call #: FLY
Location:  Reading Room, Third Floor, Bailey Library

Recently Read by Danielle Faggioli


Danielle Faggioli, Mathematics Major

The Fault in our Stars by John Green is an excellent book, especially for college students. The book is enjoyable and a quick read so it won't take too much time from your studies. The premise is based primarily on two main characters, Hazel and Augustus, who both suffer from cancer. Chapter by chapter, you learn their journeys through their stories. Although the characters are a little younger than most of us at SRU (16 and 17), their difficult lives force them to mature quickly. As a result,the characters are very relatable. The book is filled with ups and downs and keeps your attention. As you live their stories through them, you willconstantly bewondering, "What will happen next?" I recommend this inspirational novel (which is now a major motion picture) as your next read.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Call Number: Fic G7966f 
Located: Second Floor of Bailey Library

Calling all READERS......


Have you read a great book recently?  Would you like to share what you read with Bailey Library's blog?  Email or call 724-738-4389 for more details.  We will feature a new reader each week, along with their picture, and their book recommendation.

"Portable office" stacks up


Following the massive weeding project Bailey Library undertook to make way for the new Mathematics Lab coming this Fall, staff worker, Charlynn Seidel, has begun correlating the titles for the bound journals left on the shelf with those that are in the library catalog.  As she does this, she is also unifying the entries so all follow the same format.  Once her initial examination is finished, the bound journals will be shifted to the ground floor onto new compact shelving units. Meanwhile, her new "portable office" makes the catalog clean-up project much easier for her.

Bailey Library produces Copywrong video


Bailey Library is producing a series of videos to provide information for students on copyright issues.

The first in the series, titled "Copywrong: Illegally downloading music on a university campus" has been completed and posted to YouTube via the library's web page.  The 5 minute video centers around a fictional student, Eric Schuldig, who has been downloading music illegally from the internet.  Eric receives several letters from the university asking him to cease and desist, but he ignores the notifications and continues to violate copyright laws by converting YouTube videos to MP3 for use on his Ipod.  Eventually, he faces the University Board, gets some bad news and then has his day in court.  It does not turn out well for Eric, as you can imagine. View the video here:  Copywrong video

The series is meant to impart copyright information to students in an entertaining, relatable way.  Each video will be 5 minutes or less and center around a situation involving a copyright law that students could conceivably encounter.

If all goes well, the second video is scheduled to be released at the end of the Fall 2014 semester. 



Maltby Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Cody Byers, recipient of the 2nd annual Dr. Albert E. Maltby Award.  Cody is a Junior, majoring in English and Professional Studies.  She has been working for Bailey Library in the Reference/IMC areas for two years.  Well done, Cody, and we at Bailey Library wish you continued academic success at SRU.



Winning Word Search

Emily Sivak is the winner of the National Women's History Month word search contest.  Emily's winning entry was pulled the first week in April and she was presented with a gift card from the SGA Book Store.  Congrats, Emily.



Not My Life
Thanks to everyone who came to Bailey Library's human trafficking awareness event to see the 2 showings of the film, Not My Life, on January 30. Attendance for both exceeded our expectations. Special thanks to our host, Jane Smith, for making us aware of this problem all around us, and whose dedication to this cause is inspiring.
We learned that human trafficking is everywhere.  Statistics show in the U.S. there have been cases reported in all 50 states.  Victims of modern slavery can be children or adults, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, male or female.  It is a world-wide problem that must be stopped.
All of us are touched by modern slavery every day--the food we eat, the products we buy and the consumer items we use on a daily basis probably were produced or touched by those held in involuntary servitude. 
Take a stand.  Right here.  Right now.  Today.  Visit to see how your consumer choices impact global slavery.  Then contact Dr. Cindy LaCom ( to express your interest in joining an on-campus organization to raise awareness and combat child labor, sexual exploitation of women and children, involuntary servitude, and other forms of human trafficking. 
Let's make a difference.

Like a good scare?



If you are looking for a good scary read for the Halloween season, who better than author Stephen King to scare the pants off you?  His new book, Doctor Sleep, picks up with the life of Dan Torrence (from The Shining).  Now middle-aged, Dan has been drifting around for decades trying to shake his father's legacy of despair, alchoholism, and violence. He settles in at a job at a nursing home where he uses his shining power to comfort the dying in their last moments.  Then, he meets ups with 12-year old, Abra Stone, whose spectacular gift (the brightest shining ever seen) draws him into her life and awakens his own demons.  An epic battle of good and evil results and he finds himself fighting for Abra's very life and soul!

Congratulations, Kayla


Kayla Reckner, a Public Health major, is the recipient of Bailey Library's Healthfest prize.  Her name was pulled from 73 total entries.  Congratulations, Kayla.

JamRock Rocks Library!


As entertainment for the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Research Services Center held September 25, JamRock performed a hiphop number.  Front row: Emily King, London Parris, Caitlin Paul Back row: Kendra Jones, President Cheryl Norton, Katie Marchese. Thanks, girls, for a great performance!

President Norton hosts Grand Opening of Research Services Center


On September 25, President Cheryl Norton and Phil Tramdack cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of Bailey Library's newly renovated Research Services Center.  Upgrades to the Center include energy efficient lighting, flexible study areas, carpeting, digital displays, smart boards, lower shelving units, and new furniture.  [...]

No computers available? Check out a Laptop!


Did you know Bailey Library has nearly 80 laptops available for use in the building, and soon that number will jump to 107?  Newly located in the Research Services Center, the laptops lending service point is in room 122 (formerly the disabilities office).  Any student can stop by and check one out with a valid SRU ID.

Welcome Back SRU Students!


If you haven't already seen this display, check it out in the stairwell.  All the leaves, pumpkins, and chair were made from weeded library books.


Beach Reads


Looking for a great summer read?  Check out the Reading Room in Bailey Library! History professor, Patsy MacLemoore, wakes up in jail after an alcoholic blackout wondering what landed her there.  She jokingly asks her lawyer and jailers, "Okay, what did I do?  Kill someone?"  She had no idea that a mother and daughter were found run over in her driveway and that she was the prime suspect after being apprehended driving with a revoked license! Faced with life in prison, she tries to atone for this unpardonable act by getting sober, finding a new community and husband. Decades later a new piece of information turns up that surprises everyone and causes Patsy to reassess her life.In this thriller/mystery, break-ins are plaguing elderly residents of the small town of Starvation Lake.  When the break-ins escalate to murder, Gus Carpenter sets out to discover the truth.  He has no idea his journey will lead him to a secret lockbox belonging to his mother that could forever change his life.Ever wish you could ditch your life and begin over again???  32 year old Emily Aulebach, a Manhattan lawyer decides to do just that!  She leaves work early one day, impulsively packs a bag and takes off, leaving her husband, sister, friends and job behind.  She heads to a town in New Hampshire where she spent a summer during her college years.  This is the place where she first "went wrong" in her life and she is determined to fix it.  She has to start here.Two couples get together at a fashionable restaurant for dinner one night.  The evening begins with polite small talk that hides the terrible things that really need to be said.  The conversational knives are sharpened as each new course is served until they finally bring up the real subject--their fifteen year old sons. The 2 boys are united by a single horrific act that triggered a police investigation and shattered their families. Civility and friendship are thrown out the window when each couple shows just how far they will go to protect those they love.  This international bestseller will leave you breathless.1852 - 17 year old Joesphine is a house slave to aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell2004 - Lina Sparrow, an ambitious young lawyer, works on a class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slavesLina discovers art historians suspect Lu Anne Bell's humanizing portraits of slaves that worked on her Virginia tobacco farm was actually the work of her house slave, Josephine.  A descendant of Josephine's would be the perfect face for her lawsuit, if one can be tracked down.  As Lina pieces together the story of Josephine, she begins to question her own life and her mother's mysterious death twenty years before.  This searing tale of art and history, love and secrets explores what it means to repair a wrong, and asks whether truth can be more important than justice.This is just a sampling of what can be found in the Reading Room, second floor of Bailey Library.  You are sure to find a genre or author to help you while away the summer days ahead.[...]

Philip Tramdack recognized by Symposium Committee


Terry Wajda, the Symposium committee spokesperson, presented Philip Tramdack with a plaque to recognize his many years of work and service on the event.  Phil has been instrumental in the growth and promotion of the Symposium. 

We, at Bailey Library, wish to extend our congratulations to him and thank him for his time and dedication to this event.

The Heart of SRU



Behold the new design for Bailey Library that will be featured on our future promotional items!

Thank you to everyone who entered our contest, to our three finalists (Jessica Buckholtz, Wonseon Yu, and Melissa Hubans) and to all those who took time to vote on Facebook for their favorite design.

Jessica Buckholtz wins Bailey Library Design Contest!!!


The winner of Bailey Library's first ever Design Contest is Jessica Buckholtz! 

 Jessica is a Public Relations major whose winning design will be featured on the Library's promotional items, such as coffee mugs, tee-shirts, water bottles, etc.  As the winner, she received a gift basket filled with goodies from the Bookstore.  Way to go, Jessica!!!! 

Scholarship Winner!!!!!


Tyler Bassett, Systems student worker and winner of the Albert E. Maltby Scholarship  award, March 2013.

Want to be $500 richer???


Are you a Bailey library student worker???  A sophomore, junior or first semester senior???  In good academic standing at SRU? 

If so, you could be the first Dr. Albert E. Maltby Scholarship winner!  Get an application from your department supervisor, complete the form, ask a faculty member or your immediate supervisor for a recommendation letter, and give it all to Ellen Pontius by March 8th to be eligible.  You just might be $500 richer.

Superhero to the rescue!


Identity Theft is on the rise! Here to save the day, was John McCool, AKA Identity Man, who taught us how to protect ourselves from falling victim to this crime on Monday, February 18th at Bailey Library.

Biff!  Zonk!  Zowee!  Take THAT, bad guys!

Respect your body....stay protected


You may have noticed this unusual display on the landing between the first and ground floor of Bailey Library.  For National Condom Week, the Healthy Outreach Through Peer Education (HOPE) is running a campaign during the week of Valentines (February 11-15) called "Respect your body...stay protected".  Bailey Library was chosen as one of the buildings on campus to house their display.  The dress in this picture is made entirely of condoms and will soon be switched out with another mannequin wearing blue jeans and a condom vest.