Friday, April 20, 2018

Staff Notes: Farewell to Sharon Britton

Sharon Britton has retired from her position as Sawyer Library Director, and we wish her well in all her future kayaking, biking and family visiting pursuits!

Speech in honor of Sharon delivered May 30 2018:


Hello everyone! Thank you for coming to support Sharon Britton, the Mildred F. Sawyer Library Director until 5:00pm today when she might actually retire from Suffolk University and full time academic librarianship

We have all had an opportunity to work with Sharon as she engaged in events, projects and committees across campus. Sharon has probably attended every single community event held in this Poetry Center, and her commitment to the Employees Activity Council (EAC) programming ranges from regular First Friday SU spirit displays to last-second intensive decoration support for planned events. Sharon tirelessly advocates for the library’s interests at the Teaching Innovation Learning and Technology (TILT) Committee, Faculty and Professional Learning Community (FPLC), and at any “space meeting” she can politely muscle her way into. As Sharon has set the example for strong campus engagement, I believe you would agree that you are seeing librarians in more places across campus.

Within the library walls, Sharon has emphasized open communication, maintaining an open-door policy for staff to engage her in everything from feisty discussions about professional librarianship to compassionate (and confidential) personal conversations. Sharon has devoted much of her attention to increasing collaboration between departments on library-wide projects and enhancing library services for all users. As library director, Sharon oversaw the completion of the Sawyer Library Commons which grew seating and collaborative space for student use within the library. Sharon also supervised the integration of the former NESAD library’s collection with the Sawyer library collection, and welcomed the Moakley Archive and Institute as a new department of Sawyer library.
Sharon has led Sawyer library with sincerity and care for the past 5 years; please join me as we thank her tremendously for her service.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Off-Campus Authentication Upgrade



Dear Faculty and Students,

Suffolk University libraries are upgrading the service you use to sign into library databases from off-campus. This change is necessary for compliance with current web security standards, and it will improve reliable access to our materials from off-campus.

What this means for you:
 Off-campus database users will now log in using the standard Suffolk University username and password information.

Some resources may still request the old login information during this transition phase. Please supply your old login information to access those resources.


Switching to the new service requires the libraries to change the database links. During the Spring 2018 semester, library staff will maintain the older authentication service, which provides access to the databases via the older links. After June 2018, the older service will no longer be maintained.

What this means for you:
Old links to databases, including direct links to articles, may break after June 2018.
Though some older links may remain functional after June, they will become increasingly less reliable.

Please update any links to databases or to content within databases in your research notes, syllabi, Blackboard platforms, etc.


As always, library staff is available to you for assistance! Please do not hesitate to email, call, or stop by your library for help.

Sincerely,
Moakley Library and Sawyer Library Staff

Contact Information
John Joseph Moakley Law Library
Mildred F. Sawyer Library
617-573-8177
617-573-8535

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall into Your Favorite Book

Compiled and Presented by Blaire Hiebsch, Senior Evening Library Assistant

Mildred F. Sawyer Library pleasure reading display, Fall 2017
A couple of weeks ago we had a question on the white board in Sawyer library asking students what their favorite book is, and it was so cool to see the wide range of books the students loved (some I knew and some I had never heard of). I thought wouldn't it be great if we had some of these books and we could show them off to our students. Sometimes university libraries are seen as just stuffy places to do scholarly research or a place to study but it isn't it nice to know libraries also provide a lot of fun reads as well. Some of these books were chosen because they were listed as being a students favorite books, some are just good reads that everyone should read in their life, and some purely looked intriguing. I tried to pull books that would appeal to a large range of people (and not just historical fiction which is my favorite). I tried show off the library's wide range of books to be enjoyed. With the changing of the season it feels like a good time to curl up with one's favorite hot beverage and a great book... especially now with it being mid-terms time it is an excellent moment for a little self-care and escape into a story.

Here is a list of the titles selected for the display. Click the hyperlink to see if the book is available, or already checked-out.


  1. The alchemist / Paulo Coelho; translated by Alan R. Clarke
  2. Love in the time ofcholera / Gabriel Garci­a Marquez ; translated from the Spanish by EdithGrossman
  3. Atonement: a novel / Ian McEwan
  4. The autobiography of Malcolm X / with the assistance of Alex Haley; introduction by M.S. Handler ; epilogue by Alex Haley ; afterword by OssieDavis
  5. Beloved : a novel / by Toni Morrison ; [with a new foreword by theauthor]
  6. The bone people : a novel / by Keri Hulme
  7. The book thief / by Markus Zusak
  8. Cat's cradle / Kurt Vonnegut
  9. Dracula / Bram Stoker
  10. Fight Club / by Chuck Palahniuk
  11. Hamilton : the revolution : being thecomplete libretto of the Broadway musical, with a true account of its creation,and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America / byLin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
  12. The help / Kathryn Stockett
  13. High fidelity / Nick Hornby
  14. The hobbit, or, There and back again / by J.R.R. Tolkien
  15. Magic for beginners / Kelly Link ; illustrated by Shelley Jackson
  16. Middlesex / Jeffrey Eugenides
  17. Naked / David Sedaris
  18. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency / Alexander McCall Smith
  19. Pride and prejudice / Jane Austen ; with an introduction byMargaret Drabble ; and a new afterword by Eloisa James
  20. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage : a novel /Haruki Murakami ; translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel
  21. Something to tell you : a novel / Hanif Kureishi
  22. State of fear : a novel / Michael Crichton
  23. To kill a mockingbird / Harper Lee
  24. Vamped / David Sosnowski
  25. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West : anovel / Gregory Maguire ; illustrations by Douglas Smith