Fall In to Your First Novel this November!

Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiRes (1)For the first time ever, St. Thomas University Library is playing an active part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, or NaNo for short). To support campus writers and writers in the community, we are joined forces with St. Thomas University’s Driftwood Literary Arts Magazine to host a series of talks and meet-ups for the national marathon-novel-writing event this November. We have several pre-November events planned to get you ready, and then we’ll host Write Ins at the Library, where you can write until the wee hours weekly with others on the same mission. And the coffee’s on us. Then we’ll get together to celebrate your accomplishments in early December at a TGI Over! Party.

How It Works

Write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. That’s it. But on a national scale in November. That’s 1,670 words (or 5.5 double-spaced pages) per day for 30 days. Why 50,000? Because it’s doable. Here are the basic steps.

  • First, login in at NaNoWriMo.
  • Next, announce your new novel. Starting October 5, the site will relaunch and you will be able to enter your novel. Choose “November 2015,” fill in the optional fields, and click “Create Novel.”
  • Plan, prewrite, and prepare in October. Or, proceed to next step.
  • Start writing on November 1.
  • Update your word count on the NaNo site as you go. Daily is recommended.
  • Validate your word count on the NaNo site beginning November 20 but no later than November 30.
  • Once your novel is validated, you’ll be taken to a page with a congratulatory message, a certificate to print out, and social media badges.
  • Now to revise. Participate in the Now What Months, in January and February.

How to Validate Your Novel

Paste the entire novel into a word counter on the NaNo site. From the NaNoWriMo FAQ: “To protect your privacy and rights to your work, none of the novels submitted to our site are read by another human. The text is submitted to our server, run through our word-count validator, and then immediately deleted.”

NaNoWriMo Events

NaNo Tweet Chats

NaNo is hosting two Tweet chats:

  • #NaNoPrep TweetChat is Sept. 29 at 2pm. If you’ll miss it because you are at our Info Session (see below), just search the hashtag #NaNoPrep to track the conversations.
  • #NaNoCoach TweetChat is planned for Oct. 28 at 12pm. This will be hosted by the published authors who will be your coaches. More details will be available soon.

How do you participate in a Tweet chat? Type the hashtag #NaNoPrep into the Twitter search box and interact with people using that hashtag. See this blog post for a description of what Twitter chats are and tools to streamline the experience.

@ St. Thomas University Library

  • Sept. 29, 2pm, NaNoWriMo Kick-Off & Info Session, Nina Rose, SEFLIN Room
  • Oct. 13, 3:15pm, Plot Brainstorming Session, Hosted by Driftwood, SEFLIN Room
  • Oct. 27, 11am, Author Valerie Valdes, NaNoWriMo Coordinator, Roadmap to NaNo: Navigating Your Way to Success, Library Atrium
  • Nov. 3, 11am, Author Gricel Dominguez, Sparking the NaNo Fire: From Idea to 50k Library Atrium
  • STU Library NaNoWriMo Schedule Nov. 4, 3pm-10pm, Join Other Writers at a Weekly Write In @ the Library, SEFLIN Room
  • Nov. 11, 3pm-10pm, Write In @ the Library, SEFLIN Room
  • Nov. 18, 3pm-10pm, Write In @ the Library, SEFLIN Room
  • Dec. 1, 2pm, TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) Party, Library Atrium

These events are posted on the flyer on the Library’s Facebook Page. Like the Facebook event, post your comments or questions, and keep up with comments of other local writers.

NaNo Webinars

Online events include two NaNoWriMo webinars:

  • 14, 7pm, Spreecast, A #NaNoPrep Workshop — Join authors Kami Garcia, Danielle Paige, Jonathan Maberry, and Ellen Hopkins for a preparatory and celebratory webinar.
  • 20, 8pm, Spreecast, Diverse Characters — Discussing how to develop characters and worlds that are unfamiliar to you are authors Dhonielle Clayton, I. W. Gregorio, and Miranda Paul.

All you have to do is create a free Spreecast account. Click on the event links above, create an account, and click Remind Me to receive an event reminder. Here is a help guide for participating in a Spreecast.

Event Calendars

Events for the entire NaNo Miami region are posted here.

Here’s the Library’s NaNoWriMo Calendar:

Writer’s Resources

Blog Posts

Fiction-Writing Books

  • We have a display of fiction-writing books in the Library Atrium. Titles are listed here, and they include a few novels written during NaNoWriMo that went on to get published. Here is a complete list of published NaNos.
  • Novel Writing Workbook – Prepared for high school students in the Young Writer’s Program, this workbook may be just the thing first-time-NaNo college students need to jump start the process. Save it as a PDF and voila, you have a personal workbook with fields you can type right into as you work you through your first novel.


Pep & Inspiration

Free Tools

Offers & Freebees

  • NaNo page with tool discounts, freebees, and other offers.


Your Picks

Have some other great resources to add to the mix? Post them in the Comments section.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Photo Exhibition

SmallpostcardlatinoThe Library has curated three photographic exhibits from The Voice/La Voz Editorial Photographic Collection of the Archdiocese of Miami, which is housed at the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum at the Library. The exhibits are Latino Americans: Cuban Experiences in Miami, Miami: A Multicultural Hispanic Community, and La Virgen de la Caridad: Images from the Diaspora. The exhibit opens today, September 8, 2015, the feast day of Our Lady of Charity (La Virgen de la Caridad), patroness of Cuba. To celebrate this occasion, there will be a 12:15 pm mass on September 8, celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski. The mass will be followed by a procession to the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum at the Library, a reception, and tours of the exhibits, from 1:15 pm to 6:00 pm.

Exhibition details are available on the Library website. Library staff have created pathfinders and lesson plans, which are linked to from the Library’s Exhibits page.

This exhibition is one among many other events that the Library will host on “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

St. Thomas University Library receives ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ grant

St. Thomas University Library has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Film LogoAs one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, St. Thomas University Library will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming — such as public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances — about Latino history and culture.

The St. Thomas University Library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronic les the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.)

The film series will be combined with programs involving esteemed St. Thomas University faculty. Dr. Jose Rocha, a faculty member for the St. Thomas University School of Business, will highlight the unique aspects of Miami Hispanic/Latino Businesses and explore what the South Florida Business community has done to attract and develop our current Hispanic/Latino business leaders, and what more it can do to build the next generation of great Hispanic/Latino business leaders. Dr. Ondina Cortes, a faculty member in the St. Thomas University School of Theology and Ministry, will examine the experience of Cubans within the wider lens of Hispanic/Latino Americans, comparing the dreams and disappointments of Latino immigrants over time, offering solutions for Latino’s love-hate relationship with the United States, and highlighting what Latinos have contributed in the forging of this nation and what they have gained and lost in in the process. To build on the St. Thomas University motto, “Developing Leaders for Life,” programming will also examine the current generation of Hispanic/Latino leadership in Miami-Dade and how to develop the next generation of great Hispanic/Latino leaders of our nation.

“Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,” said Dr. Jonathan Roach, Dean of St. Thomas University Library. “I’m thrilled that St. Thomas University Library has this opportunity to explore this topic in our community.”

Visit St. Thomas University Library’s Facebook Page in Fall 2015 for a schedule of events or contact Dean of the Library Dr. Jonathan Roach at jroach@stu.edu. St. Thomas University Library is located at 16401 NW 37th Ave., Miami Gardens, FL, 33054.

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations. View a full list of the recipients.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

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About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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Women who lead

To commemorate Women’s History Month we have put together a book display in the Library Atrium on Women Who Lead. The selection includes historical books on women’s suffrage in the United States, memoirs by political leaders, chronicles of women’s Women's history month march 2015contributions in science, books about women as agents of peace and social change, and recent titles on gender and leadership in the workplace and beyond. We also have a photographic display of notable women leaders. We are asking the STU community, what women leaders have influenced you? Leave your top picks and inspirational notes on this post.

You’ve Got Style Workshop Series & MLA Exercise

We’ve decided to offer our “You’ve Got Style Workshop” series again this Spring. Here is the line-up of workshops coming your way soon:


  • Mon., Feb. 2, 2015, 3pm-4pm, Social Style with the APA 6th ed., Presented by Larry Treadwell in the SEFLIN Conference Room (second floor of the library)
  • Tues., Feb. 3, 2015, 3pm-4pm, Chicago 16th ed: What You Never Wanted to Know, Presented by Jonathan Roach in the C-Lab (second floor of the library)
  • Wed., Feb. 4, 2015, 11am-12pm, Mod MLA 7th ed. Style: Get It On!, Presented by Nina Rose in the C-Lab (second floor of the library)

Popcorn will be served.

MLA Style Workshop Exercise

The answers to the workshop exercise on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed., are posted below:

  1. This book.
  1. This ebook.
  1. This journal article.
  1. This article.
  1. This article.
  1. This image.


By Popular Demand, Wen’s Agedashi Tofu Recipe!

Agedashi Tofu

By Wen Chang

The crowd loved this dish! OIT's Wen Chang demonstrating how to prepare agedashi tofu as part of Asian Heritage Month at STU Library
The crowd loved this dish! OIT’s Wen Chang demonstrating how to prepare agedashi tofu as part of Asian Heritage Month at STU Library
  • Silky Tofu (Silky tofu is extremely delicate, so handle with care)
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Roasted Seaweed
  • Scallion
  • Daikon
  • Dry Fish Flakes (Omit if you are a vegetarian)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Ponzu Sauce
  • Tempura Sauce
  • Sesame Seed Oil
  • An Egg
  • Pinch of Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil or Canola Oil

Cut the whole scallion, except the roots, into tiny pieces

Peel the daikon; grate it using ginger grater and toss excessive juice

Mix 2 parts ponzu sauce with 1 part tempura sauce in a bowl

Add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and a pinch of sugar into the ponzu/tempura sauce mixture

Whisk the egg in a separate bowl

Get the tofu out of the box, pat it with paper towel to get rid of the extra water, and cut it into small rectangular pieces, about 1 inch X 1.5 inches

Pour the bread crumbs onto a large plate

Drench the tofu with the egg batter (you need the egg batter to help the bread crumbs stick to the tofu. Replace bread crumbs and egg batter with corn starch if you are a vegetarian)

Heat the vegetable oil or canola oil in a non-stick pan and make sure you have enough oil to submerge the tofu. If you see smoke coming up from the oil that means the oil is too hot, and you should lower the temperature. Fry the tofu until it’s golden, scoop it out, and set it on some paper towels to drain the unwanted oil.

Get a pair of scissors, and cut the roasted seaweed paper into thin strips

Put a few pieces of the fried tofu on a plate. Add 1 teaspoon of the grated daikon on top of it, layer on some strips of roasted seaweed and dry fish flakes, sprinkle some scallions and sesame seeds, and pour a tablespoon of the sauce mixture onto it. Serve!

You can always add or reduce the condiments according to your preference

Take a Pic and Watch a Flick–It’s Banned Books Week!

It’s Banned Books Week at St. Thomas University Library and at libraries, bookstores, universities, comic book stores, and everywhere there’s a book to be challenged or defended across the nation.

Take your pick and take a pic!

Stop by the Information Table in the Library Atrium on September 22, 2014, to have your picture taken with your favorite banned book! We’ll have a cartload full of challenged books to choose from. We would like you to post your photo on social media with the hashtags ‪#‎HaveYouSeenUs and ‪#‎STULibrary or Tweet it @STULibrary with #HaveYouSeenUs. We’re giving away free Banned Books Week buttons to the first five who post! Claim your button at the Information Table.

Have you seen us?

Why “Have You Seen Us?” Banned books are challenged for removal from bookshelves, curricula, and classrooms across the nation and could go missing if libraries, schools, students, or anyone who cares about the freedom to read doesn’t defend them. Raise awareness of this issue by telling (and showing) your friends that you read banned books! To see a list of banned or challenged books (and movie adaptations of them) that are in the Library’s collection, we’ve created a WorldCat list for you. If you have the 3M Cloud Library app downloaded to your mobile device, we’ve created a bookshelf of banned ebooks that you can check out and read on the go!

To learn more about book banning, check out the literature at our Information Table on September 22, 2014. You can also search the Library catalog for the keyword “censorship” and check out the videos on our YouTube Banned Books Week playlist.

Graphic novels and comicsWhatInThe Blazes

For 2014, the Banned Books Week celebration will spotlight graphic novels and comics, both frequently challenged genres. Our Outreach Librarian has put together a book display of challenged graphic novels, with QR Codes that link to case studies prepared by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund describing why the particular book has been challenged. Books in our display are also featured on our Banned Books Week 2014 Pinterest board, along with some other great pins. We’ve also hand-picked a graphic memoir that has been made into an animated film to show you during Banned Books Week—Persepolis!

Persepolis film screening & intro with Law Prof. Lenora Ledwon

We’re going to have a special screening of Persepolis in the Library Atrium on Tues., Sept. 23, at 11am. We’ve also asked STU Law Professor Lenora Ledwon, who teaches Law & Literature, to discuss the legal and historical context of Persepolis before we show the film.

Persepolis is a graphic memoir by Marjane Satrapi about growing up in Iran in the 1970s and 1980s. A young girl when the Shah was defeated in the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Marjane becomes dangerously outspoken as an adolescent when she witnesses injustices meted out under the repressive Islamic fundamentalist rule. For her safety she is sent by her parents to a school in Vienna, but through a series of conflicts and losses she becomes depressed and homeless. She returns to Iran, her rebellious spirit rattling the repressive and sexist chains of an Iran she must again flee.

The book was widely lauded by Time Magazine and the New York Times when it was translated into English in 2003. It was made into an animated film in 2007, was the Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature that year, and won the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, among other awards.

The graphic memoir went unchallenged until last year, when Chicago Public Schools administrators pulled the book from 7th grade classrooms and temporarily suspended it from use in grades 8 to 10. The purported reason: its depiction of Islamic torture techniques.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Library Atrium this week!

Beyond the Border: Resources on US-Mexico Labor and Immigration Issues and the Current Child Refugee Crisis

frontera, Brooke Binkowski, Flickr, CCBY, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

We have some great events coming up for Hispanic Heritage Month this Fall, including a trio of speaking events and two exhibits related to historic US-Mexico labor and immigration issues and the current unaccompanied minors crisis. The Library has created a list of resources to help you learn more about issues that will be chronicled and discussed as part of these events:

  • Border Studies Photo & Map Exhibit, Produced by Texas Humanities. Now on display in the UniversityLibrary Atrium
  • Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 Poster Exhibit, Produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with SITES, with support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Now on display in the UniversityLibrary Atrium
  • Law Prof. Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez: Who were the Braceros? What was Operation: Wetback? How Mid-Twentieth-Century Immigration and Labor Law and Policy Shape Today’s Child Refugee Crisis. September 16, 2014, 11 am, University Library Atrium
  • Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program Film Screening and Discussion with Law Prof. Lauren Gilbert. September 24, 2014, 11am, University Library Atrium
  • Children Crossing: A Panel Discussion on the Child Refugee Crisis. September 29, 2014, 11 am, Convocation Hall

On the Library’s catalog on WorldCat, we created a list of Hispanic Heritage Month items in the Library’s collection. Many of those resources are listed below, along with several others resources freely available on the Web. We also have a book display in the University Library Atrium with many of the titles below. Resources are arranged by subject.

U.S.-Mexico Border

frontera, Brooke Binkowski, Flickr, CCBY https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
frontera, Brooke Binkowski, Flickr, CCBY https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Films on Demand. St. Thomas University Library A-Z e-Resources. Several films can be found by running a title search for the keywords Mexican border.

Fregoso, Rosa Linda. MeXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands. University of California Press, 2003. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

Hernández, Kelly Lytle. Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol. University of California Press, 2010.

Mexican-American Civil Rights

A Class Apart. 2009. Available from Films on Demand. 

Olivas, Michael A., ed. In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Intellectuals. Arte Público Press, 2012.

Rosales, F. Arturo. Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. Arte Público Press, 1997.

Historical Perspectives

Martínez, Elizabeth “Betita.” 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History | Años de la Mujer Chicana bilingual ed. Rutgers UP, 2010.

McWilliams, Carey. North from Mexico: The Spanish-Speaking People of the United States. Greenwood, 1990.

Tywoniak, Frances Esquibel, and Mario T. Garcia. Migrant Daughter: Coming of Age as a Mexican-American Woman. University of California Press, 2000. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

The Bracero ProgramProfGilbertHarvestLonelinessPoster

Calavita, Kitty. Inside the State: The Bracero Program, Immigration, and the I.N.S. Routledge, 2010.

Center for History and New Media. Bracero History Archive. 2014. Available at http://braceroarchive.org/about. Note that this online archive was developed to accompany the Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program poster exhibit currently on display in the University Library Atrium.

Cohen, Debra. Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico. University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Galarza, Ernesto. Merchants of Labor: The Mexican Bracero Story. Rosicrucian Press, 1964.

Gilbert, Lauren. “Fields of Hope, Fields of Despair: Legisprudential and Historic Perspectives on the AgJobs Bill of 2003.” Harvard Journal on Legislation 42 (2005). Available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1446888

National Museum of American History. Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942 – 1964 (Online Exhibition). Available at http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/bittersweet-harvest-bracero-program-1942-1964

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Gamboa, Erasmo, and Kevin Allen Leonard. Mexican Labor & World War II. Columbia Classics, 2000.

González, Gilbert G., and Vivian Price, co-dirs., Adrian Salinas, ed., and Xochitl Gonzalez, asst. ed. Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program. Available from Films on Demand.

González, Marc-Tizoc. “Critical Ethnic Legal Histories: Unearthing the Interracial Justice of Filipino Agricultural Labor Organizing.” University of California Irvine Law Review 3 (2013). Available at http://www.law.uci.edu/lawreview/vol3/no4/Gonzalez.pdf

​Jenkins, Craig J. The Politics of Insurgency: The Farm Worker Movement in the 1960s. Columbia UP, 1985. Available at St. Thomas University Law Library.

Mize, Ronald L., and Alicia C.S. Swords. Consuming Mexican Labor: From the Bracero Program to NAFTA. University of Toronto Press, 2011.

Moyers & Company. Fighting for Farmworkers. 2013. Available on Films on Demand.

Rothenberg, Daniel, and Robert Coles. With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today. University of California Press, 2000.

Valdés, Dionicio Nodín. Organized Agriculture and the Labor Movement Before the UFW: Puerto Rico, Hawai‘i, California. University of Texas Press, 2011.

Works Progress Administration. Migrant Workers Harvest Vegetables (Parts 1 and 2). ca. 1960s. Available on Films on Demand.

César Chávez

Bruns, Roger A. César Chávez and the United Farm Workers Movement. Greenwood, 2011. Available from EBL eBook Library, http://stulibrary.worldcat.org/oclc/730945932

Chávez, César, Richard J. Jensen, and John C. Hammerback. The Words of César Chávez. Texas A & M UP, 2002. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

Luna, Diego, Lawrence Meli, and Keir Pearson. César Chávez. Lions Gate Films, 2014. DVD.

Works Progress Administration. Migrant Workers Harvest Vegetables ca. 1960s (Parts 1 and 2). Available on Films on Demand. 

Photography/Oral Histories

Bacon, David. Communities without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration. Cornell UP, 2006.


Bender, Steven W. Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings. New York UP, 2012.

Films on Demand. St. Thomas University Library A-Z e-Resources. Several films can be found by running a title or segment search for the keyword immigration.

Gilbert, Lauren. “Deportation Cases and Legislation.” Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law & Social Movements (February 17, 2012). Available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2007306

Gilbert, Lauren. “Obama’s Ruby Slippers: Enforcement Discretion in the Absence of Immigration Reform,” West Virginia Law Review 116 (2013). Available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2238741

Henderson, Timothy J. Beyond Borders: A History of Mexican Migration to the United States. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Hing, Bill Ong. Ethical Borders: NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration. Temple UP, 2010. 

Krogstad, Jens Manuel, and Mark Hugo Lopez. “5 Facts About the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.” FactTank, Pew Research Center (August 15, 2014). Available at http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/08/15/5-facts-about-the-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-program/

Massey, Douglas S., Jorge Durand, and Nolan J. Malone. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Migration in an Era of Economic Integration. Russell Sage Foundation, 2003.

National Immigration Forum. Available at http://www.immigrationforum.org/about

Nazario, Sonia. Enrique’s Journey. Random House, 2006. Available through SEFLIN.

Ngai, Mae M. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton UP, 2014. Available from EBL eBook Library.

Oboler, Suzanne, ed. Latinos and Citizenship: The Dilemma of Belonging. Palgrave, 2006.

Rivas, Jorge. “The Untold History of Unaccompanied Minors.” Fusion.net (August 11, 2014). Video. Available at http://fusion.net/justice/story/telling-untold-history-unaccompanied-minors-917476

Vastine, Michael. “Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? Reconsidering Indeterminate and Indefinite Detention as Tools in U.S. Immigration Policy.” Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 5 (2010).

Unaccompanied Minors Crisis

American Immigration Lawyers Association. YouTube Channel. Available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb5Kl7gHJdchQVBJO9bqiPA

Byrne, Olga, and Elise Miller. The Flow of Unaccompanied Children Through the Immigration System: A Resource for Practitioners, Policy Makers, and Researchers. New York: Vera Institute of Justice, 2012. Available at http://www.vera.org/sites/default/files/resources/downloads/the-flow-of-unaccompanied-children-through-the-immigration-system.pdf

Catholic Relief Services. Unaccompanied Minors: Help Youth Thrive In Their Communities. YouTube.com (September 10, 2014). Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuX7fMsgLQ4

Chan, Christine, and Wen Foo. “The U.S. Border Crisis.” Reuters Graphics (August 21, 2014). Available at http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/immigration/index.html

Chen, Annie. “An Urgent Need: Unaccompanied Children and Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings.” ABA Section of Litigation: Children’s Rights Litigation (July 14, 2014). Available at http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/childrights/content/articles/summer2014-0714-urgent-need-unaccompanied-children-access-counsel-immigration-proceedings.html

Greenblat, Alan. “What’s Causing the Latest Immigration Crisis: A Brief Explainer.” NPR (July 9, 2014). Available at http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/329848538/whats-causing-the-latest-immigration-crisis-a-brief-explainer

Johnson, Jeh C. “An Open Letter to the Parents of Children Crossing Our Southwest Border.” DHS.gov (June 23, 2014). Available at http://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/06/23/open-letter-parents-children-crossing-our-southwest-border

Johnson, Jeh C. “Statement by Secretary Johnson About the Situation Along the Southwest Border.” DHS.gov (September 8, 2014). Available at http://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/09/08/statement-secretary-johnson-about-situation-along-southwest-border

Jorge Ramos/Fusion. “Edge of a Crisis: An America Special.” Jorge Ramos.com (July 2014). Available at http://jorgeramos.com/en/edge-of-a-crisis-an-america-special/


Kandel, William A., Andorra Bruno, Peter J. Meyer, Clare Ribando Seelke, Maureen Taft-Morales, and Ruth Ellen Wasem. Unaccompanied Alien Children: Potential Factors Contributing to Recent Immigration. Congressional Research Service (July 3, 2014). Available at http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43628.pdf

Kay, Julie. “Miami Immigration Court Adopts ‘Rocket Docket’ to Handle Unaccompanied Minor Cases.” DailyBusinessReview.com (August 4, 2014). Available at http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202665758127/Miami-Immigration-Court-Adopts-Rocket-Docket-to-Handle-Unaccompanied-Minor-Cases?slreturn=20140814211253

Krogstad, Jens Manuel, and Gonzalez-Barrera, Ana. “Number of Latino Children Caught Trying to Enter U.S. Nearly Doubles in Less than a Year.” FactTank, Pew Research Center (June 10, 2014). Available at http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/06/10/number-of-latino-children-caught-trying-to-enter-u-s-nearly-doubles-in-less-than-a-year/

Nakamura, David, and Ed O’Keefe. “Timeline: The Rise and Fall of Immigration Reform.” Washington Post (June 26, 2014). Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/06/26/timeline-the-rise-and-fall-of-immigration-reform/

National Immigration Forum. August Policy Update (August 25, 2014). Available at http://immigrationforum.org/blog/display/http-immigrationforum.org-images-uploads-2014-Policy_Update_August.pdf

National Immigration Law Center. “Groups Sue U.S. Government Over Life-Threatening Deportation Process Used Against Mothers and Children Escaping Extreme Violence in Central America” [Press release] (August 22, 2014). Available at http://www.nilc.org/nr082214.html

New York Times Editorial Board. “America’s Test at the Border” (Opinion Pages). NYTimes.com (July 20, 2014). Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/21/opinion/Americas-Test-Children-at-the-Border.html

New York Times Editorial Board. “Deported from the Middle of Nowhere: At an Immigrant Detention Center, Due Process Denied” (Opinion Pages). NYTimes.com (August 25, 2014). Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/26/opinion/at-an-immigrant-detention-center-due-process-denied.html?_r=0

Rappleye, Hannah. “Undocumented and Unaccompanied: Facts, Figures on Children at the Border.” NBC News (July 9, 2014). Available at http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/immigration-border-crisis/undocumented-unaccompanied-facts-figures-children-border-n152221

Seghetti, Lisa, Alison Siskin, and Ruth Ellen Bassem. Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview. Congressional Research Service (July 28, 2014). Available at http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43599.pdf

Spodak, Cassie, Jim Acosta, and Ralph Ellis. “Obama: Waiting Will Make Immigration Executive Action ‘More Sustainable.’ ” CNN.com (September 7, 2014). Available at http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/06/politics/obama-immigration/

TRAC, Syracuse University. “New Data on Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court.” TRAC Immigration. Available at http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/359/

US Customs and Border Protection. Stats and Summaries: Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children. Available at http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/southwest-border-unaccompanied-children

White House Office of the Press Secretary. Presidential Memorandum — FY 2015 Refugee Admissions (September 15, 2014). Available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/30/presidential-memorandum-fy-2015-refugee-admissions

Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum Protection

Anker, Deborah, Lauren Gilbert, and Nancy Kelly. “Women Whose Governments are Unable or Unwilling to Provide Reasonable Protection from Domestic Violence May Qualify as Refugees Under United States Asylum Law.” Georgetown Immigration Law Review 11, no. 709 (1997). Available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1446937

Carcamo, Cindy. “Domestic Violence Ruling May Help Thousands of Immigrants Get Asylum,” LA Times (September 5, 2014). Available at http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-ff-immig-domestic-20140906-story.html

Taming the Web with Effective Search Skills and Strategies

Interested in learning how to find credible sources on the Internet? Check out the new 30-minute film available to the St. Thomas University community on Films on Demand, “Internet Research: What’s Credible.” A related 22-minute film called “Effective Internet Search: Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies” (2011) is also available on Films on Demand.

Other Library resources include the book, How to Find out Anything, from Extreme Google Searches to Scouring Government Documents: A Guide to Uncovering Anything about Everyone and Everything, by Don MacLeod (Prentice Hall Press, 2012).

Happy Web hunting!

Welcome Faculty!

Greetings to all faculty members returning for the Fall 2014 semester! There have been a few changes at the Library over the summer that we would like to tell you about, and we would like to remind you of services that the Library offers to support the great work that you do.

New Library Liaison Assignments

  • Isabel Ezquerra, Library Liaison for the School of Science, Technology, & Engineering Management, iezquerra@stu.edu, 305-628-6672
  • Isabel Medina, Library Liaison for the School of Leadership Studies, imedina@stu.edu, 305-628-6769
  • Jonathan Roach, Library Liaison for the School of Theology & Ministry and for Ph.D. in Practical Theology, jroach@stu.edu, 305-628-6627
  • Nina Rose*, Library Liaison for the School of Business, nrose@stu.edu, 305-628-6665
  • Larry Treadwell, Library Liaison for Biscayne College and for Doctorate of Education Leadership, ltreadwell@stu.edu, 305-474-6860
  • Elliot Williams, Library Liaison for Departments of English, Humanities, History, Philosophy, and Global Studies, edwilliams@stu.edu, 305-474-6863

*Nina Rose is our new Outreach Librarian.

New eBook Portal

We have added a new ebook platform to our collection, 3M Cloud Library, for ebooks in the popular reading category. 3M eAudiobooks are coming in October. Our collection now includes more than 200,000 ebooks, available from the following vendors:

  • EBSCOhost E-Book Collection (Academic Content)
  • E-Book Library by EBL (Academic Content)
  • 3M Cloud Library (Popular Content)
  • ATLA E-Books Series 1 and 2 (Religion Content)
  • Slavery and Anti-Slavery Archive (Historic Content)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Portal (Academic Content)
  • Tourism E-Book by Ovid (Tourism Content)

eBooks from all of these vendors are catalogued in the Library’s WorldCat catalog. If you have a few moments before the semesters kicks in to high gear, go ahead and get the 3M app and BlueFire (or other reader apps) uploaded to your mobile devices, download Adobe Digital Editions, create an Adobe ID for your devices, and test drive a 3M and EBL ebook to make sure you have it all up and running. Instructions and helpful links are available here on the library website. Come see Nina Rose at the reference desk weekdays from 9 a.m. -10 a.m. for Advice For Your Device, and I’ll be happy to troubleshoot for you.

Faculty Support Services

The library would like to remind you of some faculty support services that we offer to help you plan for the coming semester:

  • Collection development supporting your school’s curriculum and faculty research needs. Contact your liaison to order resources, or place your order online using this form
  • Library instructional sessions keyed to assignments to give student research skills a boost. Contact Larry Treadwell (contact info above) to schedule a session
  • Reference services 7 days per week, in person and via chat and e-mail
  • Faculty reserves. Visit the Circulation Desk to complete a Faculty Reserves Form
  • Promotion of faculty publications

Also, for faculty teaching online courses, the Library has developed a Guide for Teaching Online Classes of University Library Support Services and Collections.

Follow Us on Social Media

Plans for some great events and series are in the works. Please follow us on social media to stay informed about upcoming events and new library resources and services:

We are looking forward to supporting your teaching and scholarship in the 2014-15 academic year!