University Library Joins Catholic Research Resources Alliance

St. Thomas University Library and the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum have joined the Catholic Newspapers Program of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA). The CRRA is a nonprofit alliance of institutions collaborating to deliver projects and services in support of its mission—”to provide enduring global access to Catholic research resources in the Americas.” The CRRA initiated the Catholic Newspapers Program in 2011 “to provide access to all extant Catholic newspapers published in North America.” Metadata Librarian Jessica Orozco of St. Thomas University Library and Assistant Archivist Julia Ricks of the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum will spearhead the university’s involvement in this program.

Catholic Newspapers Program

Initiatives of the Catholic Newspapers Program include creating a comprehensive database of information about North American Catholic newspaper collections on International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON), collaborating with its partners on the digitization of newspapers identified as being a priority, encouraging local newspaper digitization projects, and developing a shared repository for Catholic newspapers. Its latest initiative, Vatican II Years (1958-1972), involves the digitization of nearly 250,000 pages from 11,700 issues of designated Catholic newspapers that chronicled the events surrounding The Second Vatican Council. The CRRA also maintains a list of Catholic Newspapers Online.

Relevance of Catholic Newspapers

Catholic newspapers are not well-represented in commercial and public digital databases of historical American newspapers. Yet, they are relevant to an array of issues across disciplines, including topics such as class formation, ethnicity, adaptation to new environments, religious discrimination, charitable work and social justice, school systems, and hospitals. Catholic newspapers in the United States have also played a critical role in communicating with and welcoming new immigrant groups.

St. Thomas University’s Catholic Newspaper Collection

VoiceHeadlineSt. Thomas University Library has digitized all issues of The Voice weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Miami and its two-page Spanish-language insert La Voz Catolica. The Voice was published as the official newspaper of the Archdiocese until November 1990, when it merged with the Florida Catholic, which serves the archdioceses of Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Venice, Florida. The Library’s digital collection of The Voice contains the complete run, spanning from March 1959 to October 1990, the final issue of The Voice. The digital collection of La Voz includes issues from 1990 to 2015, with some missing volumes. The Florida Catholic is also archived by the Library, with digital copies available from 2009 to 2012, and 2015, with gaps for the years 2013 and 2014. The Library also holds print copies of these newspapers.

The Library and Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum are also in the process of digitizing photographs from The Voice and La Voz Editorial Photograph Collection and making them accessible on Shared Shelf Commons. To view the photographic collection, on the Browse page of Shared Shelf Commons, scroll down to St. Thomas University: The Voice, and double click the link to view the images. The Library is also currently in the process of building its collection of The Voice newspaper on the Shared Shelf platform, accessible from the St. Thomas University: The Voice Serials Collection link on the Browse page. Double click, and enjoy!

This blog post was authored by Yva Audate, a St. Thomas University undergraduate student who works as an assistant to Librarian Nina Rose.

Cuba’s Patroness Turns 100

Our Lady of Charity is a symbol of Cuban nationality and Catholic adoration. This year, we celebrate the centennial year that Our Lady of Charity of Cobre (La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre) was declared the patroness of Cuba by Pope Benedict XV in 1916.

Lady of Charity Panel event posterVirgen of Charity Sighting 

The story behind Cuba’s patroness dates back to approximately 1608, when two brothers, Rodrigo and Juan de Hoyos, and a ten-year-old slave boy named Juan Moreno—known as the “Three Juanes”—were travelling by boat in search of salt to preserve meat for the copper miners. After a terrible storm, they saw a statue of Our Lady floating on the Bay of Nipe on a small board in front of them. The board read “I am the Virgin of Charity.” Shortly after, a shrine was built in El Cobre, Cuba, and it became a pilgrimage destination.

Our Lady as Patroness of Cuba

On September 14, 1915, veterans of Cuba’s War of Independence requested that Pope Benedict XV name the Virgin of Charity of Cobre as the patroness of Cuba. The pope proclaimed her as Cuba’s patroness on May 10, 1916. As seen on popular statues, Our Lady of Charity represents the Cuban flag with her white robe and blue cloak as she holds a child wearing red.

Our Lady of Charity Photograph Exhibit

The University Library curated an exhibit of photographs related to the devotion of Our Lady of Charity in Miami from The Voice/La Voz Newspaper Editorial Photograph Collection. The exhibit, La Virgen de la Caridad: Images from the Diaspora, is currently on display in the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive and Museum in the University Library. In May 2016, this exhibit will travel to La Ermita de la Caridad in Miami, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, which sits across the sea from the shrine in El Cobre, Cuba.

Our Lady of Charity Panel Event

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 1:00pm – 4:30pm in Convocation Hall, St. Thomas University Library and the Florida International University Cuban Research Institute are hosting a panel discussion on the history and popular devotion surrounding Our Lady of Charity. The event is titled “La Virgen de la Caridad: Historia y Devoción Popular.” Panelists are Father Jorge Catasus, noted musician and authority on music associated with Our Lady of Charity, from Bayamo, Cuba Emilio Cueto, author of La Virgen de la Caridad en el alma del pueblo Cubano; and Dr. Olga Portuondo Zuiga, Professor of History in Santiago, Cuba, and author of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. The event will be conducted in both English and Spanish.

This blog post was authored by Yva Audate, a St. Thomas University undergraduate student who works as an assistant to Librarian Nina Rose.

Gyotaku Printing Workshop

fish printing workshop flyerOn November 17th at 11am, Jaclyn DeMarzo from the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will be hosting a fish printing workshop in the Library Atrium at St. Thomas University Library.  Gyotaku is a Japanese technique of fish printing. During the 1800s, many fishermen in Japan used this method in order to keep track of their records/catches. The fishermen would lay the fish down, cover it in ink and lay a piece of “rice paper” onto the fish. Once the paper is removed, a replica of the fish would appear on the paper.

For those who are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Nina Rose at to reserve a spot. Printings will be up for display in an exhibition in the Archive & Museum.  For examples and step-by-step instructions on Gyotaku Printing, please visit our Pinterest board at

This event is presented by St. Thomas University Library in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.

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

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 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

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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!