International Open Access Week

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Open Access logo: a simple image of an open padlock, also representing a lower-case "o" and "a"

Join us as BC Libraries celebrates the 13th year of International Open Access Week this week! Keep an eye out for displays and data visualizations, and we will have an Open Access discussion on Thursday afternoon. Given the disruptive nature of the last couple of years, Open Access is more important than ever in helping scholars and researchers address the world’s problems.

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Working towards Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in BC Libraries

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The Boston College Libraries acknowledge historical, structural, and systemic injustice. The struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination is central to our mission and profession.

BC Libraries EDI Values Statement
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Bapst Library, architectural drawings in pencil and pen by Maginnis and Walsh, undated, Boston College building and campus images (box 14), John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

So what exactly does that mean in terms of our work?  In the last year, it’s meant a series of changes geared towards making BC Libraries a more welcoming environment for the entire community. 

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Exciting New Exhibit from the BC Libraries and the School of Theology and Ministry

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In at least two significant ways, the newest BC Libraries (BCL) exhibit, Here All Along, Here to Stay: LGBTQ Catholics in the United States, (hereafter, Here) manifests continuity. After all, exploring issues surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) has been a key strategic emphasis within the BCL for several years now; and this exhibit represents a natural extension of that foundational work. In addition, continuity can be detected in the genesis of this exhibit, the origins of which are traceable directly to the blackatbostoncollege exhibit installed in the BCL last year. As you may recall, that exhibit focused on the academic, spiritual, and social experiences of members of the Black community on the BC campus.

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BC Libraries and Student Formation in Turbulent Times

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Light and shadow in Bapst Library.

The most recent three years have been like no others, insofar as political divisiveness, racial reckoning, and the pandemic have intractably divided our world. Many people a lot smarter than me have postulated insightful ideas and theories of how we got here, but few have given sustainable answers of how we extract ourselves from truly mean-spirited accusations and unreflective judgements. Civil discourse seems now like an oxymoron. Dialogue seems more like an exercise in sophism, rather than truth seeking. If people disagree, now suddenly they become enemies. Sadly, this goes way beyond Red Sox v. Yankees.

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O’Neill opens renovated 5th floor

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Completing a multi-year, phased renovation is as much a time for relief as it is a time for celebration.  That is certainly true for the 5th floor of O’Neill Library, which started its renovation before the pandemic in 2019 and finishes in early Fall of 2021. The construction is now complete, and the floor and its collections are available to visitors. All that remains is for new furniture to be delivered; delays in shipping mean that is likely to be completed in October.

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