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Library Basics @Giovatto Library

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Library Basics
An Introduction to Academic Library Research

Wednesday, September 3rd, @ 10:00 AM — Pat
Thursday, September 4th, @ 12 noon — Paul
Friday, September 5th, @ 11:00 AM — Kathy
Monday, September 8th, @ 8:00 PM – Sian
Tuesday, September 9th, @ 6:00 PM – Dirk
Thursday, September 11th, @ 7:00 PM — Mike

Students will meet the librarian at the reference desk. Session will include a brief walk-through/tour of the Library followed by an orientation to online Library research in the Library Instruction Room.

FDU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Library welcome.

Giovatto News This Week 7.23.2014

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Library News This Week – Summer Express Edition

July 21st, 2014

The air-conditioned Library is open all summer long – evenings and weekends, too!

Closed Fridays – June 13th, 20th, 27th; July 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th; August 1st

For the very latest news and information, check our Facebook page @

Faculty and Staff – Remember!  “Special Delivery” of Library materials is available to you via intercampus mail to your Metropolitan Campus office. Stay cool!

The Library Café is open all summer, during regular Library hours

ATM available in the Library Café

Chess, Scrabble, and Jeopardy – Games available at lunchtime, in the evening, and on request in the Ruth Schwartz Reading Room

Giovatto Library Reader’s Advisory Service

If you would like to develop a plan for independent self-directed learning during the summer months, please contact the reference librarians for assistance.  We will be happy to help you to find the best reading and research materials for your needs.

Kathy’s Picks

Book News:  ‘Big 5’ Publishers Absent from Amazon’s New E-Book Service @

Hillary Clinton draws 1,200 to book signing in Ridgewood @

JK Rowling says crime thriller series will run longer than Harry Potter @

On the Books: ‘New Yorker’ archives available for free online, for now @

The Great Courses @ Giovatto Library – The summer break is always a wonderful time to enjoy a “Great Course.”  A complete list of the Great Courses @ Giovatto Library is available @

The Giovatto Library collection includes many of “The Great Courses” on DVD and/or CD!


For Alumni Only – Welcome May 2014 Graduates!

FDU Alumni Library Privileges -- As an FDU Alumnus/a, you are entitled to lifetime Library privileges.  Borrow books, magazines, DVDs, language CDs, and more from the Library.  Attend Library events and programs.  Use Library spaces.

To get your Library card, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations @ or at 201-692-7013.

If you would like more involvement with the Library, consider joining the Giovatto Library Alumni Advisory Board.

New Books This Week

The Art of Freedom:  Teaching the Humanities to the Poor

Burning Books

Coffee Obsession

Genesis:  Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict

Happy City:  Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design

Head First EJB

Head First JavaScript Programming

The Holy Reich:  Nazi Conceptions of Christianity 191901945

Mindless:  Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans

Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion

Revolutionary Ideas:  An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from the Rights of Many to Robespierre

Risk Savvy:  How to Make Good Decisions

The Soft Edge:  Where Great Companies Find lasting Success

Talk like TED:  The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

Venice:  History of the Floating City

Why Does the World Exist?

Wisdom:  From Philosophy to Neuroscience

A World without Jews:  The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide

New DVDs This Week

All Is Lost

Giovatto Library Summer Hours 2014

Summer Hours May 21st – August 22nd

Monday – Thursday – 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Friday – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sa%#$!$ay – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Sunday – 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Closed Fridays – June 13th, 20st, 27th; July 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th; August 1st

Regular Fall Semester Hours begin Sa%#$!$ay, August 23rd


Closed September 1st in observance of Labor Day

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Be sure to select “Giovatto Library, Metropolitan Campus”

FDU Online Library Available 24/7 365 @












Kathy’s Picks for the Week of July 29th

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Kathy’s Picks This Week

50 Best Android Apps for 2013 @

Food Truck Mash-Up brings cool and interesting mobile food vendors to Ridgefield Park @

Has Technology Ruined Handwriting? @

‘Italian Ways’: a not-quite-travel book on Italy’s railroads @ This book is available at Giovatto Library.

Publishers Weekly Best New Books of the Week of July 29, 2013 @

The Surprising Weekend Habits of Highly Effective People @

Weekend Picks for Book Lovers @

Upcoming Giovatto Library Events

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Tuesday, February 5thLibrary Basics:  An Introduction to Academic Library Research – Paul– 10:00 AM, Reference Desk

Tuesday, February 5thMurder by the Book:  Cozy Mysteries –“Food for Thought — Lunch at the Library” – Kathy — 1:00 PM, Ruth Schwartz Reading Room

Thursday, February 7thItalian Language Table with Paul – 1:00 PM – Library Café

Time for Crocheting – Student Group – Thursdays @ 5:00 PM – Periodicals Department/Ruth Schwartz Reading Room First meeting: Thursday, February 7 at 5:00
Contact: Monica Truempy at

Sat.  February 9th – Library Table @ Homecoming

Sunday, February 10th — FDU Authors @ Giovatto Library – Dr. Eamon Doherty, School of Administrative Science, Petrocelli College, will discuss his newest book, “Digital Forensics for Handheld Devices” – 2:00 PM.  Reception and Book-Signing to follow –Sammartino Room, Giovatto Library.  FDU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Friends of the Library are invited.

Monday, February 11thLibrary Basics:  An Introduction to Academic Library Research – Mitch– 11:00 AM, Reference Desk

Monday, February 11thGiovatto Library Readers Circle Book Club – 1:00 PM, Ruth Schwartz Reading Room

Tuesday, February 12thItalian Regional Cooking –“Food for Thought — Lunch at the Library” – Paul — 1:00 PM, Ruth Schwartz Reading Room

Tuesday, February 12thLibrary Basics:  An Introduction to Academic Library Research – Mike– 2:00 PM, Reference Desk

Thursday, February 14thFrench Language Table with Kathy – 1:00 PM – Library Café

Monday, February 18thLibrary Basics: An Introduction to Academic Library Research – Kathy — 12 noon, Reference Desk

Monday, February 18th“Movie Talk” @ Giovatto – Film Discussion Group – 1:00 PM, Ruth Schwartz Reading Room

Subject Guides

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“Subject Guides”…another available online resource.  Created for you by the College at Florham Librarians, these guides offer research assistance and useful resources.
Available guides:
  1. Mobile Apps, Websites, Widgets & Tools
  2. Paralegal Guide
  3. Video and Streaming Video Collections
  4. Digital Archive Resources

Take a look!

Kathy’s Picks

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One of the recent additions to the Library collections is Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, which is discussed in “Three Reasons Why ‘Going Solo’ Will Be a Sociology Classic” @

An extension of the concept, travel for singles, is the theme of “Sunny Days for Solos:  The Travel Industry Is Finally Giving Some Breaks to Singles,” @

The Library’s recent display of art books included The Steins Collect:  Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde.  A review of the current Met exhibit can be found @

For those of you who observed the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2nd, I recommend “Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Sees a National Reading Event and the Release of ‘The Lorax’ in Theaters” @

For a look at wellbeing across the nation, please refer to Gallup Wellbeing:  State of the States @  The complete list may be found @

LibX: FDU Library Toolbar for IE and Firefox

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What is LibX?

  1. A toolbar: LibX is a toolbar  (sometimes called a browser plug-in or extension) that allows you to quickly search the FDU Library’s online catalog (CoolCATNJ), the Journal Locator, our digital collections, Google Scholar, Google Books and other search tools.
  2. Right-click menu: when you have installed LibX you can highlight text on a web page or PDF and right-click for a menu of search options.
  3. Embedded links: LibX will also embed links on search results in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Scholar, NYT Book Reviews, and more that will lead you to FDU resources.

1. Toolbar: Enter search words in the box in the LibX toolbar; the FDU Library Catalog is the default, but you can switch to other catalogs or to Google Books. You can search by multiple terms in different fields (author, title, subject, ISBN/ISSN, etc.) and by clicking on the down arrow you can add additional search boxes. Which field can be searched changes based on which database is being searched. You can also use the toolbar to go directly to the library’s homepage, the A-Z list of databases, and to other important library webpages.

FDU Toolbar

FDU Toolbar

2. Right-click menu: Highlight text on a web page or PDF document and right-click to get the following menu:

From this menu you can:

  • directly search the FDU Library Catalog, the Journal Locator, our digital collections, or other sites.
  • get off-campus access to FDU resources by reloading the page via our proxy server.

Note: you may need to configure the Context Menu, in the LibX Preferences, after installing the toolbar to select the options you want available when you right-click.

Alternatively, instead of right-clicking, you can drag and drop the selected text into the search box on the toolbar, or directly onto the Google Scholar button (which will immediately run a Google Scholar search).

Also, the context menu will change, depending on what text is highlighted. For example, if an ISBN # is selected, you will be offered appropriate ISBN searches.

3. Embedded links: within Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Scholar, NYT Book Reviews, etc. LibX places the FDU logo, , in these webpages, although, with Google Scholar you must select FDU as your library in Google Scholar Preferences). Click on the FDU logo to see if FDU owns the book or to get online access to the article.

How do I Install the FDU LibX Toolbar?

Nothing could be easier, visit the link below depending on which browser you use.

Note: The Firefox version works on Windows, MAC OS X and Linux.

Click here to install LibX Fairleigh Dickinson University Edition Version 1.5.5 for Firefox
Click here to install LibX Fairleigh Dickinson University Edition Version 1.5.5 for Internet Explorer

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