Belated wishes for a Happy New Year! All of the Burns Library staff members sincerely hope that you’ve had a wonderful holiday break. I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies, Professor Nicholas Allen. Professor Allen is Moore Institute Professor at NUI Galway. He is writing a cultural history of 1916 and its impact on modernism for Cambridge University Press, and editing Ernie O’Malley’s later letters and papers with Cormac O’Malley. The Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Chair was established in 1989 by a generous gift of the Burns Foundation of San Francisco, California.
The Foundation was set up by the family of the Honorable John J. Burns, BC ’21, (1901 – 1957), for whom the Burns Library is named. The Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies uses the library’s renowned Irish book and manuscript collections for his/her research. Professor Allen will be teaching a graduate English class, “1916 and After.” We also have two new exhibitions to announce – “Notes on Nursing: Past, Present and Future“ in the Ford Tower and “Binding Friendships: Ricci, China and Jesuit Cultural Learnings”, in the O’Brien Fine Print Room and Thompson Room. “Notes on Nursing” highlights letters, books and artifacts from our Josephine A. Dolan Collection of Nursing History while “Binding Friendships” will showcase our amazing Jesuitica Collection.
Professors, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in exploring the resources at the Burns Library for your classes. Students and researchers, feel free to send us any questions by e-mail – email@example.com– or call us at 617-552-4861. If you have suggestions for blog posts or Facebook updates, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget that our Wednesday evening (until 8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) hours will start again for this semester on Wednesday, January 19th. Consult the Boston College Libraries Hours Page for more details. I look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you soon at the Burns Library!
- Justine Sundaram, Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Burns Library