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The Campus of the Future? The Chestnut Hill Campus, Real and Imagined

The Chestnut Hill campus of Boston College (BC) has beautiful architecture, views, greenspaces, and recreation areas. Construction projects occasionally add less peaceful notes to the scene, but the resulting disruption is a sign of growth. As the university develops, new … Continue reading

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Remembering Brian Burns: A Lasting Legacy at Burns Library

As we begin this new academic year, we are saddened by the recent loss of our primary benefactor, Brian P. Burns, and fondly recall his warm friendship and the vital roles he played in establishing Burns Library and providing ongoing … Continue reading

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Here For You: Burns Library, Fall 2021

Welcome back, Boston College! While we saw many of you (masked!) last year, we’re excited to see even more students, faculty, staff and members of the wider community in our classrooms and Reading Room. As we embrace BC Forward, here’s … Continue reading

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Holding Ourselves Accountable: On-going efforts to address racism in Burns instruction sessions

Last summer we shared some of the internal conversations Burns staff have been having regarding our roles as special collections librarians and archivists in responding to ongoing, systemic racism. Part of this discussion centered around our roles as instructors who … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 112

Audio in reel 112 includes Owen Frain on flute; Jimmy Kelly on piano; and Paddy Cronin on fiddle/flute. Continue reading

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Ex Computātrīs Portābilibus: Boston College Art Students

In February, Prof. Lisa Kessler’s Introduction to Digital Art class once again visited Burns Library – 13 in person, and 2 via Zoom – to prepare for a new assignment that the Burns Instruction Team could really get behind:  Design … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 2 Side 1

Audio in reel 2, side 1 includes Hugh Gillespie, Patrick Cawley, Tim Fitzpatrick, and more. Continue reading

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The Inklings

Whether the Transcendental Club of the 1830s boasting members such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau or the Bloomsbury Group of early 20th century London composed of Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes, literary circles have left their … Continue reading

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The Allure of Sea Shanties

Everyone is suddenly talking about sea shanties. With COVID-19, work from home has become the reality for many people; isolation and disconnection from the outside world resulting.  Perhaps that is why sea shanties, songs meant to be sung in groups … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 4

Streaming audio: reel 4 from the James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings includes Paddy Cronin, Frank Neylon, Gene Preston, and probably Mike McDonough. Continue reading

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