Look What's New in the Library

Fall 2015 -- You've gotta see it to believe it!

What a Difference a Summer Makes!

By Ann Weber, Director of Library and Research Services

Nine years ago in the summer of 2006 the Mathewson Library was transformed from a tired antiquated library to a state-of-the-art library and research center. The Library was gutted with some rooms eliminated, others created and some remodeled to the point of being nearly unrecognizable. Square footage was added in the front and the former library space was adorned with new paint, new lighting, new carpeting, a new and larger circulation desk and all new furniture and electronics. Andrade Theater received a face-lift, the classroom was upgraded and the conference room was created out of a storeroom.

It was almost amusing to note the difference between the newly remodeled library space, and the Media/Stack room in the back which was not remodeled. The floor to ceiling book shelving in the Media/Stacks were a mixture of every color that metal shelving has ever been. The exposed ducting was painted with favorite 70’s colors of lime-green, orange and yellow. In keeping with the character of the 70’s, the carpet color was burnt orange (and much worn).

Although I had been thinking of how to update the Media/Stack room since the major library renovation, I knew I would have to be patient. Following the Library renovation, the school focus was on completing the construction of several major buildings on campus. Once the last of the new buildings was complete, the time was right to share ideas about transforming the Media/Stack room into a student-friendly, and attractive space. With fingers crossed, I sent my ideas to the Principal, Chris Meyercord, and he promised to discuss the proposal with the people in Mathewson Hall. Within a few days CFO, Ron Miller, appeared in the Library asking about the proposal. He made no promises, but asked if the coming summer was a good target date.

Since the proposal included changing book shelving from floor to ceiling to 40” high shelving, we knew the book collection would need serious weeding. Optimistic that we would get approval for the project, the library staff all pitched in to eliminate the books that were out-of-date, redundant, and in poor condition. Thankfully, Ron let me know that the project was approved in mid-Spring.

No rest for the weary became the mantra in the Library. No sooner had the weeding been completed, when it was time to pack the remaining 20,000 books. Thanks to Fr. Mathewson and Laurel Galli, many work/grant students spent their first week of summer vacation making up boxes and packing books. The boxes were stacked four boxes high in the Art Gallery in the order of call numbers. Once all the books were stored in the Gallery, Juan Navarro’s crew dismantled and disposed of the old shelving. Next, the entire room was painted, then carpeted and finally the new shelving and furniture was delivered and assembled.

The entire Library crew reported for duty on August 12 to begin placing the books on the new shelves. With work/grant help, all the books were out of the Gallery and on the new shelves just days before Back-to-School night. Although this is still a work in progress, the room is ready for use and enjoyment. The students have been enjoying the new seating in the quiet back room and they have been seen picking up books that appeal to them from the more accessible shelving. Students are creatures of habit, and there are certain groups that gravitate to the back room each period. They have been respectfully quiet, and seem to appreciate the new place to “hang out.”

Please come down to admire our renovation while it still has that “new car” smell.

Bellarmine Book Club

When: Wednesday, October 7 @ 3:30 pm

Where: Bellarmine Library

We will be discussing The Martian by Andy Weir.


Bay Area College Hoops focus of New Book by Patrick Schneider's Dad!

By Tana Perotin

Patrick Schneider's summer reading included a newly published book by his dad, Bernie!

Patrick shared that when his dad retired from teaching, he took on a labor of love: researching and writing a book about men’s college basketball in the Bay Area. Bernie's love of college basketball started by tagging along to games with a family friend who was a legendary referee in the area, continued at USF where he played on the freshman team when Bill Russell was a senior leading the Dons to their second of back to back titles, and stayed strong throughout the decades. The foreword is written by Brian Murphy of KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” show. Brian and his brother, Kevin, were taught by Bernie at Tamalpais High and Kevin was among the best athletes Bernie coached at Tam High.

Glory and Heartbreak: The History of Men’s Intercollegiate Basketball in the San Francisco Bay Area” was published this past spring. Those wishing to read it can go to http://www.lulu.com/shop/bernie-schneider/glory-and-heartbreak-the-history-of-mens-intercollegiate-basketball-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area/paperback/product-22305463.html to place their order.

Book Description from Publisher Website

This book recaptures the exploits of the San Francisco Bay Area's intercollegiate men's championship teams, coaches, and players. These championships included teams from Stanford, Cal, and the University of San Francisco and featured Hall of Fame players such as Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, "Hank" Luisetti, and Jim Pollard. The coaches featured are Hall of Famers Pete Newell and Phil Woolpert. USF was also a racial pioneer. Then the book describes the winning seasons of the "Best of the Rest" from almost a hundred years of college basketball in the San Francisco Bay Area from the 1920's to 2014. Players featured are Bill Cartwright of USF, Steve Nash of Santa Clara, and Jason Kidd of Cal. Coaches include Mike Montgomery of Stanford and Cal, Randy Bennett of St. Mary's, and Carroll Williams and Dick Davey of Santa Clara. Lastly, the book includes an appendix of interesting facts including all of the Bay Area's Hall of Famers and the names and ranking of the all-time best players divided by sides of the Bay.

Summer Reading Recommendations

As usual, Bellarmine faculty and staff took the time to catch up on pleasure reading this summer. Below are some excellent recommendations from your colleagues.

Some Nonfiction...


History and Memoir...

We have Fiction....all sorts!

Come down and see our Banned Books display, now through October 5th!

New Books Available in the Library


The Innovators: how a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution, Walter Isaacson. Call #004.092 I73

Libraries, Bjarne Hammer. Call #Q022.3 L697

Social Sciences

Information doesn't want to be free : laws for the Internet, Cory Doctorow. Call # 301 D637

Brave new world revisited, Aldous Huxley. Call #301 H986

The death of Josseline: immigration stories from the Arizona-Mexico borderlands, Margaret Regan. Call #304.8 R333

Revisiting gender, Compiled by publisher H.W. Wilson. Call #305.42 R454

Outrageous acts and everyday rebellions, Gloria Steinem. Call #305.42 S822

Not for sale: the return of the global slave trade - and how we can fight it, David B. Batstone. Call #306.3 B329

Kinship: it's all relative, Jackie Smith Arnold. Call #306.83 A756

U.S. National debate topics, 2014-15, The Ocean. Call #333.91 R454

Marijuana reform, compiled by publisher H.W. Wilson. Call #362.295 M335

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: an experiment in literary investigation. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Call #365.45 S692

Embracing new paradigms in education. Call #370.973 R454

The Story of my Life, Helen Keller. Call #371.91 K29 S8

Natural Sciences

The log from the Sea of Cortez, John Steinbeck. Call #508 S819

The Arts

A zombies Christmas Carol: in sequential art: being an undead story of Christmas, Jim McCann. Call #741.5 M122

Jack London, photographer, Jeanne Campbell Reesman. Call #770.92 R329

The hustle: one team and ten lives in black and white, Doug Merlino. Call #796.323 M552

Blood and smoke: a true tale of mystery, mayhem, and the birth of the Indy 500, Charles Leerhsen. Call #796.72 L486

Literature and Rhetoric

Black voices : an anthology of African-American literature, edited by Abraham Chapman. Call #810.9 B631

Motion: American sports poems, edited by Noah Blaustein. Call #811.08 M918

The essential writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Call #814.3 E53

Representative American speeches. Call #815.5 R425.

Walden, or, Life in the woods, Henry David Thoreau. Call #818.309 T488 W3

Rainbow in the cloud: the wisdom and spirit of Maya, Maya Angelou. Call #818.54 A584 R2

William Blake: comprehensive research and study guide, edited by Harold Bloom. Call #821.7 B636

The Strange case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde : an authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, performance adaptations, criticism, Robert Louis Stevenson. Call #823.8 S848

Geography and History

Book of the Hopi, Frank Waters. Call #970.004 W329

Killing Kennedy: the end of Camelot, Bill O'Reilly. Call #973.922 K35 O66

Manchild in the promised land, Claude Brown. Call #974.7 B863


The Harper Collins Bible commentary, general editor James L Mays with the Society of Biblical Literature.


The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian, Sherman Alexie. Call #F ALE

Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson. Call #F AND

Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi. Call #F BAC

Words and their meanings, Kate Bassett. Call #F BAS

Golden son, Pierce Brown. Call #F BRO

Red rising, Pierce Brown. Call #F BRO

Visitors, Orson Scott Card. Call #F CAR

Artemis Fowl: the Atlantis complex, Eoin Colfer. Call #F COL

The death cure, James Dashner. Call #F DAS

The eye of minds, James Dashner. Call #F DAS

The Scorch trials, James Dashner. Call #F DAS

Absalom, Absalom! : the corrected text, William Faulkner. Call #F FAU

This side of paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Call #F FIT

In her mother's image; a novel, Cecilia Gaerlan. Call #F GAE

The Fall, Bethany Griffin. Call #F GRI

The scarlet letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Call #F HAW

Crimson rising, Nick James, Call #F JAM

The pearl wars, Nick James, Call #F JAM

Strikeforce, Nick James, Call #F JAM

Insomnia, J.R. Johansson, Call #F JOH

The invention of wings, Sue Monk Kidd, Call #F KID

Catalyst, S.J. Kincaid, Call #F KIN

Insignia, S.J. Kincaid, Call #F KIN

Vortex, S.J. Kincaid, Call #F KIN

Evil Librarian, Michelle Knudsen, Call #F KNU

Human.4, Mike A. Lancaster, Call #F LAN

Zeroboxer, Fonda Lee, Call #F LEE

Champion, Marie Lu, Call #F LU

Prodigy, Marie Lu, Call #F LU

Sweet Unrest, Lisa Maxwell, Call #F MAX

The blood of Olympus, Rick Riordan, Call #F RIO

An ember in the ashes, Sabaa Tahir, Call #F TAH

New DVDs Available in the Library

Bill Moyers. On addiction close to home, 2 discs, approximately 304 minutes. Call #362.2 B596

A deathly silence a teen's suicide, 43 minutes. Call #362.2 D285

The day the 60's died. The Kent State shootings, 60 minutes. Call #378.77 D273

Vaccines calling the shots, 60 minutes. Call #614.4 V112

Self inflicted, a video about non-suicidal self-injury, 25 minutes. Call #616.8582 S465

Ten bad things you didn't know about smoking and tobacco, 17 minutes. Call #616.86 T289

Hepatitis C causes, symptoms, prevention, treatment, 15 minutes. Call #616.95 H529

The allergy fix, 43 minutes. Call #616.97 C212

Texting and driving, the deadliest distraction, 17 minutes. Call #629.2 T355.

August Wilson the ground on which I stand, 90 minutes. Call #812.54 W746 P771

When the Moors ruled in Europe, 101 minutes. Call #946 W567