Celebrating This Year’s Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award Winners 

Award winners pose with sponsor Jack Livingstone
From left to right: Brianna Kline-Costa; Allyson Grace Yu; Jack Livingstone, SBM ’49; Samantha Marie Padilla; Angela Cirelli; and Jenna Zenouzi. Award winner John L. Nori is not pictured. All photos by Heidi Roland Photography.

In April, we held a luncheon to celebrate the winners of this year’s Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards. The Awards celebrate excellence in undergraduate work and recognize outstanding achievement in a wide range of subjects and disciplines, highlighting the importance of undergraduate research at Temple and the way the Libraries support that process. 

It was the first time since the spring of 2019 that we were able to meet to celebrate the winners in person—and the first time ever celebrating the Awards in Charles Library. It was wonderful to gather together in the Charles Library first floor event space to mark the occasion and celebrate the achievements of this year’s recipients. 

Photo of sponsors
From left to right: Bob Livingstone; Jack Livingstone, SBM ’49; Theresa Danks, Senior Account Executive at Gale, a Cengage Company; Daniel Berman, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

The event began with a welcome from Joe Lucia, Dean of University Libraries. Lucia spoke about the history of the Awards and acknowledged the many people that play a role in their success. We also heard from sponsors John H. Livingstone, SBM ’49, who has generously supported the awards for almost two decades, and Theresa Danks, Senior Account Executive at Gale, a Cengage Company. Gale sponsors the Awards in Diversity and Social Justice and General Education and the luncheon. Daniel Berman, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, then spoke about undergraduate research at Temple. 

During the luncheon, the attendees had the opportunity to talk to the winners about their projects. This year’s winners were Angela Cirelli (Creative Works and Media Production), Brianna Kline-Costa (Social Sciences), John L. Nori (STEM Disciplines), Samantha Marie Padilla (General Education Courses), Allyson Grace Yu (Diversity and Social Justice), and Jenna Zenouzi (Humanities). You can learn more about the winners and their projects on our Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards website

Photo of attendees enjoying luncheon
Attendees enjoy luncheon

Congratulations to this year’s Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award recipients as well as all our past recipients. We look forward to continuing to support undergraduate research and to celebrating the achievements of future recipients of this signature award. 

Photo of laser cut award
Giveaways created in the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio

Farewell, Paley Library!

Saying goodbye to Paley, photo by Brae Howard

On May 9, the Libraries hosted a “Goodbye to Paley” open house. Paley has been the library’s home on Main Campus since 1966, and has meant so much to the Temple students, faculty, staff, community members, and visitors who have walked through its doors.

Library staff performs hits from 1966, photo by Betsy Manning for Temple University

Around 250 people joined us to celebrate, to reminisce, and to say goodbye to Paley. Our open house featured an SCRC photo exhibit, zinemaking station, video booth for sharing Paley memories, library furniture sale, live music, and more. Dean Joe Lucia also offered remarks on the history of Paley and the shifts we’ve seen in academic libraries since the 1960s, when Paley first opened. It was a fitting send off as we prepare to open a new 21st century library across the street.

At the end of the day, we officially closed Paley Library in order to begin the move to Charles Library. The move process will continue throughout the summer, as we work toward opening the new library for the fall semester in August.


Images of Paley Library from the SCRC, photo by Brae Howard

While Paley will no longer function as a library, the building will live on as “Samuel Paley Hall.” It will be the new home for the College of Public Health and will continue to house the Center for Academic Advising and Professional Development for the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology.



While we will miss Paley dearly, we are excited about completing the move to Charles and opening the new state-of-the-art facility to the public.

Library furniture on sale, photo by Brae Howard

Open Access Week 2016 at the Libraries

oalogoThis week, October 24–28, is Open Access Week, a global event that promotes the benefits of Open Access (OA) in the academic and research community. Core tenets include free online access to scholarly research and the right to use and re-use those results in your own academic work. The important implications for academia, medicine, science, and society as a whole speak to an overall advancement of scholarship, as OA increases the exposure and use of published research.  

Temple University Libraries is joining the conversation around OA through a series of pop-up events, a panel discussion, a lecture, and a webinar, and we invite you to stop by for the following:

At Main Campus

Visit our Pop-Up Tables:
Monday, October 24, 1:00–3:00 PM, SERC Lobby
Tuesday, October 25, 2:00–4:00 PM, Anderson Hall Lobby
Thursday, October 27, 12:00–2:00 PM, Gladfelter Hall Lobby

Panel Discussion:
Thursday, October 27, 3:00 PM
“Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Publishing,” a panel discussion with Rebecca Kennison of the Open Access Network and Temple University faculty members
Paley Library Lecture Hall

Friday, October 28, 12:00 PM 
View the webinar “Understanding and Protecting Your Rights As an Author”
Paley Library Lecture Hall


At the Health Sciences Campus

Open Access Week Table-a-Thon:
Monday, October 24, 12:00–1:30 PM, School of Dentistry Building
Tuesday, October 25, 12:00–1:30 PM, Medical Education and Research Building
Friday, October 28, 12:00–1:30 PM, Pharmacy and Allied Health Building
Join us for Open Access trivia and win library swag!

Wednesday, October 26, 9:30–10:30 AM
Open Access Week Lecture: An Introduction to Open Access, the history of the Open Access movement, and tips to avoid predatory publishing!
Health Sciences Campus, Ginsburg Library Computer Lab, Room 248


Contact Associate University Librarian Steven Bell or Stephanie Roth (for the Health Sciences Campus) with questions.  

Paley Library Goes to 24/7 for Finals

Starting today, Thursday, April 23, at 8:00 am, Paley Library will stay open continuously through Wednesday, May 6 at 8:00 pm.

By staying open 24/7 throughout finals, Temple Libraries provides students with a convenient study space…with all the amenities of a research library – but that’s not all.

We are once again having therapy dogs visiting the library to help students relieve exam week stress – and we have increased the number of visits by the dogs. Check the schedule to find out when the dogs will be at Paley Library.

We’ll also be providing coffee and cookies at 10:00 pm on April 30, May 1, May 4 and May 5. On Sunday, May 3 we’ll have coffee and muffins at noon. Quantities are limited.

students eating refreshments during finals week

Students enjoy the free refreshments at Paley during finals









Make Paley Library your primary study spot for making it through finals.

Unlimited possibilities @ your library: celebrate National Library Week April 12-18

April 12-18, Temple University Libraries joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

The Temple University Libraries are committed to collecting the books, electronic resources and materials that serve our communities in research, teaching and learning. We are also committed to transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming.

Please join us for a host of activities taking place at Paley Library, the central facility on main campus, throughout National Library Week:

Research Paper Clinics, April 13-16, Noon-5:00 PM, Paley Library Think Tank


From Digital Spaces to Real World Change: How Digital Storytelling Can Affect Social and Environmental Justice, Wednesday, April 15, 2:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall


Great American Songwriter’s Series/Boyer Noontime Concert Series at Paley: Heart and Soul—The Songs of Hoagy Carmichael, Thursday, April 16, Noon, Paley Library Lecture Hall 


Temple Book Club Discussion: Ann Petry’s The Street, Thursday, April 16, Noon, Paley Library Room 309


Chat in the Stacks50 Years Later: Voting Rights and Civil RightsThursday, April 16, 2:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall


Film Friday: CitizenFour, Friday, April 17, Noon, Paley Library Lecture Hall


Digital Humanities Scholars: Project Presentations, Friday, April 17, 2:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall


First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Programs Examine Data, Privacy, and Surveillance…from 1971 through the digital age

Intellectual Heritage Program and Libraries’ Beyond the Page Public Programming Series Team Up to Examine Data, Privacy, and Surveillance…from 1971 through the digital age

Temple University Libraries Beyond the Page Public Programming Series and the Intellectual Heritage Program present three compelling events on data collection, surveillance, your rights, and your privacy.

“Big data” is a big question in today’s digital culture, but government information farming is nothing new. We will examine the then and now of data collection and spying, and learn about how citizen activists have intervened in government spying efforts over the course of the past 40 years.

Please join us for the following programs, which are free and open to all:

Wednesday, April 8, 4:00 PM, The Reel Cinema, Lower Level,Student Center South, Screening of 1971 and post-film discussion with director Johanna Hamilton and co-stars John and Bonnie Raines and Keith Forsyth

On March 8, 1971 eight ordinary citizens—calling themselves the Citizen’s Commission to Investigate the FBI—broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. Mailed anonymously, the documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence that proved the FBI was deliberately working to intimidate civil rights activists and Americans nonviolently protesting the Vietnam War. Despite searching for the people behind the heist in one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and the identities of the members of the Citizens’ Commission remained a secret. Until now. For the first time, the members of the Commission have decided to come forward and speak out about their actions. 1971 is their story. https://www.1971film.com/

Friday, April 17, Noon, Paley Library Lecture Hall
Film Screening: CitizenFour
In January 2013, director Laura Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh. https://citizenfourfilm.com/

Monday, April 20, Noon, Paley Library Lecture Hall
Mass Surveillance, Privacy, and Your Rights in the Digital World
Join Temple alum April Glaser in conversation with Professor of Journalism Meredith Broussard for a conversation on government and corporate dragnet surveillance and the legal, political, and grassroots challenges mounting worldwide. We will discuss the various ways corporate and government digital profiling perpetuates injustice in our digital spaces, and how the surveillance programs that have been revealed since Edward Snowden began to disclose details about government spying in 2013 have had a profound effect on journalism and activism in the U.S. and around the world.

Celebrating Engineering Week With a Library Maker Event

In support of National Engineers’ WeekTemple Libraries hosted several events at Paley Library. In addition to a 3D printing demonstration, engineering students hosted a maker event for non-engineers on February 24 and 27, 2015.

The project had students making a digital LED die. It is a kit that is created specifically for maker events to expose people who have little experience with making anything to the challenge of building a small electronic device. It’s a great way for people to discover they have the ability to build things with their hands.

photo of student building an LED die

student builds digital LED die at Paley Library

. With soldering irons in hand, five students – with little making experience among them – built their die under the watchful guidance of the engineering students (Tori Slack, Qianguo Ren and Stephanie Bui). The Libraries provided the kits, while the engineering students brought the soldering irons, tools and their expertise.


Making events are growing in popularity at college libraries as students are taking more interest in getting experiences where they use their hands to put something together. When the Digital Scholarship Center opens up at Paley Library in the fall of 2015 the Libraries will sponsor more maker events. If you are interested in learning more about maker events contact Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian.

photo of students building LED die

Engineering student Tori Slack helps two students build their die

Got Rhythm? Got Music? Got Gershwin? We do!

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Boyer Noontime Concert Series at Paley

proudly presents

John Johnson and the Great American Songwriters

S’Wonderful! George and Ira Gershwin

Thursday, October 9th
12 – 1 PM
Paley Library Lecture Hall

Light Refreshments Served.

Approved for Boyer Recital Credit.

Bring your lunch. Bring your friends. Relax. Refresh. Renew. Enjoy!

Who could ask for anything more?

John Johnson photo

John Johnson, pianist, singer, entertainer, scholar, and beloved Boyer professor presents songs of George and Ira Gershwin!

The Gershwin Brothers legendary songwriting team epitomize American song of the Jazz Age.  Their collaboration, although short-lived due to George’s untimely death, produced countless American song classics such as “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “Embraceable You”, “Fascinating Rhythm”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Shall We Dance”, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”, and many more.  George Gershwin blends together elements from ragtime, jazz, classical music, and rhythms from Black American dance to create music that entices, engages, and enchants.  Ira’s genius for witty, ingenious, and sophisticated lyrics combine with his innate understanding of George’s music to provide the perfect musical symbiosis.  Gershwin songs exemplify the Jazz age, yet continue to remain timeless.

 John Johnson, native of Houston, Texas, is currently Professor of Music Theory at Temple University’s Boyer College. With music degrees from the University of Texas, John also studied at the Royal Danish Conservatory, the University of Copenhagen, and the Royal Academy of Music in London.  An extraordinary entertainer, John served as scriptwriter, music director, and lecturer performer around the world.  John has received many awards, including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and Temple University’s  Great Teacher Award, the highest teaching honor offered by the university.

Find Out More About George and Ira Gershwin!
(* needs Temple authentication)

The Gershwin Legacy – from the Library of Congress

George and Ira Gershwin  Website

*Gerald Bordman and Thomas s. Hischak. “Gershwin, Ira.Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.

*”Ira Gershwin.” Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. New York: Schirmer, 2001. Biography in Context.

*Richard Crawford, et al. “Gershwin, George.” Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.

*”George Gershwin.Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1944. Biography in Context.

*Schiff, David. “Misunderstanding (George) Gershwin: the composer mixed popular and classical idioms like no one before or since, and performers are still baffled.” The Atlantic Oct. 1998: 100-5. Biography in Context.


Gershwin George.  The Music and Lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin.  Peter Foss, ed. Miami, FL: Warner Bros., 1998.  Paley Stacks M1508.G47 M874x 1998

Gershwin, Ira.  Ira Gershwin: Selected Lyrics.  Robert Kimball, ed.  New York: Library of America, 2009.  Paley Stacks ML54.6.G28 I73 2009

Jablonski, Edward. The Gershwin Years. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1973.  Paley Stacks ML410.G288J3 1973

Rosenberg, Deena.  Fascinating Rhythm: the collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin. New York: Dutton, 1991.  Paley Stacks ML419.G288R67 1991

 Printed Music

Gershwin, George.  Of Thee I Sing.  Lyrics by Ira Gershwin.  New York: New World Music Corp., 1932.  Paley Stacks M1503.G376O4x

Gershwin, George.  Porgy and Bess.  Lyrics by Du Bose Heyward and Ira Gershwin.  New York: Gershwin Pub. Corp., 1935.  Paley Stacks M1503.G376P5 1935

Gershwin, George. The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960.  Paley Stacks M1507.G38 S6 1960

Streaming Audio
(Temple authentication required)

Fascinating Rhythm:  The Songwriting Talents of George & Ira Gershwin.  Includes “Fascinating Rhythm”, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”, “Summertime”, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “S’Wondreful”, and more!

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book. Includes “My One and Only”, “Beginner’s Luck”, “Lady Be Good”, “The Man I Love”, “Shall We Dance?”, “Funny Face”, and more!

 Gershwin’s World.  Performed by Herbie Hancock, Bakithi Kumalo, Cyro Baptista, James Carter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Joni Mitchell, and more!


An American in Paris [videorecording] by Alan Jay Lerner, George and Ira Gershwin, produced by Arthur Freed, directed by Vincent Minnelli.  Paley Media Services PN1997.A3457x 2008

Funny  Face [videorecording] produced by Roger Edens, directed by Stanley Donen, written by Leonard Gershe, music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess [videorecording] by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin.   Paley Media Services M1500.G47 P674x 2001

Shall We Dance [videorecording] screenplay by Allan Scott and Ernest Pagano, adaptation by P. J. Wolfson, directed by Mark Sandrich, music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin.

Paley Noontime Concert Series!


John Johnson: Great American Songwriters


Creepy Crawly! Charles Abramowic and his studio

Classical Guitar: Allen Krantz and Students







In partnership with the Boyer College, Temple University Libraries again present our Noontime Concert Series at Paley Library.  The concert lineup for this year features outstanding artists. John Johnson, pianist, singer, scholar, and entertainer extraordinaire will present a “Great American Songwriter” series with music by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin.  Returning this fall after their sensational “Springtime in Paris” concerts are Dr. Charles Abramowic and his students, this time featuring piano music by Shostakovich played to early Russian animated films of Ladislaw Starewic.  Alan Krantz, professor of guitar, and his students will share with us their beautiful music in “Classical Guitar: Intimate, Romantic, Cosmopolitan.”  Who could resist?

All concerts take place in the Paley Library Lecture Hall  (ground floor) from noon to 1:00 P.M.   Light refreshments are served.  Boyer recital credit is given.

Begun in Spring 2014, and drawing on the finest talent anywhere, this series provides an informal, enormously fun, and relaxing mid-day diversion.

Bring your lunch. Bring your friends. Relax. Restore. Renew. Enjoy.

Paley Noontime Concert Series Fall 2014

John Johnson:  Great American Songwriters
Cole Porter – Urban Sophistication
Thursday, September 25, 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
Paley Library Lecture Hall


John Johnson:  Great American Songwriters
George Gershwin: S’wonderful!
Thursday, October 9th, 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Paley Library Lecture Hall


Creepy Crawly!  Early Russian Animated Film and Piano Music of Shostakovich
Dr. Charles Abramowic and his Sensational Students
Thursday, October 30th, 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Paley Library Lecture Hall


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Classical Guitar: Intimate, Romantic, Cosmopolitan
Alan Krantz and his Students
Wednesday, November 19th, 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Paley Library Lecture Hall



John Johnson: Great American Songwriters
Irving Berlin: Say It With Music!
Thursday, December 4th, 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Paley Library Lecture Hall


Mark your calendars!

Thursday, September 25th
Thursday, October 9th
Thursday, October 30th
Wednesday, November 19th
Thursday, December 4th