Books and Book Chapters by University of Dayton Faculty



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The COVID-19 pandemic had a tremendous impact on the work of academic librarians and archivists. Stay-at-home orders meant that librarians often had to set aside in-progress tasks and identify new remote projects. For archivists who primarily work with physical items, the pandemic also meant reassessing how to provide services to patrons, steward the collections, and continue to acquire new material that falls within the collecting scope. The Archivists at the University of Dayton used some of their time at home to start web archive collections that recorded how the pandemic affected Catholic life in the United States and the world.

The University of Dayton (UD) is a mid-sized, Catholic research university located in Dayton, Ohio. Founded by members of the Society of Mary, the University upholds the values and charism of the religious order. In particular, the Marianists’ devotion to Mary still resonates on campus, even as the faculty, staff, and students become more diverse in their backgrounds and beliefs. The University Libraries is composed of the University Archives and Special Collections, Roesch Library, which is the main campus library, and the Marian Library. Founded in 1943, the Marian Library holds the world’s largest collection of materials on the Virgin Mary, including rare and circulating books, archival collections, artwork, and artifacts. There are seven full-time employees in the Marian Library, four faculty and three staff. The Director oversees all operations, the Collections Librarian manages the printed material, the Visual Resources Librarian man-ages the art and artifacts, and the Archivist manages the archival collections. With a similar religious focus, the U.S. Catholic Special Collection (USCSC) was established in the Roesch Library to docu-ment the history and culture of Catholicism in the United States and support the Religious Studies doctoral program at the University of Dayton. The materials include books, periodicals and journals, archi-val collections, artifacts, and ephemera. That Library is staffed by one Collections Librarian/Archivist and is open to researchers four days a week. In addition to providing instruction, research support, and materials to the campus community and beyond, both of these collections are a visible manifestation of the University’s identity.



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Personalizing the Pandemic: Experiences of Theological & Religious Studies Librarians During COVID-19


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COVID-19 Web Archives: Evolving Catholic and Marian Devotional Practices