From the Director

Welcome back to Christian Brothers University and to the Plough Memorial Library. We hope Spring semester will be productive for you and want to remind you that the library and its staff are here to help you find material for use in your class assignments and your research. Come in and check out the new books, or browse through current issues of a variety of magazines and newspapers. There are 30 computers for your use, 6 in the Reference area on the main floor and 24 in the InfoLab on the ground floor. If you can't come in, then the library also provides online access to databases, reference resources, and electronic journals that you can use from off-campus with your CBU login. We are glad you are here and hope to assist you, however we can.

Kay Cunningham · · (901) 321-3430

Welcome Our New Director!

Plough Library has a new director, Kay Cunningham, who came from the University of Memphis Libraries the first of January 2010. With an MLS from the University of Tennessee, she has over twenty years' experience in librarianship and has worked in many kinds of libraries -- public libraries, special libraries, and academic libraries -- in many different fields -- reference, instruction, and database searching, particularly in the fields of science and business, government documents, and nursing and medicine. And wholly unrelated to her library work, she is a longtime collector and reader of comics and graphic novels.


Assignment Assistance Sessions:

Need help with Term papers? Essays? Take home assignments? Literature reviews? Book reviews? Annotated bibliographies and more?

Come to one of our walk-in classes in the Infolab:


Tuesday, January 26 @ 2:00 pm
Wednesday, January 27 @ 11:00 am
Thursday, January 28 @ 12:00 pm
Wednesday, February 3 @ 11:00 am


Tuesday, January 26 @ 4:00 and 6:00 pm

Library Tours

Library tours cover the Main Floor’s Circulation Desk, reference books and Reference Desk; the Upper Level’s circulating collection, online catalog terminal, study carrels and quiet study area; the Lower Level’s Infolab, periodical collections, DVD viewing room, Curriculum Library, Writing Center and the Ross Art Gallery. A relevant activity will be conducted at each phase of the tour.

Faculty may schedule a class for the tour.

You may also schedule a tour anytime by calling Benjamin Head at 321-4355.

Benjamin Head · · (901) 321-4355


You Really Can Take it With You

Found the perfect books or videos in the library that will help you finish a project? Want to take a break from assigned reading? Remember to bring your CBU ID to the library, and you will be able to check-out any circulating item.

But You Must Bring it Back

Do you have library items that you need to return but have not been able to come to the library to drop them off at the circulation desk during our operating hours? Stop by after-hours! We have a drop box located just outside the library’s main entrance. We collect the items from the drop box every morning that we are open.

Note: If the material is too large to fit inside the opening for the drop box, please stop by the library during our normal operating hours to return. Please do not leave the materials on top of or around the drop box.

Need more time with the items you have checked out from the library? You are welcome to request a renewal, either in person or by email, telephone, or the library catalog. To login, enter your 899 number preceded by a 0 and your last name. You will see a list of what you have currently checked out on your account. Click on the renewal request button after checking the boxes next to each item that you want renewed.

Graduating This Semester?

All alumni who live within the Memphis area are welcome to an alumni card with circulating book check-out privileges after graduation. Before you graduate, please return all of your library items so there will not be any delay in obtaining your diploma.

Maya Berry· · (901) 321-3554

Recommendations, Please!

Looking for books or videos in the library, and we just don’t have what you are looking for? Don’t be shy—let us know what library resources you want! Faculty, please give your recommendations to your library liaison. Students and staff, please give your recommendations to any library staff member. Although we may not be able to purchase every recommended item due to budgetary constraints and our collection development guidelines, we want to have a library collection that meets your teaching, learning, and research needs.

Maya Berry· · (901) 321-3554

Improved Persistent Links in EBSCOhost

Persistent links (or permalinks) are links to articles in databases. They are more reliable than simply copying and pasting the URL out of your web browser. Many of our databases offer these persistent links, but EBSCO now offers links that include our EZproxy address (Ezproxy is what enables our off-campus access to databases).

This means that FACULTY can now provide their students with direct links to articles that will work both on and off campus.

Find the persistent link to any article at the bottom of its full record page in EBSCOhost. Simply copy and paste the full persistent link into your syllabus or course webpage.

Deborah Babb · · (901) 321-3433

In Memory of Jane Mann Fleet

Retired Technical Service Librarian at Plough Library

Jane Fleet was born in New York City in December 1927. She and her family (parents and one brother) moved to Del Rio, Texas where Jane was a baton twirler in her school's marching band. She and her family later moved to Memphis.

Jane graduated from Southwestern (Rhodes). She married Charles Fleet and they had two children, Kathryn and Chuck. She was preceded in death by her husband and both children.

Jane answered an ad for an evening librarian and began her employment with CBC in September 1970. She worked the evening hours the whole time of her employment. By working evenings, she was able to lead several book groups, and to tutor city school children. She continued to lead the book groups even after her retirement from CBU in March 2004.

While Jane was an avid reader, she also had other interests such as going to plays, eating out at all types of restaurants, playing poker and just enjoying life in general. She definitely enjoyed going to Tunica to eat and gamble. Jane kept in touch with her friends at CBU by often dropping into the library and visiting. She had been on campus recently for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Jane was in a car accident on Tuesday, December 22, 2009; she passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2009. The memorial service on December 30 was attended by many of her friends, including several from CBU. She will definitely be missed by those who knew her.

Barbara Hill· · (901) 321-3431

Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery

January 15 - March 11, 2010:

"Raw Silk" - an exhibit of fabric art by Phyllis Boger and Constance Grayson

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Coming Soon:
Studio Glass by Shane Fero, March 19 - May 7, 2010