Mar 23, 2015

Problem with Ebook Library (EBL) platform

We are currently experiencing problems accessing e-book titles on the Ebook Library platform.  We're working with the vendor to restore access as soon as possible.

If you're using Saints Search, the "View It" tab will look like this:

If you have any questions, please email: sanderson@stmartin.edu

Mar 18, 2015

Saints Search Back Up!

Saints Search is back up and fully functional this morning.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email sanderson@stmartin.edu

Mar 17, 2015

Saints Search: problems searching for books, DVDs and other physical materials.

Saints Search is experiencing problems related to an update over the weekend.  Currently, you cannot find books, DVDs and other physical materials at the O'Grady Library OR at other Summit libraries.  This is a Summit-wide issue and we anticipate that it will be up and working correctly sometime Wednesday morning (03/18/25).

Please contact the circulation or reference desk if you need help finding a particular item:
     Reference: 360-486-8803
     Circulation:  360-486-8802

Mar 13, 2015

O'Grady Library Architect Passes Away at 80

Today, we at Saint Martin's University, and the O'grady Library in particular, express thanks to the building's architect, Michael Graves who passed away last night in his Princeton, New Jersey home.

Portrait of Michael Graves used by permission of Michael Graves Architecture & Design

Mr. Graves was a world renowned architect and designer, whose clients included Disney, Target, the NCAA, the US Postal Service, Humana Health, Princeton University, Columbia University, the Universities of Virginia and Cincinnati, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, numerous art foundations, and many others.

Photograph of the O'Grady Library, taken this morning.


1994 sketch of the O'Grady Library from Special Collections, thanks to Father Peter Tynan.


Mr. Graves seemed to have had an affinity for libraries.  Besides the O'Grady Library, he played a roll designing the San Juan Capistrano Library in California, the Clark County Library and Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Denver Public Library, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Topeka, KS, the American Academy in Rome Rare Books Library, the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library in Alexandria, VA, and the French Institute Library in New York.

Graves was a pioneer of post-modern architecture in the United States, a movement that seeks to combine elements of "high-brow" modern design with functionality and aesthetic pleasure.  He had a profound sense and belief that buildings need to be consciously designed for human use.  In a 2010 interview with ArchDaily.com, he said that architecture must proceed from an "understanding of humanism as it relates to our bodies and our psyche when we occupy our buildings" and is part of a "story that we [architects] tell from the myths and rituals of human activity for the past three or four thousand years."1

In a related vein, he lamented that contemporary architecture may have lost something through becoming more and more driven by computer design.  In a 2012 New York Times column, entitled "Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing," Graves pointed out that the original meaning of "digits" was fingers, but that we now associate the adjective "digital" almost exclusively with computers and then wondered, "Are our hands becoming obsolete as creative tools?  Are they being replaced by machines?  And where does that leave the architectural creative process?"2  He went on to say that the very act of drawing versus computer rendering embodies a "certain joy in...creation" and is "formative," comparing it to the "way a musician might intone a note or how a riff in jazz would be understood subliminally and put a smile on your face."

Graves will be sorely missed by his associates.  Donald Strum, a long-time employee and Principal of Product Design at Michael Graves Architecture and Design, said,  "I really like my 'kind of family.'  Have for some time.  Will miss my design dad."3

On a personal note, I (Kael Moffat) would like to express my gratitude for Mr. Graves and his gifts. I have benefited from two of his projects.  I currently work in the O'Grady Library, but also spent many happy hours in the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library when I lived in Topeka, Kansas.  Whenever I think of reading books with my children or walking up and down the circular staircase in its rotunda, I will be thankful to the designer of that space.




1 ArchDaily.com.  (2010)  "AD interviews Michael Graves: What is architecture?"  http://www.archdaily.com/86804/ad-interviews-michael-graves/
2 Graves, M.  (2012, Sep. 02).  Architecture and the lost art of drawing.  New York Times.  Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1037549337?accountid=39173.
3  From a phone interview with Sal Forgione of Michael Graves Architecture and Design, 13 March 2015.

Feb 24, 2015

The Materials Are Coming, The Materials Are Coming!

Some of the materials for the Media Lab have arived.  In fact, the room has been set up to more or less simulate the space when the desk arrives in a couple weeks.


The computers and screens in the picture are the same kind as will be found in there when the lab is completed and are loaded with Adobe Creative Suite.  Meanwhile, more materials have arrived:

Computer monitors for the Media Lab

The big smart board monitor (reflective wrapping) and a slave monitor to the smart board.