Now on display in the Phillips Library is a collection of money that doesn’t fold easily. Dr. Emil Berendt, Assistant Professor of Economics in the Bolte School of Business, has traveled around the world and collected these objects that have been used as currency in the economies of various societies.
Dr. Berendt explains that “Money is a complex social phenomenon. The electronic currency used in today’s internet-based financial institutions evolved from goods that became commonly used to make trades, such as gold and silver. There is wonderful diversity in what societies choose to use as trade goods. Many are made with great skill and artistry.”
The large X-shaped object on display is a Katanga Cross, which comes from what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a sand cast copper “coin” from the early 20th century, when it could purchase 22 pounds of flour.
The Katanga Cross was commonly used for dowries. The crosses were a preferred means of payment because they are more durable than cattle or cloth.
Dr. Berendt’s collection of unusual money is extensive and the display will change from time to time this year. Look for it inside the front door under the portrait of Monsignor Hugh J. Phillips.
The library’s new ILLiad system makes it easier to retrieve books and articles from libraries throughout the world. No library has everything its users need; even the Library of Congress borrows from other libraries and we do too, with ILLiad.
In addition to saving processing time and eliminating paper from our interlibary loan office, ILLiad allows students to initiate and track requests for books and articles from anywhere.
Check it out. Follow this link to create your ILLiad user account. http://libguides.msmary.edu/ILL
A cool new feature of Maryland public libraries is the Maryland Digital eConsortium.
The consortium provides thousands of eBooks to residents of Maryland through our public libraries.
Mount students have access to this collection through the Emmitsburg Public Library. So, head down to the town library with your Mount ID card and register for a library card so you can use this extensive eLibrary from anywhere in this wonderful world!
We’ve updated Phillips Library’s most viewed webpage to include new features in our main search box, a simplified look and revised layout.
The page had over 72,000 hits last year. It is the gateway to all of our digital content.
Check it out and learn how you can use it to succeed.
Below is the URL to the Discovery Page. Bookmark it and save yourself some time trying to find the library URL on the university homepage. http://libguides.msmary.edu/BeginDiscovery
If you have questions about any library resource or service, contact anyone of our staff members.
Denise Fite - Acquisitions
Wanda Glass - Serials
Aaron Murphy - Evening Supervisor
Jeanne Myers - Interlibrary Loan
Ana Ulrich - Main Desk
Charles Kuhn - Dean of the Library
The library now subscribes to Literati by Credo, a service that extends our current Credo reference books online to a new level. In addition to e-reference books, Credo now offers library services that promote knowledge building, problem solving, critical thinking skills and assessment too!
Another part of the Literati service provides our students with a convenient way to discover and understand ideas through 8,000 topic pages in one easy to use package!
You can access Literati through our Databases Lists or by using the Literati tab in our main search box on the library’s Begin Your Discovery page. Stop by the library anytime and request a Literati tour.