New in the Birnbaum Library

Over the summer, the Birnbaum Library underwent the following renovations:

The Collaboration Theatre moved to a new location at the top of the stairs on the second floor.

New Group Areas:

We created space on the east side of the second floor of the library to accommodate approximately 100 more seats. This was accomplished by weeding and consolidating the collection, removing stacks and relocating microfilm cabinets. The area was re-carpeted, and furniture from the student union was relocated.


All new outlets were installed on the second floor of the library in the new group study areas and along the outer walls by the windows. Altogether 544 outlets and USB charger were installed (272 electrical outlets and 272 USB ports).

New in the Mortola Library

This summer has been a  busy time in the Mortola Library making improvements for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.  As a part of the new Campus Wellness Initiative, we are making three FitDesks available so that students can keep active while studying.  We will also be increasing the therapy dog visits to every other week during the semester instead of just at the end of the semester.  During 24/7 exam time in December, the library will have cots available as napping stations to help improve sleep options for students.  In terms of the library building itself, new blinds were installed during the summer along with and new computer chairs.  Utilizing previously collected space use data, the library also created two new computer collaboration stations for small group work and added a large collaboration table that will seat 8 people.  We’re excited to have everyone back and look forward to a great 2017-18 academic year!

March Events in the Birnbaum Library

To commemorate Women’s History Month, join us in the Birnbaum Library Fishbowl during common hour (3:25-4:25) on Thursday, March 23 as comics creator Elvis Bakitis discusses their work in the independent zine Homos in Herstory and offers an interactive zine-making workshop. On the following Thursday, March 30, join us for a common hour film screening of The Beauty Myth: The Culture of Beauty, Psychology and the Self with Naomi Wolf.

Dr. Edward J. Mortola Centennial

This year marks the centennial of the birth of Dr. Edward J. Mortola, Pace’s third president and only university chancellor, who was born on February 5, 1917.

Dr. Mortola gained international recognition during his years of leadership at Pace, a period of phenomenal academic and physical growth. He came to Pace in 1947, recruited by President Robert S. Pace, son of founder and first President Homer St. Clair Pace.

Born in New York City, Dr. Mortola received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in 1938, majoring in mathematics; a master’s degree in education in 1941; and a Ph.D. in education in 1946. Prior to joining Pace, he served as a graduate fellow (1938-1939) and assistant registrar (1939-1941) at Fordham University’s School of Education; a mathematics instructor at The Cooper Union and at Townsend Harris High School (1941-1942); and as assistant registrar and registrar at Fordham, and part-time faculty member at St. Peter’s College (1946-1947).

During World War II, Dr. Mortola entered the U.S. Navy as an Ensign and taught at the Midshipman’s School at Columbia University. He also served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., and during his last year of service was director of the Registration Division of the U.S. Armed Forces Institute in Madison, Wisconsin. He attained the rank of Commander before returning to civilian life.

Dr. Mortola was then recruited by Dr. Robert Pace, joining Pace as assistant dean in 1947. He served, successively, as dean (1949), provost (195-54) and vice-president (1954-60), before being appointed to succeed Dr. Pace as president in December 1960. His inauguration on January 19, 1961 took place one day before that of President John F. Kennedy.

Dr. Mortola led Pace during its greatest period of academic and physical expansion, vastly increasing its size and scope. In 1984 he retired as president and was named chancellor. He remained chief executive officer of Pace until February 1987, when, upon reaching his 70th birthday, he became Pace University Chancellor, a position created just for him by the Board of Trustees. He retired completely from Pace in 1990 and enjoyed more than a decade of retirement before passing away on October 22, 2002.

Just prior to retirement, Dr. Mortola was interviewed for Pace Magazine. He looked back on his years at Pace as follows: “The job never failed to be thoroughly enjoyable; indeed, it has been fun. The constant change, growth and development of the University and its people have provided the stimulus to devote my life fully to Pace. These have been good years at Pace and good years for me, as I have seen so many staff, faculty and alumni chalk up such remarkable achievements. My tenure at Pace has been one in which many people have shared in bringing Pace forward, a tenure in which remarkable loyalty and support have always been present.”

The Edward and Doris Mortola Library on the Pleasantville campus and the Mortola Courtyard on the New York Campus were both named in his honor. A centennial celebration is to be held at the Mortola Library on February

Corporate Reports Collection

Did you know that the Birnbaum Library has a large collection of corporate reports (Annual Reports, 10K, etc.) in both paper and microfiche? The collection, which includes filings by Bear Stearns and Enron among many other companies, should appeal to anyone doing historical company research. For more information, visit the reference desk or our online research guide.


Presentation Practice



Every semester students make presentations in a variety of courses. This 30-minute work session  offers the opportunity for students to practice their presentations, including responding to audience questions. The final portion of the session includes discussion with Tutoring Center and Library staff to provide valuable feedback about content and delivery.

Quick Facts

  • Free to all Pace students
  • Appointment based sessions
  • One student per 30 minute session
  • Deliberate practice of your final class presentation
  • Diverse perspectives of professional & peer reviewers

How to Make an Appointment 

You will have to be on the Pace network in order to log in.

  1. Go to, you will have to accept the certificate.
  2. Log on using your Pace credentials (your email without and your password)
  3. Hit Search Availability.
  4. Select Center: Academic Coaching & Workshops Section:  ‘other’ and update the date range to be 11/29 – 12/15 then hit search.
  5. Find the “Library Support” section you wish to attend, click it, fill out the information, Reason as “Presentation Practice”; other information is optional but would be appreciated and hit Save. Your appointment has been made!

If you would like to cancel your appointment, on the main page of tutortrac, it will show you what appointments you have made.  Click the “X” bubble next to the appointment you wish to cancel.

Date Range: November 30th -December 15th

Session Availability


12:30 or 1:00


3:30 or 4:00


6:00 or 6:30


3:30 or 4:00


12:00 or 12:30

Location and Technology

Mortola Library; Blue Room (1st floor behind the stairs)

50” LED screen, PC computer w/ Microsoft Office Suite

Fake News vs. Real News Workshop

Got questions about how to tell real news from fake? Come to a short workshop at the Birnbaum Library to learn about the fake news trend. We’ll go over tips to help you develop your news analysis skills. Don’t get duped! Wednesday, December 7, 12:30-1pm, E101 computer lab. Contact Sarah Cohn, with questions.


Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20 as a way in which to commemorate people who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. To learn more about the transgender community, take a look at the displays on the second floor of the Birnbaum Library; check out some of our new books on trans issues; and remember that the LGBTQA & Social Justice Center has additional educational, health and community resources, including a lending library.

Gender Failure by [Coyote, Ivan, Spoon, Rae]A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High by [Corbett, Ken]

Stress-Free Week at the Mortola Library

The Mortola Library will host another Stress-Free Week of activities starting December 5. Students are encouraged to join us for our popular Toast-mageddon event, Therapy Dogs, Game Night, puzzles, clay sculpture, and more!

Monday, Dec. 5:

Enjoy free toast as we “toast” the end of the semester — it’s Toast-mageddon! (10am- 4pm)

Tuesday, Dec. 6:

Color and Relax! (9am- 5pm)

Wednesday, Dec. 7:

De-stress with Therapy Dogs from the Good Dog Foundation! (10am- 3pm, Birnbaum Room)

Zen Gardening! (9am- 5pm)

Thursday, Dec. 8:

Therapy Dogs, Birnbaum Room (10am- 1pm)

Therapy Dogs, Kessel Student Center (1- 3pm)

Clay Sculpture! (9am- 5pm)

Friday, Dec. 9:

Puzzle Fun! (9am- 5pm)

Like playing board games? Want to meet new people? Stop by Game Night (7- 10pm).