The Newsletter of the Emmanuel d'Alzon Library
Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts USA
Library Collection Development
Media Comes to the d'Alzon
Searching Sherlock for Media
Have you seen these videos or CD's
Academic Support Center
Calendar of Events
Emmanuel d'Alzon Library
Sponsor: Assumption College
editor: Carol Maksian
Dawn Thistle, Library Director
Library Reference Staff:
Carol Maksian, Larry Spongberg,
Amanda Nelson, Kathleen Hobin
Technical Services: Janice Wilbur and Nina Tsantinis
Director of Academic Support:
Director of the French Institute:
TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EMMANUEL D'ALZON LIBRARY
by Larry Spongberg
The Emmanuel d'Alzon Library celebrates its tenth anniversary this September.
The celebration will take place on September 23 at 3:30 P.M. Featured speakers
will include President Thomas Plough and Marshall Keys, Executive Director
of NELINET, the organization which provides library services, such as access
to electronic information, to over 550 member libraries in New England.
Mr. Keys is a very popular speaker in the library field, and we are very
fortunate to have him at our celebration.
The library opened September 12, 1988. Our student newspaper, Le Provocateur,
noted this occasion in its September 22 issue. Following are a few of the
enthusiastic comments from that article:
"As fall sets in and things get underway here at Assumption College,
it is time to start hitting the books. The new library, which opened September
12th, is the perfect environment. The exterior with its electronic glass
doors and paved walkways is a perfect complement to what is inside...The
building is over two and a half times the size of the old library in the
back of La Maison...The big change here is not the books but the features
the library now includes...There is much more for students in this library...This
library is so well organized one may not even need to ask a librarian for
[Fortunately for your library staff, the explosion of information through
the Internet and other formats prevented that last prediction from coming
The official dedication of the Emmanuel d'Alzon Library occurred on the
following October 15th, when Assumptionist Superior General Claude Marechal
and other dignitaries spoke at a ceremony at the new facility. Le Provocateur
published a front page article on the dedication on November 4, 1988. This
news item mentioned that Library Director Philippe Poisson noted that "possibly
the most beautiful word in the English language is now 'space' ".
Many changes have occurred in the ten years since the opening of your
library. Our goal is to evoke the same degree of enthusiasm by our users
that was so obvious at that time.
by Kathleen Hobin
The d'Alzon Library has many sources for you to use when doing research
for a paper. If you are having difficulty finding information on your topic,
the first thing you should do is ask a reference librarian, who often can
direct you to the resources available in the library. If you are not able
to find what you need , however, you can request books or articles on your
topic from other libraries through interlibrary loan.
Starting the research phase of your paper early is a good idea since
it gives you plenty of time for interlibrary loan if you need it. Although
we try to get materials quickly, you should allow two weeks for their arrival.
Request forms for books and articles are located in the reference area.
We have a limit of 5 requests per day per person. We ask that you fill out
the forms as completely and legibly as possible with the correct title,
author and publishing information. For articles, we need a complete citation
( journal name, volume, date and pages), an ISBN, ISSN or OCLC number can
be included if known, but is not necessary. Before submitting your request,
please be sure to check the d'Alzon library catalog to see if we own the
book or journal you are requesting.
We do not charge for interlibrary loan services. Occasionally, libraries
which charge fees are the only ones which have the item. If you would still
like the article or book, you would be responsible for paying the fee.
Interlibrary loan can be a valuable supplement to the numerous resources
available at the d'Alzon library.
Collection Development Liaisons
||Carol Maksian, Paul Johnson|
|Economics, Foreign Affairs & Geography
|Fine Arts & Theatre
Media Comes To The d'Alzon
he d'Alzon Library now houses the College's video and
audio CD collections, formerly located in the Media Center. Fully cataloged
and searchable using the Library's online catalog, Sherlock, the almost
600 videos and 200 CDs can be requested at the library Reserve window. A
printed list of these items is available for your perusal as well.
Students may borrow videos and CDs for 3 days, but must return any item
needed for a class or Reserve when requested to do so. Some special policies
apply to faculty:
* The default loan period for faculty is one week, but faculty members
may request a longer loan if needed. Simply ask the circulation supervisor
* Video materials needed for class may be placed on Reserve to ensure
their availability when needed.
* Although the videos are shelved in the circulation area of the library,
faculty may "browse the shelves" any time. Just let the circulation
staff know you would like to do so.
* Faculty are encouraged to order videos in the same manner as they order
books. Please submit orders to your library liaison.
* The library provides two viewing stations for students who need to
watch Reserved videos. More such stations are "in the works."
We are happy to have the media collection in the Library along with our
many other information resources. We believe that we will be able to provide
increased access along with increased control and security in circulation.
Improved searching capability will also reduce unnecessary duplication and
waste of college resources.
SHERLOCK FOR MEDIA
by Janice Wilbur and Dawn Thistle
All videos and CDs have been fully cataloged and can be found using our
online catalog, Sherlock. Here are some tips for finding the materials that
There is a listing at the circulation desk of videos and CDs held
in the library. This list is in alphabetical order by title.
Limiting searches - Searches can also be limited, or "restricted"
to video or audio titles. When searching:
- Choose "Advanced features" at the bottom right of Choose
- Highlight "Restrict titles", single click
- A box appears which asks you to choose a restriction. Highlight "video
recordings" or "audio CD" and single click
- From the Choose Search window select an index to search and enter your
search in the "Search for:" box
- On the "Show titles" list only the titles in bold apply to
your search restriction. Any result not matching the search restriction
will be grayed out.
- When you are finished searching, remember to de-select your search
restriction by returning to the "Restrict titles" window and
clicking on the "Clear" button or selecting "No Restriction
(matches all titles)." If you do not, all your subsequent searches
will continue to be restricted.
Media can also be searched using a subject keyword search on the
OPACS. This will bring up a listing of subject entries for which there are
videos or CDs.
- From the Choose Search window, select the Subject Keyword index
- Enter your search with the addition of "video recordings"
or "sound recordings"
You may get even better results by using another of Sherlock's
"Advanced Features" -"Multi Index" searching. This feature
allows you to search in two indexes, Subject keyword and Title keyword,
- From "Advanced Features," select "Multi Index"
- Click on the down arrow to select between Subject keyword or Title
keyword, then enter your search. **Remember to add "video recordings"
or "sound recordings" in the Subject keyword search.
- Click on the "And" radio button if you want terms from BOTH
the subject and title keyword indexes to be located-generally this is the
- Click on the next down arrow to select the other index, then enter
your other search term.
- Multi Index searching may take awhile, but your results should be more
As always, if you have any questions, please call the Reference
Desk for assistance: x7375
HAVE YOU SEEN THESE VIDEOS
The following items have been missing from the media
collection since last Spring. If you have them, please return them to the
library. We will be happy to renew them for you.
|Video Call #
||Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
||Do The Right Thing
||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
||American Image: 150 Years of Photography
||Doublespeak Films for the Humainities
||Death & Dying
||Jorge Luis Borges: Borges & I
||History of the 20th Century
||Introduction to American Deaf Culture
||A Basic Course in American Sign Language
||Images of the 80's
||The Usual Suspects
||War requiem: op. 66
||Iphigenie in Aulis
||Mass in C Minor, K. 427
||Tommy: original cast recording
||Live at the BBC
||The best of the Doors
||Dizzy's Diamonds: the Best of the Verve Years
||The song remains the same: the soundtrack from the files
||Zero tolerance for silence
||Highlights: the very best of Yes
||Got live if you want it
||Percussion bitter sweet
||Oscar Peterson Jam
||Charlie Parker and the stars of modern jazz at Carnegie Hall, Christmas
||The planets (disc only: we have jewel case)
||Smithsonian collection of classical jazz (5 volumes + book)
Academic Support Center
by Allen Bruehl
Welcome back!!! The Academic Support Center is open for tutoring. The
Academic Support Center began tutoring on Monday, August 31st. With the
beginning of a new academic year, it is always good to remind students that
tutoring is available in most academic subjects. The ASC is open Monday
- Thursday from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm; Friday,8:30 am - 4:30 pm; and Sunday,
6:00 pm -10:00 pm. Please come by or call x5232 to set-up a tutoring appointment.
If you are studying in the library and have a question, just walk over to
the ASC on the 2nd floor of the d'Alzon Library and see if or when a tutor
In order to help us be more effective tutors, please bring your books,
syllabus, and/or assignments with you, and try to come pre-pared with questions
so we can focus on your specific needs. We look forward to another great
year of collaborative learning.
by Dr. Claire Quintal
The French Institute's current project is translating and editing The
History of the Franco-Americans of New England (1775-1990), a 400-page book
by Armand Chartier (Class of 1959). Robert J. Lemieux (Class of 1961) is
the co-translator. The book, to be published under the joint auspices of
the French Institute and the ACA of Manchester, N.H., is slated to appear
in late October or early November.
UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS
September 21st -- Knights of Vartan commemorates the Seventh Anniversary
of the Republic of Armenia @7:00 p.m. in the Hagan Center
September 22nd -- EBSCO and Searchbank (magazine services)@ 1:00
p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
September 23rd -- 10th Anniversary Celebration @ 3:30 p.m.
September 24th -- Lexis-Nexis and FirstSearch@ 1:00 p.m., 5:00
p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Coming in October--Lexis-Nexis Workshop for Faculty