By Larry Spongberg
Two people have recently joined our staff at the d'Alzon Library,
Elizabeth McDermott and Shauna Sutherland.
Elizabeth, who likes to be called "Liz", joined
our staff on November 8. Liz has two jobs with our library, working
half-time in cataloging and half-time in reference. She comes
to us from Emerson College, where she was the Senior Cataloguer.
While at Emerson, Liz helped to create a database for web sites
and electronic journals. Her extensive educational background
includes a B. A. In History from Bridgewater State College, a
law degree from the New England School of Law, and a Master's
degree in Library Science from Simmons College. Liz likes the
campus, and she is looking forward to getting to know the library
and its patrons.
Shauna became our new Circulation Coordinator on October
20. During the day, Shauna often will be the first staff person
you will see when you enter the d'Alzon Library. Before joining
our staff, she was the Public Services Assistant for Adult Services
for the Cuyahoga County Public Library System in Cleveland, Ohio.
Her previous employers thought so highly of Shauna that they
gave her an Employee Recognition Award even though she already
had alerted them that she would have to relocate to New England.
Shauna's educational background is unusual for librarians. She
has a B. A. In English from Oberlin College, and a Master's in
Education from John Carroll University in Cleveland. Shauna became
interested in the library field while working in cataloging for
four years as a work study at Oberlin. She is especially impressed
with the friendly atmosphere of the Assumption Community, including
her coworkers at the library, other college employees, and the
Liz and Shauna join Andy Clark '98 as this fall's new staff
at d'Alzon Library. After a one-year absence, Andy returns to
our library in a new role as our Weekend Supervisor. Previously,
Andy had been a work study with us for his four years as a student
at Assumption, often covering the hard-to-fill late evening shifts
during his student days. Come welcome our new staff, and utilize
the expanded services that we offer to the Assumption Community.
December 6 - 9 (Monday - Thursday) 7:30
a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
December 10 (Friday) 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
December 11(Saturday) 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
December 12 (Sunday) 1:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
December 13 - 16 (Monday - Thursday) 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
December 17 ( Friday) 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
December 18 (Saturday) Closed unless a snow day
December 19 (Sunday) Closed
December 20 - 22 (Monday - Wednesday) 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
December 23 (Thursday) 8:30 - noon
December 24 - January 2 Closed for the Holidays
The d'Alzon Library will be
open additional hours during finals. Beginning on December 6th
we will open at 7:30 a.m., with the exception of Sunday when
we open at 1:00 p.m.
Closing hours have been extended December
6 - 9th until 2:00 a.m. December 13-16 we will close at 1:00
Reading for fun
Have you checked what's new on the second floor? A new
Leisure Reading Area on the second floor is the brainchild
of Lucia Knoles' spring 1999 Speech class. The students proposed
this as a class project, one that would require planning and
collaboration with each other as well as with others on campus.
Liz Whelan and Casey Walsh, along with Jay LeCroix, suggested
the idea to Dawn Thistle, Library Director. After exploring several
different ideas for gathering reading materials and possible
locations, it was decided that the class would organize a collection
of popular paperbacks. Since planning for the new furniture and
its placement was already in process, the second floor location
Take A Book, Bring A Book
The class collected hundreds of books. Many of these paperbacks
are displayed in rotating 'towers' in the Leisure Reading area.
They will be replaced from time to time with "new"
ones from the books collected. Anyone who would like to take
a book may do so. You do not need to return them, but if you
would like to trade one of your own, that would be terrific!
READ & RELAX IN OUR NEW FURNITURE
Last spring you voted for the style of furniture you wanted in
the library. This fall you can sink into the new couches and
arm chairs. Take a nap if you need to, but don't be late for
class! The new furniture is located in the library's foyer, next
to the stairway, and on the second floor in our new Leisure Reading
area. Additional armchairs can be discovered elsewhere on the
second and third floors.
are Now Allowed!
We used to shake our fingers at students, saying, "No!
You may not bring drinks into the Library!" Our policy of
'No Food or Drinks' was strict, but difficult to enforce. Students
were thirsty, and librarians were tired of being 'bad guys.'
We understand: It can be hot and dry in the library, and somehow,
having a drink while you are reading feels good. So, as a compromise,
we have decided to allow students to bring drinks in 'spill-proof'
mugs or close-able bottles. Open cans, paper cups, styrofoam
cups, and other styles of bottles will not be acceptable.
NEW Electronic Journals
More and more information is available online from the d'Alzon
Library. We offer web-based indexes such as PsycINFO and America:
History & Life and databases that provide full-text articles
such as EbscoHost and Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe. Now, we
have entire electronic journals. Many journals and periodicals
are being published in both print and electronic formats. Others,
usually newer titles, are offered only electronically.
Soon we will begin cataloging and making e-journals available
to the Assumption community. Several of the journals we receive
in print have electronic counterparts. We are now working with
the publishers to gain permission to put them online via our
web site so that you may read them from anywhere on campus.
Depending on negotiations between NELINET (New England Library
Network) and Academic Press, we expect that the entire collection
of its 174 e-journals will soon be available. This collection,
IDEAL (International Digital Electronic Access Library), is particularly
strong in the sciences, mathematics and psychology, but e-journals
for other disciplines are also included. We will make an announcement
as soon as this IDEAL agreement is finalized.
Many journals are also available free over the Internet. If you
have found any of these to be useful or interesting, let us know,
and we will include them in our virtual collection.
FYI A listing of recently acquired books is available at
the Emmanuel d'Alzon Library's web site in the News & Information
Happy Days are
Here Again -- Almost
Many of you may have noticed that our public access area has
six new PC computers. Recently the library upgraded the quality
of our Public Access computers, because new and flashy web sites
caused many problems for our previous machines. We still are
trying to fine-tune our computers but accessing our online resources
has improved dramatically.
Our "old" MACs are now in the Word Processing area
and have replaced the computers that could no longer handle updated
versions of the word processing programs.
The d'Alzon Library has just received the gift of the library
of Ernest L. Fortin, A.A. Fr. Fortin, a member of the faculty
at Boston College since 1971, is an authority in the area of
political philosophy and classical Christianity. He earned his
Doctorate in Letters from the Sorbonne in 1955, and has lectured
widely in Europe and America. His publications include several
books, edited volumes on medieval philosophy and St. Augustine,
and a translation of Aquinas's Commentary on the Politics of
Aristotle, in addition to many articles and reviews that in 1996
were published in three volumes as Ernest Fortin: Collected Essays,
edited by Prof. Brian Benestad.
The collection of almost 3,000 volumes reflects Fr. Fortin's
scholarship and literary interests. It includes significant holdings
by and related to Macchiavelli, Dante and St. Augustine as well
as many volumes on contemporary political and religious thought.
The books will be cataloged and processed over the course of
the next year. We hope that the archive of Fr. Fortin's manuscripts
and papers will also come to Assumption as part of our special
collections to serve future scholars.
Best Wishes for the New Year!