The Newsletter of the Emmanuel d'Alzon Library
Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts USA
Vol. 2 No. 1
Emmanuel d'Alzon Library
editor: Carol Maksian
Janice Wilbur, Acting Director
Acquisitions: Nina Tsantinis
Library Reference Staff:
Carol Maksian, Larry Spongberg,
Amanda Nelson, Kathleen Hobin
Circulation: Lisa Lammi
Director of Academic Support:
Director of the French Institute:
Dr. Claire Quintal
SearchBank Is Available Campus Wide
Internet access to the SearchBank databases is now available
throughout the campus without a password. Four major databases are included:
General Reference; Expanded Academic; Business; and the Health Reference
Center. This service is used to provide citations to articles on a wide
variety of topics and sometimes includes full-text articles. Please contact
a librarian if you have any questions at x7273 or would like to see a demonstration
of these resources.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What Happened to the Card Catalog?
- News from the Circulation Desk
- The Internet-More than Search Engines
- Academic Support Center News
- L'Institut Francais
- Buildings Named After Presidents
- Recent Faculty Publications
- Graduating Library Work-Study Students
RECONVERSION PROJECT IS FINALLY FINISHED-
By Janice Wilbur
The library is planning an "end of the Reconversion Project"
to be held on April 30 at 10 am in the d'Alzon Library. Just about every
book in circulation and most of the material in the Reference Area, have
been put "online" and can be now be accessed through "Sherlock".
We are busy planning the celebration and hope that many of the college
community will be able to join us. People who were instrumental in organization
and completion of the project such as Dr. Harvey Varnet, our former Library
Director, and former members of the Library staff, Claudia Bissett and Valerie
Carbone have been invited to attend. Our Provost, Dr. Flynn, will have the
honor of inputting the final record into the database.
What Happened to the Library Card Catalog?
By Janice Wilbur, Acting Director
The computer technology age has made a tremendous impact upon the library.
We no longer use some of the tools which have been in existence for almost
100 years. For example, the library card catalog now is almost considered
ancient; the next generation of users will not be able to believe that searching
methods were so primitive. Today's library patrons find it natural to sit
in front of a computer terminal to conduct searches in a variety of databases.
Halloween 1994 marks the birth of Sherlock, the d'Alzon Library's computer
catalog for locating books and serials. Since that time, our library staff
has been busy automating access to the library's collection of materials.
In addition, the staff has been cataloging items housed in the French Institute,
the Archives, and the Media Center. As of March 1998, this project is almost
The four-unit structure located in the Reference Area reminds us of the
former card catalog. Cards remaining in the former catalog now are useless
to anyone looking for a book, since all call numbers have been changed.
Consequently, the library staff plans to remove all remaining cards, beginning
this April. Meanwhile, the units themselves will remain in their present
location for the time being... a monument decades past.
The first Catalog of the Library
of Congress was A catalog of Books, Maps, and Charts,
Belonging to the Library of the Two Houses
of Congress, printed in 1802 by William Duane,
Washington, D.C. Famous First Facts, 1964.
News From the Circulation Desk
"I'll Be Right Over There By the Copier"
By Lisa Lammi
When you request Reserve readings at the Library, your license, credit
cards, and your keys won't do. You need an Assumption College I.D. which
identifies you as an Assumption student and entitles you to use certain
materials. By presenting your I.D. to the Librarian or work study assistant,
you help protect articles and books meant for your entire class. The staff
then knows who has what Reserve materials and when they are due back.
If you want to take out a Circulating book but have forgotten your I.D.,
the staff will gladly put the book on Hold for a couple of days.
You can get a new I.D. at Public Safety if you haven't already done so.
By trading in your old one, you can save a $10.00 charge. Since you need
the I.D. to transact business in the Library, get the new updated style
and remember to bring it with you.
BUILDINGS NAMED AFTER PRESIDENTS
By Larry Spongberg
Do you know which of the following on-campus buildings was not named
after a president? The choices are: Armanet, Bissonnette Townhouses, Desautels,
Dion Townhouses, DiPasquale Media Center, Dufault Apartments, Hagan Campus
Center, Kennedy Science Building, Martel House, and Moquin Townhouses.
The answer may surprise you. The Kennedy Science Building is the only
one on the above list not named for a president. As noted on page 24 of
Dr. Raymond J. Marion's booklet, An Historical Look at Assumption College:
1904 to 1964, that building is named in memory of Navy Lieutenant
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (1915-1944). Joseph was the eldest brother to the
late President John F. Kennedy, who was senator from Massachusetts at the
time of the dedication. (That senate seat is now held by another brother,
Edward M. Kennedy.)
The other buildings on the list were named after former presidents of
Assumption College. Information on our college presidents is from a list
provided by Father Donat Lamothe, our college archivist. Armanet, home of
Campus Ministry, is named for Father Crescent Armanet (1879-1955), who was
president from 1929 to 1935. Bissonnette Townhouses is in honor of Father
Georges L. Bissonnette (1921-1994), president 1968-1971. Desautels is named
for Father Armand H. Desautels (1909-1995), president 1952-1964. During
his presidency, a tornado struck Assumption's former campus, leading to
the relocation to our present site in 1956. The Dion Townhouses are named
for Father Louis F. Dion (1914-), president 1964-1968. The DiPasquale Media
Center is named in honor of Pasquale Di Pasquale, Jr. (1928-), president
1972-1977. Dufault Apartments are named in honor of Father Wilfred J. Dufault
(1907-), president 1946-1947. Father Dufault also was acting president twice,
1971-1972 and 1977-1978. Both Father Dion and Father Dufault remain very
active on campus. Most students realize that Hagan Campus Center is named
after Joseph H. Hagan (1935-), whose nearly 20 year tenure, 1978-1997, is
the longest in Assumption's history. Martel House, which houses the offices
for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations, is in memory of Father
Rodolphe Martel (1886-1978), president 1935-1946. Finally, the Moquin Apartments
are named for Father Henri J. Moquin (1905-1994), president 1947-1952.
As you walk around campus, you are surrounded by names representing nearly
70 years of Assumption College history. Thanks again to Father Lamothe for
providing most of the above information.
THE INTERNET - MORE THAN SEARCH ENGINES
By d'Alzon Reference Department
Many students find searching via the Internet to be very frustrating,
due to thousands of hits retrieved from various search engines. The Spring
1997 newsletter contains an article, "Reducing Frustration During Computer
Searches", which addresses this topic to some extent. [That article
is available online via the library home page.] Changes since that time
make it necessary to update that information.
From the library home page, access to the internet is available from
two icons, DATABASES AVAILABLE and INTERNET RESOURCES. Our DATABASES AVAILABLE
section has been expanded to provide direct links from many of the resources
contained in FirstSearch. These additional links clarify which databases
can be useful for particular topics. Depending upon your needs, DATABASES
AVAILABLE may be much more successful than attempting to use the search
I should add that journal articles located via these databases usually
are not considered internet resources. If you need journal articles, locating
them through databases is every bit as valid as using printed indexes, citations
from related articles, or other methods. In cases where your professor restricts
use of internet resources, you may want to clarify whether or not printouts
of full text articles are acceptable. These are the same articles that you
would find if you used the printed versions of journals, but the online
format may be quite different. As more full text articles become available
online, libraries will rely more on access rather than owning the printed
versions of many journals. At any rate, it is best to follow the wishes
of your professor in such cases.
If you need or prefer internet sites, two gateways within INTERNET RESOURCES
may be less frustrating than relying on search engines. SUBJECT GUIDES link
to collections of sites which have been selected for their value in researching
various topics. You may need to try several online subject guides before
finding one which meets your needs. RESOURCES BY TOPIC is a subject guide
which is maintained by your reference librarians. Since sites change continually,
do not hesitate to alert us if a link leads to a dead end or to a site which
no longer is usable. Suggestions are always welcome.
In a recent newspaper article only 40% of the web pages are indexed by
a search engine. You may never find what you need unless you are given an
address. If someone recommends using the Internet for information, be sure
to get an exact web address or explore the Subject Guide areas first. Do
not hesitate to drop in, to give us a call at 767-7273 or 767-7375, or to
e-mail us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
- Learn a couple of the major search engines well such as HotBot or Infoseek.
Explore their advanced features. You can find information more quickly
if you know phrase searching techniques; + before a word means must contain;
- means does not contain. Be specific and broaden your search.
- Check your spelling.
- If a result sounds perfect and the file cannot be accessed, troubleshoot
the address by deleting backwards to determine the original host site.
- Don't search through hundreds of hits. Revise your search or use alternate
terms. Sometimes it is actually faster browsing through printed indexes
or Reference books versus scrolling through result lists.
- If you need phone numbers or addresses of companies go to phone directories
(www.switchboard.com) or (555-1212.com). Many search engines also offer
links to company information, phone numbers and e mail.
- Try a couple of logical guesses using acronyms or names. For example,
|www.assumption.edu (.edu means it is an educational site) Assumption College
www.cnn.com (.com is a commercial site) CNN News|
www.bbb.org (.org is an organization) Better Business Bureau--National Org.
www.irs.gov (.gov is a government site)--Internal Revenue Service
RECENT FACULTY PUBLICATIONS
Triangle, Strike & Fire
Selections from De Rerum Natura
The Beginning of the Franco-American Colony in Woonsocket,
Assumption College, Institut francais
Monica Hiller (Contributor)
Jewish Women in America: an Historical Encyclopedia
A new book listing is available at the Library's
home page under the Library News Guide
NEWS FROM OUR NEIGHBORS
Academic Support Center News
On Saturday, March 7, 1998, Allen Bruehl, the Director of the ASC, went
with three writing tutors, Mary Beth Fraser, Cary Hopkins Eyles, and Abbey
Dick, to the Northeast Writing Center Association conference at Conn. College
in New London. They attended various seminars on writing, learning and tutoring.
On Saturday, March 28th, 16 tutors from the Academic Support Center attended
the New England Peer Tutoring Association Conference at UMASS-Lowell. Jen
Lefort (writing), Beth English (psychology), Lynn Schubert (philosophy)
and Tammy Ives (mathematics) presented in the morning session on "Conflict
Resolution in Tutoring Sessions." This interactive presentation combined
video clips from tutoring sessions as well as audience participation in
an effort to define tutoring conflicts and present solutions.
The NEPTA Conference was attended by 220 students and administrators
from 30 colleges and universities across New England.
The Academic Support Center is beginning the interviewing process for
tutors for next year. If you would like to be a tutor, please call Allen
Bruehl at EXT 7311 for more information.
L'Institut francais will be hosting its 13th annual Colloquium Program,
"Current Investigations of the Franco-American Question", on Saturday,
June 6th, from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm in La Maison. Featured speakers will be:
James Beauchesne - Northeastern University
From Survivance to Suburbia: St.Anne's of Lawrence and the French Canadians
Richard L. Belair - Author
The Evolution of a Novel: Understanding Rose Ferron
Susan Gazilla Fliss - University of Maine at Orono
Educational Choices of Franco-American Families in the Late 19th and
Early 20th Centuries
Eugena Poulin, R.S.M. - Salve Regina University
Keeping the Door Open - Liasons Between New England's Franco American
Families and French Canada - Past and Present
Rhea Cote Robbins - The Franco-American Women's Institute
Reflections on the Contributions of Franco-American Women
There will a 5:00 pm Mass at the chapel followed by a reception and banquet
at 6:00 pm at the Hagan Center. For further information please contact the
French Institut at x7414.
Our sincere thanks and best wishes to our graduating seniors....
Mary Beth Driscoll
~d'Alzon Library Staff