Be cool and see what's new...We have a unique, ornamental fan collection on display thanks to Kim West and Lisa Lammi of the Library Staff. Our recently purchased display cases are located on the first floor of the library. If you have an idea for a display or would like to do a display, please contact Carol Maksian @ 767-7273.
Two major improvements to your library's database services have occurred during the summer. First, Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe is available campus wide. Second, EBSCO now offers an option to limit searches to journals held by d'Alzon Library.
Lexis-Nexis is a service accessing legal resources, medical sources, business information, country and state profiles, and many other types of services. One of the most exciting aspects is access to full text articles from many newpapers around the world including the Boston Globe, Worcester Telegram, and the New York Times. Many other resources are available through this site. To access Lexis-Nexis, go to DATABASES AVAILABLE on the library home page and click on the link for Lexis-Nexis. You may access this site directly from on campus computers at the following address http://web.lexis-nexis.com/universe. (The URL will not permit you to access this service from off campus.)
EBSCO, the online magazine index, now offers the option of limiting searches to journals held by the d'Alzon Library. Once you access EBSCO through the DATABASES AVAILABLE page, you may click on the box which limits searches to local holdings. Note that "local holdings" refers only to the d'Alzon Library; it does not include holdings for other Worcester Area libraries, even though we often refer to them as local libraries. This option will be most useful when you want to generate a list of citations which are available without leaving Assumption.
Both improvements should make database searching more effective and less
frustrating during this coming academic year. Feel free to ask for any needed
help. Also, please let us know whether or not our various services are helpful.
This feedback can be vital in making budget decisions for upcoming years.
News from the Acquisitions Desk
by Nina Tsantinis
The d'Alzon Library has been the recipient of a large donation of books from President Emeritus and Mrs. Hagan. Included in this collection are works on contemporary social and political affairs, theology, spirituality, history and psychology. This donation is just part of the rich legacy the Hagans have left to Assumption College.
For a listing of new books, please see the Library News and Information section of the library's web page.
by Allen Bruehl
The Academic Support Center (ASC) had a busy 1997-1998 academic year. With 24 new tutors and 18 returning tutors, the ASC set out to accomplish a number of objectives. First, the ASC instituted a database system for recording student visits, tutoring sessions, and courses that we tutored. After working out some initial glitches in the system (with the unending support of Computer Services), we recorded 2892 tutoring sessions with 680 students. Writing and math continue to be the most sought after areas of academic excellence.
After becoming a nationally certified academic support center in 1995 at the Basic and Advanced levels, the Assumption College ASC sought to attain the highest level of certification, Master's Level, this year. In April, the ASC reached that goal after submitting 50 pages of program/training documentation to the College Learning and Reading Association (CRLA) at the University of Texas, El Paso. This certification allows the director of the ASC to certify tutors in their respective disciplines. For tutors to attain Master's Level certification, they must complete 30 hours of training, 75 hours of tutoring, yearly evaluation of their tutoring, attend or make a conference presentation on tutoring and learning, train new tutors, and create a special project that will enhance tutoring at Assumption. 10 tutors were awarded Master's Level certification this spring.
ASC tutors were involved as Teaching Assistants in the First-Year Program last year, assisting students as they negotiated their way through their English composition and literature classes, The Bible course, Introduction to Philosophy and History of Western Civilization I and II.
The ASC was involved in a number of different projects this spring. In March, three writing tutors--Marybeth Fraser, Abbey Dick and Cary Hopkins Eyles--accompanied the director of the ASC, Allen Bruehl, to the Northeast Writing Center Association conference at Connecticut College. In April, 18 tutors from various academic disciplines attended the 4th annual New England Peer Tutoring Association conference at UMASS Lowell. Jen Lefort (writing), Beth English (psychology), Lynn Schubert (philosophy) and Tammy Ives (math) presented a session entitled "Breaking Down the Barriers of Resistance in Tutoring Sessions."
ASC foreign language tutors Deirdra Sauter (Spanish), Cathleen Sullivan (French), Raymond Kane (Latin), Jhon Gomez (Spanish), and Aliz Bizouard (French) participated as judges at the Forest-Grove Foreign Language Projects Fair in February. They judged over 100 projects in Spanish, French and Latin, with the winners going on to the greater Worcester projects fair in April.
In what may become a new tradition at the Academic Support Center, 22 staff members attended a Boston Red Sox game in April. From the bleachers, they cheered Bret Saberhagen and the Sox on to victory.
The Academic Support Center is committed to working closely with faculty, administrators and students to support the curriculum and assist students in reaching their academic potential. The ASC will open for tutoring on Monday, August 31st.
and Book Reviews on the Web (very comprehensive)