Vol. 2 No. 4
On Thursday, October 29, 1998, Dawn Thistle, Library Director, and Janice Wilbur, Coordinator of Technical Services, were charged with aiding and abetting the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association with the intent of helping area residents with muscular dystrophy. They were picked up in a limousine and carried off to the Irish Times on Main Street in Worcester. Together they were able to raise almost $500. The Muscular Dystrophy Association serves as the leading national voluntary health agency to fight against neuromuscular diseases
Beginning with orders placed in November, faculty can now access online the status of the books they have ordered for the Library collection. An author or title search will display an on order note in the status window until the item has been received and cataloged. A monthly listing of recently acquired titles can be found in the News and Information section of the Library's web page.
Recently cataloged and newly available in the library are the following
titles which are a part of the series A Poètes d'aujourd'hui. This
series is a collection of French poetry with criticism and biographical
information included. Each book came with a corresponding phono disc (45
rpm record). The phono discs have been converted by the Media Center to
audio cassettes. The audio cassette contains the readings of selected poems
from the book by contemporary French actors. The audio cassette will be
included with the book when the book is checked out.
PQ 2601 .R2 A6 1962
PQ 2601 .P6 A6 1962
PQ 2191 .A122
PQ 2605 .A33 A6
PQ 2605 .A55 A6
PQ 2605 .E55 A6 1961
PQ 2643 .A26 Z573
PQ 2605 .L2 Z526 1962
PQ 2605 .O15 A16 1962
PQ 2607 .E75 A6 1962
PQ 2611 .O62 Z88 1962
PQ 6613 .A763 A37 1963
PQ 2637 .E46 A6
PQ 2282 .P4 1961
PQ 2619 .A17 A6 1963
PQ 2619 .A5 A6 1950
PQ 2323 .L8 A16
PQ 2625 .A93 F7 1960
PQ 2625 .I2 A17 1963
PQ 2369 .A14 1963
PQ 2635 .O927 A6 1962
PQ 2631 .E25 Z8 1963
PQ2260 .G36 Z748
PQ 2387 .R5 A6 1963
PQ 2623 .E386 Z6 1961
Civilization; The Magazine of the Library of Congress
Le Monde de la Bible
Scientific American Presents
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Ethics and International Affairs
Homiletic and Pastoral Review
In September the Knights of Vartan gave a presentation on com-memorating the Seventh Anniversary of the Republic of Armenia. The following title, covering various aspects of Armenian history, language and culture were donated:
Armenia and the Crusades: 10th and 12 Centuries,
Thanks to a generous donation from former library Circulation Coordinator, Jean Hayes, the Emmanuel d'Alzon Library has recently received a gift of almost two hundred plays and books on theater and film. These books comprise part of a collection accumulated by her husband, Jack. They will be useful for the study of the theater as well as for audition material. A listing of these titles is available upon request or you may check the Library's News and Guides section on the Library's web site.
We have been very fortunate to have Sr. Francis Teresa del Marmol, Religious of the Assumption, assisting us in various areas of the library. Sr. Francis began volunteering at the Library this fall and has been helping in the Reference and Interlibrary Loan areas, and with evaluating and cataloging of recently donated French materials. Her expertise has been invaluable in evaluating French items in the Archives. (We also enjoy her cookies!)
A unique resource for contemporary information on France is now available through the French Library and Cultural Center, which is located in Boston. Founded in 1945, the Library's collection of more than 30,000 French books, 65 periodicals, and 500+ of the best French films, is available through Interlibrary Loan. An e-mail Reference staff, composed of members from France, is available to answer questions on France, its literature and culture. You may learn more about the French Library by accessing the web page at http://www.frenchlib.org/ and/or contacting them via e-mail.
With more than 750 new titles every year (consisting solely of French authors), the library offers a varied collection, including 1,500 children books and a myriad of Maigret mysteries. The fiction collection offers several thousand novels including classic and contemporary authors. You will also find the December annual prize winner within a few days of the announcements. The nonfiction collection is particularly strong in history, biography, literature and literary criticism, the arts and social sciences.
An extensive selection of videos, 16mm films, and slides are available for teachers. The archives of Marcel Carne can be consulted.
A listing of their 500 videos is available at the d'Alzon Library or by consulting the web-page at http://www.frenchlib.org/ under Films and Videos. CD's representing French popular and classical music as well as French literature read aloud are also available.
If you have any questions regarding this service, please contact the Library Reference Office@ 767-7273.
For a limited time, the Library is showcasing Famous Firsts in Massachusetts and Assumption College Firsts. These displays are located in the Main/Reference Room of the Library. Famous Firsts in Massachusetts contains items representing events or objects which occurred first in the Bay State. The second display, Assumption College Firsts, contains material and information on firsts for the college itself. Many of these displayed items have been loaned to the library's display cases from the Assumption College archives courtesy of Father Donat Lamothe. Come and see Assumption's First College Catalog and the first college newspaper.
If you have ideas for future displays, or if you would like to create an exhibit, please contact your reference staff @ 767-7273.
by Carol Maksian
The Reference Department's Internet folder of sites is constantly expanding. Occasionally we find time to evaluate some recommended sites but now the folder is overflowing with little slips of paper, newspaper clippings and pages from books and articles. This fall I have been fortunate to attend a couple of workshops where the presenters had done all the work and I could just sit back and relax. Some sites were familiar, some were new and improved and some would have saved the Reference staff a few hours or at least helped us to find the answers more quickly.
In October at the New England Library Association conference two law librarians, Elizabeth Kenney and Jeanette Tracy, shared their favorite legal sites. "Surfing For Law Through Cyberspace" was well organized with a touch of humor. Links to these sites have been established through the Library's Internet Resources and Finding Tools Page.
This is a favorite of the law librarians as well as some of our students. It categorizes numerous legal sites-cases, codes, federal government resources, and state law resources to name a few. It is fully searchable.
Government Information Xchange http://www.info.gov/
Comprehensive legal site. Gives today's news from every state. U.S. Government links are very well organized and offers database searches for government documents.
Internet Law Library
The U.S. House of Representatives site contains: a searchable U.S.Code; U.S. Federal Laws arranged by agency; Laws of other nations; Treaties and International Law; attorney and legal profession directories.
Lectric Law Library
This site claims to be "the biggest collection of law related forms"
split into two categories:
Indexes current proposals, committee reports, how to pass legislation and contains historical documents. It is fully searchable.
If you are not sure where to begin, go to one of the major search engines such as Yahoo or Mining Company and select the most appropriate topic areas. Other search engines discussed were AltaVista, HotBot, and Northern Light. For direct links to these sites go to the Library's home page and access the Internet Resources page. Our Internet Resources page is not meant to be a comprehensive listing but contains sites which students have found helpful. If you are interested in more information about this workshop or have suggestions for our Internet Resources page, please contact the Reference office at 767-7273.
Confused about search engines???
Many of you have been using the various resources available from your library's home page via the DATABASES AVAILABLE link. EBSCO, SEARCHBANK, and LEXIS-NEXIS have proven to be especially popular. These databases offer full text articles which can be retrieved and printed from on campus computers including those from the residence halls. An article in the summer 1998 newsletter (available online from the library home page) provides details on LEXIS-NEXIS and EBSCO.
You may have found that both SEARCHBANK and EBSCO include citations for
the NEW YORK TIMES. You can use LEXIS-NEXIS to locate full text articles
for these citations. To do this, enter LEXIS-NEXIS and choose General News
Topics. Enter a keyword in the box to the right of the topic line, since
this line must be filled in for a search to proceed. Enter "publication
(new york times)" in the box to the right of additional terms. Select
the major newspapers option in the box to the right of source material.
Click on the dot to the left of the line which calls for searching by specific
dates. Enter the desired date in both the from and to boxes. Click on the
search box. Once your desired citation appears, click on the blue area to
retrieve the full text for the article. For additional useful hints on using
LEXIS-NEXIS, scroll down the page which appears when general news topics
is selected. As always, contact your reference staff if you have any questions
The French Institute, which is a self-supporting entity under the aegis of the college, is finalizing the English edition of alumnus ('59) Armand Chartier's history of New England's Franco-Americans. The book is scheduled to appear early next year. The Institute is also elaborating plans to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 1999.
Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 7-10 *** 8:30 am - 1 am
Best Wishes for the Holidays and 1999!
~d'Alzon Library Staff