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The Newsletter of the Emmanuel d'Alzon Library
Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts USA

Vol. 2 No. 1
Spring 1998

 Emmanuel d'Alzon
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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:
Allen Bruehl
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.


  • 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


By Janice Wilbur
d'Alzon Library
Acting Director


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 complete.

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.


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.

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 engines.

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 library@assumption.edu if you have any questions.

 Search Tips

  • 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


 John McClymer

Triangle, Strike & Fire

Harcourt Brace

 Bonnie Catto

Selections from De Rerum Natura


 Claire Quintal

The Beginning of the Franco-American Colony in Woonsocket, Rhode Island

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 & button.



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

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 of Massachusetts

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....

 Greg Borecki

  Brian Potter

 Andy Clark

Patty Samaris

 Katy Emerson

Beth English

 Steve Tangney

 Leanne Kaplan


Melissa Burgers

 Kerri Pryor

 Mary Beth Driscoll

Joe Walejko

~d'Alzon Library Staff