Emmanuel d'Alzon

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

Vol. 2 No. 2
Summer 1998



What's New
Expanded Database Services Now Available
From the Acquisitions Desk
Academic Support Center
August Calendar
Book Review Sites

 Emmanuel d'Alzon
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Emmanuel d'Alzon Library

editor: Carol Maksian


Acquisitions: Nina Tsantinis
Library Reference Staff:
Carol Maksian, Larry Spongberg,
Amanda Nelson, Kathleen Hobin
Director of Academic Support:
Allen Bruehl

 Meet Our New Director, Dawn Thistle

by Carol Maksian

On July 20th Dawn Thistle officially became the Emmanuel d'Alzon Library Director. For the past 16 years, Dawn has worked in various capacities at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Most recently, Dawn was the Head of Reader Services and developed programs and policies for all aspects of Public Services for the Dinand Library. She also played an integral role in the web development efforts at Holy Cross by chairing their web committee and serving as Project Director for the grant-funded Mellon Educational Technology Program. Dawn has been an active participant in numerous library organizations and she is currently pursuing her doctorate in library science at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Besides her master's in library science, Dawn also possesses a bachelor's degree in music from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a master's degree in music (Vocal Performance) from the New England Conservatory. We are looking forward to an exciting future and feel fortunate that our new director brings both strong experience in academic library services and knowledge of the Worcester community. Her commitment to high quality service and her positive attitude will help to provide the leadership necessary to ensure the library's collection and services meet the present and future needs of the Assumption community.


Other Staff News -- It's a Boy!

While the library has been very quiet this summer, the Nelson household has been quite busy. Amanda Nelson, of the d'Alzon Library Reference staff, and Chris Nelson are the proud parents of Walter John Nelson. Walter was born on June 23rd. Amanda is at home enjoying the little one but will be returning to the Library in September.

 What's New?

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.


by Larry Spongberg


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.

Library Hours During the Month of August

August 1-13th -- Summer Hours
Closed on Saturdays
Sundays 1-8p.m.
Monday - Thursday 8:30a.m. - 9:30p.m.
August 14th - Close at 2:00p.m.
August 15th & 16th - Closed
August 17th - August 21st 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
August 22nd & August 23rd - Closed
August 24th - August 28 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
August 29th - August 30th - Special Orientation Hours TBA
August 31st - Begins Fall Semester - Open 8:30 p.m. - midnight

If you are looking for a good book to read, here are a couple of book review web sites to get you started.

Books and Book Reviews on the Web (very comprehensive)
from Needle in a CyberStack - the InfoFinder

Books, Book Reviews, Bookstores & Publishers
from Indiana University