Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Enter the Name Your Favorite Book Contest, Win $200!

Everybody has a favorite book. One that has entertained them, touched them, changed the way they look at the world. Share yours with us in the Name Your Favorite Book Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library. The contest is open to all current Rosemont undergraduates. The rules are simple:
  • Submit a 150 word essay on your favorite book.
  • Place your essay in an envelope addressed to Mrs. Janine Surrichio, President of the Friends of the Library. Deliver it to the Information Desk in the Library by November 17, 2014.
  • Judging will take place on December 3. You will be contacted if your essay is selected and asked to come to the Library to share your collection with the judges. You will be contacted in advance of the judging to set up a convenient time for your presentation. Each participant will be given 15 minutes.
  • First Prize: $200
  • Second Prize: $100
  • Third Prize: $50
Questions? Contact Cathy Fennell at

Sign Up for INT-0150: Library & Information Research Strategies

Do you find libraries to be intimidating? Would you like to navigate the research process more smoothly? Undergraduate students should consider signing up for INT-0150: Library & Information Research Strategies before Preregistration ends on November 19. In this course taught by Assistant Director of Library Services Joseph Tresnan, you will learn how to develop a strategy to tackle research projects; how to identify, find, and evaluate information in print and online; and how to document sources properly. INT-0150 is a 3-credit course meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:00. This class can be used to fulfill the Problem Solving and Critical Thinking requirement of the Undergraduate College's General Education program.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Who was Gertrude Kistler?

By Emily Siegel '13

Take a break from the onslaught of new information to familiarize yourself with the Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library and consider some less serious information.  Get to know the girl for whom this building was named.

Gertrude Kistler was the daughter of Bertha and Sedgwick Kistler, two Pennsylvania natives. Born in 1908, Gertrude lived with her parents in Philadelphia while she attended St. Leonard’s Academy, a Holy Child school once located in West Philadelphia. During the summer of 1920, the family was struck with tragedy while on vacation sightseeing in the West. On July 7, 1920, the 12 year old Gertrude drowned in the fast flowing Merced River that runs through the valley of Yosemite National Park. H.J. Pink, the Los Angeles chauffer who was with her at the time, also lost his life in an attempt at her rescue.

                Less than 5 years after Gertrude’s death, Mr. and Mrs. Kistler reached out to Rosemont's president at the time, Mother Mary Ignatius Carroll, SHCJ, and shared their interest in memorializing their lost daughter by providing the campus with a new building. Their offer fit the campus’ growing need for an actual library facility, as the one located in Main Building was no longer large enough for the college’s growing collection. That same year the family announced their gift, a number of Gertrude’s St. Leonard’s classmates entered the college as freshman. The Kistlers turned personal tragedy into a gift for future generations. Remnants of Gertrude’s life can still be found around the library; her portrait and personal desk can be found in and near the Front Reading Room.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Journal Content Added to Project MUSE

Project MUSE has been expanding in recent months to bring you even more reliable, scholarly journals. Twenty-eight journals have been added to the collection over the past year, including:
Project MUSE has also added archival issues for several additional journals, with 5 of those titles now having their complete runs available in the database. These expanded titles include:
Project MUSE is a full-text collection of nearly 600 scholarly, peer reviewed journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences from over 120 university presses and scholarly societies.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Hours at the Library

The Library's hours during the summer months will be as follows:
  •  Sunday, June 8, through Saturday, August 9:
    • Monday-Thursday: 8:30AM - 6:00PM;
    • Friday - Sunday: CLOSED
  • Independence Day 
    • Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6: CLOSED
  • Sunday, August 10, through Saturday, August 16:
    • Monday-Friday: 8:30AM - 6:00PM;
    • Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Library Hours for Finals

The Library's hours during Finals and up to Commencement are as follows:
Tuesday, April 29 - Friday, May 2: 8:30 AM - 2:00 AM;
Saturday, May 3: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM;
Sunday, May 4: 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM;
Monday, May 5 - Friday, May 9: 8:30 AM-6:00 PM;
Saturday, May 10: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM;
Sunday, May 11: CLOSED

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Library Hours for Easter

In observance of the Easter holiday, the Library hours will be adjusted as follows:

Wednesday, April 16 - Thursday, April 17: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday, April 18 - Monday, April 21: CLOSED
Tuesday, April 22: 8:30 AM - 2:00 AM