Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Staff Tuesdays: Joseph Tresnan, MA, Assistant Director of the Library

Every Tuesday during the Fall semester, we will be introducing, or re-introducing, you to the wonderful (and adorable) Library staff that work to help students make the most of their academic experiences here at Rosemont College. 


This week, we'd like to introduce Joseph Tresnan, MA, Assistant Director of Library Services.


As Assistant Director, Mr. Tresnan assists the Director with the administrative responsibilities for the Library. He also works with the other Reference Librarians to assist students and faculty with their research, both at the Reference Desk in the library and in library instruction sessions for individual classes. When Joe is not working with the Director or at the Reference Desk, he manages all of Kistler Library's print and electronic resource subscriptions, including the subscriptions for our databases and electronic journals. Let's learn a little bit more about Joe: 

If I run into you in the library, what would you typically be doing?


  • I might be found at the information desk helping students with research, managing our periodicals and electronic resources, or looking for new books to add to our collection.

What is your favorite spot on campus, outside of the Library?


  • I like to walk down by the stream, especially when the geese are around.

What do you like to do when you're not working?


  • When I’m not working I enjoy reading, doing crossword puzzles, and watching way too much TV!

What is your favorite part about working in Kistler Library?


  • The best part of working in the Library is helping students with their research. They come up with some fascinating topics, and I love to learn right along with them.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

  • I would love to someday compete on Jeopardy!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Staff Tuesdays: Allison Sharkey, MA, Reference and Archives Librarian

Every Tuesday during the Fall semester, we will be introducing, or re-introducing, you to the wonderful (and adorable) Library staff that work to help students make the most of their academic experiences here at Rosemont College. 

This week, we'd like to introduce Rosemont alumna, and keeper of the history of Rosemont College, Allison Sharkey, MA, Reference and Archives Librarian.



As Reference and Archives Librarian, Ms. Sharkey works with the other Reference Librarians to assist students and faculty with their research, both at the Reference Desk in the library and in library instruction sessions for individual classes. Additionally, she manages all of the archives for Rosemont College. She is responsible for maintaining and organizing all sorts of items from Rosemont's past, such as yearbooks and newspapers, meeting minutes, photos, President's journals, even the old mascot costumes! Let's learn a little bit more about Allison:


 If I run into you in the library, what would you typically be doing? Most likely you’d run into me at the reference desk, as that’s where I’m able to stay put for long stretches of time. I like that my job keeps me busy and all over the library, but I also really enjoy getting some time to slow down at the reference desk and getting to interact with Rosemont students.
What is your favorite spot on campus, outside of the Library? Hands down the garden behind the library. I love sneaking out there on my lunch break to read.

Where do you spend most of your time while working in the Library? I’m all over the place-- I spend about half my time at the reference desk, and the other half is split between my office and the archives, both tucked behind the third floor stacks. I’m also teaching this semester so I can be found downstairs in room 107 too.

What do you like to do when you're not working? I love trying new restaurants and am so lucky to live in the foodie haven that is Philadelphia. I’ve been to 22 of this year’s top 50 restaurants in Philly, but I’ve got a lot of work to do before next year’s list comes out!

What is your favorite part about working in Kistler Library? The staff! We’re a really close knit group and really care about each other both personally and professionally. It really makes coming to work a joy when you care about the people you spend so much time with during the week.

What is a fun fact about yourself? I’m seriously really good at parallel parking- like better at it than normal parking lot parking. It’s a skill I picked up from living in Center City for so long.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Staff Tuesdays: Kathleen Deeming, MA, Head of Access Services

Every Tuesday (except today) during the Fall semester, we will be introducing, or re-introducing, you to the wonderful (and adorable) Library staff that work to help students make the most of their academic experiences here at Rosemont College.

This week, we'd like to introduce the most mysterious, and most adorable, member of the Kistler Library Staff, Kathleen Deeming, MA, Head of Access Services, seen here with her attack rooster, Kirk Kistler (no relation to Gertrude).



As Head of Access Services, Ms. Deeming manages student library accounts and is in charge of making sure that your books and DVD's get checked out and checked back in correctly. She also is responsible for many of the fun events and activities in Kistler Library, including the Board Game collection (yes, you can check out board games!), the Color Me Calm coloring pages and the soon-to-be-opened Makerspace. Let's learn a little bit more about Kathleen:


If I run into you in the library, what would you typically be doing?
Dashing around.

What is your favorite spot on campus, outside of the Library?
The Japanese Maple and Rhododendron between the Library and Cardinal Hall

Where do you spend most of your time while working in the Library?
Circulation Counter at the Information Desk

What do you like to do when you're not working?
Walking, crossword puzzles, coloring, fishing.

What is your favorite part about working in Kistler Library?
Books and Co-eds.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
My favorite vegetable is Brussels Sprouts. Yum.

Staff Tuesdays: Kathleen Deeming, MA, Head of Access Services

Every Tuesday (except today) during the Fall semester, we will be introducing, or re-introducing, you to the wonderful (and adorable) Library staff that work to help students make the most of their academic experiences here at Rosemont College.

This week, we'd like to introduce the most mysterious, and most adorable, member of the Kistler Library Staff, Kathleen Deeming, MA, Head of Access Services, seen here with her attack rooster, Kirk Kistler (no relation to Gertrude).



As Head of Access Services, Ms. Deeming manages student library accounts and is in charge of making sure that your books and DVD's get checked out and checked back in correctly. She also is responsible for many of the fun events and activities in Kistler Library, including the Board Game collection (yes, you can check out board games!), the Color Me Calm coloring pages and the soon-to-be-opened Makerspace. Let's learn a little bit more about Kathleen:


If I run into you in the library, what would you typically be doing?
Dashing around.

What is your favorite spot on campus, outside of the Library?
The Japanese Maple and Rhododendron between the Library and Cardinal Hall

Where do you spend most of your time while working in the Library?
Circulation Counter at the Information Desk

What do you like to do when you're not working?
Walking, crossword puzzles, coloring, fishing.

What is your favorite part about working in Kistler Library?
Books and Co-eds.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
My favorite vegetable is Brussels Sprouts. Yum.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Staff Tuesdays: Cathy Fennell, M.L.S., Executive Director of Library Services

Every Tuesday during the Fall semester, we will be introducing, or re-introducing, you to the wonderful (and adorable) Library staff that work to help students make the most of their academic experiences here at Rosemont College. 

This week, we will be introducing Cathy Fennell, M.L.S., the Executive Director of Library Services.



Cathy is responsible for the overall planning, management, and operation of the Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library. You can find her most days in her office or working somewhere in the library especially the Children’s Library.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Information Commons Exhibit: George Bernard Shaw

This year, Kistler Library Notes will be highlighting the exhibits located throughout the Library. Today, we will be highlighting the Information Commons Exhibit. 

Check out Kistler Library's newest Rare Book & Art exhibit celebrating the 160th birthday of George Bernard Shaw. Born in Dublin in 1856, he was a “playwright, critic and polemicist.” Shaw was awarded a number of honors including the Nobel Prize. He died in 1950. Rosemont’s copy of his St Joan play was printed in a limited edition of 750. Its cover design is elegant and its pages are untrimmed. The illustrations in this edition were done by Charles de Sousy Ricketts (1866-1931), who is known for his work in the design of books as well as his work for the theater. This book resides in the Rosemont College Rare Book Collection.




Shaw is known for his “brilliant” quotations a few of which are shown here:


“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”


“No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.”


“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”

Please enjoy this exhibit through the end of September!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back, Rosemont Upperclassmen! And an official Welcome to our Class of 2020 and Transfer students! We are very excited to have you back on campus (it's been a very quiet summer and we've missed you). We hope that your First Day of classes goes off without a hitch.

As many of you will discover soon, the Kistler Library staff have been busy making some changes and updates to the Library that will help you better study, learn and even relax. We will post on our other social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the week to highlight what's new in Kistler Library.


In the meantime, we'd like to point out a couple of refreshers to help you jump right in:

  • Information about Kistler Library and all of its electronic resources, can be found on the Library's Website at http://www.rosemont.edu/library. Here you can access the Library's Databases, the Catalog, and Ask a Librarian for help.
  • In order to print in the library, you can must print from the library desktops or laptops located throughout the Library. Upon submitting an item to print, you will be asked to enter your Student ID number, which can be found on your Rosemont ID card. You will then be asked to enter your ID again at the Printer. Also, like last year, this service is still completely free.
  • In order to check out books, you must have a Kistler Library barcode on the back of your ID. For incoming Freshmen and Transfers, you must visit the Library Information Desk and request a barcode before you can begin to check out books and reserve items. For returning students that lost your ID, you must get a new ID from Public Safety before you can receive a new barcode.
  • For more information on Library Policies and Procedures, check out the Library Policies page on the Library's Website.
  • As always, if you have a question, please do not hesitate to ask a Librarian or Library staff member for help. We are always available to answer your question, no matter what it is.
Again, we'd like to extend a warm welcome back to campus. We are just as excited to begin working with you as you are to get started!