Friday, August 28, 2015

Welcome Back from Kistler Library!

Welcome Back, Rosemont Upperclassmen! And an official Welcome to our First Year and Transfer students! We are super excited to have you back on campus (it's been a very quiet summer and we've missed you).

As some of you may have realized, a few things have changed at Kistler Library since the Spring semester. Among other things, you may have noticed there is a new printing system in place for all library computers. Instead of printing directly from the library desktops and laptops, you are now being asked to enter your student ID number, which you can find on your ID card, both to print at the computer and to release the print job at the printer. While printing is still completely free, this will hopefully help streamline the printing process and limit printing jams, while also allow us to act on the campus' green initiatives. We appreciate your flexibility in learning this new system and, as always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask a Librarian.

Watch for more posts next week about other exciting changes and upcoming plans for Kistler Library!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Library Hours for Finals

The Library's hours during Finals and up to Commencement are as follows:
Tuesday, April 28 - Friday, May 1: 8:30 AM - 2:00 AM;
Saturday, May 2: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM;
Sunday, May 3: 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM;
Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 8: 8:30 AM-6:00 PM;
Saturday, May 9: 10:00 PM - 6:00 PM;
Sunday, May 10: CLOSED

Monday, April 20, 2015

How Are We Doing? Take the Library's Student Survey to Let Us Know!

UPDATE: The survey is now closed. Thank you.

At Kistler Memorial Library, we are always looking for ways to improve. Let us know how we're doing by taking our Student Survey. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete, and all responses are kept confidential and anonymous. We will be welcoming responses through Tuesday, April 29. As a token of our thanks, free candy is available at the Library for all completed surveys.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Library Hours for Easter

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

Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 2: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday, April 3 - Monday, April 6: CLOSED
Tuesday, April 7: 8:30 AM - 2:00 AM

Friday, February 13, 2015

Additional JSTOR Content Now Available

Kistler Memorial Library has added two new collections to our JSTOR subscriptions. Arts & Sciences XII and XIII will provide you with full online access all the way back to the first issues of over 250 scholarly journals in the fields of Religion, Language & Literature, Law, Education, Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Art History, and more. Notable titles added include Arab Studies Quarterly, British Journal of Criminology, British Journal of Social Work, Cambridge Quarterly, Early American Studies, Educational Psychology Review, Journal of Church & State, Professional School Counseling, and Studies in the History of Art.

We have also added Books at JSTOR, a program that offers access to thousands of books from scholarly publishers covering the same disciplines as JSTOR's journal content, and integrated into the familiar JSTOR platform.

JSTOR is a not-for-profit service dedicated to preserving and providing researchers with access to scholarly information through its archival collections of academic journals covering a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Brief History of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Emily Siegel '14

Since the start of Rosemont College, there has been an obvious need for a campus chapel. Initially a makeshift chapel was set up in a room of Main Building. Then, in 1926, the chapel was moved to the basement of the recently completed Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library. Mother Mary Ignatius Carroll, SHCJ, second college president, was nicknamed “Ignatius the Builder” for her devotion to grow Rosemont’s campus saw it her duty to build a chapel. After struggling through the Great Depression, everyone on campus strove to see M.M. Ignatius’ dream actualized. 

Mother Mary Ignatius Carroll, SHCJ
The College finally received permission to construct a crypt in 1939 with hopes that it would eventually become a chapel after making numerous pleas for consent. M.M. Ignatius made the voyage to the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus’ motherhouse in Rome and received permission for an ENTIRE chapel. Sadly, she did not survive the voyage back; however her dream for a Rosemont College Chapel was accomplished. On March 19, 1940, ground was broken, presided over by Cardinal Dennis Dougherty, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Mother Mary Cleophas Foy, SHCJ, the College’s president. The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception was completed and dedicated on January 9, 1941.

The building was completed by Philadelphia Architects, Henry D. Dagit & Sons, while Matthew McCloskey & Company were builder and general contractors. The Chapel was constructed in a cruciform shape, set on the traditional east-west axis. The exterior walls are a combination of local Foxcraft stone, trimmed with Indiana limestone. The roof is constructed of steel and concrete slabs covered with Vermont slate in shades of grey and green. Above the entry to the vestibule there is a limestone statue of the Immaculate Conception. The tower houses the Chapel bell, which was a gift from Miss Mary Clare, friend, benefactor, and trustee to the College. 

The outer doors are of oak and just above the front door is a bas-relief representing the Descent of the Holy Ghost.   The interior walls are limestone and the construction is based on the stone vaulting of the centuries old cathedrals and churches in Europe. The main altar was originally located at the back wall of the apse but was later moved, in 1969, to be more central following the changes made to churches and chapels by the Second Vatican Council. The Chapel’s crypt, or basement, was named St. Joseph’s Hall, and now houses offices and Campus Ministry. 

The stained glass windows have always been considered one of the most glorious parts of the Chapel, if not all of campus. The windows were designed and produced by the Willet Stained Glass Studios, in Germantown, PA. The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception is among the few in America to focus on the depictions of female saints. The sisters involved with the selection of the saints all considered how each depiction would impact the lives of students to come. 

For more information on the history of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, arrange an appointment by emailing Stop by the Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library and view  more photos displayed by the Rosemont Archives. Also, don’t forget to attend the Sunday, January 25th event, “The Windows of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception,” beginning at 3 p.m. to learn more about the Windows’ stories, imagery, and meanings.

Library Closing at 11:00 PM January 20-22

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Library will be closing at 11:00PM from Tuesday, January 13, through Thursday, January 15, 2015, rather than at the usual time of 2:00AM. We hope to resume regular hours next week. We apologize for any inconvenience.