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                                The Newsletter of the Swarthmore College Libraries                                                                         Vol. 3 no. 2 Spring 2001

Faculty assess pros and cons of instructional technology
By Cecelia Buchanan, Tri-College Coordinator of Instructional Technology, with Ushi Tandon

        aculty from Swarthmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges                The second and more disturbing theme was that the faculty in both groups
        participated in two focus groups last May to survey their             felt that students do not use, or do not know how to use, their critical think-
        attitudes towards instructional technology, to determine its impact   ing skills when using the Web. Students appear to trust and depend on the
on teaching and learning, and to identify ways to improve instructional       Web too much without evaluating the quality of the sources that they use.
                                                  technology support. One     In addition, students often try to impress faculty with the amount of infor-
                                                  group consisted of          mation they present rather than with their analysis of the information. Pla-
   ...the wealth of material                      faculty who do not          giarism of material from the Web was mentioned as a problem. However,
                                                  regularly use a signifi-    many faculty felt that it was no worse than in the past and that they could
   available to students has                      cant amount of instruc-     address it by formulating assignments that go beyond information gather-
   increased dramatically...                      tional technology or who    ing, for example, by asking students to write an essay that poses a question
                                                  have just recently begun    rather than answering one.
   access to materials on the to use it. The other group
                                                                              More material available, greater access to faculty
   Web enabled some stu-                          was made up of faculty
                                                                                On the other hand, there seemed little doubt that the wealth of material
                                                  who were experienced
   dents to “go well beyond users of instructional                            available to students has increased dramatically. Some faculty mentioned
                                                 technology.                  that access to materials on the Web enabled some students to “go well
   what is expected in an                           The experienced users     beyond what is expected in an assignment.” Technology also allows
   assignment.”                                  saw instructional            students and faculty to do things that simply can’t be done with paper
                                                 technology as an             and pencil. For example, one can link concepts with images, show things
                                                 educational tool with a      that simply can’t be drawn by hand, or see the impact of changes to the
broad array of uses ranging from enriching the classroom experience to        variables in a problem. Given the wealth of available information, most
aiding discussions to providing administrative support. A common              faculty indicated that their teaching has shifted from conveying informa-
(although not universal) reason that members of this group used               tion to evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing it.
computer technology was its support of multiple learning styles. Faculty        The use of email between faculty and students has increased students’
in the other group had a more limited view of and were more skeptical         access to faculty, but most faculty felt that they had deeper relationships
about instructional technology’s ability to enhance the learning experi-      with students they met face-to-face or worked with in the lab. They
ence. They identified a considerable number of barriers and objections        acknowledged that students who have not been socialized to talk with a
to using instructional technology including philosophical issues, time        professor may find it easier to communicate via email. Faculty men-
constraints, and a lack of knowledge and technical support. Faculty in        tioned that email gave them additional flexibility in scheduling time to
both groups raised a number of interesting and as yet unanswered              answer students’ questions. However, they added it was easy to get
questions: What is the best balance of technology use? When is the use        overwhelmed unless
of technology ideal, and when is it problematic? What is best done in         they establish clear
class, and what is best done outside of class, either individually or as a    limits on turnaround          The voices of the faculty
group? What are the “pedagogical ends” of instructional technology?           time for providing            of all three campuses
Concerns about time required and students’ use                                  Electronic interac-         echoed this theme
  Two main themes emerged from the focus groups. First is the                 tion among students
perception that it takes a tremendous amount of time to use information       has broadened the
                                                                                                   the peda-
technology effectively in the classroom. Faculty in both groups               learning experience           gogical benefits of instruc-
expressed concern that the time they spent developing instructional           from an individual to
technology materials might be better spent working directly with              a group activity.
                                                                                                            tional technology justify
students or doing research. One experienced user voiced a strong              Several faculty               the time investment?
warning that all too often faculty try to stretch the possibilities of        mentioned that not all
technology, while neglecting the rich variety of “low-tech” alternatives      students are comfort-
that might achieve their pedagogical goals in a better or simpler way.        able with this shift. For example, some students are uncomfortable
On a related note, faculty also mentioned that they need to control the       making their work public, so it is important that they be given the option
amount of time that students spend on online work. They stressed that         of keeping their work private. Faculty also mentioned that some students
assignments should be well-defined and that it should be easy for             find it difficult to comment on one another’s work or
students to evaluate when they have completed the assignment.                                                                       continued on page 2
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New electronic resources                            Pros and cons of instructional technology
Available to students, faculty, and staff at        continued from page 1
Swarthmore Library’s Databases A-Z:
                                                    to collaborate on projects because they have          positions would need to be raised significantly
                                                    repeatedly been told not to look at what others       to attract and retain individuals with an
                                                    are doing.                                            appropriate level of technological expertise. In
Philosopher’s Index                                                                                       addition, faculty who provide technical
                                                    Support for information technology                    assistance mentioned that they often feel
Contains author-written abstracts covering            There was a wide range of opinion about the         overwhelmed to the point of exhaustion,
scholarly research in the 15 fields of philoso-     adequacy of support for information technol-          especially when this task is not included as part
phy, published in journals and books from 38        ogy across the three campuses. Most                   of their job description.
countries since 1940.                               Swarthmore faculty, however, felt that the
                                                    support provided by Information Technology            Weighing the benefits
Accessible Archives Online
                                                    Services (ITS) has been very good and has met           The issues raised about resource allocation
Contains primary source material from early         most of their needs. Experienced users from           (of both time and money) are not limited to
American periodicals. Swarthmore’s subscrip-        all three colleges felt that there was a lot of       Swarthmore College or the teaching profession.
tion includes access to the following:              support for faculty who wanted to get started         The learning curves for most new technologies
  • Godey’s Ladys Book 1830-1880                    with technology but not for more experienced          are always steep until they become integrated
  • The Pennsylvania Gazette 1728-1800              users. Both groups also indicated that they did       into mainstream culture. After the initial
  • The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective          not find existing training courses to be very         upheaval associated with a major change,
    November 1860 - April 1865                      useful. The newer users felt that group classes       balances must be reestablished and the costs
  • African American Newspapers: The 19th           usually miss what individual faculty need, and        and benefits must be reweighed. The voices of
    Century                                         they indicated a strong preference for intensive,     the faculty of all three campuses echoed this
  • The Pennsylvania Newspaper Record:              one-on-one training.                                  theme repeatedly. Do the pedagogical benefits
    Delaware County 1819-1870                         Faculty in both groups expressed a strong           of instructional technology justify the time
  • The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue:        desire for greater collaboration between              investment? Are the benefits high enough to
    Chester County 1809-1870                        faculty, staff (departmental, ITS and library)        justify the reallocation of financial resources to
For further descriptive information about each      and possibly students to explore the uses and         provide addition and more individualized
of these databases, please visit:                   difficulties of technology in the classroom.          support? What is the long term future of                 They also expressed a strong preference for           instructional technology? What effort ought to
                                                    getting help as close to their offices as possible.   be atrributed to the normal growing pains of
HARPWeek                                                                                                  chanchanging teaching metholodology?
                                                    Many faculty indicated that they frequently
Consists of the pages of Harper’s Weekly,           seek help from colleagues, administrative             For the full report, see http://
scanned as images, together with a series of        assistants, students, and, occasionally, external
controlled-vocabulary indexes, which are            resources, such as the Math Forum (at                 FacultyFocusGroups/Report/index.html
interactively linked. 1857-1883 presently           Swarthmore), and software vendors. However
available for searching with 1878-1912 to           they noted a number of problems with this
follow as the scanned images become available       approach. (For example, some support staff
and indexing is completed. HarpWeek is made         may be uncomfortable with technology.)
available to the Swarthmore community by a          Furthermore, they felt that the salaries for these
generous donation by Jerome Kohlberg, Jr.
Associations Unlimited (US National only)
(Previously Encyclopedia of Associations)
Contains information for approximately 23,000              LIBRARY HOURS
U.S. national nonprofit membership
                                                           McCabe Library (610) 328-8477
associations in all fields. Features full contact
                                                           M-Th: 8:15 - 1:00 a.m.
information, description, SIC codes, meetings              F: 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
and publications information, and more.                    Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Grove’s Dictionary of Music Online                         Sun: Noon – 1:00 a.m.
                                                                                                      is the newsletter of the
                                                           Cornell Library (610) 328-8262
New edition of music dictionary now online.                                                                       Swarthmore College Libraries,
                                                           M-F: 8:15 a.m.– midnight
                                                                                                                  published once a semester.
Journal Collection Purchases:                              Sat: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                                                                                                               Editorial Staff:
                                                           Sun: Noon – midnight
JSTOR Ecology & Botany Collection                                                                                 Pam Harris, Terry Heinrichs,
                                                           Underhill Library (610) 328-8232                       Ushi Tandon (to           M-Th.: 8:30 a.m.– 5:15 p.m.;                        Technical Advisor: Tammy Rabideau
search)                                                      7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                            Thank you to all who contributed to this (for           F: 8:30 a.m – 5:15 p.m.                                issue, especially: Cecilia Buchanon,
a list of ecology/botany titles)                           Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.                            Anne Garrison, Alison Masterpasqua,
                                                           Sun: 1:00 p.m.– 5:15 p.m.                              Pat O’Donnell, Peggy Seiden,
Contains 29 titles and approximately 1 million
                                                             7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                               Barb Weir
pages of journal literature in the biological
                                                                                                               E-mail: <>
sciences. The material included in this archive            During breaks and summer:
                                                                                                               Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
reaches back to the 19th century and covers                M-F: 8:30 – 4:30; closed weekends
approximately 1,500 journal titles.
Vol. 3, no. 2 Spring 2001                                                                                                     page 3

What’s new at the library                                                                              Introducing Questia
more computers...consultants...HarpWeek...comic books...VPN                                            by Pam Harris and Peggy Seiden
Looking for a computer to use?                                                                           QuestiaSM, the first online subscription-based
Visit one of the libraries! Information Technology Services and Digital Library Services work          research service with unlimited access to the
together to provide access to dozens of computing workstations in the three libraries. The             full-text of a large digital library of books and
Underhill Music Library has several public workstations. Cornell Science Library has more than a       journals, is marketing itself directly to under-
dozen Macs, a Dell, and a scanning workstation. McCabe Library has approximately 40 worksta-           graduates for fees of about $20/month. Stu-
tions distributed throughout the four floors of the Library; there are slightly more Macs than         dents can develop researchable topics, high-
Dells. 12 of the Dells available for public use in McCabe are located in a lab on the 4th floor.       light and take notes on the books, automati-
Expanded computing consultant service in McCabe Library                                                cally cite sources, and instantly format
Beginning this semester, Information Technology Services and Digital Library Services will offer       bibliographies.
expanded computing assistance in McCabe Library. There will be a Computing Consultant Desk               Introduced with a collection of over 50,000
staffed by students on the main floor of McCabe during all the hours that the library is open.         monographs, the company expects to have
Jerome Kohlberg Jr. donates money for library to buy HarpWeek                                          more than 250,000 books online within three
Mr. Kohlberg donated over $25,000 to enable the Library to purchase HarpWeek for the college           years. The books were selected by a team of
community. The HarpWeek Database consists of the pages of Harper’s Weekly, scanned as                  librarians and are largely focused in the
images, together with a series of controlled-vocabulary indexes, which are interactively linked.       humanities and social sciences.
1857-1883 are presently available for searching with 1878-1912 to follow as the images are               Many academic librarians have had a
scanned and indexing is completed. Access HarpWeek here:                      negative response to what Questia is trying to
Comic book collection donated by Greg Erskine                                                          do. They worry that Questia promotes the idea
Students looking for something a little different to read on a study break can thank Greg Erskine      that students can accomplish their academic
(’01). Greg has donated an extensive collection of comic books to the library including everything     objectives from a limited collection of sources
from “A. Bizarro” to the “Uncanny X-Men.” The collection of about 350 comics will be housed in         and without using the multiple resources of the
the current periodicals/newspaper lounge on the main level and will be available for reading in the    academic library. They are also concerned that
library only. In addition, the library is purchasing some graphic art novels and comic compila-        where budgets are particularly tight and
tions.                                                                                                 collections are small, administrators might cut
                                                                                                       off support for the libraries and require
New remote access to library databases option
In order to gain access to most library databases, a computer must be identified as being within the   students to use Questia.
Swarthmore network; this is most frequently determined by the IP (Internet Protocol) number              Those most angry about Questia question
assigned to the computer. A computer is automatically assigned an IP number that allows access         whether commercial interests should be in
to library databases in one of three ways:                                                             competition with non-profit educational
 • if you use a computer on campus.                                                                    institutions, and they raise concerns about
 • if you dial-in to the campus network remotely (off-campus) using (610) 328-8377.                    whether the content of such a library can be
 • and finally, through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service that was announced by Informa-         free of bias or represent more radical view-
   tion Technology Services in January. Documentation for installing and using Macintosh and           points. Digitization costs a great deal of
   Windows VPN client software is available at the ITS Web site at:                                    money, and commercial sources have paid for (Mac dial-up ISP)                                the lion’s share of substantive online material. (Mac DSL or cable-modem)                         Many of these, like Questia, are “aggregators,” (Windows)                             who pull together collections from diverse
  The VPN service is only available to faculty, staff, and current students of Swarthmore College.     publishers and other sources of information.
For further information or assistance with using VPN, contact Bob Velez at extension 8581 or send      Libraries do pay extraordinarily large amounts
email to                                                                         of money for this content. Our own library
  For other questions about accessing library databases, please contact Tammy Rabideau, Digital        budget for materials alone is close to $1.5M,
Services Librarian, at extension 8647 or send email to                        and over $200,000 now goes to purchase
                                                                                                       digital materials. That Questia is a for-profit
McCabe selling fair trade coffee in lounge                                                             company is not unusual.
                                                                                                         Is this service of use to Swarthmore
  Coffee is now for sale on McCabe Library’s         company must meet the standards of fair wages     students? Swarthmore students currently have
main level early morning, late afternoon and         (wages above poverty level), cooperative          access to far more than the 250,000 books
late night. Even better, it’s Transfair certified    workplaces, consumer education, environmen-       which Questia eventually promises. Tripod
fair trade coffee. This project, a joint effort by   tal sustainability, financial and technical       alone has close to three million records and our
students from the campus group “Conscious            support to coffee-growing communities,            electronic databases (available at
Consumers” and McCabe Library staff, is part         respect for cultural identity within these offer access to
of a growing nationwide effort to engage             communities, and corporate accountability.        millions of full-text articles and abstracts. The
colleges and universities in more responsible        Companies must ensure fair, direct trade          new Virtual Private Network now provides
business practices. During a visit here in           between growers and buyers, without the           access to these resources from anywhere on
November, Paul Rice, chairman of the                 interference of middlemen, and must remain        campus. So while not particularly valuable to
independent monitoring group TransFair USA,          accountable to coffee growers and their           Swarthmore students, Questia and other
and Santiago Rivera, a coffee grower in a fair       families, and to the local environment.           services like it will find their own niche in the
trade cooperative in Guatemala, addressed the          The local “Conscious Consumers’ group           information economy and will cause academic
importance of fair trade to coffee growers and       states that “Fair trade coffee at Swarthmore      libraries to maintain a competitive edge.
the role of consumers in advancing the success       represents a step towards more socially           See for a free trial. (At this
of coffee cooperatives.                              conscious practice, which reflect the school’s    time, Questia will not work with Macintoshes.)
  In order to receive fair trade certification, a    Quaker tradition.”                       welcomes feedback.
page 4                                                                                                 Vol. 3, no. 2 Spring 2001

                                                                                                        STAFF NOTES
   Alumni books reviewed by students                                                                   Minda Hart
   Dusty Exile by Catherine Embree Harris ‘41 (Honolulu: Mutual Publishing, 1999)                        Minda Hart, interlibrary loan librarian of
   This book focuses on the internment of the Japanese Americans following Japan’s attack              Swarthmore College Library, passed away
   on Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entrance into World War II.                                            November 27 at the age of 63. Minda managed
     This is a story which has often been told, but Harris has a perspective which is particu-         the ILL department for 14 years after working
   larly interesting. She was hired by the federal government to teach the school-age children         as an ILL assistant. She previously worked in
   of Poston camp, in the Arizona desert, and remained there until the camps closed in 1944...         Acquisitions and Periodicals; her first job at
     Clearly Harris is a good Swarthmore graduate - her Quaker roots are evident and her               McCabe Library 20 years ago was as the
   compassion for the evacuees is real. She contacted family and friends “on the outside” and          weekend receptionist.
   mobilized a network to help those evacuees released and sent to the East or Midwest for               Minda was a meticulous and thorough pro-
   college or jobs. And her writing is neatly constructed. However, the book tries to cover so         fessional who cared deeply for students and
   much (national policy, important Poston events, daily life at the camp, personal history) in        faculty alike and was tenacious in seeing that
   so few pages of big print that it comes off as a bit simplistic. Very little is explored in-        their scholarly needs were fulfilled. A woman
   depth. While it may seem hard to ask a personal memoir to analyze the historical data               of slight build, she possessed great spirit,
   more closely, this is precisely what I felt was missing from the book. I wish Harris had            humor, and wit. She will be greatly missed.
   chosen to concentrate solely on an account of two years in the single camp; in the same               Minda is survived by her two brothers,
   space, she could then have provided a more satisfying look at the particular events she             Samuel Newman and Dr. Philip Newman; her
   experienced, sending curious readers to her excellent bibliography for the historical               daughter, Marcy Newman Hart, son-in-law Neal
   background.                                         - reviewed by Catherine Osborne ‘01             Abrams, and three grandchildren.
                                                                                                       New staff member at McCabe
   Not All Black and White: Affirmative Action and American Values                                       Florence Bendrick has joined McCabe
   by Christopher Edley, Jr. ‘73 (New York: Hill & Wang, 1996)                                         Library as the new weekend access and lending
   This book on affirmative action describes the author’s experiences working with the                 services specialist on Sundays and on Monday
   Clinton administration, analyzes current thinking, and presents his views.                          evenings. She also works for Immaculata
    Christopher Edley, Jr.’s book about affirmative action is really several books at once.            College, supervising the student teaching
   First of all, it is a first-hand account of Edley’s experiences working with the Clinton            program. Previously, Flo worked for about 30
   White House as the architect of the President’s review of affirmative action programs.              years in the Philadelphia School District in a
   Second, it is a survey of the current debate about affirmative action, and a careful analysis       variety of positions and with elementary and
   of arguments on both sides, from the perspective of the academic mind that put together             middle school children.
   Clinton’s famous “mend it, don’t end it” approach to the debate. Finally, Edley is arguing          New curator at Friends Library
   that affirmative action cannot be considered as a strictly legal or factual question; instead,        Christopher Densmore is the new Curator of
   he said that those on both sides of the debate are engaging with fundamental questions              the Friends Historical Library and Archivist of
   about American values.                                                                              Swarthmore College. “I am delighted to come
     Edley... is a brilliant legal thinker and a good writer. His arguments about American             to the Friends Historical Library. It is a cultural
   values are fairly persuasive, and he does an unusually good job of applying this kind of            treasure, not only for the study of Quaker
   thinking to each of the sticky policy points that might otherwise consume and distract the          history but for the history of the Quaker
   reader…In the book’s best moments, it makes clear how a scholarly approach can shed                 initiated efforts that have helped shape America,
   light on public policy debate. Perhaps most crucially, Edley unpacks the individualistic            particularly anti-slavery and the women’s rights
   assumptions that underly some of the conservative discourse on race…                                movements,” Densmore said.
                                                        - reviewed by Tim Stewart-Winter ’01               Densmore most recently served as the
   For the complete reviews, see                     University Archivist for the State University of
   This site is managed by Jonah Gold ‘04.                                                             New York at Buffalo. A professional archivist
                                                                                                       with 26 years of experience, Densmore is the
                                                                                                       author of Red Jacket: Iroquois Diplomat and
Mellon grant fosters tri-college cooperation                                                           Orator ( Syracuse University Press, 1999). He
                                                                                                       has also authored over 40 articles, reviews, and
  The Mellon Foundation recently gave a grant         understanding information-seeking behavior       encyclopedia entries on Quaker history, Native
to the tri-college libraries to investigate ways      of students and faculty.                         American history, and archival administration.
to enhance collaboration among them. While         • Student Training: Address ongoing problems           Densmore was awarded the Owen B.
the tri-college libraries have had a strong           with inadequate training for student library     Augspurger Award for 2000 by the Board of
record of coordination around such issues as          assistants by developing tools and training      Managers of the Buffalo and Erie County
borrowing policies and cooperation in areas           programs.                                        Historical Society; he was cited for his
such as cataloging, much of the history has        • Digital Collections: Develop in-house             outstanding contributions to local history.
been marked by competition, particularly              expertise in digitization and investigate          One of the co-editors and authors of Quaker
regarding the quality and size of each                technologies and collections.                    Crosscurrents: Three Hundred Years of Friends
college’s collections. The grant is intended to    • Professional Development: Assess the              in the New York Yearly Meetings (Syracuse,
help staff explore those projects which would         professional development needs of all library    1995), he is chair of the Canadian Friends
otherwise be impossible for any one library to        staff and develop a coordinated approach to      Historical Association, is on the steering
accomplish alone.                                     provide education and training.                  committee of the Conference of Quaker
  Some of the projects being evaluated are:        • Cooperative and Virtual Reference Services:       Historians and Archivists, and was recently
• Community Needs Assessment: Develop a               Investigate various models of cooperative        elected to the Board of the Friends Historical
   core group of experts on qualitative data          reference services among the tri-colleges as a   Association. He is a graduate of Oberlin College
   gathering and analysis techniques to aid in        means to support specialized research.           and the University of Wisconsin.
                                           Associates of the Swarthmore College Libraries
                                            Volume 3, Number 2                                                                         Spring 2001

                                      Fourth Annual Irish Poetry Reading
  Paul Muldoon, poet and scholar, will read from his poetry in the Scheuer Room,
Kohlberg Hall, on February 13 at 4:15 p.m. One of Ireland’s major contemporary               Horses
poets, Muldoon’s work is characterized by mischievous humor, imaginative
rhyme, and multi-layered structures of meaning. His reading will be the fourth                               I
annual Irish Poetry Reading in memory of Michael J. Durkan, College Librarian,
1976-96. A reception will follow the reading.                                                A sky. A field. A hedge flagrant with gorse.
  Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern                        I’m trying to remember, as best I can,
Ireland. Educated at Queen’s University in Belfast, he wrote poetry there under              if I’m a man dreaming I’m a plowhorse
the tutelage of Seamus Heaney. After receiving his degree, Muldoon worked as a               or a great plowhorse dreaming I’m a man.
radio and television producer for the BBC in Northern Ireland. He moved to the
United States in 1986 and has taught at numerous institutions including Columbia,                            II
the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Massachusetts at
                                                                                             Midsummer eve. St. John’s wort. Spleenwort. Spurge.
Amherst. He is currently the Howard G. B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the
                                                                                             I’m hard on the heels of the sage, Chuang Tzu,
Humanities and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.
                                                                                             when he slips into what was once a forge
In 1999 he was elected to the honorary position of Professor of Poetry at Oxford
                                                                                             through a door in the shape of a horseshoe.
University for a term of five years.
  His books include Bandanna (1999), an opera libretto; Hay (1998); New                                           From Hay, New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. 1998.
                                                                                                                          Reprinted with permission of the author.
Selected Poems 1968-1994 (1997); The Annals of Chile (1994); the opera libretto
Shining Brow (1993); Madoc: A Mystery (1990); Meeting the British (1987);
Quoof (1983); Why Brownlee Left (1980); Mules (1977); and New Weather
(1973). Muldoon has been awarded the Sir Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, the            Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, the Charles A. Heimbold Professor of
T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize for The Annals of Chile, the American Academy of Arts         Irish Studies at Villanova University and winner of the Sean
and Letters Award in Literature, and, in 1997, the Irish Times Irish Literature        O’Riordain Award for Poetry in Irish and the Irish Arts
Prize for Poetry for his New Selected Poems.                                           Council Prize for Poetry, will introduce Paul Muldoon.
   “On top of everything else, Muldoon is, in his poems, a retriever of the golden     Dhomhnaill, a poet, playwright, and mother of four, has been
fact, a breaker-open of the habit-encrusted outer shell of words, a maker of           praised as “the most widely known and acclaimed Gaelic poet
Cornell collages from the materials of perception and recollection.”                   of the century” (Irish Literary Supplement). She gave the
(Sven Birkets, “About Muldoon” Ploughshares, Spring 2000)                              Michael Durkan Memorial Poetry reading in 1999.

   Library Associates’                                     Alison Bechdel Cartoonist Extraordinnaire
   Events - Spring ‘01                                   Witty and notorious social commentator and cartoonist, Alison Bechdel, will exhibit
   February                                            selected works in the McCabe Library lobby, February 26 to March 26. Bechdel will open
   Irish Poetry Reading: Paul Muldoon                  the exhibit, The Dyke as Everyman: Alison Bechdel’s Comic Strip Art, and talk about her
   Reading & reception: Feb.13, 4:15 pm,               work on March 1 at 4:15 p.m in the Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall. With 34 books to her
   Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall.                        credit, worldwide syndication, including over 200 newspapers in the United States, and two
   Introductory remarks by                                                                law-suits because she has offended Jesse Helms, the time
   Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.                                                                   is right to ask: Who is Alison Bechdel? How is she able to
                                                                                          create and keep up with the daily lives of her burgeoning
   March                                                                                  cast of characters: Lois, Jezanna, Clarice, Toni, Ginger,
   The Dyke as Everyman:                                                                  Sparrow, and— Mo?
   Alison Bechdel’s Comic Strip Art                                                         Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For appeared in
   Talk & reception: March 1, 4:15 pm,                                                    1983. Since then, her award-winning comic strip has
   Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall                                                            become a cultural institution for lesbians and discerning
   Exhibit: February 26 - March 26,                                                       non-lesbians all over the world. Part soap opera and part
   McCabe Lobby                                                                           documentary, the strip lovingly chronicles the intimate
   April                                                                                  affairs and global concerns of its characters. Bechdel grew
   Self-Portraits and Other Anatomy Lessons:                                              up in rural Pennsylvania and, after graduating from
   Selected Works from Fall 2000                                                          Oberlin College in 1981, moved to New York City. Her
   Figure Sculpture                                                                       most recent books are Split-Level Dykes to Watch Out For
   Talk & reception: April 3, 4:30 pm,                                                    and The Indelible Alison Bechdel: Confessions, Comix,
   McCabe Lobby                                        and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out For. Bechdel’s work has also appeared in Ms., The
   Professor Brian Meunier:                            Village Voice, Gay Comics, American Splendor, and many other comic books, ‘zines, and
   “History of Figurative Sculpture”                   anthologies.
   Exhibit: April 2 - April 30,                           “Alison Bechdel’s work is both political and hilarious, and she’s created a cast of characters
   McCabe Lobby                                        that you feel you know. Some of them are even irritating.” (Nicole Hollander / “Sylvia” -
                                                        from back cover of The Indelible Alison Bechdel)
          Student Exhibit                                    Student Library Prize Competition
                                                               The A. Edward Newton Student Library Prizes of $300, $150, and $100 are awarded
  Selected works from the Figure Sculpture class
                                                             annually for the three best undergraduate book collections as judged by the Committee of
taught this past fall by Professor Brian Meunier will
                                                             the Award. Books must be owned and have been collected by the student. Each collection
be on display in McCabe Lobby, April 2-30.
                                                             will be judged by the extent to which it represents a well-defined principle giving it unity
  The exhibit includes various figure studies, reliefs,
                                                             and continuity; for example, an author, a subject, or a group of authors. Non-print material
self-portraits, and a few examples of the final project,
                                                             may be included in the collection. Textbooks should not be included. Entries should have
in which students were free to explore various
                                                             a bibliography of at least 25 titles in the collection. Sample entries from previous years are
alternative materials and approaches to the figure.
                                                             available in the Librarian’s Office, McCabe Library. Please attach a brief (one page)
  As Meunier explains, “The major project of the
                                                             commentary describing how, when, where, and why the books were acquired. Winners
semester was the self-portrait. The human figure is
                                                             will be invited to display their collection in the library and to give a brief talk. Entries
always a loaded subject, but becomes even more so
                                                             should be submitted by March 16, 2001, to Pam Harris, McCabe Library.
when the subject is self. The issue is not just one of
objective anatomy, but greater, an issue of self-
identity. It is always a dynamic and cathartic project,       Attention: Associates
given that it comes at a time in a person’s life, as a          What services are of interest to you as a member of the Associates of the Swarthmore
student in college, when one’s self-identity is in its        College Libraries? Do you enjoy the exhibits and receptions? Would you like to have
most active phase of construction.”                           library workshops offered; for example, on Internet searching, papermaking, or marbling?
  During the opening reception on April 3 at 4:30             Are private receptions with guest speakers, poets, or writers, of interest to you? Please
p.m., the students will be available to talk about their      send your ideas to Pam Harris, Swarthmore College, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA
sculptures.                                                   19081, (610) 690-2056, or

                     Membership in the Associates of the Swarthmore College Libraries
The excellent quality of our library system may be attributed both to the strong support from the College and to the generosity of our many friends
and benefactors. The Associates of the Swarthmore College Libraries, an organization established in 1978 by Michael J. Durkan, the College
Librarian from 1976-1996, is dedicated to continuing that tradition of support. The Associates provide a link between the campus and the community
of book-lovers.
   The purpose of the Associates is:
   • To serve as a medium through which friends of the library may advance their own intellectual pursuits and share their enthusiasm for books,
   • To provide financial support that permits us to enrich the collections and the services beyond that which could be done otherwise,
   • To sponsor programs that enrich the cultural life of the community, such as poetry readings and our political cartoonist series,
   • To encourage a greater awareness of the book as artifact by sponsoring workshops, exhibits and lectures on topics in the book arts, and
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       intellectual life of the College.
   If you are already a member of the Associates, we thank you for your patronage and urge you to renew your membership; if you are not, we
cordially invite you to join. Membership in the Associates bears the following practical rewards:
           Associates receive announcements and invitations to exhibitions, lectures and other library events,
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   Please join the alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members whose generous contributions are insuring the success of the Associates of
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Board of Trustees 2000-2001
Nathalie Anderson Lester I. Conner James A. Hinz, Chair Daniel G. Hoffman William Huganir’42                     J. William Frost     Edward Fuller
Kendall Landis’48 Amy Morrison, Programs/Membership/Treasurer                 William Robert Peter Schmidt         Peggy Seiden Carol Shloss’68

                          Associates of the Libraries - Annual Membership Registration - 2001
For new members or members who have not yet sent in their membership fees. Annual memberships run from January to January.
Corporate Matching Gift Forms may be included with your check or mailed directly to the College’s Gift Records Office.

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