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Marketing the Library: Swarthmore Librarians Visit Falvey to Share Ideas

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: January 22, 2009
  • Filed Under: General News, People

A group of Swarthmore College librarians, members of the college’s marketing team, visited Falvey Memorial Library on January 13. When Pamela Harris, outreach and instruction librarian at Swarthmore College, met Jutta Seibert, Falvey’s coordinator for academic integration, at a meeting of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Delaware Valley Chapter, she asked if a group of Swarthmore librarians could visit to learn about Falvey’s marketing and outreach activities, especially the “VUCat search box, game night, and nifty ways to advertise online reference materials.” (more…)


CQ Press Voting and Elections Collection

The CQ Press Voting and Elections Collection  is organized into six categories of presidential elections, congressional elections, gubernatorial elections, campaigns and elections, political parties and voters and demographics generally covering from 1789 to the present.   Includes candidate and office histories, seat status and competition, special elections, maps, bibliographies, encyclopedic information, chronology, definitions and sources and web links.  Supports scholarly research in political science, particularly American Government, campaigns and elections, Congress, the presidency, and American history.

  • Presidential Elections includes explanations of the presidential electoral process, analyses and data for historical and modern presidential elections, modern voting behavior, key events and issues, and biographies.
  • Congressional Elections provides explanations of the congressional electoral process, including reapportionment and redistricting; data for historical and modern congressional elections; analyses of modern congressional elections; modern voting behavior; modern district profiles; key events and issues; and biographies.
  • Gubernatorial Elections presents explanations of the gubernatorial electoral process and data for historical and modern gubernatorial elections. 
  • Campaigns and Elections explores the American system of voting and elections, electoral process and reform, media, interest groups, and the impact of money.
  • Political Parties covers the party system in America, including party strength and control, and profiles Democratic, Republican, and third parties.
  • Voters and Demographics covers expansion of voting rights, voter turnout, voting behavior, modern county census data, and modern district profiles.


Inauguration-related Resources from the Library

ObamaIf Tuesday’s inauguration of the first black president has sparked your interest in past presidents, check out these resources available from the library:

The American Presidency Project from the University of California, Santa Barbara, which has the text of all the inaugural addresses but also an audio/video index to listen to speeches of Presidents from Hoover to George W. Bush. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/inaugurals.php

The library has books by Obama such as Dreams from My Father , a story of race and inheritance, and The Audacity of Hope. Two titles about him are being processed, Barack Obama : the Voice of an American Leader by Joann F. Price and Obama : the Historic Campaign in Photographs by Deborah Willis and Kevin Merida. Many current issues of magazines in the Current Periodical shelves on the first floor also feature articles on President Obama.

If you want to know more about politics, you may want to consider checking out the library’s Subject Guide on Political Science for a listing of our databases, books, other web sites and more.

A full listing of inauguration day events can be found at USA.gov.


Cambridge Histories Online

Cambridge Histories Online brings the familiar and well respected history reference works from Cambridge University Press to your desktop. This new digital collection includes 250 histories published since 1960.

Among the titles currently available online are:

  • the Cambridge History of the Bible (3 vols.)
  • the Cambridge Ancient History (19 vols.)
  • the Cambridge History of the English Language (6 vols.)
  • the New Cambridge Modern History (14 vols.) to name but a few.



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