By Laura Hutelmyer
Natalie Tomasco, Resource Management, retired on June 18, after 26 years of service to Falvey Memorial Library and Villanova University. When Natalie came to Villanova in June, 1984, she had no library experience, but that didn’t stop her from quickly mastering the complex world of periodicals.
Initially, Natalie’s main responsibility was to check-in the daily mail, which consisted of hundreds of current print issues for the library’s journal collection. She did this manually in an old-fashioned Kardex (a metal cabinet consisting of small drawers filled with paper cards) that dated back quite a few years.
As Falvey moved to a new integrated library system, Natalie successfully converted this tedious manual check-in process to an automated one, and the old Kardex was relegated to the attic. When the electronic revolution hit journals in the 1990′s, Natalie easily made the adjustment, helping to convert our large print periodical collection to online access. Her attention to detail and organizational skills were essential in this complicated process, as subscriptions and binding decisions had to be made and followed through for both print and microfilm titles, records had to be updated, and online access confirmed. (more…)
Do you need historical reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives?
What about the legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817?
Have you worked with the print Serial Set before or did you always shy away from using it because of the time and effort involved in tracking down documents included in this series?
For the next 30 days (until Oct. 11), Villanova faculty and students will have access to the full text of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and the American States Papers on a trial basis. The Library is evaluating the purchase of this valuable resource, and we would like to hear your opinions as we evaluate this product.
The Serial Set goes back to the 15th Congress (1817). The online version currently on trial includes the years 1817 to 1994. It contains House and Senate documents as well as House and Senate reports. The documents cover a wide variety of topics and include reports of independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress and annual reports of non-governmental organizations.
The American State Papers, 1789-1838 are part of the trial access.
Take a look, evaluate its value for faculty and student research projects and e-mail your feedback to Jutta Seibert.
For another related source of legislative information currently on trial, please see the CQ Almanac blog.
by Merrill Stein
On trial until October 1. CQ Almanac Online, providing annual, comprehensive coverage and analysis of U.S. Congressional legislation, is now available for trial within the CQ (Congressional Quarterly) Electronic Library at the Online Editions section.
From the Library homepage, select Databases A-Z and locate the CQ family of resources.
Coverage is complete from 1945, the 79th Congress, 1st session, to 2008, 110th Congress, 2nd session. Updates are annual and currently planned for October, 2010. Volumes can be searched using keywords or concepts across all years, Congresses and sessions, in a table of contents format by year, Congress and session, by pre-arranged topics within years or by decade.
View tables, graphs, and charts that help explain the issues. Results can be sorted in ascending or descending order.
CQ Almanac is a companion to CQ Weekly and pairs the vital, newsworthy coverage found in CQ Weekly with the Almanac’s analytical summaries. (more…)
The DSM-IV-TR from the American Psychiatric Association is used by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health workers to assess and diagnose patients. This latest edition identifies some 300 disorders in contrast to about 100 disorders in the first edition of 1952.
The manual’s aim is to provide clear descriptions of diagnostic categories. For example, see the manual for the gradations of attention-deficit and disruptive behavior disorders.
The trial ends Sept. 30. Let us know what you think!