Five students to participate in library intern program

by Meg Spencer

This semester five students have been selected for the ninth Library Intern Program: Christina Aruffo ’14, Stephanie Braziel ’15, Maria Mejia ’15, Maureen Murray ’14, and Alison Ryland ’14. Each week, the interns will explore a different aspect of librarianship in classes taught by various members of the library staff and participate […]

Book collecting contest offers cash prizes to three students

February 4 is the deadline for applications to the A. Edward Newton Student Book Collection Competition, the longest-running collegiate book collecting competition in the nation. Started in the 1930s by a renowned Philadelphia book collector, A. Edward Newton, the competition awards cash prizes to the top three Swarthmore students who submit the best essays and […]

Alums can get JSTOR articles

Alumni are now able to access journal articles on JSTOR through the library’s subscription, using the proxy server at

JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that includes full-text content of more than 1,400 academic journals, as well as thousands of primary sources.

Academic Tech Fair Feb. 19

The Library and ITS are sponsoring the Academic Tech Fair on Tuesday, February 19, 10 am to 2 pm, in the Scheuer Room. Librarians Kate Carter and Donna Fournier are on the organizing committee.

More library staff will be involved that day. Lucy Saxon will be answering questions on ebooks or other library-related topics at […]

Version 2 of Tripod just released

by Spencer Lamm

One year ago, the tri-college libraries launched the new library catalog and now have just released Version 2 of Tripod. It includes many improvements and new features.

Highlights include: Authentication by campus email Instead of your 14-digit library bar code, you can now use your campus email and password to access your […]

Student granted stipend for summer research

By Peggy Seiden

Declan White ’13, a history major, received an award from the Library for research on the evolution of race construction in the Irish and black communities in antebellum Westchester County. Using the Westchester County Archives and 19th century newspapers in the New York State Library, he hoped to uncover “voices and connections” […]

Summer events

Events this summer at the library included a craft workshop repurposing discarded books and a pizza lunch for student researchers.

Cornell Library turns 30

Cornell Library of Science and Engineering celebrates its 30th birthday this year. A gift of Julien Cornell ‘30 and Virginia Stratton Cornell ‘30, the library was built in 1982 (shown above) to merge libraries housed in several science buildings. It later became incorporated in the Science Center.


Tripod improvements continue

A tri-college team continues to improve the new Tripod by adding features, enhancements, and addressing issues. Many changes have been made, including: adding the ability to do Journal Title searching in the Books & More tab (using the drop-down menu); adding the ability to email and cite records from the article channel; enhancing the system […]

Former interns pursue careers in librarianship

Corey Baker '07 at the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation

by Meg Spencer

Tossing off old stereotypes of librarianship, Swatties are embracing a dynamic career choice. Recent grads and Swarthmore College Library Intern alums shine in their latest accomplishments:

Corey Baker ’07 spent the summer as an intern at the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Archives […]

Newton book collecting competition announces winners

by Lucy E. Saxon

The theme of this newsletter is ebooks, which certainly have a place in intellectual life. Deep down though, a lot of bibliophiles still love printed books. Because we love them, we collect them. The wonderful thing that distinguishes my book collection from my collections of Russian nesting dolls or rocks is […]

Elsevier Blinks Under Pressure from Mathematicians

By Lucy E. Saxon

Mathematician Timothy Gowers is the hero of the hour as Elsevier has officially dropped its support for Research Works Act (RWA), which was promptly declared dead by its congressional sponsors.  The RWA sought to end mandated public access to publicly funded research in the United States.  Who is Elsevier, and why […]

2011 book sale most successful ever

by Amy McColl

The Swarthmore College Library annual book sale took place from October 21-23, to coincide with Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend. Offerings ranged from art books to children’s books, from Spanish and French fiction, to LPs and DVDs. The sale was a fabulous success, bringing in more than $3,800 that will be used […]

Now accepting applications: A. Edward Newton Book Collection Competition

by Pam Harris

Win cash prizes of up to $600 for the best student book collection. Throw your chances in with two-time award winning collector, Ben Goossen ‘13 (will he be submitting an application again?). The Newton Award has the distinction of being the longest-running collegiate book collecting competition in the nation. Started in the […]

Spring internship program reveals world of librarians

by Pam Harris

Librarianship continues to be an exciting and viable career. This semester, seven students have been selected to participate in the eighth Swarthmore College Library spring internship program: Lisa Bao ’14, Jenna Davis ‘12, Jennifer Lopez ’14, MC Mazzocchi ’12, Marcus Mello ’13, Tayarisha Poe ’12, and Amira Silver-Schwartz ‘12.

Interns will experience […]

The people behind the scenes of the new Tripod

Staff from the tri-colleges collaborated on creating the new Tripod

Library Application Team: Spencer Lamm (Swarthmore), Chelsea Lobdell (Tri-college), Anna Headley (Swarthmore)

Disco Steering Group: Berry Chamness (Bryn Mawr), Spencer Lamm (Swarthmore), Laurie Allen (Haverford)

Selection Committee: Anne Garrison (Swarthmore), Laurie Allen (Haverford), Berry Chamness (Bryn Mawr), Spencer Lamm (Swarthmore), Donna Fournier (Swarthmore), Arleen Zimmerlee […]

New Tripod expands search results

by Annette Newman

Library users now have a new place to start their searches. From a single point, Tripod searches for individual journal articles as well as the tri-college libraries’ collection of books, journal titles, multimedia materials, databases and more. There is no need to decide between searching for books or journal articles first – […]

42,000 e-book collection debuts in Tripod

The Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore College Libraries have significantly expanded their collection of academic e-books through the addition of more than 40,000 titles issued since 2006 by Cambridge University Press, the University of Chicago Press, Princeton University Press, Palgrave, and many other scholarly publishers.  The books are available in Tripod, and new books will […]

Newton book collection competition accepting entries

by Pam Harris

Your “old” books can win you admiration, cachet, and cash prizes of $600, $300 and $200.

The A. Edward Newton Student Book Collection Competition is the longest-running collegiate book collecting competition in the nation. Started in the 1930s by a renowned Philadelphia book collector, A. Edward Newton, the competition awards cash prizes […]

Library interns announced

Six students have been selected to participate in the spring library internship program: Quinn David ’11, Evelyn Fraga ’13, Christopher Geissler ’13, Vivienne Layne ’11, Alicia Niwagaba ’11, and Hilary Traut ’13.

Pam Harris and Meg Spencer design and run the program which explores librarianship as a career. It includes classes, projects, and field trips.