History Comes Alive: Farm Workers Movement

September 29, 2016

“American History in Video includes 2,000 total hours of streaming video content. More than half is contemporaneous video from the 1890s to the 1980s. The early newsreels, including the complete series of United Newsreel and Universal Newsreel, available online in their entirety only in this collection, capture history as it was made and reported to viewers of the time.”

This database allows patrons to view both primary and secondary sources that allow them to better understand their topic of study. For instance, it contains a speech by Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, on the benefits of Non-violence (see the video here).  The goal of the united farm workers was to improve the conditions in the agriculture industry for its workers, most of whom were illiterate Mexican-Americans. The Union fought for the rights of farm workers and singled a greater prominence for Latin-Americans to express themselves.


Image by White House Photographer Pete Souza.

Works Cited:

Alexander Street. American History in Video. Retrieved on July 22, 2016. Retrieved from: http://alexanderstreet.com/products/american-history-video.

Alexander Street. Cesar Chavez: “The Power of Non Violence”. Retrieved on July 22, 2016. Retrieved from:                 http://search.alexanderstreet.com.library.emmanuel.edu:2048/ahiv/view/work/2874597.

CC Image courtesy of the White House on Flickr. “P100812PS-0318” (Public Domain) by Pete Souza.

Retrieved on: July 22, 2016. Retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/8227360127/in/photolist-qedAPU-n6UuKg-nbogZ6-hx5LXN-btkL9Y-7PTb4W-dx2nwF-mKW2Em-fAnJsC-bV8e8Y-bV8ecN-hGLecb-hGLf6W-bV8eam-hGLhPm-hGKTvr-hGKSSn-hGLfP9-hGLd8Y-sPBs8J.

Public Broadcasting Station. (2013). Latino Americans: Retrieved on July 22, 2016. Retrieved from: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/df492426-ffec-4eef-bed1-caca19c08b41/the-farm-worker-movement/.


Word of the Week: Hapless

September 26, 2016

As in: “Humor—even or especially gallows humor—offers a release from the emotional tension of a miserable moment, inviting you to see yourself and your life as an amusing play, with the usual array of hapless characters and interesting plot twists” ( Stone & Heen, 2014, p. 177).Book Cover: Thanks for the Feedback

Stone, D. & Heen, S. (2014). Thanks for the feedback: The Science and art of receiving feedback well. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Helpful Hint: How To Find A Book On The Shelf

September 20, 2016

Helpful Hint

Reading a Call Number

Each book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library. Call numbers appear on the spine of books, bound periodicals, etc.  Emmanuel College uses the Library of Congress Classification for call numbers. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects.


Read a call number by sections, line-by-line: 

The first line may begin with one, two, or three letters, read alphabetically:


The second line is made of a number that may have one or more digits. This line is read numerically, as a whole number:

ND 987
ND 1001

The third line is the trickiest part of the call number!  The letter is shelved alphabetically, and the number following the letter is treated as if it were preceded by a decimal:

N 3526 .B69 1999
N 3526 .C22 1999

Since the numbers of the third line are read as decimal numbers, these examples are in correct call number order:

NB413 .P441 1997
NB413 .P68 1997
NB413 .P7 1997
NB413 .P754 1997

This makes sense if you read the numbers as decimals!


The final lines of the call numbers may include dates, volume indicators, issue numbers, copy numbers, and other annotations. These annotations are read after the call number.



Word of the Week: Repudiated

September 19, 2016

As in: “The manifesto also repudiated easel painting, which artists considered an art form accessible only in museums or the homes of the rich” (Jackson, 2009, p. 42).ChicanaAndChicanoArt

Jackson, C. F. (2009). Chicana and Chicano art: ProtestArte.  Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press.

Student Involvement Fair today!

September 15, 2016

Stop by the Quad today between 2pm – 4pm and check out the Library’s table.  Grab some candy and learn more about the Library’s services and resources!  #CardinalCushingLibrary #EmmanuelCollege


Songs of the Library Staff: the Cataloger

September 15, 2016

Sam Walter Foss (1858–1911) was a journalist, poet, and librarian (at the Somerville Public Library in Massachusetts) who, in 1906, wrote a series of poems that were delivered at an American Library Association conference that was held at Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island. The poems were collectively called The Song of the Library Staff. The poems, which described some functions that occur in a repository of knowledge, were eventually published as a single volume. The following is the first in a series of poems that will be circulated through the fall semester.

Be sure to say hello to the Cardinal Cushing Library Cataloging staff: Jennifer Woodall and Mallory Witzig.


“Oh, joy! To see the Library staff perpetually jogging, And to see the Cataloger in the act of cataloging.

(“Catalogs—Log-books for cattle, “was the school-boy’s definition,—A Statement not to be despised for insight and precision) Every language spoke at Babel in the books that pile Her table, Every theme discussed since Adam—song or story, fact or fable! And she sweetly takes all Knowledge for her province, as did Bacon, All the fruit that’s dropped and mellowed since the Knowledge tree was shaken, All the ologies of the colleges, all the isms of the schools, All the unassorted knowledges she assorts by Cutter’s rules; Or tags upon each author in large labels that are gluey Their place in Thought’s great

Pantheon in decimals of Dewey; Oh, joy! To See the Library staff perpetually jogging, And to see the Cataloger in the act of cataloging.”



Image by: Merle Johnson

Works Cited:

“Foss, Sam Walter.” Compton’s by Britannica. Britannica Online for Kids.Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2016. Web. 22 July 2016. http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/article-9323719/Sam-Walter-Foss .

Foss, Sam Walter. (1906). The Songs of the Library Staff. New York: John R. Anderson. Retrieved from: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015030340635;view=1up;seq=7.

Peabody Essex Museum. “The Song of the Library Staff” by Sam Walter Foss. Rerieved on July 22, 2016.  Retrieved from: http://www.pem.org/library/blog/?p=1303.