Library update: Mardi Gras, logos, and a blog

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

The Gazette checked in with the staff of McCabe Library to see what’s new and exciting in and beyond the stacks.

The library’s fund-raiser to support the rebuilding of the Southern University of New Orleans’s library after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina was a great success, according to reference intern Ann Wheeler. Mardi Gras beads were sold at the three circulation desks and the campus coffee bars for one dollar each, netting over $800 in all. Contributors included chorus and orchestra director John Alston, who bought necklaces for the entire college orchestra.

The Swarthmore library system was partnered with SUNO’s library through the American Library Association’s Adopt-a-Library Program. Seven other libraries, including those of the University of Pittsburgh and Tufts University, are also helping SUNO, whose entire first floor was flooded for three weeks. Library of Congress call numbers A through G were completely destroyed, as well as the entire reference section.

In other library news, winners have been selected in the library’s logo contest. Lisa Nelson ’06 and Laila Muller ’06 created the winning design, which will be used on library publications. Another design, by Emmanuelle Wambach ’08 and Lucas Sanders ’08, will be featured on library bookmarks. Yet another entry, a still-in-development design by Joe Kille ’06, will be used for the library’s coffee bar. The winning designs will be unveiled to the world in a “mini-celebration” at McCabe on March 14, according to Library Associate Evelyn Khoo.

Finally, the Tri-co library system has a new way of keeping the campuses informed of library news: a joint blog, kept by librarians at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore. The blog points readers to library resources, announces new services, and offers some fun features. Like most blogs, it is interactive: anyone can make comments on the entries. “We really want students, if they’re interested in the library, to make comments,” said Wheeler. The blog can be accessed at, and Swarthmore-specific entries are linked from the library’s homepage.

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