Countdown to Fall Semester & All the New Things

We’re are counting down the days until we start the Fall 2016 semester. Less than six days to go! The summer has been busy at the Sullivan Library and we have lots of new things to share with you in the coming weeks. Sneak peek:

  • Renovations to the Learning Commons, Computer Lab, and Periodicals Room
  • New website designed especially for you
  • Improvements to our course reserves collection (anyone looking for a textbook?)
  • New way to access full-text articles through Full-text Finder (goodbye Serials Solutions)
  • Changes to EasyBib and RefWorks

We’ll announce these changes through this blog, campus email, and Instagram. Let the countdown begin!

The Big Fall Semester Update

Many changes are afoot now that the summer has passed us by and the Fall semester is in full swing! The most recent news…

  • New Research Guides! Our librarians are very happy to announce that we have revamped our research guides, which are now looking quite spiffy (click the link above or go to Use these subject and/or course guides to help you get started with your research in various disciplines! Use the new A-Z Database List to find your favorite database.
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Get yr free cup of coffee before supply runs out!

  • New Coffee Machine! That’s right, folks. We bought a Keurig, which now lives in the new Library Lounge near the Periodicals Room in the Library. We are giving away the first 500 cups of coffee for free (!!), so come on over to the library before supply runs out.
  • New database! Over the summer we bought access to a new (to us) database: The Cochrane Library. Particularly useful for our nursing and allied health students, the Cochrane Library “is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups” ( The Cochrane Library is also the leading database for up-to-date systematic reviews.
  • New staff! Over the summer, we hired a new librarian to replace Gina Shelton (who was promoted to Head Librarian—way to go, Gina!) as the Assistant Librarian for Information Literacy Services. Ellie Horowitz will be teaching most of the undergraduate instruction classes at the library, as well as working one-on-one with students during research consultations. Need help with finding sources for your research paper? Email her at ellie [dot] horowitz [at] dc [dot] edu. We have also hired three new part-time clerks, who will be announced shortly!

Library hours have returned to their normal schedule:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8am-Midnight
  • Friday: 8am-7pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: Noon-7pm

Learning Commons hours are as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10am-10pm
  • Friday:10am-7pm
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: Noon-7pm

We look forward to working with you this semester!!

Summer hours @ the Library

Happy Summer semester! The Sullivan Library will be open May 13th – August 30th :

SummerHours2015_smallMonday-Thursday 8am-7pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday 12-7pm

Closings include:

  • Service Recognition meeting (Wed May 20 9:30am-12:30pm)
  • Memorial Day weekend (Fri May 22nd at 1pm; Sat May 23-Mon May 25)
  • July 4th weekend (Fri July 3-Sun July 5)

Please note that the Learning Commons is closed during the summer and will reopen on Monday August 31st.

Spotlight On: Judy Gitlin

image1 (1)The Sullivan Library has had many welcome additions in the past year. The newest hire is librarian, Judy Gitlin, who manages technical services and cataloging.

Did you always want to be a librarian, or did you decide in college?

I didn’t decide to be a librarian until a year or two after college. I was working various unsatisfying jobs and I spent a lot of my spare time in the public library researching careers, as well as reading a lot (well, mostly reading a lot). Then I realized that a library would be a good place for me to work.

What degrees do you have and what degrees do you need for you position?

My BA degree is in philosophy. Then I went to get my master’s in library science.

What do you do in your position at The Sullivan Library?

I handle the technical services, which includes cataloging the books, maintaining the databases, making sure all of the resources are accessible to users and managing interlibrary loans. These are all the things that go on behind the scenes.

You have been working at The Sullivan Library for a short time. Is it what you expected?

Most of my previous jobs have been in larger libraries, so staff mostly stayed amongst themselves in their own departments. That isn’t possible here since it is so small. It’s a nice change.

What projects or plans do you intend to implement at the library?

My immediate project is implementing ILLIAD, a new system for interlibrary loans. Hopefully, it will make the process more streamlined and easier for both users and staff.

Where are you from?

Maryland, the suburbs of Washington, DC.

What books do you read?  What is your favorite genre?

A little bit of everything. I probably read fiction and non-fiction in equal amounts, no particular genres, although I am fond of mysteries; mostly I read just whatever catches my eye.

Thank you to Judy for participating in Spotlight On. With many new hires and program updates, the Sullivan Library has been transitioning this year. One of the goals is to provide a transformational experience for the Dominican College community. Feedback is always welcome at:

Students “Pet- A- Pup” at The Sullivan Library to Reduce End of the Semester Stress

Dominican College’s Office of Special Services enlisted the volunteer services of Hudson Valley Visiting Pets program (HVVP) in a “Paws For Fun” toDSCF4442 help students reduce stress during exam week.  Realizing the final weeks of the semester are stressful to students who have papers due, presentations to make and final exams to take, the Office of Special Services has been participating in a pet therapy program. HVVP is made up of volunteers who donate their time with their pets to visit local hospitals, schools, nursing homes and juvenile detention facilities to reduce stress and bring happiness through physical and emotional contact.

The animals and their handlers obtain permission to take part in the Hudson Valley Visiting Pets program after extensive training. According to the HVVP website, pets are evaluated individually to be selected as therapy volunteers. To be chosen the animals must be “calm, quiet, friendly and healthy”; the pets must also travel well, recover quickly from distractions and they must behave well around people. Hudson Valley Visiting Pets includes domestic pets: dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and domesticated farm animals. The HVVP program is affiliated with Delta Society, which screens and provides liability insurance for volunteers and their pets.


Having physical and emotional contact with pets makes people happy. For this reason, the College’s Office of Special Services offers the opportunity for students to interact with the therapy dogs to decompress before exam week. This semester’s “Paws For Fun” activity was held in the Library’s Learning Commons on Tuesday, May 5th, and was a huge success. Therapy dogs, Victoria, an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Moon, an intelligent and energetic Treeing Walker Coonhound, spent a couple of hours with students, staff and faculty. Victoria, the pretty Blenheim-colored Spaniel, DSCF4448with her owner, Fran, entertained the students by being an exemplary lap dog, allowing students to brush her and hold her in their laps. Moon, the clever Coonhound, with her owner, Dolores, showed students her excellent training tricks:  bowing, rolling over and her favorite, sitting patiently waiting for treats. The dogs brought smiles to the faces of many students who left The Sullivan Library Learning Commons a little happier, and hopefully less stressed, than when they started their busy day.

The Office of Special Services and the Sullivan Library would like to thank all the students who participated in “Paws For Fun” and the Hudson Valley Visiting Pets program, especially Fran and Dolores, who generously gave of their time to offer the pet-a-pup activity to the students for a few hours to de-stress.

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Studying in the library during finals week

Sullivan Library will be open the following hours (through May 12th):
Monday-Thursday: 8am-Midnight*
Friday: 8am-7pm
Saturday and Sunday: Noon-7pm

*Note: the Library will close at 10pm on Tuesday May 12th

The Learning Commons will be open the following hours (through May 12th):

Monday-Thursday: 10am-10pm
Friday: 10am-7pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Noon-7pm

Summer hours
The Library’s summer hours will begin Wednesday May 13th
The Learning Commons will be closed from May 13th – August 30th