Banned Books Fight Back at Bishop Library


Join Bishop Library in celebrating Banned Books Week 2014, taking place from Sunday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 27. Now in its 34th year, Banned Books Week is dedicated to the liberation of literature from censorship and challenge. The week takes its cues from the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment’s protection of the freedom of speech and press, and draws attention to the social problem of censorship in all of its forms. Thanks to the hard work of libraries and other institutions which take part in celebrating the freedom of literature, these books have remained available to the general public.

Bishop Library’s display will stay up until October 3 and includes a number of books which have been challenged or banned, and still are to this day. This includes classics like The Catcher in the Rye and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, children’s books like Captain Underpants and the graphic novel Bone, and recent works such as John Green’s Looking for Alaska. All of these books are available for checkout to library patrons.

For a list of challenged and banned books, or for more information on Banned Books Week, visit the library’s display or visit

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Bishop Library Celebrates the Work of Karl Popper


Bishop Library celebrates renowned philosopher Karl Popper with a display of his titles near the Circulation Desk. The display was done in conjunction with the international Symposium on Karl Popper and the Open Society, coordinated by Dr. Philip Benesch, associate professor of politics at LVC. The symposium commemorated the 20th anniversary of Popper’s death. A full schedule of events is available at
Popper’s oeuvre included tracts on historicism, politics, society and modern science. The display features a number of Popper’s groundbreaking works, including The Poverty of Historicism and The Open Society and Its Enemies, and critical commentary on his ideas. All of these books are available for check out by patrons.

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Dr. Allwein '56 Remembered for Philanthropy


The late Dr. John "Jack" Bowman Allwein '56, benefactor of LVC's new John Bowman Allwein Scholars Program is remembered with a display at Bishop Library.  The display case is located on the main floor, next to the current periodicals.


Allwein, who named the college as primary beneficiary of his estate, was a 20-year Army veteran, as well as a regarded oral surgeon. A Lebanon County native, Allwein was appointed as a White House aide by former President John F. Kennedy, and later served as the director and chief of oral surgery for the U.S. Army before retiring into private practice.

An Allwein Celebration was held at the Bishop Library on Aug. 21 for friends of Dr. Allwein to meet the new students and to welcome the Allwein Scholars to LVC. The library’s display includes Allwein’s LVC yearbook photos, memorabilia from Temple University dental school, historical photos of Allwein, military awards and letters sent to him by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The display makes available an overview of the life of a man who gave back selflessly to his alma mater.


For additional details about Dr. Allwein's gift to the college, the scholars program and his life visit  

To learn more about some of the inaugural Allwein scholars follow these links:

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Memories of Frank

With a heavy heart, Bishop Library remembers Frank Mols, former Library Director. Frank passed away suddenly in August at the age of 64. Frank, who came to LVC in 2007, had more than 40 years of experience working in college and university libraries.

During his seven years at Bishop Library, Frank was a motivational powerhouse. Those who worked with him at the library and throughout the campus community could attest to his love for new projects and new ideas, and his constant drive to move on to the next improvement. These projects included the digitization of archival material and college publications, a shift to digital periodicals and databases, expanding database access, and the redesign of multiple spaces to facilitate collaborative study. Above all, Frank was a considerate, inspiring man who showed a deep concern and respect for the library, its staff and its students.  He especially enjoyed interacting with and helping students, faculty, and staff.

We’ll all miss Frank’s energy, his smile, and his love and concern for the library and its staff. For more information on Frank's life please visit,%20Beloved%20Library%20Director,%20Dies  

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Meet the Librarians of Lebanon Valley College

Build good research skills with help from the college’s librarians. We invite you to make contact with a librarian whenever you have research questions.

To ask us questions visit

Maureen Bentz- Interim Co-Director and Access Services Librarian
Expertise: Helping you access the resources you need: at our library, from another library, or via the College Archives.
Favorite Books: The Commitments by Roddy Doyle; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Favorite Food(s): Sushi, mashed potatoes, eggplant parmesan or rollatini, and frozen mocha lattes (but not together).
Best part about working at LVC:
#1) The people and #2) The beautiful campus (thank you facilities staff!)
Hobbies: Travel, watching old movies, and cooking.

Julia Harvey- Technical Services Librarian
Expertise: Technical Services Goddess (acquisitions, cataloging, periodicals, etc.)                                                      
Favorite Book:  Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Favorite Food: If it’s messy and gets stuck in your teeth, it’s my favorite!
Best part about working at LVC: Summer ice cream socials.
Hobbies: Quilting, gardening and baking.

Lori Nyce- Systems/Electronic Services Librarian
Expertise: Tracking down solutions to problems.
Favorite Books: Jane Eyre, Phantom of the Opera, Rebecca, and Mysteries
Favorite Food: Pizza or anything Italian.
Best part about working at LVC: Friendly community and a small town atmosphere.
Hobbies: Reading, crocheting, piano, baking and gardening.

Donna Miller- Interim Co-Director and Instruction/Reference Librarian
Expertise: Finding difficult to locate pieces of information.  
Favorite Books: Wild, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, and The Shadow of the Wind.
Favorite Food: Out on the trail: homemade dehydrated lasagna, a glass of wine, and dark chocolate for dessert.
Best part about working at LVC: The people, in particular the awesome students.
Hobbies: Racquetball, hiking, backpacking, climbing mountains and reading.

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RefWorks Workshop

Bishop Library is offering a workshop on RefWorks, October 30th, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, in the BI-LAB, which is on the ground floor of the library. 

RefWorks is a citation management tool that allows you to export citations from library databases, organize them in folders, and create bibliographies--in many different styles (APA,  MLA, etc.)

Using RefWorks can save quite a bit of time and effort in the  research process.

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Database of the Month: Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center is a comprehensive literature database of biographical and critical information.

This database includes:

  • *145,000+ complete entries from Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography
    *70,000+ full-text critical essays and reviews
    *850,000+ full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from scholarly journals and literary magazines
    *7,000+ overviews of works from Gale's For Students series, Literature and Its Times and Characters in 20th-Century Fiction
    *approximately 30,000 full-text contemporary poems, short stories and plays
    *8,000+ interviews
    *app.5,000 links to websites and over 2,800 author portraits

Literature Resource Center includes select critical content from the following Gale titles: 

  • *Contemporary Literary Criticism
    *Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
    *Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
    *Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
    *Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
    *Drama Criticism
    *Poetry Criticism
    *Shakespearean Criticism
    *Short Story Criticism
    *Children's Literature Review

To find biographical and critical information, search using basic search, advanced search, person search or works search.  For a user-friendly interface with additional search options, try Artemis Literary Sources, an online platform which cross-searches Literature Resource Center & Literature Criticism Online. 

A complete list of all the library's databases can be found on the library's website located at

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New Locations for Juvenile Books & More

Over the summer, several collections on the first floor (main floor) were moved, including the Juvenile books.  Juvenile book shelves are now located on the ground floor and are easily identified by pink shelf labels.



New & Contemporary books, CETL & Higher Education books, Newspapers and Faculty Scholarship are now located in the Atrium at the east end of the first floor.

New Books



Contemporary Books



CETL & Higher Education



Faculty Scholarship & Pedagogy





Student Inquiry publications are now located at the front of the library, to the left as you enter.



The PT section of the Stacks (German, Scandinavian & Dutch Literature) is now located on the ground floor.

The Stacks are located on all three floors of the library:

A-PQ   Second Floor

PR-PS  First Floor

PT-Z    Ground Floor

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New Databases for Computing, Information Technology, Literature & Medicine

ACM Digital Library

The ACM Digital Library is a comprehensive database of full-text articles and bibliographic records in the fields of computing and information technology. It includes all ACM publications such as journals, conference proceedings, magazines, newsletters and multimedia content.  With the ACM Digital Library, you have access to a full-text database of over 400,000 articles and over 2 million bibliographic records from the ACM Guide to Computing Literature.


 Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center is a comprehensive literature database from Gale for biographical and critical information. It includes biographical entries from Contemporary Authors & the Dictionary of Literary Biography as well as full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from many Gale publications, scholarly journals and literary magazines. Also included are overviews of frequently studied works and full-text of contemporary poems, short stories and plays. With this subscription, the campus has access to Artemis Literary Sources, which is a search platform that allows you to cross-search the library's two Gale literature databases:  Literature Criticism Online and Literature Resource Center.



ClinicalKey is a comprehensive clinical search engine for finding medical and surgical content from scholarly journals, e-books, videos, images as well as practice guidelines, patient education and drug information.  The campus subscription includes the base package plus five collections:  family medicine, physical medicine & rehab, orthopedics, sports medicine & internal medicine.  This database is a replacement for MD Consult.

A complete list of databases can be found on the library's website at 


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