Cardinal Cushing Library

Faculty Resources

The Cardinal Cushing Library supports the mission of Emmanuel College by providing resources, services, and technology to meet the present and future educational, research, and information needs of its community.

Overview of Services/PolicesFront of Library
  • Request a Library Information Literacy Session
    • To request an information literacy session, contact Diane Zydlewski, Associate Librarian for Reference, Instruction, and Outreach at (617) 735 - 9927 |
  • Research Assistance for faculty and students
    • Reference assistance is provided in person, by phone (617) 735 - 9927, or submit a question.
    • Although walk-ins are always welcome, if you wish to make an appointment, contact Diane Zydlewski, Associate Librarian for Reference, Instruction, and Outreach at (617) 735 - 9927 |
  • Course Reserves - Course Reserve Form | Policy
  • Circulation - Policy | My Account (About)
    • Museum Passes
      • MFA Museum passes for Emmanuel Faculty and Staff are available in the Library to be checked out for a 24-hour period. (Emmanuel students have free admission to the MFA with their Emmanuel IDs.)
      • The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum entry is free during regular hours with your Emmanuel ID.
  • Book Suggestions
  • Interlibrary Loan - Request an article/chaper or book | Policy
  • Copyright Policy
  • Library Comments - For comments concerning the Library, email:
Information Literacy Sessions

In support of the College curriculum, the Library recognizes the need for undergraduate and graduate students to learn library research skills as an ongoing part of their education.  Therefore, we have worked to integrate the Library’s Information Literacy Program into the College’s undergraduate liberal arts and graduate curricula. The Library provides customized information literacy sessions for any class at the request of faculty. We embrace the critical role played by the Library in the College’s educational mission and participate in this mission as a teaching library.

The Library’s Information Literacy Program has its home in Library G-10, our dedicated library classroom.  Information literacy classes include three levels of instruction: 

a. Basic instruction begins with the library workshops in the First Year Writing course and other introductory level classes. These session include a self-paced tutorial, targeted overviews, and supported searching in our library classroom. Students also have the opportunity to work with librarians one-on-one at their own request and many are referred to us by the faculty.

b. Intermediate Library sessions focus on search strategies, refining research topics, creating effective search strings, and evaluating retrieved material within specific fields of study.

c. Advanced classes explore and facilitate discipline-specific research methods for upper-level courses and seminars. 

The Library staff works with individual faculty members to customize each library session to the subject matter and research needs of each course.  The success of the Information Literacy Program has been demonstrated by our students’ ability to conduct research comfortably and effectively.  During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Library taught a total of 219 sessions at the request of individual faculty members.

Please contact us to schedule a library research methods session for your class.  

Diane Zydlewski, Head of Reference | (617) 735-9927

Dominique Barrault, Reference/Instructional Librarian | (617) 732-1669

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Faculty Questions
The Library Collection/Requesting Books
All disciplines in the College curriculum are represented. Holdings include: more than 165,000 titles in the electronic, circulating and reference collections; more than 3,600 active journal subscriptions in print and online; and 63 online database resources. (Note: Off-campus access is available for most of the electronic resources with the Online Academic Resources account information.)

Library Collection Requests

Faculty may submit requests for acquisitions to the Collection Development Librarian at any time during the semester. Please be aware that orders can take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks to arrive depending on the item’s availability with our vendors. If you are requesting items for use in a class, please plan ahead.

Our collection policy requires that items align with and support the College curriculum. The Library does not purchase text books for the collection and items are typically current imprints; the Library does not ordinarily buy retrospectively.
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Web Sites
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Tools to Organize your Research
Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan services: A free service that allows you to borrow books or obtain photocopied articles from other libraries locally (FLO), regionally (Commonwealth Catalog), or nationally (OCLC).
Book Suggestions
Reference Assistance
Reference assistance is provided in person or by phone (617-735-9927). Additionally, you can submit a question using the below form.
Monday - Thursday, 7:30am – 10pm
Friday, 7:30am – 8pm (Summer Schedule, 7:30am – 5pm)
Saturday, 9am – 8pm (Summer Schedule, 9am – 5pm)
Sunday, 12pm – 10pm (Summer Schedule, Closed)
Although walk-ins are always welcome, if you wish to make an appointment, contact Diane Zydlewski, Head of Reference at (617) - 735 - 9927 |
Ask a Reference Librarian