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Transcript of video:(June, 2005)

Sr. Carol Ann Novak

I’m Sr. Carol Ann Novak and I like to think of my association with the College in 2 phases.

The first phase goes way back to 1942, when I entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and I also started my college days. The College was not very old at the time and I didn’t realize it because we had an excellent program and fine faculty, everything you could want.

Now when I look back at it, I wondered how they could have achieved that much that soon. The faculty at the time, I was an English major, so the ones that taught me mostly were Sr. Beatrice, she was an expert in Literature, especially in Shakespeare, that was her favorite. And also Sr. Francine, who was the expert in the Modern Languages, but she did also teach some of the English classes and I did have her.

Sr. Eulogia was the Dean at the time, but she also taught some English courses. And she was a unique teacher who taught more than the subject matter at hand. She taught how to handle people and how to teach. I picked up many of my teaching techniques from her for later on.

Also in the English department at the time was Sr. Seraphim, who was the moderator for the newspaper, for the school newspaper, which at the time was called the Interlude. The Interlude is a rich source of history of the College. I’m glad to hear that they are now digitizing it and so it will be preserved.

Other teachers at the College at the time were mainly Sisters. And we can’t forget Sr. Joan Preising who taught Chemistry. And her pupils still come to see her, she is now 103 and still with us. She just told me recently again that she thinks the chemicals preserved her and that’s why she’s living so long.
In the Theology department, we had Sr. Rose Agnes who was a real expert, consulted by many people outside of the College even because of her expertise.

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We had one lay teacher at the time in History and Political Science. And that was Dr. Frank Weburg. There may have been a couple other lay teachers, but I did not have them. And I did not get that acquainted with them.

The administration at the time, Sr. Aniceta was President, Sr. Eulogia was Dean, and Sr. Mildred was the Registrar. Again, a very fine group of administrators.

Besides the fine curriculum, there was some extra-curricular material in what they called assemblies. We were, not forced to, but advised to attend the assemblies because they were great enrichment. We had both national and international speakers. We had a lot of artistic things; like music, drama, poetry, a variety of programs that were of interest and added much to our education.

I graduated in 1946, so I lost my close contact with the College because I was assigned as an English teacher and homeroom teacher to St. Francis Academy. I spent 18 years there actually, so that was a little gap in my background, except that, when I finished my Master’s degree in Library Science, which I was doing during the summers.

In 1961, I was asked to begin teaching summers at the College, even though I was still stationed at the Academy. So, I taught there from 61. The other Library Science teachers at the time were Sr. Aurea Hausman and Sr. Elvira. Both of whom I admired greatly.

In 1964, I was transferred to the College. So from then on, it was full acquaintance again with things that were going on. And actually, the things moved rather rapidly in development. At first I was Assistant Librarian to Sr. Aurea and teaching Library Science.

Then in 1970, first of all the administration had changed at the College. It was now Sr. Anita Marie President, and Sr. Claudia Zeller was the Dean, and Sr. Margaret Duffy was the Registrar. So we were working with a different group.

Some of the former faculty were still there and some new ones had joined them, including such names as: Sr. Claire Edward, who was with the Speech Pathology program, Sr. Eileen Bannon, with speech, Sr. Tecla Snyder with Spanish, Sr. Mary Hromcho was History, and Sr. Rosaire Schlueb was in the Music department.

I failed to mention that previously, way back in the 40’s, we had a fine Music department. We had experts in various levels. Sr. Teresine Haban was piano, Sr. Charles was the harpist, Sr. Raphael taught organ and directed the novitiate choir, and Sr. Cecilia directed the student choir. So that Sr. Rosaire then was picking up what those Sisters had laid the foundation for.

In the 1970’s, we began our first program of teaching off campus. This was by a request from nurses, who were registered nurses, but did not have a Bachelor’s degree. They were requesting a degree completion program.

So Sr. Mary Vincent Kirk, who was then teaching Biology, arranged a program for them where by they would get their ordinary academic courses in their own area wherever they lived and complete their degree.

These courses were such as: History, English, the Science they had had in their nurses program so there was no Science in this. But there were things like Theology and Philosophy. And they were able to complete their degree in a rather short time. They were very appreciative of the program. The Library supported them as much as they needed. But they did not need the Library too much because these courses had materials available in their local libraries.

However, in the later 70’s, we began, they began requesting a graduate program. So we began planning a graduate program in Health Services Administration.

This was not common to most libraries. So it fell back to the Library to find a way to support both the faculty and the students in their work.

So we devised a Core book program. We bought books for each of the courses taught and shipped them to each place where the course was being taught at the time so that the students could use them for their research. This was a heavy program and the students at the College were a big help in preparing the shipments to get to them at the right time. And then checking them back in when they were returned at the end of the semester.

The program actually began in 1980, the graduate program, and from then on we serviced them until computers came in. Then of course they were able to get a lot of their materials by computer. So it, we didn’t have to continue the Core book program.

I missed 1 little incident in the early 70’s, and that was a possible merger with Lewis. At the time, Mr. Lloyd Kramer was appointed over both libraries, Lewis and CSF. And so he was with us for a short time. When they decided they were not going to merge, and then he was given a different administrative position, I was named Director of Library Services in 72.

And getting back then to where we were in the 80’s, near the end of the 80’s we began thinking automating the Library. And it was such a vast undertaking that it was hard to know where to begin. So we began studying systems of automation. They would come to us and demonstrate their system. And then we would go to libraries who had the system to find out their satisfaction with it. So there was a lot of that study that went first.

Then, we realized we had to weed the collection before we automated because we wanted it to be an up to date collection. It was a very good one, but there were things that were no longer being used or taught. So the whole staff was put to weeding the Library. We took out a vast number of books and then built up the current collection again.

It was always the custom in the Library to have the teachers advise on books that they would like us to have for their teaching and for their students. So then it made it a very practical collection.

And after the weeding was completed, we decided on the company. We took the Innovative System, which seemed to be the best for our purposes. We started with trying to automate the catalog, card catalog, and the circulation system. And then since we were automating the catalog, we also had to automate the whole cataloging of books as they were put into the Library. So those were the areas we began with. Then it took bar coding of the entire collection, every book had to be bar coded. Again the staff, they were gems. They really got to it and got everything finished in time. Then we had to make sure the student ids were bar coded so that they could withdraw materials.

Then in the 90’s, we were automated. And I was there until 2000, I was in charge of the Library until 2001, when I went just to teaching and Janet Gayle was assigned to the Library direction. I was there 1 year yet for teaching and at the end of the first semester of 2002, I retired because of health.

So far then since then I’ve been keeping up through the alumni materials that they send me and through the staff. The staff have been coming to visit and telling me all the new things that are happening. The adjustments of all of the automation to keep up with the new things that are coming out. So it’s been a long but beautiful career.