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Swank Digital Campus Trial until June 2016

Date Posted: February 19, 2016


We have an exciting trial here at Connelly Library: Swank Digital Campus – 300 of the most requested movies on college campuses nationwide are available to stream.  Take a look right now and start viewing!


Using a mobile device? Please download the free “Swank Media Player” App.  This is available through the App Store and Google Play.  The movies will be accessed through the mobile device browser and will automatically be played through the Swank App

Please read this statement from Swank Digital Campus before using:

Swank Statement on Use of Streaming Video on Campus, via Academic Campus:

January 20, 2016

“Swank Digital Campus allows students, faculty and staff to view licensed content on an individual basis

using personal computers and mobile devices (iOS and Android operating systems).  Faculty and staff

can also show content in a secured classroom setting to registered students for specific course support

or clearly defined academic purpose.  Any cross-campus promotion for classroom viewings, large screen

event showings or availability of individual titles is strictly prohibited.”


The movies available are all listed in the Connelly Library Catalog.  You can see an Full List Here

 When searching from the catalog, you will be brought to the Swank Home page.  Just run a search on the title desired.


Tom Gola Papers open for research

Date Posted: December 7, 2015

The La Salle University Archives is pleased to announce that the Tom Gola Papers have been processed. This collection, which includes twenty linear feet of documents, photos, and objects, is open for research to the La Salle community and the general public.

Tom Gola, Class of 1955, was a standout basketball player at La Salle, leading the Explorers to an NCAA Championship win in 1954. After graduation, Gola played 11 seasons in the NBA with the Philadelphia Warriors and the New York Knicks. His political career included two terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, one term as City Controller of Philadelphia, and an unsuccessful run for mayor of Philadelphia.

Collection highlights include photographs documenting Gola’s basketball career from middle school to the NBA, scrapbooks from his personal and professional life, and his Basketball Hall of Fame award.

More information about the collection is available in the complete finding aid. To make an appointment to view the collection, please contact the University Archives.

Photo of Tom Gola from Sport magazine, March 1953

Photo of Tom Gola from Sport magazine, March 1953

Tom Gola's La Salle letter jacket

Tom Gola’s La Salle letter jacket

A page from Tom and Caroline Gola's wedding album

A page from Tom and Caroline Gola’s wedding album


Date Posted: December 1, 2015

To the La Salle University community:




I wanted to let the campus community know of a milestone occurrence for the Connelly Library.  Christopher Kibler, our Access Services Librarian and Head of Circulation, is leaving us to become the Director of Library Services at the Tredyffrin Township Public Library in Strafford-Wayne, Pa.  Not only does this appointment mark a significant change of professional endeavor from academic to public librarianship, but it also underscores a considerable increase in responsibilities for Chris after 15 years of devoted and expert service to La Salle University.

Chris began his service to the University in 2001 when he took leadership of the Library’s Access Services Department.  The next 15 years saw Chris ensure the smooth daily operation of a full service academic library that remained open for 96 hours per week, 7 days per week, for 49 weeks per year!  Chris’s legendary “quiet supervision” of his 10 staff members guided the library’s access for the community through hurricanes, blizzards, floods, and various campus emergencies.  His ability to keep the library functioning, although often unrecognized, was nothing short of extraordinary for a decade and a half.  Replacing someone of Chris’s caliber may approach the impossible.

However, keeping the library functioning was not all that engaged him for those 15 years.  Chris also earned an MBA from the Business School in addition to his graduate library degree as well as having taught in La Salle’s English Department for many years as an adjunct.  Perhaps the most notable contribution that he has made – again a silent one – is that Chris singlehandedly designed and operated the library’s online presence to the community via the library homepage and its attendant social media as well as the integrated library system that allows the community to access the library through the internet.

Though I personally will miss the wise council and astute administrative skills exhibited daily by Chris I also know that his colleagues wish him great success even as they well regret the loss of his professionalism and friendship here at Connelly Library.  Christopher’s last day as a member of the La Salle University community will be January 4th 2016.

Please stop by Chris’s office in the library to wish him well and chat about old times.  A reception for Chris will be announced at a later date.

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