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February/March 2006

Cathy Rowe, Reference & Instructional Services Coordinator   NEWS FROM THE
    by Cathy Rowe

   Did you know?

Come on by and discover what's new!

  • That Microsoft Office applications are now on most of the computers in the Reference area of the library? Word. Excel. PowerPoint. You can use them all and save your work to MyData or your flash drive.

  • That you can email or IM a question to a librarian? Look for the penguin on the Library homepage!

  • That we've added a "Do You Need Help" section to the library webpage? Here one can view short tutorials on navigating the HELIN catalog, on using one of the databases, on making an interlibrary loan request, or finding a journal article. (

  • That there are also guides to resources on a wide range of subjects. You don't have to go it alone, click on Guides by Subject and let us help you find what you need. (
  • That we're looking for your input to improve our services? Stop by the circulation desk and have your say on the question of the week.

  • That there is always something new added to the reference collection? For example:
      * every issue of the New Yorker magazine from 1925 - 2005 is now available and searchable on CD
      * new reference works come in continually such as:
  • The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide;
  • The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography;
  • The Encyclopedia of White Collar & Corporate Crime;
  • The Encyclopedia Of Christianity; and
  • Human Rights and the World's Major Religions

  • That many of the reference computers have a DVD player. Pick up a set of headphones at the circulation desk and preview a DVD.
      From the Reference Desk
      Circulation Update
      Birds of North America
      Library Instruction - Online
      Honorary Degrees
      French TV5 Monde
      Book Drive
      Festival - New French Film
      ACE Teacher Resource Kits

    The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography


    by Joe Foley

    Joe Foley, Access Services Coordinator The circulation department moved all the VHS videos and DVD'S to a new, more central location on the first floor in the serials area. This was done because our statistics show the great popularity of the DVD's in particular. Therefore, we wanted to make them more visible to our patrons in addition to the fact that our expanding collection required more room. We hope this new location serves the purpose of making it even easier for you to browse our collection and find what you are looking for.

    Due to an increase in theft of DVD's last spring semester, we now house the actual DVD disk behind the Circulation Desk. Only the empty case is in the new location. Bring the empty case to the Circulation Desk for checkout. We hope you will understand the need for this new procedure.

    In addition to moving the videos, we have also moved our Oversize Collection:

    • For Oversize books with LC numbers A-GZ, look on the second floor, east wing, on the separate bookcase located near room 204.
    • For Oversize books with LC numbers H-PQ look on the third floor, west wing, on the separate bookshelf located directly across from where the H's in the main collection begin on that floor.
    • For Oversize books with LC numbers from PR-Z look on the third floor, east wing, on a separate bookshelf located next to room.
    The Circulation Department continually solicits your opinions concerning your McKillop Library. We are always looking for ways that we might improve our services to our community. Towards this end, the Circulation Dept has weekly surveys on various topics related to the library and service. Please fill out one of the questionnaires at the Circulation Desk next time you are in the library or submit your suggestions to the online form located on the Library Web Page under the heading "Services."


    by Olga Verbeek

    Range of American RobinAmerican Robin Juvenille The library now owns the electronic counterpart of Birds of North America (BNA), which was completed in 2002 as a joint project among the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, American Ornithologists' Union, and Academy of Natural Sciences. The printed version comprises 18 volumes and covers the 716 bird species nesting in the United States and Canada. The online database is greatly enhanced and it is updated periodically with "contributions from researchers, citizen scientists, and designated reviewers and editors." Perhaps the most interesting feature is that one can listen to recorded bird calls and songs. Many species also have clips of birds in flight and other behaviors. A large image file usually accompanies each species. The database is easy to use with a search engine, tabs for access and a table of contents for each species. Drill down to what you want or browse to your heart's content.


    by Laura Kohl

    Laura Kohl, Reference LibrarianThe reference department has established an online library of research guides by subject. We have covered most undergraduate majors, as well as master's level specialties.
    These guides will help to establish which online databases will provide appropriate information for a particular subject. The guides will also link to print and online journals, selected internet links and reference materials in a particular field of study. We currently have 21 guides that correspond with majors and will be creating several more this spring, as well as updating all guides when new resources become available.

    To see our list of research guides by subject go to: Guides by Subjects. The library also has print versions of many of these guides and can provide copies as needed (for more information, contact Laura Kohl, Reference Librarian ext. 2293 or

    by Laura Kohl

    Salve Regina University has been awarding honorary degrees since 1960, when The Hon. Cornelius C. Moore received his Doctor of Laws degree and The Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, the Bishop of Providence received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Since that time Salve has awarded over 100 honorary degrees, to people such as The Rabbi Theodore Lewis, of Touro Synagogue, who received an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology degree and Senator Claiborne Pell, who was awarded the Doctor of Humanities. The awarding of honorary degrees is a tradition in American higher education as "Harvard... was first to confer honorary degrees in 1692, when it conferred a doctor of sacred theology degree on its president, Increase Mather..."(Encyclopedia of American Education).

    Please stop by the library to view photographs, commencement programs, and citations of just a few of those who have received honorary degrees from Salve Regina University. You can also view a selection of the displayed items online at on our Display Pages.

    TV5 Monde logo
    by Allen Antone

    French television, TV5MONDE, is now available on channel 68 of Salve's television cable system. TV5MONDE, the world's foremost francophone network, offers a multitude of television programs from France, Belgium, Switzerland and Quebec, Canada. TV5Monde offers the latest newscasts, blockbuster French movies with English subtitles, documentaries about French-related culture, current affairs programs, sports' events, and special entertainment programs. The nightly 6 P.M. newscast includes subtitles. A program schedule is available online.

    Spanish & Portugese Channels are also available --
    Spanish language television (Telemundo) is broadcast on channel 54. Telemundo, originally founded in Puerto Rico, is now based in Miami. The Portuguese Channel, broadcast from New Bedford, is available on channel 80/96.

    Off-campus students can view foreign language television in McKillop Library in the main floor coffee shop and in room 217.


    by Kristen Anderson

    Child at Nyumbani OrphanageBegun in 1992 by Jesuit Father Angelo D'Agostino, the Nyumbani Orphanage currently houses one hundred children who are living with AIDS. Library staff became acquainted with Father D'Agostino after he visited our campus and spoke of his mission. We learned of their library needs for both educational and recreational materials, including math manipulatives, DVDs, CDs, fashion magazines, and young adult reading material.

    In keeping with the mission of the Sisters of Mercy, the staff at McKillop Library organized a book drive for the children at Nyumbani Orphanage. We were overwhelmed by the generous response of faculty, staff, and students. Helping to answer the need, Christine Bagley, Curriculum Librarian, weeded her shelves and donated young adult reading material, curriculum supplements, Junior National Geographic magazines, and base ten counting blocks. In January 2006, nine boxes of reading and educational supplies were sent to New Jersey, thus beginning their long journey to Kenya. The success of the 2005 Book Drive has led to a commitment by McKillop Library staff to persist in their collection efforts. Donations continue to arrive. This is a truly campus-wide effort and we are grateful to all who take part.


    by Allen Antone

    Click to French Film FestivalSix recent French films will be shown on the Salve campus from March 19 to April 4, 2006. The festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. It is being organized by the McKillop Library and the Departments of English and Modern Languages.

    On closing night (Tuesday, April 4th) director and actor Jacques Richard will be present to discuss the making of his film. Other special events include an opening night reception with music and refreshments and, at the screening of 10ème Chambre (10th District Court) on March 21, Laurie Kirby, Executive Director of the Newport International Film Festival, will discuss differences between American and French law and justice systems that are brought out in the film. There is also a one-credit course being offered in conjunction with the festival.

    The films being shown are supported by a Tournées French Film Festival Grant administered by the FACE Council (French American Cultural Exchange). Additional support is being given by Salve Regina University's Office of Undergraduate Studies, Mission and Planning, Modern Language Department, English Department and McKillop Library.

    For more information you may contact committee members: Allen Antone, Donna Harrington-Lueker, Patricia Lacouture, Kathy Lawber, Rebecca Rex or Emily Dauenhauer, student intern in the Public Affairs Office.


    All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the O'Hare Academic Center.

    Sunday, March 19 Bon Voyage
    A murder mystery with an all-star cast set in World War II

    Tuesday, March 21 10ème Chambre
    An inside look at the French judicial system

    Thursday, March 23 Notre Musique
    Celebrated Jean-Luc Godard's 2204 reflection on war and terrorism

    Tuesday, March 28 The Hop
    When Belgian officials deport his father, an African teenager engineers a "hop", or bluff, to rescue him

    Thursday, March 30 La Petite Lili
    A contemporary French take on Chekov's "The Seagull" set in a beautiful country house in Brittany

    Tuesday, April 4 Le Fantôme d'Henri Langlois
    A biography of little-know film collector whose efforts to preserve French film make him one of the most important names in film history

    Click for French Film Festival


    by Christine Bagley

    ACE Teacher Kits The Aquidneck Collaborative for Education (ACE) and Salve Regina’s McKillop Library are proud to present the Aquidneck History Teacher Resource Kits. The kits contain on-line curriculum guides with differentiation plans and creative lessons based on NCSS Standards and a variety of materials, resources and trade books to accompany the lessons. The kits are available for loan to ACE teachers up to 3 weeks.

    Take a look at Kit#1 - Prehistoric Aquidneck Island, Native American and European Settlements

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