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February 2007

Kathy Boyd, Director of Library ServicesTHE LIBRARY AS SPACE
by Kathy Boyd

You may notice some changes as you enter the library this semester. The former Reference desk on the main floor has been moved closer to the library entrance in order to be more accessible for information queries. There is also a large world map that has been added to the wall of the browsing area in the current periodicals area. Some furnishings have been moved to provide areas for small group discussions. The entire second floor is now designated as a quiet study area.

Last semester, all Salve students were asked to participate in an online survey that included questions about their current and potential use of library services and spaces. According to the responses received, almost three quarters of our undergraduate students come to the library at least once a week; sixty five percent of these visits were for an hour or more. A variety of reasons for these visits were given, including activities that required both quiet research and group study learning. Clearly, no one size fits all; the university Committee on Library Space Utilization is carefully reviewing these findings and planning to review a similar assessment of faculty use of the library in order to begin planning library spaces and services that will truly meet the needs of our community.

The Library As Space
Ingrid Levin
Africa: 3 Perspectives
Database Spotlight --
   * Alexander Street Press
From the Archives
Festival of French Film 2007
Fax Machine


by Cathy Rowe

Ingrid Levin, Reference and Instruction LibrarianWe are pleased to announce that  Ingrid Levin has joined the Library staff as our new Reference and Instruction Librarian. Ingrid Levin is coming to us from Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, FL where she has been the Reference Librarian and Computer Coordinator for the past 3 ½ years. As her title suggests, in addition to reference and instruction experience Ingrid has also been the webmaster and computer troubleshooter for that library. Ingrid has an undergraduate degree in American Studies from Smith College and a Master of Library and Information Science from Simmons. She grew up on Aquidneck Island and attended St George's.

In addition to providing reference service to the Salve campus community, Ingrid's focus will be on information literacy instruction and the overall assessment of reference and instruction service. She will also be a member of the Library's website team.


by Allen Antone

Poster-Africa: Three Perspectives

Salve Regina University has had Africa connections for many years. In the 1980's Father Malone, who was then Head Master of Saint Mary's school in Kenya, encouraged some of the students in the school to come to Salve. He also encouraged Salve students to learn about Africa by organizing University sponsored students trips to the region. The first African students to graduate from Salve were Amrit Singh, Peter Kinyua and Ashman Puri. Today Mr. Singh is the owner of one of Africa's largest floral export companies, Mr. Kinyua is one of Kenya's major exporters of quality Arabica coffee, and Mr. Puri is owner of a security company. African students continued to come to Salve throughout the 80's and early 90's. In the past few years Salve has renewed its relationship with Africa, Kenya in particular.

The Library's February program, Africa: Three Perspectives will highlight Salve's current Africa connections with presentations from President Sister Therese Antone who has just returned from a visit, Kathleen Nickerson, Assistant Professor of Education, who has been working with teachers at the Nyumbani orphanage school, and Salve senior, Leila de Bruyne, who has spent several summers volunteering at BY Grace, home to HIV-positive orphans, in Nairobi. The program will conclude with clips from the DVD that Leila made of the By Grace orphanage. A reception will follow. Please RSVP at 341-2327.

To coincide with the program, the Library has mounted a display of recent books from and about Africa. African fabrics used in the display are from the collection of Chris Bagley, Curriculum Librarian and prize winning quilter. These as well as other books and the library's African films are listed in this link to the Library's bibliography African Books and Films.


by John Lewis

Alexander Street Databases

The McKillop Library will be featuring three databases from Alexander Street Press in upcoming months. Alexander has generously made three databases available for public use in celebration of Black, Women's and Latino History months.

In February, three Black history databases will be available. Access to Black Drama, Black Thought and Culture, and Black Women Writers will be available on the McKillop Library web page. In March, three databases on Women's history will be available Women and Social Movements, North American Women's Letters and Diaries, and British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries. In April, two databases on Latino history, Latino Literature and Latin American Women Writers will be made available.

These limited time databases will all be made accessible under the What's New portion of the McKillop Library home page at

By Maria Bernier

Ochre Court In November, the University Archives received a copy of the University's Campus Heritage Preservation Plan, an extensive document prepared by Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects of Albany, New York. As noted on Salve Regina's Web site, "The Campus Heritage Preservation Plan includes a detailed review of twenty-one buildings which comprise seven contiguous 19th century estates that distinguish Salve Regina's historic campus. The plan includes full existing conditions reports, restorative plans and, where appropriate, comprehensive recommendations and plans for adaptive reuse."

While the plan is intended primarily to act as a guide for future management and restoration of the buildings, it also has great value as a rich resource of historical information. Parts of the report have already been used heavily by CHP students who are researching McAuley Hall this semester. After the report has been cataloged and placed in context with other records on the University's historic properties, it will likely receive even more use.

There is a surprisingly broad range of information preserved in the University Archives. This valuable resource is open to all researchers Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:00. Please call (x2276) or e-mail in advance to make an appointment.


By Allen Antone

Home - The Tournées Festival 2007 at Salve
Salve Regina will present its second French Film Festival from March 18-29, which is being organized by the Library and the Departments of English and Modern Languages. Six recent French films and one short film have been selected; all are free and open to the public.

Opening night, Sunday, March 18, will be at the Jane Pickens Theater; all other films will be in O'Hare Academic Center. Opening night festivities will begin at 6:15 with wine and entertainment by a French music group Manège à Trois. The trio will be playing musette, a style of French popular music featuring the accordion which flourished in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The feature film, Les Temps Qui Changent or Changing Times, to be shown at 7 p.m., involves cultural collision and unrequited love in Tangiers with France's biggest stars: Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. Film selections were chosen to include a variety of subjects and styles.

The festival is made possible by a Tournées grant supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. For more information you may contact committee members: Allen Antone, Donna Harrington-Lueker, Kathy Lawber or James Mitchell.

Calendar: French Film Festival from March 18-29

March 18, 6:15 p.m., Opening night at the Jane Pickens Theater
Festivities begin at 6:15 p.m. Refreshments, music by Bertrand Laurence & Manège à Trois, plus a short film.
Feature film at 7 p.m.
Les Temps qui changent: Cultural collision and unrequited love in Tangiers with France's biggest stars--Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve.

March 20, 7 p.m., O'Hare Academic Center
De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté: Gangster-seeking-redemption film with equal parts Bach and rock. Winner of 8 César Awards

March 22, 7 p.m., O'Hare Academic Center
Mondovino: Documentary on the effects of globalization of wine that "put many of the industry's grand nez out of joint."
Note: Office of University Relations and Advancement will be sponsoring a raffle for wine and tickets to upcoming wine tasting event. Raffle tickets $5.

March 25, 2 p.m., O'Hare Academic Center
Rois et reine: The stories of former lovers that mixes two intrigues, one melodramatic and one burlesque.
Note: Reception sponsored by Alliance Française at intermission.

March 27, 7 p.m., O'Hare Academic Center
La Petite Jérsalem: Two sisters in an enclave of Orthodox Jewish immigrants head in different directions.

March 29, 7 p.m., O'Hare Academic Center
Caché: The lives of a happily married couple spin out of control after they receive surveillance videos of their private life.

For more information: 401-341-2327. Website:


By Joe Foley

Funny Fax MachineThe McKillop Library possesses a fax machine for public use. It is located on the first floor in the Serials/Magazine Area. The machine does not accept cash, and therefore its use requires a prepaid calling card. These calling cards can be purchased in many stores around town such as Brooks, CVS, local convenience stores, and in a vending machine located in the basement of Miley Hall. Instructions for using the fax machine are located near the machine.

Please ask at the Circulation Desk if assistance is needed.

Send comments or questions to John Lewis, Electronic Resources Librarian, x2687 or