September 2008 / Issue 20
McKillop Newsbrief
Susan Letourneau - Photos The first exhibit in the series highlighting talents of Salve Regina’s faculty and staff, showcasing macrophotographs of carnivorous and exotic plants taken by Sue Letourneau, Supervisor of Mail Services, is currently located in the Library Lobby.

By Kathy Boyd, Director of Library Services

Kathleen Boyd - Director Welcome back! We’ve been very busy this summer making changes to improve the library. A new library web page has been developed and will be unveiled soon. All basic catalog searches are now through Encore, a Web 2.0 technology that features a Google-like search.

Space reconfigurations on the main and second floors have been made to make materials more visible and to increase overall seating. The first floor browsing area has been expanded to accommodate our growing DVD collection, the addition of audio-book bestsellers, and a larger display of newly-arrived materials. Government documents have been consolidated onto the main floor, and the Curriculum Resource Center on the second floor has a whole new look (see separate article).

In addition, two new Learning Commons Specialist positions have been added to improve coverage at our information desks. We will have regular staffing at the second floor information desk during evening hours and a permanent position to cover Saturday hours. Our work-study students will be trained to help out with technology troubleshooting issues. This enables us to have more weekend hours and an earlier opening time.

As always, please let me know how we can continue to improve our services. Have a wonderful year.

News --
   * From the Director
   * Encore - New Way to Search
      Library Catalog
   * Location Changes
       - Janet L. Robinson CRC
Events & Displays --
   * Upcoming Programs
       -- Dr. Jameson Chace
       -- Blessed Unrest - Book Club
   * Library Displays
       -- Sue Letourneau - Photography
Happenings --
   * Continuing Education for Swiss Teachers
   * Office Cleanup and Archives
   * Library of Congress Flickr Project
Resources --
   * New Electronic Resources
   * Spotlight - Literature Resource Center
Staff News--
   * Staff Update



HELIN Encore LogoThe new look to the library catalog uses Web 2.0 technology to present search results in an exciting way. Encore features a Google-like basic search in which you type in a keyword for a quick search. The results will appear in a new interface that allows you to refine your search in a variety of ways: format (print, DVD, web resource…) or location (Salve, PC, URI…) or language. Or choose from the subject tag cloud on the right of the screen to refine your search by subject keywords. Other new features include intelligent spell checking for mistyped searches (Did you mean…?) and a listing of the most recently added titles from the search results. The Encore interface is still in development. As a development partner with Innovative Interfaces, we welcome your comments and will pass them along as we help create a better catalog.



McKillop Library DVD collection

  • The DVD collection has been relocated to an area on the east wing of the first floor (Note that the east wing is the Monroe Center side of the library; the west wing is the Wakehurst side). New locking cases facilitate faster checkout of DVDs.
  • The Browsing collection, which is being expanded to include more types of books, audio-books, and popular DVDs, is now located opposite the DVD area.
  • Current journals on the first floor have been shifted toward the east wing atrium to accommodate the new DVD collection location.
  • Newspapers are now shelved near the atrium with the current journals.
  • Government Documents have been brought together in the alcove on the east wing of the first floor.
  • The Curriculum Library has been completely redesigned and now occupies the entire west wing of the second floor. (See the article on the Curriculum Library for more details.) All education materials with call numbers starting with L have been moved to the Curriculum Library. This includes all education books, journals, DVDs,etc.
  • Bound journals, which used to be in the west wing of the second floor, are being integrated into the main collection. That means that if you are looking for a journal with a call number starting with BF, the journal is now shelved with the books with call numbers starting with BF. All journals from A-G have been fully integrated into the collection on the second floor; journals in call numbers H-Z however, are temporarily located at the end of the stacks on the West wing of the third floor. If you have any questions about where resources are located, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Janet L.  Robinson Curriculum Resource Center
Changes in the Janet L. Robinson Curriculum Center


A significant redesign and expansion of the Janet L. Robinson Curriculum Resource Center (JLRCRC) has brought new energy and efficiency to the library’s 2nd floor.

New study and work spaces have been added for individuals and small groups. The removal of several tall bookshelves opens up beautiful exterior views. The addition of shorter bookshelves makes access and retrieval of books much easier, as well as providing more surface space on which to open up materials while browsing their contents.

Changes are evident throughout the JLRCRC:

  • All of the Library of Congress “L” books and journals have been moved to the 2nd floor and integrated into the Curriculum Library materials.
  • A summer updating of the Main Collection “L” area made this merger possible. Many older items have been replaced by new titles.
  • All education-related journals are now located in the northwest corner of the JLRCRC and all print holdings are shelved together, including older bound volumes and the latest issues. This area also houses the Jackdaw Sets, Cobblestone Packs and School Reading Systems.
  • The Classic Children’s Collection can now be found on the last side of this shelving area and has been doubled in size to allow for easier viewing.
  • The Information Desk has been moved to a central location in the middle of the 2nd floor.
  • Comfortable chairs and tables have been placed in front of the large picture window between the two wings. Small tables on either side of this area will soon house additional computers for patron use and new computers are also scheduled to be added to the 2nd floor pillars.
  • All of the PZ call numbers, which includes children’s story and picture books, are prominently shelved in the center of the JLRCRC, on low shelving directly behind the Information Desk. According to Bagley, “The PZs consistently remain the most heavily used JLRCRC resource by our future educators and now finding a great book will be easy enough for a kid!” For more information, contact Christine Bagley, at 401-341-2375 or email



Salve’s Carbon Footprint: Student Assessment of Campus Impacts on Global Climate Change
Jameson Chace, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Biomedical Science,
McKillop Library Special Collections Room
Wednesday, September 24, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Dr. Jameson ChaceDr. Jameson Chace, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, will talk about climate change and the investigation and assessment of Salve Regina’s carbon footprint by non-science majors in BIO 140-- Humans and Their Environments. A carbon footprint is "a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc." You may learn more about carbon footprint and calculate your personal impact at:

Dr Chace is a member of Salve Regina’s Environmental Advisory Group, and the Founder and Director of the Center for Northern Forest Research.

Click here - More about Blessed UnrestFaculty-Staff Book Club to Discuss Blessed Unrest
McKillop Library Special Collections Room
Wednesday, October 29th at 1:00 p.m.

The next meeting of the Salve staff and faculty book club will take place on Wednesday, October 29th at 1:00 p.m. in the library. The book chosen for this discussion is Blessed Unrest: how the largest movement in the world came into being, and why no one saw it coming by Paul Hawken, an account of the global ascendency of environmental and social justice movements. All Salve staff and faculty are invited to read the book and join in. The book club is co-sponsored by Human Resources and the McKillop Library (More about this book...).


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McKillop Library recently introduced "Hidden Talents", a series of exhibits highlighting talents of Salve Regina’s faculty and staff. The first exhibit in the series, showcasing macrophotographs of carnivorous and exotic plants taken by Sue Letourneau, Supervisor of Mail Services, is currently on display in the library’s foyer. This exhibit was recently featured on Salve Today.

McKillop Library routinely mounts displays of visual and scholarly materials throughout the library to highlight subjects of current or historical interest, as well as university activities and events. Of all the display areas in the library, the cases in the main entrance are the most prominent. For more information on the "Hidden Talents" series, contact Lisa Underhill, Library Technical Services Specialist, at 401-341-2290 or email

Upcoming exhibits are:
  • Calligraphy by Lisa Kotlen, Secretary, International and Multicultural Programs
  • Silk Screen Scarves by Paula Telford, Graphic Designer, Design Services
  • Quilts by Christine Bagley, Curriculum Librarian, McKillop Library
  • Kites by Sue Letourneau, Supervisor, Mail Services



In a cooperative program between Salve Regina and Paedagogische Hochschule Thurgau in Zurich, twenty-three Swiss elementary and secondary teachers spent three weeks in July and August on campus. The primary goal of the program was to improve the participants’ English as part of a Swiss initiative to prepare its teachers for the implementation of English language instruction beginning in grade 1 throughout all of Switzerland by the fall of 2009. Salve’s program, led by Drs. John Quinn and Timothy Neary, included lectures, field trips, and eight independent research sessions in the library. Librarians Joan Bartram, Ingrid Levin, and Cathy Rowe introduced the group to McKillop Library, and then met individually with each teacher to assist them with their assignments. While working in the library, participants also produced a web page and worked in pairs to produce a daily diary. See their web page for more about their experience, including diaries, idioms they learned during the program, project topics, and additional photos:

Swiss Teachers at Salve



Many departments across campus took July’s Office Cleanup Days to heart. Staff members cleaned out cabinets, organized desktops, and sent a total of 21 cartons of files, binders, and documents to the University Archives. You can transfer your own official, permanent records to the Archives at any time, but be sure to contact archivist Maria Bernier at 401-341-2276 or, or review the transfer policy on the Archives Web page at



The McKillop Library has subscribed to a variety of new databases for the Fall 2008 semester. Heading the list is Literature Resource Center by Cengage Learning. You can learn more about this database in the New Database Spotlight.

The library also added two new resources in the business area. Dun & Bradstreet First Research provides industry research information and is integrated into the Library’s existing Hoover’s Business database. Mediamark Reporter is a tool for market research with information on demographics, product and brand usage, and advertising media preferences based on survey responses from a sample of over 25,000 consumers in the United States.

The library has also subscribed to, the online version of the weekly scientific journal Nature.

These new resources as they become available can be accessed from the New Databases link on the McKillop Library home page at For more information on new databases, contact John Lewis, Electronic Resources Librarian, at 401-341-2687 or email

McKillop Library now provides access to Literature Resource Center (Gale CENGAGE Learning), a research database that includes full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world. This database includes numerous entries from reference works such as Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Literature Resource Center is a great place to start your research on literature topics, and makes it easy to research your favorite author or work.

Other databases useful for researching literature topics include MLA Bibliography and Literary Reference Center (EbscoHost). For a full listing of all the library's available research databases, visit the Databases link on the library homepage.



Fenway Park - LOC Flickr collectionThe 2008 Computers in Libraries conference “Innovative Change: Integrating High Tech with High Touch” covered a variety of topics. Of particular interest is the Library of Congress Flickr Project.

The Library of Congress is displaying two of its many historical photograph collections on Flickr, a Web 2.0 site where all internet users can download photos, tag them with identifying information and participate in a blog discussion of the images. The Library of Congress has launched this pilot project for several reasons:

  • To share photographs from the Library’s collections with people who enjoy images but might not visit the Library’s own Web site.
  • To gain a better understanding of how social tagging and community input could benefit both the Library and users of the collections. The Library is hoping to gain information from this use of tags in order to add to the descriptions of these photos.
  • To gain experience participating in Web communities that are interested in the kinds of materials in the Library’s collections.
Visiting this pilot site at is a good introduction to what Flickr is all about as well as a chance to view some of the Library’s historical photos and add your own tags.


Lori Barile Lori Barile is the newest member of the staff of McKillop Library. In the newly-created position of Learning Commons Specialist, she will staff the main floor information desk most afternoons and also be available to assist library users with their technology-related issues. She will also supervise the Circulation Desk on Saturdays. Lori holds a B.A. in English from Rhode Island College and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island. As a graduate student Lori was involved in scanning and cataloging pamphlets on Alcohol, Temperance & Prohibition at Brown University’s Center of Digital Initiatives. She has also been a Search Engine Optimization Analyst for a RI company.

Kiki Butler
Kristin (Kiki) Butler, who has worked part-time in the reference and circulation areas, is now the full-time Evening Learning Commons Specialist. Her duties include managing reserve materials and supervising circulation desk activities in the evenings on Sunday-Thursday. Kiki completed her Master’s in Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island in May 2008.

Dawn Emsellem
Dawn Emsellem, formerly Evening Circulation Specialist responsible for library reserves, is now a part-time Learning Commons Specialist. Dawn will be working weekday evenings at the information desk on the second floor. She will answer general information questions and assist library users with technology questions including the use of equipment in the Tech Suite Room 217. Dawn enrolled this summer in the graduate library science program at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and will be completing most of her coursework online.

Send comments or questions to Allen Antone, Outreach Librarian, 401-341-2278 or