January 2010 / Issue 23
McKillop Newsbrief
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   * From the Director -
       Library Extended Hours A Success
   * Middle Eastern Music -
       Dr. Thomas Sabbaugh
   * Upcoming Programs
   * French Film Festival 2010
   * Archives and
       Special Collections Move!
   * Database Update:
       Intelecom Online Resources Network
   * Earbuds
   * Library's Sustainability Initiative
   * Text-to-speech Software
   * Assessing Student Learning
   * Upcoming exhibits

By Kathy Boyd, director of library services

24 hours graph During the final two weeks of last semester, the library extended its normal hours of operation to remain open 24 hours from Sunday through Thursday, and added additional weekend hours as well. This pilot project was initiated in response to repeated student requests for a quiet and safe place to study on campus during busy exam periods.

Students responded enthusiastically to the extended schedule and were in the library during all of these hours not only studying but also working collaboratively on projects and final papers. In preparation for the extended hours’ trial, a card swipe system was added to the building. Beginning each night at 10 p.m., students were required to swipe their Salve Regina ID cards at the front entrance to gain admission to the library. During extended hours, only the main floor of the building remained open after 2 a.m. and all library users were restricted to the main floor; the elevator, upper floors, and garden level were locked. The electronic classroom (room 106) was set aside as a place for "quiet study".

Library staff generously shifted their normal work hours to accommodate the extended schedule. It is anticipated that the library will offer these hours again at the end of the current semester, pending adequate staffing.

The card swipe remains in use for late night hours during the semester; students will need to swipe their ID cards to access the building after 10pm.


The Oud and Arabic Maquam (modes) Performance and History

Thomas Sabbagh, Ph.D. On Thursday, January 28, Dr. Thomas Sabbagh, dean of graduate studies and continuing education, will perform and talk about the history of the oud (Arabic:عود‎ ‘ūd), which is the direct ancestor of the western lute. This ancient plucked, stringed instrument is distinguished primarily by its lack of frets. Middle Eastern music is strongly melodic, with complex rhythmic structures and a homophone texture. Unlike western music, the Arabic scale includes quarter tones halfway between notes.

Dr. Sabbagh, whose family came from Syria, learned to play the oud by ear at a young age. Today he frequently plays the oud and sings in Arabic at St. Basil Melkite Catholic Church in Lincoln, Rhode Island. For this program, Dr. Sabbagh's brother-in-law, Wayne Rawan, will accompany him on the tabl¬¬a. The term tabla is derived from an Arabic word, tabl, which simply means "drum."

In conjunction with this program, selected items from Dr. Sabbagh's collection of Middle Eastern instruments, along with recorded music and photographs of famous oud players, will be on display in the McKillop Library foyer exhibit cases.

Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. Middle Eastern Music: The Oud and Arabic Maquam (modes) Performance and History
Dr. Thomas Sabbagh, dean of graduate studies and continuing education
January 28, 4 p.m.
McKillop Library, Munroe Special Collections Room
Feb. 17 at 4:00 p.m. Magnetic Personalities: The Introduction of Mesmerism to the United States.
Dr. Sheila Quinn
associate professor, Department of Psychology
February 17, 4 p.m.
McKillop Library Munroe Special Collections Room
Apr. 22 at 7:00 p.m. Home: a film.
Award-winning aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand has created a unique film, spanning 54 countries and 120 locations, that captures the Earth’s most amazing landscapes, showcasing its incomparable beauty and acknowledging its vulnerability to change.
April 22, 7 p.m.
Earth Day Screening at the Jane Pickens Theatre



For the fifth consecutive year, McKillop Library, the Department of Modern Languages, the Department of English, and the Office of International Programs will sponsor the Tournées French Film Festival. The festival includes six recent award-winning films and two receptions. All films and events are free and open to the public.

Film Schedule

Summer HoursSummer Hours/L'Heure d'été
The divergent paths of 3 siblings collide when their mother tasks them to decide the fate of her extraordinary art collection in this award winning film by acclaimed director Olivier Assayas.
Description | Trailer
Date & Time: 7 p.m. Sunday, March 14.
Location: Opening night at the Jane Pickens Theatre
Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with wine reception compliments of Newport Vineyards and traditional French music by accordionist Renata Adams

The Class/Entre les mursThe Class/Entre les murs
Intense, funny and moving drama set in a multiracial high school starring real teachers and students. Winner of the 2008 Cannes Palme d’Or.
Description | Trailer
Date & Time: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16
Location: Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center, Salve Regina University

I've Loved You So LongI've Loved You So Long/ Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
Multiple award winning drama with Kristin Scott Thomas about a woman who, after 15 years in prison, struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society.
Description | Trailer
Date & Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18
Location: Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center, Salve Regina University

The Grocer's SonThe Grocer's Son/Le Fils de l'épicier
Charming, low-keyed film about a son who returns home from the big city and re-discovers life and love in a small mountain village.
Description | Trailer
Date & Time: 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21.
Location: Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center, Salve Regina University
Reception following the film sponsored by Alliance Française de Newport.

The Beaches of AgnèsThe Beaches of Agnès/Les Plages d'Agnès
Agnès Varda, a legend of world cinema, turns the camera on herself in this highly acclaimed cinematic memoir filled with humor and emotion.
Description | Trailer
Date & Time: 7 p.m.Tuesday, March 23
Location: Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center,Salve Regina University

The Girl Cut in TwoThe Girl Cut in Two/La Fille coupée en deux
Master director Claude Chabrol's trademark black humor is on full display as a powerful spectacle unfolds with ruthless sexual gamesmanship and crushing social machinery.
Description | Trailer
Date & Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25
Location: Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center, Salve Regina University

For more information: 401-341-2327. Web site: www.salve.edu/frenchfilm/

The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC). Local sponsors include French Source, Newport Vineyards, and Alliance Française of Newport.



Maria Bernier The University Archives and Special Collections have been consolidated on the garden level of McKillop Library in room 023, just past Design Services and the Copy Center. The new space offers climate control, appropriate shelving for books and archive boxes, and ample room for researchers. For the first time all of the University’s records are housed in one room along with photographs, dissertations, faculty publications, the Newport Collection, the Mercy Collection, and rare books on many subjects. Access to the Hugh G. Auchincloss Collection on the Middle East and the Stephen R. Pastore Collection on Sinclair Lewis is also available. To learn more or to conduct research, contact Maria Bernier, university archivist, at 401-341-2276 or maria.bernier@salve.edu.


Intelecom Online Resources Network: Sociology Collection

The INTELECOM Online Resources Network is a database of academic video clips, streamed on demand, for use in support of classroom instruction. The Sociology Collection consists of over 260 video clips ranging in length from 2 to 10 minutes. INTELECOM Online Resources NetworkEach video clip in the INTELECOM Online Resources Network takes a focused look at a specific academic topic, engaging students and enhancing the learning experience. Clip topics include issues such as crime, gender stratification, education, aging, work and the economy, groups and organizations, deviance, social movements, and more.

Contact the Information Desk at 401-341-2289 for a user name and password to access the database.
earbuds Need headphones?
Sanitary, single-pack earbuds are now for sale at the Circulation desk for $1.00 each. Of course, you can still borrow a pair of headphones with your Salve ID.

McKillop Library Sustainability Initiative Webpage

McKillop Library Sustainability InitiativeIn keeping with the University's mission, which recognizes that "all people are stewards of God's creation, the University encourages students to work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful," McKillop Library is incorporating sustainability into its long-range strategic plan. Read more ...


Adaptive software

As part of the library’s recent Champlin Foundations grant, two adaptive software programs have been acquired and installed on a designated computer in the first floor reference area. JAWS is a screen reading program that allows blind or visually-impaired users to have text on the computer screen read aloud in programs such as Internet Explorer or Microsoft Word. Kurzweil software allows text from printed documents or books to be scanned in, converted to a Microsoft Word document, and read aloud. Kurzweil also provides a collection of works of classic literature which the software will read aloud for users, and provides additional features which can assist ESL students or students with learning disabilities.



Assessment Reference and instruction librarian Ingrid Levin attended the Association of College and Research Libraries' Assessment Immersion Program in December in Nashville, Tennessee. This intensive workshop focused on how to assess student learning outcomes in the university library setting. Topics covered included writing learning outcome statements, choosing effective classroom assessment methods, creating an assessment plan for an information literacy program, and determining criteria for measuring success in achieving learning outcomes. A pilot project for assessment of student learning in selected information literacy classes taught at McKillop Library will begin during the spring semester.



Library Foyer January: Middle Eastern Music: Instruments, Arabic sheet music, and photographs
From the collection of Dr. Thomas Sabbagh
McKillop Library Foyer

February: A Weaver’s Path: Weavings, paintings, books and photographs that record a life-time interest in and pursuit of the art of weaving
From the collection of Joan Bartram, McKillop Library, coordinator of collection development
McKillop Library Foyer

March: Happenstance: Women at Work
Candid photos of women at work at sites in the local area
By Madeleine O. Robinson, PhD. and artist member of the Attleboro Arts Museum
McKillop Library Learning Commons

April: Sea Glass Jewelry
One-of-a-kind creations by Colleen Pilat, administrative assistant to vice president of University Relations & Advancement Office
McKillop Library Foyer

Send comments or questions to Allen Antone, outreach librarian, 401-341-2278 or antonea@salve.edu