|October 2007 / Issue 17
NEW MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION ADDED TO THE ARCHIVES
By Maria Bernier
The University recently acquired an important collection of manuscript material related to the Goelet family, best known to the Salve Regina community as the builders and owners of Ochre Court. A significant portion of the collection documents the later stages of the construction of Ochre Court from 1893-1897 as overseen by architect Richard Morris Hunt. Ochre Court was the first of four Newport mansions designed by Hunt. Numerous receipts describe construction materials that were purchased from New England sources and work completed by local Newport companies. Another group of papers details the later landscape and garden installations at Ochre Court. The collection also includes material related to the family's personal expenses and their numerous real estate holdings in New York City.
The Goelet family papers have already been accessed by staff from the Preservation Society of Newport County interested in learning about Ochre Court's interior furnishings, many of which were imported from Europe.
To learn more about the Goelet collection or other material in the University Archives, contact Maria Bernier at 401-341-2276 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The University Archives is open to all researchers Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:00. Please call or e-mail in advance to make an appointment.
CIRCLE OF SCHOLARS TAKE LIBRARY SEMINAR
by Allen Antone
Fourteen scholars and nine librarians participated in this year's "What's New in the Library" seminar for the Circle of Scholars. The seminar went far beyond an introduction to the library's resources and services. Topics included Google Earth; YouTube's "Face the Candidates"; consumer health sites; social book marking or how people with similar interests, such as quilting or birding, can share their favorite Internet sites; an introduction to RSS feeds, Wikis and 'second life'; a history of the book-from papyrus to the new Espresso Book Machine; and the concept of the learning commons in academic libraries. As members of the Circle of Scholars, they become part of the Salve Regina Learning community and are entitled to use McKillop Library. With this in mind, collections that would appeal to this group in particular were highlighted. Since many of the members have grandchildren, they were introduced to the Curriculum Library. The library's film collection, which is developed to include films of importance rather than popularity, give members access to many films that are not available in local video stores. This year's presentation on the University Archives included information on the recently acquired Goelet papers. As a result of the seminar one participant who is involved in research on Newport's gardens of the period returned the following week to work with the archivist. The library has conducted seminars for the Circle of Scholars for over a decade, and the seminars have evolved along with the changing nature of libraries and information access.
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK EVENTS
By Allen Antone
McKillop Library and the Office of International and Multicultural Programs are co-sponsoring a number of events to celebrate International Education Week, November 12-16, 2007.
"Cadeaux du Monde: Stories of Fair Trade" by Katie Dyer and Jane Perkins owners of the shop Cadeaux du Monde.
"Switzerland (A Small Country in the Heart of Europe): More than Cheese, Chocolate and Watches", by Elizabeth Hardegger, Salve Regina visiting scholar.
"Women around the World", by the Model UN Club
Passport Workshop given by the U.S. Postal Service.
by John Lewis
The McKillop Library has recently subscribed to twelve new or enhanced databases. All can be accessed from the New Databases link on the McKillop Library home page.
DATABASE SPOTLIGHT -
AMERICA'S HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS INCLUDES NEWPORT MERCURY
By John K. Lewis
The McKillop Library recently added America's Historical Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876, to its roster of electronic resources. An outgrowth of the Early American Newspapers collection, the database offers 350,000 fully searchable issues from over 700 historical American newspapers. It is particularly important to Salve because it includes coverage of the Newport Mercury from 1758 to 1842. Eight other Rhode Island papers of the period are also included along with newspapers from 23 states and the District of Columbia. Focusing largely on the 18th and early 19th centuries, this online collection is based on Clarence S. Brigham's "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820" and other authoritative bibliographies.
NEW DATABASES INCREASE ACCESS TO NURSING ARTICLES
By Ingrid Levin
The Library has recently obtained several new databases that increase access to articles on nursing topics. A new and expanded version of CINAHL, called CINAHL with Full Text, provides full text articles from more than 520 nursing and allied health journals, with coverage dating back to 1981. Other new databases that include numerous nursing journals are Sage Journals Online and the Blackwell Synergy Full Journal Collection. Sage includes over 460 journals on a variety of topics, and includes nursing journals such as Nursing Science Quarterly, Journal of Research in Nursing, Journal of Family Nursing, Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Blackwell Synergy provides the full-text of over 850 journals, includes nursing journals such as Journal of Clinical Nursing, Nursing Forum, Nursing for Women's Health, Public Health Nursing, and Journal of Nursing Management.
NEW INTERFACE FOR SOCIAL WORK ABSTRACTS
By Ingrid Levin
Social Work Abstracts provides researchers in social work and related fields with a large variety of articles on the theory and practice of social work, as well as social issues such as addictions, child welfare, and mental health. Recently the Library obtained a new, improved version of Social Work Abstracts which provides a much more user-friendly research experience. Social Work Abstracts is now searchable using the Ebscohost search interface, which allows searching by keyword, author, or title, and allows searches to be limited by publication date, document type, or full-text availability. Users familiar with the previous version of Social Work Abstracts will likely be pleasantly surprised by the ease of use of the new version, which will hopefully improve the research process for all users of this database.
CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT GOES GREEN
By Joe Foley
The Circulation Department in an effort to go green is hoping to eliminate paper articles from Reserves. All articles submitted to be placed on reserve will automatically be scanned and put online as Electronic Reserves, unless specified otherwise by the individual faculty member. This eliminates the need for Circulation to keep paper copies behind the desk; students no longer have to go to the Circulation Desk to read most reserve articles since they can access articles directly online. The electronic format also eliminates the need for students to make photocopies of the articles.
ANN KOWALSKI RETIRES AFTER TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE
By Joan Bartram
Ann Kowalski retired on September 13 after twenty years of service to the Salve Regina community. Ann joined the library staff in the summer of 1986 soon after receiving her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Rhode Island. She was responsible for many of the early changes that launched Salve on its road to a modern library. Ann considered the reclassification of the library collection from Dewey Decimal to the Library of Congress her greatest accomplishment. Her reclassification work was the foundation for the development of our on-line library system that she was also instrumental in selecting. Ann was deeply involved in all aspects of planning for the "new" McKillop Library.
NEW STAFF & STAFF CHANGES
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