October 2007 / Issue 17
McKillop Newsbrief
News --
   * Manuscripts from the Goelet family
   * Circle of Scholars Take Library Seminar
Events & Workshops --
   * RSS & Bloglines
   * International Education Week
Databases Spotlight --
   * America's Historical Newspapers
   * Nursing Journals, Social Work Abstracts
Circulation Goes Green --
Staff News--
   * Ann Kowalski Retires
By Maria Bernier

Receipt for services rendered 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.

Goelets with Mother DoyleThe 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 maria.bernier@salve.edu. 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.


by Allen Antone

Circle of Scholars logoFourteen 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.


November 7
10:00 a.m.

Ingrid Levin
at ingrid.levin@salve.edu
or 341-2289

The Library is offering a workshop on RSS feeds and Bloglines on November 7, at 10:00 a.m. RSS, short for rich site summary or really simple syndication, is a method for delivering website updates automatically to users who sign up to receive the syndicated content. Using an RSS feed reader is an easy way to get new information from your favorite websites sent directly to you. This can be a time-saver particularly for those who check some websites each day for updates. Bloglines is a convenient free web-based RSS feed reader that allows you to organize multiple RSS feeds all in one place and save items for future reference. If you are interested in learning more about this Web 2.0 technology, please come to the workshop by contacting Ingrid Levin at ingrid.levin@salve.edu or 341-2289.


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.

The kick-off will be in the Library on Monday, November 12, at 4:00 p.m., with the program "Cadeaux du Monde: Stories of Fair Trade" from Rhode Island's only certified Fair Trade business. In their presentation, Katie Dyer and Jane Perkins, the owners of the Newport gallery and shop Cadeaux du Monde, will focus on their experiences with artisan groups that they work with throughout the developing world. In conjunction with their presentation, they will be mounting an exhibit of world art and handicrafts featuring crèches as interpreted by cultures in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Also on display during the week will be "Capture-it" Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners, select books and films on countries and their cultures, and CDs of world music.

International Education Week November 12-16, 2007
  • Monday, Nov. 12, 4:00pm, McKillop Library
    "Cadeaux du Monde: Stories of Fair Trade" by Katie Dyer and Jane Perkins owners of the shop Cadeaux du Monde.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4:00pm, McKillop Library
    "Switzerland (A Small Country in the Heart of Europe): More than Cheese, Chocolate and Watches", by Elizabeth Hardegger, Salve Regina visiting scholar.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:00pm, Rodgers Rec. Ctr., Room 205
    "Women around the World", by the Model UN Club
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 1:00-5:00pm, Gatehouse
    Passport Workshop given by the U.S. Postal Service.
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    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.

    From EBSCOhost :
          CINAHL with Full Text,
          Film and Television Index,
          International Security and Counter Terrorism Reference Center, and
          Social Work Abstracts.

    From Alexander Street Press:
          Theatre in Video with BBC Shakespeare.

    From NewsBank:
          America's Historical Newspapers, Series One, 1690-1876, also known as Early American Newspapers, is highlighted below.

    Other new databases:
          Plunkett Research Online with Archives,
          Bio One Two,
          Reference Universe,
          Europa World Plus and Regional Surveys of the World, and
          Sage Journals Online.

    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.

    Newport Mercury, 1794 - Click to view entire page in PDFEarly American newspapers, often printed by small-town printers, documented the daily life of hundreds of diverse American communities, supported different political parties and recorded both majority and minority views. In Early American Newspapers, users can limit searches to items that fall into such categories as news and opinion, election returns, letters, poetry, legislative information, prices, advertisements, matrimony notices and death notices. In addition, users can easily view, magnify, print and save items.

    The core of the collection consists of American Antiquarian Society (AAS) founder Isaiah Thomas' own collection of colonial and early national period newspapers and is supplemented by issues added by Thomas' successors at the AAS. Numerous other institutions and historical societies have contributed to the collection, including the Boston Athenaeum, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Library of Congress, the libraries of universities such as Brown and Harvard and private collections. This joint effort has led to the creation of a historical newspaper collection of unparalleled breadth and depth.

    By Ingrid Levin

    Some nursing journal coversThe 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.

    All databases are available from the Library website at Databases A-Z. You will need your library ID if you are off campus. For more information or to arrange instruction on using these databases, please contact Ingrid Levin, the liaison to the Nursing department, at ingrid.levin@salve.edu or 341-2293.

    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.


    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.

    Circulation will continue to keep books and other formats behind the desk as requested by the instructor. If you have questions on this or any other Circulation Department issue contact Joe Foley at 341-2284 or foleyg@salve.edu.


    By Joan Bartram

    Ann Kowalski, Cataloger - RetiredAnn 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.

    In addition to her service to the Salve community Ann was involved in the Technical Services and Cataloging committees of the HELIN consortium. Retirement plans include more involvement with the University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners and lots of quality time with grandchildren.


    Access Services

    • Susan Hester, formerly Serials Specialist, is now Interlibrary Loan Specialist and is working much of her time at the circulation desk.
    • Bea Grimmit and Kristin Butler, who goes by the name of Kiki, are filling in for Evening Supervisor Dawn Emsellem who is on maternity leave until January 2008. They are covering the evening and Sunday hours that were being covered by Dawn. Both are responsible for putting items on Electronic Reserves and can be reached by e-mailing slcirc@salve.edu


    • Pilar Brenner is working part-time as Information Desk Assistant. She comes to us with experience in teaching and in managing her own business. She is also currently enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of Rhode Island.

    Technical Services

    • Julie Swierczek comes to us from Pennsylvania as a Technical Services Specialist. She graduated from Rosemont College with a B.A. in History and Philosophy and earned a M.A. in Philosophy from Miami University. Julie will be responsible for most of the cataloging of new materials for the library.
    • Lisa Underhill is the second newly-hired Technical Services Specialist. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island and a Certificate for Interior Design from RISD. Lisa will be mainly responsible for acquiring new materials for the library.

    Send comments or questions to John Lewis, Electronic Resources Librarian, x2687 or lewisj@salve.edu