Day one of Y2K has come and gone and all is still right with the world. While you were away on Christmas break, all systems and equipment were monitored closely. The Library staff is happy to report that everything made the transition smoothly. Now that the new millennium has arrived, we are looking forward to improving existing services and adding new ones.

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They include:
  • ProQuest database training
  • HELIN catalog searching
  • Introduction to the Internet
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By Allen Antone, Special Collection Librarian

McKillop Library has recently acquired the largest privately held collection of books and other materials related to Sinclair Lewis. Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) was the first American author to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Lewis published over 25 novels, numerous short stories and shorter works. His books topped the best-seller lists of the day. The collection is also of interest because Lewis was a public figure and much involved with other writers of the period.

The collection was donated by Stephen R. Pastore, a book collector, bibliographer and Newport resident. It includes first editions of Lewis's works, foreign editions and translations, numerous magazines in which his short stories were originally published, playscripts, films based on his novels, critical and biographical works, photographs, theatre programs and other related items. The Library is in the process of cataloging the collection. The Pastore Sinclair Lewis Collection will be housed in the Library's Special Collection Room and will be available for use only within the Library.


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McKillop Library newsletter will be published each semester to share news from library departments about policies and procedures, the latest acquisitions, databases and technology, training sessions being offered, and other news.

Comments and suggestions may be addressed to the attention of Cathy Rowe, Editor, at the address above or by e-mail to rowec@salve.edu.

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The year 2000 promises to be an exciting time for the McKillop Library. The library has successfully joined Rhode Island's HELIN library consortium, and our users are taking advantage of the expanded printed and electronic resources that are now available to the Salve community. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our collections and services, and welcome your suggestions.

We plan to conduct a survey this semester of our students' use of the library. Questionnaires will be distributed during selected classes for completion. Survey forms will also be available for submission from a link on the library home page. Please take a few minutes to provide us with your feedback so that we can make sure that we continue to meet your research needs.

--Kathy Boyd

Keep this newsletter handy so that you can refer to it to choose an appropriate database, follow the steps to check your library record, or find the phone number for the reference desk (341-2289) where a friendly librarian is ready to help.


By Joan Bartram, Collection Development

The Library has recently subscribed to a book lease program known as the McNaughton Plan. A collection of 200 popular fiction and non-fiction titles should be in place by the end of February. Look for Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Scott Turow, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, and others, as these new books "visit" the Library for a limited period of time. The plan gives us all an opportunity to have bestsellers and popular books available. Most of the books will rotate into and out of the collection on a timetable of six months to a year. The library has the option to purchase those books which we wish to permanently keep in our collection. The books will be located on the first floor of the library in the "New Book" area to the left of the circulation desk. They will be identified by a distinctive label and will circulate for 4 weeks. ENJOY!


By Olga Verbeek, Systems Librarian

The library’s homepage (http://library.salve.edu) has a new look that blends with the rest of the university’s pages. Although the look is different, all the information is still in the same place. This may be a good time to check out our pages once more and get reacquainted with them. The pages are chock-full of information on access to a variety of resources to help you in your studies and research. A new electronic request form is available to streamline your requests for Interlibrary Loans. Remember, reference librarians are there to help you in your library needs. Just ask!


By Joan Bartram, Collection Development

As part of 1999's millennium madness, I compared several of the “best books of the century” lists with the McKillop Library book collection. This was done for fun and to see if the library did have the books that various groups of people considered the "best of the century." I looked in detail at four lists. One was the Random House/Modern Library selection of 100 non-fiction titles, as well as their list of 100 fiction titles, both of which received a lot of negative press. In addition, I checked the list of 150 fiction titles prepared by librarians and a list of 100 titles developed at the Radcliffe Summer Publishing Institute. The Random House list was touted as being the list that one should have read, while the librarians’ list, published in Library Journal, was considered a list of books actually read. The list from the Radcliffe Summer Institute reflected the point of view of a "younger" generation. Random House did some well-publicized backtracking and published a second fiction list based on reader comments.

What is the point of these lists and do they really matter for us? Lists of this type are cultural markers. They are a way for us to connect to our time and place, and they make a statement about who we are. In addition to reviewing book lists, I reviewed other types of “best of the century” lists. Taking a look at the list of "Rhode Island High School Athletes" in a recent Providence Sunday Journal and Channel 10's five greatest storms of the century, it is interesting to note that we rate the “best” within our own lifetime and our individual experiences. As a 1960 graduate of a Rhode Island public high school, I recognized the names of only four of the "greatest athletes" while a family octogenarian didn't know any of them. Did you know that all of the great storms of the century happened after 1938 and the worst two were in the 1990's? This tells us more about the demographics of Channel 10 weather watchers than it does about the weather! The booklists reflect the same type of shared experiences--they are valuable because they are common to many of us. They are a quick way of checking how reflective our library collection is of late twentieth century culture.

How do the lists vary and where are they the same? A one-title demonstration will serve as an example. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was number one on the Library Journal list, number five on the Random House reader's list, number four on the Radcliffe list and did not appear on the "official" Random House list. This variation is typical of moving from list to list. Forty of the titles on the Library Journal list had been translated into film including To Kill a Mockingbird.

So how does McKillop Library rate? The Random House/Modern Library lists contained 100 titles of non-fiction, many of which were required undergraduate reading in previous generations. The library held 81 titles. The fiction titles from Random House contained a "board list" and a reader's list. We had 93 of the "Board " list; this is the list that was so heavily criticized in the press. The library collection has 72 of the 100 reader's titles; this pointed up our weakness in science fiction and fantasy titles. The librarian's list of 150 fiction titles found 131 or 89% on our shelves. The Radcliffe list, more contemporary in its selections, had 92 of 100 representatives here in the library.

Interestingly enough, many of the titles appear, not only on these lists, but also on most of the academic lists of titles we regularly check for collection development as well. We will purchase the missing titles from these lists, as they will give us a snapshot of popular culture at the end of the century.

(Editor’s note. The Random House lists may be viewed at http://www.randomhouse.com/modernlibrary/100best/. The Radcliffe list was published by Maureen Dezell, “Students’ 100 has More Novel Choices,” The Boston Globe, 21 Jul. 1998, city ed.: E1. and the Library Journal list is in “Librarians Choose a Century of Good Books,” Library Journal 123, no. 19 (1998): 34-36.)


By Christine Saad, Circulation Department

It’s 4 am. The ten-page research paper you put off for weeks is finally done. You are ready to hand in your masterpiece - on time, even! You’re also ready to return all those books borrowed from the library. But what exactly did you borrow? With the business of day-to-day living, it's not always easy to remember just what you’ve checked-out. However, in five simple steps you can view your own library record. All you need is access to the Internet and your Salve ID card. Ready? Set? Go!

  1. Log on to McKillop Library’s homepage: http://library.salve.edu
  2. Under the listing Catalog, click on: “View Your Library Record”
  3. Type your name (Jane Smith for example) and barcode (23759000…..)
  4. Click on “Display record of person named above”
  5. Click the button you want to view
That’s it. With just those five steps you can see material you currently have checked out and when it’s due. Your record also lets you know the status of IntraHELIN and InterLibrary Loan requests. Every McKillop Library cardholder can "view your own record". So now that the paper is done, kick back and relax. Just don’t forget to return those books!


By John Lewis, Reference Department and Christine Saad, Circulation Department

There have been quite a few changes in Interlibrary Loan services over the past year. This article will update McKillop Library users on the many Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services now available.

Intra-HELIN Requests: Technically, requesting material from another HELIN library is not interlibrary loan. However, this distinction doesn't make sense to most library users so we'll discuss it here. Before joining the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN), if a student wanted a book or article from another institution, s/he went through Interlibrary Loan. This process included filling out an ILL form, submitting it electronically or handing a completed “yellow form” to the Reference staff and waiting at least two weeks for the material to arrive. With HELIN, getting a book may now take only 48 hours. Since becoming a member, we now have direct access to the collections of six other RI academic libraries. If you find a book you’d like in the HELIN on-line catalog, simply use the request button. Books ordered by way of HELIN generally arrive within 48 hours.

Online Forms: Interlibrary loan requests are now available online through the McKillop Library home page. Now there is no need to come to the library to fill out numerous yellow forms. ILL can be performed from your home or office. Click Interlibrary Loan on the McKillop Library web page. Then click on the proper form under Online Request Forms. Try to fill out as much of the form as possible. Make sure to fill in the "Cancel if not filled by" date. This is the date after which you would no longer need the book. Click Submit this Request. Your ILL request is sent to the Interlibrary Loan Librarian for processing.

Request JOSIAH or CLAN books: Now you can search the JOSIAH (Brown University) or CLAN (RI Public Libraries) catalogs and request any books found through ILL. Click Interlibrary Loan on the McKillop Library web page. Then click on either Search CLAN or Search JOSIAH. Search the catalog as normal. To get a book click on the Request button. Then give your name and library barcode. Also fill in the "Cancel if not filled by" date. Please be aware that, although these materials are in other Rhode Island libraries, it may still take two weeks to get them through ILL.

Request WorldCat books: If you want to look for books in libraries throughout the U.S., search the WorldCat database. Click Interlibrary Loan on the McKillop Library web page. Then click on Search WorldCat. You can search WorldCat by author, title, or subject. When you have found a book you want click on the Request button. Then give your name and library barcode. Also fill in the "cancel if not filled by" date. Then click on Submit this Request. Your ILL request will be forwarded to the Interlibrary Loan Librarian for processing.

Request ArticleFirst articles: On the Interlibrary Loan page you can also request an article using the ArticleFirst database. Click on Search ArticleFirst. Then search the database. Any article found can be obtained through ILL. Click on the Request button. Then give your name and library barcode. Also fill in the "cancel if not filled by" date. Finally, click Submit this Request.

Check ILL status: Now it is easy to check on the status of your interlibrary loan request. To view the status of an Interlibrary Loan request, click Interlibrary Loan on the McKillop Library web page. Then click View Status of your ILL Request. Enter your name and library barcode. Both ILL requests and books checked out from the HELIN system will be listed under your record.


So when would one use HELIN and when would one use ILL? It depends on whether you want books or articles.

When searching for books, ask yourself these two questions:

  1. Does the McKillop Library own the book?
  2. Is the book available through any of the other HELIN institutions?
If you answered no to both these questions, now is the time to use ILL.

Ask these two questions when searching for articles:

  1. Is the full-text article available on ProQuest, Lexis-Nexis or any of the other full-text databases?
  2. Does Salve own the journal in print or on microfilm? (Check the McKillop Library Serials List)
If you answered no to both these questions, now is the time to use ILL.

Interlibrary and IntraHELIN loans are available to Salve faculty, staff and students. If you have any questions please contact the Reference Department at x2289.