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Oz Books - On display in library.
Incredible JSTOR - Archive of scholarly journal literature.
Being Good Stewards - Preservation in the library.
All That Jazz - the Whitaker Jazz collection.
Archives - the University's historical records.
ColdFusion - In the library.
What's new:
On the Homepage - Serials and video lists.
ARIEL - Usage continues to increase.
In Reference - Shakespeare & Business?
How to:
Renewing Material - How to do it yourself online.


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During the month of March, the McKillop Library is displaying at the library entrance a collection of seventy-seven Oz books, which are being loaned to the library by Stephen R. Pastore of Portsmouth.

L Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, made re-known by the 1939 MGM movie. In addition, the author wrote sixteen Oz books. These books were so lucrative that, after Baum's death, his publisher, Reilly & Lee, gave permission to Baum's wife and others to continue the Oz stories. The collection on display includes all those titles by Baum, those continued by other writers, subsequent editions with new illustrations, reference books and unusual items such as comic books, the movie script and pop-up books.


Serials List: An online list of periodicals has also been added to the library web page at
. Click on the letters to search titles of journals, magazines, and serials in alphabetical order that are available in the McKillop Library. One can also browse the periodicals by subject area. There are active links included if the journal is available online. Printed versions are available all over the library.

Video List: Browse a list of videos in the library collection online. At the library homepage, click on Catalog and then Video List or go directly to the list at
. You can browse by title, subject and series. There are also printed copies of the list in the Audio-Video room, at the Circulation Desk, or at the Reference Desk. The video collection has been greatly expanded over the past year, and now includes the American Film Institute's 100 Best Films of the Century. Browse the list and check out a classic this weekend!


Usage of the new ARIEL document delivery system has continued to rise since its implementation last October. December 2000 was the busiest month for ARIEL usage yet as Salve patrons received 85 journal articles with 965 pages of content through this new, faster interlibrary loan delivery process.

ARIEL is a document delivery system which allows journal articles to be transmitted electronically between libraries. Electronic transmission speeds up the time period for interlibrary loan of articles from the previous two weeks, to in some cases only a few days. At the present time Salve is using the ARIEL system to send and receive articles with other Rhode Island libraries such as Brown University, Bryant College, and the University of Rhode Island. ARIEL usage should continue to expand during the Spring 2001 semester as other institutions implement their own ARIEL systems.

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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

Contributors to this issue:
Joan Bartram
Kathleen Boyd
Joe Foley
John Lewis
Sheila M. O'Brien, R.S.M.
Christina Saad
Cathy Rowe
Olga Verbeek

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The year 2001 has arrived and, as Stanley Kubrick prophesized, technology is increasingly running our lives. Certainly this is true in libraries, where new technologies have enabled the delivery of library information direct to the user's desktop. No longer is it always necessary to come to the library to consult card catalogs, printed indexes and reference works-even books have become available in electronic format. The World Wide Web has made it possible to offer electronic services to consumers that were all but unimaginable even ten years ago.

The McKillop Library continues to take advantage of enabling technologies to improve library collections and services. This month, a major acquisition was made with the purchase of JSTOR, an electronic collection of the scanned full text and images of 117 core journals in the arts and sciences, dating back to when they began publication. Salve course reserve materials are likewise being scanned to offer access to these essential materials to students via the internet. The Ariel document delivery service now used by our Interlibrary Loan office allows a library to scan and transmit requested print materials over the internet to another library, without the cost of a phone call associated with a fax. Library staff are excited about the possibility of introducing wireless information services in the near future.

What has not changed for the library is the need to teach those conducting research how to locate, evaluate, and organize information-skills that are referred to as "information literacy." The wealth of data now being generated makes the possession of information literacy skills all the more critical. We hope to work closely with faculty and students to ensure that our graduates enter the new millennium with the possession of these lifelong skills.

--Kathleen Boyd


By John Lewis, Head of Reference Services

The McKillop Library has just purchased a subscription to the database JSTOR (Journal STORage). JSTOR consists of 117 full-text journals in the Arts and Sciences.

What makes JSTOR unique is its mission "to build a reliable and comprehensive archive of important scholarly journal literature." Unlike most other online databases, JSTOR contains a complete run of journals going back to Volume One of each journal. In some cases, these journals started in the nineteenth century. For example, you can access 100 years of the American Historical Review and read from Volume One published in 1895. The Philosophical Review dates back to 1892 and the Political Science Quarterly was first published in 1886. At present, the JSTOR archive contains over 4 million pages of information. JSTOR is a rolling archive of journals, which means that each year another volume is added. Depending on the journal, there is a three to five year lag period before content is added to JSTOR.

JSTOR is produced by a non-profit organization which is focused on the digital preservation of these important journals. It is committed to providing permanemt, perpetual access. JSTOR consists of scanned-in journals. The content exactly duplicates the original journal and it is not transcribed. The digitized journals in JSTOR provide several advantages. For the users, they provide powerful searching and printing capabilities. Every word in every journal is fully searchable. For libraries, The JSTOR collection solve storage and preservation problems.

JSTOR provides the McKillop Library with a substantial, core scholarly journal backfile that could never have been obtained in print format, due to storage and cost restrictions. The addition of JSTOR allows the McKillop Library to offer its users an incredible new source of research level material. For a list of JSTOR titles, go to


By Joan Bartram, Collection Development Librarian

The scaffolding that presently surrounds parts of both Ochre Court and Wakehurst are statements about Salve's commitment to preserving our architectural heritage. Inside the McKillop Library, preservation efforts are underway as well -- we are just doing our work at ground level.

Preservation, in the library sense, means being good stewards of all of our collections by providing the best conditions for each type of material to "live" in and be used appropriately. While we think of the library as a home for books, the building also contains-video cassettes, audio tapes and cassettes, kits and games - not to mention microfilm, photographs, CD-ROMs, and small items such as post-cards. Each type of material has a life-span just like a person, a plant or a pet, and it is part of our job to recognize this uniqueness, and work with it so that our collections will last into the next millennium.

The terms preservation, conservation and restoration are often confusing and may have a negative connotation in some people's minds. The terms actually have distinct meanings. Preservation is a broad term covering activities to reduce or prevent damage to extend the life expectancy of materials. Conservation is a specific term relating to the physical treatment of items already damaged. Restoration is defined as returning the surface appearance of an object to an earlier state. Preservation of library materials is an active commitment to keep them healthy. What does this mean for you? Many of our preservation activities are "invisible' and they are related to regulating temperature and humidity. Some are precautionary -there a reason for "no food and drink" signs in the library -Coke kills keyboards and books. In some cases, our long-term plans include making materials more accessible to our community than they are at the present time. An example of this is our long-range plans for developing a collection of digital images, utilizing a recently received post card collection as well as photographs and postcards already in the McKillop Library. Presenting these materials on a web site will make them accessible to all of our community while prolonging their individual life.

This year marked the beginning of our active preservation program. The first step in the process was for Joan Bartram, the Collection Development Librarian, to enroll in a Preservation Management program at Rutgers University. The purpose of the program is to train practicing librarians in the specialized field of Preservation, so that they can ensure the future of their own library collections.


By Joe Foley, Head of Circulation

When the filmmaker Ken Burns comes out with a new series, it's an event. His latest venture is the story of Jazz, which is purely American and mostly an Afro-American art form. Therefore, it is timely that Mr. Burns series runs through Black History Month. In conjunction then, with Ken Burn's Jazz Series, and the fact that Newport is home to the annual Jazz Festival, I would like to mention a collection of Jazz records (that's right -- records, vinyl, wax) that the McKillop Library possesses and which few probably know about.

All the greats mentioned in the Ken Burns series are here in our collection. One could trace the history of Jazz just listening to this collection., which includes Fats Waller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, to name just a few. Lesser-known greats, but equally entertaining are also included. For preservation purposes, this collection does not circulate outside of the library. However, the Audio Visual Room has two turntables available for you to listen to these classics.

You can find out which artists and their recordings the McKillop Library has by accessing our librarycatalog. Among the easiest ways is the access the library's homepage at http://libray.salve.eduand do the following:

  • Click on Catalog
  • Click on Library Catalog (HELIN & McKillop Library)
  • Click on Restrict Your Search
  • Under the heading HELIN Collections, click on Sound Recordings
  • Next, under Author, type in the name of the artist you are looking for. For example, typing in "Davis, Miles" you will then see what the McKillop Library has in sound recordings for Miles davis.
  • Clicking on the individual title that you want, you are likely to see in the Location field, "Salve Whitaker Collection" and next to that, in the Call Number field, you will most likely see "Whitiker" and a number.
  • Give this number to a person at the Circulation Desk and they will retrieve the recording for you.
"Whitaker" refers to Mr. Russel Whitaker. The Whitaker family donated this marvelous collection and, in honor of Mr. Whitaker, the collection bears his name. You should be aware that the Whitaker Collection includes more than Jazz. Besides the Jazz, there is also a fine collection of Blues, which of course, gave birth to Jazz. The bulk of the collection consists of classical music, opera and chamber music, all told more than 15,000 recordings. So for those of you doing research on this subject, or for those who just want to relax and take a break listening to some of the finest music ever, visit the McKillop Library and ask someone at the Circulation Desk for access to the Whitaker Collection.


By Sheila M. O'Brien, R.S.M., Archivist / Curriculum Librarian

Have you ever wondered just what is contained in those storage files lined up on the east wing on the third floor of the McKillop Library? The answer is--they contain the Archival Records of Salve Regina University. Now you are probably wondering, and what does that mean?

The Salve Regina University Archives was established in 1974 to collect, describe, preserve and make accessible records created or received by University departments and offices. The Archives serves as the official and final repository for the historical records of the University from its establishment in 1934 (the granting of the charter), 1947 (the official opening) to the present time. The material in the archival collection is evidence of the entire range of personal and institutional activities and functions.

The University Archives also collects all publications, newsletters, or booklets including catalogs, special bulletins, yearbooks, student newspapers, and faculty/staff, student directories. Photographs and AV material documenting the development of the University, including its physical growth, are also important to the collection. The Archives also retains artifacts related to the history of Salve Regina.

Because Salve Regina University is situated in an historic area of Newport and many of the buildings are historic mansions, the Archives has files on the history of the different buildings.

The Archives office is in Room 304 on the third floor of the McKillop Library and is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The extension number is 2276. Why not stop by to see the yearbook of the first graduating class in 1951 (who are celebrating this year the 50th anniversary of their graduation), or to view photographs of the interior of Wakehurst as it looked when Mrs. Bruguiere lived there? There is much fascinating and informative material in those storage files!


By Olga Verbeek, Information System Librarian

ColdFusion from Allaire Corporation is a powerful Web development tool for creating interactive, database-driven Web solutions. With ColdFusion, one can dynamically serve Web pages and create cross-platform, dynamic Web applications that exchange information from databases, templates, files, and users. ColdFusion integrates Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Extensible Markup Language (XML), Structured Query Language (SQL), databases, and ColdFusion's tag-based scripting language (CFML) to enable creation of sophisticated Web sites.

ColdFusion is now being used on the Library's website. Video and journal listings that are accessed from the library's web site are using ColdFusion to create dynamically served pages. These web pages that are created when they are visited are providing up to date video and journal listings from easy to maintain databases. Visit the library's home page at and follow the Catalog link to view the library's video and journal listings and see the ColdFusion application in action.

Editor's Note: A meeting of the Information Technology Interest Group (ITIG), Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter, was held on Friday, December 1, 2000 at the McKillop Library. Olga Verbeek, Information Systems Librarian, presented the program entitled "An Introduction to Cold Fusion." Ms. Verbeek has written several articles including "Allaire's ColdFusion: It Can Make a Webmaster's Life Easier" for TechCorner, the online newsletter for ITIG ( The ColdFusion server is provided by Salve's Intranet maintained by the Information Technology Department.


By Christina L. Saad, Circulation Department

Keeping up with our computer savvy patrons is something we at McKillop Library pride ourselves on. Hence it is with great enthusiasm we introduce "Renewals Online". Now you can renew SRU or HELIN material without leaving your home.

How? you ask. Simple!

  1. Log on to the McKillop Library homepage:
  2. Under the heading, Library Information click on View Your Library Record
  3. Enter name and barcode as directed.
  4. Click on Display record for person named above.
  5. In the top half of screen, click on Items currently checked out.
  6. Select title(s) to be renewed.
  7. Click on Renew selected items.
  8. Verify new due date(s) in Status box.
All done! If you have any questions, please call the Circulation Desk at 341-2291.

Remember, non-HELIN InterLibrary Loan materials cannot be renewed online. These renewals depend on the loaning library's renewal policy and must be requested at 314-2379 or


By John Lewis, Head of Reference Services

FISonline Database: FISonline is a business database containing the full-text of the print Mergent/Moody's manuals, as well as other additional materials. FISonline contains information on over 10,000 public companies and their SEC filings. There are both current and historical annual reports for most of the 10,000 companies profiled.

FISonline makes searching for company information much easier than in the print sources. It also provides new features, such as the ability to create customized reports comparing several companies with each other. FISonline also creates spreadsheet ready financial formats.

Shakespearean Criticism Set: Shakespearean Criticism is a 56 volume set that contains excerpts from selected criticism of William Shakespeare's plays and poetry. The criticism ranges from the historical evaluations of Shakespeare's contemporaries to the commentary of modern day Shakespearean scholars. The volumes also contain annotated bibliographies, a cumulative index, and essays on Shakespearean topics.

Volumes 1-10 of the series present an historical overview of the critical response to each Shakespearean work. Volumes 11-26 recount the performance history of Shakespeare's plays on stage and screen through reviews and evaluations. The remaining volumes focus on criticism after 1960. Future volumes will focus on post-1990 criticism of Shakespeare's works.

Partial funding for this important set was made possible by a generous gift to the library from the Circle of Scholars.