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Complete our annual satisfaction survey and enter your Salve email address for the chance to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card! Last year our survey received over 800 responses. Your suggestions and comments assist with library planning, so tell us what you think! Click here to take our survey!

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Meet Nancy Barta-Norton – Part of our “Featured Librarian” Series

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Welcome to our “Featured Librarian” series!

We thought it would be fun for everyone to know who we are, what we do and learn a bit about why we love libraries.

Nancy Barta-Norton, Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian

This month’s Featured Librarian is Nancy Barta-Norton, Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian.

Here are some answers she gave in a recent interview:

What is your job here at McKillop library?
I am the Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian. I order print books and audiovisuals covering all subject areas for the library and catalog them when they arrive.

What degree(s) do you have and where did you get them?
I have a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, where I majored in English; I also received an M.A. in English Literature and my M.L.I.S. from U.R.I.

What departments are you a liaison for?
I am a liaison for the Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Music departments.

What is the best way to contact you?
People can contact me by email nancy.bartanorton@salve.edu or phone at 341-2296 or stop by my office (Room 308) anytime.

What is the best part of your job?
Selecting great new materials for the library, being the first to see them when they are delivered, and knowing that they are being checked out and used by our patrons.

What do you like most about the library?
I love libraries and being surrounded by books in general – but specifically, I enjoy working with McKillop Library’s students and library staff, meeting people from many different campus departments and — schedule permitting — attending some of the many interesting programs hosted by the library.

My sunny third floor office looks out over an incredible skyscape, a massive old beech tree filled with birds, and—in the distance — the roof of Chateau-sur-Mer. All my plants seem to enjoy this location too!

What library resource do you think is most useful for students and why?
Particular disciplines or types of research questions determine the best or most useful resources. Our library has a very diverse collection of books, movies (both DVDs and streaming), and databases to address a wide variety of information needs – also a browsing section of popular fiction and plenty of great titles and films for entertainment.

What are your hobbies and/or personal interests?
I enjoy spending lots of quality time with my husband and son. I’m always listening to many different kinds of music and especially like to attend live concerts. Almost every week includes a musical event of some kind – sometimes several! I see a lot of movies. And — whenever possible — I love to travel.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, two rather quirky and ridiculously affectionate cats, a huge, furry black-and-white Maine Coon and a petite but extremely vocal Calico; we also have a small fish pond stocked with Koi.

Do you have a favorite author and/or quote?
“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

What are you reading right now? What do you think about it?
I am always reading, fiction and non-fiction – in fact, I am most often reading several books at once! With the amount of reading I do, it would be really difficult to settle on a favorite author or book, but one of the books I am currently reading is Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver.

Is there something random about you that you’d like us to know?
I like teaching college students, most recently a three-credit library research and citation skills class for ESL students.

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Study Room Tech Upgrade & New Chairs

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Lots of great changes are happening in the library lately (and much more to come!) and two of these are new chairs on 3rd FL and technology upgrades in study room 304.


We allowed students to test-drive some new chairs last year and the clear favorite was a cleanly designed wooden chair with upholstered seating. These chairs are scattered along the 3rd FL (silent study floor). Enjoy!

Study room 304 has been fitted with:

  • 75″ LED flat panel display
  • HDMI cable, VGA cable, and 3.5mm audio cables to connect laptops and other devices to the display (additional dongles available at the front desk)
  • Touch control panel
  • Dedicated PC attached to the display
  • Wireless keyboard/mouse
  • New larger and wider table — accommodates at least 6 comfortably

You can reserve any of our four study rooms online!

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April Library Displays

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April has been a busy month so far! We have created a number of book and video displays for your enjoyment…

National Poetry Month
https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home

It’s National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. We have a fantastic display of poetry books on the 1st FL (across from where DVDs are located) created by Kristin “Kiki” Butler, special programs librarian. With books hanging from the walls and in glass cases, the display itself is a work of art! Feel free to take any of the books from the display for check-out (the cases are unlocked). Also visit the library on April 26 for “Poem in Your Pocket Day” and grab your very own poem for your pocket!

Arab American Heritage Month
http://www.arabamerica.com/april-national-arab-american-heritage-month/

On our diversity display shelf, we are celebrating Arab American Heritage Month! View a selected assortment of books on this topic (display is located on the 1st FL across from the circulation desk). Borrow any of the books, just take them to the front desk for check-out! Book display created by Nancy Barta-Norton, acquisitions and cataloging librarian.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
https://www.nsvrc.org/saam

Sexual Assault Statistics in the United States:

    • One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives
    • In the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime
    • 51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance
    • 52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger
    • Almost half (49.5%) of multiracial women and over 45% of American Indian/Alaska Native women were subjected to some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime
    • 91% of victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and nine percent are male
    • In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator
    • Eight percent of rapes occur while the victim is at work

source:https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics

To bring awareness to this issue we have created a book display on the 1st FL West Wing (right side, next to the information desk). Feel free to take a sticker to show your support (while supplies last) and wear jeans on April 25 for Denim Day to support victims of sexual violence. Book display created by Nancy Barta-Norton, acquisitions and cataloging librarian.

I ❤ the 90s DVDs

The 90s was a great decade in so many ways, and many now iconic films were created during those ten years. Kristin “Kiki” Butler, special programs librarian, has created a display of some of the best film pics from that era. Revisit an old favorite or find something new!

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