December is Learn a Foreign Language Month

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There are plenty of reasons to learn a foreign language. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages language learning supports academic achievement, improved reading abilities, linguistic awareness, and positive attitudes towards other cultures.

Get started with some of these great resources!

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Mango Languages

Mango Languages is a database of Foreign Language Courses at both the Basic and Advanced Level. Use Mango Basic courses to quickly learn some basic words and phrases for a business trip or short trip overseas. Mango Complete courses are aimed at students who want to move beyond basic language skills. Languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and more! You can even learn Pirate!

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SCOLA World TV Online

SCOLA is a non-profit educational organization that provides authentic foreign language resources in more than 175 native languages. SCOLA receives and re-transmits foreign TV programming from around the world and provides other foreign language resources, language lessons, and learning material. World TV Online offers a wide ranging and diverse selection of television programs from around the world through largely geographically designated channels available by satellite and on the Internet. More than 100 countries and regions and more than 100 languages are available. Each channel offers a blend of news, drama, comedy, culture, sports, entertainment, music and children’s programming. New countries and languages are frequently added so check the Program Schedule for updates.

Modern and Classical Languages Research Guide

The Modern and Classical Languages Research Guide includes resources on television and media, country and cultural research, and speaking and writing tools.

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The library is open late! Extended Hours Dec 4-18

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The time for final projects, presentations and exams is here. Don’t stress though….the library has you covered!

We have study rooms, places to practice your presentations, floors for group and quiet study and — from Dec. 4-18 — extended hours! We’re even giving FREE COFFEE after 9 PM on Dec. 11 & 12!

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Detailed calendar and more information below. Also see our extended hours studying page for printing help, study room info, study tips and more. Oh, and don’t forget your Salve ID to enter the library after 10 PM!

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During the 24-hour extended access times, please be aware:

  • The second and third floors will close at 2 AM
  • Only the first floor will remain open through 8 AM
  • Card swipe access only during extended hours; please bring your Salve ID to enter after 10 PM
  • The 3rd floor is the SILENT study floor. Please be considerate!
  • Room 106 is reserved for quiet study from 2 am – 8 am
  • Group work is encouraged on the first and second floors or in the study rooms.

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Study rooms can be reserved for a maximum of 3 consecutive hours online. Most study rooms have a whiteboard, desktop PC and/or Mac, and seating for small groups; see this page for “what’s in a study room”? Please show courtesy to your fellow students and be sure to cancel an existing study room reservation if the room is no longer needed so that other students can use the room (to cancel a booking, click on “cancel a study room booking” at the bottom of the reservation area. If you need help, please contact the information desk).

Electronic classroom 106 has a teacher station with projector and seating with computers for up to 22 students. Classroom 106 can be reserved for large groups (8+); please visit or call the information desk at (401) 341-2289.

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When working on library computers, don’t forget to periodically SAVE YOUR WORK to an external source such as a flash drive!

For $1 you can purchase a library tote bag, highlighter or sanitary package of earbuds. Just ask at the front Circulation desk. We also have a number of gadgets and items for purchase or check-out! Just go to the front Circulation desk (1st FL) and bring your Salve ID. Here’s the list of items we currently have available:

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Remember that you can call, email, text, chat or visit us anytime! Need help keeping the 3rd FL quiet? Having a problem with a printer on an upper floor? Just call, chat or text us—we’ll come to you! You can even schedule a one-on-one consultation session with a librarian to discuss your research project.

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Our library webpage also has helpful tutorials on how to find books in the catalog, how to print, how to find articles in a database, and more!

Food & Drink in the library: Non-alcoholic beverages in spill-resistant containers and snack foods are permitted in the library. Beverages in open cups and HOT MEALS should be consumed in the Bookends café (1st FL across from the Circulation desk). Please be considerate of library materials and other library users by tossing trash and recyclables in the provided containers located throughout the library.

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Meet Dawn Emsellem – Part of our “Featured Librarian” series

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Welcome to our new “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.

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Our second Featured Librarian is Dawn Emsellem, who is our Research and Instruction Librarian.

Here are some answers she gave in a recent interview:

What is your job here at McKillop library?
Research and Instruction Librarian. I spend a lot of time at the information desk answering everyone’s questions, teaching classes, and thinking of new ways to spread the gospel of information literacy.

What degree(s) do you have and where did you get them?
I have a BS in Political Science from Barnard College in New York and a Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

What departments are you a liaison for?
I work with the Departments of Political Science, Modern and Classical Languages, Master’s and Ph.D. in the Humanities, Pell Scholar Program, and Global Studies. I also liaise with the Student Government Association and the RAs.

What is the best way to contact you?
People can stop by the information desk or my office on the first floor of the library, room 130, call me at 341-2336, or email me at dawn.emsellem@salve.edu.

What is the best part of your job?
I love helping people explore their intellectual passions. And I love a tricky reference question. I love that “ah-ha” moment when you and your information seeker are looking and looking and looking together, through all the library databases and the catalogs, and Google Scholar, and you finally discover an absolutely perfect book or article or report and you’re both like, “wheeeeee!”

I also love learning a little about a lot of stuff. Librarians at an institution like Salve have to be able to dip into any subject and quickly get the lay of the land. I love that process. The other week I couldn’t find anything on a student’s religious and theological studies topic in our library resources, but I had a feeling that there was a body of work out there and we just hadn’t hit on the right search words. I searched Google Scholar, and then Google, and realized that there were tons of lay people writing on this esoteric aspect of bible study. These self-taught theologians had interpretations that were sometimes way out there and we couldn’t use them, but they cited several academics. We researched the academics to make sure they weren’t on the fringe, and then found their articles, and learned how they referred to the topic, and then found more library sources using the new search words we had found. It was a really fun process.

What do you like most about the library?
I like how lively it is. I like being around people, and at Salve, the library is a busy, busy place on campus.

What library resource do you think is most useful for students and why?
All of them are useful for answering different kinds of questions. Right now I’m really into our Gale Virtual Reference Library database because it’s been helping me really quickly and easily answer all of these Religious Studies questions we’ve been getting lately.

What are your hobbies and/or personal interests?

I used to have hobbies, but now I have 3 little boys under 7 so I don’t do anything but kid stuff. I used to like power tools, building things, painting, reading, and drawing. Now I like going to zoos and museums and running around in wild places with my husband and our boys.

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Do you have any pets?
We have seven fish, three shrimp, two snails (named Mitch and Rob) and three aquatic frogs. My eldest son is trying to strong arm us into getting him a bearded dragon.

Do you have a favorite author and/or quote?
Roald Dahl is my favorite author right now. He’s very subversive and he gets what it’s like to be a kid. My favorite author used to be Jane Jacobs, who wrote The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I also enjoy Atul Gawande. I am very bad at remembering quotes. I used to write them down on slips of paper and tape them on the walls of my apartment so that I could remember them again. I have twelve books piled on my bedside table, on top of three months of New Yorker Magazines. I read about five pages a night before I conk out.

What’s your favorite book? (obligatory question for a librarian!)
I really can’t decide on one favorite book. Every book changes the way I think.

Is there something random about you that you’d like us to know?
I recently discovered that I think snakes are cute. My oldest son found a baby snake under a log the other day and it was super sweet.

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