Library Extended Hours : April 29 – May 11

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The time for final projects, presentations and exams is here. But don’t stress: the library has you covered!

We have study rooms, floors for group and quiet study, and we are open 24 hours weekdays. We’re even giving away FREE COFFEE, tea and hot chocolate after 9 PM on May. 6 & 7!

Detailed calendar of extended hours and more information below. Oh, and don’t forget your Salve ID to enter the library after 10 PM.

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 (use front doors only after 12 am)
  • Group work is encouraged on the first and second floors or in the study rooms

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  • The 3rd floor is the SILENT study floor. Please be considerate!
  • Room 106 is reserved for quiet study from 2 am – 8 am
  • Computer Lab 006 (Garden Level) is designated as an extra quiet study area during finals

blog4Study rooms can be reserved online for a maximum of 3 consecutive hours. 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 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, see your reservation email for details or contact a librarian) for assistance.

Final projects and exams got you StReSsEd? Relax, we can help! The library’s Bookends Cafe (1st FL across from the Circulation desk) will have stress busters like games, activities, a graffiti wall and of course you can purchase hot and cold beverages and snacks as well. We are also giving away FREE HOT BEVERAGES after 9 pm on May 6 & 7! Make sure to take periodic study breaks, get enough sleep, stay hydrated and eat every meal!

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For the consideration of your fellow library users, aromatic meals such as pizza, soups, and take-out (Chinese, etc.) should be consumed in the Bookends Cafe.

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Some library computers have duplicates of the software found in Computer Labs 006 and 005. Here’s where they are in the library and the extra software that is installed.

Table of 4 PC computers outside of Classroom 106 and rear pod of 4 PCs on the DVD side:

  • Adobe Design Suite CC 2017(Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver)
  • ArcGis
  • IBM SPSS
  • MatLab 2016
  • Pro Tax Series 2016 (Intuit)
  • QuickBooks Premier 2017
  • QuickBooks File Manager
  • TexMaker

Note that Microsoft Visio and Project are only available in the Labs (Garden Level). Also, all of our Mac computers are duplicates of those in the Mac Labs (Antone). If you need other software, try the Computer Labs in the Garden Level of the Library.

When working on library computers, don’t forget to periodically SAVE YOUR WORK to an external source such as a flash drive. Library computers are auto-set to restart periodically; upon restart, all saved information is lost. So be sure to use File>Save As and do not save your work to library computer desktops for long periods of time.

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The McKillop Library’s public printers are multi-purpose Ricoh machines which can copy, print, and scan to email. Several features are available with these machines:

  • Color printing as well as black & white
  • Double-sided (duplex) printing
  • Scan-to-email feature (to Salve email addresses only)
  • Selection of paper size
  • Laptop printing (Mac and PC) over the wireless network (Salve Students only; excludes Faculty, Staff and Guests.)
  • Scan to USB or Memory Card

Print jobs can be released from any of the five Ricoh multifunction printers in the library: three on the first floor, and one each on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

–Black & White printing/copying costs .10¢ per side of page;
–Color printing/copying costs .25¢ per side of page
–Each student is given $20.00 per semester on their Salve cards for printing. This initial $20.00 is free to the student and includes 200 sheets of single-sided black & white printing or 40 sheets of double-sided color printing. (Please note that color printing will deplete the number of allotted pages faster.)

Students, faculty, and staff need their Salve IDs to copy, print, and scan.

Need research tips?

If you have any questions or need help, please ask library staff; we’re here to serve you!

Happy studying!

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Meet Gretchen Sotomayor– 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.

Gretchen Sotomayor, Research, Instruction and Archives Specialist

This month’s Featured Librarian is Gretchen Sotomayor, Research, Instruction and Archives Specialist.

Here are some answers Gretchen gave in a recent interview:

What is your job here at McKillop library?
I am a Research, Instruction and Archives Specialist, so I spend part of my time working at the information desk answering questions and helping people find what they need for their research. I recently started (in April) working in the University Archives and Special Collections, and it sounds like it will be very interesting and busy.

What degree(s) do you have and where did you get them?
I have a BA in Communications, Editorial Journalism, from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Library and Information Studies, from the University of Rhode Island.

What is the best way to contact you?
Through email (gretchen.sotomayor@salve.edu), as I am moving around to different areas of the library, or by phone at 341-2289 or 341-2281.

What is the best part of your job?
The people. Whether it is helping someone at the Information and Research help desk, or showing a class how to access library resources, I like being able to help people find what they are looking for. We have so many amazing resources and tools here, and while they might seem intimidating at first, it is so much fun to dive into research and explore all that the library has to offer – and I want to share that!

What do you like most about the library?
I love that it is a welcoming place for all – students, faculty, staff, local visitors, Circle of Scholar members. Students fill the various floors, and it is often buzzing with groups meeting to work on projects. Faculty come together here often to celebrate and support each other’s achievements in research. We currently have an exhibit, the Seeking Shelter project with Block Island roots, that honors the faith-based activism of Father Daniel Berrigan and his friend, theologian and civil rights lawyer William Stringfellow, and that has attracted a wide audience to our library.

What library resource do you think is most useful for students and why?
Aside from the eager librarians who enjoy sharing their knowledge, I think the ability to easily search many EBSCO databases simultaneously from our simple search box on the library’s home page offers students a less intimidating way to get started in their research. Also, our very valuable online chat service is available six days a week – we do our best to answer any and all questions!

What are your hobbies and/or personal interests?
I love to travel and explore new cultures, and enjoy spending time outside in the garden, hiking, sailing, biking and walking on the Cliff Walk.

Do you have any pets?
I did have a brave, one-eyed cat who gamely moved with us to the tropics and to Italy, and also lived here in Rhode Island! She preferred the south-facing window, where her bed was situated on top of a radiator, in our Rhode Island house.

Do you have a favorite author and/or quote?
I did have the pleasure of hearing poet Billy Collins recently recite some of his poetry, so here is one to share (as snow is falling outside) as we wait for spring.

Today

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

What are you reading right now? What do you think about it?
“Feel Free: essays” by Zadie Smith. It’s an eclectic collection of essays on all topics – global warming, growing up in a multicultural environment, Facebook, the current political environment, Joni Mitchell. She is fierce, in examinations of herself and others, which encourages you, the reader, to examine your choices.

Is there something random about you that you’d like us to know?
I have moved every three to four years throughout my life, but Rhode Island, a quirky and beautiful state, has become the place where I have lived the longest – 12 years.

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Complete Our Satisfaction Survey – Win $100 Amazon.com Gift Card

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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!

*Amazon gift card winner chosen by random draw among completed entries. Salve email required to enter and win. Winner will be notified by Salve email after survey ends.

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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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