Study Room Tech Upgrade & New Chairs


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


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

National Poetry Month

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

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

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


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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Meet Alicia Vaandering – Part of our “Featured Librarian” Series


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.

Alicia Vaanderng, Education and Instructional Design Librarian

This month’s Featured Librarian is Alicia Vaandering, who is Education and Instructional Design Librarian.

Here are some answers she gave in a recent interview:

What is your job here at McKillop library?
I am the Education and Instructional Design Librarian.

What degree(s) do you have and where did you get them?
I received my Master of Library and Information Studies (M.L.I.S.) from the University of Rhode Island, and I am currently working toward receiving my M.A. in history from URI as well. My B.A. is from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

What departments are you a liaison for?
I am the liaison for the education department at Salve, and I currently share liaison duties for the history department with Genna Duplisea, our wonderful archivist at McKillop.

What is the best way to contact you?
Usually by email at, or in person at either the first or second floor information desks.

What is the best part of your job?
For me, teaching library instruction sessions is the best part of my job. I love working with students to help them develop research strategies and discover new tools that can help them with their projects and assignments. Technology has opened up so many new avenues for research, teaching, and scholarship; and it’s so fun and rewarding to tackle more traditional research topics and problems with new tools. However, I’d also say that getting to read award-winning children’s books and young adult literature is definitely up there on my list of favorite things about my job.

What do you like most about the library?
The books, which I’m hesitant to say as there’s a bit of a misconception that librarians do nothing but work with physical books. Nonetheless, there’s something so wonderful about working in a place where you are surrounded by books that contain millennia of knowledge, stories, and traditions. It’s like being surrounded by thousands and thousands of connections to the world around you. It’s a powerful feeling.

What library resource do you think is most useful for students and why?
Is it cheating if I say librarians? If so, I think I’ll go ahead and cheat and just say it: I think librarians are the most useful resource for students. The reason for this is simple: librarians can connect students with all the other resources that are available to them for their research and personal needs. We work with such a diverse range of resources and tools every day, so we bring a nuanced understanding of the research and information-creating processes to the table. And if one of us doesn’t have the right information, we’re more than willing to check with other Salve librarians or with the general library community. Librarians tend to be incredibly collaborative. We take pride in finding an answer to student questions, rather than in simply knowing the answer ourselves.

What are your hobbies and/or personal interests?
I enjoy reading, cooking and baking, traveling, binge-watching tv shows (particularly period detective shows like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries), hiking, and visiting museums.

Do you have any pets?
I have two cats that are each others’ archenemies. One is a calico named Spumoni, the other is a tortoise-shell (tortie) named Persephone.
Apparently, calicos and torties tend to be independent and less sociable with other cats. Prime example of what happens when you don’t do research, even for decisions outside the classroom.

Do you have a favorite author and/or quote?
That’s like picking a favorite star in the sky! There’s so many. My physical and digital bookshelves are littered with Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Leo Tolstoy, A.J. Jacobs, Geraldine Brooks, Tony Horwitz, J.K. Rowling, Kate Morton, the Brontës, Arthur Conan Doyle, and a host of others. My favorites change by mood and what’s going on in my life and in the broader world at the moment.

What are you reading right now? What do you think about it?
I’m reading Agatha Christie’s Murder in Mesopotamia (bedtime reading), Alistair Black’s A New History of the English Public Library (thesis reading), and Paul Thompson’s Dressmaker’s War (general reading). I’m enjoying all of them in very different ways.

Is there something random about you that you’d like us to know?

Hmm…someday I want to own a pygmy goat whom I will name Herbert (this has been my plan since I was about ten years old and fell in love with a little black pygmy goat at the Oregon State Fair). I also love rainy weather as it reminds me of growing up in the Pacific Northwest. So, if we are having a rainy day and you feel like you need to see a happy person who won’t grumble about the weather, come see me in the library. 🙂

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