Library Events: Presentations by Ann Hood (author) and Dr. James L. Yarnall (Associate Professor and author)

Two exciting speakers are coming to the McKillop Library to talk about their latest books:

A Writer’s Life: a talk by Ann Hood
Thursday, March 3, 2011
4:00 – 5:00 PM
McKillop Library, Salve Regina University

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation.
Ann Hood, prize-winning, best-selling author and faculty member in the creative writing program at the New School in NYC, was born in West Warwick and is currently living in Providence, RI. She is the author of 13 books including the bestsellers Somewhere off the Coast of Maine, The Knitting Circle, and The Red Thread. Comfort: A Journey through Grief was a New York Times Notable Book and was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2008. She has won two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award and The Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and many other publications. Her most recent book, The Red Thread, was published in 2010 by W.W. Norton.
This program is sponsored by the Department of English, Academic Affairs, McKillop Library, the Writing Center and the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life.
Read more about Ann Hood on her website:

John La Farge and the Travelogue:
an illustrated talk by Dr. James L. Yarnall
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Munroe Special Collections Room
McKillop Library, Salve Regina University

A reception will follow the presentation.

Dr. James L. Yarnall, a leading authority on John La Farge and Associate Professor in Salve’s Department of Art, will give a presentation on La Farge’s illustrated travel writings on Tuesday, March 8, from 4:00-5:00 PM in the Munroe room of McKillop Library. A reception will follow the presentation.

John La Farge, better known for his stained-glass masterpieces, was also a painter, muralist, decorative artist, and writer. During the summer of 1886, at the age of fifty-one, La Farge accepted an invitation from an old friend—the famous historian Henry Adams—to tour Japan for several months. A second trip with Adams was a fifteen-month tour of the South Seas, including Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, Indonesia, and Ceylon. These trips set in motion ambitious illustrated travelogues that in various forms occupied the artist for the next decade.

An offshoot of this travelogue activity was a large exhibition entitled Records of Travel, a one-man show held in Paris as part of the Salon of 1895. Afterwards La Farge circulated the exhibit to various American cities. As a result of this widespread exposure and publicity, sales of his travel pictures skyrocketed. Until his death, La Farge’s travelogue writings and exotic images of Japan and the South Seas remained an important part of his artistic identity.
For the past three decades James L. Yarnall has been a leading authority on John La Farge. At the University of Chicago, he wrote both an M.A. thesis and a Ph.D. dissertation on different aspects of La Farge’s work. Between 1982 and 2003, he worked closely with the La Farge family on the catalogue raisonné of La Farge’s work in all media. His publications on La Farge include dozens of articles and four monographs. Yarnall has just completed John La Farge, A Biographical and Critical Study, the first biography of the artist in a hundred years, which is scheduled for release in early 2012 by Ashgate Press.

Yes, We Have Movies!

Whether you’re looking for a feature film or a documentary video, McKillop Library has you covered! We have over 2500 popular movies and educational videos in the library that you can check-out and borrow (7 day loan with 2 renewals allowed for Salve students).

To browse online, click here for feature films (alphabetical by title) or click here for documentary films (alphabetical by title). You can also search for a specific title or browse our new arrivals. And you can always come to the 1st Floor of the library to browse our entire collection!

We also have films online — databases aren’t just for articles anymore!

–> Films on Demand  Master Academic Collection has over 11,000 full-length titles in over 40 subject areas (including Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, and Health & Medicine).

–> Intelecom Online Resources Network  consists of over 300 video clips in Psychology and Sociology.

–> Theatre in Video with BBC Shakespeare contains more than 250 of the world´ s most important plays, together with more than 100 video documentaries, all online in streaming video.

Contact the library or stop-by and ask a librarian for more information!

Finding Books in the Catalog and on the Shelf

Finding books in the catalog and on the shelves is easy, once you learn the basic steps:

1. Go to the library homepage at

2. In the search box, enter keywords, a title, or an author, then click “go.”

3. On the search result page, you will see various choices available to refine your search on the lefthand sidebar. For example, you can limit your search by format, collection, publish date, or language. Under “Collection,” you can limit a search to Salve only. Under “Format,” you can limit a search to print materials or web resources:  

4. The catalog listing for each item includes location [which library has the item], status [whether the item is available or is checked-out], and call number information [where the item is located in the library].

Items located at McKillop Library have the location “Salve.”

If a book is checked-out, its status will list a due date. If an item is not checked out, its status will say “available.” (If a book is located at another school you can request the book by clicking on the “Request It” link.)

To find an item on the shelf, use the call number. Here is a chart to help you find where books and other items are located in the library:

For a more detailed guide to finding books using the catalog, see our Find a Book and Find an E-Book pages. We’ve also created a short video tutorial to walk you through the process:

If you would like a quick in-person overview on how to find books (or if you need further help), stop by the information desk on the 1st FL of the library!