Faculty Open House – Wed, Feb 1 – 11:30 am – 2:00 pm



From 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons
·        Course reserves (including electronic reserves), HELIN and interlibrary loan book delivery, and your library account with Gerald “Joe” Foley, Access Services Manager
·        Databases in your discipline with John Lewis, Digital Services Librarian
·        Publishing on eScholar with John Lewis, Digital Services Librarian & Lori Barile, Learning Commons Librarian
·        Library resources in MyWebCourses with Olga Verbeek, Associate Director, Collections & Research Services
(Second Floor)
·        Hands on with the latest tech toys with Annette Torrey, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
·        Curriculum Resources display with Christine Bagley, Curriculum Resources Librarian

January is Poverty in America Awareness Month

Photo by SamPac: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/322639083/

January is Poverty in America Awareness Month, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million people live below the official poverty line, the highest number in the 52 years these statistics have been collected.  Median income fell across all working-age groups, but young workers, ages 15-24, were hit hardest, with an income decline of 9%. 

McKillop Library has the books, articles, and statistical resources you need to help you understand this phenomenon.  Come check out our special display of books and DVDs about poverty on the 1st FL (and on your way in, stop and look at our poverty display case).

According to a 2010 Washington Post/ Kaiser Family Foundation/ Harvard University poll, 64% of Americans believe that the government should do more to combat poverty.  17% believe the government should do less.

Source: library database “Polling the Nations” where researchers can find more public opinion data from the United States and around the world.


300,000 to 400,000 youth might be expected to be homeless on any given day.

Source: Martha R. Burt, Ph.D. “Understanding Homeless Youth: Numbers, Characteristics, Multisystem Involvement, and Intervention Options” from http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/901087_Burt_Homeless.pdf


The number of people living in poverty in 2010 (46.2 million) is the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Report: Income, Poverty and Health Insurance in the United States: 2010 at: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/2010/highlights.html

Also, see The Denver Post Blog for “Captured: Child Poverty in Colorado,” a project to document eight families living in poverty.
Photo by Lisa Underhill
Photo by Judy DeHaas, The Denver Post, used with permission
Photo by Judy DeHaas, The Denver Post, used with permission

Welcome to the Learning Commons!

Welcome back!
Some big changes happened in the library over the break!
Cary Fifer, Class of 2015, uses a new iMac

The Champlin Foundations has awarded the McKillop Library a second grant, in the amount of $69,550, for the expansion of the Learning Commons into the east wing of the main floor of the library.  To help users fully utilize library resources, additions include a remodeled public information desk for on-demand research assistance and a private, glassed-in space for longer, one-on-one research consultations with a librarian (installation will be completed in early February). 
Two “pods” of computers have been created around two of the columns in that area.  Six freestanding collaborative technology tables were purchased; each of these tables will have seating space for up to eight users.  These new tables have built-in power and data jacks to support laptop use.  In addition, the grant funded the purchase of 48 computer task chairs and 12 new lounge chairs.
The library received its first Champlin grant in November  2008 to begin the conversion of first floor space into a collaborative Learning Commons.  This first grant funded the purchase of new furnishings and technology for the library’s west wing, as well as the renovation of the library’s classroom into a multipurpose learning space.
Read more about the renovations on Salve Today.

Caroline Norton and Caroline Gildea, Class of 2012

In addition, an iMac computer has been installed in each of the following study rooms: 317, 306 and 204.  Microphones have been ordered and will be attached to the iMac computers to allow students to easily record audio-voiceovers to use with programs such as iMovie.  A microphone will also be available for check-out at the Circulation desk for students to use with their own laptops.

We’d love to hear your feedback about our new renovations…..or about the library in general!  Leave a comment or suggestion in any of the comment boxes next to printers on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd FL of the library, or fill out a comment form at http://library.salve.edu/feedback.html