New Library Displays

DVD Collection

The library’s DVD collection has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. We are just about to reach a total of 4,000 DVD titles. The library’s stairwell landing between the 1st and 2nd floors is currently displaying an array of the DVDs (empty packaging only) we have added in the last year.


Whether looking for a classic film, current popular movie, or a documentary, there’s a good chance that we have it, and if we don’t, you are welcome to submit suggestions for what you would like.  There is a suggestion box next to the Browsing DVD collection, or simply use the online request form.

Check on what is already in the collection on the library website’s Video page which also includes the streaming video services available to Salve.

Television Renaissance

McKillop Library has been building a collection of popular television shows offered on DVD, from smart BBC detective series to American vampire and zombie shows.  You can find all seasons of the award winning Mad Men, as well as last year’s Golden Globe winner for best television drama Homeland.  For these and more, visit the New Releases Display case on the first floor for television DVDs available for checkout.  Click here  to see the nominations for this year’s Golden Globe awards airing January 13th. Also visit our display in the front foyer.


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Student Government Association Presents Library with Gift in Honor of Dr. Peter Liotta

McKillop Library was thrilled to receive a gift from the Salve Regina University Student Government Association to purchase books in honor of Dr. Peter Liotta. Dr. Liotta died on August 31st and was a beloved professor of political science and humanities and Director of The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy for six years.

The Student Government Association’s gift was used to purchase books that Dr. Liotta cited as major influences in his most recent book, The Real Population Bomb : Megacities, Global Security & the Map of the Future. The books improve the library’s collection in the areas of international relations, political science, and political theory.

Below are the titles added to the library’s collection, along with Dr. Liotta’s comments about them from The Real Population Bomb:

The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph A. Tainter
“Providing one of the most intriguing perspectives in the ABC News documentary, Earth 2100: The Final Century of Civilization?, the archaeologist Tainter offers a wealth of detail and background on how and why empires from the Roman to the Mayan and many others abruptly disappeared. Suggesting that collapse is perhaps a return to normalcy, Tainter lays the foundation that Jared Diamond covers in later books such as Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse.” (p. 228)

How the World Works by Noam Chomsky
“Named by the New York Times as ‘arguably the most important intellectual alive,’ Chomsky never fails to provoke – actually inflame is a more accurate phrasing. But his ideas have become only more prescient over time. He – along with his close friend and colleague, the Marxist historian Howard Zinn (with whom Liotta was also close) – has made a deep impact on American political culture and thought.” (p. 220)

How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance by Parag Khanna
“Praise and dispraise for this book tend toward the polar extremes, but Khanna does present a sweeping view of how – with the end of the American Century, we have entered a Middle Ages of decentralization where individuals, organizations (particularly NGOs), radicals, and even mercenaries wield influence in unprecedented ways. Arguing for a fresh dance among these elements to solve global problems on a local scale in a ‘fractured, fragmented, multipolar” (11) workd, Khanna covers a wide range of topics. His work on the Age of the City excerpted in Foreign Policy is especially useful.” (p. 225)

It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace by Rye Barcott
“Barcott is a terrible writer but a master storyteller. It Happened on the Way to War recounts his trials and triumphs as cofounder of the NGO Carolina for Kiberia. First visiting the Kiberia megaslum of Nairobi in 2000, Barcott tells how he successfully built a network of human inspiration, even as he later serves as a Marine in Iraq and then completes business studies at Harvard. The real heroes of this book, nonetheless (and the author clearly admits it), are the nurse Tabitha Atieno Festo and the community organizer Salim Mohamed. Despite many setbacks that ensue, Barcott’s is an optimistic work, in useful contrast to many of the bleaker assessments found in this list.” (p. 219)
Planet of Slums by Mike Davis
“Davis is a hard-nosed scholar and MacArthur ‘genius’ recipient. This book, certainly not without controversy, provides a wealth of often devastating insight into the squalid conditions many urban dwellers are forced to live with in some of the most tenuous locations on earth.” (p. 222)

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Thanks to Dawn Emsellem, Outreach & Instructional Librarian, for the blog post.
Photo credit: Olga Verbeek, McKillop Library Associate Director, Collection and Research Services.

Extended Hours – Dec. 5-19


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 individual quiet study and — from Dec. 5-19 — extended hours! We’re even giving FREE COFFEE after 9 PM on Dec. 12 & 13!

Detailed calendar and more information below. Also see our studying page for printing help, studying tips and more. 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
  • The 3rd floor is the SILENT study floor. Please be considerate!
  • Group work is encouraged on the first and second floors or in the study rooms.

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.

Practicing presentations? Borrow a small portable projector at the Circulation desk. Use it in any study room! We even have presentation remotes for check-out — look professional while giving your class presentation; just ask at the Circulation desk.

For $1 you can purchase a library tote bag, highlighter or sanitary package of earbuds. Just ask at the front Circulation desk.

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.

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 Cafe (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.

Posted with permission, Project Information Literacy:

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Featured Database: ARTstor


Impress classmates and professors with high-quality images inserted into your presentations!

ARTstor provides over one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities and sciences. ARTstor shares collections from hundreds of museums, artists, artists’ estates, photographers, scholars, special collections and photo archives.

Just some of the images included in ARTstor are from the following:

  • –American Folk Art Museum
  • –Architecture of Venice
  • –The Art Institute of Chicago Collection
  • –The Courtauld Institute of Art (Conway Library and Courtauld Gallery)
  • –Dura-Europos and Gerasa Archives (Yale University)
  • –Library of Congress Collection
  • –Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • –and much, much more!

So what can you do with the ARTstor Digital Library?

  •  –Create a free account and save and sort images into your own personal folders; even upload your own images
  • –Search by Keyword, or Browse by collection, classification, or geography
  • –Sort results by date, creator, or title; narrow results by geography, date range, classification
  • –View images and image data
  • –Zoom in on and pan images
  • –Print and save images to your own computer or flash drive
  • –Batch download images up to 100 at a time
  • –Download images to PowerPoint or KeyNote
  • –Export citations for images or image groups

Ready to start? Go to the library’s database A-Z list and find “ARTstor” in the list or Ask-A-Librarian to get started.

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