Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week



Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read, challenging censorship by drawing attention to banned or challenged books and encouraging people to read!

“Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association.” (source: http://bannedbooksweek.org/about)

This year, to celebrate Banned Books Week, the library is hosting three events: “Blind Date With A Banned Book,” “Banned Books Read-Out” and “Movie Night” which will show the film version of “The Color Purple.” All events are free and everyone from the Salve Community is invited! Read more on Banned Books week in SRU’s Mosaic article.


“Blind Date With A Banned Book”
Mon. Sept. 26, Miley Lobby, 11 am – 1 pm
Students choose to check-out a book from a selection of wrapped books, with their only clue being a brief description of why the book was challenged or banned.


“Banned Books Read-Out”
Wed. Sept 28, McKillop Library Lawn, 11 am – 2 pm
Members of the Salve community read passages from a favorite banned or challenged book while enjoying caramel apples and lemonade! The theme this year is “diversity” as many censored books are written by diverse authors. If you are interested in reading, please contact Kristin Butler at [email protected] to discuss your book and passage choice and schedule your spot. Or feel free to just come and listen! (Event will be moved inside the library building in the event of inclement weather).


“Banned Books Movie Night”
Thurs. Sept. 29, DiStefano Lecture Hall, Antone 128, 7 pm
Banned or challenged for many reasons in multiple states including inappropriate language,” “profanity and sexual references” and “violence,” the film version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” will be shown to raise awareness of how diverse authors are often censored and to combat censorship.
(Movie Night is co-sponsored by The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, the Office of Multicultural Programs, the Dept. of English and Communications and the Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies).

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Welcome to McKillop Library!


Greetings everyone! Welcome to our new Class of 2020 and Welcome Back to all those who are returning for another year at Salve.

Make sure you find time to stop in the library and say hi to friendly librarians and staff. Our Floor Plans and Maps page gives a layout of each floor. We also have a mobile site — take the library wherever you go!

Remember, librarians are here to help! Contact us anytime and ask us anything!

Study Rooms
Need to study in a group? The library has four study rooms (two on each of the 2nd and 3rd FLs). Most rooms have large tables with moveable chairs, desktop computer(s), whiteboard and additional technology such as large screen displays to connect your laptops.
Reserve any study room online anytime with any device! For a full list of what’s in each study room, see our study room page.

LibraryLessons_Fall2016“Library Lessons” is a series of workshops led by librarians to assist you with various aspects of research such as navigating the new catalog, citing sources, searching databases and more (click for full schedule). Registration is required. Register online at http://library.salve.edu/librarylessons/register.html

Visit our Makerspace!
Need to make a collage? Or perhaps a swanky button? Or just need a fun distraction from all that studying (whew!)? Come to the Makerspace (Library 2nd FL)! We offer free supplies like pipe cleaners, colored paper, crayons and more, as well as a button maker, CriCut machine and laminator (bring your own laminating sheets please). Have fun! We also offer free craft workshops in the Makerspace starting in October on the 1st Sunday of every month at 3:30 pm (no registration required and materials are provided). Information on each craft will be posted as the date approaches.

See the Computers & Technology page for the full list of technology available in the library, including software on public computers (PCs and Macs) and items for check-out such as an iPad 2. The Media Services department in User Support Services also loans equipment such as video cameras, microphone headsets and more. Click for a full list (Ground Level of the library).

Fun Collections
Did you know we have a whole browsing area of popular books? It’s a great way to discover books for fun beach reading. Also check out our vast collection of films on DVD! Both areas are located on the 1st FL, East Wing (to the left side as you enter the front door).


Always remember to bring your Salve ID card to be able to…

Stay Connected with Your Library!
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Guest Post – Dawn Emsellem, Director of Library Services



Greetings Salve Community,

When I was appointed library director in July, McKillop Library’s talented staff had already set a course for the coming year that incorporates what we believe are the most exciting developments on the horizon in academic libraries. These are our areas of focus for the coming year.

Information Literacy
Our students are constantly navigating a complex, dynamic information environment. New forms of media arise quickly and become major conveyors of information. While we recognize that faculty are the appropriate people to teach students the types of advanced research skills they need within their discipline, we at the library see ourselves as responsible for helping Salve Regina students develop the dispositions and habits of mind to function skillfully and ethically in this environment. This set of skills is what we call information literacy. One of our major goals is to work closely with faculty and other campus divisions to appropriately integrate information literacy into the life of the university, throughout the curriculum and student life. We look forward to working across campus in support of the university’s goal to improve the level of academic excellence at Salve Regina.

Advanced Collections and Search Tools
The purpose of McKillop Library’s collections is to support the curriculum, and we’re grateful to faculty members for continuing to request materials that support teaching and student research. Within the limits of the library budget, we seek out new resources and research tools to support our community’s research needs. We also monitor new developments in librarianship to offer our community the latest search tools and instruction on how to use them. Our new catalog is an example of this.

Digital Scholarship
Digital scholarship is a major area of growth on campuses nationwide, with libraries, faculty, and students developing collaborative projects that engage students in the scholarly conversation, create new modes of scholarly communication and interdisciplinary research, and showcase the intellectual production of their universities. The library is piloting several projects with faculty that we hope will develop into opportunities for faculty and students to share their research, creating spaces where others can access their ideas and data and develop new interpretations.

Civic Engagement
Libraries are traditionally spaces where citizens come together to investigate, debate, and discuss challenging ideas. We already serve as a major community space on campus, and we hope to develop more programs, events, and displays that provide space for fostering civic engagement.

I’m excited to take on the challenge of this new role at McKillop Library and looking forward to working with all of you.

Dawn Emsellem

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New Library Catalog – Worldcat Discovery



McKillop Library took advantage of a period of transformation within our HELIN academic library consortium to make a radical change in the type of catalog/research tool we offer to the Salve Regina community. After a period of thorough review and research, the library staff and our HELIN colleagues chose to replace the old HELIN catalog with a new “discovery service,” Worldcat Discovery, to help members of the Salve community find information on their research topics from a network of libraries worldwide.

Researchers will notice a new search box on the library’s homepage, along with a new look when results are displayed after a search. Library staff ask the Salve community for patience and feedback during this period, as we will continue to configure and refine the new search tool over the fall semester, and some aspects of the system will not be made live until January.

Please consider attending one of our training sessions or scheduling an appointment with a librarian to take full advantage of the library catalog’s new features.

The new catalog/discovery service includes these advantages:

  • Displays a huge range of materials through the ability to search libraries worldwide for books and media.
  • Provides a quick summary of items in your result list, so researchers can quickly browse and gauge relevance.
  • After a user completes a search, results can be more easily fine-tuned to quickly find the most relevant and accessible items.
  • Streamlines the interlibrary loan request process for users.
  • The information service provider is more responsive to feedback, and has already made updates based on libraries’ suggestions since we switched to the new catalog in July.
  • Utilizes a modern cloud-based system which is faster and more reliable than previous catalog.
  • Designed to display well on all types of mobile devices.
  • As a new system it will be capable of evolving as future advances are made in search tool technology.
  • Easier off-campus access, simply by entering Salve username and password (going fully live in January).

Do not hesitate to contact the library with questions about the new catalog!

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