Welcome to the Library!

Greetings everyone! Welcome to our new Class of 2016 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 and even take a short tour of the library with a librarian (tours are given on-demand, so just ask at the information desk!).

You can also find an overview of how to find items in the library on Step 4 of the Smart Student Library Guide!

Need headphones? A projector? Highlighter? Memory card reader? Desk fan? Presentation remote? We’ve got you covered! Just ask at the Circulation desk.

We have library book bags on sale for $1; useful for carrying books, clothes, and other items.

NEW this year are pink/yellow Ying Yang library HIGHLIGHTERS for $1.00 each. Just ask at the front desk!

Too hot where you are in the library? Come to the front desk and check out a desk fan. We have battery operated fans (batteries included) and USB fans (just plug into your laptop) available for 2 hour checkout.

Sanitary, single-pack earbuds are for sale at the Circulation desk for $1.00 each. Of course, you can still borrow a pair of headphones with your Salve ID.
Check-out a mini portable projector at the circulation desk. Hook it up to your laptop or portable device and project on the wall. Use in any study room!

We’ll regularly post research tips, contests, movie/book recommendations, new arrivals, events and more here on our blog, so check back often for new information!

Have a great first week at Salve!



The Noble Leaf: An Exhibit of Antique Map Leaves from the McKillop Library Special Collections

The Noble Leaf: An Exhibit of Antique Map Leaves from the McKillop Library Special Collections
by Julie Swierczek, Interim University Archivist and Special Collections Cataloger

A ‘leaf’, in book terminology, is what most people commonly think of as a ‘page’.   However, a page, properly speaking, only refers to one side of a leaf.  A leaf has a page on the front and a page on the back. 

What is a ‘noble leaf’?
In 1911, bookseller Gabriel Wells purchased an imperfect copy of a Gutenberg Bible; 50 leaves were missing and some of the remaining leaves had the illuminations cut out. Wells decided to separate the volume into individual leaves and larger fragments, selling them in morocco folders along with a bibliographical essay by prominent book collector A. Edward Norton. The title was A Noble Fragment, being a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, 1450-1455, with a bibliographical essay by A. Edward Norton (New York: Gabriel Wells, 1921).  Since then, an individual leaf of a rare book is sometimes known as a ‘noble leaf’.

The value of a noble leaf
When Wells sold the leaves in 1921, the price was $150 each, or $100 for a damaged leaf. That is about $1,923 and $1,282 in 2012 currency.  However, these leaves now sell for $20,000 to $100,000, depending upon their condition and the desirability of the leaf.  A leaf with a chapter title typically costs more than a leaf that only shows text.  Thus, as with other collectibles, the market value is determined by what buyers will pay.

The controversy about noble leaves
Many booksellers, collectors, and rare books librarians disapprove of the idea of breaking up rare books and selling individual leaves on ethical grounds.  Wells was not the first person to break up a book and sell individual leaves in leaf books; the tradition dates to at least 1865. In the eighth edition of ABC for Book Collectors (2004), Nicholas Barker states that the breaking up of books “is not to be condoned, even in a good cause”.  However, since collectors still want to possess leaves from books that they cannot otherwise afford, it will likely be the market, not ethics, that determines whether noble leaves are still made and sold.

The exhibit of noble leaves- in the exhibit case outside the Munroe Special Collections room, near the Circulation Desk- includes leaves from:

Bowen, Emanuel, and John Owen. Britannia depicta, or, Ogilby improv’d . London: 1720.  The maps are reduced and republished from Ogilby, John, Britannia, 1675.

Botero, Giovanni. Irlandia. Brescia, 1599.

Clüver, Philipp. Introductionis in Universam Geographiam. Amsterdam, 1682.

Kitchin, Thomas. The Atlas to Guthrie’s System of Geography. London, 1785.

Porcacchi, Tommaso. L’isole più famose del mondo descritte. Engraved by Girolamo Porro. Venice, 1576.

Tolomei, Claudio. Geographia. Engraved by Girolamo Ruscelli. Venice, 1574.

New Arrivals! Books, DVDs and more…..

Browse new arrivals by collection:
Popular reading (browsing collection)
Curriculum Resources (Education/Children/Young Adult)
Videos (DVD)
Electronic Resources (eBooks)
Archives & Special Collections

Cliff Walk / Bruce DeSilva

Research-based web design & usability guidelines / fwd by M. O. Leavitt, etal.

Vogue : the covers / by Dodie Kazanjian

Campus Confidential : the complete guide to the college experience by students for students / Robert H. Miller

Frozen planet [videorecording] / BBC Earth

Changing on the job : developing leaders for a complex world / Jennifer Garvey Berger

Wonders of the African world [videorecording] / produced by Wall to Wall Television for BBC and PBS in association with ITEL

Gone [videorecording] / a Lakeshore Entertainment/Sidney Kimmel Entertainment production

Deliverance [videorecording] / Warner Bros.

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