Happy 2020 and welcome back! We hope everyone has had a merry holiday and a restful break! We’ve been busy here in the library, preparing for the new semester. Here’s some of what we’ve been up to:
Study Room Changes
Study Room 317 is being repurposed, therefore is offline and not available for booking through the online study room module. It is locked and unavailable for student use.
By student request, we have placed laminated guides on how to use the technology in each study room, including who to contact for assistance. Each of our three study rooms (217, 306 and 304) include a wall-mounted display with cables to connect your laptop or mobile device!
Updated Food/Noise Policy
- Items purchased from the McKillop Café, as well as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages in spill-resistant containers are permitted in the library. Messy and/or aromatic meals (e.g. soup, subs, pizza) should be consumed only in the McKillop Café area on the first floor and away from public access computers.
- Takeout foods delivered to the library front desk will be refused and returned to the delivery driver.
- Alcohol, as well as tobacco or vaping products of any kind are prohibited in the library.
- Cell phone ringers should be disabled or turned to vibrate. Please be considerate of those around you and keep conversations to a minimum and at a low volume.
- On the first and second floors, conversation at a normal volume is allowed. This environment is conducive to group work and for people who study better with environmental stimulation.
- The third floor is designated for silent study, so any conversation should be kept to an absolute minimum. This environment is conducive to individual study and for people who study better with very little environmental stimulation.
- On all three floors, headphones or earbuds are required for listening to music or videos; this type of sound cannot be played out loud in any open areas of the library. Headphones are available to check out at the circulation desk.
Thank you for your cooperation in creating a supportive, relaxing atmosphere for everyone!
We have some fantastic events planned for this semester, such as:
Faculty Lecture Series: Elaine Silva Mangiante, Ph.D.
“Creating a Culture of Critical Thinkers: Novice and Veteran Teachers Embrace Educational Reforms to Foster a Collaborative and Critical Environment.”
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: McKillop Library – East Wing
Educational standards in the US have shifted in the last decade emphasizing the promotion of students’ critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving. Students are now expected to be able to construct arguments based on evidence to explain a phenomenon—the focus now is on why and how rather than merely what. Dr. Mangiante’s research reveals how teachers, both prospective and veteran, have embraced innovative pedagogical strategies and educational reforms to create a classroom culture for collaborative problem-solving.
The Inclusive Reading Club: “The Hate U Give” and “Race Matters”
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: McKillop Library – Munroe Special Collections Room (109)
Join us for a discussion of The Hate U Give, the award-winning, critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas that chronicles the experiences of a black family in Georgia confronting racial norms and police brutality, and Race Matters by Dr. Cornel West, a national bestseller that recently celebrated 25 years of publication. For more information, including on how to access the readings online, go to the event page at https://salve.libcal.com/event/6199914.
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Room 306
The vibrant acrylic paintings on display between the second and third floors of the McKillop Library are the work of modern artist Johannes von Gumppenberg. His work demonstrates a lifelong interest in modern art and design and a desire to explore the fundamentals underlying new freedoms.
The Life of Saint John Henry Newman [1st FL]
Come and learn more about the life of Saint John Henry Newman in a new display from the personal collection of English professor Dr. Stephen Trainor. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman was declared a saint in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square in Rome on Sunday, October 13, 2019.
Dr. Trainor, who attended the ceremony, has graciously provided first edition copies of Newman’s works, as well as mementos from the ceremony in October. The display is located on the first floor of the library, near the library café.
Diversity in Children’s Films [1st FL – DVDs]
Black History Month [1st FL]
Immigration [1st FL]
CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles 2019 [1st FL]
CHOICE, a publisher of the American Library Association, publishes its yearly list that reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice</eM and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. The books on this display were ordered from the list of Outstanding Academic titles.
Calligraphy as Expression of Devotion [3rd FL]
University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Genna Duplisea first noticed in the collection Maria Thomas’s beautiful calligraphic art used for the Mission Statement, Christmas cards for Sister Therese Antone, and other Salve celebrations. Such pieces recall religious manuscripts, in which the meaning and the form of words were both important. Writing is both an expression of the self and, in some cases, a practice of devotion.
She sought to find examples of hand-lettering, everyday handwriting, and designed fonts in the archives. The collaboration between Special Collections and Jamestown artist Johannes von Gumppenberg, whose paintings hang on the mezzanine, also provided many examples of calligraphy design. Many of the selections relate to Christmas because of Salve Regina’s Sisters of Mercy heritage, and so only represents a small fraction of the possibilities of writing as art and religious practice. Duplisea hopes that this display will spark conversation about writing across all faith traditions.
Tell me more!
- A monthly one-hour discussion of short readings
- Readings explore diversity and inclusion on various themes, from a multicultural perspective
- Bring us your ideas and interests!
- Can’t make it to the meeting? Post your thoughts to the IRC’s online bulletin board by going to this link https://padlet.com/salvelibrarian/irc or scanning the QR code below:
The details …
- First meeting: Thursday, Oct. 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 109 in McKillop Library
- Get the readings emailed to you after Sept. 17th by contacting Rose Albert, of Multicultural Programs ([email protected]; 401-341-3285) or Gretchen Sotomayor, McKillop Library, ([email protected]; 401-341-2281), or stop by the library’s circulation desk.
We’re hosting a Climate Teach-In in the McKillop Library Café on Friday, September 20 at 10 a.m. in observance of the Global Climate Strike.
A teach-in is an informal discussion, so please drop in (no RSVP required) with ideas and questions, hopes and concerns about climate change, environmental degradation, and how the climate relates to the Critical Concerns of Mercy.
We all have something to learn and something to teach when it comes to caring for our common home.
This teach-in is affiliated with the Archives & Climate Change Teach-Ins sponsored by Archivists Responding to Climate Change and Archivists Against History Repeating Itself. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/archivistclimatestrike19. If you have questions or feedback, please email [email protected].