Talking In The Library: Rick Moody on April 3, 2017 Rogers Free Library 7:00 p.m.


Rick Moody is an American novelist and short story writer best known for the 1994 novel The Ice Storm, which brought him widespread acclaim, became a bestseller and was made into a feature film. Many of his works have been praised by fellow writers and critics alike, and in 1999 The New Yorker chose him as one of America’s most talented young writers,
listing him on their “20 Writers for the 21st Century” list. His most recent novel is Hotels of North America.

Monday, April 3, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Rogers Free Library 525 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809

For more information on Rick Moody visit our LibGuide


New Faces at the Desk


Name: Kelly A. LeMeur

Title: Learning Commons Librarian

Department: University Library

Where can you be found on campus? I can be found at the library or in the pool!

Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself or a unique hobby?  I love to do yoga, work in my beautiful garden, and travel the world.



Name: Jess Clarke

Title: Access Services Assistant

Department: University Library

Where can you be found on campus? My office is on the first floor of the library.

Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself or a unique hobby?  I grew up in England and I play the trumpet.



Name:  Samantha R. Marshall

Title: Classroom Support Specialist

Department: Information Technology

Where can you be found on campus? Library Basement

Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself or a unique hobby?  I have been providing technical support to the Higher Ed community for the past 16 years. About 5 years ago I moved to Bristol, and have enjoyed becoming a part of the community.  I feel very fortunate to now be able to work here, too.



Name:  Bruce Glazer

Title:  Technical Services Specialist

Department:  Information Technology

Where can you be found on campus? Media Tech Help Desk, in the University Library

Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself or a unique hobby?  I enjoy sporting events, both live and on TV, old movies, and announcing high school basketball and football play-by-play for Dover-Sherborn Cable TV.

Library Announces 2017 OER Faculty Fellows


By Lindsey Gumb, Instructional Technology Librarian


The University Library, in collaboration with the Center for Scholarship, Assessment, Learning, Teaching and Technology (CSALT2) is excited to announce this year’s accepted participants for the 2017 OER Faculty Fellows program.  After last year’s successful pilot, we knew we needed to offer this opportunity again to our faculty, and here are the individuals who have stepped up to the challenge:


Paula Bailey – Mathematics

Bob Dermody – Architecture

Peter Hahn – Business

Chantelle Messier – Writing

Heather Miceli – CORE

Kathy Micken – Business

Janine Weisman – Journalism


The Fellows are asked to take a course in which they traditionally assign a textbook and to instead collaborate with a librarian and instructional designer during the summer to identify openly licensed resources that will ideally address two factors: they’ll be free (or low cost) for the student, and they’ll also offer the instructor an opportunity to better address student learning outcomes by implementing new pedagogies.  The process of locating and evaluating quality OER can be difficult at times, especially when faculty are looking for resources in disciplines that are not fully represented in the OER community.  These challenges can also be wonderful opportunities for faculty members to author new resources, which can then be openly licensed and shared with others.  OER is all about sharing – whether you are the consumer or creator!

The other vital piece to this program is assessment.  It’s a wonderful thing to be able to save students money on textbook costs, but we are also extremely interested in how OER impacts student learning.  Our Fellows will work with CSALT2 to create an assessment plan to help them track student engagement with the OER content, and determine what kind of impact it has had on learning.  At the end of the Fall 2017 semester, Fellows will be expected to share their results in a scholarly manner by developing a conference presentation and/or manuscript for publication.

If you are a faculty or staff member interested in learning more about OER on your own, please contact librarian Lindsey Gumb to be directed to a new self-paced tutorial.




OCLC WMS Implementation

by John Fobert, Electronic Resources Librarian

In July 2016, the library announced our migration to a new integrated library system called OCLC WorldShare Management.  At that time, work began on implementing a new interface to search our holdings as well as on the transfer of records from our previous library system to WMS.  In December, we completed migration of bibliographic and patron records to the new system.

Although we have successfully migrated our records, the technical services staff is only now getting a chance to work with the new system.  The staff is excited to finally be able to place and receive orders in WMS.  The serials department is anxious to use the dynamic invoicing tool which will allow us to track cost per usage for electronic resources in order to better inform our purchasing decisions.  The License Manager will automatically harvest usage statistics directly from vendors eliminating the need for staff intervention.  Cataloging of materials will now be initiated at the point of order and orders can be placed electronically using Edifact technology, an industry standard.

WMS allows for a much more streamlined workflow than our previous library system.  For that reason, a consultant from OCLC will be visiting the library in May to discuss how to create greater efficiencies in our procedures, allowing staff to pursue a wider range of tasks.  It is hoped that these behind the scenes changes will measurably improve the library’s ability to serve the University community.

Did You Know…???


Can’t find a book or journal article in our database for your research?  Submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request online.

17th annual John Howard Birss, Jr. Keynote Address

On March 1st 2017, the 17th annual John Howard Birss, Jr. Keynote Address in honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez was held. The address, entitled “Violence and History in One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Politics of Magical Realism,” was be given by Professor Maria Helena Rueda, Chair/Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Smith College. The event was held in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center in the University Library.

Jennifer Murphy, Becky Spritz, Christine Fagan,Cheryl Stein (Rogers Free Library), Adam Braver, Professor Maria Helena Rueda, Lee Jackson, and Betsy Learned (Members of The Birss Committee not pictured: Meg Case and Ted Delaney)





From The Nightstand: Professor Dorian Lee Jackson

Interview conducted by Brittany Parziale ’17, Connections Intern

Professor Dorian Lee Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. He has been with the university since 2015.

Current Reads

Professor Jackson is currently reading Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler. This dystopian novel is set in California in the year 2025, during a time when crime is rampant and the social order has begun to disintegrate. Communities are walled off by an inept government in order to provide safety to their inhabitants. After her father is killed and her neighborhood torched, eighteen year old empath and visionary Lauren Oya Olamina begins a trek northward in search of a better world.

Professor Jackson found this book “relevant to the current political and social environment we are living in right now.” He finds science fiction and utopian novels compelling as they are able to “give interesting perspectives on our current situations.”

In his free time, Professor Jackson also enjoys reading crime fiction.


Memorable Reads

Brazilian author Rubem Fonseca’s short story collection The Taker and Other Stories and the works of Junot Diaz, one of his favorite authors, are among Professor Jackson’s most memorable reads.

He also fondly remembers reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls as a child. This is a book he comes back to a lot as it was “the first chapter book read as a class in elementary school and the experience of reading in long form stuck with me throughout my life.”


Upcoming Reads

Clarice Lispector’s Hour of the Star and Evelio Rosero’s The Armies will be read in preparation for courses Professor Jackson is teaching this semester. “Between family and work it is hard to find the time to sit down and really find the time for pleasure reading.” In spite of these time constraints, he absolutely loves reading and discussing books with his students.



Essential Reads

Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is an essential read because it “narrates a contemporary urban experience that becomes accessible to a lot of different people.” Jackson believes it is important to get to know and understand the American experiences of others. What he finds most rewarding about reading is being able to “reflect on my proximity to or distance from other people’s suffering–which can take a lot of shapes and forms. It allows you to experience someone else’s hardships and reflect on the condition that brings those situations about.”




Talking In The Library: Manjula Padmanabhan on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:00 p.m.

Manjula Padmanabhan is a playwright, journalist, comic strip artist and children’s book author.
She won the 1997 Onassis Award for Theatre, for her play HARVEST. In addition to writing novels and short stories,
Manjula created Suki, an Indian comic character, which was serialized as a strip in the Sunday Observer. She lives in the US .

Please join us:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
5:00 p.m.
University Library
Mary Tefft White Cultural Center

For more information on Manjula Padmanabhan visit our Libguide

Meet the Learning Commons Staff: Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson is Senior Academic Advisor in the Center for Student Academic Success. She was interviewed by Thelma Dzialo, Library Operations Manager.

How long have you worked at RWU?

I’ve worked at RWU for 8 years. I started in the Academic Advising Center doing strictly academic advising and now work within the Center for Student Academic Success (CSAS). Our office is open to any student who needs academic assistance or academic advising. I also work with students who are withdrawing from the university, reinstating, or who are on probation.



What drew you to RWU?

  I’ve worked at several local universities in various capacities. I worked at Salve Regina University doing academic advising with graduate students and moved from there to CCRI to work with GED students transitioning to college. After a year of doing that, I realized that I wanted to get back to more traditional academic advising. An opportunity presented itself at RWU, I applied and was lucky enough to be hired.



I noticed in your online bio that you have a graduate certificate in expressive arts from Salve Regina University. What exactly does that training entail? 

 I have a Master’s degree in Humanities with a concentration in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University. The graduate certificate in expressive arts was part of that training. I learned techniques that can help people get through life’s difficult times by using journaling, music and sound, and drawing. These techniques help people develop emotional literacy and resilience, and are a way for me as a counselor to bring heart and the act of service into my work.


What do you like best about your job?

 I love being able to help students figure out what will make them happy in life. I recently completed a StrengthsFinder training in Atlanta and it confirmed what I already knew–that I am doing work that inspires me and is suited to my personality. I found that my top five strengths are empathy, maximizer (the ability to make things happen for people), positivity, adaptability, and woo (winning others over–the ability to inspire and motivate others).



What advice would you give to students, especially incoming freshmen and transfers?

 Figure out what you like to do! Meet with me and I’ll use all the tools at my disposal to explore different areas of study with you and help you figure out how you can use your education to do what you love. Once you have an idea of what you are interested in, I would highly recommend that you explore internships in that area. The earlier you get an internship, the better.


What book are you currently reading? Do you have a favorite genre?

  I just read Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, and enjoyed it tremendously. I don’t read a particular genre. I’ve gotten into the habit of asking the librarians on campus for book recommendations so I’m always reading something new.


Outside of work, what hobbies or activities do you enjoy?

 I took a class at Norman Bird Sanctuary on soap-making several years ago and fell in love with the process. I make scented soaps, and have found that most people love the soothing scent of lavender.


Tom Shea Talks In The Library

The first spring semester Talking in the Library event was held on Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30 PM in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center.  The Library hosted a lecture by the author and journalist, Tom Shea. Tommy Shea was a reporter for the Springfield Register for forty years, including six years covering the Boston Red Sox.  In 1991, he was among the first reporters writing about the priest sexual abuse scandal in New England.  In 2003, Shea received the New England Associated Press Award for best local New England column.  His most recent work is Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History.

Please view Tom Shea’s lecture below

Video Courtesy of RWUEDU

Writer in Residence, Adam Braver introduces Tom Shea


Dean Betsy Peck Learned introduces the talk and Adam Braver

To read more about Tom, please click here