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You receive $15 per semester to print on campus.  If you need to add money to your card you can always add cash via the CBORD machine located in the Library.

Join us on Nov 2nd for Talking in the Library – Archer Mayor



November 2, 2016

Archer Mayor –Crime Novelist

Where: Where: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center/RWU Library (4:30 PM)

in association with the School of Justice Studies


Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” He is a past winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction—the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. In 2011, Mayor’s 22nd Joe Gunther novel, TAG MAN, earned a place on The New York Times bestseller list for hardback fiction. For more on Archer: http://archermayor.com/about/

From The Nightstand: Jeffrey Meriwether

Interview conducted Brittany Parziale, Connections Intern


Dr. Jeffrey Meriwether is Assistant Dean for Operations, FCAS, and a Professor in the Department of History and American Studies. He has been at RWU since 2001.


Current Reads


Professor Meriwether is currently reading Settle and Conquer: Militarism on the American Frontier, 1607-1890 by Matthew J Flynn. This book examines the history of westward expansion that occurred in America and suggests that the destruction of Native American cultures that took place at that time was in part a “campaign of counterinsurgency.” Professor Meriwether especially appreciates how this book “successfully takes a current foreign affairs topic and relates it to America’s national history.”


Memorable Reads


R.F Delderfield’s To Serve Them All My Days, is the story of a Welshman from a poor mining village who fights in World War I and later becomes an educator. Professor Meriwether cites being taken by many of the works of historical fiction written by Delderfield.


During his childhood, Professor Meriwether read Audie Murphy’s To Hell and Back, the story of Murphy’s World War II experience as the most decorated American soldier in that war. “My dad was a World War II veteran. We watched this film together when I was young, leading me to read the book multiple times. I’ve recently passed the book down to my son to read.”


Upcoming Reads


Isabel V. Hull’s Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany is a book that “takes on the military cultures and practices of war in imperial Germany.” Finding time for pleasure reading can be quite difficult for Professor Meriwether. Still, he says he would love to “just sit in a dark room with a cup of coffee and read this book.”


Essential Reads

“I don’t believe I could name an essential read as my focus is so narrow and is based on my academic research and studies.”








OER Faculty Fellow Paul Webb on the Benefits and Challenges of Self-Publishing Open Content

By Lindsey Gumb, Instructional Technology Librarian


Last month’s article Sticker-Shock Sparks Faculty-Librarian Collaboration with OER provided our readers with a brief overview of the OER (open educational resources) movement and how RWU is not only a participant, but a leader.  Today we’d like to highlight one of our seven OER Faculty Fellows, Paul Webb, who is a Professor of Biology and has been at RWU since 1999. He teaches a number of biology and marine biology courses in the fields of oceanography, zoology, animal behavior, and animal physiology.  Like many faculty members, Professor Webb was having difficulty identifying a textbook that encompassed all of the content he felt necessary to teach his courses – a book without all of the “extra stuff”.  For his introductory level oceanography course he decided to take a bold and innovative approach: write and self-publish his own textbook under an open license.  Webb’s decision to publish his own textbook did far more than save his students from having to purchase another expensive textbook, it also encouraged an analysis of his pedagogy, allowed him the flexibility to pull content from his own notes and other open resources, and provided him with the autonomy to exclude irrelevant or extra content that often is included when a publisher enforces strict word count requirements.

Introduction to Oceanography
The process of creating OER may seem intimidating, and it does come with its own list of challenges, but with the proper support and planning, it is possible.  Let’s take a closer look at how Professor Webb published his own textbook. To begin, he gathered his own collection of notes which he used to teach the course over the years, identified areas which he needed to expand upon, located chapters from other open textbooks to supplement his original writings, and searched for illustrations and images that were free and available to use without restrictions.  Webb then identified a platform on which to publish his textbook, and settled on PressBooks, a user-friendly book writing software that allows authors the ability to easily turn a manuscript into an e-book or print book for a minimal cost to the author ($100).  With PressBooks, he was able to add content at his own pace, upload and add illustrations and images to accompany text, and share the book and individual chapters with his students via PDF and many other e-book formats for free.  Students can opt to print the entire book or just selections from it, and can work directly with the e-copy on their laptop or e-reader. Having the freedom to create and share his own textbook with his students has had many benefits, but we cannot ignore the challenges which the process itself has also posed along the way:

  • Locating quality public domain images
  • Writing chapters on topics he’s not as familiar with when he was unable to locate previously written content using other open sources
  • Properly citing open content
  • Wondering how this non-traditional contribution of scholarship in his field will be valued (or not) in the tenure/promotion process

Introduction to Oceanography


These challenges (and others) are common among anyone who opts to create open content, whether it be a textbook, course pack or other academic ancillaries.  As librarians, we do our best to investigate how we can work together with faculty to support these types of challenges as well as celebrate the successes and contributions that are made to the OER movement.  Roger Williams University is incredibly fortunate to be able to call Professor Webb one of our own.  His hard work and dedication to not only his students but also to his academic colleagues around the world cannot be overlooked.  Thanks to his new textbook, students and faculty worldwide will be able to apply the 5 R’s of OER:

Introduction to Oceanography

Retain – Make and own copies

Reuse – Use in a wide range of ways

Revise – Adapt, modify, and improve

Remix – Combine two or more OER

Redistribute – Share with others



Our next article will highlight Marcella Recher, an adjunct faculty member in the Sustainability Studies program at RWU and another one of our esteemed OER Faculty Fellows.


Images courtesy of Paul Webb

Did You Know…???

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The library has recent copies of the Providence Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and Bristol Phoenix.  The newspapers are located directly across from the MediaTech desk in the journal and periodical shelves.

The RWU Library is changing systems

by Betsy Learned, Dean of University Libraries



The RWU Library is going to be changing its library software system between now and December 31, 2016.

How does this affect you?

As of July 1st, the interface for searching the library holdings catalog from the Main Library homepage http://library.rwu.edu/ has changed. You will see and have access to the same holdings in the RWU and HELIN consortium libraries as before, but the search interface and the results lists will look different.

If you are off campus, you will also notice that the method of authentication for access to licensed databases and journal articles has also changed. With the new EZ Proxy authentication, you simply sign in with your default RWU Single Sign On username and password — which is your RWU email address and password.

You will likely be able to navigate much of this new interface on your own, but when you have a question, or if you run into something that doesn’t make sense, please contact one of the librarians. Your input will help identify any glitches in the system.

The transition to the new library system begins with the search function, however, until all library data is migrated the search function will not work optimally. The full transition of all library functions will occur before the start of the spring semester.



What are some potential benefits?

Here is a short list of some benefits that you can expect to see once the new system is fully functioning:

  1. The most complete library catalog searching possible (RWU, regional, national, and international libraries) from a single search.
  2. Improved access to digitized materials in the public domain from the various organizations that make these materials available (HathiTrust, Internet Archive, etc.).  More and more materials in the public domain (in the U.S., essentially anything published prior to 1923) are being digitized and made available.  If they are cataloged in OCLC, they will be accessible without having to do separate internet searches.
  3. A return to “true” title searching and subject searching.  It will take some time to adjust to the new interface, but it will offer capabilities that had been lost over time in the previous library system.
  4. You will be able to see a list of all your interlibrary loan requests so you can more easily keep track of them.
  5. After Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and Bryant University left the HELIN consortium, their library holdings were no longer visible and accessible through the library catalog.  The new system will allow you to see and request their holdings, along with all other regional libraries that have their holdings in OCLC.  This will include the RISD Library, for example, that is not part of the HELIN consortium.

No library system is perfect, but I think this is going to be a significant improvement for the RWU community.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or any of the librarians with questions or concerns you may have along the way.


Meet the Learning Commons Staff: Thelma Dzialo

Thelma Dzialo is our newest full-time staff member in the University Library, joining the staff in August, 2016 as the Library Operations Manager. She was interviewed by Cindy Jones, Assistant to the Dean of University Libraries.


Q:        Thelma, you’ve worked in several positions at RWU over the past 20 years. What

about RWU makes you continue to stay?

I enjoy working with the students and watching them develop and grow in confidence and self-assurance during their time here. It’s gratifying to me to help them find what they need for their coursework. The natural beauty of the campus is also a large part of why I love working at RWU.

Q:        How did you get your start in libraries?  What do you like best about working in


My very first job was as a page in my local public library.  I was very young, and it was an unpaid position. The only librarian that worked in that branch, Mrs. Grace Snell, was also my school librarian. She was a wonderful mentor to me, and taught me a lot about librarianship and also about our town. I love books and grew to appreciate the quiet and order of a library while working there.


Q:        What does a Library Operations Manager do?

I am responsible for the management of the daytime support staff for the Information Desk, and oversee desk services during daytime hours. This is a new positon, and is still evolving. All of my new colleagues have been warm and welcoming, and I am very excited to be a part of such a dynamic team.


Q:        You have grown children of your own–what advice would you give to students, especially incoming freshmen and transfers?

I would encourage them to take full advantage of their time here.  Don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone! Experience new things and get involved. You will learn a lot about yourself and will make lasting relationships and friendships during your time here. Enjoy yourself, but also work hard.


Q:        What book do you think everybody should read at least once?

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni     


Q:        Do you have a favorite genre of books or media that you enjoy the most?

           I read mostly fiction, and have recently discovered that I enjoy audiobooks, too.


Q:        In your free time, what are some things you like to do for fun?

I like to ride my bike on the Bristol bike path, and practice yoga.


Dawn Tripp speaks at The Rogers Free Library in partnership with the RWU Talking in the Library Series


Joan Prescott, Director of Rogers Free Library, welcomes the audience.



Adam Braver introduces novelist Dawn Tripp.


 Dawn Tripp takes the podium.


Discussing why she chose Georgia O’Keefe as her subject for GEORGIA


 Answering a question on fact versus fiction


Dawn shares an insight to one of her favorite O’Keefe paintings


Talking about her writing process


Dawn shares how she researched the book


Dawn talks about portraying the love between Georgia and Stieglitz


Sharing her six year journey toward writing GEORGIA





Photos by: Megan Lessard/Roger Williams University Library

Upcoming Talking in the Library looks at the Intersection of Art and Relationships

by Alexis den Boggende, Connections Intern


This fall’s second Talking in the Library event (held at Rogers Free Library in Bristol) will feature novelist Dawn Tripp. Tripp is an award-winning author of novels such as Moon Tide and Game of Secrets, which became a Boston Globe bestseller. Her writing has been dubbed “thrilling” and “haunting” by multiple critics and reviews nationally. A graduate of Harvard University, the Massachusetts native is a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. Her essays have been published in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and many other esteemed literary publications.


In February of 2016, Tripp published her most recent novel, Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe. The novel went on to become a national bestseller. This historical novel chronicles the rise of Georgia O’Keeffe into prominence as an established artist, as well as her affair with Alfred Stieglitz, a fellow artist and photographer. O’Keeffe is best known for her canvases depicting flowers and the desert landscapes of New Mexico.


In the novel, Tripp analyzes the relationship between O’Keeffe and Stieglitz–who controversially–is credited with giving her inspiration and guiding her throughout her career. When they met, O’Keeffe was quite young, and Stieglitz a married man. The relationship between the two has always been shrouded in mystery.


Tripp conveys O’Keeffe in Georgia in a way few have before: what was Georgia O’Keeffe really like? Who, and what, helped configure her art? What inspired her, and what was she really like as a person? As the New York Times noted in its review of Georgia, “Tripp’s O’Keeffe is complex and original.”


All of this, as well as many of O’Keeffe’s experiences, are documented in an interesting, compelling narrative by Tripp, who allows her readers to go into the world of the artist and understand what such an adventurous life was like for her.


This Talking in the Library lecture is presented in collaboration with Rogers Free Library and the Rogers Free Friends of the Library Jane Bowdell Endowment.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, 2016


WHERE: Rogers Free Library (Bristol, RI)


TIME: 7:00 PM

Did You Know…

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The Library Information Desk can assist you with finding library materials such as books and online resources.  If you need help with research the library can assist you in finding specific material for research papers and projects.