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All Quiet on the Library Front – Happy 4th of July weekend!

Anyone who regularly visits the Library during the regular semester can attest to the fact that sometimes there are no empty seats available. Students with backpacks, papers, laptop computers and mobile devices are either crammed together in a study group, or spread out with all of thier belongings taking up the maximum surface area possible.

But the summer semester is different. We still field lots of questions and help out with student and faculty research, but most of the inquiries are by phone or text.

The Library has a different feel to it, starting in June. There’s room to study and reflect.

You can have your choice of tables on the First Floor.

You can have your choice of tables on the First Floor.

The New Book area -  now a Quiet Zone for sure.

The New Book area – now a Quiet Zone for sure.


The computers on the 2nd floor, usually all in use. Pick one!
The computers on the 2nd floor, usually all in use. Pick one!

 We know it won’t stay this way forever – Fall will be here before you know it! So enjoy this holiday weekend!

Club Phil welcomes the class of 2018!

Come visit our table at the Orientation Resource Fairs.  They take place in the basement of Slavin Hall June 17 – 25 between 8am-9:15am.  We will be available for any questions you might have and to highlight some of the services offered by the library.


Faculty: It’s Your Turn to Learn!

faculty professional developmentJoin us this week for the Faculty Professional Development Workshops on offer from Instructional Technology and Library. There will be workshops on everything from Sakai Gradebook, VoiceThread training and innovative ways iPads are being used in the classroom to great tips on using multimedia in your courses and making your work life easier with Selected Works, Gobi Alerts, facultyDirect and other great timesavers! Workshops are filling up quickly. Register here: https://cteprovidencecollege.wufoo.com/forms/z1qfgyfn1kh7luz/

Face Your Fears…Return Your Library Books


You are nearly done with exams and papers and thinking about the relaxation and excitement that summer will bring. Before you completely relax, take a look around your dorm or apartment for any library items that need to be returned. If you have racked up some finesnot to worry, any fines for PC books get waived as soon as you return the books. Other schools have other rules, but the first step is returning any books that you have borrowed. You can log in to your library account to see what books you have borrowed.

24 / 7, quiet zones, snack cart…exam essentials at PhilBuzz!

It is final exam time, which means Club Phil is here for you!

Do you need a quiet space to study?  Will you be meeting with your group to put the finishing touches on that project?  We have quiet study spaces, deep quiet study spaces, group areas and more!

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Check out what the library staff at Club Phil are doing!  Here’s what’s going on:

  • 24/7 Hours
  • Research help open late
    • Help is available at the researcHub desk until MIDNIGHT (instead of 10:00pm) from now until the end of finals
  • Snack Cart
    • We’re bringing the treats to you this year with a mobile Snack Cart loaded with FREE goodies donated by library staff members.  The Snack Cart will be making the rounds on Tuesday May 6th, Wednesday May 7th and Thursday May 8thKeep your eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates as to what time

There will be plenty of time to celebrate once exams are done….


 But for now…



Free online help with Jobs and Careers


Learning Express, an online resource accessed through AskRI.org, is a one-stop shop for practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and other information to enhance school, work or life proficiencies.

career center

In the Jobs & Careers section, there are practice tests for a number of occupations, including electrical, plumbing, cosmetology and more. For example, someone interested in a career at T. F. Green or another airport can find Air Traffic Controller information, which includes preparation books and tests. Other jobs and career tests include those for Commercial Driver’s License, Emergency Medical Services, Nursing, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, as well as the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery for those interested in joining the military.


There is also lots of general career help:

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Many of the Jobs & Careers selections available also offer Career Guidance eBooks designed to provide detailed information about the job category as well as strategies for standing out during the application process.

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So, go for it!  After all, you’re on your way to

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that dream job and rewarding career.


New Tech Available for Checkout


To meet demand, we are constantly getting new technology equipment here at Phillips Memorial Library.   In the past month, we have added 2 Macbook Air laptops available for checkout in addition to our normal stock of Macbooks and PC Laptops.  We also have 4 new Macbook Pros.

Also in are iPad Minis for 1 week loan:

Ipad mini And coming soon will be the new Ipad Air(5th Generation)!  Also,  if you own one of the new Mac laptops that use the “T” shaped charger, we now have those available for 4 hour loan.


 Remember you need to have your PC ID with you to check out all technology items!



EBSCO Discovery Service – LAND HO!

“Why can’t I search everything in the Library like I search Google?” We often hear this complaint.


Problem is, the Library has SO many different items – books, ebooks, databases, online journals, videos, streaming media, local collections, etc etc. Access to all of these items has traditionally required you to go to each of their web interfaces to do searching. There wasn’t a way to search EVERYTHING at once.

Well, times and technology are changing, and libraries now have a way to present a Google-like single search box to patrons. There’s something called a “discovery service” that finally brings it all together.


How does a discovery service work? A GINORMOUS index of the “metadata” from every entry of every resource gets built. (Metadata is all of the information about the entry, such as the title, author, subject, abstract, publication place and date, and even the text within the entry itself. ). Then, whenever you type in a search term, the discovery service looks through the index, relevancy-ranks all of the items that match your search terms, and displays them for you. This is true one-stop searching!

But even better – we are trialing a discovery service right now! It’s called EDS, which stands for EBSCO Discovery Service. But  don’t let the name fool you, EDS has  way more than just EBSCO resources.

EDS search box

Try it! Click on the image above to get to the EDS page.  If you’re off campus, you will be asked to log in – just use your name and PC barcode.

Keep in mind that this product is still undergoing a test drive! So it might act funky at times. But it’s definitely worth a try -  and please send us questions and feedback!





Phillips Memorial Library Research Prize

Here at the library, we love research.


It’s kind of our thing

But it’s also a thing that is not only important for us, but also the students of PC


So we want to know more about the research undergrads are doing


We at the library, and the good folks at the Center for Engaged Learning want to reward you for your hard work!


2014 is the first year of the Phillips Memorial Library Undergraduate Craft of Research Prize, and we want to hear from you!

All we need from you is:

  1. 1. A research paper (you were probably going to write one anyway–right?)
  2. 2. An annotated bibliography (again, you were probably already doing one–now just add annotations)
  3. 3. A 5-7 page essay describing your research process (everybody loves to talk about how smart they are, here’s your chance!)

That’s it!

Send that all to Andria Tieman: atieman@providence.edu by May 12th to enter, and you could be well on your way to being one of the first recipients of the Phillips Memorial Library Undergraduate Craft of Research Prize!  In addition to a cash prize, winning papers will be publisher in PC’s Digital Commons right along with the works of PC’s scholars.

Everything you need to know–including research tips, citation help, how to write an annotated bibliography, etc., is located here: http://providence.libguides.com/research_prize

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You work hard. Let us recognize that with fortune and glory.

Money Smart Week Comes To PC!


via Julie DeCesare 

The Phillips Memorial Library wants students to be smart about money!

April is financial literacy month and to celebrate, we are participating in Money Smart Week – Rhode Island, April 5-12, 2014.  Money Smart Week is a national initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  This year, the Rhode Island Library Association and our partners are holding over 30 programs and events across the state.  Three will be hosted and sponsored by Providence College Phillips Memorial Library.  Light refreshments will be provided.  All sessions will be held in Library LL25.

The RI Student Loan Association will be here twice (Tuesday 4/8 & Wednesday 4/9 @ 6 PM) for workshops on money management:

So, what about after graduation?  Find out Wednesday 4/9 @ 5 PM.  The Career Education Center has stepped in as a co-sponsor of:

For all Money Smart Week – Rhode Island events, including our kick off on Saturday, April 5, 2014, click here.

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