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Happy Turkey Day!

Whether you eat turkey, tofurky or just stick with pie; it’s important to remember that over the Thanksgiving break the librarians will be off feasting as well.  That means we will be CLOSED Wednesday, November 26-Friday, November 28.

vintage-closed-signWe re-open Saturday from 12-5pm.

Need to do research while we’re closed?  Never fear!  You have access to all of PC’s databases and eBooks from the comfort of your parent’s couch.  When you try to access library databases from off-campus, you’ll be prompted with a box that looks like this:

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 11.44.56 AMLogin with your name, and you library barcode, which is a long number on your PC ID that starts with 25125… Type that in, and you should be good to go!

Have a safe and happy holiday.  We in the library are thankful for diligent and smart PC students who are a joy to help!

Got Films?

 Kanopy     Did you know there is a free online film festival taking place  until November 22nd?  You can view these films on any device, anywhere at any time, both on and off campus!  This festival is sponsored by Kanopy, it showcases over 120 new and award-winning films selected from 16 leading producers.   You  will find films from the Criterion Collection, PBS, Green Planet, Media Education Foundation and many more!  Want to know more about the Beatles’s? Search for the film A Hard Day’s Night!



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But wait there’s more….

The library offers a variety of multimedia options for you. You have access to Meet the Press, Silent Film, Theatre in Video, oh my!  Do you like TED Talks, National Geographic, and BBC productions (to name a few) then browse Films on Demand!

The Multimedia Guide will give you a full list of library and web resources available to you!

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Come check out the library foyer exhibits!

The library presently has two exhibits in our foyer.  The first exhibit celebrates 40 years of the publication INTI.  Inti: Revista de literatura hispánica was founded by Roger B. Carmosino (Foreign Language Studies Department, Providence College) in November 1974 at the University of Connecticut. It has been continually published since then on all areas of academic research, as well as a vehicle for creative writing, in Latin America and the Spanish Peninsula.  The online edition of Inti (Inti Archive) through Digital Commons, Providence College, provides back issues of the journal in a freely available edition.  Images of the INTI exhibit can be seen here.IMG_0934

The second exhibit focuses on the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA).  NEPCA is a regional affiliate of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association. The purpose of NEPCA is to encourage and assist research, publication, and teaching on popular culture and culture studies topics by scholars in the northeast region of the United States.  Providence College and Dr. Robert Hackey (2014 Program Chair and 2015 NEPCA President) hosted the NEPCA 2014 annual conference. Julie A. DeCesare (Assistant Professor and Commons Librarian, Head of Education & Research) coordinated the exhibit (Oct. 2014 – Jan. 2015) in Phillips Memorial Library+Commons.  Images of the NEPCA exhibit can be seen here.IMG_0894


Things that (went) bump in the night


One of our favorite databases is VICTORIAN POPULAR CULTURE


Basic themes are



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moving picturesbut we’re going to concentrate on Spiritualism, in honor of Halloween.  Spiritualism was an obsession during the Victorian period, particularly in England.

SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY was the hot new thing and how-to books, pamphlets and journals concentrated on this subject, many of which are available on this site.



There are also wonderful, hilarious POSTERS, such as



You can see the posters as a slide show.

There are also VIDEOS of silent films that go back as far as 1894 and the AUDIO selections are old Music Hall songs.

Don’t forget to check out the sideshow freaks…  you might get an idea for a costume.

Happy Halloween.

Extended Mid Semester Hours

By popular demand the Library has extended our hours for the mid semester study rush:

Starting Sunday, October 19 through Thursday, October 30,  we will be open until 3 AM Sun – Thurs

and 10 PM Fri – Sat!

As always check the Library Webpage for the most up to date hours.



Newspapers @PC

newspaperNeed information from the day’s headlines, historical events as they happened, moment to moment political statements, then connect to our library web page (http://bit.ly/PCNewspapers) and search a number of online newspapers, current and historical, dating back to 1851.  Read about the events and how they unfolded each day from some of the world’s renowned newspapers writers of our time.   View historical content within the framework of a time in history or a remote location where reporters and news media seek out facts and stories that keep you in touch with your world.     Check out our resources in ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Newspapers Source Plus, New York Times, Boston Globe, Providence Journal, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post.   Be informed and be aware.

Rebecca Ramos Natural History Book Collection

Special Collections has a new and exciting exhibit that will appeal to nature lovers; The Rebecca Ramos Natural History Book Collection.   Within the display cases are a few samples of the nearly one hundred titles in the collection of lovely illustrations of America’s 19th century nature artists, for example, The Birds of New England author Edward A. Samuels and Beautiful Butterflies author H. G. Adams, published in 1870.

The display, which is open to the public,  is located next to the “pit”on the first floor in the Phillips Memorial Library.


Information Literacy Month!

For the second year in a row, October is Rhode Island Information Literacy Month!  Last year, some intrepid librarians got Governor Lincoln Chafee to sign a proclamation officially declaring: Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 11.35.21 AM

  1. Information literacy provides the tools and skills to find, evaluate and use credible sources.
  2. The ability to find, decipher and analyze different forms of information is a key component of effective decision making
  3. Information literacy is a critical part of education.
  4. Using information acquired through technology…promotes and engaged and informed citizenry

These are skills that are not only crucial to being a successful college student, but also to being a successful and productive member of society.  Far too many students are leaving college with lackluster information literacy skills, and find themselves unable to secure meaningful employment.

We thank Governor Chafee for recognizing these crucial skills!

If you worry that your skills are lacking, do not hesitate to contact a librarian!  Librarians are the mavens of information, and we are always here to help PC students learn and grow as researchers.



Banned Books Week! Sept 21 – Sept 27 2014



In honor of Banned Books Week, we’d like to list  the  books which are currently banned by the Staff here at Phillips Memorial Library:


See what we did there? There’s nothing in the list! BECAUSE WE DON’T BAN BOOKS!!!! What a crazy idea! However, there is indeed a Banned Books Week every year. That’s because there are still places right here in America where books are targeted and removed from shelves. We’re asking you to fight back for your (and everyone else’s) right to  intellectual freedom, and pick a banned book to read! Here is a list you can choose from.

If you visit the Library this week, you can check out (literally!) our own list of books that have been banned over the years. Just reach over the CAUTION tape, and get one!





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Welcome Back!!

We missed the last ferry back from our summer vacay to Pythonia, so we’re still getting caught up from the first day frenzy! The first week of the semester can be daunting. We are here to help with everything from using your PC Prints account for the first time to downloading a PC Prints driver from your Macbook or Windows laptop. finding a book in our Rapoza Textbook collection.  We’re open until 2am Sundays – Thursdays and 24 hours during final exams.  We even have a help desk in the lower level of the library staffed by your fellow students!  Too busy to stop in this week but have a question? Text us at 401.484.7004 or email us at askalibrarian.lists.providence.edu. We also have some new technology in the library:Welcome back!!


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