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DiPietro Library Newsletter

News and notes from the DiPietro Library

A note from the University Librarian

Hello, and welcome to our Fall Library Newsletter for 2019! Our purpose is to share the latest additions to our resources and services, as well as to highlight faculty research and let you know what members of the library staff have been up to. 

Our big news this month is that we've added two new staff members (see below), as well as a subscription to the electronic version of the Wall Street Journal.  Please use this link to learn how to create your account. 

We're also reconsidering many of our collection development practices.  In library speak, this means what we add and remove from our collection in terms of books, ebooks, DVDs, streamed videos, databases, etc.  If you have any thoughts on adding new materials to the library, or have titles to recommend for purchase, please contact me.

Finally, besides the books recommended by our staff below, please note that we've added some new fiction titles from well known authors like Salman Rushdie (Quichotte), Margaret Atwood (The Testaments), and Stephen King (The Institute). Check our New Book List for more titles!

Keep reading and stay warm!  Cheers, POJ

Paul Jenkins, University Librarian

Library News & Resources

The library now offers all members of the Franklin Pierce community access to the electronic version of the Wall Street Journal. For information on activating your subscription go to our Wall Street Journal Subscription Guide

WSJ Subscription Resource Guide


On October 1, the library welcomed two new staff members.  Katie Beth Ryan is our new Reference and Instruction Librarian.  Katie Beth earned her MLIS from Simmons College in 2016 and worked as Information Literacy Librarian at American International College from 2016-2019.  She will lead our instructional efforts, and is interested both in promoting open educational resources (OER) and finding new ways to reach out to distance and online students.  Katie Beth has presented at ACRL New England, and the Massachusetts Library Association Conference and hopes to pursue numerous research opportunities while at FPU.

Rebecca Saunders is the new Technical Services Librarian.  She received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2019.  She has an extensive background in digital collections and metadata creation and management.  At FPU she will bring these skills to bear in the continued development of our digital archive.  Rebecca is also interested in ensuring that diversity is represented in cataloging and archival work.

Faculty Research Spotlight

Congratulations to Catherine Koning, Professor of Environmental Science, on the publication of her book, Wading Right In: Discovering the Nature of Wetlands.  Co-authored with Sharon Ashworth, the book was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2019 and explores the many relationships between the soils, plants, and animals of bogs, marshes, and mires.  

Library Faculty & Staff Professional Development & Scholarship

On September 28, University Librarian Paul O. Jenkins presented a poster session ("Don't Ever Leave Me Alone": Teaching Abbey Road) at the Abbey Road Conference, hosted by the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  


Technical Services Librarian Rebecca Saunders is a new member of the New Hampshire Library Association as well as the New England Library Association. She is currently writing on a book review of the monograph Do Archives Have Value? (Moss & Thomas, 2019) which will be published in the journal Against the Grain: Linking Publishers, Vendors & Librarians.

Reference Librarian Mary Anne Blauert did extensive research on banned books in preparation for the creation of a book display on the topic.  One important article she read was 50 years of intellectual freedom: the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom celebrates its history.”

Access Services Manager Jill Wixom attended the NH VT Resource Sharing Meeting at Southern NH University on Oct. 11.   

Electronic Resources Librarian Leslie Inglis attended the OCLC Users Group Meeting n Dublin, Ohio on October 15-18.

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