Library materials to support the 2016 Critical Issues Symposium

The Fall 2016 CIS, “Economic Inequality in a Democratic Society,” is just around the corner and in keeping tradition with previous years the library has put together an online guide to select books/ebooks, videos, and articles to income inequalityaccompany the two day event.

If you’re looking for a nice overview of this year’s “critical issue,” check out this 2014 article from CQ Researcher entitled, “Wealth and Inequality: Does the Gap Between Rich and Poor Threaten Democracy?”  Or, explore the topic from different perspectives in the “Opposing Viewpoints” databases.  From the “Contemporary World Issues” series, the library also has online access to Rich and Poor in America: A Reference Handbook, which deals with economic inequality both in the U.S. and globally.

And there is so much more!
The guide is available now, so please explore at your leisure and get in the know about this very important and complex issue.
–Todd Wiebe, Head of Reference and Instruction

Navigating the Lower Level

If you’ve visited our lower level this fall, you may have noticed some changes to the layout. Over the summer, we shifted the entire level so that the journals are now clustered together at the south end of the floor. Browsing the print books should be much easier without having to bypass long runs of journals. We are working toward separating the journals from the books on every floor of the library, and the fourth floor is now the only remaining level where the two types of materials are intermingled.

 

If you enter the lower level by way of the main staircase, the journals are on the lower-levelshelves behind you. The print books start on the shelves immediately to your right with the “P” call numbers. The books continue around the north end of the level in a counterclockwise fashion, then loop out toward the Rare Book Room, and end near the elevator with the “Z” call numbers and the “OVERSIZE” books. Click on the  annotated map to the right which shows the flow of call numbers as well as the location of books by subject area. The new subject labels on the end of each row of shelves, color coded according to this map, should also help you plot your course.

 

Whenever you’re browsing by subject area, please remember that you’re only seeing about half of the books we have available! The other half are e-books that can be accessed via HopeCat or with the help of our Research Librarians.

 

–Josh Miller, Evening Supervisor

Check out our DVD collection!

 

Looking for something to watch this weekend?  The library has more than 3,500 DVDs to choose from, including Academy Award winners, new releases, cult classics, foreign films, as well as many other categories.DVD section If you have suggestions for DVDs we should purchase, please let us know! And if you’re a fan of grainy VHS tapes, we still have over 2,000 of those.  During the summer we divided the two collections so that DVDs and VHS tapes are no longer intermingled.  Both collections are next to each other on the 2nd floor of the library, close to the top of the stairs.  Searching HopeCat is the best way to find out if we own any particular title.  You can even do searches such as “show me a list of all the Japanese language films in the library.”  Stop by the Research Help Desk and we’ll show you how.

Over the past few years we have been replacing VHS tapes that were still being used with their DVD version, if available.  Many older tapes have not been released on DVD so we cannot replace everything.  If there is a VHS tape you are interested in having available on DVD, please contact Dave O’Brien (obriend@hope.edu).

Library Support for the Hateful Things/Resilience Exhibit

 

Now through October 7th the DePree Gallery is hosting a dual exhibition, IMG_6443“Hateful Things / Resilience.” This exhibit features racist memorabilia from the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, in parallel with works by major contemporary African American artists. The exhibit is “intended to encourage thoughtful, sensitive, and scholarly dialog concerning the history of race in America and how it was portrayed and persists in visual culture and fine art.”

Van Wylen Library has created a companion display of library resources to support the exhibit. It includes many of the books that are referenced in the Hateful Things exhibition, as well other resources highlighting the work of the Contemporary African American artists who are featured in Resilience, including Sanford Biggers, Faith Ringgold, and Romare Bearden. These materials can be browsed in the library or checked out for further research. Additional resources, including streaming videos, are available at http://libguides.hope.edu/hatefulthingsresilience

The exhibit also features a limited edition pop-up book by prominent IMG_6440contemporary artist Kara Walker, entitled Freedom : a fable : a curious interpretation of the wit of a negress in troubled times. In much of her art Walker uses powerful black silhouettes, many of which utilize racial stereotypes to confront the viewer around issues of slavery, power, race, gender and sexuality. This particular piece “tells the story of a female slave whose life after emancipation veers far from her dreams of meritocracy, revealing that Freedom, a Fable is not just the title of the work but is also the lesson to be learned.”

This piece was commissioned by the Peter Norton Family in 1997 and donated to Hope College by David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton as a part of a significant gift of art and art books given to the Kruizenga Art Museum and Van Wylen Library. If you would like to view this book in person or show it in a class, contact Jessica Hronchek.

Please come explore these materials and deepen the campus conversation around this important topic!

 

 

Welcome students!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

 

The Van Wylen Library is excited to welcome new and returning students back to campus! We have spent the summer getting ready for you. Make sure you start off the new school year right by taking advantage of all our services and resources.

 

Over the summer, the library’s website was updated! Check the website out here and let us know if you have any suggestions on improving it. In addition, we’ve rearranged some areas around the library so if you have any questions about where something is, don’t hesitate to ask!

 

As always, the Research Librarians are ready to point you in the right direction to get you started on projects and papers. You can contact them via email (askalibrarian@hope.edu), chat, text (616-765-4673), by making a research appointment online, or by calling 616-395-7904.

 

In addition, the writing assistants at the Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing are eager to help you with any stage of the writing process. Make an appointment online, by phone (616-395-7025) or by simply walking in.

 

Don’t forget about the Tech Lab and Media Services on the 2nd floor! They can help you with printing projects as well as assist with the variety of computer programs and editing software that you will find on the computers in the lab. Remember, you can also checkout technology there ranging from calculators to GoPros to iPads and laptops. They’ve made some improvements this summer, so make sure you stop by and see what’s new!

 

In addition to all these amazing services, there are also plenty of spaces where you can find your study spot. The basement, 3rd, and 4th floors are quiet floors and the 1st and 2nd floors are ideal for studying with friends or working on group projects. We have plenty of study rooms and spaces available during library hours.

 

Like us on Facebook (Hope College Library) and follow us on Twitter (@vanwylenlibrary) to stay updated with hours and events and other exciting things that will happen in the library this year.

 

The Library staff looks forward to assisting you in your academic endeavors!

Brand New Website

You might notice that the Van Wylen Library website looks a bit different these days. Check it out here –

hope.edu/library

With the help of Public Affairs & Marketing, we’ve made the site mobile-friendly, introduced new features, and streamlined the navigation. All of your favorite resources and services are still available, but now they’re even easier to find and use.

Here are just a few of our recent updates –

  • Ask a Librarian: whether you prefer email, texting, talking on the phone, online chatting, or good old fashioned face-to-face conversations, a librarian is standing by to answer any question you can think of
  • Borrow from Other Libraries: if you need an article, book, or movie that Van Wylen doesn’t own, our simplified Interlibrary Loan forms make it a cinch to place a request
  • Featured Resource: the library offers a ton of resources and services. With this new section on the front page, we plan to showcase individual people, databases, books, and tools for you to enjoy
  • New Materials at the Library: near the bottom of the library landing page is a bookshelf that showcases our latest purchases. If you spot something that catches your fancy, either stop by and pick it up yourself, or place a hold and we’ll grab it for you
  • Suggest a Purchase: we’re interested in what you’d like added to our collection. Fill out this form and we’ll do our best to acquire it!

As always, we welcome any comments or suggestions you might have. Either fill out the form below, or send an email to askalibrarian@hope.edu. And remember, for cyborgs and old school humans alike, Van Wylen Library remains the perfect place to “upgrade your mind”!

Rearranging the Lower Level

This summer, the task of grouping bound journals together on each floor continues with the lower level. When complete, bound journals will all be shelved at the south end of the floor. The main staircase will be the approximate dividing line between journals and books. The books will be shelved with the “P” call numbers beginning just to the right as you exit the main stairwell and head north. Browsing the print books will be easier since they will not have large runs of bound journals interspersed amongst them. This process has already been completed on the second and third floors. The fourth floor journals will be separated from the books and shelved at the south end of the fourth floor at a later date.

Rearranging the entire floor is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. While this process is proceeding, the books on the lower level are being kept on tables, in study rooms, on the floor, and in just about any random space we can find. If you want a book during this time we will be happy to go find it for you. In HopeCat you can click the Place a Hold link at the top of the record and we will retrieve the book for you, bring it to the circulation desk, and e-mail you when it is available. We hope to be finished with the entire project by early July.