Laptops, Cameras and Calculators, Oh My!

What equipment can you borrow from the library? Are you wondering if there is a Macbook, Chromebook, or GoPro camera available right now? Did you know we lend graphing calculators as well as headphones?

The NEW Equipment Lending LibGuide shows exactly what equipment we have at the Media Deskon the second floor and also what is currently available or checked out.  The platform views well on any mobile device or computer!

 

Tips & Tricks: Locating Open Access/Freely Available Journal Articles (aka Before You Pay $23 for that ScienceDirect Journal Article…..)

Pretty much every day you can find me making the short walk over from Van Wylen to a local coffee shop for my daily dose of caffeine and possibly an espresso chocolate-chip muffin. I could save money by brewing my coffee at home and skipping this delicious treat, but I enjoy the walk, the friendly and enthusiastic baristas, and most importantly, supporting a local business.

And that brings us to Elsevier, which is anything but a small local business. Their subscription prices for journals are so high that instead of holding expensive annual subscriptions, we provide access to Elsevier’s content by paying $23 per article. Before paying $23 for that Elsevier article, you should know that there is a fair to middling chance that your article is freely available. In fact, 30% of the articles we purchased from Elsevier in July 2017 were freely available. As more researchers continue to share their research online, outside of publisher paywalls, that percentage should continue to rise.

Here are a couple of freely available browser extensions to make it quick and easy for you to locate open access/freely available journal articles.

 

Unpaywall (http://unpaywall.org/)

An extension for Chrome and FireFox, Unpaywall will display a green icon if it finds an openly available version of the article you seek. It takes up to a minute for the link to appear. If it’s green, clicking on it takes you directly to the free version of the article.

Sometimes Unpaywall misses openly available articles, so searching Google Scholar is always a good second step.

Using another library tool called LibX, also available for both Chrome and FireFox, you can quickly search Google Scholar without ever leaving ScienceDirect. Just highlight the article title, right-click, select LibX, and have it search Google Scholar for you:

 

The proliferation of new modes of scholarly communication makes the landscape more difficult to transverse, but it also makes the search that much more exciting. Questions? Comments? Have a favorite research tip to share?  Please leave a comment.

If you need your department’s Elsevier account credentials, please contact your department’s library liaison or David O’Brien, Head of Access Services.

Jen Holman
Electronic Resources Librarian
holman@hope.edu

 

New Check Out Periods at the Library

We simplified the check out periods of our library’s items this summer.  Highlights from some of our most-used items are below.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to memorize this!  You will receive due dates upon checkout and you can also check your account 24/7 online using your 1Hope username and password!

Hope students Hope faculty Hope staff
Van Wylen Books 4 weeks, 1 renewal 6 months, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal
Van Wylen DVD/VHS/CD 1 week, no renewal 2 weeks, 1 renewal 1 week, no renewal
Van Wylen Reference books 1 week, no renewal 2 weeks, 1 renewal 1 week, no renewal
MeLCat books 3 weeks, 1 renewal 3 weeks, 1 renewal 3 weeks, 1 renewal
MeLCat DVD/VHS/CD 1 week, no renewal 1 week, no renewal 1 week, no renewal
Laptops 4 hours, no renewal 24 hours, no renewal 4 hours, no renewal
iPads/cameras 4 days, no renewal 4 days, no renewal 4 days, no renewal
Kindle 4 weeks, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal

books waiting to go back on the shelves

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

We are so thrilled to have students back on campus.  We missed the energy and excitement you add to the Library!

Just a quick reminder of just a few of the many ways we can serve you this year:

We have SPACES of all kinds for you to work – alone, with a group, on a project, quiet or collaborative.

student working in study room on 3rd floor of the library

 

We can also help you with RESEARCH – stop in at the Research Help Desk or fill out this quick form to connect a librarian!

student meeting with a librarian in his officestudent working with librarian at the Research Help Desk

 

 

 

 

We offer so much more – stay tuned to hear all about it as the year progresses!

New York Times Academic Pass Renewal

Our license with The New York Times (NYT) requires you to renew your academic pass each year so that the NYT can verify that you still have a valid 1Hope email account.

 

You may not have any idea when your current academic pass expires. That’s okay! Be proactive and proceed to: https://myaccount.nytimes.com/verification/edupass.

 

If you already have an account, please use those credentials to log in:

You may then need to verify your email address before proceeding – NYT will send the verification email to your 1Hope account.

Once you complete the verification and login with your New York Times credentials, you will see a message similar to this below:

If you still have time before your pass expires, you can set a calendar reminder and then renew your pass when the time comes. If that date has already passed, proceed to: http://www.nytimes.com/passes to renew your account.

 

If you don’t already have an academic pass setup, you can read more about Van Wylen Library’s NYT Academic Pass Program and find instructions on getting access at: libguides.hope.edu/NYT

Senior Library Student Worker Purchases for the Collection

Every spring, graduating senior library student workers can pick an item (book, CD, DVD) to add to the collection in their honor.  They can choose an item within their major or an item of general interest.  Here’s what this year’s seniors chose:

Research Help

Colton Clark
Laurel Post
Reinie Thomas

Circulation

Spencer Boer
Sydney Khouri
Sehyun Park
Sarah Peterson

Media Desk

Cassidy Kessel
Janna Kollen
Regina Tan
Sydney VanHuile
Qian Wang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Lab

Michelle Brandle
Mikayla Freyling
Sierra Schultz
Emily Simmons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interlibrary Loan

Christopher Browne
Heather Sadogierski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Services

Elizabeth Gerdes