Community Action House Holiday Food Drive

Van Wylen Library continues to  host a food drive to benefit Community Action House of Holland.  Please consider picking up a few extra items next time you go grocery shopping to help families and individuals who are in need in our community.  Donations can be dropped off at the display in the first floor of the Library beginning Monday,November 23.  We appreciate your participation!

Healthy food pantry items:

Spaghetti Sauce
Whole Grain Brown Rice
Canned Fruit (in 100% juice)
Shelf-Stable Fruit Cups (in 100% juice)
Canned Vegetables (low sodium or no salt added preferred)
Diced Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce (low sodium or no salt added preferred)
Whole Wheat Flour
Canned Meats (tuna, salmon, chicken – in water, with 140mg sodium or less per serving)
Dried or canned beans with no salt added
Peanut Butter (with non-hydrogenated oil)
100% Vegetable Juice – no salt added
100% Fruit Juice
Low Sodium Broths
Soup with less than 400 mg sodium per serving
Sugar Free Pudding and Jell-O
100% Whole Grain Pasta and Crackers
Whole grain/High Fiber Cereals without added sugar (Shredded Wheat)
Oatmeal/Cream of Wheat
Shelf-Stable, Low-Fat Dairy Products (dry milk, evaporated milk, boxed milk)

Donations of personal items are also welcomed, as these cannot be purchased with food stamps:

Laundry soap
Dish soap
Multi-purpose cleaners
Shampoo and conditioner
Bar soap
Toilet paper
Tooth paste

By Michelle Yost, Interlibrary Loan

Welcome Josh Miller

Josh Miller, Circulation Evening Supervisor
Josh Miller, Circulation Evening Supervisor

Who has experience preparing legal documents, managing a bakery, teaching algebra/geometry/math as well as grades pre-K to 12, and leading a wine training program?

Who has done graduate studies at Notre Dame, Yale University, and the University of Michigan?

Who owns approximately 500 social and strategy board games?

If you guessed Joshua B. Miller, Van Wylen Library’s new Library Evening Supervisor, you would not be wrong! In all of Josh’s previous positions, he has most enjoyed teaching, training, and working with young people in any capacity. With his commitment to superior customer service, Josh is dedicated to helping the library run as smoothly as possible during the evening hours. He also will serve as the resource person for all of the library student staff.

Josh grew up primarily in Douglas, Michigan, and graduated from Oberlin College with a major in religion, along with concentrations in mathematics, history, and physics. His wide ranging interests and skills contribute to an obvious sense of adventure and curiosity.

Josh invites anyone who’s curious about board games for grown-ups to visit the amazing Out of the Box Games in Zeeland.

Come and meet Josh when you get a chance. You’ll be glad you did.

By Patti Carlson, Office Manager for Van Wylen Library

MeLCat Service Interruption

MeLCat requesting will be suspended beginning Wednesday, November 18 and will be back up by Friday, December 11 because of a server change.  We can still get your material to you just as fast!  Fill out a request form at
Please contact Michelle Yost at if you have any questions or concerns.

Ex Libris Eleanor Roosevelt

As the Metadata Librarian, one of the best parts of my job is cataloging our rare book collection. Lots of interesting and quirky things pop across my desk. Today’s item is brought to you by the David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton gift donation.

The book, All I Want is Everything (Funk & Wagnalls Co., New York, 1957) by Marion Mill Preminger, arrived uneventfully on my desk. A Gettysburg Times article from July 29, 1964 describes Preminger as an ex-Hungarian model and showgirl who dedicated her life to working as a nurse alongside Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Africa. All I Want is Everything is her attempt to share those experiences.

There’s nothing remarkable about the book. It has a copyright of 1957, so it’s not really rare in the traditional sense. There is something special about it, though. The inscription from the author caught my eye:

Left: Bookplate from the library of Eleanor Roosevelt. Right: Inscription on the endpapers of Preminger’s book from the author to Eleanor Roosevelt.

So many questions! How well did Preminger know Eleanor Roosevelt? And why would Preminger choose to personally send a book to her? The librarian in me wants to know how big Roosevelt’s personal library was. The archivist in me needs to understand the provenance of this particular book and how it ended up in Holland, Michigan. Most importantly, what does that inscription actually say?! (Seriously, if you know, or have time to figure it out, please email me and I’ll note that in the catalog.)

Rare book cataloging backlog
Rare book cataloging backlog

But alas, so many books to catalog, so little time. These are the perils of being a librarian, I suppose.

We have so many great books at our library. Visit our special collections page if you’re a curious bibliophile, or write to us.

Borrow a Chromebook at the Library

acer-chromebookDid you forget your laptop? Want to avoid the computer labs? The library has five brand new Chromebooks available for checkout. Just ask for them at the second floor Media Services Desk.

With a Chromebook, you can write papers in Google Docs, check email, search the library’s databases, watch cat videos, or do pretty much anything else you normally do in a web browser.

These hot items can be borrowed for three hours at a time, so get yours now!

Important Notes

  • Enter your full Hope College email address when logging into the Chromebook
  • When you’re done using a Chromebook, be sure to sign out. You can either hold down the power button for 15 seconds or log out by clicking the toolbox in the lower right corner.
  • To print, type CTRL-P and then select either VWLIBCAT1 or VWLIB2ND2 as your destination printer. VWLIBCAT1 is located by the Research Help Desk on the first floor and VWLIB2ND2 is near the stairwell on the second floor.


  chromebook-sign-outAlways log out chromebook-change-printerChange the destination printer

Two New Database Trials

Sage Knowledge

Sage Knowledge touts itself as the “premier social science eBook platform”. Included in this database of more than 4,200 titles is content from SAGE and CQ Press. SAGE knowledge provides access to scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more. Try it today until October 31. Let us know what you think.

Sage Research Methods

SAGE research methods provides access to 1000+ books, encyclopedias, and journal articles, as well as features such as Methods Maps, a visual browsing tool that uses a custom taxonomy of 700+ methods terms. Try it today until October 31. Let us know what you think.

You can access these and other research tools we’re currently testing from our database trials page.

Plan Ahead for Disruption of MeLCat Service

Many students and faculty take advantage of Hope’s participation in MeLCat, the virtual catalog that combines resources from more than 400 libraries throughout the state.  Books, CDs, and DVDs are requested daily through MeLCat and are then delivered to the requesting patron.  This service will not be available towards the end of the Fall Semester.  Beginning on Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed while the entire system is transferred to new servers.  This outage is planned to last through December 11.  So it will be unavailable the final 3 weeks of the semester, just when students are working on their final papers for various courses.  Please take this into account when assigning papers, and make sure students know to request items sooner rather than later.  Items can be requested right up through November 17 and will be delivered as usual. No requests can be placed through MeLCat from November 18 through December 11. Interlibrary loan will still be an option to request material, but it often takes longer for items to arrive due to various shipping methods used by other libraries.