Open Access Week 2016

The scholarly research you have worked so hard on should be available to the widest audience possible.  The Open Access concept allows authors to share their research anywhere, with anyone.  Open Access Week brings attention to the changes needed in academic publishing today.


From Hope’s Open Access Policy:

Hope faculty affirms the core value of the college “to contribute to the body of knowledge in the academic disciplines” with a vision “to pursue truth so as to renew the mind, enrich the disciplines and transform the culture.”

Impact of Open Access Framework


In the last year alone, 6,206 faculty publications have been downloaded from Hope College’s Digital Commons, a repository of scholarly work from the Hope College community.  Hope College Library would love to increase the number of submissions from faculty members!  Our Open Access LibGuide has all the information you need to submit your articles to Digital Commons.




Open Access Policies: An Introduction from COAPI video courtesy of Coalition of Open Access Policies

Impact of Open Access Graphic:

bepress, “Impact of Open Access Framework” (2016). DC Promotional Materials. Book 14.

“The Door” and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of intimate partner physical violence in their lifetime.
  • The prevalence of domestic violence transcends race, socio-economic status, gender, and religion.
  • Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.

To help raise doorawareness, Hope College Library is proud to display “The Door,” an interactive art piece by artist and domestic violence survivor and counselor Stacy Dubay.  Ms. Dubay’s artist statement says “Statements on the door illustrate experiences I have heard in my work and the suitcases reflect my individual struggles as a survivor. The exhibit is meant to be touched and accessible to the viewing public. Viewers are encouraged to ‘take the journey’ and walk through the door, open the suitcases and look at the contents. Survivors are invited to sign the back of the door.”


Near “The Door” is a display with resources on how to get help as well as some Library matersuitcaseials about domestic violence and its effects.

Please note:

This exhibition includes images and language that may be upsetting or offensive to some audiences. If you choose to view the exhibition, please understand that it intends to promote awareness and provoke discussion about important issues among Hope College students, faculty and staff. The content of this exhibition may not be appropriate for everyone: parents or guardians of school-age children should preview the exhibition before allowing the children to visit the exhibition.

Hope College Library would like to thank their partners in bringing “The Door” to campus:

Counseling and Psychological Services

Health Center

Communications Department

Nursing Department

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Student Development

Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Psychology Department




Center for Women and Transition




Library and Klooster Center Hours for Fall Break

Van Wylen Klooster Center
Friday, October 7 8am – 5pm 10am – 2pm
Saturday, October 8 Closed Closed
Sunday, October 9 Closed Closed
Monday, October 10 8am – 5pm by special arrangement only
Tuesday, October 11 8am – Midnight 12pm – 5pm by special arrangement
5pm – 11pm open

Regular hours resume on Wednesday, October 12

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 (

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

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!