New York Times Digital Edition Now Available!


Access to the New York Times digital edition is now available for all students and faculty at Hope College. The New York Times, published since 1851, is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States. The online version includes not only the same articles, text and images that appear in the print edition, but also an array of additional still images, videos, audio and data content. About the only thing not included in the digital version is the crossword puzzles. The content is enriched by inclusion of longitudinal data from syndicates and data sources such as Thomson Reuters. The subscription also includes free access through the NYTNow iPhone app.

The library is interested in how access to the New York Times might be used within the curriculum, something that the NYT has been interested in as well. Given our emphasis on becoming more globally engaged and increasing student gains in writing and critical thinking, how might the NYT be used creatively within the classroom? Ideas for incorporating the New York Times into nearly all disciplines can be found on the NYT Classroom Ideas website.

Our subscription to the NYT digital edition was brokered by the Center for Research Libraries. CRL and academic libraries have an interest in preservation of the NYT, which is currently only being archived by the New York Times itself. No other major news organization is investing in data journalism and data analytics to the same extent, suggesting that the online NYT will become an even greater resource for scholarly research in the future. The digital edition is highly searchable and allows users to search for content going back to 1851. In addition to keyword searching, users will have access to the TimesMachine, digital replicas of every issue of the Times published from 1851 to 1980. Users can browse page by page and see articles, photos and ads as they originally appeared in print.

To get access, Hope users will need to create individual logins at the site  and must use their 1Hope credentials to create an account. Follow the instructions to claim your pass.

Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about access to content:

I already have a digital subscription. What should I do? does not permit a double entitlement. If you have an existing paid subscription, you are not eligible for an Academic Pass. You should continue to access the Times via your own subscription.

Should I cancel my existing digital subscription to make use of the site license access?
The New York Times Academic Site License has some restrictions that your personal subscription maynot have. Consider the options carefully before deciding one way or another.

What are the restrictions?
Site license access does not include the tablet apps. At this time, access to articles from the date range 1923 to 1986 is limited is limited to 5 articles for the 364-day period.

Can I access the Times off-campus?
Yes, as long as you have registered using your campus domain .edu e-mail address and obtained your Academic Pass.

Can I access the Times from my mobile device?
There are mobile apps for iPhone/iPod Touch (IOS 5.0+), Android (OS 2.1+), and Windows (7.5 O.S.) phones; these are included as part of the Academic Pass. Mobile apps for tablets are not part of the  Academic Pass. However, you can access the mobile site ( or Times Skimmer ( using your smartphone or tablet running one of the above operating systems.

Cancellation and Refunds of Digital Subscriptions (For those who currently subscribe)
You can cancel your digital product at any time by calling Customer Care at (800) 591-9233. For international customers, please e-mail us at Group Subscription billing cycles and terms of cancellations may differ and are governed by the terms set forth in the Group Subscription Purchase Order.

Monthly and 4-Week Subscription Billing (For those who currently subscribe)
When you cancel, you cancel only future charges associated with your subscription. You may notify us of your intent to cancel at any time, but the cancellation will become effective at the end of your current billing period.

Cancellations are effective the following billing cycle. You will not receive a refund for the current billing cycle. You will continue to have the same access and benefits of your product for the remainder of the current billing period.

Annual Subscription Billing (For those who currently subscribe)
If you cancel within the first 11 months, your access and other benefits will end immediately and you will receive a refund prorated to the day.

If you cancel in the final 30 days, the cancellation will not take effect until the end of your current billing period. Your access and privileges will continue to the end of the current billing period, and you will not receive a refund.

How can I solve a problem accessing an Academic Pass?

Knowledge Unlatched

Van Wylen Library is participating in a pilot collection called Knowledge Unlatched.  What is KU? Essentially, it creates sustainable, open access to scholarly books with long-term savings for institutions by sharing the costs. Each institution that has pledged their support has acknowledged the need for new publishing models that give broader access to information while keeping costs at a sustainable level. This pilot program makes good research available to readers throughout the world.

Once the program goal was reached, these titles were made available via a Creative Commons license. Records for each of the titles is available via HopeCat. Check back as more books are added to the collection. Currently, there are 19 titles available to be viewed.

To learn more about the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Program, watch this brief video:

Attention First-year students and Seniors!

Display poster, snacks

If you’re a first-year student or a senior, we need your help! The 2014 HEDS Research Methods Survey is currently underway and we need you to participate. This survey will help to improve research methods, help us assist you more effectively, and will update FYS functions. The survey is open March 20-April 24 and only takes about 15 minutes to complete. If you qualify to take part, you should have received an email with the subject line “Help Hope College with your feedback!

We’ll even throw in a bonus. You can stop by the 2nd floor computer lab in the library to fill out the survey and get Hot Chocolate & Cookies either Monday, April 7th or Tuesday, April 8th from 8-10pm. Not only will you be entered for a chance to win 1 of 3 $100 cash prizes (what?!), but you’ll also affect Hope’s future by participating. Win-win! It’s quick, simple, and online. What are you waiting for?!

And the winner is…

Hailey Perecki, winner of this year's Altered Book Art Award, with librarian Jessica Hronchek.

Hailey Perecki, winner of this year’s Altered Book Art Award, with librarian Jessica Hronchek.

Congratulations to Hailey Perecki for her winning piece, entitled “The Flickering Torch Mystery,” one of many entered into the Altered Book Art Contest at Van Wylen Library. Students in Stephanie Milanowski’s class had their altered books on display at the library on the first floor for several weeks in March. If you missed it this year, you can still view the artwork in Digital Commons, Hope’s institutional repository at the following link:

As the winner, Hailey received a certificate from the library and will have her piece added to the permanent collection in the Rare Book Room. All winners of the Altered Book Art Collection are available to be viewed upon request by contacting

Library Sustainable Collections Project Continues this Summer

This summer the library will continue a large-scale deselection project for monographs at the Van Wylen Library.  We will be making evidence-based decisions to carefully manage the deselection of low-use print monographs and also identify monograph titles for preservation.  This effort is part of a larger state-wide effort to cooperatively preserve low-use titles.


Purpose of the Project:

The Hope College Van Wylen Library is now 25 years old.  It was built to accommodate 20 years of collection growth.  While the acquisition of e-books has slowed growth somewhat, our shelves are full.  In addition, we want to create new spaces for student collaboration, technology, and other support services, and make the remaining collections more attractive and usable for students.  The Sustainable Collections Project is a large-scale “weeding” project that will identify low or no use print monographs that could be removed from the collection.  The project will also identify monographs that need to be preserved because they are rare or not widely held by other academic libraries.

Monographs are candidates for withdrawal if they were published before 2000 and had 0 or 1 circulations in the past 23 years and are held by more than 50 academic libraries nationwide and more than 3 peer libraries in Michigan.  Peer libraries include 14 academic libraries (both state public and small liberal arts) that are MeL participants and have expressed an interest in cooperative preservation of low-use titles.

Preservation candidates are those titles that are held by fewer than 5 academic libraries nationwide, or we are the only library in Michigan holding that title.  Many of these titles will be moved to the rare book collection.

Some collections will be preserved automatically.  Anything that is marked Banninga Collection, Hope Collection, or Muste Collection will be preserved for historical reasons.  The Hope Collection is a collection of books written by Hope alumni.  These three collections are not a part of the withdrawal candidate lists and will be handled separately.

Collections that will be affected this summer:

The library will be working this summer on the 3rd floor of Van Wylen Library.  We are beginning with the E call number range and working upward (E, F, G, H, J, K).  All of these ranges are now ready to be reviewed by faculty. Green flags have been placed in all withdrawal candidates. Faculty have until May 30 to indicate which of these titles should be kept. To do that, simply swap the green flag with a red one. Red flags are available at the Circulation Desk.

For more information about the project, see the Hope Sustainable Collections Page.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Kelly Jacobsma, David O’Brien or Brian Yost.

Artist’s Books at the Library

It’s that time of year again, a time where we can look forward to Spring and Stephanie Milanowski’s Class Project! This year 9 Artists Books entries are on display at the library. The exhibit will remain on display through March 14.

This Fabulous Century The Flickering Torch Mystery Gus the Great

You can view the past participants on Digital Commons, where the library has been archiving past Altered Book Art Projects. Last year’s winning entry was Samantha Gindl’s piece “Consumer, Meet Producer.”

Are you interested in learning more about art made from books? We have a lot of information in our stacks to aid you in your quest. In “Playing with Books,” author Jason Thompson combines different decorative art techniques to demonstrate the art of book-reimagination. His book includes projects for artists to try themselves. In “Art Made from Books,” 27 visual artists come together to showcase their work with the print medium. This book honors celebrates the printed book and its role throughout history.

If you want to find artists working with books online, you won’t have to go far. Visit this libguide on Book Arts Resources to get started.