Google Scholar & Library Holdings

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Google Scholar & Van Wylen Library Holdings

We probably don’t need to remind you about Google Scholar, a great supplement to the hundreds of databases that Van Wylen librarians license for the Hope Community.

What you may not know is that we send Google Scholar our journal holdings on a weekly basis so that you can easily jump from Google Scholar back into our licensed content.

These holdings are displayed automatically when you use Google Scholar from on-campus as Google recognizes your IP address.

If we have full text available for a citation, Google Scholar should display a link to our “Full-Text @ Hope College” service:

If we do not already have access to the full text, the Find It! Services Menu will offer a quick way to submit interlibrary loan requests for items to which we do not have access, as well as quick access to an email help form. To find the link, select the “More” () link from below your citation; then choose “Request it @ Hope College”

If you are off-campus, you can still access these library links by updating your Google Scholar settings (select the 3 lines to the left of the Google Scholar search box, then select settings):

From “Settings,” select “Library Links” and search for Hope College:

Happy researching!!

For even greater integration between web resources and Van Wylen resources, please download our library toolbar.

Van Wylen Library celebrates the launch of new systems, Alma and Hope Primo

 

Big changes have taken place in the library this summer, as two years of preparation culminate in an almost complete upgrade of library systems from the back end to the front. The library invites the campus to celebrate this transition with us at our launch party Monday, August 20, at 2 pm on the first floor of Van Wylen Library. Join us for refreshments, giveaways, an introduction to the new system, and a chance to check out our new Steelcase furniture.

 

Dean of Libraries Kelly Jacobsma highlights the collaborative efforts of all departments of the library during the transition. “Completing the implementation of Alma and Primo is a huge accomplishment for the library staff. It brings next-generation systems architecture so that the user will have a more seamless experience wherever they start their research.”

 

Hope College has partnered with six other Michigan academic libraries (Western Theological Seminary, Albion, Kalamazoo College, Michigan Technological University, Ferris State University, and Oakland University) through the Michigan Shared System Alliance in order to coordinate negotiations and share knowledge. Alma and Primo are an increasingly popular choice among academic libraries both domestic and international. Brian Yost, Head of Technical Services, shares the impact that the new systems have on both library staff and users: “Our new Alma system will allow us to create more efficient workflows in acquisitions, serials, cataloging, and electronic resource management that will result in providing better service to Van Wylen Library users.” This is a particularly positive upgrade for electronic resources. “In the past, several different systems were needed to manage the life-cycle of electronic resources. With Alma, nearly all of this can be done in one system, from initially purchasing resources to analyzing usage data to determine whether to continue a subscription.”

 

For users doing library-based research, Hope Primo replaces The MightyFind, Library Catalog (HopeCat), and the Journal Finder, and provides a new link resolver within databases. The goal is that this centralized search experience will result in more comfort within library research tools overall. Instead of having to jump between several different interfaces and remember what tool locates each kind of resource, Primo will offer a unified interface for the beginning stages of research and then provide links to specialized databases and additional resources through InterLibrary Loan. Have questions about Hope Primo? Stick around after the launch party for a hands-on workshop on the new system led by librarians Todd Wiebe and Jessica Hronchek at 3 pm in the Granberg Room.

 

In addition to the migration to the new system, the library has been busy updating the first floor of the library. Through a partnership with Steelcase Corp., we are trying out some innovative products that provide learning spaces for both individual and collaborative study. In April, we concluded an 8-month planning process with Ratio Architects to develop a master plan for library renovation. The plan calls for a new learning commons that brings together research, writing, and academic success on the first floor and re-envisioned technology spaces, classrooms and a Center for Teaching and Learning on the second floor. While a larger renovation will require fundraising, the Steelcase project allows us to experiment and demonstrate the difference that effective, active learning spaces can make in the lives of students and faculty.

 

 

New Library System Now Live!

If you happen to be doing library research today, you will notice a change on the library home page.  Our new search interface, Hope Primo is now up, replacing the MightyFind, Library Catalog, and Journal Finder. Here’s a short video introducing the major features of the tool. We hope that this centralized interface will create a more consistent search experience for all of our users.

As with any system transition, we are working to address any glitches as we discover them and make adjustments based on your feedback. Please let us know if you have questions or come across any problems by contacting us through askalibrarian or the “report a problem” links embedded in Hope Primo.
Look for more opportunities to learn and celebrate our new system as the semester approaches! There will be hands-on workshops on Wednesday, August 15th, and Monday, August 20th at 3:00, and a system launch party, also on Monday, August 20th at 2:00. We look forward to sharing our new system with you!

Library Systems Transition in July

The library is excited to share our new system with you beginning in mid-July! For those of you doing research this summer, here are just a few things we want you to be aware of over the next couple of weeks.

 

  • Beginning July 1st, HopeCat (“Books + Media” search) will be retired, and there is a minor blackout period before the new system, Hope Primo, goes live on July 17th.

  • Almost all library resources are still findable and accessible via The MightyFind and our databases. All of our services will continue, including InterLibrary Loan.

  • The only content with limited discoverability is print and microform holdings for periodicals. Please contact the Research Help Desk (x7904, askalibrarian@hope.edu) if you need assistance in locating materials you think might be in print serials.

  • You will also not have access to your library account during the blackout. Record of your current checkouts will be automatically forwarded to your new account in Hope Primo/Alma. Please contact circulation (circ@hope.edu) if you have questions.

 

Thank you for your flexibility during this transition! Don’t hesitate to ask questions if there is anything else we can clarify. More announcements will be coming about the new system, training opportunities, and our launch party in August!

Senior Library Student Worker Purchases for the Collection 2018

In appreciation for all they do for the Library, every spring, graduating senior student workers are able to choose an item (book, CD, or DVD) to add to our collection. That item might be in the student’s discipline of study or from a different area of interest.

The Class of 2018’s choices:

technical services
Jacob Sandy
Joey Williams
Kylie DeKryger

 

 

Lauren Sweers

 

Media Desk
Linnea Hjelm
Matison Landman
Sydney Dippel
Tech Lab
Joanie Davis
Amber Carnahan
Lakna Jayasinghe
Billy Yancey
Circulation
Sarah Seckler
Molly Ireland
Naomi Scott
Chan Hwang
Research Help Desk
Ismael Byers
Collin Wassilak
Laure Bouret
Benjamin Pederson
Clarisa Chavez
Peter Timperman

 

 

Gabrielle Werner
Leigh Wynveen
Interlibrary Loan
Russell Houpt
Ivy Peterson

Exam Week Activity Schedule!

You’re almost done – here are some activities and treats to help keep you going!

SUNDAY 4/29 10 AM COFFEE AND DONUTS VAN WYLEN LIBRARY
8 PM ROPE OF HOPE DIMNENT CHAPEL
9 PM STUDY SNACK VAN WYLEN LIBRARY
MONDAY 4/30 11A-1P CAPS BUBBLE WRAP STOMP (WEATHER PERMITTING) OUTSIDE BULTMAN STUDENT CENTER
TUESDAY 5/1 11:30AM 30 MINUTE MEDITATION CAPS GROUP ROOM (2ND FLOOR BSC)
12-2 PM THERAPY DOGS DEWITT LOBBY & BSC  LIVING ROOM
9 PM STUDY SNACK VAN WYLEN LIBRARY
WEDNESDAY 5/2 12-1 PM STRESS BALL HANDOUT FROM CAPS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST) BSC LIVING ROOM
THURSDAY 5/3 4:30 PM 30 MINUTE MEDITIATION CAPS GROUP ROOM (2ND FLOOR BSC)

Exam Week Hours for the Library

Friday, April 27 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, April 28 10 am – midnight
Sunday, April 29 10 am – 2 am
Monday, April 30 8 am – 2 am
Tuesday, May 1 8 am – 2 am
Wednesday, May 2 8 am – 2 am
Thursday, May 3 8 am – midnight
Friday, May 4 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, May 5 closed
Sunday, May 6 closed

Library Systems Migration

The Library is preparing for a major systems change that will update and consolidate much of our back-end technology and provide a single centralized interface, Primo, replacing both HopeCat and the MightyFind.  This new interface will go live in mid-July. Knowing you will have questions about how this impacts your work we made an information page to answer some of those FAQs.

Included is information on:

  • Important dates to keep in mind
    • Return all Beardslee Library materials to WTS by Friday, May 4
    • Export your HopeCat Reading History list before July 1 if desired
    • HopeCat will be down July 1-16 – Research and Instruction librarians will be happy to work with you to ensure your research continues with as little interruption as possible.
    • Our new system goes live July 17!
    • Update links any links to HopeCat records in Moodle and/or your syllabi after July 17.
  • Online tutorials and in-person workshops this summer
  • Impact on summer research plans
  • Impact on fall course preparation
  • Focus group opportunities for faculty and staff

MeLCat continues to be unavailable to the Hope community until some time in September. In the meantime there are many other ways to request material from other libraries. See our blog post here.

The Library staff has been working hard on this transition and we are excited share it with you!

MeLCat down beginning March 1

In July 2018 the library will be launching a new discovery system. This system (replacing both The MightyFind and HopeCat) will provide a user-centered, single-search system with greatly enhanced functionality.

As part of this launch we need to suspend MeLCat borrowing effective Thursday, March 1.  The good news is there’s no need to panic!  We will do our best to get you the exact same material just as quickly.

There are a few ways to request material from other libraries. When searching in HopeCat, look for the “Find in WorldCat” buttons where you would usually see MelCat icons:

This button will take you to the WorldCat catalog. Click on the title that interests you, and then select the “Request Item through InterLibrary Loan” button.  Enter your name and email address, and voila!  Your request is submitted.  You will receive an email when the item arrives at the library.

If you are really missing MeLCat and have a Herrick District Library card, you can use MeLCat there.  Go to MeLCat and search for your item as usual.  Once you click “get this for me”, choose Herrick District Library instead of Hope College from the drop down menu.  You will pick up any requested MeLCat material at Herrick, a 5 minute walk from Van Wylen. Please note you cannot borrow A/V material (CDs, DVDs, etc.) through Herrick. You will not be able to use your Hope ID to check out Herrick materials during this downtime.

FAQs:

I already have a MeLCat item checked out or in transit to Hope. What does this mean for me? You can use the item as usual! Please return the material when it is due. If you need the material longer please request a new copy via WorldCat using the instructions above and return the MeLCat copy when you receive the newer one.

I have a guest card for Van Wylen Library. How can I get items I would normally get through MeLCat? During our downtime you may use WorldCat and if we can fill your request from a Michigan library we will! If there are no state-wide copies available we will contact you and let you know.

When will MeLCat be available again at Hope? We anticipate regaining access to MeLCat at the end of August/early September. Ideally, we’ll be ready to go again once the Fall 2018 semester starts!

This is all very confusing. Who can I ask about this? Email Michelle Yost at ill@hope.edu or stop in at the Research Help Desk.

We appreciate your flexibility as we work to make your library experience the best it can be!