Recently I had the pleasure of taking an Innovation Foundation Workshop with facilitators from the Office of Possibilities. It was a great opportunity to learn more about how creativity and process can cultivate an environment where teams have fun solving problems. Here are 5 takeaways from my experience.
1. Make sure everyone involved in the process agrees to the CORE characteristics of creative/innovative people, and enforce it! It may sound counterintuitive to enforce rules around a creative process. But setting parameters makes it easier for folks to go wild within them. And the CORE characteristics are pretty great.
Curiosity (be wild!)
Openness (defer judgment)
Risk tolerance (strive for quantity and build ideas)
Energy (be playful!)
2. Use an Empathy Map Canvas to better understand the individuals impacted by your decision-making process. It’s important to do this early and often, or the foundation of your work will not be strong enough to support the rest of the framework. You may even realize that the problem you think you’re solving is not a problem at all; or the wrong problem! Talking to others, with a structured set of questions, can help you more clearly define the issue at hand.
3. Do your best to get both divergent and convergent thinkers in the same room. My style is definitely convergent. I like facilitating divergent thinking, but when it comes down to it, my brain doesn’t readily explore possibilities the way others might.
4. Prototyping is fun! Our facilitators offered five types of prototyping to try: storyboarding, 3D models, fake ads, flow charts, and role playing. Never had I considered doing any of these things in the past. But when I teamed up with a colleague to storyboard an event, it really helped me think about things differently! And seeing the prototypes others produced gave me fresh perspective.
5. I love working with a cross-section of people from the college! We had one student in our workshop, as well as employees from many different departments across campus. It was great to get to know them better and see how their strengths, weaknesses, and experiences contributed to the process. I highly recommend taking the Innovation Foundations Workshop for personal and professional growth. If you’re interested, contact email@example.com to learn more.
The Library is again collecting items for Community Action House at the display on the 1st floor through exam week.
Community Action House does incredible work in our community and has recently added some exciting new initiatives such as Refresh: Hygiene and Hope – a free shower program for individuals experiencing homelessness. CAH also has an outreach team who holds “office hours” at Herrick District Library to help with case management and resource assistance. Most recently, they opened their Food Club and Opportunity Hub on Paw Paw Drive which provides families with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy in addition to typical canned and shelf-stable foods.
While you’re at the store in the next few weeks, would you consider picking up some extra items – particularly from their most needed list?
If you would prefer to give a monetary donation, you can do so here.
Thank you for your help in supporting this wonderful community resource!
The cold of winter may be upon us, but the semester is just starting to heat up. As deadlines for research papers and other assignments are fast approaching, the library is here to help get you through the final push.
Consider scheduling a one-on-one consultation with a librarian who will help you explore your topic in depth and navigate the library’s myriad resources.
Click here to see the available library consultation options.
Did you know? Students who have met with librarians for personalized help have been overwhelmingly positive with their feedback on the experience. Responding to a follow-up survey this past year, 95% of students reported being able to apply what they learned to their academic work and 100% said they would recommend the experience to others.
Not too shabby!
So… what are you waiting for? Schedule a library consultation today!
We hope you enjoy reading about Hannah’s experience at the Library, written at the end of the Spring semester ’21.
Hope College Digital Liberal Arts Website Redesigned
Under the mentorship of Tori Longfield, Assistant Librarian for the Digital Liberal Arts, student intern Hannah Kenny redesigned the Hope College Digital Liberal Arts (Hope DLA) website this semester.
Hope DLA is a digital archive for born-digital research projects (meaning the projects have been created in digital platforms to begin with). It hosts digital projects created by faculty, students, and Hope College classes. Hope DLA “projects are a product of the integration of technology and research in the classroom, independent research, or faculty-student research” (http://hopedla.org). Hope DLA was originally created for the Mellon Scholars Program, and “we’re really happy to have found a home for this site in the library and a way to both continue to showcase these projects by former students and to host new projects by students and faculty across the college,” said interim Mellon Scholars Director, Marsely Kehoe.
Kenny encourages students to visit the website, stating “Hope DLA is a holding space for important research and creativity. As a student interested in accessible research, digital projects like the ones on this website feel meaningful to me and will serve in the advancement of liberal arts education.”
If you would like your research project to be considered for archive on the Hope Digital Liberal Arts website, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your project will be reviewed to determine if Hope DLA is a good place for your digital creation.
We hope you enjoy reading about Hannah’s experience at the Library, written at the end of the Spring semester ’21.
This spring semester, I had the opportunity to work as an intern at the Van Wylen Library as part of my Women’s and Gender Studies degree. I worked under the guidance of Tori Longfield, Hope College’s Assistant Librarian for the Digital Liberal Arts. We met bi-weekly to discuss my internship projects as well as topics in library and information science in preparation for my starting grad school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I worked on two projects, one about collection development and the other about diversifying subject headings. Under the supervision of Jen Holman, the Associate Librarian for Electronic Resources, I helped develop a procedure for collection development. As this was an internship with the WGS department, we focused on adding to our WGS collection. As the result of this project, we were able to purchase new books and resources for the library, some of which are already available. This is a process that will hopefully be replicated in order to diversify other collections at Van Wylen.
My second project, on subject headings, was under the guidance of Jeremy Barney, the Assistant Librarian for Metadata and Digital Collections. This project was more oriented towards learning about subject headings and controlled vocabularies, as well as cataloging more broadly. Through various readings and webinars, I put together a list of subject headings about gender that I wanted to further investigate due to their outdated terminology. These subject headings are determined by the Library of Congress, but individual libraries sometimes can make local changes. Jeremy would then run reports to see how often and where these subject headings showed up in our collections. At the end of this semester, I will be submitting a report on our findings that makes recommendations for better, more up to date subject headings. The final aspect of my internship was the wonderful opportunity to interview the librarians here at Hope College, and I am grateful to everyone who was willing to meet with me and answer my questions about librarianship.
Although I began this internship knowing that I was interested in a career in librarianship (in fact, I had already applied to library schools), I am now more confident than ever in that decision. I was allowed flexibility and freedom in the projects I chose, and since my interest in this profession sits at the intersections between social justice, feminist pedagogy, and librarianship, I was able to explore projects rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Tori, Jen, and Jeremy offered their expertise and guidance every step of the way, and I’m finishing this internship with new knowledge about librarianship as a whole, but more specifically, about collection development and cataloging. Although I don’t know exactly what branch of librarianship I’ll pursue, I feel prepared to enter grad school with the knowledge and experience I’ve gained through my internship. I’ve loved getting to know the librarians, being a part of purchasing new books for a collection I love, and getting to explore the nuances and complexities of controlled vocabularies. I look forward to bringing this experience with me as I head to UIUC this fall!
First year students—welcome! Returning students—welcome back!
The staff at Van Wylen Library are excited for the new school year and want to make sure you are in the know regarding everything the library has to offer. During the course of your studies at Hope, you will be in need of quality information from an array of reliable sources and the library has you covered! The library is much more than a repository of books—think of it as an epicenter of information resources and services all aimed at supporting your academic endeavors. We recognize that the sheer abundance and variety of information can be overwhelming, but the library is very much in the business of teaching and learning, so know that you are not on your own to sort it all out. The library aims to foster information literacy, and librarians provide instruction in a wide variety of courses in effort to equip students with the critical thinking skills needed to deftly explore and navigate the broader realm of information we find ourselves encountering daily.
Here are some of the library highlights:
Research Help Stop by the Research Help Desk on the main floor of the library with any questions regarding the library or using/accessing its many resources. You can also get help via email, phone, text or chat. For the most in-depth help experience, you can schedule a one-on-one consultation with an expert research or digital liberal arts librarian.
Borrowing Materials The Circulation Desk is where you can check out library materials of all types—books, videos, technology such as laptops and cameras, and more! All you need is your Hope ID! See here for more info on loan periods, etc.
Digital Media Lab On the second floor of the library you’ll find the Digital Media Lab and service desk. Here you can get help with audio/video editing, image manipulation, graphic design, research poster layout, etc. It is here where you can also do color printing, purchase general office supplies. Adjacent to the Digital Media Lab is a Sound Room which includes an individual studio space with materials so students can engage in multimedia podcast recording/editing, in addition to Sibelius and Finale software for music creation.
Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing The Writing Center located on the main floor or the library. Here you can schedule an appointment with an experienced student writing assistant to receive guidance on your writing assignments in all subject areas. Help is available at any stage of the writing process, from initial planning to proofreading final drafts.
Archives Located on 10th Street near Central Ave is the Joint Archives of Holland. This branch of the library is your gateway to Hope College and local history collections, many of which have been digitized and made available online. The Archives staff are available to help you make the most of these unique primary source materials, many of which have been integrated into student undergraduate research over the years.
The library is also a great place to study and work! We have an assortment of tables, personal study carrels, private rooms, and other cozy spaces to choose from. So, come, make yourself at home in the library where you can get stuff, get stuff done, and get help doing it!
Hope College Digital Commons, the college’s Van Wylen Library-supported institutional repository, celebrates its 10th birthday this March.* Hope College Digital Commons was established to collect, preserve, and make available scholarly and creative work generated by the college’s faculty, staff, and students, and to provide access to materials held by the Joint Archives of Holland.
To celebrate ten years of our Digital Commons repository here are some usage statistics we’d like to share (March 4, 2011-March 4, 2021):
Number of Downloads
Total Number of Downloads: 645,232
Faculty Publications Downloads: 57,718
Hope College Publications Downloads: 368,709
News from Hope College: 31,937
The Anchor: 285,455
The Joint Archives Quarterly: 19,088
Holland City News Issue Downloads: 59,844
Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Posters and Abstract Booklets Downloads: 44,361
Joint Archives Collection Registers and Abstracts Downloads: 37,638
Featured below are some of the most downloaded items in Hope College Digital Commons. Download numbers are provided.
Top 10 Faculty Publications
Congratulations to these faculty authors for being in the top ten most downloaded publications from Hope College Digital Commons. This illustrates the value of an institutional repository in disseminating faculty scholarship and highlights the significant contributions of Hope College faculty to their fields of research.
Digital access now makes historical information available to a wide audience including Hope alumni and historical researchers. We are proud to be able to offer this kind of access to our community and researchers around the world.
Top Regions Downloading Items from Hope College Digital Commons
Here are the top twenty countries that have accessed information in the institutional repository. Many other countries regularly access our works. Open Access to faculty publications is especially important in developing countries that cannot afford to subscribe to pricey scholarly journals.
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*According to data from the institutional repository platform vendor (bepress) metrics on the site have been taken since March 4, 2011, and this is an indication of when the site may have been made live.
The doors into the library will remain locked, so you will always need your Hope ID to access the building using the card readers at the doors.
The Research Help Desk will be staffed by student assistants for brief inquiries and for help making Research Consultations with a librarian. We have a great new scheduling system and strongly recommend that students make a virtual appointment with a librarian to help them utilize library resources and get started on research projects.
Using the library will be different.
Masks will be required in public areas including at study tables.
Occupancy has been reduced and will be monitored. Furniture has been arranged to promote social distancing. Only two students are permitted at each large study table. Plexiglass barriers have been installed to divide tables. We are providing more enclosed study carrels for students – limited to one person at a time.
Students will be asked to disinfect study tables before and after using them with provided disinfecting supplies.
Computers and Printers will be physically distanced and only one person at a time will be allowed to pick up print jobs.
The Cup & Chaucer will be open. Food & Drink will be permitted only in individual study carrels on the ground, 3rd, and 4th floors, or at outside tables.
Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building and its use is strongly encouraged after using equipment.
The stacks will remain open however we strongly encourage students to request books and other materials via Hope Primo. Books will be retrieved for you and then can be picked up at the circulation desk once you are notified.
The TechLab is now the Digital Media Lab. Since only two students will be allowed in the lab at a time, students must make appointments to visit the lab. Virtual Digital Media Lab appointments will also be available. Contact DML@hope.edu to schedule a consulting session. Stations for color printing and poster printing are at the Digital Media Lab desk and will be disinfected after each use. Large-format scanners are also available at the Digital Media Lab and will be similarly disinfected.
The Joint Archives of Holland will be open however space is limited to four people in the reading room. Students who would like to use archival materials should contact the Archivist ahead of time to arrange access to materials or arrange a research consultation.
The Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing will continue offering sessions online when classes resume in August. Some in-person writing sessions may return during Fall Semester, but initially, the KCEW Writing Assistants will be providing their help through emails, phone calls, shared Google Docs, Zoom and Meet formats.
Until further notice, the Van Wylen Library and Theil Research Center are closed to the public, including to students, faculty and staff. We are committed to supporting both students and faculty remotely as classes move online.
A large amount of our material is already online. Search Primo and limit results to “available online”. Remember that you may need to login to access content from off-campus. As courses transition to online, if additional e-book or e-video content is needed, please contact a librarian.
Research Librarians can answer questions by email and through virtual consultations. Research Librarians are also available to join your classes online to provide instruction.
The Joint Archives of Holland will also be providing services virtually to students, faculty and staff. Contact email@example.com.
The Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing will be offering virtual appointments. Instead of filling out the usual appointment form for an in-person peer-review session, students should simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and attach their writing project (many formats are accepted for attachments).
Interlibrary Loan: As many libraries in Michigan and around the country are closing to the public, borrowing and lending of physical material have been essentially halted. MeLCat requesting has been suspended. We will still do our best to obtain articles and book chapters and are also able to digitize from our own collection. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Due dates have been extended until April 15 for all library material. If your item was already overdue, your due date did not change. We do not expect material to be returned during this time but if you’d like to sort out your overdue item, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All due dates in your Primo Account are accurate.
If there is anything else we can do for you, do not hesitate to ask. We will do our best to support you, even at a distance.