GoPro at the Library

Want to show your friends what it looks like from your point of view as you ski down the slopes?  Or swim at the Dow?  Or perform a dance routine?  The library now has two GoPro Hero cameras available for checkout.  These rugged, waterproof cameras have several shooting modes, including 1080pixel/30 frames-per-second video, 5 shots per second Burst Photo, and a time-lapse setting.  All images are recorded on a 16GB microSD card.  The library will supply the card or you can use your own (up to 32GB).  Once you are done filming, you then upload the files to your computer to compile your video.  If you have not used video editing software you can come to the TechLab and they will show you how to use iMovie.  If you prefer to learn on your own, you can come to the TechLab and view any of the thousands of video training tutorials available through

Along with the cameras, there are several different styles of mounts that can also be checked out.  These include a floating hand grip, chest mount harness, and 3-way grip/arm/tripod.  The cameras and mounts are all available at the Media Desk on the 2nd floor of the library and can be checked out for 3 days at a time.   Watch the video created by TechLab Assistant Michael Barrows featuring various filming modes and camera mounts using the GoPro Hero camera. at the Library

lynda.comThe library now subscribes to Two dedicated kiosks are available in the Techlab on the 2nd floor. is an online learning company. Cultivate skills in business, software, technology and more to boost your resume while achieving your personal and professional goals. Experts teach these skills using self-paced online video courses.

Browse through the hundreds of videos available in a multitude of topics. Interested in learning Adobe products? Want to learn more about web development? Maybe you want to sharpen your photography skills? These and many other topics are available through our library subscription to Video tutorials are available to help you learn how to use the video library. Any questions? Contact us today!

MeLCat Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary!

MeLCat Celebrates 10 Years!

MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents.

Van Wylen Library has over 600,000 items. Using MeLCat increases the number of items available to you to over 45 million. You can get items from all types of libraries – from public to large academic institutions. MeLCat is a great resource for research materials as well as non-academic, popular books, music and movies.

Van Wylen Library has participated in MeLCat since June 2005. *In that period of time, Hope College has lent and borrowed over 88,000 books, DVDs and CDs!*

You can get books, CDs and DVDs delivered right to Van Wylen from over 400 other Michigan libraries. Search for your item at, click on the “Get this from MeLCat” button, select Hope College from the drop down list, enter your 1Hope username (without and password, and the item will be delivered to the library in about a week.

If you haven’t yet used this great service and have questions the Research Help Desk staff will be glad to assist you!

Michelle Yost, Interlibrary Loan Associate

Welcome Back

Welcome back, everyone! We’re excited about the beginning of the semester here at the library. As always, stop by for any help you might need, whether that’s in the tech lab to work on a digital project, or getting help from a librarian with a research question. Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee from the Cup & Chaucer on your way to the Writing Center.

The library is open 8am – Midnight Monday through Thursday, 8am – 6pm Friday, 10 am – 6pm Saturday, and Noon – Midnight Sunday. We look forward to a fun and productive semester with you!

Hours During Break

Christmas TreeMerry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Van Wylen Library! May your holidays be bright and restful. You may visit the library during the following hours over the next few weeks:

Monday, December 15 8am – 5pm
Tuesday, December 16 8am – 5pm
Wednesday, December 17 8am – 5pm
Thursday, December 18 8am – 5pm
Friday, December 19 8am – 5pm
Saturday, December 20 Closed
Sunday, December 21 Closed
Monday, December 22 8am – 5pm
Tuesday, December 23 8am – 5pm
Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, January 2 Closed, Campus  Shutdown
Saturday, January 3 Closed
Sunday, January 4 Closed
Monday, January 5 8am – 5pm
Tuesday, January 6 Regular Hours Resume

Info in the Arts: New Naxos App

naxosimageFor those of you who haven’t used it before, Naxos is the library’s primary tool for online streaming classical music.  It contains over 100,000 CDs from 100s of labels such as Naxos, Sony Classical, Albany, and Inova.

Naxos has recently released a new version of its app, available for apple and android.  Use this app to easily stream their content on your smartphone.  To use, simply create an account through their website and download the app.  You can use the app to create search for Naxos content, browse recent additions, or listen to public playlists that Naxos has created.  Looking to get in a festive mood?  They even have holiday playlists (listed in the Seasons folder).

Note: We have a limited number of seats in Naxos, so please log out of the app when you are done using it, to make room for others!  Contact Jessica ( if you are regularly having trouble getting in.

— Jessica Hronchek, Research and Instruction Librarian, Visual and Performing Arts

Attention Students!

It is the last week of classes.  Assignments are due, or soon will be.  Many of these are research assignments.  How do you feel about that?  Be honest.  Well, you’re in luck because it is not too late to get research help in the library.

For all options, visit:
For in-depth assistance, the Research and Instruction Librarians are available for one-on-one appointments — see the light, schedule one now!  Or as always, stop by the Research Help Desk on the first floor anytime.  Look for these friendly faces (below) to help you out, or get help from one of our Student Research Assistants.


Research and Instruction Librarians are available to help. Clockwise from top left: Dave O’Brien, Todd Wiebe, Patrick Morgan, Jessica Hronchek, and Rachel Bishop.