With the help of Public Affairs & Marketing, we’ve made the site mobile-friendly, introduced new features, and streamlined the navigation. All of your favorite resources and services are still available, but now they’re even easier to find and use.
Here are just a few of our recent updates –
Ask a Librarian: whether you prefer email, texting, talking on the phone, online chatting, or good old fashioned face-to-face conversations, a librarian is standing by to answer any question you can think of
Borrow from Other Libraries: if you need an article, book, or movie that Van Wylen doesn’t own, our simplified Interlibrary Loan forms make it a cinch to place a request
Featured Resource: the library offers a ton of resources and services. With this new section on the front page, we plan to showcase individual people, databases, books, and tools for you to enjoy
New Materials at the Library: near the bottom of the library landing page is a bookshelf that showcases our latest purchases. If you spot something that catches your fancy, either stop by and pick it up yourself, or place a hold and we’ll grab it for you
Suggest a Purchase: we’re interested in what you’d like added to our collection. Fill out this form and we’ll do our best to acquire it!
As always, we welcome any comments or suggestions you might have. Either fill out the form below, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember, for cyborgs and old school humans alike, Van Wylen Library remains the perfect place to “upgrade your mind”!
This summer, the task of grouping bound journals together on each floor continues with the lower level. When complete, bound journals will all be shelved at the south end of the floor. The main staircase will be the approximate dividing line between journals and books. The books will be shelved with the “P” call numbers beginning just to the right as you exit the main stairwell and head north. Browsing the print books will be easier since they will not have large runs of bound journals interspersed amongst them. This process has already been completed on the second and third floors. The fourth floor journals will be separated from the books and shelved at the south end of the fourth floor at a later date.
Rearranging the entire floor is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. While this process is proceeding, the books on the lower level are being kept on tables, in study rooms, on the floor, and in just about any random space we can find. If you want a book during this time we will be happy to go find it for you. In HopeCat you can click the Place a Hold link at the top of the record and we will retrieve the book for you, bring it to the circulation desk, and e-mail you when it is available. We hope to be finished with the entire project by early July.
Many of us around campus can feel the upcoming finals week stress in the air. We wanted to take this time to remind you to relax, unwind, and breathe. You’ll find therapy dogs to pet, doughnuts to eat, bubble wrap to stomp, and so much more.
Time Magazine Archive collects the prominent weekly news magazine from its first issue in March 1923 through December 2000. The magazine conveys to a broad audience news and analysis on a spectrum of subjects. Try it today until May 26th. To search the archive, follow the on-campus or off-campus link and then select the Time Magazine Archive option.
Life Magazine Archive collects the famed photojournalism magazine from its first issue in November 1936 through December 2000. The magazine featured story-telling through documentary photographs and informative captions. Each issue depicted international events, topical stories, and intimate views of real people. Try it today until May 26th. To search the archive, follow the on-campus or off-campus link and then select the Life Magazine Archive option.
You can access these magazine archives we’re currently testing from our database trials page. Let us know what you think by giving us your feedback.
Want to brush up on your foreign language skills? The library subscribes to several popular foreign language magazines. Among them are People en Espańol (Spanish), das Fenster (German), and L’Express (French). They are available on the library’s current periodical shelves at the north end of the first floor. We also have many foreign language books, including recently purchased German editions of the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series. To find other foreign language books and videos you can limit your searches in the library catalog by choosing the Advanced Search. Please stop by the Research Help desk or meet with a librarian if you want to learn more about searching HopeCat.
The library wants all your dirty secrets. For the month of January, Van Wylen Library is collecting your secrets and posting them to a board in the entrance. Don’t worry, you can deposit these completely anonymously in a box next to the board. For the brave among you, we’ve provided markers and thumbtacks so you can post your own. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, confession or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything – as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. At the end of the display, we’ll post the best secrets to our blog.
If you’re not familiar with PostSecret, crawl out from under that rock and join us in the 21st century. PostSecret began as an art project and has blossomed into a community, spawning numerous books and even a live show. From the website:
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. Your secrets, posted here, every Sunday.