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 email@example.com. And remember, for cyborgs and old school humans alike, Van Wylen Library remains the perfect place to “upgrade your mind”!
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.
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.
Van Wylen Library continues to host a food drive to benefit Community Action House of Holland. Please consider picking up a few extra items next time you go grocery shopping to help families and individuals who are in need in our community. Donations can be dropped off at the display in the first floor of the Library beginning Monday,November 23. We appreciate your participation!
Healthy food pantry items:
Whole Grain Brown Rice
Canned Fruit (in 100% juice)
Shelf-Stable Fruit Cups (in 100% juice)
Canned Vegetables (low sodium or no salt added preferred)
Diced Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce (low sodium or no salt added preferred)
Whole Wheat Flour
Canned Meats (tuna, salmon, chicken – in water, with 140mg sodium or less per serving)
Dried or canned beans with no salt added
Peanut Butter (with non-hydrogenated oil)
100% Vegetable Juice – no salt added
100% Fruit Juice
Low Sodium Broths
Soup with less than 400 mg sodium per serving
Sugar Free Pudding and Jell-O
100% Whole Grain Pasta and Crackers
Whole grain/High Fiber Cereals without added sugar (Shredded Wheat)
Oatmeal/Cream of Wheat
Shelf-Stable, Low-Fat Dairy Products (dry milk, evaporated milk, boxed milk)
Donations of personal items are also welcomed, as these cannot be purchased with food stamps:
Shampoo and conditioner
Who has experience preparing legal documents, managing a bakery, teaching algebra/geometry/math as well as grades pre-K to 12, and leading a wine training program?
Who has done graduate studies at Notre Dame, Yale University, and the University of Michigan?
Who owns approximately 500 social and strategy board games?
If you guessed Joshua B. Miller, Van Wylen Library’s new Library Evening Supervisor, you would not be wrong! In all of Josh’s previous positions, he has most enjoyed teaching, training, and working with young people in any capacity. With his commitment to superior customer service, Josh is dedicated to helping the library run as smoothly as possible during the evening hours. He also will serve as the resource person for all of the library student staff.
Josh grew up primarily in Douglas, Michigan, and graduated from Oberlin College with a major in religion, along with concentrations in mathematics, history, and physics. His wide ranging interests and skills contribute to an obvious sense of adventure and curiosity.
Josh invites anyone who’s curious about board games for grown-ups to visit the amazing Out of the Box Games in Zeeland.
Come and meet Josh when you get a chance. You’ll be glad you did.
By Patti Carlson, Office Manager for Van Wylen Library
MeLCat requesting will be suspended beginning Wednesday, November 18 and will be back up by Friday, December 11 because of a server change. We can still get your material to you just as fast! Fill out a request form at http://www.hope.edu/lib/illoan/book.php
Please contact Michelle Yost at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
The book, All I Want is Everything (Funk & Wagnalls Co., New York, 1957) by Marion Mill Preminger, arrived uneventfully on my desk. A Gettysburg Times article from July 29, 1964 describes Preminger as an ex-Hungarian model and showgirl who dedicated her life to working as a nurse alongside Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Africa. All I Want is Everything is her attempt to share those experiences.
There’s nothing remarkable about the book. It has a copyright of 1957, so it’s not really rare in the traditional sense. There is something special about it, though. The inscription from the author caught my eye:
So many questions! How well did Preminger know Eleanor Roosevelt? And why would Preminger choose to personally send a book to her? The librarian in me wants to know how big Roosevelt’s personal library was. The archivist in me needs to understand the provenance of this particular book and how it ended up in Holland, Michigan. Most importantly, what does that inscription actually say?! (Seriously, if you know, or have time to figure it out, please email me and I’ll note that in the catalog.)
But alas, so many books to catalog, so little time. These are the perils of being a librarian, I suppose.
Sage Knowledge touts itself as the “premier social science eBook platform”. Included in this database of more than 4,200 titles is content from SAGE and CQ Press. SAGE knowledge provides access to scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more. Try it today until October 31. Let us know what you think.
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You can access these and other research tools we’re currently testing from our database trials page.