Senior Library Student Worker Purchases for the Collection

Every spring, graduating senior library student workers can pick an item (book, CD, DVD) to add to the collection in their honor.  They can choose an item within their major or an item of general interest.  Here’s what this year’s seniors chose:

Research Help

Colton Clark
Laurel Post
Reinie Thomas

Circulation

Spencer Boer
Sydney Khouri
Sehyun Park
Sarah Peterson

Media Desk

Cassidy Kessel
Janna Kollen
Regina Tan
Sydney VanHuile
Qian Wang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Lab

Michelle Brandle
Mikayla Freyling
Sierra Schultz
Emily Simmons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interlibrary Loan

Christopher Browne
Heather Sadogierski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Services

Elizabeth Gerdes

Library Exam Week Hours

Exam Week is upon us and the Library is here to help!  Need a quiet space to study for that tough exam? Check out the ground, 3rd or 4th floor! Have a group project to finish up?  We have plenty of large tables on the 1st and 2nd floors. You can also purchase forgotten supplies at Media Services!  The library is also distributing snacks Sunday at 9 p and Tuesday at 8 p.  Feeling extra stressed? Join CAPS for Guided Meditation and Relaxation in the Granberg Room Tuesday at 9 p.  The Relaxation Station is set up on the 2nd floor complete with games, puzzles, coloring and stress balls.  If you have ideas for future Exam Week events comment here on the blog, or Facebook or tweet us!

Sunday 4/30 10 am – 2 am
Monday 5/1 8 am – 2 am
Tuesday 5/2 8 am – 2 am
Wednesday 5/3 8 am – 2 am
Thursday 5/4 8 am – midnight
Friday 5/5 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday 5/6 Closed
Sunday 5/7 Closed

Are You Well-Read*?

Now that we better understand that getting news from social media (especially Facebook and Twitter) and Google is not such a great idea (filter bubbles! Fake news!), how can busy students stay current with the latest, credible news?

Van Wylen has you covered!

We offer a vast array of newspapers and magazines that stand at the ready for you to stop in, settle in a comfortable chair, and fill your mind with stories written by professional journalists with a wide array of opinions and stories. While the following titles are all available in print, many have online versions as well. A regular reading habit can help you develop interesting anecdotes and opinions to wow your friends and colleagues at your next social gathering, find a controversial topic for your ENG 113 paper, or even impress a recruiter when you are looking for a job.

Here are the details on a sampling of the publications you may consider adding to your regular rotation:

Environment (UF767 .S33)

Is climate change happening? This publication offers both peer-reviewed articles as well as commentaries from practitioners and researchers, approaching issues from an intersection of development and the environment.

 

National Review (AP2 .N3545)

Founded by founded by author and influential, conservative thinker William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955, it is important to note that the online version of this news magazine is under different editorial control. Wondering what the differences are? That sounds like a great research project.

 

The Crisis (E185.5 .C92)

Founded in part of W.E.B. DuBois in 1910, this publication is the official publication of the NAACP. It seeks to “educate and challenge its readers about issues facing African Americans and other communities of color.”

 

The Weekly Standard (E839.5 .W44)

A conservative leaning, weekly opinion magazine, The Weekly Standard has been published since the mid-1990s. Pieces are nuanced and timely and cover both national and international topics. A recent article discusses the overabundance of “anonymice” in journalism.

The Christian Century (BR1 .C45)

Carrying the tagline, “thinking critically, living faithfully,” this biweekly publication has been in circulation since 1884. A staple of mainline Protestantism, the magazine covers religious news as well as book, media, and art reviews. Poetry is scattered throughout each issue.

 

The Economist (HG11 .E2)

A British weekly news magazine in publication since 1843, the Economist’s editors write from an economic liberalism perspective. Its most recent issue was dedicated to a special report on the oil industry. Other recent issues report on the rise of nationalism and Donald Trump.

 

Mother Jones (AP2 .M79193)

A progressive magazine covering politics, the environment, human rights, and culture, an article from a recent issue discusses a start-up’s plans to produce milk from genetically modified yeast – no cow needed.

 

The Nation (AP2 .N2)

The oldest continually published weekly news magazine (since 1865), the Nation publishes stories on politics and culture with a progressive/liberal/radical slant.

 

 

Maclean’s (AP5 .M2)

A Canadian magazine (similar to our Time magazine) published since 1905 and including articles on politics, news, arts and culture. Always interesting to break out of our filter bubbles and see what people living in another country are thinking/reading/watching.

 

The Atlantic Monthly (AP2 .A8)

In publication since 1857, the Atlantic publishes literary and cultural commentary. An article in the most recent issue delves into the age-old question of whether we need to eradicate cats, which happen to be listed in the top 100 of the Global Invasive Species list.

 

The Advocate (AP2 .A36)

A general interest magazine that includes articles on news, politics, opinion, and the arts. It is the oldest LGBT magazine in the United States.

 

 

Wired (TK5105.5 .W57)

Not to be overlooked as just another magazine selling technology, Wired writes about how technology affects culture, the economy, and politics. A current article frames coding as the next, big blue-collar job market.

 

 

New Republic (AP2 .N624)

A long-running magazine (published since 1914!) that offers commentary on politics and the arts. Of note: lots of books reviews.

 

 

Ms (HQ1101 .M72)

A feminist, activist magazine.  Of note for marketing/media students: the last page of each issue features a selection of questionable gender-based advertising.

 

 

*The notion of being well-read comes to us from Shakespeare’s Henry IV,  Part 1:

Mort. In faith he was a worthy Gentleman,

Exceeding well read, and profited,

In strange Concealements:

Valiant as a Lyon, and wondrous affable,

1700And as bountifull, as Mynes of India

 

Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 1 (Folio 1 1623) (Modern). Ed. Rosemary Gaby. Internet Shakespeare Editions. University of Victoria, 6 Mar. 2017. Web. 6 Mar. 2013. <http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/doc/1H4_F1/complete/>.

–Jen Holman, Electronic Resources Librarian

Post-National Library Week FYI

by Kelly Jacobsma, Director

 

Libraries generally don’t publicly promote political agendas; however we feel that our users may want to know how politics in Washington and the President’s proposed budget may impact library services in Michigan and at Hope.  As you may know, President Trump has proposed eliminating all federal library funding – and the agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), that administers much of it – in his initial FY18 budget proposal.

 

Total elimination of IMLS as proposed in the President’s budget would have a devastating impact on library service across Michigan. For instance, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds pay for all costs associated with MeLCat, the statewide resource sharing program that provides nearly one million loans to library patrons per year, as well as the majority of the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) 40 databases and eBook content. Both programs have become irreplaceable for libraries and schools of all types and sizes.

 

At Hope, we would not only lose MeLCat sharing, we would lose the Academic OneFile full-text database and many others. Academic OneFile is the most used database by Hope students.

 

During the FY18 appropriations lobbying season, the American Library Association asked Representatives to sign “Dear Appropriator” letters to the Appropriations Committee, asking them to preserve funding this year for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. One-third of the entire House of Representatives (from both parties) signed “Dear Appropriator” letters and nearly 170 members signed at least one.  (Visit this House tracker to see whether your Representative in the House signed.) So far, none of our West Michigan Congressmen have signaled support. While there will surely be budget negotiations, we invite you to express your support for LSTA funding and the exceptional services these funds provide to Michigan communities. The value of being informed about the issue is that it allows you to take a stand. You can make your voice heard by posting a comment on the blog, writing an opinion piece in a newspaper, or writing a thoughtful letter to your legislators in Washington. As always, remember that at Hope we practice the Virtues of Public Discourse as we express our views with those who may not agree with us.

 

The entire budget is online at America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. For more information and actions that you can take to save library funding nationally and in Michigan, visit the American Library Association’s Government Relations and Advocacy page.

 

Project time! How Can the Library Help You?

It’s Spring, which means it is ‘Project Time’ on the 2nd floor of the Library! The Media Services Desk is the go-to place to check out a GoPro camera, Chromebook, or an iPad. You can also purchase paper or simple office supplies.  Use the Ellison die cut or spiral binding machine or have an item laminated.  If you are creating a poster for the Celebration for Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance, you will pick up your poster at the Media Desk. We also have supplies for trimming and mounting your poster on a trifold board.

Do you have a final project and need a little help with digitization, formatting or finalizing? Come to the TechLab for assistance and access to scanning, color printing, and expanded software. Trained students are available for assistance whenever the Library is open.  You can get help with editing a video, creating a Google site or Prezi, formatting a research poster, or creating a screencast.

Lower your academic stress by planning ahead, starting early, and getting great help in the Library! Also, remember to sleep well, slow down and breathe!

Graphic Novels at the Library

Graphic novels aren’t just about superheroes anymore. They comment on culture, politics, relationships, historical events and much more.  We have a fantastic LibGuide by our Metadata and Digital Collections Librarian, Jeremy Barney which really highlights our collection.  You can find many of our graphic novels in the browsing section across from our current periodicals on the first floor.

Below is just a handful of what we have to offer.  If you have a suggestion on a graphic novel to add to our collection we’d love to know!

Irmina by Barbara Yelin

Call Number: PN6757.Y45 I75 2016

In the mid-1930s, Irmina, an ambitious young German, moves to London. At a cocktail party, she meets Howard Green, one of the first black students at Oxford, who, like Irmina, is working towards an independent existence. However, their relationship comes to an abrupt end when Irmina, constrained by the political situation in Hitler’s Germany, is forced to return home. As war approaches and her contact with Howard is broken, it becomes clear to Irmina that prosperity will only be possible through the betrayal of her ideals. In the award-winning Irmina, Barbara Yelin presents a troubling drama about the tension between integrity and social advancement, reflecting with compassion and intelligence on the complicity that results from the choice, conscious or otherwise, to look away.

 

 

Call Number: PN6728.V57 K56 2016 v.1-2

FREE New York Times Subscription Compliments of the Library!

STUDENTS, faculty and staff: We have fantastic news!

You no longer need to deal with Facebook commenters or figure out how to view more than your allotted amount of monthly free articles when all you want is the (real) news.  With your .edu email address you can sign up for complimentary access to  The New York Times!  Use your hope.edu email address and choose a password.  You will receive a confirmation email with a link you must click to complete the subscription.

Also included are over 150 years of archives as they originally appeared; reproduced digitally. Search for important world events or see what was going on the day you were born. These archived articles are also easy to print making them perfect for primary source research.

Read the Times on the computer or on your Android or iPhone.  We also have answers to frequently asked questions.

Once you have a free academic pass, our license requires you to renew the pass annually.  Not sure when you need to renew?  We have all that information for you.

Stay informed!

 

Come Research With Us!

Do you remember a Research and Instruction Librarian coming in to your English 113 or FYS class?  Or maybe it was Chemistry or Political Science.  Your interactions don’t have to end in the classroom.  Our R&I Librarians are available right here in the library in a variety of ways.

You can schedule an appointment individually or with a small group.  This is a great way to get started on a project, narrow your topic, and receive advanced, personalized research help. Often these will result in follow-up interactions as your research evolves.

Stop in at the Research Help Desk!  It is always staffed with a trained student. Also, even if they aren’t sitting at the desk, our librarians are available Monday-Friday 8am- 5pm (except for the lunch hour) as well as Monday -Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm and Sundays from 1pm-4pm. Our student assistants would be happy to connect you with one.

Short on time? Simply send an email and receive a prompt reply from a librarian.  You can also chat with the Research Help Desk staff while the library is open.

Make it a goal to let us help you this semester!

Todd Wiebe
Rachel Bishop
Jessica Hronchek – on sabbatical Spring 2017

3 Great Library Research Tools You Need to Add to your Toolbox

Doing great library research is a journey, with many wrong turns and some truly great eureka moments. Following are 3 great library research tools that can make your research journey less tedious, quicker, easier to track, and maybe even a little fun:


Zotero
An open-source citation management system, this is a tool to never leave home without. It allows you to save citations, PDFs, and websites with the click of a button. Citations can then be formatted in thousands of formats and integrated into both Google Docs and Microsoft Word. Zotero also supports group research and sharing.

LibX
A mighty toolbar for both Firefox and Chrome, LibX enables users to search library resources without ever leaving the webpage they are on. As a bonus, LibX will authenticate you if you are off-campus with a simple right-click on your mouse.

BrowZine
Want to know what the top journals are in your discipline? Need to be notified when the latest issue of Cell comes out? Love that your top journals are all available electronically but still want to arrange them on a bookcase? For all these reasons and more, BrowZine is a top choice for browsing/reading the journal literature.

What’s your favorite research tool? Please let us know in the comments or Tweet us @vanwylenlibrary!