Exam Week Activities and Extended Library Hours

Extended exam week hours at the Library

Friday December 7 8am – 6 pm
Saturday December 8 10 am – midnight
Sunday December 9 10 am – 2 am
Monday December 10 8 am – 2 am
Tuesday December 11 8 am – 2 am
Wednesday December 12 8 am – 2 am
Thursday December 13 8 am – midnight
Friday December 14 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday December 15 closed
Sunday December 16 closed

Van Wylen Library celebrates the launch of new systems, Alma and Hope Primo

 

Big changes have taken place in the library this summer, as two years of preparation culminate in an almost complete upgrade of library systems from the back end to the front. The library invites the campus to celebrate this transition with us at our launch party Monday, August 20, at 2 pm on the first floor of Van Wylen Library. Join us for refreshments, giveaways, an introduction to the new system, and a chance to check out our new Steelcase furniture.

 

Dean of Libraries Kelly Jacobsma highlights the collaborative efforts of all departments of the library during the transition. “Completing the implementation of Alma and Primo is a huge accomplishment for the library staff. It brings next-generation systems architecture so that the user will have a more seamless experience wherever they start their research.”

 

Hope College has partnered with six other Michigan academic libraries (Western Theological Seminary, Albion, Kalamazoo College, Michigan Technological University, Ferris State University, and Oakland University) through the Michigan Shared System Alliance in order to coordinate negotiations and share knowledge. Alma and Primo are an increasingly popular choice among academic libraries both domestic and international. Brian Yost, Head of Technical Services, shares the impact that the new systems have on both library staff and users: “Our new Alma system will allow us to create more efficient workflows in acquisitions, serials, cataloging, and electronic resource management that will result in providing better service to Van Wylen Library users.” This is a particularly positive upgrade for electronic resources. “In the past, several different systems were needed to manage the life-cycle of electronic resources. With Alma, nearly all of this can be done in one system, from initially purchasing resources to analyzing usage data to determine whether to continue a subscription.”

 

For users doing library-based research, Hope Primo replaces The MightyFind, Library Catalog (HopeCat), and the Journal Finder, and provides a new link resolver within databases. The goal is that this centralized search experience will result in more comfort within library research tools overall. Instead of having to jump between several different interfaces and remember what tool locates each kind of resource, Primo will offer a unified interface for the beginning stages of research and then provide links to specialized databases and additional resources through InterLibrary Loan. Have questions about Hope Primo? Stick around after the launch party for a hands-on workshop on the new system led by librarians Todd Wiebe and Jessica Hronchek at 3 pm in the Granberg Room.

 

In addition to the migration to the new system, the library has been busy updating the first floor of the library. Through a partnership with Steelcase Corp., we are trying out some innovative products that provide learning spaces for both individual and collaborative study. In April, we concluded an 8-month planning process with Ratio Architects to develop a master plan for library renovation. The plan calls for a new learning commons that brings together research, writing, and academic success on the first floor and re-envisioned technology spaces, classrooms and a Center for Teaching and Learning on the second floor. While a larger renovation will require fundraising, the Steelcase project allows us to experiment and demonstrate the difference that effective, active learning spaces can make in the lives of students and faculty.

 

 

Library Systems Transition in July

The library is excited to share our new system with you beginning in mid-July! For those of you doing research this summer, here are just a few things we want you to be aware of over the next couple of weeks.

 

  • Beginning July 1st, HopeCat (“Books + Media” search) will be retired, and there is a minor blackout period before the new system, Hope Primo, goes live on July 17th.

  • Almost all library resources are still findable and accessible via The MightyFind and our databases. All of our services will continue, including InterLibrary Loan.

  • The only content with limited discoverability is print and microform holdings for periodicals. Please contact the Research Help Desk (x7904, askalibrarian@hope.edu) if you need assistance in locating materials you think might be in print serials.

  • You will also not have access to your library account during the blackout. Record of your current checkouts will be automatically forwarded to your new account in Hope Primo/Alma. Please contact circulation (circ@hope.edu) if you have questions.

 

Thank you for your flexibility during this transition! Don’t hesitate to ask questions if there is anything else we can clarify. More announcements will be coming about the new system, training opportunities, and our launch party in August!

Senior Library Student Worker Purchases for the Collection 2018

In appreciation for all they do for the Library, every spring, graduating senior student workers are able to choose an item (book, CD, or DVD) to add to our collection. That item might be in the student’s discipline of study or from a different area of interest.

The Class of 2018’s choices:

technical services
Jacob Sandy
Joey Williams
Kylie DeKryger

 

 

Lauren Sweers

 

Media Desk
Linnea Hjelm
Matison Landman
Sydney Dippel
Tech Lab
Joanie Davis
Amber Carnahan
Lakna Jayasinghe
Billy Yancey
Circulation
Sarah Seckler
Molly Ireland
Naomi Scott
Chan Hwang
Research Help Desk
Ismael Byers
Collin Wassilak
Laure Bouret
Benjamin Pederson
Clarisa Chavez
Peter Timperman

 

 

Gabrielle Werner
Leigh Wynveen
Interlibrary Loan
Russell Houpt
Ivy Peterson

Library Systems Migration

The Library is preparing for a major systems change that will update and consolidate much of our back-end technology and provide a single centralized interface, Primo, replacing both HopeCat and the MightyFind.  This new interface will go live in mid-July. Knowing you will have questions about how this impacts your work we made an information page to answer some of those FAQs.

Included is information on:

  • Important dates to keep in mind
    • Return all Beardslee Library materials to WTS by Friday, May 4
    • Export your HopeCat Reading History list before July 1 if desired
    • HopeCat will be down July 1-16 – Research and Instruction librarians will be happy to work with you to ensure your research continues with as little interruption as possible.
    • Our new system goes live July 17!
    • Update links any links to HopeCat records in Moodle and/or your syllabi after July 17.
  • Online tutorials and in-person workshops this summer
  • Impact on summer research plans
  • Impact on fall course preparation
  • Focus group opportunities for faculty and staff

MeLCat continues to be unavailable to the Hope community until some time in September. In the meantime there are many other ways to request material from other libraries. See our blog post here.

The Library staff has been working hard on this transition and we are excited share it with you!

MeLCat down beginning March 1

In July 2018 the library will be launching a new discovery system. This system (replacing both The MightyFind and HopeCat) will provide a user-centered, single-search system with greatly enhanced functionality.

As part of this launch we need to suspend MeLCat borrowing effective Thursday, March 1.  The good news is there’s no need to panic!  We will do our best to get you the exact same material just as quickly.

There are a few ways to request material from other libraries. When searching in HopeCat, look for the “Find in WorldCat” buttons where you would usually see MelCat icons:

This button will take you to the WorldCat catalog. Click on the title that interests you, and then select the “Request Item through InterLibrary Loan” button.  Enter your name and email address, and voila!  Your request is submitted.  You will receive an email when the item arrives at the library.

If you are really missing MeLCat and have a Herrick District Library card, you can use MeLCat there.  Go to MeLCat and search for your item as usual.  Once you click “get this for me”, choose Herrick District Library instead of Hope College from the drop down menu.  You will pick up any requested MeLCat material at Herrick, a 5 minute walk from Van Wylen. Please note you cannot borrow A/V material (CDs, DVDs, etc.) through Herrick. You will not be able to use your Hope ID to check out Herrick materials during this downtime.

FAQs:

I already have a MeLCat item checked out or in transit to Hope. What does this mean for me? You can use the item as usual! Please return the material when it is due. If you need the material longer please request a new copy via WorldCat using the instructions above and return the MeLCat copy when you receive the newer one.

I have a guest card for Van Wylen Library. How can I get items I would normally get through MeLCat? During our downtime you may use WorldCat and if we can fill your request from a Michigan library we will! If there are no state-wide copies available we will contact you and let you know.

When will MeLCat be available again at Hope? We anticipate regaining access to MeLCat at the end of August/early September. Ideally, we’ll be ready to go again once the Fall 2018 semester starts!

This is all very confusing. Who can I ask about this? Email Michelle Yost at ill@hope.edu or stop in at the Research Help Desk.

We appreciate your flexibility as we work to make your library experience the best it can be!

Hope College Digital Commons Redesign

The Digital Commons @ Hope College institutional repository, a digital collection of scholarship, creative work, and history at Hope College, was recently redesigned with a fresh new look and renamed.  Digital Commons @ Hope College is now Hope College Digital Commons!  

 

(Please note: It may be necessary for you to clear your web browser’s cache to view the new site correctly.)

Hope College Digital Commons promotes discovery and research, and helps to highlight the scholarly output and history of the college, by providing open access to a wide range of resources created by Hope faculty, students, and staff.  Resources include faculty publications and presentations, college publications, and materials from the Joint Archives of Holland.  

 

Visit the repository to:

    

 

If you are faculty member and interested in making your scholarly work accessible in Hope College Digital Commons, visit this LibGuide for further information.

 

Please contact digitalcommons@hope.edu if you have any questions.

 

Jeremy Barney

Metadata and Digital Collections Librarian

iHope for Spring 2018

You may have seen our display, “I Hope…”, asking what you wish for 2018. As we turn to a new year what do you hope to do in the Library this semester?

Perhaps you want to meet with a Research and Instruction Librarian about a research paper this semester.

Maybe you want to finally learn how to use iMovie with the help of the TechLab.

It could be that you’re looking for a good spot to keep your head down and study for Calculus or English class.  Great news — we have four new student study rooms on the 3rd floor overlooking College Ave!

Faculty, perhaps this is the year you submit your publication information to our Digital Commons repository!

Maybe your goal is simply to check out a book, DVD or CD  from Van Wylen!

Perhaps this is the semester you find articles and books from other libraries for your paper or project. Don’t forget to plan ahead!

Whatever your goal, we’re here to help!

Laptops, Cameras and Calculators, Oh My!

What equipment can you borrow from the library? Are you wondering if there is a Macbook, Chromebook, or GoPro camera available right now? Did you know we lend graphing calculators as well as headphones?

The NEW Equipment Lending LibGuide shows exactly what equipment we have at the Media Deskon the second floor and also what is currently available or checked out.  The platform views well on any mobile device or computer!

 

New Check Out Periods at the Library

We simplified the check out periods of our library’s items this summer.  Highlights from some of our most-used items are below.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to memorize this!  You will receive due dates upon checkout and you can also check your account 24/7 online using your 1Hope username and password!

Hope students Hope faculty Hope staff
Van Wylen Books 4 weeks, 1 renewal 6 months, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal
Van Wylen DVD/VHS/CD 1 week, no renewal 2 weeks, 1 renewal 1 week, no renewal
Van Wylen Reference books 1 week, no renewal 2 weeks, 1 renewal 1 week, no renewal
MeLCat books 3 weeks, 1 renewal 3 weeks, 1 renewal 3 weeks, 1 renewal
MeLCat DVD/VHS/CD 1 week, no renewal 1 week, no renewal 1 week, no renewal
Laptops 4 hours, no renewal 24 hours, no renewal 4 hours, no renewal
iPads/cameras 4 days, no renewal 4 days, no renewal 4 days, no renewal
Kindle 4 weeks, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal

books waiting to go back on the shelves