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

Check out our DVD collection!

 

Looking for something to watch this weekend?  The library has more than 3,500 DVDs to choose from, including Academy Award winners, new releases, cult classics, foreign films, as well as many other categories.DVD section If you have suggestions for DVDs we should purchase, please let us know! And if you’re a fan of grainy VHS tapes, we still have over 2,000 of those.  During the summer we divided the two collections so that DVDs and VHS tapes are no longer intermingled.  Both collections are next to each other on the 2nd floor of the library, close to the top of the stairs.  Searching HopeCat is the best way to find out if we own any particular title.  You can even do searches such as “show me a list of all the Japanese language films in the library.”  Stop by the Research Help Desk and we’ll show you how.

Over the past few years we have been replacing VHS tapes that were still being used with their DVD version, if available.  Many older tapes have not been released on DVD so we cannot replace everything.  If there is a VHS tape you are interested in having available on DVD, please contact Dave O’Brien (obriend@hope.edu).

Library Support for the Hateful Things/Resilience Exhibit

 

Now through October 7th the DePree Gallery is hosting a dual exhibition, IMG_6443“Hateful Things / Resilience.” This exhibit features racist memorabilia from the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, in parallel with works by major contemporary African American artists. The exhibit is “intended to encourage thoughtful, sensitive, and scholarly dialog concerning the history of race in America and how it was portrayed and persists in visual culture and fine art.”

Van Wylen Library has created a companion display of library resources to support the exhibit. It includes many of the books that are referenced in the Hateful Things exhibition, as well other resources highlighting the work of the Contemporary African American artists who are featured in Resilience, including Sanford Biggers, Faith Ringgold, and Romare Bearden. These materials can be browsed in the library or checked out for further research. Additional resources, including streaming videos, are available at http://libguides.hope.edu/hatefulthingsresilience

The exhibit also features a limited edition pop-up book by prominent IMG_6440contemporary artist Kara Walker, entitled Freedom : a fable : a curious interpretation of the wit of a negress in troubled times. In much of her art Walker uses powerful black silhouettes, many of which utilize racial stereotypes to confront the viewer around issues of slavery, power, race, gender and sexuality. This particular piece “tells the story of a female slave whose life after emancipation veers far from her dreams of meritocracy, revealing that Freedom, a Fable is not just the title of the work but is also the lesson to be learned.”

This piece was commissioned by the Peter Norton Family in 1997 and donated to Hope College by David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton as a part of a significant gift of art and art books given to the Kruizenga Art Museum and Van Wylen Library. If you would like to view this book in person or show it in a class, contact Jessica Hronchek.

Please come explore these materials and deepen the campus conversation around this important topic!

 

 

Welcome students!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

 

The Van Wylen Library is excited to welcome new and returning students back to campus! We have spent the summer getting ready for you. Make sure you start off the new school year right by taking advantage of all our services and resources.

 

Over the summer, the library’s website was updated! Check the website out here and let us know if you have any suggestions on improving it. In addition, we’ve rearranged some areas around the library so if you have any questions about where something is, don’t hesitate to ask!

 

As always, the Research Librarians are ready to point you in the right direction to get you started on projects and papers. You can contact them via email (askalibrarian@hope.edu), chat, text (616-765-4673), by making a research appointment online, or by calling 616-395-7904.

 

In addition, the writing assistants at the Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing are eager to help you with any stage of the writing process. Make an appointment online, by phone (616-395-7025) or by simply walking in.

 

Don’t forget about the Tech Lab and Media Services on the 2nd floor! They can help you with printing projects as well as assist with the variety of computer programs and editing software that you will find on the computers in the lab. Remember, you can also checkout technology there ranging from calculators to GoPros to iPads and laptops. They’ve made some improvements this summer, so make sure you stop by and see what’s new!

 

In addition to all these amazing services, there are also plenty of spaces where you can find your study spot. The basement, 3rd, and 4th floors are quiet floors and the 1st and 2nd floors are ideal for studying with friends or working on group projects. We have plenty of study rooms and spaces available during library hours.

 

Like us on Facebook (Hope College Library) and follow us on Twitter (@vanwylenlibrary) to stay updated with hours and events and other exciting things that will happen in the library this year.

 

The Library staff looks forward to assisting you in your academic endeavors!

Brand New Website

You might notice that the Van Wylen Library website looks a bit different these days. Check it out here –

hope.edu/library

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 askalibrarian@hope.edu. And remember, for cyborgs and old school humans alike, Van Wylen Library remains the perfect place to “upgrade your mind”!

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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.

Borrow a Chromebook at the Library

acer-chromebookDid you forget your laptop? Want to avoid the computer labs? The library has five brand new Chromebooks available for checkout. Just ask for them at the second floor Media Services Desk.

With a Chromebook, you can write papers in Google Docs, check email, search the library’s databases, watch cat videos, or do pretty much anything else you normally do in a web browser.

These hot items can be borrowed for three hours at a time, so get yours now!

Important Notes

  • Enter your full Hope College email address when logging into the Chromebook
  • When you’re done using a Chromebook, be sure to sign out. You can either hold down the power button for 15 seconds or log out by clicking the toolbox in the lower right corner.
  • To print, type CTRL-P and then select either VWLIBCAT1 or VWLIB2ND2 as your destination printer. VWLIBCAT1 is located by the Research Help Desk on the first floor and VWLIB2ND2 is near the stairwell on the second floor.

 

  chromebook-sign-outAlways log out chromebook-change-printerChange the destination printer