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!
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.
Many students and faculty take advantage of Hope’s participation in MeLCat, the virtual catalog that combines resources from more than 400 libraries throughout the state. Books, CDs, and DVDs are requested daily through MeLCat and are then delivered to the requesting patron. This service will not be available towards the end of the Fall Semester. Beginning on Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed while the entire system is transferred to new servers. This outage is planned to last through December 11. So it will be unavailable the final 3 weeks of the semester, just when students are working on their final papers for various courses. Please take this into account when assigning papers, and make sure students know to request items sooner rather than later. Items can be requested right up through November 17 and will be delivered as usual. No requests can be placed through MeLCat from November 18 through December 11. Interlibrary loan will still be an option to request material, but it often takes longer for items to arrive due to various shipping methods used by other libraries.
The sign says “ASK HERE,” and ask you shall! At least, that’s what we hope. The Research Help Desk is the library’s epicenter for all things “research.” Need to check if the we own a particular book? ASK. Want help figuring out the best database to search for your research topic? ASK. Don’t know how to search said database upon becoming cognizant of its existence? ASK. No idea where to start, or what types of sources you could be consulting for your assignment? ASK. Just need someone to talk to? Okay, fine, but please do try to slip a library-related question in here and there. Oh, and about those changes afoot mentioned in the title of this post: Starting this fall, the Research Help Desk will be solely staffed by students—highly trained and knowledgeable students. Librarians, situated in the office suite directly behind the Research Help Desk, will be standing by for any and all research inquiries requiring their expertise. As always, help will be available both at the point-of-need (i.e., walk-up questions) and via scheduled research consultations.
–by Todd Wiebe, Head of Research and Instruction, Associate Professor, All-around good guy
Welcome back, everyone! We’re excited about the beginning of the semester here at the library. As always, stop by for any help you might need, whether that’s in the tech lab to work on a digital project, or getting help from a librarian with a research question. Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee from the Cup & Chaucer on your way to the Writing Center.
The library is open 8am – Midnight Monday through Thursday, 8am – 6pm Friday, 10 am – 6pm Saturday, and Noon – Midnight Sunday. We look forward to a fun and productive semester with you!