Google Scholar & Library Holdings

What’s in Your Library ToolKit?
Google Scholar & Van Wylen Library Holdings

We probably don’t need to remind you about Google Scholar, a great supplement to the hundreds of databases that Van Wylen librarians license for the Hope Community.

What you may not know is that we send Google Scholar our journal holdings on a weekly basis so that you can easily jump from Google Scholar back into our licensed content.

These holdings are displayed automatically when you use Google Scholar from on-campus as Google recognizes your IP address.

If we have full text available for a citation, Google Scholar should display a link to our “Full-Text @ Hope College” service:

If we do not already have access to the full text, the Find It! Services Menu will offer a quick way to submit interlibrary loan requests for items to which we do not have access, as well as quick access to an email help form. To find the link, select the “More” () link from below your citation; then choose “Request it @ Hope College”

If you are off-campus, you can still access these library links by updating your Google Scholar settings (select the 3 lines to the left of the Google Scholar search box, then select settings):

From “Settings,” select “Library Links” and search for Hope College:

Happy researching!!

For even greater integration between web resources and Van Wylen resources, please download our library toolbar.

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 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!

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

We are so thrilled to have students back on campus.  We missed the energy and excitement you add to the Library!

Just a quick reminder of just a few of the many ways we can serve you this year:

We have SPACES of all kinds for you to work – alone, with a group, on a project, quiet or collaborative.

student working in study room on 3rd floor of the library

 

We can also help you with RESEARCH – stop in at the Research Help Desk or fill out this quick form to connect a librarian!

student meeting with a librarian in his officestudent working with librarian at the Research Help Desk

 

 

 

 

We offer so much more – stay tuned to hear all about it as the year progresses!

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

Library materials to support the 2016 Critical Issues Symposium

The Fall 2016 CIS, “Economic Inequality in a Democratic Society,” is just around the corner and in keeping tradition with previous years the library has put together an online guide to select books/ebooks, videos, and articles to income inequalityaccompany the two day event.

If you’re looking for a nice overview of this year’s “critical issue,” check out this 2014 article from CQ Researcher entitled, “Wealth and Inequality: Does the Gap Between Rich and Poor Threaten Democracy?”  Or, explore the topic from different perspectives in the “Opposing Viewpoints” databases.  From the “Contemporary World Issues” series, the library also has online access to Rich and Poor in America: A Reference Handbook, which deals with economic inequality both in the U.S. and globally.

And there is so much more!
The guide is available now, so please explore at your leisure and get in the know about this very important and complex issue.
–Todd Wiebe, Head of Reference and Instruction

Plan Ahead for Disruption of MeLCat Service

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.

Changes Afoot at the Research Help Desk

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.

A student employee of the Van Wylen Library helps her peer find the right resource.

–by Todd Wiebe, Head of Research and Instruction, Associate Professor, All-around good guy

 

Welcome Back

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!

Attention Students!

It is the last week of classes.  Assignments are due, or soon will be.  Many of these are research assignments.  How do you feel about that?  Be honest.  Well, you’re in luck because it is not too late to get research help in the library.

For all options, visit: hope.edu/lib/ask
For in-depth assistance, the Research and Instruction Librarians are available for one-on-one appointments — see the light, schedule one now!  Or as always, stop by the Research Help Desk on the first floor anytime.  Look for these friendly faces (below) to help you out, or get help from one of our Student Research Assistants.

 

Research and Instruction Librarians are available to help. Clockwise from top left: Dave O’Brien, Todd Wiebe, Patrick Morgan, Jessica Hronchek, and Rachel Bishop.