FREE New York Times Subscription

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 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.

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

Keeping Up With Journal Literature

Keeping up with the journal literature in your field just got a whole lot easier. Van Wylen now offers two solutions for staying current.

JournalTOCS is a current awareness service that enables users to create personalized lists of journals to view their latest tables of contents. By signing up for an account with your 1Hope email address, you will be able to build a personal list of journals for which you would like to see the latest tables of contents (either by searching by journal title, ISSN, or subject). You can view the tables of contents within your JournalTOCs account, receive alerts in your email, or read them in an RSS reader as soon as they’re published electronically. In addition to Van Wylen Library’s full-text journals, you can also view titles and tables of contents for the over 21,000 journals in the JournalTOCs system. If Van Wylen doesn’t subscribe to a particular title, our familiar
​ “360link” icon will take you to our document delivery/ILL request form. A convenient link for Zotero will also quickly and easily add the citation to your Zotero library.

 

BrowZine is also a current awareness service for journal content. BrowZine is restricted to journals to which Van Wylen holds a current subscription. With BrowZine (which includes a tablet app and a web version), users build bookshelves of journals they wish to follow by searching for a specific title or browsing titles by subject. Within each subject, BrowZine sorts journals by title as well as their SCImago Journal Rank. Because BrowZine pulls from only library subscriptions, full-text articles are usually included directly within the BrowZine interface. More information about BrowZine, including information on downloading the app, is available from our library guide.

 

If you have questions about these wonderful resources, contact Jen Holman, our Electronic Resources Librarian, at holman@hope.edu.

Happy 12th Birthday, MeLCat!

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The first MeLCat request was placed twelve years ago today.  If you haven’t used MeLCat yet you are missing out!  425 libraries ranging from small public to huge research libraries lend books, CDs and DVDs that we don’t own here at Van Wylen.   You can get a book you need for research or a DVD of that TV show you’ve been wanting to catch up on.  The possibilities are nearly endless!

If you have any questions about this fantastic service, contact Michelle Yost at ill@hope.edu

In 2015-2016 Hope lent 5,223 items to other libraries. Some of the more popular items requested include:

Krush Groove (DVD)
Krush Groove (DVD)
Lithium Batteries: Advanced Technologies and Applications
Lithium Batteries: Advanced Technologies and Applications
Shokyu Nihongo "Genki" An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese
Shokyu Nihongo “Genki” An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

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”!

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

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.