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

Project time! How Can the Library Help You?

It’s Spring, which means it is ‘Project Time’ on the 2nd floor of the Library! The Media Services Desk is the go-to place to check out a GoPro camera, Chromebook, or an iPad. You can also purchase paper or simple office supplies.  Use the Ellison die cut or spiral binding machine or have an item laminated.  If you are creating a poster for the Celebration for Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance, you will pick up your poster at the Media Desk. We also have supplies for trimming and mounting your poster on a trifold board.

Do you have a final project and need a little help with digitization, formatting or finalizing? Come to the TechLab for assistance and access to scanning, color printing, and expanded software. Trained students are available for assistance whenever the Library is open.  You can get help with editing a video, creating a Google site or Prezi, formatting a research poster, or creating a screencast.

Lower your academic stress by planning ahead, starting early, and getting great help in the Library! Also, remember to sleep well, slow down and breathe!

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”!