What equipment can you borrow from the library? Are you wondering if there is a Macbook, Chromebook, or GoPro camera available right now? Did you know we lend graphing calculators as well as headphones?
The NEW Equipment Lending LibGuide shows exactly what equipment we have at the Media Deskon the second floor and also what is currently available or checked out. The platform views well on any mobile device or computer!
Every spring, graduating senior library student workers can pick an item (book, CD, DVD) to add to the collection in their honor. They can choose an item within their major or an item of general interest. Here’s what this year’s seniors chose:
Doing great library research is a journey, with many wrong turns and some truly great eureka moments. Following are 3 great library research tools that can make your research journey less tedious, quicker, easier to track, and maybe even a little fun:
An open-source citation management system, this is a tool to never leave home without. It allows you to save citations, PDFs, and websites with the click of a button. Citations can then be formatted in thousands of formats and integrated into both Google Docs and Microsoft Word. Zotero also supports group research and sharing.
A mighty toolbar for both Firefox and Chrome, LibX enables users to search library resources without ever leaving the webpage they are on. As a bonus, LibX will authenticate you if you are off-campus with a simple right-click on your mouse.
Want to know what the top journals are in your discipline? Need to be notified when the latest issue of Cell comes out? Love that your top journals are all available electronically but still want to arrange them on a bookcase? For all these reasons and more, BrowZine is a top choice for browsing/reading the journal literature.
What’s your favorite research tool? Please let us know in the comments or Tweet us @vanwylenlibrary!
If you’ve visited our lower level this fall, you may have noticed some changes to the layout. Over the summer, we shifted the entire level so that the journals are now clustered together at the south end of the floor. Browsing the print books should be much easier without having to bypass long runs of journals. We are working toward separating the journals from the books on every floor of the library, and the fourth floor is now the only remaining level where the two types of materials are intermingled.
If you enter the lower level by way of the main staircase, the journals are on the shelves behind you. The print books start on the shelves immediately to your right with the “P” call numbers. The books continue around the north end of the level in a counterclockwise fashion, then loop out toward the Rare Book Room, and end near the elevator with the “Z” call numbers and the “OVERSIZE” books. Click on the annotated map to the rightwhichshows the flow of call numbers as well as the location of books by subject area. The new subject labels on the end of each row of shelves, color coded according to this map, should also help you plot your course.
Whenever you’re browsing by subject area, please remember that you’re only seeing about half of the books we have available! The other half are e-books that can be accessed via HopeCat or with the help of our Research Librarians.
The library wants all your dirty secrets. For the month of January, Van Wylen Library is collecting your secrets and posting them to a board in the entrance. Don’t worry, you can deposit these completely anonymously in a box next to the board. For the brave among you, we’ve provided markers and thumbtacks so you can post your own. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, confession or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything – as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. At the end of the display, we’ll post the best secrets to our blog.
If you’re not familiar with PostSecret, crawl out from under that rock and join us in the 21st century. PostSecret began as an art project and has blossomed into a community, spawning numerous books and even a live show. From the website:
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. Your secrets, posted here, every Sunday.