iHope for Spring 2018

You may have seen our display, “I Hope…”, asking what you wish for 2018. As we turn to a new year what do you hope to do in the Library this semester?

Perhaps you want to meet with a Research and Instruction Librarian about a research paper this semester.

Maybe you want to finally learn how to use iMovie with the help of the TechLab.

It could be that you’re looking for a good spot to keep your head down and study for Calculus or English class.  Great news — we have four new student study rooms on the 3rd floor overlooking College Ave!

Faculty, perhaps this is the year you submit your publication information to our Digital Commons repository!

Maybe your goal is simply to check out a book, DVD or CD  from Van Wylen!

Perhaps this is the semester you find articles and books from other libraries for your paper or project. Don’t forget to plan ahead!

Whatever your goal, we’re here to help!

Donations for Community Action House Accepted at the Library!

 

 

The Library is pleased to partner with Community Action House again to fill their shelves for the holidays!  In addition to canned goods and other non-perishable food items, hygiene and cleaning supplies are especially needed. Food stamps cannot be used for these high-demand items.

Items can be brought to the display on the first floor of the library through December 15.

Please donating from this list of most needed items:

Hygiene and Cleaning Supplies

  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Multi-purpose cleaners
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper
  • Feminine hygiene products

Vegetables

(low sodium or no salt added preferred)

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Variety of canned vegetables
  • Diced tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Salsa
  • Canned corn

Fruit

(in 100% juice)

  • Canned fruit
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups

Protein

  • Refried beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meat (chicken/tuna with 140 mg sodium or less per serving)

Whole Grain

  • Whole grain/high fiber cereal (no added sugar)
  • Tortillas (corn and or/flour
  • Oatmeal/ Cream of Wheat
  • Brown rice
  • Wheat flour
  • 100% whole grain pasta and crackers

Miscellaneous Items

  • Small bottles of cooking oil (olive, canola, vegetable, coconut)
  • Spices (cumin, garlic powder, chili powder)
  • Condiments
  • Low-sodium broths
  • Canned soup (400 mg sodium or less)

Laptops, Cameras and Calculators, Oh My!

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!

 

Tips & Tricks: Locating Open Access/Freely Available Journal Articles (aka Before You Pay $23 for that ScienceDirect Journal Article…..)

Pretty much every day you can find me making the short walk over from Van Wylen to a local coffee shop for my daily dose of caffeine and possibly an espresso chocolate-chip muffin. I could save money by brewing my coffee at home and skipping this delicious treat, but I enjoy the walk, the friendly and enthusiastic baristas, and most importantly, supporting a local business.

And that brings us to Elsevier, which is anything but a small local business. Their subscription prices for journals are so high that instead of holding expensive annual subscriptions, we provide access to Elsevier’s content by paying $23 per article. Before paying $23 for that Elsevier article, you should know that there is a fair to middling chance that your article is freely available. In fact, 30% of the articles we purchased from Elsevier in July 2017 were freely available. As more researchers continue to share their research online, outside of publisher paywalls, that percentage should continue to rise.

Here are a couple of freely available browser extensions to make it quick and easy for you to locate open access/freely available journal articles.

 

Unpaywall (http://unpaywall.org/)

An extension for Chrome and FireFox, Unpaywall will display a green icon if it finds an openly available version of the article you seek. It takes up to a minute for the link to appear. If it’s green, clicking on it takes you directly to the free version of the article.

Sometimes Unpaywall misses openly available articles, so searching Google Scholar is always a good second step.

Using another library tool called LibX, also available for both Chrome and FireFox, you can quickly search Google Scholar without ever leaving ScienceDirect. Just highlight the article title, right-click, select LibX, and have it search Google Scholar for you:

 

The proliferation of new modes of scholarly communication makes the landscape more difficult to transverse, but it also makes the search that much more exciting. Questions? Comments? Have a favorite research tip to share?  Please leave a comment.

If you need your department’s Elsevier account credentials, please contact your department’s library liaison or David O’Brien, Head of Access Services.

Jen Holman
Electronic Resources Librarian
holman@hope.edu

 

New Check Out Periods at the Library

We simplified the check out periods of our library’s items this summer.  Highlights from some of our most-used items are below.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to memorize this!  You will receive due dates upon checkout and you can also check your account 24/7 online using your 1Hope username and password!

Hope students Hope faculty Hope staff
Van Wylen Books 4 weeks, 1 renewal 6 months, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal
Van Wylen DVD/VHS/CD 1 week, no renewal 2 weeks, 1 renewal 1 week, no renewal
Van Wylen Reference books 1 week, no renewal 2 weeks, 1 renewal 1 week, no renewal
MeLCat books 3 weeks, 1 renewal 3 weeks, 1 renewal 3 weeks, 1 renewal
MeLCat DVD/VHS/CD 1 week, no renewal 1 week, no renewal 1 week, no renewal
Laptops 4 hours, no renewal 24 hours, no renewal 4 hours, no renewal
iPads/cameras 4 days, no renewal 4 days, no renewal 4 days, no renewal
Kindle 4 weeks, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal

books waiting to go back on the shelves