(Re)Introducing MeLCat!

Welcome to spring semester 2019!

After much anticipation and a lot of work by our technical services department, we are back in MeLCat!

If you aren’t familiar with MeLCat, it is a centralized catalog with holdings from over 400 libraries of varying types across Michigan.  Calvin College, University of Michigan, Michigan State, Kalamazoo College, Kent District Library, Herrick District Library and many, many other libraries are included. Participating in MeLCat greatly increases the number of resources the students, faculty and staff of Hope College have available to them!  You can request books on your research topic, novels, CDs and DVDs. Anything that piques your interest! There are literally millions of titles available.

Access MeLCat from our library homepage or by going to elibrary.mel.org.

Because of our system change from Innovative Sierra to Ex Libris, signing in to request your MeLCat items will be a little different. Use your name and the number above the barcode on the back of your ID. Don’t worry, you’ll have it memorized soon!

If you start your search in Primo you can click in to MeLCat right from there. On the results page, look for the MeLCat link on the left side. Your search is duplicated in MeLCat.

If you reach a dead end in Primo the link appears at the bottom of the page:

Once your MeLCat item is received at Hope you will be notified by email and it will be waiting for you on the hold shelf for 10 days. The item will show up in your Primo account at this point only. To renew  your material, log in to your MyMeL account.  There is a link at the top of the MeLCat page and also right from your Primo account.

If you have questions contact us at askalibrarian@hope.edu or ill@hope.edu. We’re thrilled to bring this awesome resource back to Hope and appreciate your patience!

 

Christmas Break Library Hours

Merry Christmas to all students, staff, faculty and friends from Van Wylen Library! Our post-exam week hours are as follows:

Monday, December 17 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, December 18 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, December 19 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday, December 20 8 am – 5 pm
Friday, December 21 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, December 22-Tuesday, January 1 closed
Wednesday, January 2 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday, January 3 8 am – 5 pm
Friday, January 4 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, January 5 closed
Sunday, January 6 noon – 5 pm
Monday, January 7 8 am – midnight (resume normal hours)

Exam Week Activities and Extended Library Hours

Extended exam week hours at the Library

Friday December 7 8am – 6 pm
Saturday December 8 10 am – midnight
Sunday December 9 10 am – 2 am
Monday December 10 8 am – 2 am
Tuesday December 11 8 am – 2 am
Wednesday December 12 8 am – 2 am
Thursday December 13 8 am – midnight
Friday December 14 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday December 15 closed
Sunday December 16 closed

Community Action House donation drive at the Library

 

The library is again collecting items for Community Action House through December 14.

In addition to the most-needed items listed below, we would like to encourage monetary donations which can be made directly on the Community Action House website. While canned goods are great donations, bulk food purchases with donated funds can go further.

When choosing items to donate, please consider purchasing high protein, low-sodium and low-sugar items so Community Action House families have healthy products to pick from.  Personal care items are also in high demand.

Personal Care items needed:

  • toilet paper
  • toothpaste
  • laundry detergent
  • body wash
  • dish soap
  • deodorant
  • mouthwash
  • cleaning supplies (such as all-purpose cleaning spray)
  • paper towel
  • kleenex
  • baby shampoo
  • baby wipes

Food pantry items needed:

  • spaghetti sauce
  • diced tomatoes and tomato sauce (low sodium)
  • variety of canned vegetables (low sodium)
  • salsa
  • canned fruit (in 100% juice)
  • refried beans
  • canned meat – tuna, chicken (low sodium and in water not oil preferred)
  • whole grain cereal with no added sugar
  • tortillas
  • brown rice
  • wheat flower
  • 100% whole grain pasta and crackers
  • small bottles of cooking oil
  • baking powder
  • spices
  • condiments
  • low-sodium broths
  • canned soup (low sodium)

Thank you for partnering with us to help our Holland community members have access to these items!

 

 

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.

 

 

New Library System Now Live!

If you happen to be doing library research today, you will notice a change on the library home page.  Our new search interface, Hope Primo is now up, replacing the MightyFind, Library Catalog, and Journal Finder. Here’s a short video introducing the major features of the tool. We hope that this centralized interface will create a more consistent search experience for all of our users.

As with any system transition, we are working to address any glitches as we discover them and make adjustments based on your feedback. Please let us know if you have questions or come across any problems by contacting us through askalibrarian or the “report a problem” links embedded in Hope Primo.
Look for more opportunities to learn and celebrate our new system as the semester approaches! There will be hands-on workshops on Wednesday, August 15th, and Monday, August 20th at 3:00, and a system launch party, also on Monday, August 20th at 2:00. We look forward to sharing our new system with you!

Library Systems Transition in July

The library is excited to share our new system with you beginning in mid-July! For those of you doing research this summer, here are just a few things we want you to be aware of over the next couple of weeks.

 

  • Beginning July 1st, HopeCat (“Books + Media” search) will be retired, and there is a minor blackout period before the new system, Hope Primo, goes live on July 17th.

  • Almost all library resources are still findable and accessible via The MightyFind and our databases. All of our services will continue, including InterLibrary Loan.

  • The only content with limited discoverability is print and microform holdings for periodicals. Please contact the Research Help Desk (x7904, askalibrarian@hope.edu) if you need assistance in locating materials you think might be in print serials.

  • You will also not have access to your library account during the blackout. Record of your current checkouts will be automatically forwarded to your new account in Hope Primo/Alma. Please contact circulation (circ@hope.edu) if you have questions.

 

Thank you for your flexibility during this transition! Don’t hesitate to ask questions if there is anything else we can clarify. More announcements will be coming about the new system, training opportunities, and our launch party in August!