CIS Speaker DVDs Available

CIS Speaker DVDs AvailableWe have had quite a few requests for the taped programs of the Critical Issues Symposium keynote speakers. The three CIS keynote addresses are now available in the library for viewing.

One copy of each DVD is on reserve to be viewed in the library. A second copy of each DVD is shelved on the CIS special collections shelves and is available for check-out.

We have had many additional requests for the movie Crossing Arizona. This DVD is also now available at Van Wylen. Click here for a Video Librarian review of the film.

Library Acquires PsycARTICLES®

The Library subscribed to PsycARTICLES this week, significantly increasing our holdings of psychology journals. PsycARTICLES is an electronic journal collection of 61 scholarly journals in psychology and related disciplines published by the American Psychological Association. The journals cover a wide range of fields besides psychology, including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology and communications. Click here for a complete list of the titles included.

PsycARTICLES is updated daily, as issues are released to the database. The average currency is about a week after a print issue is mailed. In 2006, APA completed a multi-year process to digitize APA journals in PsycARTICLES back to Volume 1, Issue 1. The oldest journal, Psychological Review, began in 1894.

Users can search the PsycARTICLES database individually through the CSA platform or just link to full-text articles identified through searches in PsycInfo or other journal databases. Users can also set up new issue alerts to receive the table of contents of a specific journal via email whenever the latest issue is added to the database.

When the library subscribes to electronic journal packages, it is our philosophy that the license should include authorization to use articles for a variety of teaching and research purposes. Therefore, most of our journal package licenses include permission to include articles in Moodle courses and e-reserve. Some journal packages also allow the distribution through print course packs and as class handouts. PsycARTICLES allows use in Moodle but not for print course packs. The library is in the process of creating a database of electronic subscription licenses. If you have questions about how an electronic journal article may be used, please contact the library.

Faculty Donate New Book

Barbara and Richard Mezeske dropped by the library to donate a copy of their new book, Beyond Tests and Quizzes: Creative Assessments in the College Classroom, which they co-edited. The book comes hot off the press from Jossey-Bass, October 2007. Contents of the book include chapters by a number of Hope College faculty including Janis Gibbs, Kathy Winnett-Murray, Thomas Smith, Lee Forester, Elizabeth Trembly and Susan Cherup, Michael Misovich and Roger Veldman, Richard Ray, Rhoda Janzen, Mary DeYoung, David Schock, and Scott VanderStoep.

Faculty Donate New BookLeft to Right: Kelly Jacobsma accepts book from Barbara and Richard Mezeske.

The library attempts to collect all books published by Hope College Faculty. They are shelved in a special Hope Faculty Publications collection near the Reference Desk on the first floor of Van Wylen. In addition, the library maintains the official college Bibliography of Publications by Hope College Faculty. We rely on authors to submit information on their publications in order to keep the bibliography up-to-date. The bibliography includes books, stories, poems, plays, journal articles, chapters in books, reviews, musical and other recordings,choreographed works, CD-ROMS, computer programs and patents, etc. issued during the current year. Bibliographic information must be submitted by the end of February in order to be included in the upcoming 2007 bibliography. Bibliographies for previous years, including a cumulative collection, are also accessible from the library’s website.

Library Laptops

The Van Wylen Library is now circulating laptops to students. CIT and the Library worked collaboratively to offer students a few more computers at the library. Laptops will allow students more flexibility to work on all floors of the library and in group project rooms, using a computer. The five Toshiba laptops are equipped with wireless access to the internet, choice of browser and basic productivity software. Students need a valid Hope College ID card in order to check out a laptop from the Media Services Desk on the 2nd floor. Laptops circulate for two hours and must stay in the library. Students are asked not to leave laptops unattended. The program is experimental and will be evaluated at the end of the year.

Library Laptops

Beyond ITunes: Digital Music Databases

Looking for digital music files online? Music enthusiasts now have access to two databases of digital music, DRAM and Naxos Music Library through the library.

DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) provides a unique collection of works by a broad range of American composers and artists, many not available from any other source. In particular, the New World catalog in DRAM provides access to a scholarly survey of American music ranging from folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock and musical theater. Users may find music with a simple keyword search or browse by composer, artist, ensemble, instrument or record label. Recordings are accompanied by complete and original liner notes.

DRAM is a scholastic resource focused on hard-to-find yet culturally and academically important music. DRAM’s mission is to disseminate music of cultural and academic value that is difficult to acquire through the commercial marketplace.

The music from DRAM is streamed using QuickTime and downloading music files is not yet available. Users will need to have QuickTime loaded in order to play DRAM files. User should note that when accessing DRAM through the library proxy server, you will need to click through a couple of security messages before getting into the database.

NAXOS Music Libraryclaims to be “the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues of over 165,000 tracks, including classical music, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. While listening, you can read notes on the works as well as biographical information on composers and artists.” Naxos offers weekly educational podcasts on everything from John Cage Piano Music to Mozart Horn Concertos and Classic American Love Songs.

Unlike DRAM, Naxos allows users to browse by genre. Static URLs to individual tracks allow linking from Moodle. Playlists allow professors to create listening homework lists. The Naxos Music Library Education Pages offer overviews of musical periods with suggestions for listening. The library subscription allows five users to access the database simultaneously.

Beyond ITunes Digital Music Databases

Library & Department of Education CIS Speaker Co-Sponsorship

Vincent Delgado, Co-Director of the Refugee Development Center in Lansing, Michigan and an expert on refugee and immigrant issues, will be making a department co-sponsored presentation titled Welcoming the Immigrant: How Schools and Libraries Contribute to Success at this fall’s CIS beginning at 2:15 on Wednesday, October 3rd in the Kempers Lecture Hall of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center. Mr. Delgado will share his ongoing work with libraries and schools that provide resources and services to recent immigrants and refugees. Becoming sensitive to the unique needs of immigrants and refugees is important for the teachers and librarians who serve them. Please join us for Mr. Delgado’s presentation.

CIS Information Resources

A collection of information resources related to this fall’s Critical Issues Symposium, Immigration: Shaping and Reshaping America, is available on the first floor of Van Wylen Library adjacent to the Reference Desk. A list of items in the collection, arranged thematically, is available at the resources link of the CIS website. The collection includes books, DVDs, and videos. A recommended websites section provides links to online sources of note. Several articles published by CIS speakers are also linked from the same list.

African American Studies Center Online

A new online resource titled African American Studies Center is now available. This unique resource is a comprehensive collection of scholarship that focuses on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. It includes more than 7,500 articles by top scholars in the field, biographies, primary source documents, images, maps and charts. Each month, a topic of current and historical relevance is featured. This month the feature article is on Twentieth Century Literary Giants.Previous features range from Hip Hop’s Early Influences to Jazz Greats to Black Churches in America.

Looking for primary documents? OAASC includes primary materials ranging from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Statement on the Vietnam War.

Also check out the Library’s Ethnic Studies resources page which provides access to additional recommended resources for research in ethnic/multicultural studies.

Photo Image Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution/Art Resource, NY.

Check out Credo Reference

The library is running a trial for Credo Reference through September 22. “Credo Reference (formerly Xrefer) is the world’s largest online reference service featuring over 250 full-text reference titles covering all subject areas with over 3 million entries from 57 highly-respected publishers all aggregated and integrated in a robust search engine. Credo Reference has many new unique interactive features such as dynamic table functionality for world state, and county statistics, an interactive world atlas, flash animations, videos, poetry/literature readings, and a data visualization tool called the concept map. Credo Reference also features over 175,000 images, over 200,000 audio pronunciations, and a citation formatter in APA, MLA, and Chicago formats.” (from the publisher)

See what Credo Reference can do and let us know if you think this would be a good addition to our online resources.

Getting In When You Are Off Campus

We would like to remind our off-campus users that if you want to access library resources from home, you need to log in to your library account. Access to subscription databases is limited to current Hope faculty, students, and staff. Therefore, if you are at an off-campus computer (including many cottages) you will need to log into the library proxy server.

It will be easiest to log in before you try to access an online database or journal. Go to and type in your 13 digit library barcode number (from the back of your Hope College ID card) and PIN . Once you are logged in, you can access the databases via the General Research Databases, Databases by Academic Department or Off-campus Access links. If you need further instruction, view this screencast tutorial or call the Reference Desk for assistance at 395-7904.