Introducing you to your next great read

Librarians are often asked, “I loved this book! What should I read next?” and created NoveList to help answer. By searching an author or title, you first identify a writer or work you already like. Then, you indicate by subject what about it piqued your interest. NoveList generates a list of books with the same subject tags and, from that list, links to plot summaries and reviews. When you find a title you’d like to read, search for it in HopeCAT or link the MeLCat and locate it there.

To access NoveList, start at the library home page. Click of Databases for Research and choose it from the A-Z Listing or the Off-Campus Databases list. Contact the Reference Desk for assistance.

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.