MeLCat is back!!!
MeLCat allows Albion College students, faculty and staff to borrow materials from libraries throughout Michigan. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, you can easily request books, DVDs and CDs through MeLCat. We will contact you as soon as your materials are available for pickup at the Library Circulation Desk. There is no charge for this service.
For detailed information about using MeLCat, please check out this handy guide:
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Prepare for the GRE, LSAT, GMAT and More with EBSCO LearningExpress Library
Need help preparing for the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT or other entrance exams? LearningExpress offers FREE test preparation, skill builders and online practice tests.
Connect to LearningExpress through the Library databases page (http://libguides.albion.edu/az.php) or directly through this link:
On the main LearningExpress page, click the “College Library” link, then click on “Grad School Admissions Preparation”. You will need to register for a free account to begin using these materials. LearningExpress can be used across a wide range of devices, from smartphones to tablets and desktop computers.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albion College Friends of the Library—Join or Renew Today!
Each year we invite current, past, and potential members of the Friends of the Albion College Library to support us through membership in the Friends group. The role of the Friends has traditionally been to support programs, services, and collection development beyond the limits of our operating budget. The generosity of our Friends has provided valuable supplemental educational resources. We greatly appreciate gifts or endowment contributions to help us maintain our collections. With the help of the Friends of the Library, we strive to fulfill our responsibility both to provide the information resources needed by our patrons and also to preserve important documents and artifacts of Albion College’s history.
Click here to learn more about the Friends.
UPDATED QUIET STUDY POLICY
The following areas of the Library are reserved for Quiet Study only:
- Mudd Building, Level 1 (bottom floor)
- Stockwell Building, Rooms 110 and 308
If you are doing work which requires conversation:
Please go to Cutler Commons, the Bridge or the main floor of the Mudd Building, all of which are designated as areas for group study.
Audio/video devices should not be used anywhere in the Library without earphones, and the volume should be set so as not to be disruptive to other library users.
Problems should be brought to the attention of library staff.
Changes Coming to MEL Databases on October 1, 2018
Michigan Electronic Library (MEL) provides a number of databases and other online resources to libraries throughout Michigan. As of October 1, MEL is dropping many of their existing resources, and replacing them with new resources from Ebsco.
Databases being dropped include:
Business Insights: Global
Expanded Academic ASAP
Gale Reference Center Gold
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Health Reference Center Academic
Small Business Resource Center
Among the new databases available through MEL on October 1 are:
Academic Search Complete
Applied Science & Technology Source
Art & Architecture Source
Business Book Summaries
Consumer Health Complete
eBook Academic Collection
eBook Business Collection
Entrepreneurial Studies Source
History Reference Center
Literary Reference Center
Newspaper Source Plus
Points of View Reference Center
Political Science Complete
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Science Reference Center
Click here for a complete list of new resources with descriptions. Please email email@example.com if you have questions.
Coffee, Cookies, Kai, and Common Reading
Join us for “Coffee, Cookies, Kai, and Common Reading” in the Library on Monday, August 27 from 3-5 pm. Meet at the Grinds Cafe. Free coffee for the first 30 participants!
LIBRARY SYSTEMS TRANSITION
As you may know, Library staff have been busy for the last several months preparing for a transition to a new online system, and we’re happy to announce that the new system will go live on July 17th. From July 1 through July 16 our online catalog will be unavailable, but access to our print and electronic materials (books, journals, DVDs, etc.) will be available through OneSearch on the Library home page at:
Our databases and e-journals will continue to be available through these links:
Databases – http://libguides.albion.edu/az.php
Journal Finder – http://wm6sn7rt5y.search.serialssolutions.com/
Other Library services will also continue to be available, including Interlibrary Loan (http://illiad.albion.edu/).
PLEASE NOTE – Beginning today (June 28), patrons will be unable to renew materials. You may continue to receive overdue notices, but those can be ignored until we are live with our new system.
Please contact us at x0382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance or have questions about this transition period.
Free Database Trial—ProQuest Central
The Library is currently making available a trial of ProQuest Central, a multidisciplinary database which provides access to millions of full-text articles from thousands of scholarly journals. It also provides access to information not often available in other databases, such as:
—Over 100,000 full text dissertations in the areas of business, psychology, physical sciences, health, education and more
—Over 455,000 working papers from organizations such as NBER and OECD
—Millions of up-to-date company reports, market and industry reports, and country profiles
—The most comprehensive collection of market, industry, and economic reports available on the market today
Access to ProQuest Central is through this link:
The trial ends on May 11.
Questions or comments? Please email email@example.com.
Free Database Trial through 02/24/2018 – The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2012
Now through February 24, 2018, the Library is providing access to a free trial of The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2012, an online, full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for 19th – 20th Century history. This historical newspaper archive allows researchers an unparalleled opportunity to search and view the best-known and most cited newspaper in the world online in its original published context.
Click here to access the free trial.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MUSIC DATABASE—IPA SOURCE
Check out our latest database acquisition, IPA Source. No, its not an index of articles about your favorite hoppy beers. Online since 2003, IPA Source is the web’s largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. Now with over 12352 titles, IPA Source is designed to benefit singers, teachers, and all those interested in the correct and knowledgeable performance of vocal literature.
Start practicing proper pronunciation for your next big performance: https://albion.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.ipasource.com/
MeLCat will be unavailable beginning January 15, 2018
In July 2018, the Albion College Library will launch a new, next-generation library system which will include a new online catalog and OneSearch discovery service. Unfortunately, as part of the implementation process, our library holdings must be removed from MeLCat and the service will be unavailable to Albion College users until August 2018.
Don’t worry, you will still be able to request materials from other libraries using ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system. Keep in mind that ILLiad requests can take a bit longer than MeLCat, so please plan accordingly. Also, due to high transaction costs incurred by the Library, we ask that you limit ILLiad requests to academic materials only. Requests for leisure materials can be made through your local public library.
We apologize for this inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at email@example.com.
Questions and Answers:
When will MeLCat be unavailable?
January 15, 2018 – August 2018. Please make final MeLCat requests prior to January 15th.
Why will MeLCat be unavailable for so long?
The outage period is determined by MeLCat and unfortunately cannot be changed.
How do I make a request through ILLiad?
ILLiad requests can be placed by logging in at illiad.albion.edu. First-time users must create a FREE account.
What can I request through ILLiad?
Articles, books, audiovisual materials, etc. However, due to transaction costs that will be incurred by the library, please limit requests to research materials only.
2017 Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial Lecture
Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7 for the 19th Annual Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial Lecture! 7 PM in Bobbitt Visual Arts Auditorium
This year’s lecture is “Hanji: The Legacy and Future of Korean Papermaking” by Albion College’s Artist in Residence, Aimee Lee.
Until recently, Korean paper (known as hanji) was rarely studied, especially outside of its home country. This talk will review points along the history of Korean papermaking, nearly two millennia long, and the culture that it shaped. Images and videos, accompanied by samples of hanji and paper artwork – including paper made from plants harvested at Albion – will illuminate the technical details of this ancient but still valuable craft.
Learn more: http://archives.albion.edu/schleg-lecture
New Website for Archives & Special Collections!
The new Albion College Archives and Special Collections website is now live!
Unveiled at Homecoming 2017, archives.albion.edu brings the history of Albion College to you in a brand new user friendly format. Whether you are conducting historical research or just reminiscing about your glory days, archives.albion.edu is both a start and a destination!
New Database—Films on Demand
We are pleased to announce the Library is providing access to the Films on Demand streaming video collections for Albion College students, faculty, and staff. From Oscar, Emmy, and Peabody award–winning documentaries to A-list performances spanning the arts, Films on Demand provides every academic department on campus with the most essential video titles for their field of study.
We are providing this service through Films on Demand’s patron-driven purchasing model, which allows up to 2 free uses of their films…a 3rd use triggers the purchase of a one-year lease of that particular film. Films on Demand defines a use as 30 seconds or more of continuous play of a particular video. Please note that watching films during class time keeps our costs down, but films can be assigned to students for viewing outside of class time when that is necessary.
Currently, more than 26,000 titles are available. You can search the Films on Demand holdings here:
Albion College Library
Take Charge with New USB Charging Ports in Library!
Check it out and charge it up…introducing our latest library resource and courtesy service, USB ports located on the Bridge and the pillars in the Mudd Reading Room. You can plug in your device and recharge after a long day of classes or assignments.
Need a USB cable?
No need to worry if you left your outlet connector at home! You can check out one of these at the Circulation Desk. When you’re done, return it to a circulation student assistant at the Circulation Desk! Happy charging!
Albion College featured in Michigan History magazine
Albion College is featured in the September/October 2017 issue of Michigan History in an interesting article titled, “A Collegiate Home Front: Albion College in World War II” by Christopher N. Blaker. The issue is on display near the current periodicals. Stop by and check it out!
Blaker is a 2014 graduate of Albion College. The research for this article began as a FURSCA project. To learn more, click here.
Off-Campus Access to Library Resources
Due to advancements in security, the Library has adopted a new proxy service to allow seamless off-campus access to Library resources. As always, databases, eJournals, eBooks, and other subscription resources are only available to current Albion College students and employees; and so, users must login with their last name and Albion College ID barcode number to access resources from off-campus.
There should be no interruptions with the addition of this improved service. In the unlikely event that you encounter a problem, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Screenshot of login screen:
Finals Week at the Library–24 Hour Access and Hygge
Study all day and all night at the Library for finals week. Get cozy with our Hygge programming. Hygge is a Danish term defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Pronounced “hoo-guh,” the word is said to have no direct translation in English, though “cozy” comes close. Read more about it here.
HYGGE for FINALS WEEK
Friday: Fortune Cookies
Saturday: PJ’s & Puzzles all day/all night
Sunday: Flavor your Finals 2-3 PM & Midnight to 1 AM
Monday: Tea Around the Table 1 PM & 8 PM
Tuesday: Zenstones 1-3 PM
FREE Database Trial for Women’s History Month–Women’s Magazine Archive
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Library is providing access to a FREE trial of Women’s Magazine Archive through March 31st!
Women’s Magazine Archive is an archival research resource comprising the full backfiles of leading women’s interest consumer magazines. Titles are scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color and feature detailed article-level indexing. Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005 and these key primary sources permit the examination of the events, trends, and attitudes of this period. Among the research fields served by this material are gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture.
Access the database using this link: http://search.proquest.com/wma?accountid=8252
Better Homes & Gardens
Ladies’ Home Journal
Town and Country
Woman’s International Network News
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
FREE Database Trial—Academic Video Online
Now through February 23, the Library is providing access to a FREE trial of Academic Video Online. Alexander Street’s Academic Video Online includes every kind of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. Users will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners.
You can access the trial through this link:
If you have comments or questions about this resource, please email email@example.com.
2016 Schleg Memorial Lecture — October 18
Join us for the 18th annual Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial Lecture, “From Match to Flame: The Evolution of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451” on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm in Bobbitt Auditorium. Click here to learn more.
The Haunted Library—An Evening with ParaHaunt | Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Is Stockwell Library haunted? ParaHaunt, Michigan’s premier paranormal research team, will share their findings, along with stories from past ghost hunting experiences, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wendell B. Will Room at Stockwell Memorial Library on Tuesday, October 25. Check out their equipment and share stories. Seating is limited, so if you want a ghost of a chance to join in the fun, come early!
Free Database Trial through 10/31/2016 – The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2010
Now through October 31, 2016, the Library is providing access to a free trial of The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2010, an online, full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for 19th – 20th Century history. This historical newspaper archive allows researchers an unparalleled opportunity to search and view the best-known and most cited newspaper in the world online in its original published context.
Click here to access the free trial.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out Kanopy, our new video streaming service!
We are pleased to announce that the Library is now providing access to the Kanopy video streaming service for Albion students, faculty and staff. Kanopy makes available more than 26,000 documentaries and theatrical releases from PBS, the Criterion Collection, New Day Films, Great Courses and hundreds of other producers.
We are currently providing this service on a trial basis as we evaluate Kanopy‘s new patron-driven purchasing model. Under this model, the Library will be charged for a film only if it is viewed 4 or more times in a 12 month period.
You can search the Kanopy holdings here:
We invite you to give Kanopy a try! Please send comments and questions to email@example.com.