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Poetry Fest April 18th

April is the season for poetry! Celebrate National Poetry Month by enjoying “A Poem for All Seasons” at the library’s 18th annual Poetry Fest on Tuesday, April 18, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Stockwell Library’s Wendell B. Will Room.  An open mike format offers audience members the chance to present their own or a favorite writer’s poetry.  The event also features prize drawings with a poetic twist, deluxe refreshments, and a surprising grand finale.

FREE Database Trial for Women’s History Month–Women’s Magazine Archive

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!

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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:

Titles include:
Archive 1

Better Homes & Gardens
Good Housekeeping
Ladies’ Home Journal
Archive 2
Town and Country
Woman’s Day
Woman’s International Network News

Let us know what you think in the comments below.


FREE Database Trial—Academic Video Online

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

Oct. 25: The Haunted Library—An Evening with ParaHaunt

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 – The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2010

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


Check out Kanopy, our new video streaming service!

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


FURSCA Students and Mentors: Need Research Help?

FURSCA Students: Need Research Help?

Need some help finding resources for your FURSCA project? We’re here all summer long. Stop by the library and ask a librarian for one-on-one research assistance or email us at We’re open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.



Library noun, li·brary \ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē, -ˌbre-rē
A building that enables people to have access to computers, books, magazines, videos, dvds, [articles, scholarly journals, databases,] etc., where librarians and library staff help people find the information they need.

The professor loved my FURSCA presentation, but I would never have found all that stuff about it if I hadn’t gone to the library.

It’s Time for Poetry Fest!

Come enjoy “The Music of Poetry” at the library’s 17th annual Poetry Fest!  It all happens on Tuesday, April 5, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Wendell B. Will Room.  An open mike format offers audience members the chance to present their own or a favorite writer’s poetry.  Our traditional prize drawings with a poetic twist and deluxe refreshments are back, leading up to a grand musical finale.

The Old Northwest Territory: An Exhibit from the Rare Book Collection


Some of the riches of the Library’s Rare Book Collection are on display in an exhibit tracing how the Old Northwest Territory developed into the Midwestern states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Our Midwestern heritage is illustrated from the library’s wonderful collection of Americana, which has a special place in the college’s history:  much of it was acquired in the 1930s and 1940s when the McGregor Program enabled selected liberal arts colleges around the country to build core collections for the study of American history.  Many Americana titles were special gifts made upon the dedication of Stockwell Memorial Library in 1939.

Books and maps in the exhibit document the earliest explorations of the region by French explorers, early settlement, territorial organization under the Northwest Ordinance,  the War of 1812, the Indian wars, and the establishment of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota as states.

The community is cordially invited to view the exhibit, which begins at the entrance to the Library in Stockwell and continues in the display cases just outside the Special Collections area on the second floor of the Mudd Library building.

Classes Visit Archives to Experience Historical Collections First-Hand

Sacks-class-archivesThis week, two Albion College professors scheduled class visits to the Library to view artifacts from the Albion College Archives and Special Collections.

Marcy Sacks arranged for her African American History class to get a glimpse at the dark side of Currier and Ives.  On display were highlights from the Currier and Ives Darktown Comics Series of Color Lithographs Depicting Black Americans in the Late 19th Century.  These prints provide a sobering look at prevalent attitudes toward African Americans in the late 1800s.  Click here to learn more about the Darktown Comics collection.

Carrie Booth Walling’s Politics of Genocide class stopped by to view the Russell Babcock World War II Propaganda Poster collection.  Babcock graduated from Albion College in 1927 and served in the Armed Services during World War II.  His extensive collection of wartime publications includes posters urging viewers to support war efforts with slogans such as “Loose Lips Sink Ships” and “fighting the good fight back home” among others.

If you would like to incorporate the use of primary sources from Archives and Special Collections into your curriculum, please contact Archivist Justin Seidler via email at or by phone at extension 0487.

“Run Down”
Examples of posters in the Babcock Collection

New for You: Chromebooks

Chromebooks are now available for checkout at the circulation desk!

Library Chromebooks are a convenient alternative to lugging your laptop across campus and offer access to both Google Drive and the Albion College virtual network. Check one out for up to four hours and write a paper in Google Docs, check your email, search the library’s databases, binge watch your favorite TV show (you know, as part of your research), catch up on the latest viral videos or whatever else you need to do in a browser or on the virtual network.

Checkout a Chromebook

Helpful hints:

  • Bring your Albion 1Card—you’ll need it to check out the Chromebook
  • Grab a copy of detailed instructions at the circulation desk
  • Files created in Google Drive apps are automatically backed up
  • Don’t forget to save to your H drive or a flash drive when creating non-Google Drive documents on the virtual network
  • Log out when you are finished
  • Return Chromebook to library staff member at the circulation desk

New at the Library: “Duet”

Stop by Cutler Commons and check out our newly acquired work of art!

“Duet” is an abstract sculpture created by Fall 2015 Philip C. Curtis Artist-in-Residence Ann Weber. Using found cardboard and staples, Weber fabricates large-scale, three-dimensional forms inspired by nature. “Duet” was featured in her recent solo exhibition at Bobbitt Visual Art Center’s Munro Gallery. Click here to learn more about the artist.

Ann Weber, Duet
Ann Weber. Duet. 2015. Found cardboard, staples. 52x53x13 and 25x36x9 inches.

Need books or other materials through MeLCat? Request them before November 18th!

MeLCat will temporarily stop accepting new requests beginning on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 and continuing until Friday, December 11, 2015. Please plan ahead and place your MeLCat requests for books, DVDs, CDs, etc. before November 18!

Materials requested by Albion College students, faculty and staff before November 18th can be picked up in the Library until Wednesday, December 2. MeLCat materials can be returned to the Library at their normal due date.

More information is available at

For questions about this downtime or about using MeLCat, please email or contact Becky Markovich in the Library Circulation Office at ext. 0383.

Summertime Displays

Spend some leisure time checking out our three book display areas on the main floor of Mudd Library.  You can do some armchair travelling in time with books from the “Summer (Time) Travel” display, browse the table of books matched with movies based on them, or feast your eyes on the many ways books can furnish a room.  All display materials are available to be checked out; a library staff member will be happy to retrieve items from inside the display cases at your request.

Library Open 24 Hours During Final Exams

Have you been getting too much sleep lately? Well, now is the time to make that pay off!

In keeping with tradition, the Library will once again be open 24 hours during final exams. Beginning Friday, May 1st at 8 am, the Library will be open continuously until 5 pm on Wednesday, May 6th. Both buildings will be open, but please note that a College ID will be required for access from midnight to 7:30 am. Each night at midnight the door will be locked, but students, faculty, and staff will be able to enter the library with their ID cards by using the card reader located outside the main entrance.

We are very grateful to Student Senate and the Friends of the Library who will be providing a variety of free refreshments throughout exams. In addtion, Read Between the Grinds cafe will be open normal hours so you can purchase specialty coffee, tea, pastries, and more.

Library Hours During Finals

  • Friday, May 1: 24 hour access begins at 8 am*
  • Saturday, May 2: open 24 hours*
  • Sunday, May 3: open 24 hours*
  • Monday, May 4: open 24 hours*
  • Tuesday, May 5: open 24 hours*
  • Wednesday, May 6: Library closes at 5 pm

*College ID card required for access after midnight

Sign of Spring: Poetry Fest Returns!

Join the fun at the library’s 16th annual Poetry Fest on Wednesday, April 1st, 3:00-4:30 p.m., in the Stockwell Library Wendell Will Room. Audience members may read from their own or a favorite writer’s poetry. Come and go as your schedule demands while enjoying great poems, refreshments, and prize drawings with a poetic twist!

Library Playful Learning Space

The library is pleased to offer a new resource — we are repurposing the lounge area in the main floor of the Mudd building to include a playful learning space.

In addition to the puzzles you’ve been seeing in the library for the last year or so, we’re also providing LEGOs, a basic “circuits in seconds” kit, and the library games.

Please come by and enjoy some playful thinking time (or some thinking playful time)!

If there are additional playful thinking toys/tools that you’d like to see, please let us know. We can’t make any promises, but we’d like to know what kinds of things our community would like an opportunity to use.

Please contact us with questions or comments at

Poetry Fest April 1st

Kick off National Poetry Month at the Library’s Poetry Fest on Wednesday, April 1, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Wendell Will Room.  Read from your own or a favorite writer’s poetry, or simply savor being in the audience and sampling deluxe refreshments. Following prize drawings with a poetic twist, President and Mrs. Ditzler will perform the grand finale.

Cell Phone Lock Up – Back By Popular Demand

Want to improve your GPA or reduce your anxiety? Maybe you made a New Year’s Resolution to be more focused while you study, but you’re not sure how.

Let the Library help! Take advantage of our Cell Phone Lock Up service.

It’s easy. Just take your cell phone and Albion 1Card to the Circulation Desk, and we’ll lock it up for you while you study, write your paper, or tackle your take-home exam.

Whenever you’re ready, just come back to the desk and we’ll return your phone to you.

New Journals through Project Muse

The following journals are now available with full text through Project Muse:

  • Journal of Sport History (North American Society for Sport History)
  • Latin American Theatre Review (Center of Latin American Studies, University of Kansas)
  • Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (The Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • Theatre Notebook (The Society for Theatre Research)

You can get to these journals through the Library’s journal finder, or directly through Project Muse.

Library is Open 24 Hours For Finals Week

Beginning Sunday December 8 at 10 a.m., the Library will be open continuously until 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 11.

Both buildings we be open, but please note that a College ID card will be required to get in from midnight to 7:30 a.m.  Simply swipe your ID card at the card reader located outside the main entrance.

As always, the Friends of the College Library will provide free popcorn, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies.

New this year, Student Senate is providing several healthy snacks.


Sunday, Dec. 7:  24 hour access begins at 10:00 a.m

Monday-Wedneday, Dec. 9-10:  24 hour access

Thursday, Dec. 11:  Library closes at 5:00 p.m.

Friday,  Dec. 12:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Third Annual Halloween Costume Contest

Library Stacks Monster

The Library’s third annual Halloween Costume Contest will be taking place on Friday, October 31st (of course!). All Albion College students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

A panel of celebrated (and nearly un-bribable) judges will award fabulous prizes for the best costumes. Judging will take place in the Library at 1:00pm on Halloween.

If you can’t be there at 1:00pm, you can still enter the contest by stopping at the Library earlier that day and having your photo taken (see Becky Markovich in the Circulation Office).

Remember…you can’t spell books without BOO!!!

King James Bible Restoration Update

Through the generosity and leadership of the Class of 1963, we’ve been able to make significant progress on our project to restore our First Edition King James Bible (1611). The Class of 1963 has helped us raise the funds necessary to hire a professional conservator to restore our Bible.

Check out the King James Bible Restoration page for more details and pictures!

We’ll continue to post updates as we get them from our conservator, so stay tuned!