Category Archives: Library News

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!

New College Archivist joins the Library Staff

We are pleased to announce that Justin Seidler has joined the Library staff as the Marilyn Crandell Schleg College Archivist and Archivist of the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Justin earned his master’s degree from the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, and his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Ohio University. He has extensive experience in archival digitization projects and digital preservation techniques at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, experience that he will be putting to good use as we move forward with the development of an online repository of materials related to the history of Albion College.

Justin can be contacted through email at or by phone at extension 0487.

First Library Pop-In—A Rousing Success!!

More than 200 first year students visited the library from 8pm – 10pm on Saturday, August 23rd.

They played minute-to-win games, enjoyed the jazz stylings of the Ball-Palmer-Van Haren Trio and feasted on homemade cupcakes, and of course…popcorn!

Photos of the event are posted on the Library Circulation Desk.

Cell Phone Lock Up

Want to improve your GPA? Want to reduce your anxiety?

If yes, than take advantage of the Library’s new Cell Phone Lock Up service! Take your cell phone and Albion College ID to the Circulation Desk and lock it up while you study!

You can get your phone back whenever you want – presumably, when you’ve finished studying, paper writing, or doing your take-home exam.

Poetry Fest 2014

Kick off National Poetry Month by celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday at the Library’s 15th Annual Poetry Fest on Tuesday, April 1, from 3 – 4:30pm  in the Wendell Will Room.

Read from your own or a favorite writer’s poetry, or simply lend us your ears (friends, Romans, countrymen encouraged)! Poetry-themed prize drawings, refreshments, and a Grand Finale by a campus “celebrity couple” add up to a festive event.

New Business/Market Research Database Now Available

With support from the Gerstacker Institute and the Office of the Provost, we are able to provide access to IBISWorld, a full text database of in-depth market research reports for more than 700 U.S. and global industries. These research reports are typically 30-40 pages long and provide analysis of each industry, including industry risk, key statistics, market data, primary competitors, forecasts, and industry performance analysis.

Also included are Business Environment Reports which track and describe external variables that have a material effect on industry performance. More than 1,000 variables are tracked, and detailed reports provided, for the 200 most common factors, which include exchange rates, commodity prices, consumer attitudes, demographic changes and government policies.

Links to IBISWorld can be found on the Library’s Databases Page ( The direct link to IBISWorld is

If you have questions about this resource, please call ext. 0293 or email

Library Open 24 Hours During Finals

Are you hoping to break the record for most hours spent in the Library by an undergraduate? We can help with that, because in keeping with tradition, the Library will be open 24 hours during final exams. Beginning Sunday, December 8 at 10:00 am, the Library will be open continuously until 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 12. Both buildings will be open, but please note that a College ID card will be required for access from midnight to 7:30am. Each night at midnight the entrance 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.

As always, the Friends of the Library will be providing free refreshments, including popcorn, hot chocolate, and cookies. In addition, the Read Between the Grinds cafe will be open their normal hours so you can purchase specialty coffees, pastries and more.

Library Hours During Finals Week:
Friday, Dec. 6: 8am – midnight
Saturday, Dec. 7: 9am – midnight
Sunday, Dec. 8: 24 hour access begins at 10am*
Monday – Wednesday, Dec. 9-11: 24 Hour access*
Thursday, Dec. 12: the Library closes at 5pm
Friday, Dec. 13: 8am – 5pm
*College ID card required for access after midnight

Library’s Second Annual Halloween Costume Contest

The Library’s second annual Halloween Costume Contest will be taking place on Thursday, 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 3:00 pm on Halloween…if you can’t be there at that time, 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!!!

Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial Lecture Tuesday, October 8th at 7 p.m.

“Mysteries Abound: Observing, Interpreting, and Describing the Physical Elements of Historical Bindings”

Tuesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.

Wendell Will Room, Albion College Library

Schleg Lecture Seal
Join us for the 15th annual Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial lecture on October 8th at 7 p.m. in the Wendell Will Room! Julia Miller, renowned book conservator, will be speaking on the history of book bindings with a hands-on and engaging discussion of the physical elements of books. You WILL handle books over 100 years old and learn facts to impress your friends!

For more information, please visit our Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial Lecture website.
Refreshments will follow the lecture.

Library Trial of Intelecom Online Resources Network

The Library is currently running a free trial of the Intelecom Online Resources Network. Intelecom provides access to a digital repository of academic video clips, streamed on demand, for use in class or for review by students outside of class. More than 4,000 topic-specific video lessons and clips are available in more than 35 disciplines.

This resource will be available to Albion College faculty, students, and staff until November 3, 2013.

Access is through this link:

If you’d like to try the database, please email for the login credentials.

Please send comments or questions to


The LGBriTS Collection

LGBriTS Bookplate
We are pleased to announce the new LGBriTS Collection! The collection was begun with an initial gift last spring of 45 books (about 35 titles – some have two copies), that deal with coming-of-age and “coming out” topics relevant to those interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender and sexual minority (GSM) experiences. The books have all arrived and are ready to be checked out!

These books were donated by Albion College’s LGBriTS, who will be donating additional books on these topics periodically.

Browse the LGBriTS Collection

Puzzles in the Library

Hey! Come and take a study break by helping reassemble one of our jigsaw puzzles!

We currently have two puzzles going – one in Cutler Commons, and one on the main floor in Mudd. We’ll take pictures of them as they get finished. How many can we do in a year? Who knows?!

If you contribute to putting together a puzzle, please write your name on the inside of the box lid so we know who helped! Keep your eye out for more fun surprises and stress-busters around the library this year.

Odd Topics Society Luncheon Sept 25th

The Odd Topics Society’s Luncheons are back! Please join us from 12 – 1 on Wednesday, September 25th, in the Mary Sykes Room (Upper Baldwin Hall) for the next luncheon.

Speaker: Amy Reimann ’00, Executive Director of The Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History
Title: “Really? I’ve Never Been There!”
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time: Noon-1:00 pm
Place: Mary Sykes Room

Please visit the Odd Topics page to see the schedule for the rest of the year!

New Database Business Insights: Global

We are happy to announce that we’re adding a new database called Business Insights: Global through our MeL consortium.

Business Insights: Global includes full text content of:

  • More than 2 million investment research/brokerage reports
  • Thousands of detailed financial reports (including fundamentals data and comparison tools)
  • More than 1,200 business executive video interviews for classroom learning
  • More than 1,000 unrestricted case studies
  • More than 2,500 market research reports
  • Hundreds of country economic reports
  • More than 1,000 SWOT reports (updated quarterly)
  • More than 3,500 full-text periodicals
  • Nearly 25,000 industry reports
  • Nearly 11,000 company histories
  • Over 43,400 articles from Market Share Reporter
  • Over 65,000 articles from Business Rankings Annual
  • More than 2,200 corporate chronologies
  • More than 2,000 additional reference articles
  • Neraly 70,000 associations
  • Thousands of interactive live charts for economic and business indicators
  • 193 detailed country profiles (with links to related content and statistical data)
  • Nearly 500,000 detailed company profiels (with links to related content and statsitcal data)
  • More than 600 ine-depth industry profiles (with links to related content and statsitcal data)

Come See Maggie the Therapy Dog!

Feeling a little stressed by finals? Need a smile break? Stop by the Library and meet Maggie!

Maggie is a therapy dog and she would love to meet you. She plans to be on campus (with her owner, Stacey Mitchell, ’91) today (Monday afternoon and evening), and Tuesday afternoon. She will be in the Library part of the time, and will also spend some time roaming campus. If you see her, be sure to say hello! Maggie the Therapy Dog

Library Open 24 Hours for Finals

Time to invest in coffee futures? Maybe! In keeping with tradition, the Library will once again be open 24 hours during final exams, beginning Friday, May 3.

The Library will open at 8:00 am that day and will stay open continuously until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8th. Please note that a College ID card will be required for access from midnight to 7:30 am. Each night at midnight the doors will be locked, but students, faculty, and staff will be able to open the door with their ID cards using the card reader located outside the main entrance.

The Friends of the Library will be providing refreshments, including popcorn, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies. In addition, Read Between the Grinds cafe will be open their normal hours so you can purchase specialty coffees, pastries and more.

Library Hours During Finals:
Friday, May 3rd —24 hour access begins at 8:00 am*
Saturday, May 4th — open 24 hours*
Sunday, May 5th — open 24 hours*
Monday, May 6th — open 24 hours*
Tuesday, May 7th — open 24 hours*
Wednesday, May 8th — Library closes at 5 pm

*College ID card required for access after midnight

Final Odd Topics Society Luncheon of the Year!

Don’t miss our last Odd Topics Society Luncheon this academic year, presented by the Friends of the Albion College Library!

Speaker: Mr. Jeff Taylor, Director of the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, MI
Title: “Magic in Michigan”
Date: March 27, 2013
Time: Noon – 1pm
Place: Mary Sykes Room

Please join us for what is certain to be a magical experience (we couldn’t resist just one…). Please check back in the fall for next year’s schedule. We hope to see you in Mary Sykes!

Albion College Library partners with Better World Books

The library collection is constantly changing…one could even say it is being “renewed.” Every year, through our purchases and donations, we add thousands of volumes to our holdings. At the same time, we try to properly manage our collection by removing materials that are outdated or no longer necessary or appropriate. Among the hundreds of books we receive through donations each year, some are not suitable for our collection or duplicate materials we already have. What to do with the books removed from the collection or donated books we don’t add to our holdings?

In the past, we’ve tried to sell these volumes through the annual Friends of the Library book sale, although this was a very labor-intensive task with little financial benefit, and which always left us with thousands of volumes to be recycled. We have recently found a better approach. We are now partnering with Better World Books, an online book seller which uses its profits to support global literacy efforts and libraries. In our case, the profits from the sale of our withdrawn books are shared with the National Center for Family Literacy and with the Albion College Library. According to their website (, Better World Books has provided $10.4 million in funding for literacy programs and libraries, has donated more than 5 million books to partner literacy and education programs, and has diverted more than 40,000 tons of books from landfills.

As the end of the school year approaches, if you have books you no longer need, please consider donating them to the Library. We will review them carefully for possible inclusion in our collection where they will enrich our holdings and support Albion College students, faculty and staff in research as well as recreational reading. The books we don’t add will be picked up by Better World Books and given a chance to find another home, while supporting libraries and literacy!

14th Annual Poetry Fest, Thursday April 11th 3pm

The Library will celebrate National Poetry Month by hosting its 14th annual Poetry Fest on Thursday, April 11, from 3 p.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. in Albion College Library’s Wendell Will Room. Audience members are welcome to read aloud an original or favorite poem. Appreciative listeners are also vital. The festivities include deluxe refreshments, prize drawings with a poetic twist, and a grand finale performed by a campus “celebrity couple.” Free and open to the public. Please join us!

The details again:
Poetry Fest
Thursday, April 11th
3 – 4:30pm
Wendell Will Room
Albion College Library

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text Trial

ProQuest is offering free access to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text database through the end of February. To take advantage of this offer, connect through this link:

If you are unable to connect to this database or have questions, please email

Publisher’s database description:
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses — Full text is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. The official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research. PQDT — Full Text includes millions of searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with over a million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

More than 70,000 new full text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year through dissertations publishing partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide and collaborative retrospective digitization of dissertations through UMI’s Digital Archiving and Access Program. Full Text dissertations are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be native PDF, some PDF image.

Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master’s theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637. Where available, PQDT — Full Text provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.

Trial of Market Research Resource Passport

The Library is currently doing a trial of a new online market research resource called Passport. If you would like to see what this database has to offer, click on this link:

The trial will be active until February 18th.

Database Description:
Passport is an award-winning market research database used by the world’s top academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies to understand the global business environment in a time of rapid change and increased globalization.

Passport features millions of statistics and in-depth reports on 27 industries with demographic, macro and socioeconomic data and analysis on consumers and economies in 210 countries worldwide.

Passport Features:

  • Forward-looking analysis of consumer and industrial markets
  • Market performance of leading companies and brands
  • Comprehensive population, socioeconomic and lifestyle data
  • Timely and topical commentary on factors influencing the business environment
  • Surveys exploring consumer opinions, attitudes and behaviours
  • The same research approach for all countries to allow cross-country comparisons
  • Historic data from 1997 and forecasts to 2020
  • An unrivalled level of detail across all categories
  • Powerful and easy-to-use analysis and visualisation tools

Subscription to SAGE Premier Journals

We are pleased to announce that the Library is now subscribing to the complete SAGE Premier collection of journals.

SAGE Premier provides online access to 648 peer-reviewed, full-text journals, including high-impact research titles published on behalf of more than 245 scholarly and professional societies. Journals in Psychology, Communication, Sociology, Business, Education, Political Science and many other disciplines are part of the collection – coverage for most titles is from 1999 to the present. A list of the journals included is attached as an Excel spreadsheet.

Links to these titles can be found through the Library’s Journal Finder service – click on the “Journals” button on our home page, or go directly to the service through this link:

Please share this information with your students, and let us know if you have questions about this new collection.

Literary Halloween Costume Contest

We had a fabulous set of entries for the Literary Character Halloween Costume Contest this year, and we’re hoping to make it our first annual. We hope if you didn’t get a chance you’ll join us next year!

Halloween Costumes
Benjamin Orjada as Titus Andronicus – Seventh Place Winner Lisa Lewis as Snow White’s Stepmother – Sixth Place Winner Alysandra Ganem as Harry Potter – Fifth Place Winner
Guy Cox as Robur the Conqueror – Fourth Place Winner Carson Garety as Rosie the Riveter – Third Place Winner The Kinesi OZ ogy department – Second Place Winners
Cara Delaney as Rainbow Fish – FIRST PLACE WINNER Allison Navarra as Eeyore Andy Boyan as Merlin
Danielle Crittenden as Hester Prynne Ethan Brock as the 11th Doctor Ian MacInnes as Charles Dickens
Katie Oldenburg as Hanna Abbot Melissa Wright as Jing-Mei Woo Shelby Fox-Purrier as Private Angelo Maggio

New in the Library

Welcome back, everyone! With the Fall semester underway, we have some exciting new services in the Library we’d like to let you know about.

First, we now have eReaders. You can now check out from the library, for three weeks, a Kindle, Kindle Fire, or Nook Tablet. Books are preloaded on the readers! Please come check one out, and let us know what you think of this service.

We also have iPads which can be checked out for three weeks. In addition to all the other things an iPad can do, you can read books through the iBookstore, through the Kindle and eBrary apps, and more! We hope you will try them out with your own iTunes account, and again, let us know what you think of them.

We are also pleased to recommend both the eBrary and the Albion College Library apps for your personal mobile devices. We currently have access to over 75,000 ebooks through eBrary – using the mobile app in conjunction with BlueFire reader or Adobe Digital Editions, you can download and read all of these books on many mobile devices. The Library app offers basic information about the library and also allows you to search the catalog, and is available through the Apple App Store. Check our Apps and Plugins page for download links and more information.

Finally, we have a new Text-A-Librarian service. If you have a question for a librarian, and you’re away from your computer or across campus, you can text us during reference hours at 856-2LIBREF (856-254-2733). For more details, check out our Ask-A-Librarian page.

ACRL’s College Library Website of the Month!

We’re pleased and honored to announce that the Albion College Library Website is this month’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Library Website of the Month!

Congratulations go to Megan O’Neill for designing and developing the site and for her continued work to make sure the website meets the needs of students, faculty and staff. She has worked tirelessly on this, and we are excited that her work has resulted in national recognition and is being showcased as a model website for other college libraries!

Thanks also to Melinda Kraft, Katherine Hibbs, David Lawrence and John Perney for their great support and assistance.

Here’s a link to the College Library of the Month page