Category Archives: Library News

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

Get Access to the New York Times

The Albion College community can now take full advantage of the New York Times website, from on campus or off, and from any device. Take the New York Times with you, wherever you go, with no more paywalls!

We are very pleased to announce that Albion College students, faculty, and staff may now have access to and the NYTimes smartphone app! This service is being provided jointly by Student Senate, the Gerald R. Ford Institute, and the Library. provides in-depth daily news coverage, blogs, videos, and a variety of interactive features. Users will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, and set up personalized alerts.

For instructions on getting started, please visit If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us 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!

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