Category Archives: Library News

Odd Topics Society Luncheon – Sept 23

Speaker: Jim Whitehouse ’69

Title:   Hitches and Bends, Bights and Ends

Date:   September 23, 2015

Time:   Noon

Place:  Mary Sykes Room

Credentials:  I started sailing at age 5, and learned that marlinspike seamanship (dealing with ropes and knots on boats) is critical to the rigging of a boat as well as mooring it.  In Boy Scots, I learned more—the best knot to use to tie up a tent for example.  We even made our own rope.  When I was 16 and 17, I taught sailing at a summer camp, and my boss, a former Coast Guardsman, introduced me to fancy and decorative knots such as mariners use to decorate their sea chests.  Splicing, lashing, coiling, and throwlines (ropes) were other skills I learned.  I can’t jump rope and I’ve never roped a steer, but I used to tie my brother up and tickle him, so I guess I have some background!

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 library@albion.edu.

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 NYTimes.com and the NYTimes smartphone app! This service is being provided jointly by Student Senate, the Gerald R. Ford Institute, and the Library.

NYTimes.com 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 libguides.albion.edu/nytaccess. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at library.albion.edu.

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.

LIBRARY HOURS DURING FINALS WEEK:

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 jseidler@albion.edu 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 (http://campus.albion.edu/library/database-list/). The direct link to IBISWorld is http://0-www.ibisworld.com.library.albion.edu/.

If you have questions about this resource, please call ext. 0293 or email library@albion.edu.

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:
URL: www.intelecomonline.net

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

Please send comments or questions to mvanhouten@albion.edu.

Thanks!

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)