Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cultural "Gems" in the Shields Collection

Within the Monmouth College Permanent Art Collections are many exquisite works on a smaller scale. We are delighted to showcase these “gems” from a number of various cultures. Most of the works are from the James Christie Shields Collection (Class of 1949). We hope you enjoy viewing them, now on display in Hewes Library, as much as we enjoy taking care of them in our archives.

Two fine examples of ushabti are pictured below. Ushabti are Egyptian funerary figurines intended to act as servants or minions in the afterlife for the deceased. Oftentimes, they were depicted as farm laborers with a hoe and bushel. Along with scarabs (also on display in the gallery), these are the most common Egyptian artifacts found in collections.

Please visit Gallery 203 on the upper level of Hewes Library during regular daily hours and enjoy viewing these artifacts in person.

Mary E. Phillips
Curator of College Art Collections
March, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Hallelujah Junction by John Adams
  • Explorers of the American West by Jay H. Buckley
  • Sociology of Food and Agriculture by Michael Carolan
  • Poems of Emily Dickinson edited by R.W. Franklin
  • New Mutants by Ramzi Fawaz
  • Even the Hollow my Body Made is Gone: Poems by Janice N. Harrington
  • Assimilating Seoul by Todd A. Henry
  • United States and Terrorism by Ron Hirschbein
  • Today's Social Issues by Timothy W. Kneeland
  • Death of the Book by John Lurz

Renewing Library Materials

It's that time of year when research is going strong. Be sure to renew any library materials you may need through the end of term. Here is a quick guide to renewing:

You'll receive an email reminder. Acting on those emails and following the directions provided will save you time!

1. Renewing Hewes Library and I-Share Materials
Hewes Library and I-Share materials may be renewed up to three times. 
accounts option on library homepage
    • Remember: your login was created by you. If you have forgotten your login, use the "Forgot Your Password" feature.
  • Select the title to renew, or utilize the "Select All" feature.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list and click "Renew Selected Items"

2. Renewing ILLiad materials
  • Login to your ILLiad account -- this link is also found on the Hewes Library homepage (see image above). Your login is your MC username and password.
  • Select "Checked Out Items" (see image)
  • A list of current ILLiad items checked out will be displayed. 
  • Select the correct title, and select the red "Renew Request" link at the top of the page.
  • Be sure to check if any user messages are displayed.

As always, contact the Hewes Library Circulation Desk if you have questions: 309-457-2190.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Caption Contest!

The caption contest is back! 

Photographer Lee Schaeffer ('65), a Monmouth College yearbook and student newspaper photographer 1961-1965, captured this moment in Monmouth College residence life in the early 1960s. 

Email your witty caption to - a winner will be posted before term end.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Try Out These Database Trials!

Hewes Library is providing trial access to three online resources this month, evaluating usefulness to faculty, staff, and students of Monmouth College.

We encourage you to use these resources and send your feedback to Access information is below.

Statistical Abstracts of the United States
(On campus only, through May 4, 2017)
Built to find and retrieve statistical content, ProQuest Statistical Insight spans more than 600,000 published tables a year on thousands of different topics. It provides fast and easy access to statistical information produced by U.S. Federal agencies, states, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations.
More Info: Statistical Abstract of the United States

World War II: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection (Requires login - through April 27, 2017)
Online access to five-volume print encyclopedia set. This encyclopedia represents a single
source of authoritative information on World War II that provides accessible coverage of the
causes, course, and consequences of the war.
Username: monmouth
Password: college
More Info: World War II: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection

Subject Compilations of State Laws (Through April 24, 2017)
Cheryl Nyberg’s Subject Compilations of State Laws has long been recognized as the most
comprehensive source for identifying thousands of articles, books, government documents,
looseleaf services, court opinions and Internet sites that compare state laws on hundreds of
subjects. The series has been previously chosen for Best Legal Reference Books and has
been called “unique,” “priceless” and “irreplaceable.”
More Info:

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Break Hours

Easter Break 2017 Library Hours

Thursday April 13 -- 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday - Sunday April 14-16 -- CLOSED
Monday April 17 --  8:00 a.m. - Midnight

*Einstein Brothers Bagels will close Thursday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. and will reopen Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 a.m.

Keep up to date on library hours on our website:

"Gladiolus L’Eclantante" from Provincial Archives of Alberta via Flickr Commons

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Coloring Poetry Event April 11

Join poetry and coloring enthusiasts alike at this free event on Tuesday, April 11th. A generous donation from the Galesburg Public Library, via the NEA Big Read, provided 25 copies of an Emily Dickinson coloring chapbook. The first 25 people attending will receive a copy, and everyone will enjoy coloring and snacking and listening to guest readers. Come any time between 4pm - 5:30pm to the upper level of Hewes Library! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Student Art Exhibit

Showing now through April 22nd, a senior exhibition featuring Kallie Ditusa, Gabbie General, and Rubi Nogueron in the Everett Gallery, upper level.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Resources for Educational Studies

The Education Department houses their collection of textbooks and teachers’ guides along with other materials used to establish curricula in the lower level of Hewes Library. At first glance, this collection appears chaotic and daunting, but a quick search in the library catalog will reduce the stress of finding what you need.

    Collections in library catalog
  1. On the library’s homepage, search a keyword in the library catalog search box. 
    • example: "frog" "elementary math" 

  2. Select “Curriculum Lab” under the “Location” section on the right hand side.  

  3. You may narrow your search further in the “Topic” or “Subject” fields.
Topics and Subjects in library catalog

The Curriculum Lab includes materials from elementary, secondary, professional, and special education fields on a variety of subjects. There are also testing materials as well as audio and video formats.

This collection is adjacent to the Children’s Literature, so fiction and non-fiction texts are not far away. Some of the most popular items in the Curriculum Lab the jumbo books that are stored with supplemental materials such as puppets and maps for an interactive experience.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask a librarian for help!

From left: book & puppet, teacher & student math texts, jumbo book and puppet

*Thank you to Megan Horack for contributing this post.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Current Display by Umoja

The current book display in Hewes Library showcases the works of many influential black literary women noted for their contributions to both civil rights and women’s rights.

Curated by Monmouth College student, Jazzmine, a member of Umoja, a campus student organization that promotes African American culture, Jazzmine hopes the display “sparks your interest and motivates you to check something out!”

Visit the display on the east side of the main floor.