Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Renewing Items over Winter Break

Don't forget that if you have library materials over break, you can renew them by logging into your Account in the library catalog. Your login information is your last name and your barcode number from your Monmouth College ID card. Once you have logged into the system, you can renew each item from each school in the I-Share system.

If you need to get a head start on projects for the second semester, place your I-Share requests a few days before you return to school and the books will be waiting for you when you arrive back on campus.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Winter Break 2009

Hewes Library will be on Winter Break hours from Thursday, December 17 through Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Therefore, the library will be open Monday through Friday, 8am - 4:30pm with the exception of the Christmas and News Years holidays. We will be closed December 23-25 and January 1. A full schedule of the library's hours is available on the Hewes Library website.

Friday, December 11, 2009

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Each week a selection of new items are displayed in the new book display case. The new book display case is located on the main level of Hewes Library next to the ScotsRead collection.

Recent titles have included:

  • History of Modern Iran by Ervand Abrahamian
  • Slang: The People's Poetry by Michael Adams
  • Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
  • Life and Death in the Third Reich by Peter Fritzsche
  • Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica by Margaret B. Gargiullo
  • Pioneering Women in American Mathematics by Judy Green & Jeanne LaDuke
  • Assassination of Fred Hampton by Jeffrey Haas
  • By Roman Hands by Matthew Hartnett
  • Addiction: A Disorder of Choice by Gene M. Heyman
  • How Professors Think by Michele Lamont
All new items in the New Book Display case can be found in the Hewes Library catalog and are subject to normal circulation procedures for their respective collections. For more information on collection circulation policies, please visit the Hewes Library home page.

On Display: William Shakespeare

This month, Hewes Library’s featured author is William Shakespeare, an English dramatist, poet and playwright who lived from 1564 to 1616. His writings came to light under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and then again throughout the reign of Queen Victoria and inspired a resurgence in the Victorian period.

Shakespeare is considered by many to be the best in English literature. Shakespeare is known for his plays, including comdies like As You Like It, historical plays revolving around British royalty, and plays based on Ancient Greece and Rome, such as Julius Caesear. Shakespeare also penned several tragedies (Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth) and towards the end of his career, tragicomedies of which The Tempest and The Winter's Tale. His collection of sonnets, number around 150, is impressive and still subject to much scholarly debate today.

Items is this display case are from the library’s circulating and Reference collections. Please inquire at the Circulation desk if you would like to check materials out.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Extended Finals Hours - Fall Semester 2009

Hewes Library is currently operating on extended hours through the close of finals. The library will remain open until 1am each night. For a full breakdown of hours, please visit the Hours page of the library's website.

In addition, we would like to take this time to remind students, faculty, and staff that quiet hours in the library are also in effect. Please be courteous of fellow students' studying. Thank you.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Microforms, Part III: Microfilm

In the last part of this series on microformats at Hewes library, we’ll talk about microfilm, the material contained on small reels similar to movie film. The only current title that the library receives in the microfilm format is the New York Times. While you can get access to most current New York Times articles via the databases Lexis/Nexis and America’s Newspapers, these sources do not display the articles in context. The microfilm reproduces the exact look of the newspaper; layout, advertisements and pictures. This is not found in either of the two databases.

Microfilm was also the format preferred by the library for the back issues of magazines from 1967 until 1992, when the shift was made to microfiche. Some magazines that have been around for a long time like Time and Newsweek have issues available in print (for pre-1967 issues), microfilm (1967-1992) and microfiche (1993- present). Be sure to check the location information for the library’s magazine titles in found in the library catalog record or in the Journals: A to Z list to locate the issues you need.

There are also microfilm copies of some regional Civil War Era newspapers such as the Cairo City Gazette and the Keokuk Des Moines Valley Whig. All of the microfilm is filed alphabetically in the cabinets found on the right hand wall of the microforms room. The same readers used for microfiche can be used to read and print from the microfilm. If you need assistance in locating a title or would like more information on the microfilm and microfiche collections at Hewes, ask any librarian.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Pre-Finals & Finals Extended Library Hours - Fall 2009

Hewes Library is currently on regular operating hours. Pre-finals and finals extended hours will begin on Friday, December 4. The library will remain open late throughout the finals exam period and our last evening of extended hours will be Tuesday, December 15. On Wednesday, December 16, the last day of finals, the library will be open from 8am to 6pm. For more information, stay tuned to the library blog or visit the Hours page of the library's website for full schedule information.

Pre-Finals & Finals Extended Hours:
  • Friday, December 4: 8am - 10pm
  • Saturday, December 5: 9am - 10pm
  • Sunday, December 6: 9am - Midnight
  • Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11: 8am - 1am
  • Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 13: 9am - 1am
  • Monday, December 14 & Tuesday, December 15: 8am - 1am
  • Wednesday, December 16: 8am - 6pm

On Thursday, December 17, Hewes Library will begin its winter break hours, which are 8am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Break, Fall 2009

Hewes Library is currently on Thanksgiving Break 2009. Hours will be shortened until classes resume and students are back on campus.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009: 8am - 2:30pm
Thursday, November 26, 2009: Closed
Friday, November 27, 2009: Closed
Saturday, November 28, 2009: Closed
Sunday, November 29, 2009: 6pm - midnight
Monday, November 30, 2009: 8am - midnight, Regular hours resume

For more information about the library's hours, please visit the Hewes Library Website.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Microforms, Part II: Microfiche

In the first part of this series, microformats in general were described. The library has two types of microformats, microfilm and microfiche. This time the card version, microfiche, will be discussed. Microfiche is used at the library for two different types of information, magazines and government documents. A number of popular magazines are available in as microfiche, among them Business Week, Newsweek, New Yorker and Time. Because these titles publish so frequently (over 45 times a year), it would take a lot of shelf space to store the print versions of these magazines. So the decision was made to obtain the back issues on microfiche as it is small and easy to store. Microfiche issues reproduce the print versions exactly, with the pages containing all the stories and advertisements found in the paper issues. However, they are in black and white not in color. The microfiche copies of magazines are filed alphabetically by title and can be found in the back left hand corner of the mircroform room.

Much of the information that Hewes receives from the Federal Government as part of the Depository Library program also comes in on microfiche. These are stored in the filing cabinets facing you as you stand in the door of the microform room. How do you know if the government information you are looking for is on microfiche? From the catalog record. Let’s say you are looking in the library catalog for information on the impact agriculture has on wetlands. You may come across the following catalog entry, “Wetlands and agriculture, private interests and public benefit”. The listing states that this book can be found in government document microfiche on the main level with the call number “A 1.107:765” This type of number reflects the government filing system which is unlike the system the library uses to catalog its books and video materials.

Hewes library’s microfiche can be viewed on the readers found in the microform room. Prints of needed pages can also be made from the machines at a cost of 10¢ per page. As always, ask a librarian if you cannot find the information.

Friday, November 20, 2009

What are you reading?

Hewes Library's staff pick: Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction by Martin Gilbert

“Factual, well documented, and brilliant, Martin Gilbert’s book on Crystal Night is a poignant lesson.” – Elie Wiesel

In the same vein of The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom and Schindler’s Ark, this book is full of events before, during and after the Night of Broken Glass, November 10, 1938. Filled with numerous eye-witness accounts, this book is sometimes hard to read. The power and control evil had over Germany created heroes from everyday citizens and shamed others, including nations who refused to provide refuge. A “poignant lesson”, indeed.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Art & Artifacts: Snow on the Nihon-Bashi Bridge by Utagawa Hiroshige

Our highlighted work from the Permanent Art Collections is the stunning Snow on the Nihon-Bashi Bridge from the “Famous Place” series, by the renowned Japanese artist, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1849). This woodcut, dating from the mid-19th Century, and measuring approximately 8” x 13”, is from our Takashi Komatsu Print Collection, and was donated to Monmouth College sometime after 1937. It is in excellent condition.

The hand-colored woodblock print, known as ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”), depicted the emerging commercial and cultural milieu, particularly around the new capital of Edo. This particular print captures the activity around the famous bridge, in a picturesque snowfall. For a summary analysis of the technique of Japanese woodblock prints, please see page 833 of Marilyn Stokstad’s Art History, revised second edition.

This particular piece is currently on display in Gallery 203 as part of our “Around the World in (less than) 80 Fonts” exhibit, showcasing a number of exquisite examples of calligraphy from our Permanent Art Collections. Please stop by and see it and many other intriguing works of art!

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Each week a selection of new items are displayed in the new book display case. The new book display case is located on the main level of Hewes Library next to the ScotsRead collection.

Recent titles have included:
  • On the Shoulders of Giants by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Power of the Zoot by Luis Alvarez
  • Legacy by Greg Bear
  • Towns of Destiny by Hilaire Belloc
  • 1939, Baseball's Tipping Point by Talmage Boston
  • Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia by J.P. Das
  • Rock, Paper Scissors by Len Fisher
  • 7 Best Things That Happy Couples Do by John c. Friel and Linda D. Friel
  • Snow Goose by Paul Galeico
  • On Their Own by Joyce Hoffmann
All new items in the New Book Display case can be found in the Hewes Library catalog and are subject to normal circulation procedures for their respective collections. For more information on collection circulation policies, please visit the Hewes Library home page.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On Display: Monmouth College Insect Collection

Currently on display in the Hewes Library's East Lobby display cases is a portion of the Monmouth College Insect Collections. Student Dusty Sanor spent most of her independent study recasing and organizing the collections. All of the specimens have been collected by former Monmouth College faculty and students.

In spring 2009, Sanor completed a full overhaul of the Insect Collections. She spent time restoring the original collections, labelling each insect, and repairing the damaged specimens. The collection will remain on display until the beginning of December.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Microforms, Part I: What are they?

You may have noticed that the library has a room located to the right of the photocopier with a large “MICROFORMS” sign above the entrance. And just what, you may be asking yourself, is a microform? Microforms are a convenient way of saving a large amount of information in a very small space. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the micro-format was developed in 1928 as a way to store banking records. It consists of taking a photograph of the print page and reducing it in size and storing it on a card or a roll of film. Materials transferred to micro-format are long-lasting, easy to store and take up a lot less space than paper.

Over the years two main formats have come to be preferred, the card version known as microfiche and the film roll version known as microfilm. Both formats require special equipment to view and print the information found on microforms. The library has two reader/printers that are capable of displaying both types of micro-formats. If you are doing historical research or research that requires the use of government information you will probably find yourself using the microforms room. Be sure to ask a librarian if you have any questions about using the equipment. More information on the Hewes microform holdings will be given in later Research Tips.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Anime Club Gift

Through the generosity of the MC Anime Club, Hewes Library now has a collection of both Anime films and manga-influenced graphic novels.

Newly processed DVD’s will join last year’s donation in the DVD collection under the call number PN1992.8.A59 and the novels are on the upper level in the book stacks under PN6790.J34.

Thanks again to the Anime Club for their great gift!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hewes Library & Popular Magazines

Hewes Library is considering adding a collection of popular magazines to be made available for browsing and use within the building. Magazines would cover a wide variety of subjects - including, but not limited to: sports, fashion, travel, decorating, gaming and more.

The Hewes Library staff would like your input! Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. The survey will be available the rest of the week. Thanks!

Friday, October 30, 2009

ProQuest CDs

You may have noticed a computer and some racks of CDs that are arranged by year next to the printer on the main floor of the library. What are they? The CD’s belong to an old journal search product published by ProQuest, an information company. They contain thousands of full text articles from hundreds of journals published between 1993 and 2003. The older computer on the shelf next to them has the software for searching and displaying the information contained on the CD’s. While using the computer to do a search for information is not recommended, the discs are useful for finding the full-text of articles not found in the library’s other databases.

How do you find out what is contained on these discs? All of the full-text journals found on the discs are listed in the library’s Journals: A to Z list . The listing of a journal that is found on the CD’s will look similar to the following: “ American Rifleman: from 1993 to April 2003 on ProQuest CD in the Hewes Library Print Holdings.” Should you find you need an article from these CD’s, please ask for assistance from any reference librarian.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gently Used Books and More

Did you know? Hewes Library has a book sale table in lower level of the library across from the computer lab. These books are withdrawn or duplicate items from the Hewes Library collection, as well as some general items from the library's collection. Generally the items are books, but occasionally videos and music cd's are offered for sale. Hardback books, videos and cd's are fifty cents each. Paperback items are a quarter.

Currently the table has a selection of children's books that education majors might be interested in for their own personal collection. On the end of the table, while supplies last, there is a pile of CD and DVD cases free for the taking.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

On Display: Charles Darwin, Celebrating 200 Years

Monmouth College is hosting a 16 month celebration of Charles Darwin and his work, sponsored by the Nineteenth-Century Studies Program and Biology Department. The celebration, called Darwinpalooza, is hosting a number of events around campus to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

Hewes Library is supporting their efforts. Currently on display is a collection of library materials that relate to Darwin in the East Lobby Display Cases. Materials include a selection of Darwin's works, titles relating to evolutionism, and recent texts by some of the authors and speakers who will be visiting the Monmouth College campus.

Darwinpalooza's next speaker, Michael Ruse, will give a presentation titled The Evolution-Creation Struggle on November 2 at 7pm on campus. A full schedule of events for Darwinpalooza can be found online and events will continue through Spring 2010.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What are you reading? MC's Psychology Department

What are you reading? is a regular feature highlighting titles that members of the Monmouth College community are currently reading. The following list of titles, compiled by members of the Psychology Department on campus, have been highly recommended to others. To find each title's availability, be sure to check the Hewes Library Catalog.
  • A Leg to Stand On by Oliver Sacks
  • An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks
  • The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
  • Every Day Gets a Little Closer by Irvin D. Yalom
  • The Gift of Therapy by Irvin D. Yalom
  • The Fifty-Minute Hour by Robert Lindner
  • Born to Win by Muriel James and Dorothy Jongeward
  • The Games People Play by Eric Berne
  • Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
  • Tales from a Traveling Couch by Robert U. Akeret
  • Obedience to Authority by Stanley Milgram
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • Through A Window by Jane Goodall
  • The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
  • Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman
  • My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Another Day in the Frontal Lobe by Katrina Firlik
  • Over My Head by Claudia Osborn
  • Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
  • Phantoms in the Brain by V.S. Ramachandran
  • When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank Vertosick
  • The man who tasted shapes by Richard Cytowic
  • A brief tour of human consciousness by V.S.Ramachandran
  • Born on a blue day by Daniel Tammet
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Hal Straus
  • Making Your Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman

Many thanks to the Psychology Department for sharing their favorites!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Art & Artifacts: Winding Road and Cypress Trees, San Vigilio by John Singer Sargent

Winding Road and Cypress Trees, San Vigilio (1913) by John Singer Sargent

Location: Upper Level outside Gallery 204

In 1970, the college received the painting as a gift from the national women's fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma, to mark the 100th anniversary of its founding at Monmouth. Kappa Kappa Gamma had purchased it from the Kennedy Galleries in New York, N.Y.

A 28" by 37" oil on canvas, San Vigilio was painted in 1913 while Sargent, along with his sister and three friends, was visiting San Vigilio, a small fishing village at the south end of Lake Garda in Italy. He called the area a "paradise - cypresses, olives, a villa, a tiny little port, deep clear water and no tourists."

In 2002-2003 the painting was selected to be a part of an international exhibit entitled Sargent and Italy. The painting was on exhibit at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (Palazzo del Diamante) in Ferrara, Italy, from Sept. 22, 2002 to Jan. 6, 2003, and then returned to the United States for exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Feb. 2-May 11, 2003) and the Denver Art Museum (June 28-Sept. 21, 2003).

Monmouth College is the sixth owner of the painting. It was first catalogued in 1925 as part of Sargent's estate and was then owned by three collectors in London, including the Right Honorable Viscount Rothermere, before it was purchased by a private collector in New York and then by the Kennedy Galleries. More photographs and a news release of the painting's travels are available from the Office of College Communications.

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Each week a selection of new items are displayed in the new book display case. The new book display case is located on the main level of Hewes Library next to the ScotsRead collection.

Recent titles have included:

  • Baseball at the University of Michigan by Rich Adler
  • Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  • Firebrand of Liberty by Stephen V. Ash
  • Autism by Lisa D. Benaron
  • America's Food by Harvey Blatt
  • Caesar's Hours by Sid Caesar
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  • Lincoln President-Elect by Harold Holzer
  • Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
  • Measure of a Man by Martin Luther King Jr.

All new items in the New Book Display case can be found in the Hewes Library catalog and are subject to normal circulation procedures for their respective collections. For more information on collection circulation policies, please visit the Hewes Library home page.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Research Tip: Magazine & Journal Locations in Hewes Library

Did you know that magazines and journals are located in two different places in the Hewes Library? The current year’s issues of all the print journals received by the library are located on the Main Level, near the coffee shop. The most recent issue is found on top of the shelf, and all of the previous issues for the current year can be found underneath the current issue by lifting the shelf. Issues older than a year can be found on the Lower Level on the shelves with green ends. They are filed in alphabetical order. Still can’t find it? Ask a librarian.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

On Display: Baseball, A Collection from Prof. Howard Price

The collection of baseball materials comes to Monmouth College as a donation from Prof. Howard Price and Eastern Illinois University. Prof. Price, who passed away in March 2009, was a lively and enthusiastic teacher who taught at EIU from 1984-2005. Howard Price was a Professor of Journalism at Eastern Illinois University. His research focused on journalism & democracy, international journalism, and the relationships between sports and the media. Price donated much of his personal collection to Eastern Illinois University, and EIU graciously offered duplicate copies to fellow institutions.

All donated materials have been added to the Hewes Library collection. You can find the titles listed in the Hewes Library Catalog and the display is located in the East Lobby display cases on the Main Level. All books are available to check out.

Monday, October 5, 2009

FDsys: Federal Digital System

As the largest publisher of information in the world, the U.S. Federal Government’s Government Printing Office (GPO) is unveiling their new digital document system, FDsys. FDsys offers full digital content of information from Congress and federal agencies and their websites.

The new system is searchable in a variety ways; by branch, agency, document title, subject, date; and all results are full PDF documents. Popular titles include the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, laws, and Presidential Documents. The digital format not only allows for ease in searching, but also faster delivery and assures the preservation of the documents even as technology changes.

This new product is the latest in GPO’s charge to disseminate America’s government information. Hewes Library has been a partner in GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program since its inception in 1860. FDsys is the latest product offered in this 150 year endeavor to provide citizen’s free and open access to their federal documents. A short video from the Government Printing Office talks about the new FDsys software and how it is improving access to government information.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Banned Book Week 2009: Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged

As we continue to celebrate Banned Book Week 2009, we thought that we would provide you with some of the titles and authors of the most frequently challenged and banned books. The American Library Association (ALA) keeps track of challenges and banned year and have information relating to previous year's most frequently challenged books available on their website.

  1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  2. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
  3. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
  4. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
  5. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  7. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
  8. Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
  9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  10. Flashcards of My Life by Charise Mericle Harper

The Hewes Library Banned Book Week materials will remain on display in the East Lobby display cases for the next few weeks. Items are available to checkout and any member of the staff can assist you.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Banned Book Week Read Out 2009

Banned Book Week was celebrated by the American Library Association with a Banned Book Week Read Out in Chicago this week. Each of the top 10 most challenged books were represented at the 2009 Banned Books Read Out, where authors and ALA members presented these works to the public. The 2009 Banned Book Week video features ALA President Camila Alire, authors Cecily von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl) and Lauren Myracle (ttyl).

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Banned Book Week 2009: Read, Speak, Know

Banned Book Week:

Every year, libraries celebrate Banned Book Week. It is a time to celebrate the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Sponsored and organized by the American Library Association (ALA), Banned Book Week is central to libraries and their belief in intellectual freedom - where patrons can access any type (unorthodox or mainstream) information freely and without censorship. At Hewes Library, we currently have titles on display in the East Lobby display cases that have been the subjects of attempted bannings across the United States.

Challenge VS. Banning:
According to parameters set in place by the American Library Association, challenges and bannings are defined as:
"A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the
objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those
materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of
view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or
library, thereby restricting the access of others." (Definition from ALA.)

More information on Banned and Challenged Books:

Graphics complimentary from the American Library Association.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

James Christie Shields '49

It is with sadness that we report that James Christie Shields, namesake of the James Christie Shields Collection of Art and Antiquities at Monmouth College, has passed away. Shields, 83, died on September 20, 2009, at Riddle Hospital in Media, Pennsylvania.

He earned his B.S. from Monmouth College in 1949, after serving as a hospital corpsman with the U.S. Marine Third Division in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He went on to teach at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and in the English Department of Collegiate School in New York City. In 1988, he returned to Monmouth College where he was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for his distinguished career as a teacher.

After his retirement, he spent his time studying and writing in the field of Egyptology. The James Christie Shields Collection of Art and Artiquities is currently house in Hewes Library. Mary Phillips, Curator of College Art Collections, mangages the collection and rotates exhibits in Gallery 203, which is located on the Upper Level.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Research Tip: Found the perfect article, but can’t find the full-text anywhere?

Sometimes a search in a database like Academic Search Premier, shows you an article that looks like it would be perfect for your research only the complete article is not found in the database. If this happens to you, check out the Journals: A to Z List on the library’s home page. Type in the title of the journal into the search box and if the title is held in any format (electronic, print, microfiche or microfilm) the location of the information will be shown.

Still can’t find it? If the title is not found, don’t despair! You can still request the article by filling out an Article Request Form (also available at the Reference Desk). The InterLibrary Loan Staff will find a library that has the journal and request them to send a copy to Monmouth for you. Please be sure to fill in as much information as possible on the request and you will be notified by the library when the article has arrived. This process can take a week to 10 days, so do your research early!

*Databases and Interlibrary Loan Services are available to students, faculty, and staff at Monmouth College.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Healthy Fall at Hewes Library

Along with the rest of Monmouth College, Hewes Library is preparing for a healthy fall. Hand sanitizers have been placed at the Reference and Circulation desks for all patrons. Additional wall unit sanitizers have been added to the building by the maintenance staff. They can be found on the Main Level next to the Oversize Collection and on the Lower Level in the Dahl Computer Lab. Kleenex is also available at the Reference and Circulation desk.

More information on the Monmouth College's campus committment to a healthly fall can be found online. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has also established Flu.gov to provide credibile and up to date information.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Each week a selection of new items are displayed in the new book display case. The new book display case is located on the main level of Hewes Library next to the ScotsRead collection.

Recent titles have included:
  • Michael & Me by Maiden Voyage Productions
  • Why Poetry Matters by Jay Parini
  • Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  • Reforming Women's Fashion 1850-1920 by Patricia A. Cunningham
  • Baseball by Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns
  • Ghost Road by Pat Barker
  • Abraham Lincoln's Political Faith by Joseph R. Fornieri
  • Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life & Beyond by Axel Bruns
  • Leadership Ethics by Terry L. Price
  • New York Yankees by Phil Pepe
  • Native Soil by Eric W. Mogren
  • Sister Societies by Beth A. Salerno
  • An Honest Calling by Mar E. Steiner

All new items in the New Book Display case can be found in the Hewes Library catalog and are subject to normal circulation procedures for their respective collections. For more information on collection circulation policies, please visit the Hewes Library home page.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Art & Artifacts: Our Cup Runneth Over by John Clayson Snook

Our Cup Runneth Over (1942) by John Clayson Snook
Location: Large mural in the library’s central stairwell

Our Cup Runneth Over was donated to Monmouth College by the artist in 1942. The mural was originally installed on campus in the old Carnegie Library building. In 1990, the old library building was renovated and renamed Poling Hall. The mural was removed and placed in storage and subsequently “re-discovered”, restored and hung in Hewes Library ten years later.

The artist’s wife, Katharine Marie Ramsey, was a 1935 graduate of Monmouth College. The church in the background depicts the Presbyterian Seminary in Oxford, OH that was later to become Monmouth College. More information about the painting is available on the library's website.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Research Tip: Wondering where to find a journal article on your topic?

The library has several resources you can use to find articles on your topic of interest. If you need current information both EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier (ASP) and LexisNexis Academic contain thousands of articles from journals, newspapers and other sources. ASP allows you to search for your subject and limit the results to return a list of articles for which the full-text is available or to limit your search to peer-reviewed (academic) journals. LexisNexis allows you to search many newspapers in English and other languages as well as blogs and web publications.

If you are doing historical research on a topic, JSTOR is a good place to start. This is a database containing the complete text of many academic journals in both the humanities and the sciences. Most of the articles are pre-2004, with some going back into the 19th century. All of these databases* can be accessed from the library’s home page.

*Databases are available to students, faculty, and staff at Monmouth College.

Monday, September 7, 2009

On Display: Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan

The Nippon Foundation has created a grant for cultural institutions to share information and understanging of Contemporary Japan. Hewes Library at Monmouth College was selected as one of 300 institutions to be included in the grant from the Nippon Foundation. Hewes Library has received 100 titles relating to Japan and business, media, government, culture, and more.

David Tharp from The Nippon Foundation wrote the following about the program:

"In the first phase of the program, sets of 100 books will be donated to 300 key libraries, universities, and institutions across North America. Most of the
books have been published recently, but some older classics were also included to give a better appreciation of the historical background of the nation.

This first collection is just the first phase. Some of the best books about Japan are not currently available in English translation, and some are out of print. In the next phase of this ambitious educational project, a second wave of books will be translated into English, and publishers will be asked to reprint other books. A complete catalog listing the 100 books, with an accompanying summary of each book is now available, and is accessible at the bottom of this page. The books include such topics as Japanese foreign policy, the Japanese company, 21st century Japanese management, the psychology of Japanese society, anime, contemporary Japanese films, Japanese women writers, the making of modern Japan, the Tokyo war crimes trial, and post-war Japanese history."

Currently, a selection of the donated books are on display in the East Lobby display cases. All books have been added to the Hewes Library Circulating Collection and are available for checkout.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Student Work Study Applications

Hewes Library is no longer accepting applications for work study for the current, Fall 2009, semester. Students are invited to resubmit applications at the beginning of the Spring 2010 semester and again next fall. Thank you for all of the promising applications!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gallery 204: "From Here to There" by Stacy Lotz

Currently on exhibit in Gallery 204 is an installation titled "From Here to There" by Associate Professor of Stacy Lotz in the Department of Art here at Monmouth College. She descibes her installation with the following:

"From Galesburg to Monmouth and then back - Monmouth to Galesburg

During the back and forth I am increasingly aware of the artistic changes in the stretch of land From Here To There:

Aware of the sometimes harsh, and sometimes subtle, impact of the changing seasons and weather

Aware of crop rotations and planting patterns
Spring fields – Harvest – and Till

Aware of the movement of cattle from one pasture to another – groups of cattle as they graze and the one individual laying at the top of the hill watching over the others

Aware of tall grass along the side of the road that becomes beautiful round sculpture placed systematically, yet effortlessly, along the road - and sometimes they linger for months, but the real beauties disappear before I go back that day

Aware that these changes are about processes and cycles that
significantly impact my comings and goings"

-Stacy Lotz, 2009

Currently, the artist's talk is scheduled for Friday, September 18 at 4:15pm. A gallery reception is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, from 2-4 p.m. Gallery 204, part of the Len. G. Everett Galleries are located on the Upper (Collier) Level of Hewes Library and are clearly visible from both the stairs and the elevator. A full schedule of upcoming exhibits is also available online.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

On Display: Back to School

Featured in one of the East Door display cases, is a Back to School display for the library. Come learn about some of the library's services including: library staff, resources, Circulation Services, and more. Examples from many areas of the library's collection are represented. For more information on services, policies, research assistance, a library "How Do ?" section, and more, please visit the Hewes Library homepage.

All of the Monmouth College paraphenilia is currently on loan from the Monmouth College Bookstore. To purchase any of the items on display, please visit the bookstore which is located on the Lower Level of McMichael Residence Hall. Enter through Dunlap Terrace.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Hewes Library returns to Regular Hours

Starting Tuesday, August 25, Hewes Library will be returning to regular hours. For a full description of the library's hours, please visit our webpage.

Regular hours are:

  • Sunday: Noon to midnight.
  • Monday - Thursday: 8am to midnight.
  • Friday: 8am to 5pm.
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Applications for Student Employment - Fall 2009

Hewes Library is currently accepting applications for student assistant positions at the library. Applications are available at the Circulation Desk and we ask that you return a copy of your class schedule with your completed application. Monmouth College students seeking employment must be work study eligible.

Library student assistants complete a variety of tasks working at the library. Students shelve books, shelf-read, and work at the library's Circulation Desk. Additional projects are assigned by different supervisors. All students are expected to work weekends on a rotating basis.

Fall 2009 Move In Weekend

Hewes Library would like to welcome our new students! On move in weekend, Hewes Library will be open for upperclassmen and freshmen who would like to visit. The library will be open on Saturday, August 22 from 9am until 4pm.

If you are new to campus, feel free to take any of the handouts located at the Reference and Circulation Desks. First year students will be visiting the library with their ILA classes over the next few weeks for more information.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Hewes Library is excited to announce that we will be continuing the ScotsRead Collection this fall. ScotsRead is a collection of bestsellers and popular books provided to the Monmouth College campus community.
All ScotsRead titles can be found in the Hewes Library Catalog and we have new titles arriving monthly. Books are available to check out for two weeks with the option to renew for an additional two weeks. Items can be renewed using the My Account feature in the library's catalog.
Recent titles have included:
  • Just After Sunset by Stephen King
  • Rachel Ray's Big Orange Book by Rachel Ray
  • Good Woman by Danielle Steel
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore
  • Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life by Jamie Oliver
  • Bad Bridesmaid by Siri Agrell
  • Being Martha by Allen Llyod
  • Stone Cold by David Baldacci
  • Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury
  • Critical by Robin Cook
  • Next by Michael Crichton
If you have a suggestion or recommendation concerning a particular book or author, please email a library staff member or stop by the Circulation Desk.

Hewes Library Staff

A full directory of Hewes Library Staff can be viewed on the library's homepage. If you ever have questions about your library account, research, or any library services, please do not hesitate to contact a staff member.

In addition to traditional library services, librarians are available for individual research consultations regarding a project or paper and customized instruction sessions tailored to individual faculty member's needs. Please contact a staff member for more information.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer 2009 Hours

Hewes Library will be on Summer Hours until Tuesday, August 25 when the Fall semester's classes begin. Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 8am until 4:30pm.

For more information, please visit the Hours section of the Hewes Library webpage.