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.