Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Director's Welcome, Fall 2010

Welcome to Monmouth College and Hewes Library, your academic resource center! The library staff is looking forward to introducing you to the resources and services of the library over the course of the next year and beyond. The library will be opening earlier on weekdays at 7:30am along with our new Einstein Brother’s Bagel franchise! It’s already been a very busy place during the first week of classes.

Hewes Library has over 310,000 books, periodicals, government documents and videos to fill your information needs. We provide access to approximately 100 online databases, which includes full-text access to articles in over 18,000 periodicals, all accessible through our Hewes Library web site. Over the past year we’ve added some exciting new databases, including Music Online with hundreds of thousands of musical works, including popular, classical, jazz, folk, and international pieces. American History in Video offers nearly 5,000 video historical documentaries, some from History Channel or A&E, as well as news reels covering historic events of past times. These can be accessed on any network computers or on your personal computers any time of day or night, along with all of our databases.

Since July 2007 Hewes Library has been a member of the I-SHARE consortium catalog that allows the sharing of catalog information, as well as, the collections of 76 academic libraries in the state of Illinois. For those items that we do not own, our students and faculty have enjoyed the opportunity to directly request items from any of the I-SHARE libraries through the I-SHARE “universal catalog”. For journal articles and other items not available through our I-SHARE consortium libraries, we continue to provide our new ILLiad Interlibrary Loan services for materials from any of thousands of libraries in the United States. The library staff will be happy to answer any questions you have any time on locating the resources you need.

Our lovely surroundings include the Barnes Electronic Classroom suitable for computer instruction and presentations and a more open HL124 for classes experimenting with tablet PC technology. Throughout the building, ample study space is combined with wireless network access that allows you to use your own laptop within the library. Several special collections reside on the Upper Level: the Rare Book Collection, the James C. Shields Collection of Ancient Art and Antiquities, and the Len G. Everett Galleries. An exhibit of native American artifacts on the upper level lounge area will be going up sometime this semester. Also new this fall to the Lower Level is the Archaeology Research Lab (HL11A).

The library is also celebrating its 150th anniversary as a Federal Depository of U.S. Government Publications. Monmouth College is the fourth oldest federal depository in the United States dating back to 1860 when the program was officially created by an act of Congress.

Please take advantage of the rich resources and helpful information on our library website and feel free to seek help from the library staff. We’re looking forward to working with you.


J. Richard Sayre
Library Director

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Welcome back to Campus!

The staff of Hewes Library would like to welcome new and returning students back to campus as everyone starts the fall 2010 semester! The library staff worked on several projects over the summer and hope to unveil a few new services to the campus over the next few weeks. We're excited to announce that we will be continuing ScotsRead, our collection of bestsellers and popular books. A few of the recent arrivals have been:

  • Spider Bones by Kathy Reiches
  • The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry
  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • Midnight Angels: A Novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton

Over the summer, the library coffee shop was renovated into an Einstein Brothers Bagels locations. To accomodate the new early morning coffee option, the library is now opening at 7:30am to allow students, faculty, and staff to grab a cup of coffee and a bagel before 8am classes start. The library's new hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30am to Midnight (Einstein Bros. 7:30am - 8pm)
  • Friday: 7:30am t0 5pm (Einstein Bros. 7:30am - 2pm)
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm (Einstein Bros. 11am - 3pm)
  • Sunday: Noon to Midnight (Einstein Bros. 4pm-8pm)

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Drugs: America's Holy War by Arthur Benavie
  • Night Angels by Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • Magic Flute Unveiled by Jacques Chailley
  • Beethoven by William Kinderman
  • Gender and Culture by Anne Phillips
  • Rachael and Sammy Visit the Prairie by Jannifer Powelson
  • Authentic Educating by Robert Leahy
  • Spark by John J. Ratey
  • A to Z of Russian Theater by Laurence Senelick
  • Predestination by Peter J. Thuesen