Thursday, December 19, 2013

Winter Break Hours

Beginning today, Thursday, December 19, 2013, Hewes Library will be operating on Winter Break hours.  The library will be open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Hewes Library will be closed on December 24-26 and January 1, 2014.  The library will return to regular semester hours on Monday, January 14, 2013, with the start of second semester classes.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Reminder: Return Library Materials

As you complete your finals, remember to return Hewes Library, I-Share, and ILLiad library materials before you leave for Winter Break.  Items can be dropped off at the library's Circulation Desk or in the drop box on the west side of the building.

If you are unsure of what items you may still have checked out, be sure to visit your Library Account online to view your account status.

Friday, December 13, 2013

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Lancashire Witches by Philip C. Almond
  • History of Central Asia by Christoph Baumer
  • Art of Intimacy by Stacey D'Erasmo
  • Essence of Buddhism by Jo Durden Smith
  • Islands: From Atlantis to Zanzibar by Steven Roger Fischer
  • Scientific Method in Brief by Hugh Gauch Jr.
  • Love and Money by Lisa Henderson
  • Rock Island Line by Bill Marvel
  • Political Beethoven by Nicholas Mathew
  • Constantine the Emperor by Daniel Potter

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Blow off some steam in Santa's Study Break Shop

In the West Lobby of the library, the library staff have set up Santa's Study Break Shop for finals week.  Stop by and cut a few snowflakes, help put a jigsaw puzzle together, color, complete a crossword puzzle or word search, or fill out a Mad Libs story.  Take a few minutes to relax before head back to studying for finals.  We wish you all good luck with your final papers and projects!

Extended Hours Begin

Hewes Library's finals extended hours begin today.  The library will be open until 2am each night.  The full hours schedule is available online.  Good luck on finals!

Finals Week, Fall 2013 (December 12 - December 18)
Thursday - Friday
December 12-13
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday
December 14 - 15
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday - Tuesday
December 16 - 17
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
December 18
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Reminder: Quiet Hours

The Hewes Library staff would like to wish all of our students good luck on your upcoming exams, presentations, projects, and papers!

Remember, quiet hours are going on in the library to help you study, so please be courteous of your fellow students. If you are looking for a quieter area to study, try the lower level study carols on the South wall.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Journal of the Month: Food Network Magazine

Published by the Hearst Corporation, Food Network Magazine is a monthly magazine which Hewes Library subscribes to in print only.  A part of the Food Network empire combining with the programming and website to connect consumers to the power and joy of food.  Launched in 2009, Food Network Magazine has a circulation of 1.4 million.

The Food Network Magazine is geared toward readers who love to cook and eat!  The Food Network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to teaching, inspiring and empowering people through its talent and expertise.  Food network stars are regularly featured in the magazine; you can get a tour of Michael Symon’s kitchen in New York City or make a festive cake roll with Alex Guarnaschelli!  There is an extensive Recipe Index in every magazine and features a Bonus Booklet with quick ‘n easy recipes every month.  This year the booklets have included 50 Easy Vegetables Sides, 50 Things to Make with Canned Pumpkin, and 50 Twists on Mac ‘n Cheese.

See more at: or on the Main Level of Hewes Library in the Current Periodicals section.

Friday, December 6, 2013

From the Archives: Literary Societies with Student Ryan Cameron

Senior English major, Ryan Cameron, has spent the semester working on the Literary Societies archival collection in the HIST290 Archives Practicum.  Ryan describes his work in the following post.  After reading about his experiences, please stop by the library east entrance to view his exhibit!

Ryan Cameron: “Since freshman year, I’ve been trying to get as much undergraduate experience in library and archival science as possible here at Monmouth College.  So when Professor Daw came to me with the opportunity to turn what I was doing in my HIST-290 archives class into a display here in the library, I jumped at it!

Getting to work through the Literary Society’s boxes to begin with was great fun—as an English Major, I assumed that these societies would be something like book clubs, but as it turns out, the four Monmouth College literary societies—Philadelphian, Eccritean, Amateurs des Belles Lettres, and Aletheorian—were more oratorical in nature, giving speeches written both by members of the groups and by great speakers, authors, and thinkers of the times.  In fact, Monmouth College’s four literary societies were among the most famous, and from the beginning of the College’s existence until the early 1900’s, became what the college was most known for.

The experience of putting this display together has been great—I had to work through the planning stages, often by taking pictures of the display cabinet and creating mock-ups of the shelving to see where and how things would fit together thematically.  Ultimately, once I was in front of the case placing things on shelves, it was all a lot easier than I thought it was going to be, but I think the planning stages were some of the most beneficial to me as a student of the archives.

Getting to see my work displayed every day makes me feel like I’ll have a real heads-up on my graduate school classes.  But most of all, it feels great to be able to bring to light something that once was such a prominent part of Monmouth College’s history that has somehow fallen so by the wayside.”

New ScotsRead Titles Arrived

New ScotsRead titles arrived and are available to check out.  Take a look at:
  • White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Sins of the Flesh by Colleen McCullough
  • A Christmas Hope: A Novel by Anne Perry
  • Dust by Patricia Cornwell
  • The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Cookbook by Arthur Agatston
  • Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pre-finals Hours begin on Friday

Finals will be here before we know it.  Pre-finals additional hours begins this Friday - December 6, 2013.  The full hours schedule is available online:

Pre-Finals & Finals Week, Fall 2013 (December 6 - December 18)
December 6
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
December 7
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
December 8
9:00 a.m. - Midnight
Monday - Wednesday
December 9 - 11
7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Thursday - Friday
December 12-13
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m
Saturday - Sunday
December 14 - 15
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday - Tuesday
December 16 - 17
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
December 18
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Database of the Month: Oxford Reference Online

For the month of December, Hewes Library is featuring Oxford Reference Online as it's Database of the Month.  Oxford Reference Online is continually updated and features research subject encyclopedias in an electronic format for easy access to information 24/7/365.  Oxford describes the Oxford Reference Online product by saying:
"Oxford Reference is the home of Oxford’s quality reference publishing, bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. With a fresh and modern look and feel, and specifically designed to meet the needs and expectations of reference users, Oxford Reference provides quality, up-to-date reference content at the click of a button. Made up of two main collections, both fully integrated and cross-searchable, Oxford Reference couples Oxford’s trusted A-Z reference material with an intuitive design to deliver a discoverable, up-to-date, and expanding reference resource."

Just a few of it's features are:
  • 300,000 pages defining unique terms
  • 270 timelines
  • Quick & Advanced Search Interfaces
  • Easily share content
Access to library databases is limited to the current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.