Nobel Prize Winning Author Nadine Gordimer Has Passed Away

The New York Times reports that Nadine Gordimer died in South Africa yesterday (July 13):

Here are links to available books by her that McCain Library owns and to criticism and interpretation of her work.

The Academy of Achievement in Washington, D.C. provides a succinct page about her, including an interview.

ASC-affiliated readers may wish to explore this article about her in the Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms.


 Nelson Mandela and Nadine Gordimer in 1993.
Photograph: Louise Gubb/© Louise Gubb/CORBIS SABA

Access Disruptions – Friday, July 11th

McCain Library is transitioning to a new server. On Friday, July 11, access may be disrupted temporarily to the library catalog, research databases and individual account records. The work is scheduled to take place for 2-4 hours. We expect that the process will be quick and easy, but since this will impact both on-site and off-campus services, we recommend planning other research activities on July 11 and potentially through Monday, July 14 if technical problems occur.

We will post a notice once the process is complete.


Eight New Agnes Scott Independent Studies!


We are pleased to welcome to the shelves eight recently published independent studies!

  • Alexandra Brosius.  A Study of Bis(L-Serinato)Copper(II) Decomposition Kinetics.
  • Rebecca Cross. Demographic and Environmental Variables Associated with Cognitive Test Participation of Monkeys in Large Social Groups.
  • Andrea Harris. Sustainability and Integration in German Media.
  • Keely Lewis. *Results Not Typical, Or Leads to Unusual Outcomes.
  • Juniar Lucien. Correspondence Principle : Case Study of the Dynamics of a Classically Chaotic Water-Driven Pendulum.
  • Emily Reed. Fairy Tales for Modern Queers : A Collection about Love, Representation, and Accepting Yourself in Spite of the Thorns.
  • R. Larkin Taylor-Parker. Unruly Creature of the State : The Life and Times of Georgia’s Central State Hospital.
  • Amanda Vincent. Interactions with Infants in the Captive Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla) Family Group at Zoo Atlanta.

Congratulations to the authors!

Browse the full list of independent studies published at Agnes Scott College (with the most recent listed first) to find the work of friends, classmates, and loved ones.  All independent studies are shelved by the authors last name and are available for in-house use in the Main Reading Room.

Book Event: Jean Kwok at Decatur Library at 7:15pm on Wednesday, June 25

mamboinchinatownGirl in Translation by Jean Kwok is a popular novel in the McCain Library Browsing Collection.  If you are one of the many fans of this novel, be sure to see Jean Kwok read from her latest novel Mambo in Chinatown.
  • DATE: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • TIME: 7:15 p.m.
  • PLACE: Decatur Library Auditorium

Mambo in Chinatown will be released on Tuesday, June 24th and is the tale of one woman’s love for ballroom dancing.

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Fair Use in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust

Today (June 10) was another landmark day for Fair Use interpretations.  The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled on Authors Guild v. HathiTrust and found in favor of fair use.

The Library Copyright Alliance filed an amicus brief in the case, supporting HathiTrust’s position and the lower court’s finding of fair use.  Jonathan Band, counsel for the Library Copyright Alliance, said, “The decision is a significant victory for the public.”

The HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL)—comprised of eighty college, university and nonprofit member institutions at the time of the court filings—contains digital copies of more than ten million works and engages in several projects that provide new value and use to copyrighted works. These projects include the creation of a full-text search database, facilitation of access to works for the visually impaired and print disabled, and preservation of works in its library.

The HathiTrust Digital Library offers a scholarly online archive that may be searched for full book text.  The pages of an 1895 edition of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, for example, are freely viewable with an etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a map of Wessex. HDL provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content (some restricted) from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institutions.  Those partner institutions include the libraries of Harvard, Princeton, The University of California, and smaller liberal arts colleges such as Colby and Mount Holyoke.

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