Scholarly Mugshots from National Library Week

On Tuesday, April 14th, McCain Library celebrated National Library Week by booking a few of its most notorious patrons.  Each patron was given (or claimed) a call number that represented their scholarly interests.  Try using Call Number search the library catalog to look up the call numbers they were booked under.  Here is a helpful video to show you how to do a call number search:

Newest Arseneau Award Winner, Amy Laughlin ’16

McCain Library is pleased to announce that Amy Laughlin ’16, has been named the 2015 Marjo Dobbs Arseneau ’89 Memorial Librarianship Award* winner. The annual Arseneau Award (normally $500 or more) goes to an Agnes Scott College junior or senior who either is committed to pursuing a career in librarianship by enrolling in a master of library science program following graduation, or who has made significant contributions to McCain Library as a student assistant.

Ms. Laughlin, a Classical Languages major, has expressed increasingly focused interest in pursuing a career in (most likely academic) librarianship and is taking constructive steps in that direction. She plans to attend the Sunoikisis Consortium’s Information Fluency Workshop this summer at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, during which time she will create a research guide and visit both the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Her nominator indicated that Ms. Laughlin, who currently serves as the Classics Department Latin tutor, is a driving force behind the department’s weekly Classics Lunch meetings. Congratulations, Amy!

*The award is a tribute to Marjo Dobbs Arseneau ’89 who worked for McCain Library when she was a student. She later earned her master’s degree at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and then pursued a career as an academic librarian. Tragically, Marjo lost her life to breast cancer in 1997. Because of her love for both Agnes Scott College and librarianship, her classmates (the class of 1989), friends, and family joined together to create a memorial fund to honor her life through this award.

Reading Habits: Megan Drinkwater

Question 1)

megan_drinkwater_picDo you like to read? How would your describe yourself as a reader?

Yes. I am a daily– and nightly– reader.

Question 2)

What books would you recommend?

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Haruki Murakami– especially Kafka on the Shore. Just about everything, really, though I did not much like 1Q84Little Big by John Crowley. These are books I’ve enjoyed in the past five years or so…

Question 3)

Do you remember the first book you read or any childhood favorites?

Harold and the Purple Crayon, for some reason, was an early favorite. Later on came Caddie Woodlawn, Anne of Green Gables, Danny the Champion of the World, the Eloise books, and a memorable summer spent with Heidi.

Question 4)

Have you always liked to read? Was there ever a person in your life who really inspired you to read?

Yes, indeed. My parents are both readers, so perhaps I grew up in a family with its own literary culture bent, but I don’t recall specific inspiration.

Question 5)

Did you read any interesting/memorable books when you were in college?

 Sexing the Cherry was one of my favorites by Jeanette Winterson. The others have largely faded due to erosion by the winds of time.

Fun Alumnae Resources to Explore from Home

If you were unable to attend Alumnae Weekend, McCain Library has a few fun resources to access from home.

AlumnaePinterestBoardsAlumnae Author Pinterest Boards

In addition to our New Books, Browsing Books, and Faculty Author Books boards, McCain Library has two boards that feature Alumnae authors.

Access Yearbooks & College Newspapers Online

McCain Library has digitized and made available online, all Agnes Scott yearbooks from 1897 through 2010, and catalogs from 1889 through 2010.  Also available are alumnae magazines, president’s reports, college bulletins, college histories and other material.  Student newspapers for the academic years 1930-1931 through 1993-1994 were recently added.

JSTOR & Project Muse

Do you miss having access to scholarly articles? Are you getting ready to go to graduate school?  McCain Library provides free Alumnae accounts to JSTOR and Project Muse. To get started request access by emailing us at  Graduates in good standing with McCain Library will be sent a link with which to create an account.  This free service is made possible through donated gift funds – Thank an Alumna!

Alumnae Weekend: Visit the College Heritage Center — 2pm – 4pm on Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Pettys and Marianne Bradley '74On Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, McCain library will be hosting two events on Floor 2 for Alumnae Weekend:

College Heritage Center Open House

Visit and enjoy this space that preserves and celebrates the rich history of the Scott family and the college.  Click here to learn more about the center.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Journal Display

Alumnae across seven decades have recorded their memories, musings and meditations on their Agnes Scott experiences in a set of traveling journals. Please come and enjoy the journals as they return to campus for Alumnae Weekend. There also will be a journal available onsite for alumnae to contribute their memories.

Alumnae Weekend: Class Displays and Fun Things to Find in McCain Library

Class Exhibits

DSC07478For Alumnae Weekend, McCain Library staff pulled together pictures and fun facts from each of the classes celebrating this weekend.  Most are located in the elevator display cases, but the Class of 1965 is featured in the stand alone display case on Floor 1 near the spiral staircase.

  • Ground Floor Elevator Exhibit Case: 1950, 1955, & 1960
  • Floor One Stand-alone Exhibit Case: 1965
  • Floor One Elevator Exhibit Case: 1970, 1975, & 1980
  • Floor Two Elevator Exhibit Case: 1985, 1990, & 1995
  • Floor Three Elevator Exhibit Case: 2000, 2005, & 2015

Independent Studies

In the Main Reading Room, you will easily spot the Independent Studies published by students throughout the years by looking for the burgundy books that match the color of the ceiling in the Main Reading Room.

Yearbooks and Newspapers

TheProfileLocationJust behind the Independent Studies you will find copies of the college yearbooks, newspapers, and even the literary magazine.  You can also find many of these resources online through our Special Collections and Archives LibGuide.