Posted in Library Spaces, Services, & Resources, Research Help

Two New Employees Join McCain Library

Christopher compressed

Christopher Bishop joined Agnes Scott College as the User Services Librarian on August 15, taking over the office and position formerly held by Erica Hardy. In this role, Chris will provide leadership and vision for the McCain Library unit and three staff who handle circulation, course reserves, interlibrary loan/ARCHE interlibrary use, patron records, and software/web pages related to those public services. Chris will also assist other ASC librarians with assessment, collection development, instructional sessions, faculty outreach, and research support. Look for him on Tuesday nights at the Research Help Desk.

He comes to ASC from Emory University’s Oxford College Library where he was Systems Librarian and liaison to the History, Sociology, and Economics departments at Oxford, providing support for faculty research, reserve requests, and instructional needs. He was instrumental in the rollout of a whole new integrated system software at both the Oxford and Atlanta campus libraries of Emory University. Prior to Oxford, Chris served as Reference and Instructional Librarian at the Westminster Schools, as a Teacher-Librarian at Redan High School, and as Periodical Service Center Coordinator at Georgia State University Libraries in Atlanta.

Chris has earned the following degrees: a Master of Library and Information Science from Florida State University; a Master of Library Media Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts (History) from Georgia State University.  He will be presenting at two professional conferences this fall.

When he is not dreaming up new library services for McCain Library to offer, you can find Chris near campus in Decatur, searching Pinterest for home ideas and thinking of ways to construct the inventions he finds on a shoestring budget.



Stephany K compressed

Stephany Atkins Kurth became the Access Services & Interlibrary Loan Coordinator for McCain Library on August 1. Her office is on the library’s ground floor where Debbie Adams formerly worked. Stephany is handling interlibrary loan requests from the ASC campus and from other libraries. She also is directing the hiring, collaborative training, and evaluating of McCain’s student assistants and serving as back-up for Circulation Desk staffing.

Before coming to Agnes Scott College, Stephany worked as a Library Associate for nine years at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture Library, where she also served on the institute’s Staff Council. Her extensive library experience includes three years as a Reference Assistant at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah; work as a Periodicals Coordinator at the University of Montevallo Library in Alabama; as Copy Cataloger at the Tennessee State Library and Archives; and as Circulation Assistant at the Arlington (Texas) Public Library. Stephany is a native of Louisiana and studied English at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

When she’s not at work, you can find her hiking in the woods with her husband and two dogs, attending concerts all over Atlanta, or trying out new recipes at her home in Decatur.

Posted in Events & Exhibits

Book Lovers’ Fair – Thursday, August 25 – 3:00pm-5:00pm

Book Lovers' FairWe are so excited to welcome all the new and returning students to campus that we are throwing a Book Lovers’ Fair just so we can see each and everyone of you in person!

We will have stations to test your knowledge of book trivia, provide you with tips for finding inexpensive textbooks, and share with you information on how to access other libraries.

Plus we will provide tours of our literature collection to help you find your favorite works of fiction.

Charis Books and Decatur Public Library will be on site to tell you about their resources too! Decatur Public Library will be ready to sign up Agnes Scott students for a public library card so you have access to even more books and databases, including test prep materials and audiobooks!

Best of all we will have cookies from Insomnia Cookies.  Mmmmh, cookies! We can’t wait to see you!

Posted in Hours, Interesting News & Commentary, Library Spaces

Library Hours

Welcome, new and returning students!  McCain Library will offer the following hours until classes begin and then resume longer service times on the first day of classes, Wednesday, August 24.

Pre-Fall Semester Hours – August 19-August 23, 2016

Friday, August 19         8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 20    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, August 21       CLOSED

Monday, August 22     8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, August 23     8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Fall Semester Hours (Wed., August 24 – Sun., Dec. 11, 2016)

Monday – Thursday     8:00 am – 2:00 am**

Friday                               8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday                          9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday                            1:00 pm – 2:00 am**

** Research guidance until 9:00 pm. Circulation services until 10:30 pm.

Students may study in G 11 (use your ID to unlock the door from the Educational Technology Center (ETC) Hallway or side entrance facing Alston) when the main library is closed.

Note: for safety reasons, the ground floor door coming into the main library space from the ETC locks at 10:15pm.


Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day        CLOSED

Fall Break, October 6-8 (Thurs.-Sat.)

Wed., Oct. 5                8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thurs., Oct. 6              8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fri., Oct. 7 (Campus Holiday)    CLOSED

Sat., Oct. 8                  10:00 am – 5: 00 pm

Thanksgiving Break, November 23Nov.26 (Wed.-Sat.)

Tues., Nov. 22            8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wed. Nov. 23              8:30 am – 12:00 noon

Thurs., Nov. 24-Sat., Nov. 26    CLOSED

Additional Exam Time Hours (for ASC Students, not Visitors)

Fri., Dec. 2 (with services)     8:00 am – 2:00 am

Sat., Dec. 3 (with services)    9:00 am – 2:00 am

Fri., Dec. 9 (study only, 6pm+)          8:00 am – 10:30 pm

Sun., Dec. 11 (Circ/study, 10a-1p)    10:00 am – 2:00 am

 Last Day of Exams

Mon., Dec. 12                         8:00 am – 6:00 pm

After Exams & For Winter Holidays  (Dec. 13, 2016-Jan. 9, 2017)

Tues., Dec. 13-Fri., Dec. 16   8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sat., Dec. 17- Sun. Dec 18     CLOSED

Mon., Dec. 19- Thurs., Dec 22   8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fri., Dec. 23- Mon., Jan 2      CLOSED

Tues., Jan. 3- Fri., Jan 6         8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sat., Jan. 7- Sun., Jan. 8         CLOSED

Mon., Jan. 9                            8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Posted in Interesting News & Commentary

New Databases and Primary Sources!

DATABASE at Postmasters, March 2009 by Michael Mandiberg / CC BY-SA

McCain Library is excited to announce the addition of 10 new databases specifically selected by the library for the Agnes Scott community, plus a campus-wide subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Listed below is a brief description of each of our new resources.

Access World News Research Collection: A collection of over 5,000 news sources that provides insight into global issues through local newspapers around the globe.

African-American Communities: An extensive collection of primary sources that provide an in-depth look at the lives and experiences of African-Americans in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, and parts of North Carolina. Includes material from the Atlanta History Center.

Archives of Human Sexuality, LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 (part 1): Brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world.

Chronicle of Higher Education: The premier publication for keeping track of the latest trends and issues in academia. Agnes Scott College faculty, students, and staff now have access to subscriber-only content on the Chronicle of Higher Education website.

Defining Gender, 1450 – 1910: A collection of primary sources that define the gender norms of British society across five centuries.  Topics include domesticity, family, consumption, leisure, education, the body, conduct, and politeness.

Photography: The World Through the Lens (Nineteenth Century Collections Online): Roughly 2 million photographs from Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas taken during the 19th century. Individuals studying travel, trade, science, medicine, criminology, art, photography, and daily life in the 19th century will enjoy exploring this collection of images.

Political Science Complete: An article database that focuses on comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and political theory. Provides access to more than 520 full-text journals, most of which are not available on other platforms. Also includes books and conference papers. 

Polling the Nations: Contains over 600,000 questions and responses to polls and surveys about a range of issues in the United States and around the world. Excellent source for understanding public opinion.

Punch Historical Archive: The most prominent British satire magazine from 1841 to 1992. Provides a unique perspective into to political and social issues in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Taylor & Francis Social Sciences & Humanities Library Collection includes 1,400 journal titles indexed from 1997-present, with requested Public Health journal coverage.

Web of Science (with a 10-year backfile): An extensive online citation analysis tool that helps researchers find articles that cited a specific article of significance or a work by a particular author. An excellent tool for identifying the most impactive journals within a discipline. Since it indexes the articles in the most important journals in over 250 disciplines, it also serves as a fairly comprehensive search tool for any researcher who understands how to track down the full text of an article with a citation.

In addition to these resources hand-selected by McCain Library, GALILEO has added the following databases: Arts & Humanities Database, Australia & New Zealand Database, Business Market Research Collection, Continental Europe Database, East & South Asia Database, East Europe, Central Europe Database, India Database, International Newsstream, Latin America & Iberian Database, Library Science Database (1970-Current), Linguistics Database, Middle East & Africa Database, Public Health Database, Turkey Database, UK & Ireland Database, and U.S. Newsstream.

Posted in Interesting News & Commentary, Library Spaces, Services, & Resources, Research Help

Alert for Users Looking for Cited Journals & Article Full Text

McCain Library would like to advise our community that a behind-the-scenes project is underway that may cause some confusion when using the library’s “Find Journals” tools either from the tab in the middle of the library’s home page or within database search results.

In late June and early July, the library is converting from the former SFX (FindIt@ASC) tool to EBSCO’s Full Text Finder product. Researchers will see some oddities and should feel free to seek help from librarians if you run into a problem.

For instance, a search in the Discover all-in-one-search box today returned some results displaying the only usual FindIt@ASC button. Others showed that button and a new Full Text Finder link as well (see image below). Soon there will be some hits that just display the new Full Text Finder link as the conversion progresses and most of our databases and accessible journal content is migrated to the new platform.


Please note: researchers should try both buttons/links if they do not have success with the first one in reaching a full article. Both systems are currently up and running, but the new one (Full Text Finder) is not completely populated yet. And of course, interlibrary loan may be needed if the complete article truly is not accessible through our license agreements.

Thank you for your patience and do ask us for verificaton if your results look strange or unexpected! Chat with a librarian using our online box on the right side of the library’s home page; telephone 404-471-6096; email; or drop by during business hours.

Posted in Hours, Interesting News & Commentary

Summer Library Hours 2016

May 31 – July 31, 2016 (College Summer Schedule)

Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM –5:15 PM
Friday – Sunday Closed

 Exception:  Monday, July 4  (July 4th Holiday)  –  Closed

August 1 – 21, 2014 (Break Hours)

Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday – Sunday Closed

August 22 – 23, 2014 (Orientation)

Monday – Tuesday 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

August 24, 2016 – Fall Classes Begin / Regular Hours Resume

Further details and 24/7 library resources are available at:

Posted in Hours, Interesting News & Commentary

Hours Around Commencement & Rest of May


Congratulations to all Scottie graduates and their families!

Thurs., May 12           8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Fri., May 13                8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Baccalaureate)

Sat., May 14                8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Commencement)

Sun., May 15               Closed

REST OF MAY (16th – 31st)*

Monday – Friday               8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday – Sunday            Closed


Wed., May 18                      CLOSED – ASC Community Day

Fri., May 27 &                     CLOSED – Memorial Day Holiday                                                                  Mon., May 30

Posted in Technology & Research

Keep Your Language Skills Fresh with the Mango Languages App

mangoDon’t let your language skills get rusty over the summer.  Download the Mango Languages app. Mango will walk you through concepts you may have learned in 101 or 102  and give you opportunities to practice your skills. This is the perfect way to perfect your pronunciations!

Mango is also great for beginners and offer dozens of languages to help you no matter where you want to travel this summer.

Mango is available on from your computer or your phone.

To Get Started

  1. Go to the Helpful Links page of the Agnes Scott CollegeCenter for Global Learning:
  2. Click on Mango Languages
  3. Create an account using your Agnes Scott College ID# as your “library card number”



Posted in Hours, Interesting News & Commentary, Library Spaces, Services, & Resources

ADDED Exam-Time Hours for ASC Students*



Friday, May 6    Open late – 8 AM10:30 PM

  • All library services until 6:00 PM
  • Building open for study until 10:30 PM
  • After 10:30 PM, relocate to G-11 w/ID (ETC area)

Sat., May 7        Open late – 9 AM – 10:30 PM

  • All library services until 6:00 PM
  • Building open for study until 10:30 PM
  • After 10:30 PM, relocate to G-11 w/ID (ETC area)

Sun., May 8     Open early 10:00 AM

  • Circulation and Reserves 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM    
  • Research Support/Librarian on duty 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Study anywhere in McCain until 2:00 AM
  • After 2:00 AM, relocate to G-11 w/ID (ETC area)

Please return all borrowed library items before leaving campus.

clock Ask at Circulation or email if you are registered for fall semester and would like library research database access over the summer (otherwise, your patron privileges expire next week, until an August record reload). About-to-become-alumnae, options for you are outlined here.

Good luck wrapping up this semester! Happy summer or post-college life!