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New Year, New Semester, New Playlist

McCain Library has created a new playlist to celebrate the start of a new year and the spring semester. New Year, New Semester, New Playlist is a collection of 21 mostly upbeat, light-hearted songs that produce positive vibes during this cloudy winter. While largely pulling from newer music, select “oldies” were included and set the perfect soundtrack to you next chill session or study binge. Check out New Year, New Semester, New Playlist and follow McCain Library on Spotify to get updates about future playlists.

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Skill Builder Series: Finding and Accessing Books

Books are a great way to begin research for a paper or presentation. For those who live within driving distance to Agnes Scott College, physical books may be borrowed through McCain Library’s Grab & Go service. For those who are not able to make it to McCain Library, thousands of books are available electronically through library databases and book chapters may be shared through McCain Library’s Interlibrary Loan and Controlled Digital Lending services. This workshop will highlight the best tools for finding books and book chapters and the options available to access these resources.

For additional information email or call 404-471-6094.

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Welcome, Scotties! – McCain Library Covid-19 Policies, Procedures, and Updates for On-Campus Students

McCain Library is happy to welcome new and returning students to campus this spring! If you are unfamiliar with the library’s new Covid-19 policies and procedures, check out the January issue of The Study Hall, McCain Library’s monthly newsletter. This month’s issue addresses how to enter and exit the building, procedures for requesting physical and electronic access to books and other library materials, research appointment information, and study space policies. Subscribe to the newsletter here to receive it directly to your inbox every month.

To learn how to access Course Reserves, check out this blog post or this detailed Instagram post. We are not lending physical Reserves this semester, but you are still able to access electronic versions of them through our Controlled Digital Lending service. After verifying your textbook is on Reserve in WorldCat, email to request a PDF scan of a chapter or section of your textbook. We can share the scan with you for 2 hours just like we would a physical Reserve, so be sure to include what time you would like access to the text.

The library is open for students to study in this semester. Please review the library hours to ensure we are open when you need to study or print. When entering the building, come through the Northeast Ground Floor doorway facing Alston, then continue through the CDVL into the library portion of the building. Please keep your ID card on you to enter. When it is time to exit, leave through the first floor double doors.

We are excited to see you back in our building and hope you have a great semester!

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Course Reserves for Spring 2021

Wait! Before you purchase textbooks, check if your required readings are freely available through McCain Library’s Course Reserves service. The library has worked hard to find digital copies of your Course Reserves to give you the most affordable college experience. To verify what course readings are on reserve, search the Find Course tab on the library homepage or the WorldCat Course Reserves page.

Through WorldCat, you can search by Course Number, Instructor, or Department. If you want to check on a specific text, search WorldCat Discovery by title. Many instructors are also including Course Reserve links on the course’s Canvas page. If you cannot find your required readings on reserve, double check with your professor to check that they have requested them.

Library staff are doing their best to make as many textbooks as possible accessible as eBooks through the Course Reserves service. If the library only owns a physical copy of the reserve book, we are able to scan and share sections of the book electronically in two-hour increments (as happens when services are functioning normally in-person). Please email to request electronic access to print reserves. If a needed title is not found in our Course Reserves system, please let us know, and we will explore ordering options.

If you have questions about any of the above services, please email or phone 404-471-6094 during business hours. Many thanks for helping us serve students at a distance this spring. Be well!

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McCain Library Closed for MLK Jr Day

We will be closed in observance of MLK Jr Day on Monday, January 18th, 2021 and will resume our semester hours on Tuesday, January 19th at 8:00AM.

The daily hours for the Spring 2021 semester will be as follows:

Monday8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

See our Hours page on the library website for exceptions and break hours, and make sure to check out the Home page of the library website to get up-to-date COVID-19 precautions and read about our contact-free resources.

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Take the Be Well Pledge Today

Take the “Be Well” Pledge today and show your commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the Agnes Scott College community. View videos created by faculty, staff, and students and learn how you can Be Well through the Be Well Pledge page. Share photos of the mask-wearing, hand-washing, and other safety protocols that keep you safe and use #BeScottieStrong to show off your Scottie pride.

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Skill Builder Series: Using Course Reserves to Find Required Course Materials

Join McCain Library on Friday, January 15 at 1 PM for this informative skill builder workshop on all things Course Reserves. Need a chapter from a textbook required for class? McCain Library may be able to help! McCain Library is able to lend course materials electronically for 2 hours at a time. Find out if McCain Library has your textbook on Course Reserve and how to request access to it for a time that works best for you. There are also many resources available that do not have a 2 hour limit, including films.

Instructed by Jenna Lucas, this session is not one to miss. Register in advance here.

For more information, contact McCain Library at or 404-471-6094.

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Happy January Birthdays!

There are many famous authors with January birthdays, for instance, January 12th is the birthday of Jack London! Check out this list to see books by and about Jack London.

Happy birthday to all our January birthday Scotties, and we can’t wait to see you this coming semester!

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Thank You for Coming to the McCain Library Town Hall!

Thank you to all of the staff, faculty, and students who participated in the McCain Library town halls on Wednesday. Library staff were excited to see your faces and answer the many questions you all had!

If you missed the events, we have uploaded recordings to the library YouTube channel. The town halls addressed changes made to McCain Library resources and services for the upcoming semester for the health and safety of our campus. View the Faculty and Staff video or the Student video to learn of our updated policies and procedures.

Starting Monday, we will host our first Skill Builder session of the semester. Check out the Skill Builder Series website to access a schedule of spring 2021 workshops designed to improve research, technology, writing, and career development skills and to locate recordings of past workshops organized by type of skill.

Visit McCain Library’s WorldCat Guide to access short videos on how to find and request books, films, and equipment through WorldCat and Interlibrary Loan. 

All best wishes for spring semester 2021! Whether you are on campus or remote, we look forward to helping with your academic success!