Posted in Hours

Break Hours March 4-March 19

We wish you all a fun and relaxing time over Journeys/Peak Week and Spring Break!palm-tree

McCain Library’s Break Hours will be:

Pre-Journeys & Peak Week 
Friday, March 3 Open 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, March 4 – Sunday, March  5 Closed
Journeys/Peak Week March 6 – March 12
Monday – Friday, March 6 – 10 Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday – Sunday, March 11-12 Closed
Spring Break March 13 – March 18
Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17 Open  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday, March 18 Closed
Sunday, March  19 Open 1:00 PM – 2:00 AM

If you are researching at a distance, remember that LibGuides are available 24/7 to point you to the best resources for your topic. They are keyword searchable too! Email if need more guidance.

Posted in Events & Exhibits, Interesting News & Commentary, Services

Info Session: UNC-CH iSchool (MSLS/MSIS)


On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, representatives from the #2 nationally ranked School of Information at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will be on campus to provide information about their graduate programs, financial aid, and career placement. (1-2pm). The session will be held in Lower Evans, Room C.

The iSchool at UNC-Chapel Hill offers a Master’s in Library Science and in Information Science. Graduates are in the workforce as Digital Librarians, User Experience Librarians, business intelligence analysts, web developers, archivists, and more.

Attendees may meet individually with recruiters from 2-3pm in that same location.

Open to alumnae and the public.

Co-sponsored by the ASC Office of Internship and Career Development and McCain Library.

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

ASC Video Clips from the Archives



The McCain Library Archives & Special Collections is regularly adding historical information about the college to its website at  The most recent additions are some video clips from the late 1920s through mid 1930s, showing campus scenes, students at work and play, etc.

All the clips can be found in the “From the Archives” playlist at McCain Library’s YouTube Channel (, and many of the clip descriptions on YouTube are linked to a related page on the archives website where the video, along with additional pictures and information, can be found.

One of the next major additions to the archives site, coming later this semester, will be a tab on the history of athletics on campus, with a page for each sport & historical pictures of play and teams over the years from the 1890s forward.

Thanks to ITS Media Technician China Wilson ’14 for digitizing this old video, and Margaret Rose Hunt ’18, Archives Student Assistant, for putting the material online.  Please contact Marianne Bradley ’74, Archives Manager, for further information.

Posted in Hours, Interesting News & Commentary

Library Hours Around Fall Break

Fall leaves

An alert to library users:  between October 5 – 9, 2016, McCain Library’s hours will be adjusted around Agnes Scott College’s Fall Break and because of a film shoot in the library.

Please plan accordingly.

Wed., 10/5         OPEN 8:00 am – 2:00 am*
(Students may use computers in McCain 211 or library laptops if computer clusters on Floor 1 are affected by movie prep.)

Thurs., 10/6      OPEN 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (No Classes/Movie Prep in Main Reading Room)

Fri., 10/7           CLOSED (College Holiday)**

Sat., 10/8          CLOSED (Movie Filming)**

Sun., 10/9         OPEN 1:00 pm – 2:00 am*

If you’re traveling, remember our online, no-password-needed, keyword searchable LibGuides – subject-oriented research starters for help at a distance, 24/7.

**If you’re staying on campus, remember that McCain G-11 is accessible by ASC ID card (go to library side doors facing Alston, then scan your ID at the card reader there and at the classroom door) when the main library spaces are closed. Enjoy the break!

*Visitors allowed in the building until 10:30pm.


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

Alumna Architect Featured in Atlanta Magazine

McCain Library’s archival collections related to alumna architect Leila Ross Wilburn are featured prominently in the September 9, 2016 online issue of Atlanta Magazine. The full article is available here:

The article reports that, “After graduating* from Agnes Scott Institute (now Agnes Scott College) and studying architectural drafting with a private tutor, the 21-year-old traveled around the country to study the emerging Arts and Crafts movement—using her Kodak camera to capture some 5,000 photographs of residences that inspired her. Returning to Atlanta, she apprenticed with B.R. Padgett and Son, where her first commission was a three-story YMCA gym at Georgia Military Academy, now Woodward Academy. Just three years later, Wilburn established her own practice.”

If one visits “Atlanta’s Intown neighborhoods where early-20th-century houses and bungalows remain,” the results of Wilburn’s house plans can be seen, particularly in Decatur’s MAK neighborhood adjacent to Agnes Scott College. Her homes also still exist in Inman Park, Ansley Park, and Midtown.


Wilburn’s plan books are the only ones known to have been published by a female architect.


*Note from McCain Library: Wilburn attended Agnes Scott Institute but did not graduate from there as stated in the article.

Posted in Library Spaces, Services, & Resources

Changes to Library Fine Policy

Mugshot With the new academic year starting, McCain Library made some changes to three fine categories and a loan period policy.

Because Browsing Book fiction/nonfiction and DVDs are high-demand collections:

1. Browsing Books and DVDs incur a $.50 (fifty cents) per day fine when overdue (previously, both were $.10 per day)

2. DVDs circulate for 7 days (previously, they were loaned for a shorter time)

Students will be glad to learn that McCain Library has discontinued overdue fines for the general circulating collection (most books in the Stacks) as of August 29, 2016.

3. The $.10 (ten cents) per day fine for the non-reserve circulating collection was dropped

Fines do remain in place for course reserves ($1.00 per hour or partial hour) since all members of a class need access to those items in a timely manner.

Students, faculty, and staff will still need to return library books eventually in order to avoid being billed for a lost item. There is a non-refundable $10 billing fee for items returned after moving into lost status. Watch for courtesy reminders sent to your ASC email account, and make a note on your calendar when checking out an item. Then you will not have to worry about any fines or lost fees. You may check your account status and request renewals 24/7 at

All library borrowing policies are posted here:

Questions may be directed to Christopher Bishop, User Services Librarian, or x6337.


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

The “Most Expensive” Textbooks on Reserve – Fall 2016

fluffy-bunny-reading_zpse8b402bb  McCain Library continues to provide a loaner copy of the most expensive textbooks required in certain Agnes Scott College courses. These are typically 100-level (a few 200- level) classes in the natural sciences, foreign languages, and Econ/Business. This list below does not include other books on course reserve, only ones that met criteria for purchase by the library (reflecting a student focus group’s advice to us), or that were provided by a faculty member/academic department: 

  • Retail cost is more than $100, and the book is not easily bought used or rented for less $
  • Quickly available on or through a similar source
  • Used in 100-level/introductory classes for subjects noted above (with the thought that students are more likely to want to buy and keep a personal copy of texts related to a major in higher level courses, rather than the 100-level books)

The textbook may be borrowed for two hours at one time to use in McCain Library.

Always check our catalog for the full picture! All course reserves are searchable/noted in the SOPHIA library catalog:


Pricey Textbooks
Expensive Textbooks on Reserve (not a list of all books on reserve)



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

When It’s Sunny, Borrow a Library Bike!

Bike promo
Thanks to Anna Byrd ’19 and Ginny Hudgins ’20 for decorating these signs!

McCain Library has partnered with various offices on campus (in particular the Center for Student Involvement, Carolyn Cornelison, and her student assistant Jamila Surpris ’17) to revive bicycle loans on campus. When the weather is pleasant, students may borrow a Library Bike to ride around Decatur, to MARTA, to the Farmers’ Market, or wherever you wish to go.

1.       Currently, there are five (5) bicycles in working order; we hope to soon have seven (7). Bikes can be searched in SOPHIA by title (“Purple Bike”) to verify availability.

2.       Library Bikes are numbered, have metal baskets on the front, and are housed in two places: the bike rack to the left of McCain Library’s front entrance and the bike racks in the rear of the library. Normally, four or more bikes will stay in the front rack with the remainder in the back rack.

3.       Current ASC students, staff, and faculty are allowed to check out the bikes for one day.

4.       The borrower must complete a “Purple Bike Program Release Form” and only needs to fill out one release form for the current school year.

5.       Patrons will be loaned a helmet and a key to the corresponding numbered bike’s lock.  Please use caution when riding the bikes (avoid stairs : )  ), lock them up through the front wheel to deter theft, and alert library staff if one needs repairs.

6.       A tire pump is also available for short-term loan.

7.       Bikes are due back to McCain Library:

SundayThursday by 8 pm (sunset/dark, so we want you to be safe)

FridaySaturday by 5:30 pm (the library closes at 6:00 pm) 

8.   Upon return, patrons should lock the bike in its original location/rack, returning the key and helmet to the library’s Circulation Desk.


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.