Posted in Interesting News & Commentary

McCain Library Asks for Arseneau Award Nominees by March 27

McCain Library is seeking nominations of students to be considered for the annual Arseneau Award, a memorial to an alumna who was an academic librarian. If you are or know of a:

– current junior or senior
– interested in/accepted to an ALA-accredited library or archives Master’s program
– or an exemplary McCain Library student assistant who is a junior or senior,

then please complete this Google Form to the best of your ability by Tuesday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m.

This year’s award will be $925 (towards graduate school costs), presented at the upcoming Student Awards Convocation. Outside reviewers will make the decision on the award recipient.

Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Bagley, Thank you for your assistance in encouraging future Scottie librarians and archivists!

Posted in Interesting News & Commentary

Open late on Monday, Dec. 11

The library was originally set to close at 6pm on Monday; however, to assist students studying for the extra exam session added to Tuesday morning due to last Friday’s snow, on Monday night, 12/11, McCain Library will stay open until 10:30pm.
  • Check out/reserves service will be staffed: research help ends at 6:30pm. Good luck wrapping up!
  •  Please return all borrowed library items before leaving campus. Thanks!
  •  Merry holidays and happy winter break!


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.