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Digital Access to The Wall Street Journal has been Established!

McCain Library and The Wall Street Journal have partnered to provide school-sponsored WSJ memberships to all Agnes Scott College students, faculty and staff. Through the partnership, members will have full digital access to the WSJ’s award-winning journalism via and the app, as well as a wide variety of curated content, from podcasts and newsletters to career insights and personal finance advice.

In addition, students, faculty and staff members will receive exclusive benefits with WSJ+, a complimentary program that gives members access to virtual events and offers, such as invites to talks and a free eBook each month.

How to activate your complimentary Wall Street Journal membership: Students, faculty and staff at Agnes Scott College can activate their complimentary memberships by visiting our comprehensive LibGuide using the “Getting Started” section. Those who currently pay for an existing WSJ membership may call 1-800-JOURNAL and mention they are switching to their school-sponsored membership. Partial refunds will be made.

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11th Seed Library Summit-Sign up Today!

The Seed Libraries would like to inform you about their 11th annual Seed Library Summit on Saturday February 11th, 2023.

Program Sessions:

– How to Start a Seed Library
– Ask a Seed Librarian
– Seeds to Expand Climate Adaptation
– Landrace Gardening
– Seed Gardens
– School Seed Libraries
– Seed Exchanges
– Seed Saving Basics
– Communities Building Mobile Seed Libraries as a Response to Disaster
– Native Seeds & Pollinators
– Seed Stories: Our Stories of Seeds (Limited to 24 participants!)

As the summit approaches, Zoom links will be added directly to the Seed Library Summit program. Once you sign up, a couple of emails will be sent via Eventbrite containing the program. You can then click on the program link for a session you’d like to attend.

A couple of reminder emails with the summit program will be sent out so you can register for the sessions you want to attend in advance! An attempt will be made to record all sessions for maximum accessibility.

If you want to share information about the conference, ask people to sign up with you! (Link is at

*All conference announcements, including recordings, will only be sent to the main conference registration list.*

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Message from the Seed Library Summit organizing committee:

We are super excited that you will be joining us for the 11th Seed Library Summit. There is something for everyone whether you are new to seed saving or have been involved with seed for a long time.  Sign up for sessions today from our program link. We have an amazing group of speakers. Check out the speakers’ bios.

A big thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped to make this Seed Library Summit possible! Thank you to the Berkeley Ecology Center, home of the BASIL Seed Library (established in 2000), for dedicating staff time to organizing the conference. Thank you to the Mycorrhizal Fund for uplifting the voices of our speakers by providing honorariums.

We are looking forward to Seeding the Future with you!

Lettuce unite,
The Seed Library Summit Planning Committee

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CDL Information and Access Options

The library uses CDL to make print editions of books we own available to students for set amounts of time, similar to physical reserves. When sections of a physical book are requested for virtual access, the library will digitally scan the requested pages and then make them available to the requestee in 2-hour increments. During that time the viewer cannot download, print, and/or share the PDF file, and the physical book is not available for loan to another patron. CDL allows the library to utilize our physical collections in a virtual space while still following established copyright law. If you would like the library to make print materials available for your course reserves via CDL, please let us know.

Students will see the option to email for relevant CDL files in the Course Reserve listings.

See more information regarding the application of controlled digital lending principles to the circulation of print materials.

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Digital Access to New York Times has been Established!

As new year’s gift, McCain Library is happy to announce that we have licensed an “Academic Pass” to The New York Times digital edition for the campus. This license brings the full NYT experience to your mobile phone, laptop, or desktop computer.

  • NEW users can visit to create an account (register). Type in the college’s name and follow the instructions. If as a new user you encounter an error message, email
  • EXISTING registered subscribers with an ACTIVE PAID subscription may cancel their personal subscription by connecting with a chat agent on the site or calling 800-698-4637 before creating an account. Once the subscription is canceled, visit, type in the college’s name and follow the instructions. Since you “already have an account,” click “Log In” (found below “Create an Account”). Input your ASC email address and the same “password” created for your previous account. If you encounter an error message, email
  • EXISTING registered subscribers that DO NOT HAVE ACTIVE PAID NYT subscription can visit, type in the name of the college and follow the instructions. Since you “already have an account” click “Log In” (found below “Create an Account”). Input your ASC email address and the same “password” created for the previous account. If you encounter an error message, email
  • Christopher Bishop created a helpful LibGuide that addresses many questions. You’ll find it here.

This ASC McCain Library subscription provides:

  • Unlimited access to (there is no daily limit to the number of articles you can download, although we ask that you abide by copyright/fair use)
  • All multimedia, including videophotographyVR features, and new multimedia to come
  • Archives (dating back to 1851), (5 PDF article downloads from Times Machine per user per day) 
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality – found in the App; NYT stories told through enhanced technology
  • Daily 360 content – two-dimensional, 360° views (with mobile device or using a mouse)
  • Podcasts (including The “Daily” podcast)
  • Newsletters (there are a variety of topics that you may subscribe to)
  • Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions of
  • Unlimited access to two great learning tools: The New York Times in Education website and The Learning Network ( and  

We hope you enjoy this enhanced access to the current and past issues and features of The New York Times, for classroom use, research, and personal informationAND… stay tuned if you are a fan of The Wall Street Journal. McCain Library is in the process of licensing online access to it for the campus as well.

Happy spring semester!

McCain Library,

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Award Book New Additions

Thank you, Agnes Scott honorees, for so many years of service to the college AND for the excellent award book donations in your names. Scotties clearly have discerning taste! The award titles are pictured here:

Life is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way by Kieran Setiya (donated in appreciation of Lara Denis for 20 years of service)

The Daughter of Auschwitz by Tova Friedman and Malcom Brabant (donated in appreciation of Tamara Roundy for 15 years of service)

The Wind at My Back by Misty Copeland and Susan Fales-Hill (donated in appreciation of Tanzania Nevels for 15 years of service)

Two Wheels Good: the History and Mystery of the Bicycle by Judy Rosen (donated in appreciation of Henry Hope for 20 years of service)

Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century by Jennifer Homans (donated in appreciation of Bridget Roosa for 20 years of service)

McCain Library relies on the sustained service of everyone on campus. We appreciate you! Make sure to come by and check out these thoughtfully-chosen award books. And don’t forget to tell a hardworking Agnes Scott faculty or staff member you appreciate them, too!

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Study Carrel Reservation Reminder

Look out, Scotties! It’s study carrel time! Next week is the big day, carrel reservations begin on Tuesday, January 10th.

What is a study carrel? A study carrel is a desk or table in McCain Library that students may reserve so they can leave coursework and materials there for the semester.

What carrels are available to reserve? Study carrels on all Floors and Stacks except Floor 1 will be available until claimed, but keep in mind that any student may sit at a reserved carrel while the student with the reservation is not using it (it is courtesy to leave it as you found it and to relocate if the student with the reservation arrives).

How do I reserve a carrel? Carrel reservations will begin on January 10th (the first day of classes) at 8:00 A.M. Bring your student ID. We will have Carrel Request Forms to be filled out at the Circulation Desk, but if you would like to quicken the process, you can print and complete a request form in advance.

Who can reserve a carrel? Priority is given to seniors and Independent Study students, but all students are eligible to reserve a study carrel.

Have more questions? Visit the Study Spaces & Carrels page on our website OR email

Please note: all library books kept at a carrel must be checked out to your library account.

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Thanks for a great study break!

Thanks for coming out to McCain’s study break, Scotties! We had a great turnout for story time and snacks. Big thanks to Liz and her delightful reading voice! We are cheering you on through finals and the end of the semester! Don’t forget that resting and breaks are a vital part of sustaining your studies. Don’t hesitate to come to the library this week if you need a place to hit the books or hit the sack (we are told our couches are quite comfortable for a quick snooze).