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McCain Library Winter Break Hours


Mon., Dec. 11, 2017    Open 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 12, 2017    Open 8:30 AM –11:30 AM*
Wed.– Fri., Dec. 13 – 15, 2017   Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat.– Sun., Dec. 16 – 17, 2017   CLOSED
Mon.– Fri., Dec. 18 – 22, 2017   Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 23, 2017 –
Mon., Jan. 1, 2018
Tues.– Fri., Jan. 2 – 5, 2018   Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat. —- Sun., Jan. 6 -7, 2018   CLOSED
Mon., Jan. 8, 2017   Open 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 9 (Classes Start)   Open 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM

*Closed for all staff holiday party

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McCain Library Closing @ 2 pm Today (12/8/17)


Dear Students,
We’re sorry to announce that McCain Library will close today at 2pm due to deteriorating road conditions and staff needing to be safe getting home. That should support those of you taking the 2pm exams today.
Our apologies also for canceling extended hours tonight.
We expect to open the library at 11am Saturday. A determination about Sat. night will be made tomorrow.
McCain G11 is available for studying later today and tonight if you’re on campus.
If you have items to return to the library please keep them until Saturday (any fines will be waived) or place them in the book drop next to the front doors. Stay safe and warm! Good luck finishing the semester.
Thank you.
Liz Bagley
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Third Wave Feminism: Kathleen Hanna and Bikini Kill

To better facilitate connections between student interests and McCain’s collections, we are providing our student workers, via the library’s blog and social media accounts, with a platform to explore and share areas they would like to highlight. The following entry is the first in a series by Rachel, a first year student at Agnes Scott.

I wanted to do this project not only because of my interest in Third-Wave Feminism as a movement, but because I am interested in doing research about what McCain Library has to offer on the topic. My contributions will connect McCain’s resources and the topic of Third-Wave Feminism and the Riot Grrrl movement.

After two decades, on November 5th, legendary band
Bikini Kill finally played together again. I felt it necessary to highlight Bikini Kill and their contributions to the riot grrrl movement given that for the first time in twenty years the band played a set together.

Bikini Kill is a pioneer of the riot grrrl movement in the early 1990s. They got their start in Olympia, Washington in 1990. It was made up of four members. Kathleen Hanna as lead guitar and vocals, Billy Karren on guitar, Kathi Wilcox on bass, and Tobi Vail on drums. The group emphasized a mostly female centric environment at

Image Source: Brad Sigal (Flickr)

their concerts, encouraging women to come to the front of the crowd and even giving them lyric sheets so they could sing along. The group was known for their radical feminist lyrics and seemingly angry shows. Hanna used to dive into the crowd and forcibly remove men who would harass women and said men would often abuse Hanna both physically and verbally when concert tickets were still cheap. Concert goers would often beat up male hecklers at these concerts pressed on by the members of the band. In one interview, Kathleen Hanna had said that in the early years of the band it was hard because so many people hated them. At one point the band even called for a media blackout amongst riot grrrls because they felt that the band and the riot grrrl movement was being misrepresented in the media. Even so, Bikini Kill reached a large audience of both men and women and was very popular until their split in 1997. The band created two full length albums, several EPs and two compilation albums. Their first demo cassette Revolution Girl Style Now! Built their fan base and eventually led to an EP entitled Bikini Kill which was followed by their two full-length albums: Pussy Whipped in 1993 and Reject All-American, their final album in 1996. 

Since their split in 1997, each of the members of the group has moved on to other projects. Though most of the bands the members joined did not make it out of the early 2000s, Kathleen Hanna still is involved with music today. In 1998 she started a solo act under the name Julie Ruin. It has survived to recent years but the name has been changed to Le Tigre. The act still has very feminist and political songs that are influenced by Kathleen Hanna’s Time in Bikini Kill. Le Tigre took a break in early 2007, but announced they were back in the studio working with Christina Aguilera and they reunited again in 2016 to release a special track to support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.


The Guardian

The Portland Mercury

Sources with
Bikini Kill in McCain Library:

The Punk Singer: A Documentary Film About Kathleen Hanna

Location: DVD 3501 Floor 1


Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

Author: Sara Marcus

Location: Ground Floor Call Number: ML82 .M27 2010


The Riot Grrrl Collection

Edited by Lisa Darms

Location: Ground Floor, Call Number: ML3534 .R536 2013


Audible Traces: Gender, Identity, and Music

Edited by Elaine Barkin and Lydia Hamessley

Location: Ground Floor, Call Number: ML82 .A93 1999


We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Covergirl, The Buying and Selling of a Political Movement

Author: Andy Zeisler

Location: Browsing Floor 1, Call Number: HQ1421 .Z46 2016


Radical Act: A Documentary

Location: DVD Floor 1, Call Number: ML82 .R34 2010 DVD

Helpful Internet Sources:

Online Articles:

The Guardian: What Happens When A Riot Grrrl Grows Up?

Rolling Stone: Bikini Kill on Riot Grrrl’s Legacy, Taping Over Nirvana Cassettes

All Music: Bikini Kill Biography

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Interested in Becoming a Better Photographer?

McCain Library has equipment you can use


  • 7 Digital cameras
  • 8 Tripods

You can check out cameras and tripods for a day, or the entire Thanksgiving break, so don’t miss out! tutorials to help perfect your photography skills

377830-636190612926411830-16x9If you are an Agnes Scott student or employee, log into using the “Sign in with your organizational portal” option, enter, and input your your school username and password

Below are three beginner instructional videos divided into mini episodes and published on a weekly basis. Each one teaches a different skill, so you can watch ones that interest you.

The Elements of Effective Photography

Natalie Fobes “explores compositional elements that guide a viewer’s eye, including the rule of thirds; leading lines, patterns, and curves; and depth of field.” It also shows “how to work with the natural light in a room or outdoor location, and how to enhance it using reflectors, newspapers, a T-shirt, or whatever might be handy. She also shows some simple indoor lighting setups that can replicate the look of natural light.”

Photography 101 (2012)

“Learn basics from Joseph Linaschke such as how to hold the camera, what various modes mean and when to use them, and even how and when to use the camera’s flash. There’s also creative instruction to guide you towards becoming a better photographer.”

The Practicing Photographer

“Each installment focuses on a photographic shooting scenario, a piece of gear, or a software technique. Each installment concludes with a call to action by Ben Long designed to inspire you to pick up your camera (or your mouse or smartphone) to try the technique for yourself.”

Online Books From Our Collection



Title: Landscape photography: the essential beginner’s guide

Author: David Taylor

Location: E-book / TR660.5 .T395 2015eb  




Title: Fine art portrait photography: lighting, posing, & postproduction from concept to completion

Location: E-book / TR680 .B78 2015eb






Title: David Busch’s mastering digital SLR photography

Location: E-book / TR267 .B873 2015eb







Title: Don Giannatti’s guide to professional photography: achieve creative and financial success

Location: E-book / TR690 .G536 2012eb

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Library Hours Around Thanksgiving Break


Mon., 11/20      OPEN 8:00 am – 2:00 am*

Tues., 11/21     OPEN 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wed., 11/22      OPEN 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Thurs., 11/23    CLOSED (College Holiday)**

Fri., 11/24         CLOSED (College Holiday)**

Sat., 11/25          CLOSED (College Holiday)**

Sun., 11/27         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.

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Third Wave Feminism: 1990s to the Present

To better facilitate connections between student interests and McCain’s collections, we are providing our student workers, via the library’s blog and social media accounts, with a platform to explore and share areas they would like to highlight. The following entry is the first in a series by Rachel, a first year student at Agnes Scott.

I wanted to do this project not only because of my interest in Third-Wave Feminism as a movement, but because I am interested in doing research about what McCain Library has to offer on the topic. My contributions will connect McCain’s resources and the topic of Third-Wave Feminism and the Riot Grrrl movement.

From Riot Grrrl to the March for Women: The Rise of Third-Wave Feminism


Third-Wave feminism broke out in the mid 1990s with the intention to redefine ideas about beauty standards, gender, sexuality, and femininity and masculinity. Riot Grrrl started in Olympia, Washington with an underground punk, feminist music scene which gave rise to bands like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney. These bands gave women a place to control their voices and express themselves. For this movement, sexual liberation, a major goal of Second-Wave feminism was about being able to express themselves in any way. It lead to the belief that gender is a spectrum and both men and women can fall anywhere on that spectrum.


Even though expression is still an important part of Third-Wave Feminism, within more recent years, an emphasis has been put on intersectionality within the movement. This means that for feminism to be intersectional, all races, ethnicities, and gender identities must be included. The needs and equality of all women must be taken into account. This wave of feminism also says that feminism can take many forms. For instance, just because a woman is a stay-at-home mom does not make her inherently not feminist. Furthermore, just because a woman expresses herself in a feminine way does not make her less of a feminist.

Third wave feminism has also seen the rise of a more open dialogue of women’s issues in men’s sphere with the launch of the HeforShe campaign in 2014 through the United Nations. The campaigns aim is to get more men and boys involved in women’s issues. 2017 also saw the Women’s March on Washington which involved 500,000 women marching in Washington and over 5 million women worldwide.

Even though Third-Wave Feminism has made important moves toward equality, one critique of the movement is that it lacks cohesion. Where the first and second waves had clear cut goals, the third wave lacks a clear cut goal and clear cut leaders. Even with great icons like Beyoncé, Malala Yousafzai, and Emma Watson, the movement has far to go, and to get the most done for equality, as a people there must be a common goal.

Helpful Sources:

The Riot Grrrl Movement (New York Public Library)

Encyclopedia Britannica: The Third Wave of Feminism

Huff Post: The Third Wave of Feminism is Here and It’s Intersectional

Everyday Feminism: Feminism Now: What the Third Wave is Really About

Sources Involving Third-Wave Feminism at McCain Library


Title: Third Wave Agenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminism

Author: Leslie Heywood and Jennifer Drake

Location: Stack 1/ HQ1421 .T455 1997

The Essential Feminist Reader

Author: Estelle B. Freedman

Location: Stack 1/ HQ1154 .E77 2007


Title: Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia

Author: Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs

Location: Stack 2/ LB2332.3 P74 2012


Title: Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism

Author: Edited by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman

Location: Stack 1/ HQ1161 .C65 2002


Title: The Riot Grrrl Collection

Author: Edited by: Lisa Darms

Location: Ground Floor/ ML3534 .R563 2013


JSTOR: Check out JSTOR for a great article entitled: What is Third-Wave Feminism? by R Claire Snyder.


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McCain Celebrates World Vegan Month

November is World Vegan Month! To help celebrate and share information concerning the benefits of a vegan diet for animals, humans, and the plant, we created two informative displays on the first floor on the library (see images below).

In addition, the following books and DVD’s are a small sampling of items from our collection that offer information related to veganism. Enjoy!


  • Forks over knives: DVD RA645.N87 F67 2011
    • This feature film advocates for a plant-based diet because research shows that this lifestyle change can lead to a reduction in diseases and cancer. Researchers state that the widespread obesity and illness across the United States is due to processed and fatty foods. Check out this documentary for information on just how important food is for your body!
  • King corn:  DVD SB191.M2 K56 2008  
    • Two friends, recently graduated from college, begin a mission to investigate the ever increasing role corn has to play in the American food system. Their research is conducted by obtaining an acre of corn and tracing the movement of this corn through the agricultural and food system. Watch this award winning documentary to see how much corn you are actually eating!
  • The sexual politics of meat : a feminist-vegetarian critical theory: Stack 1 – HV4708 .A25 1991
    • Ever felt like there had to be some connection between feminism and vegetarianism? The Sexual Politics of Meat expose just how eating meat connects to the patriarchy. Meat eating, crushing the patriarchy, and animal rights all collide in this seminal publication.
  • Eating Animals: Stack 3 TX 392 .F58 2010
    • A narrative mixed with statistical information, this work by Jonathan Safran Foer tackles the large, and often unexplainable, topic of why we eat the animals that we do. Writing largely from his own perspective, Foer discusses many of the impacts that eating meat has in our industrialized society.
  • Living among meat eaters: the vegetarian‘s survival handbook: Stack 3 TX837 .A29 2001
    • A survival guide for those practicing a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle to navigate those potentially awkward food situations, as in Thanksgiving or a summer barbeque. Carol J. Adams gives advice for living and eating well in a world where plant-based eating is not the norm in this practical and thorough book.

  • The Face on Your Plate: Stack 3. TX371 .M37 2009
    • From a moral standpoint,  psychoanalyst Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson discusses how food affects our bodies, conscious, and the environment. This radical take on eating meat parses through the extremely difficult topics concerning the separation of a calf and their mother, how we choose which animals to eat, and many more.

  • The Way We Eat: Why our Food Choices Matter: Stack 3 TX357 .S527 2006
    • Ethicist Peter Singer and attorney Jim Mason team up to examine how eating meat affects humans, animals, and the environment. The authors inspect three American family’s diet, examining how each family eats very different diets throughout the book. Using this real life data, Singer and Mason begin asking the ethical questions about why the food on our forks really does matter.