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NaNoWriMo: On Narrative and Creative Writing

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If you navigate to the “About” page on the National November Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) website, you will find this brief, but meaningful statement:

National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light) that believes your story matters.”

Perhaps the most personal part of this introduction is the implication that your story matters rather than just a story.

NaNoWriMo encourages participants to write about anything they wish, but the emphasis here is on the voice telling the narrative. Your voice.

100 people could tell the same story over and over again. But…could anyone tell it quite like you, with your inflection, your memories, your understanding, or your personage?

This is why your story truly matters. Your personal voice and idiosyncrasies affect the timbre and texture of narratives, putting a one of kind fingerprint on otherwise recycled stories.

With this in mind, consider the collection of books set up next to the NaNoWriMo Display on the first floor of McCain Library. Each one was either:

  • Written by a person who wrote the book during NaNoWriMo and became a best-selling author
  • Deals with narrative and the re-telling or re-writing of fictional and/or actual events
  • Re-tells familiar literature in a new way -OR-
  • Reveals the power and impact of narrative and different voices retelling that narrative on and throughout generations and communities.

If you would like to participate in our weekly  NaNoWriMo meetups, click here for more information.

To go to the NaNoWriMo website, click here.

Happy Writing & Narrating ✒.



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No Costume? No Problem!


Hey Scotties!

McCain Library invites amateurs, professionals, and all in between to join us at our No Costume? No Problem! Halloween Upcycling event on Friday, October 19th from 4-7PM in Room 211 at McCain Library. During the event, you will have the opportunity to design or work on a costume using various odds, ends, fabrics, tools, and materials provided by the library and your peers. There will also be picture inspiration, tips, tricks, tutorials, and peer advice to get you started on your costume masterpiece. You can bring in an unfinished piece or start from scratch if you’d like!

Are you interested? Then RSVP here by Friday, October 17th. You are not required to stay the entire time.

*If you can, please bring at least 3 clothing or costuming items to contribute to the event, such as:

  • Fabric
  • Handheld sewing supplies, scissors, safety pins
  • Fabric glue or fabric tape
  • Fasteners, buttons, Velcro, zippers, etc.
  • Old clothing, ribbon
  • Accessories
  • Scrap wire, wire hangers, pliers, wire cutters
  • Rulers or tape measure
  • Anything that you believe might be useful

We suggest labeling any personal items you share, but plan to keep (like scissors).

Hope to see you there!


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McCain Mad Lib Kickoff

McCain Mad Lib

Hey Scotties!

Some of you may remember filling out Mad Libs as a kid. Some of you may still fill them out. Some of you may have no idea what I’m talking about.

Nevertheless: McCain Mad Libs are here!

A “Mad Lib” is a fill in the blank game where you randomly select a list of words according to the parts of speech asked for. Then, you use that list to populate the story on the back side of the paper. After that, read your story and enjoy a good laugh!

Take a small break from studying, and pick up a “McCain Mad Lib” at the Circulation Desk! This week’s Libs are themed for Banned Book Week.

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Want to Post a Flyer in the Library?

Happy Friday Scotties!

We know that you have many awesome events happening on campus, and we want everyone to know about it!

If you have a flyer* you would like to post, give it to a library staff member. We will put it in our new designated signage area on the first floor. Don’t forget to stop by to see what your peers have planned for you!

*All flyers must have the “approved” stamp from the Student Activities Office to be posted

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Prize Winners & Photos from McCain Library Open House

Thank you to all of the students, staff, and faculty who visited the library during our open house on Thursday, August 30th. Over 50 people attended and 25 completed a scavenger hunt of the library to have their names entered in to a drawing for one of three gift cards to Butter & Cream, eBrik, and Raging Burrito. The winners of the drawing are:

  • Julia King
  • Princess Miller
  • Amya More

In addition to learning how to find a book, test riding bikes, and visiting the Center for Digital & Visual Literacy, participants also had the chance to create a mugshot with the call number for their favorite book.


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Most of our visitors also signed up for a Dekalb County Public Library card!

Thank you to all of our co-hosts: Center for Digital & Visual Literacy, CC from the Center for Student Involvement, Decatur Public Library, and Educational Technology Center!

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Zotero Learning Lab: Get Help Citing Sources

Zotero Learning Lab 2018

Drop-in to a Zotero Learning Lab session with Mayra Tolentino and Casey Long to learn how to use the web browser add-in/extension Zotero to create footnotes and bibliographies and to organize your sources. It takes 15 minutes to install and learn the basics. If you are already a Zotero user drop-in with your questions and Mayra and Casey will help you expand your knowledge of Zotero.

The Zotero Learning Lab sessions will be held in McCain 211 on: 

  • Tuesday, February 27 at 5pm
  • Wednesday, February 28 at 4pm
  • Wednesday, March 21 at 5pm
  • Thursday, March 22 at 1pm
  • Monday, March 26 at 5pm
  • Tuesday, March 27 at 6pm

Additional sources for Zotero help:

  • Zotero LibGuide: Provides step-by-step instructions for getting started
  • Scottie Research & Rescue Desk: All of the student assistants at the Scottie Research & Recuse Desk can help you install Zotero to your computer and learn the basics of adding citations and creating bibliographies. Drop-in or set up an appointment!

Just need a quick reference for citing in a specific style? Try one of our citation style LibGuides!

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Alumnae Video Chat: Careers in Library, Information, and Archival Science

Join McCain Library and Office for Internships and Career Development on Tuesday, January 30th from 6pm-7pm in Campbell 215 for a video chat with April Hathcock ’04 and Lindsay Cronk ’06.

These two illustrious alumnae librarians will share stories about their career paths, answer questions about the profession and graduate schools, and discuss what the future holds for individuals in this profession.

April Hatcock ’04 jokingly refers to herself as a lawyerbrarian since she holds both a J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law and her MLIS from the University of South Florida. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2004 with a B.A. in French and Psychology. Currently she is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at New York University.  April is well known for her writing and work on intellectual property in a digital world and diversity in libraries. In addition to her own blog, At the Intersection, April  is noted for her article White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS.

Lindsay Cronk ’06 was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2017, just 5 years after graduating with her MLIS from Valdosta State University, in recognition of her incredible ability to leverage technology to build community and share ideas and resources. In her blog she shares resources she has created to further facilitate collaboration with her person and even writes about all the “wrong moves” she made as a new librarian that ultimately turned out right. Currently she is is Head of Collection Strategies at University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries in Rochester, NY., which means she determines the priorities and direction of the resources collected for her library. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2006 with a B.A. in International Relations and Studio Art.
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Banned Book Week: Find Free Books!

bannedbookweekIt is Banned Book Week! To raise awareness about books that have been challenged in schools and libraries and to generate discussion about why books are banned, McCain Library is hiding books around campus for you to find!

The book hunt begins on Tuesday, September 26th at 8 a.m and will run through Friday, September 29th. Each day a bundle of books will be hidden somewhere on campus. For clues on how to find the bundle of books, follow us on Instagram (@McCainLibrary), Twitter (@McCainLibrary), or the McCain Library Facebook page. If you find the books they are yours to keep or redistribute to friends, but please take a picture of yourself with the books and share with us via one of our social media accounts. Good luck hunting!

To learn more about books that have been banned or challenged in recent years, visit our Banned Book exhibit on the first floor of McCain Library near the spiral staircase.

Many thanks to all of our student workers and our Library Event Planning Committee members who helped imagine and implement this exciting event. If you would like to help McCain Library plan future events consider joining our Library Event Planning Committee. Email Christopher Bishop ( for more information.

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McCain Library & Decatur Public Library Meet and Greet – Thursday, August 24 from 3pm – 5pm

The library is so much more than books! Come learn how we can help you and what we have to offer to make your experience at Agnes Scott College even better! Decatur Public Library will be here signing people up for library cards. This event is the easiest way for students who live on campus to get a library card to an amazing collection of books and other resources, including passes to major Atlanta tourist attractions. We hope to see you there!

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Writers’ Festival LibGuide

Be prepared to ask great questions at this year’s Writers’ Festival. Visit the Writers’ Festival LibGuide to find interviews, books, articles and more with each of the writers on campus this week.

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A big thank you to Jillian Speck ’17 who created all the profiles on the writers this year. The guide also links to snapshots of previous years and provides a history of the Writers’ Festival.