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Two New Employees Join McCain Library

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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.

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Alert for Users Looking for Cited Journals & Article Full Text

McCain Library would like to advise our community that a behind-the-scenes project is underway that may cause some confusion when using the library’s “Find Journals” tools either from the tab in the middle of the library’s home page or within database search results.

In late June and early July, the library is converting from the former SFX (FindIt@ASC) tool to EBSCO’s Full Text Finder product. Researchers will see some oddities and should feel free to seek help from librarians if you run into a problem.

For instance, a search in the Discover all-in-one-search box today returned some results displaying the only usual FindIt@ASC button. Others showed that button and a new Full Text Finder link as well (see image below). Soon there will be some hits that just display the new Full Text Finder link as the conversion progresses and most of our databases and accessible journal content is migrated to the new platform.


Please note: researchers should try both buttons/links if they do not have success with the first one in reaching a full article. Both systems are currently up and running, but the new one (Full Text Finder) is not completely populated yet. And of course, interlibrary loan may be needed if the complete article truly is not accessible through our license agreements.

Thank you for your patience and do ask us for verificaton if your results look strange or unexpected! Chat with a librarian using our online box on the right side of the library’s home page; telephone 404-471-6096; email; or drop by during business hours.

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UNC Chapel Hill’s Library & Info Science Program Visiting ASC

If you are a Scottie interested in a Master’s program at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill,  mark your calendar:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM     Info Table in the Lobby of Evans Dining Hall

1:00 – 2:00 PM              Information Session, Lower Evans

Posted in Hours, Research Help

Extra Library Hours This Weekend + Reminders

Since exams and final papers are approaching, McCain Library will offer extra service and study hours during the next two weekends.

Hours May 1-3 [evening hours are for ASC students only]   keep-calm

Friday       8:00 am – 2:00 am*
Saturday  9:00 am – 2:00 am*
Sunday     1:00 pm – 2:00 am*

  • *All library services (circulation, instant message chat/research guidance, and reserves) will be staffed until 10:30pm.
  • *You may continue to study here between 10:30pm and 2:00am.
  • *At 2:00am, you must go home and get some sleep or relocate to McCain G-11 on the Ground Floor’s Educational Technology Center Hallway, outside of the main library space.

Next weekend (May 8-10) there will be a slightly different batch of extra library service hours.  More about that next week….

  • Study space is in high demand at this time in the semester;  please do not leave your books and belongings unattended in McCain since all computers, seats, surfaces, and study rooms are needed.
  • This is a public building. Be aware that not all who enter have signed the Honor Pledge. Especially now, it is not a good idea to leave visible any cell phones, expensive textbooks, tablets, laptops, keys, or other valuable items. There has been theft in the past, and we do not want students to have an additional stress during exams.
  • Please do not eat at the library’s computers; follow the Food Policy to keep the building looking tidy. Thanks for being considerate of fellow students and of our hardworking custodians.
  • Lastly, please remember to clear up any fines and return all library materials before you leave campus*.

Best of luck wrapping up the semester!

*All student accounts expire after the end of exams (May 14).  If you are staying in the Atlanta area over the summer, registered for summer or fall semester, and wish to check out books or DVDs, speak to a staff member at the Circulation Desk about extending your patron privileges beyond May 14.  The same holds true if you would like to use the library’s research databases over the summer; just ask and we can extend your patron record until August- but come talk with us since it’s handled on a case-by-case basis.

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Research Help: Where to Find Images for Class Projects

An important skill for all students is to learn how to find and utilize images properly.  To help students acquire those skills and utilize images in such a way that respect the artist, McCain Library has created a guide to finding and using images for class projects.


It is still in development, but you should be able to access some great tools to help you get started with your project!

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Aug. 19 – New Password for Library Databases

Welcome to Fall Semester! If you’re doing online research, the password for accessing many of McCain Library’s databases from off-campus or over wireless networks changed on Tuesday, August 19. The new password will be valid until January 5, 2015.

Current ASC students, faculty, or staff will see it once logged in to Moodle under the “Lib 101” course.  You may need to enroll yourself in that “course” if you have not done so previously.

To see the full range of more than 300 online resources currently provided by McCain Library, start at the library’s home page, then click (top left or center of the page) the A-Z Database List. Databases may be accessed alphabetically, by subject, or by type. Some e-resources are licensed institutionally for you by McCain Library and others we pay for through Georgia’s GALILEO consortium. (If a resource is licensed institutionally, you’ll be asked for your full name and ASC ID number rather than the GALILEO password.)

For browsing or general interest, you may be interested in the newspapers available, some digital archives and genealogy sources, or – before shopping – the fact that Consumer Reports magazine is included in PDF.

If you’d like research guidance, please drop by the Research Desk, call McCain’s librarians at 404-471-6096, email, or use our chat service on library web pages. Also, our LibGuides (keyword searchable subject starting points) are available 24/7 without a password.

*If you have trouble getting into the databases or see a message such as “Your patron privileges have expired,” you should call the Circulation Desk at 404-471-6094 or email New students, faculty, or staff may not be completely set up in our software yet, but we’re glad to add you manually.

Happy searching!

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Four New Databases Available

Our resource licensing partners have let us know that EBSCO is making available four new databases for users of GALILEO, Georgia digital library.  The databases are now live on McCain Library’s A-Z menus and will show up in Discover search results.

These indexes should be useful especially for education, human rights, international relations, political science,  psychology, sociology, and women’s studies topics, and they’ve been added to relevant LibGuides. Please email or telephone (404-471-6096) McCain Library if you have any questions.

Child Development & Adolescent Studies provides references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21. This database includes all of the issues of Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography from 1927 – 2001 previously published by the Society for Research in Child Development, plus new coverage on child rights and welfare issues. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed in this database.  Update Frequency: Ongoing

Peace Research Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to peace research, including conflict resolution, international affairs, peace psychology, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains thousands of records selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as: Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Journal of Refugee Law, etc. EBSCO has digitized the full archive of this index, including coverage dating back to 1964.  Coverage Dates: 1964 – present

Race Relations Abstracts focuses on content relating specifically to the relationship between races. Race relations is an area of study that pertains to the social, political, and economic relations between races and ethnicities. Specific areas covered include ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, ideology, community relations, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains thousands of records selected from the sources such as Race & Class, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Social Issues, etc.  Coverage Dates: 1975 – present

Violence & Abuse Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Records are selected from sources within the discipline, such as: Child Maltreatment, Trauma, and Violence & Abuse. EBSCO has digitized the full archive of this index, bringing coverage back to 1995.  Coverage Dates: 1995 – present

Happy researching!

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Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Fair Use in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust

Today (June 10) was another landmark day for Fair Use interpretations.  The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled on Authors Guild v. HathiTrust and found in favor of fair use.

The Library Copyright Alliance filed an amicus brief in the case, supporting HathiTrust’s position and the lower court’s finding of fair use.  Jonathan Band, counsel for the Library Copyright Alliance, said, “The decision is a significant victory for the public.”

The HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL)—comprised of eighty college, university and nonprofit member institutions at the time of the court filings—contains digital copies of more than ten million works and engages in several projects that provide new value and use to copyrighted works. These projects include the creation of a full-text search database, facilitation of access to works for the visually impaired and print disabled, and preservation of works in its library.

The HathiTrust Digital Library offers a scholarly online archive that may be searched for full book text.  The pages of an 1895 edition of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, for example, are freely viewable with an etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a map of Wessex. HDL provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content (some restricted) from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institutions.  Those partner institutions include the libraries of Harvard, Princeton, The University of California, and smaller liberal arts colleges such as Colby and Mount Holyoke.

More details:


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Last Minute Research Help

If you are struggling to find resources for your research project, set up an appointment with Casey, Erica, or Liz in McCain Library.  All you need to do is use the appointment scheduler  and choose a time that works best for you. McCain Library will contact you to let you know who you will be meeting and where the meeting will be held.

For help creating and formatting your bibliography, McCain Library recommends using  Zotero or RefWorks.  On Mondays Kaitlyn Lyles, McCain’s resident expert on Zotero, is available at the Reference Desk to teach you how to use Zotero.  Within 15 minutes she’ll have you registered for an account and creating bibliographies in any citation style.  Here are guides to help you learn how to use these tools: Zotero Guide | Refworks Guide

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New in Discovery: Research Starters

GALILEO (Georgia’s digital library programmers) just announced an enhancement that may interest McCain Library researchers.

“Research Starters” is a new feature in Discovery search results that provides citeable, authoritative summary articles for thousands of popular topics. When a searched topic matches an available Research Starter, that Starter appears at the top of the results list.  It includes an overview of the topic, links to related information, helpful images, and a bibliography. Content in this feature comes from a variety of reliable sources, both proprietary and encyclopedic, including Salem Press, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Magills, and more. Research Starters articles feature the same Discovery tools as other articles, including tools for citation, translation, Text-to-Speech, and the option to add the article to a personal folder.

Users can launch a search from the Discover GALILEO search box on the McCain Library website. If a Research Starter exists for the topic, it will appear as the first article in the list of results (as outlined in red in the image below).

If you’re stumped for a search term to investigate this new feature, try one of these:  mythology, cancer, John Steinbeck, global warming, mitosis, Nelson Mandela, Ukraine, brain disorders, evolution of the universe, bipolar disorders, net neutrality, nuclear fusion or baseball. Happy searching!