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We Are Updating the Laptops

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It’s almost Hump Day Scotties!

You may or may not know that McCain Library circulates laptops to staff, faculty, and students with a loan period of 6 hours. To keep our laptops in the best shape for you, they will be undergoing updates and much needed installations beginning Monday of next week (10/8/18). Unfortunately, this means that laptops will not be available for checkout for the entire week (from 10/8/18 – 10/15/18).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and wanted to let you know in advance. But do not despair! — we still have several lovely computer workstations on the ground and first floor of McCain Library for you to use and enjoy.

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We Have More Canon Cameras đź“·

Happy Friday Scotties!

snapping camera

We know that some of you have had a hard time getting your hands on the very popular and ever-elusive Canon Cameras at McCain Library.

BUT … we are excited to inform you that we have added *6* new Canon Rebel T5i Cameras to our inventory – AND – we are expecting to get 4 more very soon! Additionally, these cameras now loan for 3 days, rather than 1 day.

We apologize for the delays and inconveniences and hope you’ll forgive us!

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Need Digital Equipment? We Can Help!

Happy Friday Scotties!

Did you know that at McCain Library, we lend various kinds of technology and digital equipment for all of your audio, visual, and technological needs?  If you need to film something for class or just want to host movie night in your dorm, we can help!

Simply come to the circulation desk, ask for what you need, and one of our lovely library staff or assistants will grab it for you if it’s available. Here’s a visual of what we currently lend below:

Library_ITS Equipment List-1Library_ITS Equipment List-2

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Library Open House: Books, Bikes, and Booths!

Hello, Scotties! Let McCain Library, the Center for Digital & Visual Literacy (CDVL), and the Decatur Public Library celebrate your arrival at our Open House by showing you all of the awesome and helpful resources we have for you — both academic and purely for fun.

It’s happening Thursday, August 30, 3:00-5:00pm.

Spark your curiosity on a scavenger hunt through McCain to help you find resources and services you might need throughout the year… and for a chance to win prizes*! If the hunt is not what you want, we will also have event stations such as:

  • Book Trivia (Do you know it? Well, show it!)
  • Test-a-Bike (and the helmet, too…)
  • Book Look-Up (What’s your criminal call number?)
  • Photo & Equipment Booth (You’re our “Most Wanted,” so pose for a mugshot using equipment available for check out!)
  • Snacks! (Study spaces and vegan brownies or broccoli – a great pairing!)

If McCain does not have everything you’re looking for — no worries! Friends from the Decatur Public Library will be here to give you access to their library and awesome resources, such as audiobooks, popular reading, electronic magazines, and exam prep materials. Faculty, staff, and students may sign up for a public library card during this event.

To learn more about McCain Library and what’s available to you, here is a link to the website:

See You There!

*Complete the scavenger hunt for chances to win gift cards to local eateries:

buttercream      Print       raging burrito


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Reserve a Library Study or Media Room

The McCain Library will use a new reservation system to   reserve the 3 media and 5 group study rooms in the library.

To reserve a room…

Step 1: Throughout the day and up to two weeks in advance, visit to schedule a room.

Step 2: Use the “Info” button next to each study space to explore seating, equipment, and whiteboard options in each room.

Step 3: Select an open room by clicking on the green square (room reservations are limited to one per day, per student ).

Step 4: Choose how long your reservation will last from the drop down box (a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 3 hours).

Step 5: Agree to the terms and conditions and complete the booking form using your Scottie email address.

Step 6: When the reservation system sends you an email, click the link to confirm your reservation.

If you have any questions, please stop by the library for more information or email –

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Study Carrel Reservations at McCain Library Begin Tuesday


Study carrel reservations for spring 2018 will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. If you are enrolled in a senior seminar or an independent study, here is your chance to reserve a carrel for a whole semester (to turn it into your home away from home)! Library staff at the main check-out desk will start reserving them as soon as the library doors open on the first day of classes.

There are 41 carrels around the library, so walk through McCain, choose 2-3 carrel numbers/locations as your ideal choice, fill out the form, and get in line early! The carrels typically are all reserved by 9 a.m. Please don’t despair if you miss getting one this spring! Any student may sit at a carrel until the reservation-holder arrives.

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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.

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Interested in a Library or Archives Career? Apply for the Arseneau Award


Each spring, McCain Library sends out a call for nominations for the Arseneau Award.  This award was created by the Agnes Scott College Class of 1989 to honor the memory of their classmate Marjo Dobbs Arseneau, an academic librarian whose life was cut short by cancer.

At least ten past winners have gone on to complete library-related Master’s degrees and to pursue careers in libraries and archives.

To be eligible (self-nominations are accepted), a nominee must be a current Agnes Scott College junior or senior:

  • committed to pursuing a career in librarianship/archives by continuing her education in a Master of Library Science, Information Management/Studies, or allied program,


  • who has made significant contributions to McCain Library while working as a library student assistant.

The Arseneau Award includes a monetary prize intended to assist with graduate school costs. This year’s distribution will be $800.

A Google Form on which to submit your own information or a student nomination (by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 28, 2016) is available here:

People other than the McCain Library staff will help with the selection process, so please be thorough in completing the form.

Thank you for your assistance.  Any questions may be directed to the director of library services.


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Pilot Project – Most Expensive Textbooks on Reserve


Thanks to the support of the Minter Foundation and after consultation with student and faculty focus groups, McCain Library is happy to announce a pilot project that we hope will enhance student success at Agnes Scott College.  The library will purchase the most expensive textbooks (retailing for $100 or more) being used in ASC courses taught during spring semester 2015 .

As suggested by students in a focus group and an online survey, the books will be on reserve at the Circulation Desk in McCain, and may be borrowed for up to two hours*, for use within the library only – not overnight or in classrooms.  The library took this step after hearing from the campus community about the difficulty some students face in affording the high cost of textbooks, particularly in certain natural and social science fields such as Chemistry or Psychology.

We know it also may be useful to have access to a textbook for the first week or two of the semester, when there may be a delay in obtaining a personal copy from the ASC Bookstore or another vendor.

The list of books that the library expects to make available for short-term loans starting in January 2015 is below. (Thank you to faculty who have contributed to this project, as well.)

McCain Library and the Minter Foundation are delighted to begin this experiment.  If successful, the library will repeat it for fall semester 2015 courses, as well.


1. Not all textbooks used at ASC will be on reserve – only those that meet our “most expensive” threshold and which are not readily available from used book vendors. For tips on finding cheaper, used, or rentable copies of less expensive textbooks to purchase yourself, please locate the ISBN of the edition your professor prefers (normally noted within a course description on AscAgnes) and use this guide.

2. Because these textbooks on reserve will be in a multi-user environment, none of these books will have online access codes or provide additional curricular content. McCain Library also will not provide workbooks or consumable items  designed for individual students to write in. If your class requires that type of component, try to buy or rent it separately on your own.

3. *It will be considered an Honor Code violation for a student to keep a book from this special reserve collection for longer than the two-hour loan period, although if no one else in a class is waiting for a copy, library staff may permit a renewal/extension depending upon demand.

4. McCain Library advises students to familiarize themselves with copyright laws and fair use standards.  Students accept liability by borrowing a textbook; it is not appropriate to scan or photocopy an entire book.  Rather, you should read and make notes on note cards, computers, or notebook paper – not in the textbooks – on site in the library.

The library hopes that students will enjoy this new service!  Questions or comments may be directed here.

Course Book Title
PSY 312 Abnormal Psychology: DSM-5 Update: 8th ed.
SPA 323 Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispanica: 7th ed.
ART150 Art: Brief History: 5th ed.
BUS 240 Business & Society: 8th ed.
CHE 150 / 220 Chemistry: Atoms First: 2nd ed.
PSY 315 Cognitive Neuroscience: 3rd ed.
PHY 103 College Physics: 10th ed.
GER 102 Deutsch: Na Klar!: 6th ed.
BUS 211 / 212 Financial and Managerial Accounting: 6th ed.
BUS 210 Fundamentals of Investing: 12th ed.
MUS 109/110, 209/210 Harmony in Context: 2nd ed.
CHE 370 Inorganic Chemistry: 5th ed.
BUS 230 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Business…
ECO 104 Macroeconomics: 3rd ed.
ECO 206 Microeconomics: 7th ed.
BIO 250 Neuroscience: 5th ed.
CHE 240 / 340 Organic Chemistry: 8th ed.
ECO 201 Personal Finance: 11th ed. [on order, should arrive very soon]
CHE 230 Quantitative Chemical Analysis: 8th ed.
PSY 101 / 102 Science of Psychology: 3rd ed.
PSY 323 Sensation & Perception: 9th ed.
PSY 202 Sexuality Now: 4th ed.
PSY 206 Statistics for Behavioral & Soc Sciences: Brief Course: 5th ed.
ANT 240 Understanding & Applying Medical Anthropology: 2nd ed.
BIO 240 Vertebrate Life: 9th ed.