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Announcing McCain Library’s Inaugural Puzzle Competition!

Look out, Scotties! McCain Library’s Inaugural Puzzle Competition is coming your way!

Sign-up for a team starting Monday, February 6th. You may enter as an individual or as a team. Email Chris Bishop at for entry.

Each competition in the series will have an exciting theme related to the month it happens in– This month we’ll be celebrating with Black Heritage themed puzzles! Each competitor has a chance to win a special prize.

The competition begins on Monday, February 13th at 8:00 AM. Good luck, Scotties, and happy puzzling!

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The Raised Bed Program is Here!

The Raised Bed Program, funded by the SGFF, provides raised beds to Agnes Scott students for gardening and planting. Students apply for beds on a semesterly basis and have McCain Library and Center for Sustainability resources available to them to assist in their gardening endeavors. We want to congratulate our first three program participants EV McGovern, Lynn Holman, and Mari Radtke. We wish them the best of luck for the coming growing season! 

Keep an eye out for more announcements about the Raised Bed Program and for opportunities to join! You may also email for more information.

Note: The SGFF is a partnership between the Student Government Association and the Agnes Scott Center for Sustainability to plan and lead green student initiatives.

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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,