Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A New Mascot for Lewis Library!

A New Mascot at Lewis Library

Lewis Library has a new mascot!

We considered a worm (a bookworm, get it?).
We contemplated a cat…most libraries have a library cat.
But in the end, when it came to dreaming up the first ever mascot for Lewis Library, the library staff decided on a wise, friendly owl!

Because our wise, snowy owl doesn't have a name yet, we're having a naming contest! 

You are invited to stop by the Lewis Library Circulation Desk to drop off a name for this guy (or girl!) in the suggestion box. 

Be sure to look for any updated information about our new mascot on Facebook and our library blog page! We think he or she is going to be getting into some owl mischief!  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Our McNaughton Collection

I want to answer a frequently asked question about the books on the shelf to the right of the main doors.  They are part of our McNaughton Collection.  

What’s that?  The McNaughton Collection are current and popular books of fiction and non-fiction that we borrow for about a year so that we can get books you want to read without keeping them permanently. 

Every month new books for the collection come in, and I place them on our “New Books” display.  They are available for checkout for everyone with a library card, and the checkout time and renewal process are the same as with the rest of the library’s books.

What kind of books do we have on our McNaughton shelf?  Well, we have anything from biographies, histories, mysteries, graphic novels, bestsellers, contemporary fiction, and much more. 

Here are some of the titles we currently have available:

*This post was written by our Circulation Manager, Mrs. April McArdle

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What do librarians read?

Do you ever wonder what your librarians are reading, or do you want some suggestions before leaving for the summer break?  Well wonder no more!  Listed below is the list I’ve complied of what we are reading:

Pat Barrett is reading Chiefs by Stuart Woods.  Chiefs is the first novel in the Will Lee series and you can find it in our library! PS3573 .O642 C57 1981

Stacey Davis suggests reading In Wilderness by Diane Thomas.  Here’s what Stacey has to say about it, “It is a dark and intense story by a Georgia author and it is set in Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains during the 1960’s. I really enjoyed reading the book in one weekend and decided to write a Facebook post to the author to thank her for my personal copy and to tell her how much I loved it.  The author reported back to me that she is in the process of writing a sequel to the book which I plan to read when it is published!” You can find it on our McNaughton shelf PS3620 .H627 I5 2015.

Terry Kay, a famous LaGrange College alumni, praised the book on Amazon. Here’s what he said:
“Diane Thomas’s In Wilderness is a mesmerizing literary ballet, a dazzling dance of language revealing a story of fear and fragility, madness and passion, and hauntingly performed by two of the most memorable characters to appear in recent American literature. This is a great, great read.”—Terry Kay, author of To Dance with the White Dog and The Book of Marie. 

Joe Marciniak is currently reading Managing Copyright in Higher Education: A Guidebook by Donna Ferullo (Z642 .G47 2014) and The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker (HD31 .D7672 2008).

Dr. Arthur Robinson recently finished The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals by Dan Dietz (Lewis Library call number ML1711.8 .N3 D518 2015).

He also said, "I’m re-reading a detective story, Love Lies Bleeding, by my favorite mystery author, Edmund Crispin, whose novels are funny as well as fairly plotted.  The library has a copy of Love Lies Bleeding (PR6025 .O466 L68 1981); I also recommend Crispin’s The Long Divorce (PR6025 .O46 L6 1990)."

David Wiggins is reading Agatha Christie’s The Hollow.  Here’s one of the quotes he picked out to share from the book:
"'We are only, as she knows, moderately fond of caramel custard. There would be something very gross, just after the death of a friend, in eating one's favourite pudding. But caramel custard is so easy — slippery if you know what I mean — and then one leaves a little on one's plate.'"

If you want to read a Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie, the Lewis Library has many to choose from. Have you heard of Murder on the Orient Express? That’s a Hercule Poirot mystery! PR6005 .H66 M975 1960

Felecia Moore, our evening and weekend assistant, is reading Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive by T.D. Jakes. We have this book in our McNaughton collection, as well.   BV4598.3 .J359 2014

Charlene Baxter is reading Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher! She said that it is definitely "a chuckle book" and is full of funny moments.

Lindsey Lowry says, “To get out of my reading funk, I am attempting to finish Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell. So far so good, but it’s depressing, as by design, of course. You can’t argue with Orwell’s writing style though. I love a concise writer.”

Love Orwell? We have plenty of his books in our collection including Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm, Burmese Days, and others.  

The other book I’m reading is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  I’m a big fan of epic fantasy, and Rothfuss is likened to some of the great fantasy authors like Tolkien and Robert Jordan.  Though we don’t have any books by Rothfuss, we do own several of Tolkien.  Start off with The Fellowship of the Ring.  PR6039 .O32 L6 2002B PT. 1

I want to know, what are you reading?

This post was written by our circulation manager, April McArdle.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Blog Hiatus

It's been since September that we librarians have posted our last blog. Tragic, I know.

However, the silver lining to our blogless-ness (is that a word?) is that we have so much to share with you! Where do we begin!?


We have been expanding what kind of technology is available at Lewis Library, and we think you will be happy with what we have in store.

The following items are now available for checkout at the circulation desk:

Apple iPads

These iPads can be checked out for up to 3 hours and are library use only. Over 40 apps are already installed, including study tools, social media, sports apps, and much more. If you have a suggestion for an app that we need, please let us know in the comments!

Coming soon!: Candy Crush, Bejeweled, Trivia Crack, Words with Friends, and more games!

Also coming soon!: Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPad!

Apple iPhone charging cables (for models 4-6)

Has your iPhone died while you were in the library? We've got you covered. Come to the circulation desk and check out an iPhone charger! Wall adapters are also available. These chargers are library use only, can be checked out for up to 3 hours, and made for models 4-6.

24 hour checkout laptops

You asked, we listened. A select few laptops are available for 24 hour checkout, and yes, they can leave the library! They must stay on campus, but that does include the Broad Street Apartments AND Callaway campus. Are you excited yet?

Also new at Lewis Library:


Lewis Library's Facebook page now has a place where you can search the library catalog, manage your account, and see your checkouts and fines! Just click on Library Search at the top!

***Log in using just your L number, and no PIN number to see your account.

And search our catalog!

You do not need to have a Facebook account in order to use this feature. Pretty cool right?

Come to Lewis Library and check out all our new stuff! We can't wait to see you! And stick around to see what's in store for next month's blog as well!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Library FAQs!

The class of 2019 has arrived on campus and are diving head first into their first year of college! The freshman Cornerstone classes are in full swing, and the new students have been working hard on completing the required Lewis Library Orientation worksheet!

Seriously, look at all these things!

You might be asking yourself, "Self, what are these Cornerstone Library Orientation Worksheets?" 

There are approximately 240 Cornerstone students this semester, all of which will be required to find scholarly sources from the library to incorporate into their presentations and papers. In order for our new students to orient themselves with what our library has to offer and how to identify a scholarly source, they will complete the Library Worksheet that is designed to help them familiarize themselves with our online and print resources.

Our new students will need a little bit more than a short worksheet in order to learn how to find and identify a scholarly source as well as familiarize themselves with our online and print resources. Though it is no replacement for a face-to-face instruction session with a librarian, here are some Frequently Asked Questions that may help Cornerstone students (and any LaGrange College students) find sources for their papers:

For all of your Cornerstone students out there, this blog is for YOU! Keep reading.

Q: Where do I begin when I am ready to do my research? Do I just Google my topic?

A: Google is a wonderful thing. Never in the history of humanity have we been able have so much information at our fingertips so quickly. However, when you are searching for your scholarly sources (as required by all Cornerstone professors) Google could lead you in the wrong direction. Google Scholar allows you to search for articles on specific topics that often have academic credibility, but often you have to work harder to find and evaluate them. Also, many times, you may find an article that you believe works well for your project, but you are required to subscribe or pay for access.

The good news is that the Lewis Library has access to the GALILEO Discovery Service, which searches everything that the Lewis Library owns, including books, e-books, magazines, and articles, print or online. As a LaGrange College student, you have access to thousands upon thousands of Academic Journals through GALILEO, and the search is much easier. When you are searching GALILEO, there is a handy little checkbox marked "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" that allows you to narrow down your search to just those types of articles. Look for it in the left-hand column after you perform your search.

Q: Ok, I found an article through the GALILEO Discovery service that I want to use in my paper. How do I know if it is a scholarly source or not?

A: We have an entire LibGuide page dedicated to this very question. On that page you will find a video explaining how to identify a scholarly source and a scholarly sources checklist. While you are evaluating your sources, keep this checklist on hand to help you out. If you are still stumped, please ask your professor or a librarian, and we will be able to help you.

Q: Why can't I use Wikipedia for my paper? It has information on there that I can't find anywhere else.

A: Wikipedia is another one of those resources that gives us instant information at the click of a mouse, but there are multiple problems with using Wikipedia as a source in your paper. First, Wikipedia is a wiki (thus the name, Wikipedia). A wiki is a webpage that can be edited by multiple people at any given time, some of which may not be identifiable or trustworthy. For instance, hundreds of people may have logged in from all parts of the globe to add information to the Wikipedia page for Elvis Presley, but the identities and credibilities of these people may not be known. Therefore, there is no way to prove that the information given is accurate or complete or that the writers are experts on the subject. 

Q: What about books and e-books? How do I find those to use in my projects and papers?

A:  Our Library Online Catalog is the first place to go to look for books and e-books. Our e-books are all accessible from a computer, 24hrs a day. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your dorm room! Find the link to the Library Catalog on our Library Homepage.

Q: What about websites? Can I use those in my papers and presentations?

A: If your professor allows you to use websites, then by all means, go for it. However, you need to consider the credibility of the webpage before you go citing it in your papers. Once you find a website you want to use, then put it to the CRAAP test. Yes, the CRAAP test. Check out this link to the Cornerstone LibGuide and see the document titled "The CRAAP Test" in the right column. Answer the questions regarding your web page to help you evaluate its credibility.

You may still have more questions about how to find good sources for you projects, papers and presentations. That's where we come in.

Stop by Lewis Library and speak with a librarian, or you can use the Ask-A-Librarian feature!