Monday, December 04, 2006

ILLiad Interlibrary Loan System Maintenance on Thursday, December 7, 2006

ILLiad, our Interlibrary Loan system, will be unavailable on Thurs Dec 7 from 7am to approximately 10am.

You will not be able to submit requests or log in to your ILLiad account during this time.

After Dec 7th, the ILLiad logon page URL will change and bookmarks will need to be updated.

The "Request Item" feature for books in CLICnet is not affected by the ILLiad System Maintenance.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

First Year Student Research Practices Survey Winners for 2006

iPod Shuffles
Janessa Eisenbraun, Horatiu Kraus, & Aaron Brown

iTunes Cards
Robert Griffin Schwed, Arthur Sillah, Leonor Ano

Friday, October 06, 2006

Digital Collections Master Plan: Content, Systems, Acess and Comprehensive Management Framework

The Digital Assets Management working group consists of members from the library, media, web services, and ITS. During the past two years the group has been working to put together an overall strategic framework to provide direction for our digital assets management efforts. A copy of our plan is now available in the Digital Commons. Comments and feedback are welcome.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Working on an Honors Paper This Year?

Learn how to be more efficient in your research and find out about special resources and services, just for you. Sessions will be offered on Wed Sept 27 & Thurs Sept 28 from 5-6pm.

Sign up for a Session »

Need Quick Tips on Finding Books or Articles?

Check out the online Info Services tutorials covering these topics and more.

Access the Tutorials »

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

New Student Library/ITS Drop-In Session Drawing Winners

$25 Mac Grille Credit

Sara Elizabeth Berger, Carly Levin, Joshua Paulson, Dirk Petersen, Kristin Riegel, Mark Smedley

$25 Highlander Gift Certificate

Jen Agans, Mirja Benkovic, Dogulan Dalgalan, Aliye Goksun, Dara Hoppe, Seth McIntire

Library Treasure Hunt Prize Drawing Winners

1st Prize, iPod Shuffle - Erin Twamley

2nd Prize, $50 Bon Appetit Aux. Pts. - David Seitz

3rd Prize - $25 Highlander Gift Cert. - Atang Gilika

Got Questions?

Interested in learning more about services available to you in the Library? Want to know more about using webmail? Check out our Information Services Online Tutorials.

Lockers Available

A limited number of lockers are available for the semester in the Library Link. Priority given to Honors students, off campus students, or others with special needs. Sign up at the Library Circulation Desk.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

53 Private College Presidents Show Support for FRPAA

The Federal Public Research Access Act (FRPAA) introduced in May 2006, is a bill which would require "federal agencies to publish their findings, online and free, within six months of their publication elsewhere". In July, 25 Provosts of large national institutions issued a letter in support of this legislation. Today in an article in Inside Higher Education ( the lead article referred to a letter signed by 53 Presidents of Oberlin Group institutions also in support of this legislation. I am very pleased to report that President Brian Rosenberg was one of the 53. Although a number of scholarly publishers have come out opposed to this legislation, the benefits to making research that is funded by taxpayers available to a broader audience cannot be disputed. For more information about FRPAA see the SPARC Resources Page at

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Parent & Family Library Orientation

Sun Sept 3, 2pm-2:40pm, Library Harmon Room
Please join us for a virtual tour of the library! We look forward to discussing our services and resources with you.

New Student Library/ITS Drop-In Sessions

Sat Sept 2, 10am-2pm, Library & Kirk Hall Computer Labs
Problem with your username or password? Want to learn more about ITS & Library services & resources? Please join us during our drop-in session. Or, send us a quick email question using our AskUs service. See also our "Getting Started @ Mac” online tutorials, accessible via the Info Services area of the Macalester web site.

New Faculty Orientation

Thurs, Aug 31, 8:45am-1pm, 401 Humanities
Activities begin promptly at 9 a.m. on Thurs. morning.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Changes In Scholarly Communication

The digital environment is changing scholarly publishing. "Create Change" has been the motto of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Resources Coalition) and their newly revised website "Create Change" provides a resource for faculty who are interested in these changes. From their website: "In the age of the Internet, the ways you share and use academic research results are changing — rapidly, fundamentally, irreversibly. There’s great potential in change. After all, faster and wider sharing of journal articles, research data, simulations, syntheses, analyses, and other findings fuels the advance of knowledge. It’s a two-way street — sharing research benefits you and others. But will the promise of digital scholarship be fully realized? How will yesterday’s norms adapt to tomorrow’s possibilities?

This website will help you understand the changing landscape and how it affects you and your research. It also offers practical ways to look out for your own interests as a researcher.

A scholarly revolution is underway. It enables you to get a greater return from your research. All you have to do is share it."

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Academic journal publishing trends

A recent report by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers on trends in academic journals revealed these key findings:

* Publishers continue to make more content available online – 90% of journals are now online, compared with 75% in 2003.
* The number of journals continues to grow. 174 publishers have launched 1,048 new journal titles in the five years to 2005, averaging 6.02 per publisher, while they discontinued 185 titles, averaging 1.06 each.
* The availability of back issues online has increased by 5% to 91% in 2005. Many publishers have digitised back to Volume 1 Issue 1; 47 offer online access to pre-1990 content. Continuing access to previously subscribed volumes is provided by about 60%. Access to journal back volumes is becoming an integral part of the online product; 63% of publishers provide active subscribers with access at no extra cost.
* About a fifth of publishers are experimenting with open access journals.
* Online article submission and peer review processes have been widely adopted in the last five years.
* Almost all publishers offer more content to more users via bundling and/or consortia deals; pricing models vary considerably; and many smaller publishers are now included in multi-publisher packages such as the ALPSP Learned Journals Collection.
* All categories of publishers are now extending usage rights to be ‘library friendly’.
* Although most publishers still require journal authors to assign copyright, the proportion willing to accept a licence to publish has grown significantly in the past two years.

An excutive summary of the report will be found at

Women Writers Online - Enhancements

The Brown University Women Writers Project ( is pleased to announce the launch of a new and significantly expanded version of Women Writers Online. Available starting in the first week of June, the new release includes powerful new text analysis tools, new texts, and a magnificently fast search engine that makes waiting for search results a thing of the past. Women Writers Online is a full-text collection of pre-Victorian women's writing in English, encoded in detailed TEI/XML, and published for use in research and teaching.

New Tools
The new WWO interface is built on top of the Philologic search engine developed at the University of Chicago ( In addition to improved speed, it offers the following features for in-depth searching and analysis of text:

--detailed word frequency statistics
--context-sensitive searching
--sequential search refinement
--searching on similar words
--keyword-in-context display
--word in clause position
--collocation analysis
--detailed results bibliography

New Texts
The new release adds texts by the following authors:

Hannah Adams
Anne Askew
Jane Barker
Margaret Cavendish
Caroline Cushing
Esme Stuart Erskine
Deborah Gannett
Mary Austin Holley
Elizabeth Singer Rowe
Elizabeth Elkins Sanders
Phillis Wheatley
[more if there are more by then]

Please visit the Women Writers Project at and have a look. The new site will become active in the first week of June, but is available in beta mode until then. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for further improvement to the site: please send comments to

All site URLs will remain unchanged, including links to the main WWO page and to individual title-level URLs. However, during the cutover period there may be a brief interval in which title-level URLs are temporarily broken. We appreciate your patience as we make this change.

The old version of WWO will remain available for a month following this launch, linked from the main WWO site, to allow users time to become familiar with the new version.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Future of the Book

There has been a lot of discussion about the Google project to digitize books, and a recent article in the New York Times by Kevin Kelly, "Scan this Book", [May 14, 2006 - available via our Lexis/Nexis account]generated an open discussion on MPR with Pat Schroeder and Kevin Kelly on June 1, 2006. The audio file of the MPR recording can be found at:

Although most of us would agree that the paper book is not going away, we'd like to hear your views regarding the Google project, Kevin Kelly's forecasts, and the view expressed by Pat Schroeder.

Let us know what you think.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Like Wikipedia but Need Scholarly Sources for Your Research Projects?

Check out these Library subscription Reference Collections:


Encyclopaedia Britannica

NetLibrary Reference Center


Monday, April 03, 2006

National Library Week - April 2-8, 2006

Wake Up & Smell the Coffee...
Help us celebrate National Library Week 2006. Come to the Library for Free Coffee! Exciting Details

Alumni Career Panel & Free Pizza!
Talk with Mac alums about their library career experiences. More Info & Registration

What Have Libraries Meant to You?
Tell us a a story about how a library affected your life. Read other stories. Read or Submit a Story

Monday, February 13, 2006

What's New in the DeWitt Wallace Library Collections?

Please see the Library's New Titles list to browse new books and other Library materials by subject/call number and department. We welcome your feedback and questions as we develop this new service.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Classics Journal, Classical World, Now Available in Project MUSE

"With one of the largest circulations in its field, Classical World is indispensable for research and teaching in the classics. In addition to scholarly and pedagogical articles and professional notices, Classical World also publishes research bibliographies on authors and topics, surveys of teaching resources, and book reviews." [Project MUSE description]

Go directly to Classical World

New to Project MUSE?

Monday, January 16, 2006


Our MacLinks (also known as SFX) will be unavailable on Tuesday, January 17th from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. while the U of M is moving it from one server to another. If you notice any problems after 8 a.m. with our MacLinks service, please contact the Library Reference Desk.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Fifty Bestsellers for 2005

A list of the top 200 bestselling books for 2005 has been released by Book Standard, a book and publishing industry online information center. This compilation includes a variety of retailers and may vary from the or Barnes & Noble lists of 2005 bestsellers.

On the following list of the top 50, how many have you read? For those you have not read, consider checking these out from the DeWitt Wallace Library's Harmon Reading Collection. To check availability, go to the CLICnet Catalog and search by title. If a particular book is checked out, you can place a hold for the book by using the red "Request" button.

To view the entire list of 200 books, see Book Standard's Biggest of 2005.

2005 Rank, Title, Author (Imprint, ISBN, Date of Publication, Price)

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Rowling, J.K. (Arthur A. Levine Books, 0439784549, 7/1/2005, $29.99)

2. A Million Little Pieces, Frey, James, (Anchor Books, 0307276902, 9/1/2005, $14.95)

3. The Kite Runner, Hosseini, Khaled, (Riverhead, 1594480001, 4/1/2004, $14.00)

4. 1776, McCullough, David, (Simon & Schuster, 0743226712, 5/1/2005, $32.00)

5. The Da Vinci Code, Brown, Dan, (Doubleday, 0385504209, 3/1/2003, $24.95)

6. The World Is Flat, Friedman, Thomas L. (Farrar Straus Giroux, 0374292884, 4/1/2005, $27.50)

7. The Purpose-Driven Life, Warren, Rick, (Zondervan, 0310205719, 10/1/2002, $19.99)

8. Angels & Demons, Brown, Dan, (Pocket Star, 0671027360, 7/1/2001, $7.99)

9. You: The Owner's Manual, Oz, Mehmet, (HarperCollins, 0060765313, 5/1/2005, $24.95)

10. Eldest, Paolini, Christopher, (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 037582670X, 8/1/2005, $21.00)

11. The Broker, Grisham, John, (Doubleday, 0385510454, 1/1/2005, $27.95)

12. Your Best Life Now, Osteen, Joel, (Warner Faith, 0446532754, 10/1/2004, $19.99)

13. Blink, Gladwell, Malcolm, (Little, Brown, 0316172324, 1/1/2005, $25.95)

14. Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About, Trudeau, Kevin, (Alliance Publishing, 0975599518, 6/1/2005, $29.95)

15. Freakonomics, Levitt, Steven D. (William Morrow, 006073132X, 5/1/2005, $25.95)

16. The Secret Life of Bees, Kidd, Sue Monk, (Penguin, 0142001740, 1/1/2003, $14.00)

17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon, Mark, (Vintage, 1400032717, 5/1/2004, $12.95)

18. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Brashares, Ann, (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, 0385730586, 3/1/2003, $8.95)

19. The Broker, Grisham, John, (Dell, 0440241588, 11/1/2005, $7.99)

20. French Women Don't Get Fat, Guiliano, Mireille, (Knopf, 1400042127, 12/1/2004, $22.00)

21. Wicked, Maguire, Gregory, (ReganBooks, 0060987103, 12/1/2000, $15.00)

22. True Believer, Sparks, Nicholas, (Warner Books, 0446532436, 4/1/2005, $24.95)

23. The Mermaid Chair, Kidd, Sue Monk, (Viking, 0670033944, 4/1/2005, $24.95)

24. Black Rose, Roberts, Nora, (Jove, 0515138657, 6/1/2005, $7.99)

25. The Penultimate Peril, Snicket, Lemony, (HarperCollins, 0064410153, 10/1/2005, $11.99)

26. The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis, C.S. (HarperCollins, 0066238501, 10/1/2001, $19.99)

27. Mary, Mary, Patterson, James, (Little, Brown, 031615976X, 11/1/2005, $27.95)

28. The Historian, Kostova, Elizabeth, (Little, Brown, 0316011770, 6/1/2005, $25.95)

29. Girls In Pants, Brashares, Ann, (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, 0385729359, 1/1/2005, $16.95)

30. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, Brashares, Ann, (Delacorte Press, 0385731051, 12/1/2004, $8.95)

31. My Sister's Keeper, Picoult, Jodi, (Washington Square Press, 0743454537, 2/1/2005, $14.00)

32. Red Lily, Roberts, Nora, (Jove, 0515139408, 12/1/2005, $7.99)

33. The Last Juror, Grisham, John, (Dell, 044024157X, 12/1/2004, $7.99)

34. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Rowling, J.K. (Scholastic, 0439358078, 8/1/2004, $9.99)

35. The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Albom, Mitch, (Hyperion, 0786868716, 9/1/2003, $19.95)

36. At First Sight, Sparks, Nicholas, (Warner Books, 0446532428, 10/1/2005, $24.95)

37. Eragon, Paolini, Christopher, (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 0375826696, 4/1/2005, $9.95)

38. Deception Point, Brown, Dan, (Pocket Books, 0671027387, 12/1/2002, $7.99)

39. He's Just Not That Into You, T, Behrendt, Greg and Tuccillo, Liz (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 068987474X, 9/1/2004, $21.95)

40. Rachael Ray's 365, Ray, Rachael, (Clarkson Potter, 1400082544, 10/1/2005, $19.95)

41. Honeymoon, Patterson, James, (Little, Brown, 0316710628, 2/1/2005, $27.95)

42. The Tipping Point, Gladwell, Malcolm, (Back Bay Books, 0316346624, 1/1/2002, $14.95)

43. 4th of July, Patterson, James, (Little, Brown, 0316710601, 5/1/2005, $27.95)

44. Why Do Men Have Nipples?, Leyner, Mark, (Three Rivers Press, 1400082315, 7/1/2005, $13.95)

45. Teacher Man, McCourt, Frank, (Scribner, 0743243773, 11/1/2005, $26.00)

46. Team of Rivals, Goodwin, Doris, Kearns, (Simon & Schuster, 0684824906, 10/1/2005, $35.00)

47. Our Endangered Values, Carter, Jimmy, (Simon & Schuster, 0743284577, 10/1/2005, $25.00)

48. Trace, Cornwell, Patricia D. (Berkley, 0425204200, 6/1/2005, $7.99)

49. Bad Cat, Edgar, Jim, (Workman, 0761136193, 10/1/2004, $9.95)

50. Predator, Cornwell, Patricia, (Putnam, 0399152830, 11/1/2005, $26.95)

Sunday, January 01, 2006

CLICnet Catalog Upgrade on Jan 5th & 6th

The CLICnet Catalog will be upgraded on January 5th and 6th. Access to CLICnet may be unavailable at times on these days. Please contact us through our Ask Us email service if you have any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.