Friday, December 07, 2007

"The Front Line of Human Rights"

Join us in the Library's Harmon Room on Tues Dec 11th from 12noon-1pm to hear James Dawes, English, discuss his recent book, "That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity". Sponsored by Mac Amnesty International and the Library. Refreshments provided.

For further information, please check out the Library's Kiosk display and our special Human Rights Resource Guide.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving Week Library Hours

Mon 11/19 & Tues 11/20 8am-12mid
Wed 11/21 8am-4:30pm
Thurs 11/22 & Fri 11/23 Closed
Sat 11/24 10am-4:30pm
Sun 11/25 6pm-12mid

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

MetaLib: Find Articles, Books and More in a Single Search

One Search. Many Resources.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Working on an Honors Paper?

Sign up for a Library Honors Session on Tues 9/25 or Thurs 9/27 from 5-6pm.

Internet Maintenance on Sun 9/23 from 7am-12noon

ITS reports that Internet access during this time will be intermittent with the possibility of frequent interruptions (times are approx). This maintenance will affect access to several of the library's services and resources including CLICnet, Research Databases, ILL, and Reserves items. Please contact the Reference Desk for more information and help.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Are you ready for the Peace Summit?

Check out the advance readings and our library resource guide

Trying to Find Assigned Books for Your Classes?

Stop by the library Reference Desk for more information and help.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


New Students!

Returning Students!

Fall Focus

Scholarly Communication at Macalester »

Monday, August 20, 2007

New Faculty Orientation

Thursday, August 30
Humanities and Library

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Oral History Interviews (8/13-8/17)

- Mon, 8/13, Jan Serie 10:00- 12:30pm
- Tues, 8/14 Jerry Reedy 2:30-4:30pm

Oral History Interviews are held in the Library's Harmon Room.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Oral History Interviews (8/6-8/10)

- Tues 8/7, Dianna Shandy, 10-12noon

- Wed 8/8, Gerald Weis, 9-11 am
- Wed 8/8, Harry Drake 1-3pm
- Thurs 8/9, Robert Warde, 1-3pm

Oral History Interviews are held in the Library's Harmon Room unless and alternate location is specified.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Los Angelest Times Editorial on NIH Proposed Policy,0,2419093.story?coll=la-opinion-leftrail



Accessing NIH research

Congress should grant taxpayers free access to the medical studies they fund.
July 27, 2007

Taxpayers pony up $28 billion annually for the National Institutes of Health, the world's largest source of funding for medical research. The payoff, in addition to the occasional spectacular breakthrough, is more than 60,000 published studies each year. The first beneficiaries of that knowledge aren't doctors or patients. They are the publishers of the journals that review, print and sell the results to subscribers. Your tax dollars may have financed the clinical trial of a new treatment regime for the rare disease you've contracted, but you'll probably still have to pay to see the results.

Now, some lawmakers are trying to increase the public's access to this research. In a new funding bill for the NIH, the House of Representatives required that the results of the studies the government funds must be made freely available online within 12 months of their publication. The requirement builds on a 2-year-old NIH initiative to gather research in a free website called PubMed Central. That initiative was voluntary. But so few researchers complied -- less than 5% in the first year -- that proponents of "open access" to scientific research have lobbied to make it mandatory.

The main opposition has come from publishers, who argue that making research available free could ruin the smaller journals that serve some medical specialties. Libraries may stop subscribing to costly niche journals if they know the material will be available for free within a year. And if those journals die off, researchers will lose the valuable services they supply, such as rounding up experts to review studies before they're published.

While publishers have an important role to play, particularly in judging a study's credibility, that doesn't mean they're entitled to squeeze cash from that study in perpetuity. An open access requirement could force changes in some journals' business models, but a growing number have found ways to succeed while making research available for free -- for example, by charging researchers fees for publication. And the 12-month period of exclusivity enables publishers to continue selling journals to those with the most immediate need to see them.

At the same time, opening up access to NIH-funded studies will increase their impact on researchers around the world. That's very much in the public interest. The more information that's available, the more chance someone will leverage it into another medical breakthrough.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Upcoming Oral History Interviews

Howard Huelster, Tue July 24, 1-3pm
Aiko Fisher, Wed July 25, 9-11am
Rabbi Bernie Raskas, Wed July 25, 3-4pm
Roger Mosvick, Mon July 30, 1:30-4pm

Interviews are held in the Library Harmon Room

Monday, July 16, 2007

Please Help Support Public Access Policy

Please help us support the Public Access Policy that is being discussed in Congress this week.

"Effective this week, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have proposed FY08 spending bills that direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to change its Public Access Policy so that NIH-funded researchers are required to deposit copies of NIH-funded research into the online archive of the National Library of Medicine. This is big step toward making the policy a success -- we need your help now more than ever.

The bills now go to the full House and the Senate for approval. To help ensure success there, we ask that all supporters contact their Representatives AND Senators with support of the proposed bills by phone or fax as soon as possible. The House is expected to convene on Tuesday, July 17, so we ask that Representatives be contacted no later than MONDAY afternoon."

Contacting your Representatives and Senators

Congresswoman Betty McCollum
1714 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-6631
Fax: 202-225-1968
Web Site for Congresswomen McCollum
Web Contact Form

Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) Class II
320 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-5641
Fax: 202-224-1152
Web Site for Senator Coleman

Web Contact Form

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Class I
320 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington D.C. 20510

Phone: 202-224-3244
Fax: 202-228-2186

Web Site for Senator Klobuchar
Web Contact Form

Other Important Links

ALA Legislative Action Center -
Find your Representative -

Find your Senator -

Please feel free to draw upon the following talking points:

  • The Fiscal Year 2008 Labor/HHS Appropriations Bill reported out of committee contains language directing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to change its Public Access Policy so that it requires NIH-funded researchers to deposit copies of agency-funded research articles into the National Library of Medicine's online archive.
  • This change is necessary for the policy to achieve its goals: to expand use of NIH research findings, enhance management of NIH's substantial research portfolio, and provide for a sustainable archive of research results funded with U.S. tax dollars.
  • Widespread dissemination of research results is an essential, inseparable component of our nation's investment in science and a right of the American taxpayer. It is only through use that we obtain value from this investment, so the open sharing of medical advances and scientific findings will increase and accelerate the return of benefits to taxpayers.
  • Public access to research will drive taxpayer benefits such as accelerated scientific advancement, enhanced national competitiveness, and improved public health.
  • Unfortunately, access to scientific and medical publications has lagged behind the wide reach of the Internet into U.S. homes and institutions. Fees for access to federally supported research unnecessarily limit U.S. taxpayer access to findings that result from the outlay of public funds.
  • Mandatory NIH public access removes imposing barriers, making the results of taxpayer-funded research readily available online at no extra charge to every scientist as well as to small businesses, patients, physicians and clinicians, students and educators, and the American public -- without disrupting the important peer-review process.
  • Over the more than two years since its implementation, the NIH's current voluntary policy has failed to achieve any of the agency's stated goals, attaining a deposit rate of less than 5% by individual researchers. A mandate is required to ensure deposit in NIH's online archive of articles describing findings of all research funded by the agency.
  • Mandatory public access to taxpayer-funded research at the NIH has the full support of the NIH Director, as well as broad bipartisan support in Congress.
  • We urge Congress to approve without change the language included in the Labor/HHS Appropriates bill directing the NIH to implement a mandatory policy ensuring free timely access to all research articles stemming from NIH-funded research.

It is vital that Congress hear from constituents at this critical time. Please take action as soon as you can."

Thank you for your support

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Off Campus Access to Library Resources

The Library is pleased to announce that you can now use your Macalester network username and password to login to Library resources from off campus locations. This is the same username and password used for your e-mail, Moodle, or Oracle Calendar as opposed to the current login based on your Library barcode number. If you have questions about off campus access to resources, please see our Ask Us Web page for help options.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Update on Access to Public Funded Research


Washington, D.C. - June 28, 2007 - Public access to NIH-funded research took a major step forward this week with Senate Appropriations Committee agreement to direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to require that its funded research be made publicly available on the Internet.

This milestone was immediately praised by the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA), a coalition of patient groups, researchers, consumers, and libraries that has long called for such a step.

"The momentum is real and Congress understands the public's interest," said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, an ATA founding member). "We congratulate Senators Tom Harkin and Arlen Specter for their bipartisan leadership on this issue."

"It is significant that Senate appropriators are determined to leverage the taxpayer investment in research by ensuring it can be broadly applied," added Joseph. "Two years after the well-intentioned voluntary NIH policy was introduced, too many researchers, students, small businesses, and people facing diseases still lack access to the publicly funded research they want and need. This is a big step in the right direction."

The Senate's 2008 appropriations bill specifically requires that NIH-funded researchers deposit in the National Library of Medicine's online archive an electronic copy of their peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication in a journal. Articles would become publicly available no later than 12 months after publication.

"Action by our Senators in supporting this change is especially welcomed by the patient community," said Colleen Zak, Executive Director of the Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease and Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis (ARPKD/CHF) Alliance. "Delivering on the NIH public access policy will create anticipated opportunities for accelerating research and finding cures."

Under the current NIH Public Access Policy, implemented in May 2005, investigators have deposited less than five percent of eligible manuscripts and, although a few publishers have also deposited articles stemming from NIH-funded research, the vast majority is not yet publicly available.

Congress has expressed concern about the voluntary policy's failure to meet its goals. However, this is the first time the Senate committee has proposed legislative action to correct the situation. The Senate measure is similar to one recently put forth by the House of Representatives Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee.

The FY08 Senate Appropriations Bill is expected to go before the full Senate for a vote later this summer. The House Labor/HHS Appropriations measure will be considered by the full House Appropriations Committee in July.

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The Alliance for Taxpayer Access is a coalition of patient, academic, research, and publishing organizations that support open public access to the results of federally funded research. The Alliance was formed in 2004 to urge that peer-reviewed articles stemming from taxpayer-funded research become fully accessible and available online at no extra cost to the American public. Details on the ATA may be found at

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Harmon Happenings: Oral History Interviews

» Wed June 27, Patti Young, 1-3pm

» Thurs June 28, Fran & Art Bell, 1-3pm

*Oral History Interviews will take place in the Harmon Room on the First Level of the Library.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Harmon Happenings: Oral History Interviews

Wednesday, June 20 - Oral History Interview: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (John B. Davis, Campus Center)

Thursday, June 21 - Oral History Interview: Jerry Fisher - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Library Harmon Room)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

CLICnet Maintenance completed

CLICnet now has a new back-up power supply, and all systems should be back to normal. Thanks for your patience during this maintenance.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Welcome Back to Macalester Alums!

Please feel free to ask a Library staff member for help during Reunion 2007. Library hours are Friday from 10-4:30 and Saturday from 9-4:30. Stop By and Say Hi...

We wish you a happy
weekend with many laughs!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ashley Lambert Wins Library Award

Graduating senior Ashley Lambert has been awarded Macalester's first annual Jean K. Archibald Award for Library Service.

Established in 2006 with an endowment from Jean K. Archibald, former library director from 1978 to 1985, and supplemented with donations from friends, this annual award recognizes a graduating student employee of the library who has consistently provided excellent service to library patrons. The award includes a cash prize. Ashley will also have her name inscribed on a plaque located near the entrance to the library's rare books room.

Ashley plans to spend a year working for the Minnesota Reading Corps and will then pursue studies toward a career as a children's librarian. Other Archibald Award nominees recognized at the library's senior awards dinner for their exceptional service include Todd Baker, Devin Foster, Emily Hedin, and Elizabeth Ho.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

A Special Congratulations to our Graduating Library Student Employees!

Our seniors select a book from our collection which they particularly enjoyed or which had special meaning for them. An honorary book plate is placed inside the front cover of the book in recognition of their service to the library. See More Info About Our Seniors and View Their Book Selections »

Summer Loan Period

Most regular library items checked out now are due back on Sept 7th. Please ask at the Circulation Desk for more info.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Community of Inquiry Faculty Workshop

According to a recent survey conducted by the CST, nearly 80 percent of you agree it is somewhat important, highly important, or urgent to learn "how to incorporate information fluency concepts in my classroom teaching." Successful liberal arts students need to develop the ability to use information resources effectively in addressing scholarly questions, and to use writing to clarify thinking and describe, persuade, document and analyze. Please join us in a participatory peer workshop that focuses on assignment design to enhance information fluency and writing skills. The Community of Inquiry: Assignment Design for Research and Writing is open to all faculty, with a special emphasis for faculty who are teaching in the first-year course program. This is an opportunity to develop a specific assignment for a course.

Sponsored by the CST, Library and MAX Center, the workshop will be held:

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, May 14
9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, May 15
9 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Mary 17

Workshop participants will receive a $200 stipend.

Advance registration for the workshop is required. Registration Deadline is May 8

Extended Hours for Students During Finals

The Library stays open extended hours during finals for Macalester students. These special hours start May 2 and run through May 6. After May 6, Library hours will be variable. Please see the Library Calendar for a listing of extended hours and additional information about Library hours in the coming weeks.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Miss Our Special Library Sessions for Honors Students?

These sessions provide an overview of Library resources and services that are available to you as you conduct your Honors project research. Specific topics that were covered include the WorldCat international library catalog, national interlibrary loan, the RefWorks citation manager and other special library services made available to Honors students. If you weren't able to attend one of these sessions, consider signing up for an individual Reference consultation with a librarian.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Library Honors Session for 2007/08 Students

If you are a student who will be working on an honors project during the next academic year you should plan to attend one of the two sessions scheduled for Wednesday, April 25th or Thursday, April 26th, 5:00-6:00pm each day. Library Honors Sessions give you an overview of library resources and services that are available to you as you conduct your Honors project research. Specific topics that will be covered include WorldCat, national interlibrary loan, RefWorks and other special library services made available to Honors students. Register to attend a Library Honors Session

Interlibrary Loan Deadline Approaching

The deadline for placing interlibrary loan requests by students is quickly approaching. ILL requests should be placed no later than May 1st in order for the request to be processed and received before the end of the semester. Those library users with special needs which will require exceptions to this deadline, should add a note in the notes/comment field of the ILL request form. If you have any questions about placing ILL requests, please ask at the Reference Desk in the Library.

End-of-Semester Due Date

As the end of the semester approaches, all library items checked out by students are due and should be returned by the end of final exams. Please make sure that you return your items before leaving campus in order to avoid receiving overdue notices and possibly fines. A special loan period allowing students to check out materials during the summer will be available soon. If you have questions about material due dates, please ask for help at the Circulation Desk.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Library joins the campus in thanking Macalester's student employees!

As one of the largest student employers on campus, we rely heavily on our approximately 120 student employees to help us provide the many services and resources that we make available to the campus community.

April 15th-21st is National Library Week!

April 15th-21st is National Library Week! The DeWitt Wallace Library is planning several events to help us celebrate the contributions of libraries. During this week, please join us for free Caribou coffee which will be available each morning in the Harmon Room. View All National Library Week Info & Events

Working on the research for your final papers of the semester?

Remember that librarians are available at the reference desk to provide assistance or answer any questions that you may have. If you need more detailed assistance, you can also set up a one-on-one consultation session with a librarian. Visit the Ask Us page on the library web site for more information.

Still working on getting those 2006 federal or state taxes filed?

The tax deadline of April 16th (April 15th is a Sunday) is quickly approaching! Don't forget that the IRS makes all federal tax forms available on their web site. Many states also make forms downloadable from their web sites. Go to the
Minnesota Department of Revenue to access state forms

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

1600grand: One Address...Many Resources

Check out Macalester's 1600grand portal

Special Library Hours for April 6th-April 8th

View special Library hours for Friday, April 6th through Sunday, April 8th on the Library calendar.

Celebration of Scholarly & Artistic Accomplishments for 2006

The library will be hosting a reception for faculty and staff on Wednesday, April 4th from 4:30 to 6pm in the Library Harmon Room to celebrate faculty scholarly and artistic accomplishments over the past year. The event is being co-sponsored by the Center for Scholarship and Teaching.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Having Trouble Accessing or Printing PDF Documents?

We are exploring several issues and problems that relate to opening and printing PDF's. Please ask us for help.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Wondering What "We Support Taxpayer Access" Means?


Click on the icon to find out more information about the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA), an alliance of organizations representing taxpayers, patients, physicians, researchers, and institutions that support open public access to taxpayer-funded research.

Perhaps You've Seen the Signs...Food is now allowed in many areas of the library!

  • Recycling and waste containers are located on each level near the main stairwell

  • Spill-proof mugs are available for $1 at the circulation desk
Please help us keep your library clean! View the Library's Responsible Use Policy »

Printing Changes in the Library

Print Release Stations are now being used for all printing in the Library. Take a look at the signs and notes near the printers for more information. As always, please don't hesitate to ask a Library staff member or student employee for help if you have a question.

Thanks for your patience as we work to implement this new system designed to help all of us save paper!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Changes in Library Online Catalog

With the system upgrade complete, you will notice some changes in the catalog including:
1. Cover art
2. Keyword search results display in a "briefcit" display.
3. My Account - will display the approximate number of days to receive a requested item.
4. Request button only displays for items that can be requested.
5. You can limit results to only items that are currently available.
and more...
If you encounter any problems, please report them to the Reference or Circulation Desks. If you have any comments about the changes, please use the Library Feedback form.