Thursday, August 28, 2008

Student Prize Winners

Thanks to all first years who celebrated with President Rosenberg and library staff at Wednesday night’s First Year Night event. Many students took advantage of the root beer floats, Guitar Hero games, car races, and other festivities.

Tour DeWitt car race winners:
1st place – Ben Francis
2nd place – Nora Hencir
3rd place – Bailey Gucinski
4th place – Vien Chi O
5th place – Amelia Axness
6th place – Andrew Flynn

Guitar Hero participants were automatically entered into a random drawing for prizes. Winners include:
Pizza party (grand prize) - Amy Hillis
Amazon shopping trip – Emiliano Urbina
MacBear giant mascot – Lillie Jacobson

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

First Year Night, Wednesday, Aug. 27

First Year Night - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
DeWitt Wallace Library
President Rosenberg and Library staff members invite all first year students to come to the library to celebrate completion of the first day of classes. Festivities include root beer floats with the President on the library plaza, Guitar Hero in the Harmon Room, mug pickup and mug shot photos, and car races. Additional qualifying heats for the Tour DeWitt remote control car race will be held from 7:00 - 8:00. First year car racers with the best race times from Friday and Wednesday will compete for prizes at 8:00 p.m. Guitar Hero participants will also be entered in a random drawing for prizes. Prize winners will be announced in the Library News on the Library home page and will be notified by email. Rain location for root beer floats will be inside the library.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Welcome to Class of 2012 and their Families

  • DeWitt Code Online Game for First Year Students - students should have received an announcement in their email announcing the start of the game. Please join your team to help solve the mystery while learning about the library and it's services.
  • Friday Events for Parents and Family of First Year Students
    • Coffee and treats in the Harmon Room beginning at 10 a.m.
    • Parents - please join us anytime between 2:30 and 4:00 to meet the liaison librarian for your son or daughter's' first year course
    • Root Beer Floats from 1:30 to 4:00
    • 2nd Annual Tour deWitt: test your race car driving skills as we lay out a competive course on the first level of the library. Winners of each individual race will receive small prizes. Family, friends, as well as first year students are eligible to race.

Library Makes New WorldCat Discovery Tool Available to Macalester Users: Tell us what you think!

The DeWitt Wallace Library is excited to join a select group of libraries across the country making available the new WorldCat Local discovery tool. This library service will help Macalester students, faculty and staff more easily locate and obtain library items needed for their research - not only within our local collections and those of other CLIC libraries, but also thousands of libraries around the world. Macalester is joining such libraries as the University of Washington, Cornell University, the University of California libraries and Ohio State University in piloting this new service.

Macalester WorldCat allows us to offer customizations that will help further enhance OCLC's popular WorldCat service specifically for Macalester users. These customizations include providing tiered search results with locally-owned materials displayed first followed by the holdings of other libraries within the region and worldwide.
It will also provide real time availability status of materials through a connection to CLICnet, informing users as to whether locally-owned materials are checked in and available and, if not, allowing users to easily place a hold or an interlibrary loan request for the item.

Users can seamlessly connect to many of the other resources and services that the library makes available to our users using Macalester WorldCat. The inclusion of the MacLinks/SFX button allows users to access full-text articles when available through resources to which we subscribe. The “Cite this Resource” feature connects directly with RefWorks.

With Macalester WorldCat, our library users will be able to access library materials easily through a new search box that will display on the library Web site. For those that want to search CLICnet or MnCat directly, links to these catalogs will be available immediately below the main search box.

The library is very interested in getting comments from the campus community as we work with OCLC in impacting the further development of this product. A comment form is available both on the library's web page and also from within Macalester WorldCat.