The Library will be open 10am-8pm for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 7.
The Library will be open 10am-8pm for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 7.
Welcome to the Hilda C. Landers Library, Archives & Media Center!
This website details plans for reopening and the Fall 2020 semester. Please note that services and access have changed to protect the health and safety of our community. We may need to make further changes quickly as circumstances change. Thank you for understanding.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library building reopens on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 8 am.
For Fall 2020, the library is open only to current College students, faculty, and staff.
Regular fall 2020 semester hours have changed and are listed here.
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On Friday, January 10, 2020, starting at 10 pm, all USMAI systems will experience downtime due to a data-center move. The downtime is expected to last until Saturday, January 11, noon.
During this time there will be no access to the St. Mary’s Catalog or the USMAI Catalog, and there will be no off-campus access to any of our databases or e-journals.
Extended Library and Media Center hours begin Sunday, December 15.
Looking for study spaces? Check out the betaLounge on the 1st floor for some comfy seating! Need privacy? You can also book one of the 2nd floor study rooms!
Need a laptop/phone charger, ethernet cord, and/or an extension cord? Ask at the first floor Circulation desk. And keep an eye out for the phone and tablet charging stations — there’s one on each floor!
Best of luck!
|Sunday, Dec 15||12:00 pm – MIDNIGHT||CLOSED|
|Monday, Dec 16 – Tuesday, Dec 17||8:00 am – MIDNIGHT||8:00 am – 10:00 pm|
|Wednesday, Dec 18||8:00 am – 11:00 pm||8:00 am – 10:00 pm|
|Thursday, Dec 19||8:00 am – 9:00 pm||8:00 am – 9:00 pm|
|Friday, Dec 20||8:00 am – 5:00 pm||8:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|WINTER BREAK HOURS||LIBRARY||MEDIA CENTER|
|Saturday, Dec 21 – Sunday Dec 22||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Monday, Dec 23||8:00 am – 6:00 pm||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Tuesday, Dec 24 – Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020||CLOSED||CLOSED|
The SMCM Library and Media Center will have reduced hours / be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. The website, databases, and ebooks will still be available if you need to some scholarly research to settle an argument around the Thanksgiving table.
Have a safe and relaxing break!
Brace yourselves, the book sale is coming…
The annual library book sale is Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1 & 2.
We will be selling books from 9am-4pm, rain or shine outside the entrance to the library. We have books in a range of subjects, so come early and often to get your favs!
This year we will have a FREE button making table!
Book Prices are $0.50 for paperbacks and $1.00 for hardcovers. Cash only! Sorry no OneCard, debit or credit cards 🙁 [Thankfully there’s an ATM conveniently located in the library lobby. Coincidence or conspiracy????? You decide.]
The Library will be open Sunday, Sept 1 from 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 noon – 11:00 pm
The Library will be open 10am-5pm for the Labor Day holiday, Monday Sept 2.
Jessica Malisch is an Assistant Professor of Biology who has worked at St. Mary’s for 3 years. After completing a Bachelor’s of Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she earned a PhD in biology at the University of California, Riverside. Fun fact–her doctoral diploma is signed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the “governator” of California at the time. Jessica was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Montana, then a visiting professor at Claremont Colleges in California before landing here at St. Mary’s (you’ll recognize that as a brilliant pun shortly). We sat down with Jessica to learn more about her approaches to research and antics set to the music of Britney Spears.
I’m an ecological physiologist with a speciality in endocrinology. Specifically, I study hormones and their influence on the metabolism and behavior of songbirds. I conduct research on the songbirds here at St. Mary’s and in Yosemite during the summer with a group of SMCM student researchers.
Additionally, I’m conducting research with Dr. Pam Mertz, Professor of Biochemistry, and rising senior Ivy Atunes (recent Flores Award recipient) to develop a novel assay for hormone transport proteins in bird blood. This assay (the scientific word for “method to measure something”) will enable students in my lab to measure the protein and help us understand the role of this protein in the stress response. We plan to share this assay with other labs to encourage more research in this area. These types of interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty and students is one of the many reasons I enjoy being a part of the liberal arts experience and the St. Mary’s community.
I am looking forward to a year of intensive research ahead, as I was recently awarded a 1 year fellowship. The fellowship from the American Association of University Women gives me an opportunity to focus almost exclusively on conducting research and mentoring undergraduate research students here at St. Marys. Mentoring student researchers is my favorite aspect of my job.
In the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, I published this article: “Stress-Induced Hyperglycemia in White-Throated and White-Crowned Sparrows: A New Technique for Rapid Glucose Measurement in the Field.” (You can read it here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29847208) This paper examines the relationship between acute stress and glucose mobilization in 2 songbird species, taking a unique approach to studying this phenomenon. Researchers hold songbirds for 30 minutes (thus inducing acute stress) and take 3 blood samples at different intervals to compare their blood glucose levels. In general, I’m interested in what predicts the amount of glucose levels produced under stress and the ways this links to the survival of individuals. I am particularly proud that his paper has three St. Mary’s undergraduate co-authors, these students contributions were essential to complete the research.
InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is my best friend for conducting research. All of my students in my class are required to create an ILL account so they can get familiar with it and find articles for their research using this fantastic service. I also teach First-Year Seminar so, I rely on the library during that course to help my students learn research skills and information literacy.
In addition to ILL, know the library faculty and staff–they’re here to help you!
This will tell you a lot about me: I’ve been finding a textbook on avian physiology absolutely fascinating. I was excited to find my work cited several times in the book, Sturke’s Avian Physiology, as I happened to pick up the book more or less by chance.
The Last Season by Eric Blehm. The story follows the disappearance of Randy Morgenson, an Eastern Sierra ranger who worked along the Muir Trail in Yosemite for many years. Because I also migrate to the Sierras each summer and have annual field seasons, Morgenson’s story really resonates with me.
My absolute favorite is working with pre-SMP students in directed research classes. We design research projects together, and I really enjoy helping students get to know what ecological research is like. Shout-out to Comparative Animal Physiology too, this is my upper division specialty and I teach it using a flipped classroom design. It is highly interactive.
David Attenborough in POB2 (Principles of Biology II). The class focuses on the diversity of life on the planet, and there’s no other expert who knows more about this field of study. He clearly has a passion for the subject.
I love to play practical jokes. In one of the classes I co-taught, I planted a Bluetooth speaker in the ceiling, playing bird calls and then Britney Spears while another instructor held class. Pranksters be cautioned: this type of stunt requires a great deal of planning ahead and a scientist’s attention to detail!
The Library building will open at NOON Monday-Friday, July 22-August 30. The Library building will still close at 6pm and be closed all day Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.
We are pushing back our opening time while contractors are working on updating the HVAC system in the Library building.
Thank you for your patience while this important work gets done. If you have any issues, concerns, or questions please contact LAMC Director Kate Pitcher at (240) 895-4267 or email@example.com