Library student worker Miranda McLain was recently named the Point News Editor-in-Chief. At the Point News, she has work her way up from assistant editor as a first year student, to Arts and Entertainment editor, and finally Editor-in-Chief.
Miranda is currently a Senior English and Political Science double major, with a minor in Ed. Studies, working on an SMP to write a series of political, creative non-fiction, long form articles in which she interviews campus speakers and alumni to find out how their college experiences led them to their current field.
Miranda has worked in the Library as a circulation assistant since Fall of 2015. She volunteered at her school library in high school and thought the SMCM Library job would be a great way to stay involved on campus as a commuter student.
As a student worker, Miranda enjoys getting to talk to a lot of different people, and learning about the wide variety of classes and SMP topics while she helps people search for books in the collection.
The second floor overlooking the river is now an official “Quiet Study Space.”
Through these methods, we learned that many students come to the library specifically for quiet study spaces. Responses identified the area overlooking the river (officially called the Reeves-Garner Reading Room) as the preferred place to create our first official quiet study space.
The first floor, third floor bean bag room, and group study rooms are still available for group work and other forms of “unquiet” study.
If you have questions about the new quiet study area, please contact Kate Pitcher, Director of the Library, Archives and Media Center.
Looking for more study space in the Library? We’ve got you covered!
Starting October 3 Library classroom 306, will be available for student use during Library hours (if there isn’t a class going on, that is).
For more information and to see statements from other campus departments and groups:
Support & Solidarity for SMCM Students: Information and Resources
We are part of a community that values: intellectual, creative, and scholarly exploration; the power of a diverse community; and relationships built on mutual respect, integrity, and trust. We also live in the real world, and we believe that by engaging in ongoing dialogue, our community can shape the changing world. We can try to make this world a better place.
As a library, we have a responsibility to be a space welcome to all, where the free access to information and the free expression of ideas foster and encourage open discourse in our community. As members of the St. Mary’s community, we recognize the important difference between expression of a dissenting point-of-view and expression meant to belittle, dehumanize, and harm others.
We in the library, archives, and media center condemn the recent events at the Natty Boh hunt and all previous incidents of bigotry, bias, harassment, and hate speech that have occurred on campus and through various social media outlets. These actions are antithetical to what we want our college and our community to be. We stand in solidarity with our students who are targets of hateful speech and actions.
Veronica Arellano Douglas
Alan Lutton, Library Office Administrator, received the LGBTQ Advocacy Award at the 2016 Lavender Graduation on April 8.
The award “recognizes contributions to or advocacy on behalf of gender and sexual minorities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland” by “students, faculty, and staff who have enhanced campus life, advocated or implemented campus policies that have improved campus climate, and/or increased visibility and awareness for all underrepresented gender and sexual identities.”
Previous recipients include Rachel Honig, Staff Therapist and Advocate (2015), and Celia Rabinowitz, former Director of the Library (2014).
Our Laptop and Chromebook Policies Have Changed (effective 2/26/16)
- All of the laptops and Chromebooks at the SMCM Library are now available for two-week loan. There are no more three-hour loans for these devices.
- They are now subject to overdue fines of $10.00 per day. If they reach seven days overdue, they will incur a replacement fee of $500.00. This fee will be waived if the device is returned, but any daily overdue fines will remain (i.e., if it is returned 10 days late, there will be a $100.00 fine).
- If all the devices are checked out, you may place a hold on one using the SMCM Catalog (search for “laptop computer” or “chromebook computer”). The next one that is returned will be placed on the hold shelf for you. You will receive an email notifying you when it arrives and you must pick it up within 24 hours.
- The devices are not renewable online. If you want to borrow the device again, you must bring it to the circulation desk and we will check it in and immediately check it out to you again. Note that if someone has placed a hold on the device, you will not be able to check it out again.
If you’ve been to the SMCM Library’s databases page in the last few weeks you’ve probably noticed some changes from the previous version.
Don’t stress! The new versions has all the same great features (and databases!) just in a slightly different format.
The main difference is the new version defaults to an A-Z list of allllll the SMCM Library databases. Want to find suggestions based on subject (like the old version)? Just use the “All Subjects” drop-down menu under the search bar.
Speaking of the search bar, you can easily go directly to your favorite database (*cough*JSTORE*cough*) by searching OR using the A-Z letter links near the top of the page.
Happy New Year! Happy New Semester!
Since I know everyone’s busy the first week of classes, here’s a round-up of library news & helpful links you can use to get off to a great start in 2016:
As always, if you have a question about anything – don’t hesitate to Ask Us!
Welcome back and good luck!
Starting Monday, December 19, the Library and Media Center will have different hours during the winter break. Of course, the Library website is open for business 24/7 if you need access to databases or e-books during the break!
Have a safe and happy break and we’ll see you next year!!!
LIBRARY AND MEDIA CENTER
WINTER BREAK HOURS
(LOBBY BOOK DROP WILL BE OPEN)
December 21-23, 2015: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
December 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016: CLOSED
January 4-8, 2016: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
January 9-10, 2016: CLOSED
January 11-15, 2016: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
January 16, 2016: CLOSED
January 17, 2016: (Library only) 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
January 18, 2016: (Library) 8:00 am – 9:00 pm (Media Center) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
January 19, 2016: Library and Media Center return to regular hours