Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Have you seen our new search box?

Grafton library has a new GLDYS search box in preparation for the College's transition to University later this summer. The box you see now on the main library page searches the same information you are used to seeing in GLDYS, but it is presented in a slightly different format. You should have the same or similar options as you did with the previous version, but if you have trouble finding anything please contact a librarian for assistance. We're happy to help!

You'll notice that the new search box has fewer options. If you liked being able to set limits on your search from the main page, consider clicking on the advanced search button and using that page to set all kinds of limits on your search before you begin. Otherwise, start with you search and know that you can limit the format or library(among plenty of other options) later.

Happy Searching!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Stressed about accessing library resources from a distance?

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If you're knee deep in classes or home for the summer, you might have questions about accessing library resources from off of Staunton's campus. Rest assured, many of the resources available inside the library's walls are available from home, too.

All of the library's electronic databases, including peer-reviewed article, ebook, magazine and film databases, are accessible from off-campus. Navigate to them the same you way you would from inside the library or your dorm room: Click on the All databases link on the library's home page, and select the database you'd like to search. The only difference is that now you'll be asked to log-in with your Mary Baldwin username and PIN. 

You can still search GLDYS if you prefer. You'll be prompted to log-in when you click "view now" for the article or ebook you'd like to read. 

If you live off-campus and need research material, the library will mail books and interlibrary loan material to you. To read more, see our Off-Campus Access page.

Struggling with ebooks? Read more about how to use them in our FAQ. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer at the Library

Do you miss Grafton and your easy access to research and leisure reading materials? Just because you're not at school doesn't mean you can't get access library materials. Chances are a public library is closer than you think!

Check out Worldcat's library finder tool: https://www.worldcat.org/libraries

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Public libraries don't always have the robust databases you're used to, but they probably have access to some electronic scholarly materials. Be sure to ask your public librarian about how the library can help you with your summer projects. 

Some public libraries can give you access to online tools like Overdrive which allow you to read and listen to electronic and audio books. Find your local library and see how they can help you have a great summer full of books!

Monday, May 9, 2016

New MEF Title: Howard Zinn's Emma

Grafton is happy to announce that MEF has added a new title to Mary Baldwin College's MEF streaming collection, hosted by Kanopy.

Howard Zinn’s Emma
This filmed performance of renowned historian Howard Zinn's stage play Emma dramatizes the life of Emma Goldman, the famed anarchist, feminist, and free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the United States because of her outspoken views, including her opposition to World War I. Filmed live in 2005 at the Byrdcliffe Theatre in Woodstock, New York, with Zinn in attendance, the play draws on Goldman's influential autobiography, speeches, and political writings to trace her emergence as one of the foremost radical intellectuals and dissident activists in America in the early part of the 20th century. Emma shows us why Emma Goldman was not only a remarkable historical figure but a woman whose fierce wit and political courage continue to resonate today.

Access this film now!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Fairest: A Fairy Tale Murder Mystery

Today's post is a book review written by our student staff member, Elizabeth Lozier. Consider picking up this book at Grafton this May Term!

Typically, I don't find much enjoyment reading graphic novels, but Fairest in all the land by Bill Willingham is a completely different story. As you might have guessed, the story revolves around classic fairy tale characters like Cinderella and Snow White, to name a couple. Of course, what would any good fairy tale be without a magic mirror?

Willingham's novel captured my attention from the very first page when an extremely confident magic mirror begins telling his story to the Barleycorn Women, twelve very tiny women measuring just 2 inches tall, and suddenly his world stops (well for a few days anyways). This story is far from your traditional fairy tale because it is actually a murder mystery of sorts and Cinderella has been charged with the task of figuring out who is murdering her peers. It may seem like a simple task to some, but magic tends to complicate things and Cinderella must rely on her wits to put all the clues together while facing the consequences of her decisions.

Not only was the story line engaging and utterly entertaining, but the artwork was phenomenal! Willingham enlisted several different artists for this collection of 30 short stories. Each one brings a different style of work to the novel which brings the characters to life in ways I never imagined!

Be sure to check to check it out today! You can find this title in Grafton's Bestseller collection!