Meet the candidates for Librarian, June 6 and June 11

All are invited to meet the candidates for Outreach and Liaison Librarian this Thursday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 11.

Schedule (for both visits):

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.: Candidate Presentation (Library Instruction Room).

3:15- 4:00 p.m.: Reception to greet the candidate (Lewis Reading Room). Refreshments will be served.

Joining us on June 6 is Maggie Nunley. Currently working as Outreach and User Experience Librarian for Sullivan University in Louisville, KY, Ms. Nunley received her Master of Science degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from James Madison University.

Joining us on June 11 is Rebecca Seipp. Ms. Seipp has received her Master of Science in Information Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and has experience as the Marketing and Special Events Coordinator at the Municipal Museums of Lubbock. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is from Southwestern University.

Please help us welcome our candidates to campus!

New Exhibit Honors Lottie Moon

“Lottie Moon (1840-1912): Hollins Alumna, Missionary to China, Activist.”

2012 marked the hundredth anniversary of Lottie Moon’s death.  Although she is well known within the Southern Baptist Convention, new scholarship suggests that she played a much larger role in the history of southern women.

The exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of the library, next to the Hollins Room.

Staff/Fac/Alum Book Club Reading Heller’s “Dog Stars” June 4

Join the library’s book club for staff, faculty and alums on June 4 for a discussion of Peter Heller’s best-selling fiction debut, “The Dog Stars.” We will meet at noon in the Hollins Room. Drinks and dessert will be provided by the library. Bring a brown bag lunch, bring a friend, and join us! RSVP to Maryke Barber, 540-362-6328 or

“In the near future, a flu pandemic has decimated civilization, leaving only scattered pockets of survivors to fend for themselves. Hig is one of the healthy ones. For the past nine years, he has coexisted with a loner named Bangley at an abandoned airport in eastern Colorado. Trying not to think of his former life, Hig finds sanity in fishing, staring at the constellations, and flying his plane. With his dog, Jasper, Hig flies the perimeter of their safety zone in his 1956 Cessna. Bangley has a well-stocked arsenal, and between them, they keep a watchful eye for unfriendly invaders. On one of his forays, through broken static, Hig hears another pilot over the radio, an incident that haunts him until he goes in search of this other human being. Packing enough supplies to get him there and back, he takes off for western Colorado in search of the voice. During his six-week journey, he discovers more than he bargained for. VERDICT After an award-winning career as an adventure writer and NPR contributor, Heller has written a stunning debut novel. In spare, poetic prose, he portrays a soaring spirit of hope that triumphs over heartbreak, trauma, and insurmountable struggles. A timely must-read.” – Library Journal

Late Night at the Library: Exam Hours

The library will be open until 2 a.m. starting on May 5, through May 11. On Reading Day we will be open 24 hours.

Hungry? Free coffee and tasty snacks will be available in the evening hours.

Stressed? Check out our games, bubbles and other stress-busters.

Need some quiet? On Reading Day, the third floor of the library becomes a quiet zone for those wishing to study in peace; groups are encouraged to use a study room or other space on the second and first floors.

Need some help? Our reference librarians are standing by to help you solve that knotty problem. You’ll find us at the desk, by email:, by IM: askwyndham or by phone: 540-362-7465. Good luck with your exams!!!

-The Library would like to thank Student Services for sponsoring the exam snacks.

Congratulations to the Research Award winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Wyndham Robertson Library Undergraduate Research Award:


Catherine Hensly, Proceed to Olympus: The Iconography of the Return of Hephaestus – nominated by Professor Tina Salowey.


Kelsey DeForest, Playing Politics with Rape: Republican apologia in the 2012 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization – nominated by Professor Jon Bohland.

The award was established in 2011 by the library for the recognition of exemplary undergraduate student research projects completed in Hollins courses. Two $250 prizes are awarded, and winners and finalist papers are added to the library’s Hollins archives.

Announcing the Research Award finalists! and an invitation to the awards reception April 3

The committee for the 2013 Wyndham Robertson Library Undergraduate Research Awards congratulate this year’s finalists:


Leah Craig, Madame Tussaud and the Women of the French Revolution – nominated by professor Rachel Nuñez.

Catherine Hensley, Proceed to Olympus: The Iconography of the Return of Hephaestus – nominated by Professor Tina Salowey.



Kelsey DeForest, Playing Politics with Rape: Republican apologia in the 2012 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization – nominated by Professor Jon Bohland.

Rebecca Rowe,  The Beginning of the End: A Look at the Causes of the Schism in the Methodist Episcopal Church. – nominated by Professor Ruth Doan.



Please join us for a reception to celebrate the finalists and announce the winners of this year’s research award!

Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 p.m.

Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins Room

Refreshments will be served.


Donation provides beauty from a far-off land

A donation to the library from the McDonald family has turned the 3rd floor loft into a place where armchair travelers can imagine themselves transported to faraway places such as Morocco, Turkmenistan, or the mountains of Iran. Doug McDonald, father of Anne Marie (’16), donated several rugs and woven pieces from a collection built by his father, the late Gilman McDonald. The woven hangings are decorative, made to adorn horses or other pack animals. The largest of these would have been worn by a camel used in a wedding procession.

Several of the items hail from Transcaucasia, the area where Asia meets Europe; others were woven by tribes whose territories range from Turkmenistan into Iran.
McDonald describes their origins: “The weavers of these items were women, who wove to satisfy the immediate needs of their families, and in the case of the pile weavings seen here, for sale in local and international markets, which brought their wares in great numbers to Europe and America in the late 19th and 20th centuries. They passed down their technical knowledge of spinning and weaving, as well as the designs they carried in their heads as a kind of literacy, from one generation to the next.
The multitude of small rugs, bags, bands, covers, and trappings they wove and imbued with beautiful colors and designs have long captivated collectors, connoisseurs, and the general public alike. That Gilman McDonald’s collecting efforts and love of this art form will be shared with patrons of the Hollins University library would have caused him much joy. “

Meet Hazel Foster, Reference Assistant

Hazel Foster is the library’s newest reference assistant, answering your questions on evenings and weekends. She is also a Hollins MFA student. This is our Q & A with Hazel:

Q: What is your academic background?
A: I have a BA in Writing with concentrations in Fiction and Poetry and a minor in English Literature from Grand Valley State University. Currently, I am working on my MFA in Creative Writing here at Hollins. My intended thesis is a collection of short stories.

Q: What did you do before joining our library?
A: For nearly five years, I worked in a public library system back in Michigan. What a different world! I also spent a lot of time enjoying the benefits of living near Lake Michigan– swimming, soaking up sunshine, reading on the beach.

Q: What do you like to read?
A: I will read almost anything, from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series to Annie Proulx to Watchmen to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Anything. Really.

Q: What else would you like to share about yourself: hobbies, fun facts, life goals?
A: I love sitcoms, particularly The Golden Girls, Will & Grace, Roseanne, and How I Met Your Mother. Eventually, I hope to write a book of creative non-fiction essays about this love affair.