Let citation mangers do the work for you!

Writing a thesis or multiple papers? Would you like to have a tool to help you keep track of sources, a one that:
a. downloads citations automatically

b. creates bibliographies in any format, with one click

c. can be used from any computer

d. is easy to use

e. is FREE ? 


This workshop is for you! Zotero is software created especially for students and scholars. Its designers describe it as a “personal research assistant – inside your browser.” 
 
Wed., July 1 OR Friday, July 10 (choose one)
12:15-1:15 p.m.
 
Library Instruction Room  


RSVP to Maryke Barber at mbarber@hollins.edu 

zotero

Have an opinion? We thought so!

All current summer graduate students are invited to participate in the library’s summer student advisory board.  Join us for lunch to discuss how we can improve our current library programs and services, and help by providing input on new services. Nothing is required beyond your participation in the discussion – lunch is on us.

Wendesday, July 22, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch TBD

RSVP to Maryke Barber at mbarber@hollins.edu or 540-362-6592 and let her know if you have any dietary restrictions.

National Library Week: Featured Staff Member Karen Ryan

Thank you to everyone who has helped us celebrate National Library Week. Friday brings us to our final staff member bio. From the archives to the front lines, these are the people that make our library great.

Meet Karen Ryan, Circulation Coordinator

KarenHow long have you worked in libraries and how long have you worked at Hollins?
I started working at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library system in North Carolina when I was attending University in 1997. I met my now-husband four years later and moved to Virginia in 2002, starting at the Lynchburg Public Library’s law library/city hall branch the same week as the move. In 2003, a circulation position opened up at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College’s Lipscomb Library and I took the wonderful leap into the world of academic libraries. In the summer of 2013, I joined Hollins University as Wyndham Robertson Library’s Circulation Coordinator.

What is your favorite thing about libraries?
I was going to be a high school English teacher, but working at Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library at the same time I was completing my student teaching made me to realize that (to me) it was more fulfilling to have someone come to me in search of knowledge on any subject rather than to try to force the knowledge of one particular subject into people’s (sometimes unwilling) minds. And the subjects people bring questions about can be so varied and interesting! It is very fulfilling work.

Do you have a favorite moment at Hollins that you can share? Or what is your favorite aspect of your work at Hollins?
Most of my favorite moments are the day-today interactions with my student employees, co-workers, and our wonderful library patrons. Having the winning entry on the library’s Pie Day was a highlight as well.

Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t working in a library, I would be ___________________.
I suppose I would be a high school English teacher.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I love gaming in all of its forms – tabletop RPGs, board games, video games, etc. I enjoy reading and writing science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, gothic and Lovecraftian horror, and paranormal fiction to name a few genres. I love graphic novels/comic series; I am currently reading Rat Queens and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves strong, quirky female leads. I’m fond of movies, museums, visiting historical places, and finding kitschy roadside attractions.

National Library Week: Featured Staff Member James Miller

Day four of National Library Weeks brings us another dedicated staff member at the Wyndham Robertson Library. From the archives to the front lines, these are the people that make our library great.

Meet James Miller, IT & Sciences Librarian

How long have you worked in libraries and how long have you worked at Hollins?
I’ve been in libraries since 2006 (first public libraries, a technical college library, and now an academic library). I started at Hollins in 2013.

What is your favorite thing about libraries and/or librarianship?
Most jobs push you to overspecialize, but librarianship can provide a fair amount of variety. I can lead an instruction session in the morning, then I might help a student with research on whether aboriginals in Guam have higher incidences of Parkinson’s because they eat bats. In the late afternoon I can immerse myself in learning web development. Not many careers allow someone to learn about eating bats and JavaScript in the same day.

Do you have a favorite moment at Hollins that you can share? Or your favorite aspect of your work at Hollins?
Playing miniature golf in the library with students during the spring festival last year was fun. Working with colleagues and students who are intelligent and creative is probably my favorite aspect of work at Hollins.

Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t a librarian I would be _______________.
….working in IT or um, I’m kind of drawing a blank here. My career test results were all over the map.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Before having children I was regularly immersed in vegetable gardening, skateboarding, and playing tennis. Now, I try to integrate two toddlers into these activities with varying degrees of success and failure.

National Library Week: Featured Staff Member Casey Brozovsky

It’s Day 3 of National Library Week and we’re featuring another great staff member at the Wyndham Robertson Library! From the archives to the front lines, these are the people that make our library great.

Meet Casey Brozovsky, Technical Services Assistant

Casey_photoHow long have you worked in libraries and how long have you worked at Hollins?
I have worked in libraries for two years, and I have worked at the Hollins library for 14 months. I graduated from Hollins in 2009 with a double major in Business and French. While completing my undergraduate degree, I worked in Tuner Hall for work study.

What is your favorite thing about libraries and/or librarianship?
No matter the type of library, I think that libraries are non-exclusive learning environments that provide access to information in a special way that no other organization, person or Internet-based site can. Access to information and the learning environment are what I love most about libraries.

 

Do you have a favorite moment at Hollins that you can share? Or your favorite aspect of your work at Hollins?
My favorite moment at Hollins was my wedding! :-) My husband and I were married right inside the Chapel in 2010! A close second favorite moment would be my study abroad experiences in France during the Fall semester of my senior year.

 

Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t working in a library, I would be ___________________.
If I wasn’t working in a library, I would be a cat veterinarian! (We have 5 cats at home!)

 

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I am very active within my church and church community, so when I am not at work, I like to attend church gatherings, Bible study classes and fellowship with friends. Also, I help run our church’s bookstore! :-)

 

National Library Week: Featured Staff Member Maryke Barber

This week we’re featuring staff members each week day in celebration of National Library Week. From the archives to the front lines, these are people that make the Wyndham Robertson Library a great place to study, work, and enjoy.

Meet Maryke Barber, Public Services & Arts Liaison Librarian

Picture, Maryke BarberHow long have you worked in libraries and how long have you worked at Hollins?
My first library job was in college, in 19something – I worked at the circulation desk for two years, and then I ran off to work in the theatre costume shop. Eventually I made my way back to the library. I’ve worked at Hollins for 13 years.
 
What is your favorite thing about libraries and/or librarianship?
The people who work in libraries are amazing people. Often invisible to you who are using the library, they actually share your love of good stories, interesting information, and all of the other things that bring you to the library. They believe in what they do, and that makes for a great working environment.
 
Do you have a favorite moment at Hollins that you can share? Or your favorite aspect of your work at Hollins?
It is hard to choose. What I love are the many small moments when everyone in the room works together to make something happen. I see that in my work, in the classrooms, on the quad. This is a community that can achieve so much, and I value the opportunity to be a part of that.
 
Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be ___________________.
If I wasn’t a librarian I would be a park ranger. At least, that’s what the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) told me.
 
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Ha, I like hiking, so perhaps the SII wasn’t that far off. I also like playing with food.

National Library Week: Featured Staff Member Beth Harris

It’s National Library Week! To celebrate our library we want help you get to know the people who make everything possible: library staff members. From the archives to the front lines, we’ll feature 5 staff members who help make the Wyndham Robertson Library a great place to study, work, and enjoy.

Meet Beth Harris, Special Collections Librarian and Archivist

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Photo by Olivia Body, HU ’08

How long have you worked in libraries and how long have you worked at Hollins?
I have worked at Hollins over 20 years (both as a paraprofessional [pre-library school] and as a professional).   I also worked at the music library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a student assistant.  I also volunteer at my church library.

What is your favorite thing about libraries and/or librarianship?
I enjoy bringing people and information together and I learn something new every day.  It never gets boring.

 

Do you have a favorite moment at Hollins that you can share? Or your favorite aspect of your work at Hollins?
I have vivid memories of getting ready to move from Fishburn Library (now VAC) and transitioning to the new library.  We had to do it over spring break and I had about a week to put up four exhibits in time for the dedication weekend.  The weekend was exhausting but wonderful and the library staff was invited to the fancy dinner for the big donors.  We dressed up and had our hair done—it felt like getting ready for the prom.  Also:  One of my favorite aspects of my work is that I get to be in charge of the “old stuff” in the archives and rare books.

Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be ___________________.
I originally wanted to be a professional musician (I was a clarinet major) but I knew that that was not a realistic goal as the competition is fierce for those types of jobs.  I spent a number of years wondering what I was going to do with myself if music didn’t work out and how I would earn a living.  I’m so thankful I was introduced to the wonderful world of libraries.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Bake, workout, sing, scrapbook, and read (I have no time anymore for the last two but someday…).

Gong Meditation in the Library

Are you ready to rest, relax, and rejuvenate? Leave the busy semester behind for a bit with gong meditation. During this “sound bath” the gong’s vibrations will wash over you like undulating waves, sweeping you away to another realm, carrying you to a place of profound peace and stillness. The tones of the gong are magical because their energy can quickly shift your brain waves from a beta to an alpha state, which is perfect for stress reduction and healing. Many imagine that the vibrations of the gong must sound like the music of the celestial spheres…aren’t you curious to experience these tones for yourself?

Please bring a pillow and blanket, or sleeping bag.

Wednesday, April 8th
7-8 pm
Hollins Room in the Library
Meditation led by Andy Matzner
Open to students, faculty, & staff

Questions? Please email Rebecca Seipp, Outreach Librarian, at seipprl@hollins.edu.

Win Free Coffee at the Library for the Rest of the Semester!

Does free coffee for the rest of the semester at the library Greenberry’s sound like a good idea? We thought so! Here are three ways for you to enter to win:

  • CoffeeOn Instagram: Upload a picture of your drink purchase from Greenberry’s in the library and tag the library (@HollinsULibrary) in the caption.
  • At Greenberry’s: Print your name on the back of your coffee receipt and drop it in the jar in the coffee commons.
  • At the bookmobile: We will have a special opportunity to enter the free coffee drawing at our bookmobile on Wednesday (3/18) in Moody from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

The last day to enter is Friday, March 20th 5:00 pm. Everyone who has put their Greenberry’s receipt in the jar since Monday evening (3/9) is entered to win. The winner will be notified on Tuesday, March 31st.

Details: Only current Hollins’ students are eligible to enter. This offer is good for 2 coffee drinks per week for the rest of the semester beginning the week of March 30th (a total of 14 drinks) and is not redeemable for cash. Gift certificates are good for coffee, espresso drinks, hot chocolate, and tea, and they must be used at the Greenberry’s in the library. You can enter the drawing multiple times at Greenberry’s in the library by purchasing coffee, printing your name on the receipt, and dropping it in the jar. If you enter on Instagram or at the bookmobile it will only count as one entry. For example:

Instagram picture + bookmobile entry = 1 entry
Instagram picture + 2 coffee receipts = 3 entries
bookmobile entry + 2 coffee receipts = 3 entries
Instagram + bookmobile + 2 coffee receipts = 3 entries

Greenberry’s Coffee in the library is open Sunday – Thursday from 7 pm – 11 pm. Questions or comments? Please contact Rebecca Seipp, Outreach Librarian, at seipprl@hollins.edu.

Naxos to go: Naxos Music Library App

Naxos Music Library is an online database with over 1.5 million tracks of music available to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff. In addition to accessing the database through the library, you can download it as an app for your phone!

WantNML NML on your phone or tablet, but don’t know how to get started? Bring your iPhone or Android device to Moody and let us help you!

Over 100,000 CDs are now available in the palm of your hand, with thousands of recordings added every month.

 

 

Drop by the Glass Dining Room in Moody on Wednesday, March 11th between 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. and we will help you set up Naxos! 

Questions or comments? Contact Maryke Barber, Arts Librarian, at mbarber@hollins.edu or 540.362.6592. 

In order to use the app, you must be a current Hollins student, faculty, or staff member and your phone must have requirements below.

Compatibility: iPhone app requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for
iPhone 5. Android app requires Android 4.0 and up.