The Stewart Memorial Library is the heart of Coe College. Here at the library our staff is committed to ensuring your needs are met in a quick and appropriate manner. We accommodate majors of all sorts. For example, if you are majoring in elementary education a book you may use in helping to construct a lesson plan would be Brothers In Hope by Mary Williams . This book is about a young boy in Sudan who fled from his village, and later found other boys who had done the same. Together, the boys face numerous hardships and dangers along the way to finding a new home. Through mutual support and faith in each other, the boys were able to find a new home. The book is located in the Browsing Area on the first floor of the library. The call # is Youth Picture PZ7 W66699 Br 2005.
If you are unsure about books pertaining to your major, then don’t hesitate to come by and ask, we’ll be waiting just for you! Nathan B.
These last couple of semesters I have spent less time in the library, and more time over in Dows keeping up with art projects, as well as in Eby and the Racquet Center for track. But now every time that I am here things look different and even new. As I walk from computer to printer I see these paintings that I must have seen a hundred times and stop to re-examine them. While I am putting books back on shelves one catches my eye and I open it to see what it’s about, and catch myself reading it later that night. I have worked here for 3 and a half semesters, and am realizing how awesome it is to see all the new faces come in and ask questions, the stillness of the 11pm to 1 am shift, and excitement of finding a book that I will read(not just for class). I remember just starting this work study job thinking that this could be an awful job, but now I barely think of it as a job at all, I come to Stewart Memorial Library because I work here, but I stay because I just don’t want to leave. Gordon R.
The Stewart Memorial Library has much to offer to people with all types of interests. For example, if someone is just looking for something to read for leisure and have an interest in suspenseful fiction and like France, and more specifically Paris, they may be interested in The Bones of Paris by Laurie King. This book involves a little bit of history, especially about the lives of those famous writers and artists that made up the infamous Jazz Age of the 1920′s. In this book you will be following an investigator from the United States who was hired by an American family from Boston who’s daughter moved to Paris to pursue her dreams of being an actor/model, but then suddenly lost all contact with her family who began to worry. The investigator, Harris Struyvesant, was more than happy to take the job and have the opportunity to walk the streets of Paris and sit in all the wonderful cafes and bars. He saw this as more of a vacation because he felt that he would find the young woman in the arms of some up and coming artist, which happens to many. But as his search continues it takes a turn he wasn’t expecting because now the trail leads him in search of a….murderer.
If this book sounds interesting to you then don’t hesitate to come check it out, it’ll be waiting just for you! It is located in the Browsing Area on the first floor of the library. The call # is PS3561 I4813 B66 2013.
If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask, anyone from the Circulation or Reference desk would more than willing to assist you! Rachel S.
Working in the library, I get many questions on the rules and general knowledge of the library. Why is it so loud in the library? You aren’t allowed to eat in there are you? Do they have any books that I could check out to read just for fun? These are some questions I get asked frequently. So why not write them all down and answer them for the masses?
In regards to the first—and most frequently discussed—question, it may be your location. The library has four floors, and there is an unspoken rule that the farther up you go the quieter you should be. So if you would like some silence, third floor is the place for you. If you have a project to work on with others try the basement, or a study room on second floor. As far as eating in the library goes, go for it. People have gone as far as to order a pizza, and have it delivered to the library. If you ever need to just spend the day in the library and crack out some hard core studying, don’t be shy bring as much or as little food and beverage as you desire.
For the last question there are indeed many different books that you can check out just for fun. We have the Whipple section right on the main floor, which is full of books that are popular now. It’s always worth a look. We also have young adult, and children book sections in the basement. You can find Harry Potter, Divergent, or even Dr. Seuss. Brittany B.
Good news. The library just subscribed JSTOR Arts & Sciences XII to expand its JSTOR collection. At this time, 58 new titles have been added to the library catalog and are also accessible through Coe Journals on the library website. There will be a minimum of 125 titles in Arts & Sciences XII at completion by the end of 2015.
The focus of JSTOR Arts & Sciences XII is the social sciences and humanities. Subjects covered include law, political science, education, criminology and criminal justice, history, social work, psychology, sociology, African studies, Asian studies, and Middle East studies.
Some notable titles include: add
Educational Psychology Review,
Journal of Haitian Studies.
For a complete list of titles of this collection, please follow the link –
Welcome back to Coe for the spring semester (not that it feels much like springtime yet!) As people settle back into the routine of studying, attending class, and all the other parts of a normal day, we wanted to make sure that the campus community is aware of all the different way that they can get help with research and get questions answered. Although the reference desk staff is always willing to help, sometimes you’re studying outside of the library and can’t easily come ask a question; other times, you may just not feel like speaking to someone in person. Although emailing the reference staff (either Katelyn or Harlene) can come in handy, there might be times when you would like a more immediate answer. These situations are when Zoho comes in handy.
If you’re unfamiliar with Zoho, it’s a chat program that replaces Meebo, our previous chat widget embedded in the library’s website. We had to replace Meebo after it was purchased Google; after much research and evaluation, Zoho was found to be the optimal replacement option. Zoho can be found on the library’s main page, in essentially the same spot as Meebo; however, the main difference is that Zoho pops out into a new window in order to allow the user to send and receive messages. Other than that, it operates much the same way that Meebo did. Also, it’s important that Zoho is only operating when the full-time staff is here (Monday-Friday, 8 AM-4:30 PM) and in the evening 8-10:30 PM Sunday-Wednesday. If you have any issues using Zoho, feel free to let us know, either via email or in the library’s virtual suggestion box located on the website’s main page. Zoho is just another way in which we hope to reach and help more of the Coe community, give it a try next time you have a question!
-Katelyn, Head of Reference
If you’ve visited the library’s webpage in the last few weeks, you might have noticed a new link dead-center on the site. Under the “Databases” tab on http://www.library.coe.edu, there is a new link to direct users to databases with which we currently have trial access. Every once and a while, different publishers will allow the library and our users to test out new databases in order to evaluate them and decide if they might be a good addition to our collection. At any given time, we might have 1-3 trials running, though sometimes we may have more; other times, no trials at all. Here at the library, we wanted our patrons to be able to find and use these products (what kind of test can you have without users?) while at the same time making sure that they knew that these databases were not necessarily permanent additions. It would be rough to get used to using a database only to have the access mysteriously disappear mid-semester. To meet this need, we thought it most appropriate to create a new page that explicitly stated that these were trials. We also describe the databases, along with the timeline for the trial. We hope that people will be able to use these databases and the resources therein, and we also hope that users will give us feedback. Find a database that you like a lot? Email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think. If you want to be anonymous, you can always drop a note in the library’s virtual suggestion box.
We can’t promise that we always add new databases, as unfortunately we can’t subscribe to everything that we want. What we can promise is that we’ll use your feedback to help us figure out how best to expand our collection, and in the mean time, you’ll have access to some great new databases. Give them a try today!
Making a triumphant return this Reading Day, one of the most popular stress busters offered by the library will be available to students here at Coe once again. That’s right, the library will be offering chair massages once again as a way for students to unwind on Reading Day prior to finals! The chair massages will be Tuesday, December 10th from 10 AM-3 PM, in the Perrine Gallery. Massages will each be 10 minutes long, and they will be free! So how do you get one, and what’s the catch?
- Sign up will start on Friday, December 6th. Sign up will occur on both Friday, and the following Monday.
- You go to the Reference Desk to sign up. If the reference desk is not staffed when you come, check in the Reference Office (right behind the Reference Desk.)
- Only current Coe students are eligible to receive a free massage
- You must come in person to sign up (no signing up for a group of friends, or by phone/email.)
- The day of the massages, you must check in 5 minutes prior to your massage. If you do not check in prior to your massage, you are liable to lose your spot to students on the waiting list.
Sound good? Great! Swing by the library to sign up for your free massage, and be on the lookout for other Finals Week treats from the library as we try to support our students as they wrap up the semester! Good luck on finals, and please feel free to stop by the Reference Office if you have additional research questions that you need some help with.
My name is Bellamy and I’m an Elementary Education major at Coe. This is my second year working at the library and I love it. This semester I’m taking a class on children’s literature that requires me to read and bring in a selection of children’s books to class every Friday. I’ve been able to find all of my literature selections for this class from the children’s section of the Coe library. This area is located in the basement of the library and houses picture books on one side and chapter/young adult books on the other. At first I wasn’t sure if the library’s children section would have enough of a variety for all of different types of genres that I had to obtain. But now it’s halfway through the semester and week after week, I’ve been able to find great quality children’s literature books. The children’s section in the library may appear small, but there’s lots of great material!