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National Library Week 2014: Celebrating Change!

The week of April 14 - April 20 is National Library Week.

  • How have libraries changed in your lifetime?
  • How have libraries changed you?

Snap a selfie that tells your story and share it on our Facebook page. You might win a prize! Watch this week’s Piper for more information about the contest and other National Library Week activities.

To get a sense of change at the Macalester Library check out the DeWitt Wallace Library timeline.

Plans for a New Macalester Library, 1982


Million Milestone Reached with Digital Commons

On January 12, 2014, we reached the million mark for the number of downloads of works in DigitalCommons@Macalester. While we don’t know exactly which paper triggered the million mark, we do know that four of the top five downloads that day were Honors Projects. The item with the most downloads for the day was Anne Johnson’s "The Rise of English: The Language of Globalization in China and the European Union".

The Digital Commons now contains over 3,400 papers. The repository provides a permanent online home for faculty and student articles, honors papers, journals, data sets and much more. The permanency feature allows scholars to find and cite the repository’s academic materials in the long-term. In addition, the Digital Commons repository also makes it possible to support open access publishing and new forms of academic publishing in an era when the cost of traditional academic publishing has sky-rocketed.

For questions about DigitalCommons@Macalester, please contact the library, or send an email to scholarpub@macalester.edu.

Media Services Move

During the spring semester, Media Services will be relocating to the library. We hope to complete the move by midterm break. There will be some noise in the library as we create new spaces on the lower level.

We hope to keep disruption in services to a minimum, but we strongly encourage faculty wishing to use media materials to place those materials on reserve now. We will provide updates during the course of the semester with more details on the move and any changes that may have an impact on faculty and student use of media materials.