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Peer Assisted Learning: Hope College Sample Training Exercises: Exercise #2

This is a sample of the training exercises designed for the first year of our new training scheme. The first semester the exercises were housed almost exclusively within the LibGuide. The second semester we began migrating content into our Content Manag

Searching for Books in HopeCat

If a patron comes to the desk looking for a specific title, there are two different ways to check to see if we have it.

1.  You can search the title in The MightyFind.  To avoid bringing up book reviews or other articles with similar titles, I would go ahead and limit to book/ebook in "Content Type" (or another format, Video Recording, Music Recording, if they are looking for something else).

2.  You can search for the item in HopeCat.  This is most librarians' preferred route, because it is a little easier to see  what we have, and it offers us the option to easily move into MeLCat and show the patron that we can order something for them if we don't have it.

General Tips

1.  When getting information about the item from the patron, keep in mind that there might be errors, such as a misspelled author name or an incorrect title.  If you are having trouble finding the item, double check this information online to make sure that it is accurate.

2.  Make sure the patron is always aware about when a book is electronic vs in print.

3.  Always make a note of all three pieces of necessary information for finding an item: Location, Call Number AND Availability.  There's nothing more frustrating than to walk all the way to the 4th floor and without realizing a books is already checked out. 

HopeCat Searching Tips

1.  IMPORTANT - There is one particular quirk with searching HopeCat.  If the title starts with "A" or "The", leave this off the title when you search it.  Another thing that can "break" a search is colons ":".  It is simpler to leave them out of the title.

2. If you have the title of the book, the most straightforward way is to do a Title search by changing the dropdown box to Title, and typing in the beginning of the title (don't usually need the whole thing)

image of HopeCat title search

3.  Another option if you have both title and author is to do an Advanced Search to include both pieces of information.

HopeCat advanced search

Finding Items on the Shelf: Exercise #2

OK, time to put all of that Call Number drilling to practice!  A Freshman (or Senior) has stopped by the desk and needs help locating the following items.  Please locate all 12 of these items for the student.  (Hint: these will be in many different locations throughout the library.  Ask if you don't know what one is!)  Inside the front cover of each you will find a note with a word on it.  Please leave the note in the book, but write down the word that you found (here's a handout, if you would like an easy way to keep track).  All of the words will add up to a quote.  Please email your mentor the complete quote, once you have located all 10 items!

#1.  Dell'Olio, Jeanine. Models of Teaching: Connecting Student Learning with Standards

#2.  The Anchor Bible Dictionary, vol. 1

#3.  Auletta, Ken. Googled: The End of the World as We Know It

#4.  Arthus-Bertrand, Yann. The Earth from the Air

#5.  Lambert, Joseph. Physical Organic Chemistry Through Solved Problems

#6.  Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra

#7.  Handel, George Friedrich. The Celebrated Chorusses, from Handels Oratorios

#8.  Air Quality: Curriculum for Middle School Science and Social Studies

#9.  Greenleaf, Robert. On Becoming a Servant Leader

#10.  Zimmerli's Commentary on Ezekiel

#11.  a film version of Ralph Ellison’s King of the Bingo Game

#12.  Ellington Uptown


Finding Books at Van Wylen

If you need a review on navigating the Van Wylen stacks, this Prezi is a good place to start.  Jessica shows this to many of her ENGL113 classes to orient them to the stacks.   Turn up your volume, as there is audio that goes with it.  After hitting "Start Prezi" either hit the Play icon in the lower left for it to advance automatically, or use the advance buttons to move through by yourself. 

DUE September 25th

Having trouble locating an item? Double check the record again to make sure you have the location correct and that it isn't currently checked out. If you are seeing a gap where the book should be, it may be missing or on a reshelving cart. Ask to check the reshelving cart in circulation and if not there, assist the patron in filling out a missing item request.