Library, Information, and Technology Services

Mobile Library

Feb 04, 2011 by James Burke

The 5 Colleges Libraries Catalog goes Mobile!

No, not on four wheels...but the 5 Colleges Libraries Catalog has added some new features for use with your cell phone and other mobile devices. 

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Library Catalog January Upgrade

Dec 30, 2010 by Leigh Mantle

library picture The Five Colleges shared library catalog
will be down for maintenance the following times:

  • January 3rd from 5:00am to 3:00pm
  • January 7th (6pm) to Saturday January 8th (9am)
  • January 10th from 12:01am to 2:00pm  
Use the WorldCat database as an alternative during downtime (search, then limit to MHC) or Ask a Librarian for help.

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Find Recent Fiction at the Library!

Dec 21, 2010 by Amy Wisehart

Looking for some good recent fiction to ease into winter break? Check out our Finding Fiction guide!


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Tips for ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan)

Sep 16, 2010 by Leigh Mantle

Have you heard about ILLiad?  
Iliad(Hint: It is not the epic poem by Homer, though, we do recommend checking out the book, Call Number:
PA4025.A2 F33 1990)  ILLiad
is the system for requesting interlibrary loan (ILL) items.  You'll use this
to request books, journal articles, conference papers, theses, etc.
that are not available at MHC or one of the other Five Colleges
All currently enrolled students, faculty and staff of Mount Holyoke College may use this service.  If you've never used ILLiad before you'll need to sign up.  Check out the ILLiad FAQ if you have questions or Ask a Librarian

Important Note: If you requested materials using ILLiad in the past 3 weeks (mid-August to mid-September), please login to your account to check on your requested items.  If you have not received an email about your items, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department.  

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Five Colleges Libraries Catalog Upgrade

Jul 06, 2010 by Leigh Mantle

The Five Colleges Libraries Catalog is getting an upgrade this summer!  Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire
College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst
share a library catalog
and we'll be
making improvements to it during July and August.  The library catalog may be periodically unavailable during this time.  Any scheduled downtime will be announced.  To
find library items when the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog is unavailable, please use WorldCat (a combined catalog
with information about books and other materials in over 10,000


, please email
or call us at 413-538-2212.  We apologize for the inconvenience and
thank you for your patience!

Flickr: The Commons
It takes work to look this good!

Jorge Knows: It's Movie Time!

Jan 14, 2010 by Leigh Mantle

Jorge with Popcorn by Mary Stettner J-Term is a great time to check out the leisure movie collection at LITS!  Jorge* decided to get some popcorn and browse through the shelves next to the MHC Circulation Desk

Jorge also has some tips for finding movies through the library catalog.  Follow these steps to find movies at Mount Holyoke (including new releases!):

1.) Start on the main page of the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog.

2.) Click on "Mount Holyoke" at the top right of the page (in the list of colleges) and "Basic Search of Mt. Holyoke College" will appear in the middle of the page. 

3.) Next, click on the "Advanced" tab.

4.) In the "Limits" box, click on "Format" to view the drop-down menu.  Select "DVDs, Videos, Films & Slides" from the list.

5.) Then you may search by keywords, title or genre for movies.

6.) Jorge recommends "Winged Migration" for some soaring footage or "Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds" but notes that there are no geese in this film.

* Jorge is MHC's Resident Goose and in addition to his
normal activities (i.e. flying, waddling, swimming, eating, and honking
at everyone walking by Upper Lake) he also likes to discuss LITS'
services and resources.

Photo Credit: Mary Stettner

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Delivery = Smiley Faces

Oct 13, 2009 by Leigh Mantle

Mailbox from MorgueFile Books delivered right to your library!

If you need a book from a library on another Five College campus (Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, or UMass Amherst) you can use the Request Item function in the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to have it delivered to the MHC library.

You can use this service when you find a book, while searching or browsing in the catalog, that you would like to have, but:

  • Mount Holyoke does not own it; OR-
  • Mount Holyoke owns it, but our copy is already checked out or missing

If available, the book will be delivered to the MHC Library Circulation
within 2 -5 working days. If the item can not be sent, because its
use is restricted or it is not available, you will get a notice when
placing your request.

To Request:

  • Search for your book in the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog and select the full record (title, author, publisher, etc.) of the book that you want to request.  Next, click on the Request Item icon (smiley face) at the top of the screen   
  • Then fill in your library barcode number (on the back of your MHC OneCard), select your home library (MHC) and click Go.  

Note: If none of the Five College Libraries own the book that you need, you can still get it for free through the Interlibrary Loan Service

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A Valuable Partnership: LITS and MHC Faculty

Jul 20, 2009 by Leigh Mantle

LITS is pleased to announce the acquisition of several new scholarly resources: Dance in Video, Women and Social Movements in the United States, and an extension of Biological Abstracts.  These electronic resources are available to all current faculty, staff, and students through the E-Resources A-Z, and more information is available below.  LITS is appreciative of faculty input in suggesting these resources as the collections at Mount Holyoke College are continually changing and LITS is always striving to meet the needs of faculty.  Faculty input to the collection development process is crucial and LITS invites each faculty member to contact a LITS Liaison for a conversation about collection needs and interests.   

Dance in Video (requested by dance faculty) searchable database containing streaming video files of dance
productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies
of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary,
experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.
Videos can be browsed by people, role, ensemble, genre, and venue.
Material types include documentaries, editorials, instructional,
interviews, and performances. Database users may create their own
custom playlists and video clips.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 (requested by history faculty) a resource for students and scholars of
U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of
women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this
collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the
same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to
teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The
collection currently includes 89 document projects with more than 2,800
documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, and more
than 2,060 primary authors. It includes as well book, film, and website
reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. (Globe image from the cover of the The World's Congress of Representative Women (1893))

Biological Abstracts has been extended back to 1983.  This resource offers global journal coverage of every area of the life sciences with over 4,200 journals from 100 countries and over 350,000 records added annually.  (Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II)

In addition, LITS has purchased a number of films requested by film studies faculty.  A feature of the library catalog is the ability to only search Mount Holyoke College's collection of DVDs/Videos/Films by following these steps: 

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Library Catalog Update

Jul 07, 2009 by Leigh Mantle

The Five Colleges (Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire
College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) shared library catalog is down for maintenance this week, July 6th - July 12th.  To find library items this week, please use WorldCat (a combined catalog with information about books and other materials in over 10,000 libraries).  To get to WorldCat, please follow the links for Mount Holyoke users on the webpage.

For help, please email or call us at 413-538-2212.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we make improvements!

Library Catalog Upgrade

Jun 25, 2009 by Leigh Mantle

The Five Colleges (Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) share a library catalog and it's due for an upgrade this summer.  The upgrade is scheduled to occur during the week of July 6th - July 12th.  The library catalog will be unavailable during this time.  More details about alternative access to the collections will be available on the library catalog's webpage.   If you have any questions or concerns, please Ask a Librarian

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