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IT Help Desk Extended Hours

ITExtendedHoursNewsIn an effort to provide fast, convenient service to students in Macon, IT is extending its IT Student Help Desk hours. Beginning January 6th, the IT Student Help Desk will be open Sunday – Thursday during the hours of 3 – 9 p.m. to provide walk-in and phone support. The IT Student Help Desk is located on the 2nd floor of Tarver Library and can be reached at 478-301-7000. Note the main IT Help Desk office will no longer be available for walk-ins; however, tools are available to assist students remotely, often preventing them from having to visit IT. Students may reach the main IT Help Desk via phone at 478-301-7000 or email at during all other hours.

We encourage Macon faculty and staff to contact IT via phone at 478-301-2922 or email at for assistance. If you prefer to meet with IT face-to-face, please make an appointment to ensure that IT staff are available at the time of arrival.

Now Accepting Applications

Edmonds Icon 14Macon undergraduate students are encouraged to submit applications for the 2014 Valerie B. Edmonds Student Research Award. Undergraduate students who have completed a major research project using library resources for a Mercer course are eligible to apply. The deadline for receiving individual or group submissions as well as the faculty statement of support is January 31, 2014.

More information about the award and application procedures is available.

Support Coloring Book Drive

ColoringBookDriveNewsMercer Women’s Basketball is sponsoring a coloring book drive for The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Help the team gather as many coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils as possible. Drop-off boxes are available around campus, including Jack Tarver Library. The box will be available on the library’s 2nd floor from January 7th-16th. Or, receive free admission by bringing your donated items to the Mercer v. Stetson game on Thursday, January 16th at 7 p.m.

The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric facility in Central and South Georgia and serves over 42,000 patients. Over 15,000 children are seen in the Children’s Health Center each year.

Please support this great cause and Mercer Women’s Basketball. Go Bears!

Google Scholar Links to Library Resources

GoogleScholarNewsUsing Google Scholar to do your research? You may now link out of Google Scholar to Mercer University Libraries’ resources via the link resolver. A ‘Find Full Text at Mercer’ link will display on the right-hand side of the Google Scholar results lists for article abstracts while searching on-campus within the Mercer University Libraries IP Range.

In addition, if you are off-campus and associate your Google account with the Mercer University Libraries, the ‘Find Full Text at Mercer’ link will display. When you click on the link, you will then be prompted to log in with your Mercer University username and password before arriving at the link resolver results page. You can associate your Google Account with the Mercer University Libraries via the Settings Menu in Google Scholar.

Questions? Please contact Ask Jack.

Interlibrary-Loan Book Request cutoff for students

The end of the semester and the holidays are fast approaching which means that libraries begin to slow down lending books through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

As such, the last day for students to request books for the fall semester is Wednesday December 4.  We will continue to request articles until Friday12/20 when we close for the fall semester. ILL will reopen Monday January 6.

Please stop by the reference desk or contact us through one of our many AskUs points, if we can help you find materials for your papers or assignments.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Shuping at or 478-301-2251.

And thank you for using Interlibrary Loan this semester

Take Our Ebook Survey (Prizes!)

EbookSurveyNewsHelp! Jack Needs You . . Jack Tarver Library is conducting a campus wide survey on the use of electronic books for academic work. We are asking students, faculty, and staff to complete a survey. The survey is open now and will close November 18, 2013. Each participant is eligible for one of several gift cards valued from $5 to $50.

Volkoff Archive Exhibit and Colloquium

IMG_0556Special Collections, located on the 3rd floor of Jack Tarver Library, has acquired the personal documents and written works of Vladimir Volkoff. The International Colloquium on the Writings of Vladimir Volkoff will celebrate the opening of the Volkoff Archive during November 15-16 at Mercer University. A series of events taking place throughout the two-day colloquium will include a tour of the archives. Currently, an exhibit on the 2nd floor highlights a wide array of Volkoff memorabilia, documents, photos, posters, and two original drawings by Volkoff.


Volkoff was born in 1932 in Paris to White Russian parents, who had fled Communism. He spoke Russian, French, and English fluently and wrote various works of fiction, essays, plays, biblical commentaries, biographies (including that of his great grand uncle Tchaikovsky), translations, science fiction, and children’s mysteries. It was his espionage fiction that propelled him into the French media in the early 1980s. Volkoff’s other interests and talents included an intelligence officer in the French army during the Algerian War, a college professor, an actor/director, an avid hunter, fencer, chess player, and weapon collector. He lived for two decades in Georgia and taught at Agnes Scott College in Decatur before retiring to Macon to focus on his writing career.


Photo: Vladimir Volkoff receives an award from former Prime Minister and President of France, Jacques Chirac.

Holmes Exhibit Shines Spotlight on Ancient World

Holmes Graphic for Invitation 2013 - EditedMercer University’s Jack Tarver Library will host a series of events to open the exhibit “Faces from the Past: The Human Image in the Ancient World,” which will feature ancient artifacts from the collection of Dr. Yulssus Lynn Holmes, CLA ’62, of Carrollton. The exhibit is curated by Dr. Eric Klingelhofer, professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts.

Events will take place during the fourth week of October, beginning with an exhibit opening on Oct. 21 with reception and gallery talk by Dr. Holmes at 7 p.m. Dr. Beth Stewart, professor of art in the College of Liberal Arts, will give a lecture on “Roman Portraiture” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22. On Oct. 23, Dr. Scott Nash, professor of Christianity in the College of Liberal Arts, will lecture on “The Face of God: The Human Image in the Ancient World” at 7 p.m. The final event in the series will be a film showing of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (1966) at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 with a discussion led by Dr. Achim Kopp, professor of foreign languages and literatures in the College of Liberal Arts.

All events, which are free and open to the public, will take place in The Bear Spot at Jack Tarver Library.

To learn more, additional information about the exhibit and events is available.

Check out the 13WMAZ news coverage about the Holmes ancient artifacts exhibit.

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