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Discovery & Access

Discovery & Access (DnA) helps our users connect to the many information resources available to them. We provide assistance in person at the LITS Circulation Desk and in Archives and Special Collections, and we manage workflows and online discovery systems for materials such as books, e-books, articles, databases and archival and digital collections (to name a few!). We also maintain an active exhibition and programming schedule throughout the year to showcase unique and archival collections.


Division: Discovery & Access

Access Services provides in person assistance at the Circulation Desk and connects users with resources from the physical collections. Core services include the acquisition, cataloging and circulation of library materials; print, electronic and video course reserve processing; development and implementation of loan policy and procedures; and management of the physical collection through shelving and stack maintenance.  Access Services staff are located on the 2nd floor of Williston Library at the Circulation Desk.

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Karen Mehl

Night/Weekend Supervisor, Access Services
Division: Discovery & Access

Archives and Special Collections tells the stories of Mount Holyoke by collecting, preserving, and providing access to materials created by students, faculty, staff and alums. Archives and Special Collections is located on the basement level of Dwight Hall and houses rare books, manuscripts, photographs and much more. Archives and Special Collections can provide answers to specific questions or help you to understand broad social and cultural issues. Learn more about Archives and Special Collections.

Division: Discovery & Access

Digital Assets and Preservation Services (DAPS) develops and presents the the College’s digital cultural heritage collections, including historic images, letters and newspapers, and supports access to student and faculty scholarship and research. They also offer digitization services and manage digital preservation for unique College content. Most DAPS staff are located on the 3rd floor south of Williston Library.

Division: Discovery & Access

Discovery Services manages LITS systems that enable the discoverability of the library’s purchased and licensed materials and works to ensure that users have access to electronic resources across systems and platforms. Manages ongoing orders and subscriptions and provides users access to print, electronic and audiovisual resources from around the world through services such as interlibrary loan and document delivery. Provides scanning services for articles and book chapters held in the library’s print collections. Discovery Services staff are located on the 4th floor of Williston Library.