Library and Academic Innovation Update, Fall 2021

Hamersly Library amidst fall trees

Photo credit: Seyed Abdollah Shahrokni

Library and Academic Innovation

After a year of rapid adaptation and actively seeking student and faculty feedback, Library and Academic Innovation (LAI) has undergone a year of transformation. 

  • Library and Academic Innovation has a new shared mission, vision, and values that align with WOU’s strategic plan.
  • Academic year Library Hours were adjusted based on student feedback, and the Library is providing WOU-only access during evening (after 6pm) and weekend hours.
  • The DMC is no longer active and LAI staff are working to identify alternative methods of support for WOU’s community. The Digital Production Room is now in Hamersly 201! More information is available on the DMC Web Page
  • The Library has a new Information Literacy Program, a new Collection Development Plan and an updated Collection Development Policy
  • The Library also has a new Research Clinic model for providing Reference service. Daytime clinic hours are on site, and evening hours are on Zoom. Librarians are also available for scheduled consultations. If you have questions about anything library-related, please chat, call or text the Library.
  • As of Fall 2021, WOU’s transition from Moodle to Canvas is complete. 
  • Center for Academic Innovation is offering new faculty development programs as well as instructional design consultations and support for teaching with technology. 
  • LAI envisions the Hamersly Library as a more welcoming space for BIPOC students. As one step in this direction, the Library has begun to implement bilingual English/Spanish directional signage, bookmarks and brochures.

Check out the Library’s updated list of WOU Faculty and Staff Publications!

The Library’s OER Program  has saved WOU students approximately $840,553.29 as of September 2021 (detailed report submitted by Sue Kunda). Our goal is to reach over one million dollars in student textbook savings by July 2022.

The Library celebrated Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a Bilingual Story Talk with President Jay Kenton and Admissions Director Anna Hernandez-Hunter on September 29, 2021. This well attended event was coordinated by Freedom Center Co-Director Makana Ripley in partnership with the Freedom Center Board, City of Monmouth, and City of Independence. This was the Library’s first major in-person event since March 6, 2020. 

Academic Affairs

Note: these updates aren’t specific to LAI, but are related to efforts in Academic Affairs that Chelle has been leading or co-leading. 

  • Academic Affairs has partnered with Student Affairs to offer a Search Advocate workshop to be presented by OSU’s Anne Gilles in December 2021. 
  • Academic Affairs has decided not to extend our CircleIn contract for another year. This decision was based on a pilot during the 2020-2021 academic year which concluded in June 2021 with a feedback survey of students and faculty. CircleIn was not widely adopted, and was not found to be sufficiently serving the academic needs of WOU students. 


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