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Welcome to the inaugural issue of Hamersly Library News! Our plan is to bring you the latest information about your academic library at least three times a year (fall, winter, and spring). For this first Front Matter column, we would like to mention some relatively recent changes we have made, and to point you toward resources or services you may have missed. Future columns will frequently draw your attention to important issues or trends as they pertain to the library.
A lot has changed in recent years! Although the university first broke ground on what would become the Wayne and Lynn Hamersly Library in 1998, when many of today’s freshmen weren’t even born, the three-story building remains a wonderful place for study and meetings. Last year, the library made its first major changes to the building since that time, adding the first floor Learning Commons and The Press coffee shop, where our patrons can not only enjoy a cappuccino while they study, they can also make use of the flexible seating options, the whiteboard tables, and the device charging stations.
If you want a more private area, you can reserve a variety of rooms right off the library’s website. While we have added many computers throughout the library, the computer lab in HL 108 is also available when not used for classes. Want a place to study when the library is closed? We have a 24 Hour Room in HL 106. So if you want to study Plato at 2. a.m., we’ve got you covered.
If you checked out a camcorder (see the article “Equipment Lending Program” on Page 1) and need help editing a video, stop by the Digital Media Center in HL 219. Whether for video or audio production, website creation, or media conversion, the DMC offers the campus an array of specialized equipment. They also offer two bookable Digital Production Rooms (HL 221 & 222), as well as drop-in tutoring hours. Need to produce a Camtasia video for an online course? Create a print-on-demand textbook, or some form of open educational resources? The DMC, along with the broader Library Publishing & Preservation Services group, can help you create, publish, and disseminate your work in a variety of ways.
In fact, we offer a variety of services along these lines. In addition to the fine work of the University Archives in preserving physical material, our Digital Commons (digitalcommons.wou.edu) is an online archive of student and faculty scholarly and creative works. Omeka (wou.edu/omeka) features online image collections by, of, or about Western Oregon University and its faculty, students, staff, and community.
As you can see, Hamersly Library continues to to evolve to meet the needs of our twenty-first century students, faculty, and staff. You will be hearing more about many of these areas in future issues. The best news? We’ve made all these changes while still providing you the finest in all the books, journals, and other resources you’ve come to expect from your academic library.
Equipment Lending Program
Cameras, Camcorders, and More for Checkout
Did you know you can check out a digital camera from Hamersly Library? A laptop for in-library use? A USB microphone?
In fact, the library manages over 500 items in its Equipment Lending program. The goals are to provide WOU students, faculty, & staff with complete equipment packages through an efficient checkout process, and to steward the equipment so that items remain well-used within a shared environment. About 80% of the equipment is in general circulation; the other 20% is restricted to specific academic programs or classes. Most equipment has an initial loan of 4 days, with a 3-day renewal possible. A few items have a 4-hour loan. Library patrons can make reservations for equipment though Primo. You can can get these items from the Checkout Desk all hours the library is open.
Most equipment items are in “kit” form: a single checkout for the main piece plus all of its accompanying parts. Because equipment quickly loses utility when parts are missing, we are strict about the kits being complete as they go out and as they come back in.
Photography and Videography
DSLR cameras are the most popular items in the collection. Even with the convenience and increasingly good quality of cell phone cameras, the entry-level DSLRs provide superior optics and the ability to control depth of field and exposure. The standard lens in the camera kit has a zoom range of 18-55mm. If you need to swap in a telephoto zoom (55-250mm) lens or a wide-angle (24mm) lens, ask for them as a separate checkout. These are all Canon cameras and lenses.
DSLR cameras have a video setting to supplement still shooting, but we also have dedicated video cameras. The Flip cameras are a pocket-sized model with simple operation and a USB connection for file transfer and charging. The Canon and Panasonic camcorders provide more robust functionality (including taking the occasional still shot!). If you are shooting video, consider checking out an on-camera microphone that points out toward your video subject for enhanced sonic clarity.
We also have accessories for photography and videography. A recent addition is the photo studio, a two-foot cube with built-in LED lights and shooting portals in the side and top. Photographing an object inside the studio provides excellent contrast and eliminates outside reflections. We also have black and white photography backdrop kits to hang a solid color behind human subjects. USB card readers transfer image files from SD or microSD cards to a computer. And tripods! Floor-stand and tabletop models feature tilting heads to orient the camera to fit your situation and quick-release plates to move away from the tripod without unscrewing the camera from its mount. Finally, a new type of tripod adapter stabilizes your cell phone.
Computers and Accessories
We’re happy to again provide laptops to check out for in-library use. These are Dell Chromebooks, meaning your work is done through the Chrome web browser. Access to the WOU Portal and Google Docs, etc., is easy. Alternately, you can go to wouvdi.wou.edu to get to programs such as Microsoft Office, to your H: drive, and to campus printers. The Chromebooks have ports for HDMI, USB, 3.5mm headset or microphone, and microSD cards.
Our desktop microphones have USB connections, and lapel microphones use a 3.5mm connection. Listen to tunes or lectures with headphones, or use the integrated microphones of the headsets for video calling or for online language learning. Speaking of language learning, the Blu-Ray player is also a “region-free” DVD player, able to read DVDs encoded for Regions 2-6 as well as for USA and Canada’s Region 1. External DVD drives connect to computers via USB. Portable projectors and collapsible screens allow you to display your computer image in rooms without built-in equipment. Finally, we have an assortment of audiovisual cables and adapters and charging equipment for Apple and Android devices.
We have several Texas Instruments 83+ and 84+ graphing calculators. Pocket translators help English language learners with definitions and pronunciations, translated to and from fourteen source languages. While smart phones certainly have this ability, these dedicated devices do not connect to the Internet so are good for in classes and tests. The wireless presentation remote combines a laser pointer with slide advancement buttons. We also have Sony voice recorders and two models of multi-track stereo recorders. Finally, we checkout personal receivers for T-coil hearing assistance, compatible with the system installed in the Richard Woodcock Education Center.
The equipment described above is all available to the general WOU population. In addition, there are several equipment subcollections that are restricted to specific population groups. Restriction is very appropriate when either a) each affected student needs equipment for an entire term, or b) there are only a few copies of quite specialized equipment to be shared by a whole class or other defined group. All of the equipment is represented on the Equipment Guide (wou.edu/equipment), where you can check current availability or make reservations, find model specifications, and link to online user manuals and driver software.
New and Notable
Fall Term Exhibits
What Remains Is Poetry
This interactive exhibit aims to explore the history and creation of erasure poetry through examples and action. Erasure or blackout poetry is a method of creating found poetry out of existing texts by fading or covering up words and phrases. (Second floor lobby.)
In the Picture – Revisited
In 2010 professors Hank Bersani and Chloe Hughes presented an analysis of ableism in children’s literature through a visual representation of several co-authored articles. In this revisited version, Dr. Hughes has updated the exhibit content with current information and data. (Third floor gallery.)
Also Showing This Fall
Homecoming 2017: 50 Years of Tree Lighting . . . Where’s Waldo ‘Wolfie’ – A Progression of the Mascot . . . Banned Books . . .
WOU Yearbooks Online
WOU began publishing yearbooks in 1905 (under the name Oregon State Normal School) and ceased publication in 1991. While some years no yearbook was published, this resource provides a fascinating glimpse into the school’s past. View the yearbooks at digitalcommons.wou.edu/yearbooks. Original copies are kept in University Archives.
New Citation Management Software: NoodleTools
We happily held an academic subscription to EasyBib citation management service for several years. Unfortunately, the Chegg company bought EasyBib and is phasing out institutional services in favor of individual access only. The library now subscribes to NoodleTools and will promote its use in classes and to all new users. In addition to helpful guidance for citation building and in-text references, NoodleTools provides cloud-based access (good for students moving among campus lab computers), space for writing annotations, research management features (sharing, collaboration, to-do lists, etc.), connection to Google Docs, and an integrated notetaking component. NoodleTools supports APA 6th, MLA 8th and Chicago (currently 16th) citation styles. Email your subject area librarian or stop by the Information Desk if you have questions.
- Superman. Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow? by Alan Moore and Curt Swan (for our Comic Book display)
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (for our Banned Books display)
- The New Russia by Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev
- Beyond Trans : Does Gender Matter? by Heath Fogg Davis
More than a word : a film about Native American-based sports mascots and the Washington R*dskins (DVD)
Readership Map Shows Reach of WOU Work
Digital Commons@WOU (online at digitalcommons.wou.edu ), home to WOU’s scholarship and research, is getting noticed by a worldwide audience. The numbers on the readership map (below) illustrate the popularity of student and faculty work, but it’s the stories behind the numbers that make compelling reading. Diane Huddleston’s 2012 History Seminar Paper, “The Beat Generation: They Were Hipsters, Not Beatniks,” consistently receives hundreds of downloads monthly—even 5 years later. Several psychology faculty contributed their published articles to DigitalCommons@WOU; during the 2016-17 school year, readers from more than 500 institutions, in over 100 countries, downloaded the papers. And our very own Stewart Baker has the 5th most often downloaded paper in WOU’s faculty research collection, with 13 institutions in India showing interest in his work. Want to make your (or your students’) research more widely available? Contact Sue Kunda for more information.
The Child by Fiona Barton
After the discovery of a skeleton under an old apartment complex that is being demolished, the people of London are left wondering who the child was and how they got there. The story follows the lives of three women who unravel the mystery one important piece at a time. Just when you think you have figured out what happened to the child this book will have you guessing all over again…
—Ashley Chambers, Hamersly Library student employee
Find The Child and hundreds of other popular books in Hamersly’s Recreational Collection on the first floor right next to The Press. Would you like to write a review? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Editor: Scott Carter, Digital Production & Publishing Specialist
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