In this Issue:
- Front Matter
- How to Get the Most Out of Your Library
- New and Notable
- WOU Reviews
- Library Tip: Designating a Proxy
|Library News at a Glance:
Fall term is always an exciting time at Western Oregon University, with lots of new students on campus and our faculty returning from summer break recharged for the year ahead. For us in the library, it also serves as a reminder to make sure we do a good job at spreading the word about everything we do.
We are frequently surprised by the number of students who remark to us, upon nearing graduation, that they wished they’d known about particular resources much earlier, as the knowledge might have saved them a lot of frustration, or the new faculty who don’t realize for years about all the services available to help with their teaching and research.
That is why we kick off this issue with an information-packed lead article “How to Get the Most Out of Your Library.” We’re hoping even the library’s most seasoned visitors will learn a thing or two. Inside, you will also find information about a recent staff hire and other personnel changes, as well as news about exhibits and other library happenings.
If you are new to campus, we encourage you to stop by and say hello. Take a look around. Ask some questions. We want to do everything we can to help you succeed.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Library
18 Tips to Kick Off the 2018-19 Academic Year
Whether you’re a frequent visitor of Hamersly Library, or a distance education student who rarely steps foot on campus, we offer a wide range of resources and services you may not know about. As the 2018 academic year gets into full swing, here are 18 tips to get the most out of your library.
1) Check out a book! You probably know that you can check out any of the thousands of books on our own shelves, but did you also know you can borrow millions more via our Summit system, a cooperative of 39 academic libraries from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho? While even more books are available worldwide via Interlibrary Loan, the Summit system can get your book here within just a few days. To get started, just visit the library’s homepage (wou.edu/library) or stop by the Information Desk for help.
2) Talk to a reference librarian. Whether you’re looking to dig deeper into the war of 1812 or find peer-reviewed articles about Diisopropyl fluorophosphate (or even how to spell it!), our librarians are trained professionals skilled in finding information. Stop by the Information Desk in person, or chat live online by clicking the Ask a Librarian link from the library homepage.
3) Access electronic resources off-campus. Did you know that you can access thousands of ebooks, journals, and other resources online? Just login to the portal (wou.edu/portal) with your Pawprint login and password before visiting the library and you gain access to the same online resources as if you were using a computer on campus. Better yet, if you use Google Scholar (scholar.google.com), make sure to add Hamersly Library as your own library (under Settings, then Library Links) so that Google will grant you access to resources behind paywalls paid for by your university.
4) Reserve a study room. While there are many wonderful places to study throughout the library on a drop-in basis, students, faculty, and staff may make reservations for a private study room as long it is done at least 24 hours in advance. See what’s available by visiting wou.edu/library/rooms, and reserve the space by stopping by the Information Desk, calling 503-838-8418, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
5) Use the 24 Hour Room. Night owl? Early bird? Either way, we have a study option for you. HL 106 (located on the west side of the building) is open 24 hours a day and features computers, a printer, study space, and a relay-service videophone that connects deaf and hard of hearing people with hearing individuals. Additional amenities include a vending machine, a microwave, a coupon-swap box, and an all-gender & ADA-accessible restroom.
6) Take advantage of free tutoring. Need help with math, writing, English as a foreign language, or technology? While there are other places on campus students can receive free tutoring, the library offers tutoring on a range of subjects all in one building. Check out the library’s homepage for the day’s available tutoring hours, or visit wou.edu/freetutoring/ for more detailed information.
7) Study on the quiet third floor. If you prefer silence for your studies, the third floor is the place for you. It has been designated a quiet zone, where we ask that patrons refrain from loud conversations when studying and turn cell phones off or to a silent mode.
8) Enjoy an exhibit. The library exhibits, located throughout the building, provide WOU faculty and students an avenue to showcase their skills and talents, as well as share other interesting artifacts curated for your benefit by the WOU community. Stop for a moment to appreciate them. You may even learn a thing or two!
9) Visit Digital Commons and Omeka online. Both DigitalCommons@WOU (https://digitalcommons.wou.edu/) and Omeka@WOU (http://omeka.wou.edu:8080/) are WOU’s digital repositories for collecting, managing, preserving and making available the intellectual output of the campus community, in print or image form. Want to read a history thesis from last year? Or how about taking a look at a gallery of WOU’s past presidents? You’ll find all that and more inside these two great online resources.
10) Book a Digital Production Room. The Digital Media Center, located on the second floor, contains two digital production rooms available for independent use. While both contain a Mac and PC with specialized software and recording microphones, HL 221 is tailored to audio production and the larger HL 222 has a green screen and camcorders for video production.
11) Borrow a digital camera (or other equipment). 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. Find a complete list online at http://research.wou.edu/equipment.
12) Meet a Study Partner at The Press. Added in 2016, the Learning Commons area of the library, located at the north end of the first floor, quickly became a popular destination for meetings, group study, or just enjoying a beverage from the library’s coffee shop, The Press. Among other prominent features are device charging stations, whiteboard tables, and plenty of flexible seating options.
13) Borrow a DVD from the Recreation Collection. If you’ve got some downtime, peruse the library’s Recreation Collection on the first floor next to The Press, where you can find popular books, DVDs, graphic novels, and other items for your entertainment needs.
14) Use the KIC Scanner to quickly email yourself a PDF of a book chapter. The library’s KIC Scanner, located behind the Information Desk on the first floor, allows for immediate, no-login scanning to PDF (including word-searchable PDF), JPG, PNG, rich text, and other formats. Best of all, the scanner’s design accomodates a book’s spine with ease and produces an easy-to-read file.
15) Read a children’s book. Did you know the library has a robust juvenile section located at the north end of the second floor (mostly owing to our status as a top-rate institution for teacher education)? If you want a fun stress release between exams, take a few minutes to enjoy the more whimsical part of our collection.
16) Make use of the online research guides. If you’re starting a research paper, take advantage of the research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians at https://research.wou.edu. It’s a great place to begin.
17) Use NoodleTools. NoodleTools (http://research.wou.edu/noodletools) is an online tool that helps you generate an APA, MLA, or Chicago/Turabian, formatted citation list. WOU’s subscription allows you to use your WOU email to create an account that links to your Google drive for easy storage and collaboration.
18) Take the online library tour. If you’re interested in learning even more about Hamersly Library, spend a few minutes with our online library tour. It’s available at http://research.wou.edu/librarytour.
New and Notable
New Evening Services, Stacks and Equipment Assistant
We’re pleased to introduce Dominic Annen as the library’s Evening Services, Stacks, and Equipment Assistant. He is responsible for the library’s orderly physical collections that turn around quickly, so people can find what they need. Right now he’s working daytime hours, but soon he will become the familiar face for students who study late, assisting them from the Reference Desk 8 p.m. to midnight. Dom will also support the library’s Circulating Equipment program.
Dom graduated from WOU in 2015 with his Bachelors degree. He was a History major with a writing minor, and he worked as a student employee in our Interlibrary Loan operations 2013-2015. Since graduating, he has worked at the Chemeketa McMinnville campus library, at the Salem campus as a transcript evaluator, and as a bartender in Mt. Angel. Prior to his time at WOU, he worked as an Instructional Assistant for business technology at the Chemeketa Dallas campus.
Three Position Changes
There have been three position changes in the Library: 2 promotions and 1 addition. Brianna Robertson and Chris Mansayon have been promoted from Library Tech 3 positions to Non Tenure Track librarian faculty positions. Paula Booth, the Campbell Hall Gallery Directory and NTT Assistant Professor of Art, is adding approximately 6 hours per week on average overseeing library exhibits.
All three changes evolved in response to the decision not to rehire the position vacated by the retirement of Jerrie Parpart, our previous Exhibits and Archives Coordinator. Paula began planning work on library exhibits over the summer. Chris and Brianna officially began their new positions on October 1st. Both Brianna and Chris have master degrees in Library and Information Science. Their promotions will permit them to assume added professional responsibilities that will in part fill in for archives and exhibits roles. They will also assume more responsibilities associated with library faculty liaison roles and provide additional professional input into the general operation of the library. Expect to hear more in future issues.
Fall Term Exhibits
Imagine Art Critique Group
Featuring work by nine artists part of an art critique group that meets at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis, Oregon, where constructive feedback is given to help the artists create better paintings. (Second floor lobby)
Qiushi Li, Chinese Printmaker
A visiting scholar at WOU in 2011-2012, this body of work was made during that time. (Third floor gallery)
- Northmen: The Viking Saga 793-1241 by John Haywood
- Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights by Joyce Green
- Make Trouble by Cecile Richards
- The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
- Wolves: A Play by Sarah Delappe
- Expressive Conducting by Jerald Schwiebert
- Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality by Tracy Ore
Kate’s idyllic life gets disrupted when a girl she met on vacation in France five years earlier turns up dead on the property of the vacation home. Tensions rise as an old fling, lifelong friends, and a deplorable friend-of-a-friend/enemy are all put under investigation for the murder. I finished the book in a period of five days, totally absorbed by the drama and criminal suspicions as I steadily began to doubt every character within the book. If you’re looking for a thrilling book of deception this book is for you!
—Hannah, Hamersly Student Employee
Find this and hundreds of other popular books in Hamersly’s Recreational Collection on the first floor right next to The Press.
Library Tip: Designating a Checkout Proxy
Need someone else to pick up your library materials? Sometimes you just need an extra hand with tasks. You can authorize a friend, relative, student assistant, etc., to serve as your “proxy” to check out materials from Hamersly Library on your account.
This includes picking up materials that arrive for you through Summit and Interlibrary Loan. The proxy authorization does not extend to checking out materials in-person from other Summit libraries. It also does not allow the proxy to act on your behalf electronically; for example, the proxy cannot make hold requests in your name, or sign into Primo or our subscription databases with your credentials. The proxy presents their own WOU ID at the time of checkout—not yours. You receive an email receipt anytime loans are made to your account.
If your intended proxy is not already a WOU student, faculty, or staff member, they must obtain a Hamersly Library Community Borrowers card before you can authorize them. Log into
https://wou.edu/library/my-library and select Designate a proxy for complete information and the authorization form.
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