It’s here! Our new library system is now up and running. The biggest change for you, as a library user, will likely be the new online search interface called Primo, which you will use to locate library materials within Hamersly Library and at our Summit partner libraries.
Find Primo at the top of the library homepage and try it out. If you find any bugs or have questions, please let us know, and know that we will be working in the weeks to come to smooth out the bumps that inevitably come with a large-scale project like this one.
Speaking of which…here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin to use the new catalog in these early days:
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- For quick answers to the most commonly asked questions about the new system (such as, why did the library make this change?, what is this thing called Primo?, what about my favorite database, has it changed?) take a look at our FAQ. We are continuing to add to this as we encounter new questions and issues.
- Searching in Primo can get you different types of results depending on the options you choose. However, even though there is a lot of material searchable in Primo, it does not include everything. Here are a couple examples:
- Once you do an initial search in Primo and are on the results page, look to the upper-right corner for the sign-in link. We strongly encourage you to sign in as it helps you get better results and is the only way you can order books through Summit. A couple more things about the sign-in that you should know for now:
- Once you click on the link to sign in, you will be taken to page where you can sign in with your WOU Pawprint ID and password.
- The first time you sign in, you will be prompted to “Personalize Your Results.” In addition to selecting one or more subject areas of interest, you can indicate your “Degree,” which is simply a way of asking what part of the WOU community you belong to (student, staff member, etc.) If you are a member of faculty, the best option on the menu at this point is “Researcher.” Selecting these options will provide better search result relevance rankings for you. You can also skip this personalization, however, and/or change your settings later.
We appreciate your patience during this transition and are committed to maintaining library services at the level that you expect and require. As always, please feel free to let us know if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns about the new system.
Looking for a good book (or two) to read over summer break? We can help!
The Recreation Collection on the 1st floor of Hamersly has something for every type of reader. *And* we just got a bunch of new books in. We have everything from thrillers to love stories to biographies – and everything in between.
Want a suggestion? Fill out this short form and your WOU librarians will get back to you with some books you might like.
A big thank you to everyone who took our recent survey about your use of social media and mobile devices. In all, we heard from 448 members of the WOU community (mostly students).
The winners of the drawings associated with the survey were:
Dutch Bros. gift cards: Jordan Westlund, Alyssa Dionne, Emily Eby, and Ashley Flores
Grand prize ASUS Transformer tablet: Saul Cortes
Thanks again to everyone who filled out the survey! Your participation will help Hamersly serve you – and future students – better.
As the year comes to a close and you start packing up for summer, don’t forget to return any items you have borrowed from the library.
The last thing you want is to realize in July that you packed that book/DVD/CD you borrowed from Hamersly in April!
So, make a pile called “Library” while you’re packing up and bring ‘em all back before you head out for summer break. Your friendly library staff (and your bank account) will thank you.
The newest issue of PURE Insights is now available and includes a wide variety of pieces ranging from an international journey to help discover one’s identity, to an examination of societal perceptions of feminism, to a mathematical model for predicting award outcomes in baseball.
PURE Insights is WOU’s peer-reviewed Undergraduate Research Journal comprised of works by WOU undergraduate students working closely with a WOU faculty mentor.
Would you like to see your work or the work of one of your students in the next issue? Submissions are due by December 31, 2014 for consideration for the Spring 2015 issue.
The annual, campus-wide Academic Excellence Showcase is coming up on Thursday, May 29. Use the online schedule to help you navigate this busy day.
With the online schedule you can:
- Browse all campus presentations or jump to a specific department
- Search for a particular presenter by name or keyword
- Plan your day by downloading individual session information to a Google Calendar
- Share and promote sessions electronically via email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media
Did you miss out on winning the prizes from the last library survey? Well, now you have another chance! We’d like your feedback again, this time about how you use social media and mobile devices and how you’d like to hear from Hamersly in the future.
The survey will only take you about 10 minutes to complete and your answers will be kept anonymous. As a thank you for your time, you will be given the chance to enter to win (if you’re a WOU student!) a $10 gift card to Dutch Bros., or the grand prize – an ASUS Transformer Book T100, a tablet/laptop hybrid computer! The drawing entry is separate from the survey itself.
For questions about this survey, please contact Elizabeth Brookbank at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for participating in the survey, your feedback will help the library serve you better!
Each term, we introduce you to a few of the people who work to make Hamersly your favorite place on campus to do research, study, print your papers, meet with a group, or simply kick back and read in a quiet place.
This week, meet Elaina Glasscock. You won’t see her at the library’s busy first floor desks, but if you visit the WOU Archives or enjoy one of our quarterly exhibits on the 2nd and 3rd floors, you are benefiting from her hard work.
What do you do in the library? I work in Archives and Exhibits, most of my time is spent filing newspapers, finding information for exhibits, and going through the archives to help answer reference questions.
How long have you worked in the library? Since August 2013.
What is your major and year in school? I’m majoring in Art with an emphasis in painting, and I am currently in my Freshman year.
What is one thing about the library you think everyone should know? That there is a community puzzle on the third floor! Also, there is more than one set of Encyclopedia Britannica on the second floor, which is awesome.
What is the last good book you read? The last good book I read on my own time was A City of Bells by Elizabeth Goudge. She’s an incredible writer and I adore her work.
What was your favorite book as a kid? Oh gosh, there are too many. Can I list three? The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and the entire Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery. But there are so many more that could be on this list.
Tell us a fun fact about you! I read all seven Harry Potter books in one week (spring break, my Sophomore year of high-school).
Moderate renovations to the student lounge will begin Monday (May 12th) and continue for about two weeks. During this time, the student lounge will be closed. We expect to re-open it after Memorial Day, but we will keep you posted with more specifics as the work progresses.
When the lounge re-opens it will have a teaching station, projector, and room for more computers (we have plans to add computers over the summer), so that it can be used as a classroom in a pinch. Its main function will still be as a 24-hour student lounge, however, and it should re-open in time to serve that important purpose during dead week and finals week. Thank you for your patience!
Attention students! Starting next fall (Fall Term 2014) your favorite librarians are teaching a new course.
LIB 225: Advanced Research for College, Work, and Life bridges the gap between the basic-level research you did in you 100-level introductory courses, and the advanced-level research that is expected of you in 300 and 400 level courses.
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In this class you will:
- Develop advanced research techniques specific to your major
- Prepare yourself for today’s information-driven workplace
- Build information-seeking skills you will use after college and for the rest of your life
For Fall Term, LIB 225 will be offered on Monday and Wednesday from 12-1:50pm. If you have any questions about the course, get in touch Elizabeth Brookbank at email@example.com.