Tech Tuesday: Portable DVD Players

Need to watch a movie for class, but you left your laptop at home? Maybe you don’t have a laptop, or your laptop doesn’t have a DVD player? Whatever the scenario, the library can help. We have portable DVD players that you can check out for up to 4 days and take wherever you’d prefer to watch your movie. Learn more:

Ask for a librarian when you need research help

Your WOU librarians are here to help you learn how to do college-level research so that you can complete your class assignments. There is no question too simple or too complicated to come to us with. Here are some examples of the types of questions we commonly help students with:

–How do I find articles that are “peer-reviewed” for my research paper – and what does “peer-review” even mean?
–I only have the title for an article I’m supposed to find – can you help me?
–How do I cite this article/conference presentation/blog post using proper APA style?
–How do I find primary sources regarding German agriculture before and after the Industrial Revolution? We love helping with wild questions like this. (Seriously, we do.)

You can always ask directly for the available librarian at the Information Desk, or you can schedule an appointment with the librarian appropriate to your subject area. You can also consult the subject or class-specific research guides compiled by your librarians. Good luck with mid-terms!

Tech Tuesday: audio recorders

Did you know that we have three different types of audio recorders that you can check out from the library? These little beauties are perfect for recording:

  • A class lecture (as long as your professor is OK with it!) to take notes on later
  • An interview for a class assignment
  • A podcast to put online that will bring you fame and fortune (maybe…)
  • Notes on that story for your creative writing class or that article you’re writing for the school paper
  •  …and more!

Plus, you don’t have to worry about taking up space on your smartphone with large audio files. Here’s more info about the three types of audio recorders available for checkout at Hamersly:

New exhibit now open: Hiroshima Ground Zero

Hiroshima Ground ZeroThe second of the featured traveling exhibits making a stop at Hamersly Library this fall is open for visitors. The Hiroshima Ground Zero exhibit is made up of a series of posters from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan that inform of the aftermath and effects of nuclear weapons. Designed for schools and suitable for all ages, the posters promote peace through education.

The exhibit will run from Friday, October 16th – Sunday, November 1st on the 3rd floor of the library. In conjunction with the exhibit, we will be hosting a lecture from Hiroshima survivor, Ed Kawasaki of Portland on Wednesday, October 28th at 4:00 p.m. in HL 107. See a full schedule of events here.

Campus Printing FAQ

print creditsHow much does printing cost? A single page (one side) of a black & white printout costs 1 print credit. A single color page (one side) printout costs 5 print credits. Students receive 225 print credits per term.

How do I know how many print credits I have? Log in to the WOU Portal and your balance will be displayed on your homepage.

How do I buy more print credits? Purchase additional credits through WolfWeb under the Student Menu. They start at 50 credits for $2.50 and go up from there. When you buy additional credits they are immediately available for use.

What if I don’t use all of my print credits? Whatever credits you don’t use roll over to the next term – so if you have 83 remaining after Winter term, you will start Spring term with 308 credits. However, accounts are wiped clean before each Fall term begins, and everyone starts again with 225 print credits.

Watch Tim Wise’s film “White Like Me” for free

white like meProminent anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise is coming to campus to speak on Tuesday, Oct 13th at 4pm in the WUC Pacific Room.

In addition to his books, many of which are available through the library, Wise has also been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release, “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.” As a WOU student, faculty, or staff, you can stream this film through the library.

The film, which Wise co-wrote and co-produced, has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. Learn more.



Drop-in tutoring hours in the library

Need help with math, writing, English as a foreign language, or using technology? There are drop-in tutoring services for all of these subjects right in the library! Tutoring hours start at the beginning of week 2 and go through the end of term.

–>The Math Center offers free math tutoring Monday-Friday at varying times in Room 228. See the Math Center website for fall term hours.

–>The Writing Center holds night hours Sunday-Thursday from 7:00-10:00pm in Room 116. Writing tutors will work with you on writing projects for any course and any instruction level.

–>The English Tutoring Center holds night hours Monday-Thursday from 7:00-10:00 pm in Room 228. Tutors can help international students with reading, listening to, and/or speaking English.

–>The Digital Media Center (formerly the TRC), now located on the 2nd floor near the AV materials, offers tutoring hours this term on Monday & Wednesday from 4-8pm and Tuesday & Thursday from 2-6pm. Although you may stop by anytime to use the equipment on your own, tutoring is available for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.


The TRC is now the DMC – Digital Media Center

Need pointers on creating a digital movie? Tips on designing a website? Advice on configuring an Excel chart? The Digital Media Center can help!

Formerly called the Technology Resource Center, the Digital Media Center is now located in the northeast corner of Hamersly’s second floor (HL 219, near the AV materials), and offers self-service use of the specialized equipment and software located there, as well as drop-in tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.

Fall 2015 Drop-In Technology Tutoring Hours:

  • Monday: 4 – 8 pm
  • Tuesday: 2 – 6 pm
  • Wednesday: 4 – 8 pm
  • Thursday: 2 – 6 pm

You asked, we listened – new books in the Rec Collection

post-it board may 2015Last spring we set up a Post-It board in the lobby of Hamersly and asked you what books you’d like to see in the library’s Recreation Collection. We were delighted with the flood of responses and have worked over the summer to bring in as many of the suggestions as possible. Learn more about some of the new arrivals that we purchased in response to your requests.

Welcome back to campus and happy reading!