Stream music online with Classical Music Library

Sheet musicAs a WOU student, faculty, or staff member, you have access to the streaming audio database Classical Music Library through the library.

Classical Music Library contains tens of thousands of licensed recordings from major music labels ranging from the earliest Gregorian chants to works by modern composers. Recordings include symphonic music, vocal and instrumental music, choral works, and other forms. You can even create and save individual playlists!

Drop-in tutoring hours in the library

Tutoring in the library starts this week! 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:

–>The Math Center offers free math tutoring Monday-Friday at varying times in Room 228 for both Math classes and non-Math classes like statistics. See the Math Center website for winter 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, now located on the 2nd floor, offers help with technology-related class assignments on Monday & Wednesday from 1-5pm and Tuesday & Thursday from 4-8pm.

 

The Recreation Collection has moved

Recreation Collection new locationLooking for a book to read for fun? Check out the library’s Recreation Collection in its NEW temporary location on the short bookshelves between the computer banks on the 1st floor. The collection will live here during the construction of the new library cafe this winter.

As always, you can browse the Recreation Collection online, too. And if you’re just not sure what you want to read next, let us help! Fill out this short form and your WOU librarians will get back to you with a book or two you might like.

Happy Reading!

PURE Insights: Call for submissions

pure insightsStudents: submit your work to WOU’s peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal, PURE Insights.

The submission deadline is December 31, 2015.

Students and recent graduates are eligible to submit original research and creative work including technical papers, research articles, expository articles, poems, short stories, photographs, videos, and other creative works from all academic disciplines. All submissions to the journal must have a faculty sponsor. Learn more

Changes coming to the library!

Hamersly LibraryWOU’s Dean of Library Services, Dr. Allen McKiel, emailed out the following announcement to campus on Monday about changes coming to Hamersly Library:

“There are exciting changes afoot at Hamersly Library. I am delighted to announce that over winter break, we will begin physical modifications to enhance the learning commons environment to better meet the needs of a twenty-first century campus. The addition of a first floor café will be the first tangible sign of these changes…” Read the Dean’s full announcement here.

Announcement: Hamersly Library Learning Commons

Hamersly LibraryWOU’s Dean of Library Services, Dr. Allen McKiel, emailed out the following announcement to campus on Monday about changes coming to Hamersly Library:

“There are exciting changes afoot at Hamersly Library. I am delighted to announce that over winter break, we will begin physical modifications to enhance the learning commons environment to better meet the needs of a twenty-first century campus. The addition of a first floor café will be the first tangible sign of these changes.

Among other prominent features of the learning commons will be increased group study spaces, additional computers, space for tutoring, more power outlets, and technology and assistance for video and audio production. A library foundation account with donor funds remaining from the initial building construction are being used to fund the project.

It is important to note that all of these expanded resources and services will be in addition to, and not in replace of, the library collections.

The ongoing design of the Hamersly learning commons thus far has been informed by a wide variety of sources including: library usage data, library literature (most notably an Education Advisory Board learning commons study), a WOU student survey (326 participants), visits to learning commons of other libraries, as well as ongoing discussion and consultation with WOU food services, the physical plant, architectural services, WOU administration, and faculty and staff currently involved with tutoring in the library.

At the time Hamersly Library was designed and built, some of the learning commons trends were already emerging particularly the emphasis on group projects. Hamersly library was built with more group study rooms than libraries built earlier. Nevertheless, there are not enough to accommodate the growing demand. The expanded study spaces of the learning commons will be comprised of a variety of furnishings including living room style, additional traditional study tables of various sizes, and wheeled, modular pieces to facilitate custom groupings.

Along with reconfiguration of study and service areas, another aspect of the project involves finishing unused space on the 3rd floor for archives collections and general storage space.

Please feel free to come see or email me or your librarian with questions or suggestions.”

Tech Tuesday: Microphones

Are you are working on a video or digital project for a class or student organization? Using a microphone for the voice over, instead of relying on the microphone on your iPhone or video camera, will make a world of difference in the final project.

The library has several different types of microphones that you can check out and that will lend a professional touch to your finished product. Learn more:



Tech Tuesday: tripods

Are you filming something for a class project, your student organization, or just for your own artistic expression? Well, unless you’re going for a Blair Witch Project-style camera shake, you will want a tripod.

The library has both floor stand and tabletop tripods in several different sizes and styles that you can check out! Learn more:



New exhibit on the 3rd floor

Never Again poster sampleThe final exhibit of the term is up on the 3rd floor of the library and continues with the term-long theme of ‘NEVER AGAIN’:

Holocaust Posters, 1933-1945
An Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith Poster Exhibit

This evocative poster series begins in pre-Holocaust Europe, when Jewish communities were centers of cultural and social ferment. The ensuing horror is unforgettably invoked in these posters, which portray a word gone mad and another world isolated and destroyed.

Exhibit Dates: November 7 – December 11

Tech Tuesday: Headsets w/microphones

Have you ever tried to hold your phone against your ear and type at the same time? It is difficult. Talking on speakerphone can solve this, but what if you’re in a public place or your roommate is asleep? That’s where these headsets can really come in handy.

They’re perfect for things like group calls and online classes – any scenario where you might want to talk and type at the same time. Plus, the sound quality is much better than speakerphone. Learn more: