The Fall exhibits in Hamersly Library are up! Check them out on the 2nd and 3rd floors:
Down the Ballot II: Candidates of Western Oregon University (2nd floor)
Curator: Carl Fisher, WOU Alumnus
Laugh or Cry (3rd floor)
Cartoons by Rob Harriman, WOU Alumnus
How 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.
How do I know how many print credits I have? You can check your print credit balance here, or just log in to the WOU Portal and your balance will be displayed on your Portal homepage.
How do I buy more print credits? You can purchase additional credits through WolfWeb under the Student Menu. 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.
Check out our Textbooks Guide for options to buy, rent, and borrow textbooks for your classes this term.
You’ll also find info about where to sell your textbooks back once you’re done with them. Happy first week of classes!
Welcome to campus, new students! As a part of New Student Week, we are offering several opportunities for you to learn more about your library. We hope to see you at one of these sessions (see your New Student Week book for full descriptions):
Reading, Research, Writing, and ‘Rithmetic – What the WOU library can do for you
Mon. 9/22, 11:30am-12:30pm, Ackerman 141 & Wed. 9/24, 12:45-1:45pm, Ackerman 141
The library is about more than just books (although we have those too)! Come learn all about what we can do for you while you’re here at WOU. Snacks will be served!
Insider Library Tours – for students by students
Tues. 9/23, 1:00-4:00pm, Hamersly Library & Fri. 9/26, 9:00am-4:00pm, Hamersly Library
Get the inside scoop on the library and how you can use it to your best advantage during your time at WOU. Participate and you will be entered to win a prize!
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:
More about new library system
- 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.
What is Primo?
Primo is the new library search tool used to find items in Hamersly Library and our partner Summit libraries, as well as some articles and other electronic resources.
Primo scopes allow you to define where your search is performed. You can select a scope in the drop-down menu right of the search box, or by selecting your desired scope under the search box on the main library home page.
More about Primo
What is included in each scope?
WOU: Books, e-books, audio-visual recordings, maps, scores, microforms, government documents, special collections, journals, magazines, and newspapers available on-site at Hamersly Library.
WOU and Summit: Everything in the WOU list above, plus the holdings of academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest.
WOU, Summit, and Articles, etc.: Everything in the WOU and Summit lists above, as well as some full-text articles. This scope finds search terms in the full-article content.
Primo is one part of your complete search
Primo does not include all the content from the research databases to which WOU subscribes. For discipline-specific searching, use Hamersly Library’s Recommended Databases By Subject.
To search beyond the holdings of Summit libraries, use Worldcat. You can request materials from libraries around the world through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Questions or Comments?
We’re happy to hear from you at our Primo feedback form.
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.