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!

By request: new books in the Rec Collection

Last 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.

Some of them we already had – the people who requested Leaves of Grass, Catcher in the Rye, books by Oscar Wilde, the Twilight series, the Hunger Games series, the Harry Potter series, and books by Neil Gaiman are in luck!

And below is just a sampling of new arrivals that we purchased over the summer in response to your other requests. Browse the collection online or in-person to see all of our recreational books. Welcome back to campus and happy reading!

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang. Call Number: REC DOC

From Goodreads: “Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake… A perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.”






Raven's Shadow #1-3 by Anthony RyanRaven’s Shadow #1-3 by Anthony Ryan. Call Number: REC RYA

From Goodreads: “Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order. From ‘a new master storyteller’ comes an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny…”







Ms. Marvel by G. Willow WilsonMs. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson. Call Number: REC WIL

From Goodreads: “Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!”








Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary RoachGulp: adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary Roach. Call Number: REC ROA

From Goodreads: “Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find names for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? We meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks—or has the courage—to ask. And we go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a bacteria transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.”







Jesus land: a memoir by Julia ScheeresJesus Land: a memoir by Julia Scheeres. Call Number: REC SCH

From Goodreads: “For Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David, ‘Jesus Land’ stretched from their parents’ fundamentalist home, past the hostilities of high school, and deep into a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic. For these two teenagers – brother and sister, black and white – the 1980’s were a trial by fire.”







Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1-5 by Rick RiordanPercy Jackson & the Olympians #1-5 by Rick Riordan. Call Number: REC RIO

From Goodreads: “Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him…Join the adventures of Percy Jackson and his demigod friends as they fight mythological monsters and the forces of the titan lord Kronos.”

New students: learn about your WOU library this week!

Welcome!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. 9/21, 1-2pm, WUC Santiam room &
Thurs. 9/24, 9-10am, Ackerman 139
Play games, win prizes, eat snacks, and learn about your library!

Insider Library Tours – for students by students
Wed. 9/23, 9am-1pm, Hamersly Library &
Fri. 9/25, 12-4pm, Hamersly Library
Get the inside scoop on the library and how you can use it to your best advantage during your time at WOU. Tag the library in a pic of your tour on social media and you will be entered to win a whole bag of prizes!

EasyBib will make your life easier

easy bibWorking on a research paper or project? Save time and make your life easier by using EasyBib! As a WOU student, you can create a *free* premium account.

What is EasyBib? It’s an online tool that helps you organize your research sources and create citations in APA, MLA, or Chicago/Turabian formats. Using EasyBib, you can create a new project for each of your research assignments and store your bibliography for as long as you’re working on the assignment — or longer, it’s up to you. You can add notes to individual sources reminding yourself how you’d like to use them in your paper. And you can reuse sources for different projects in the future, even automatically changing to another citation style if necessary.

Access EasyBib here or from the library homepage under Accounts –> EasyBib to sign up for your free, premium account and get started. For more info, check out this video tutorial.

Hamersly has lots of music for your studying needs

CDs from the libraryLooking for some study music? The library has hundreds of CDs available for checkout from all sorts of different genres.

From Bon Iver to Kanye West, Bela Fleck to Etta James, Taylor Swift, and The Beatles: whatever your taste we’ve got something for you.

Search Primo (above) for the name of your favorite band or artist to get started.

Happy studying!