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:



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:

Txt us ur ?s

Text your questions to the libraryDid you know that we can answer your questions via text? Whether you need help reserving a study room, want to know the library’s hours, or want some guidance on a research assignment, you can do it all on your phone.
Text us at 503-383-WOU1 (9681).

If you tried to use the text service recently and had trouble, we were having some technical difficulties. But fear not, they have all been resolved and we’re ready to answer your texts again.

Tlk 2 u l8er! 😉

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: