Hamersly’s winter term newsletter is here!

Hamersly Library skylineDid you know that the library publishes a newsletter each term? It is always full of helpful information and reminders about your library.

This term’s issue includes information about our new art exhibits, new equipment available for checkout, library services at the new WOU Salem campus, WOU’s textbook affordability initiative, and more. You’ll also find an interesting history of the library at WOU, a list of new books that have been added to the library’s collections, and even a review of one of the new books in our Recreational Collection. Read the newsletter here.

Results of last year’s library survey

survey word cloudLast spring, almost 1,000 of you responded to the library’s survey evaluating the use and quality of the our collections, services, and facilities. That’s 584 WOU students, 143 faculty, 128 members of staff, and 100 graduate students. Thank you so much for your participation!

We’ve crunched the numbers and created an executive summary with the results and some info about what we’re going to do with your feedback. It’s available in WOU’s digital repository, Digital Commons@WOU.

Pages 1-3 summarize the survey itself, basic demographics, overall results, improvements made since the survey, and what’s next. Pages 4-7 are single-page reports of results from specific groups: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Cameras, computers, camcorders, and more for checkout

Equipment available for checkout

Did you know you can check out a digital camera from Hamersly Library? A laptop for in-library use? A USB microphone? In fact, the library manages over 500 items in its Equipment Lending program.

Most equipment has an initial loan of 4 days, with a 3-day renewal possible. A few items have a 4-hour loan. Library patrons can make reservations for equipment though Primo. You can can get these items from the Checkout Desk all hours the library is open. Learn more about the Equipment Lending program from our fall term library newsletter.

Digital Production Rooms Now Available for Booking

HL222 cameras

Want to create a video for a class assignment? Narrate a PowerPoint presentation? Record a screen capture using Camtasia? The library now has two digital production rooms available to all students, faculty, and staff.

To book these rooms (HL 221 & HL 222), contact the library Information Desk at libweb@wou.edu or 503-838-8418. First time users, please see DMC staff for an orientation to the equipment.

For more information about what’s in each room, and tutoring hours when DMC staff will be there to help you, check out the Digital Media Center website: http://www.wou.edu/dmc.

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:

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:

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: