Josh Johnson joins the University Libraries as the spring 2016 graphic design intern. Here's a profile on Josh to help you get to know him better! Stay tuned for some fun and exciting new designs promoting library services and resources!
Q: What is your major/academic year?
A: Graphic Design/Senior
Q: What's one of your favorite movies?
A: Star Wars, LOTR, Marvel Cinematic Universe
Q: Favorite Book?
A: The Giver/The Hatchet Series/Series of Unfortunate Events
Q: Biggest Fear?
A: Not being able to save people from the injustice of the world.
Q: Why did you choose the University Libraries for your internship?A: I chose it because the library is the coolest place in Bolivar!
NEW Staff MemberDorothy Mantonya just joined the University Libraries' family in October. She is our Serials Clerk, so she checks in all of the print periodicals that we still subscribe to and assists the Technical Services area with other projects as needed.
As an incentive for taking the survey, the University Libraries will be GIVING AWAY several items: Subway and Walmart gift cards, Sonic coupons, flash drives, and an iPad Mini*, compliments of EBSCOhost. So, enter your name and e-mail for a chance to win. Giveaway information provided by respondents will not be connected to survey responses.*Only students are eligible to win the iPad Mini.
Landee Nevills, Director of Residence Life, contacted the University Libraries again this year about hosting another women's conference at the Harriett K. Hutchens Library. They will be utilizing our space for small group sessions like they have for the past year or two. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to more opportunities to do this in the future.
ComicCon - April 9, 2016
For the past 3 years we've hosted a murder mystery event in the library during the spring semester, which has been quite successful. This spring we have decided to move away from the murder mystery and explore a new way to engage our students. Over the past year, Rebekah Ruggles, Patron Services Assistant in the Harriett K. Hutchens Library, has had several conversations with students about some other events they'd like the University Libraries to host in the future. One event that students seemed especially receptive to was ComicCon, which will make a debut at the Harriett K. Hutchens Library in April!
What is ComicCon? It "is short for comic convention, and is generally a day long or all weekend event where comic fans gather for workshops, presentations, games, and other events like cosplay." Cosplay "is short for 'costume play.' This generally refers to people who normally dress up as characters from anime, manga, or video games."
Here are some activities that we're looking forward to hosting during this day-long event, which is being organized by Rebekah and a committee of students!
If you have any questions about ComicCon, e-mail Rebekah.
Finals Week -Spring 2016We will be hosting our regular finals week festivities again this year! We're thankful to the faculty, staff, and students, who have contributed to making this week so special. We love making popcorn and serving drinks to brighten your days during this very stressful time of the semester! For questions or suggestions, please e-mail Bethany.
We gave away a lot of Mango swag during the months of October and November to those who spent time utilizing language modules in the database. Below are some statistics that speak for themselves.Sessions Occurred Between: 7/15/2015-12/31/2015
As we mentioned in our last newsletter, the University Libraries is exploring new and improved signage options to help our constituents locate information more effectively. Although the signage subject has been dear to our hearts for quite some time, the inception of the marketing committee 3.5 years ago served as the impetus for moving forward with some new initiatives in the signage department. We've been in discussions with Blade Signs here in Bolivar about designing some customized signage that would help people locate books, computer labs, bathrooms, etc. They've come up with some great signage options that are within our financial means, so we've moved forward with this project. The next time you step foot in the library, be prepared for a modified look! We're moving up in the world!
Rotating Art Gallery
We would like to thank Veda Gonzalez Photography, Ted Thurman, Jenn Martin, Cindy Rhoads, and Linda Pepper for contributing artwork to kick off our fall 2015 rotating art display. Dawn Katzer's students and students from Bolivar Schools will be lending us artwork this semester. We're so thrilled to embrace these new partnerships, which aid in brightening up the library for our daily visitors.If you or someone you know is interested in showcasing a piece of artwork, please e-mail Bethany.
Please encourage your students to take advantage of Lab 136 and the computers at the front of the library. Media Services also checks out Netbooks, laptops, and iPads, so we hope to accommodate students' technology needs in new and innovative ways during this time. Students can print wirelessly in the Harriett K. Hutchens Library if needed.We recognize that being down one lab will impact the number of instruction sessions the library faculty can conduct on a given day, as we will no longer be able to accommodate multiple sections of a class simultaneously. Please book library instruction sessions and regular class sessions in advance to reserve the space. You can contact Bethany via phone at extension 1626 or via e-mail to make a lab reservation.
During the fall 2015 semester, we made a portal announcement about extended Ask a Librarian service hours. For those of you who might have found this post confusing, we wanted to take a moment to explain the details. We have offered virtual research assistance for the past 3 years or so, but it has been limited to the hours the library is open/librarian availability at a given time. As a result of a consortia agreement with other MOBIUS libraries this fall, we are now contracting with a service that answers virtual research questions when the library is closed or a librarian is off-duty. We are excited about that, because some of our students have questions at 1 AM when our campus libraries are closed. The extended hours are:Monday-Friday- 5 PM-8 AM
Saturdays - 10 AM-10 PM
Sundays - 10 AM-8-AM MondayFor additional questions, please contact Doyin.
We are always looking for ways to make the University Libraries' collections more visible from our homepage. We've added and modified tabs/boxes found on the big teal search box in the center of the page. This one-stop-shopping box was adopted a few years ago to reflect the look and feel of a Google search and is often referred to as the University Libraries' discovery service. We hope that some of the changes we made to it during the fall semester will make searching more intuitive for faculty, staff, and students!
If you are a member of the Springfield-Greene County Library District or Polk County Public Library, you might consider utilizing the OverDrive app. OverDrive provides access to audio books and eBooks free of charge to people who have library cards at the above local libraries, as well as many other libraries throughout the country. All you need to do is download the OverDrive app and create a profile. You can stream audio books or download them for ease of access in the event that you don't have WiFi accessibiliy on the road.For questions, please contact your local public library or Bethany. Happy listening!
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