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January 27, 2016

Because an expanded student success program will be utilizing the north room on the upper floor of the library (Room 305, up to this time informally known as the "Education Room"), the education materials, including all children's books, the poster-making supplies and cabinets, and the die-cut machine, will be relocating to the room on the south side of the upper floor (up to this time informally known as the "Reading Room."). The cabinets have been moved already, and the books will begin their journey on Saturday. We appreciate your patience as we rearrange the library space.

January 14, 2016

ProQuest, one of our database providers, has announced that it will be performing scheduled maintenance on its databases beginning Saturday evening, January 16th at 9:00 p.m. The maintenance window is 8 hours, so they should be usable again Sunday morning, January 17th at 5:00 a.m. For us, the databases that will be down are ProQuest Science, Ethnic NewsWatch, and PsychINFO.

We imagine ProQuest has scheduled this maintenance early in the semester so it will minimally disrupt everyone's research for class projects due later in the semester. If you need articles from ProQuest Science, Ethnic NewsWatch, or PsychINFO over the weekend, we recommend doing your research early (e.g. before 9 p.m. on Saturday) so you can be sure you get the articles you need. It is probable that everything will be up and running at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, but it is also possible that the updates could take a little longer than planned, judging by our knowledge of previous vendor updates.

January 7, 2016

We have a new 3D Printer! As you may remember, our previous printer stopped working at the end of 2015. It was very popular and had printed a lot of objects, so we decided to replace it with a newer, better model. The new one is a Lulzbot Taz 5.

3D printer Lulzbot Taz 5

Also, because the printer has been so popular, we found that we were spending a lot of money on plastic filament for the machine. We decided that all objects printed for class will still be free, but objects not for class will now be $1 per object, which you can pay when you pick up your object from the library.

To print an object, just fill out the 3D Printing Form. We will print your object and notify you when it is ready to be picked up. If you want to learn a more about the printer, read the 3D Printing LEO Guide.

November 11, 2015

We want to let everybody know that the 3D Printer is currently down for maintenance, so we will not be able to fulfill any 3D Printing requests at this time. We are working on diagnosing the problem and hope to have it up and running again soon!

September 29, 2015

To make it easier for everyone at USAO to use the 3D printer, we have created a 3D Printing Request Form, which is available on the library website. The form is really simple; we just need your name, USAO ID, and a way to contact you (email or phone). Then pick the color you want your object to be (plus a second choice), upload a file, enter any special instructions, and click submit!

stack of 3D printer filament rolls--red, white, black

Here are just a few of the filament colors available, ready to become the 3D printed object of your dreams!

We will contact you when your object is ready to be picked up.

Because not everyone is familiar with the 3D Printer, we have also created a helpful 3D Printing LEO Guide. It includes FAQs about the 3D printing process and links to sites where you can download 3D objects to print or design your own 3D objects.

Both the form and the guide can be found on the library website in the main library menu (on the left side of the screen on desktops; under the search box on mobile). Just follow the path: Library Menu-->Services-->3D Printing. Then select either the form or the guide.

Because the guide is a LEO Guide, it can also be found on the Guides page with all the other current LEO Guides. It's in a new box called Services Guides.

3-D printer at USAO Nash Library

Here is the printer, waiting for your printing request. Go to the guide, use the linked design sites to find a neat design, and submit some print requests!

September 24, 2015

Thank you to everyone who visited the book sale! We hope your enjoy your books!

This is the new bamboo floor in the USAO Museum space. It is the same type of flooring that is in the Poolaw Room.

bamboo floor

It's a big open space for now, but it will soon have display cases for our archives items. We are planning to rotate the items on display so there are different themed exhibits throughout the year. We may even host traveling exhibits from other museums and historical societies.

September 23, 2015

We still have some books left over from the book sale, and since we really want to just get them out of the library and into new homes, everything is now free! Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to stop by and get some books!

Free Books sign

It's true. Just follow the sign.

Also, we are making great progress with our renovations on the main floor. Remember how the entrance to the big room on the north side of the building used to look like this?

Library Room 203 with glass doors

Now it looks like this:

Library Room 203 without doors

There will be a new glass wall several feet north of where the old one was; on the left side, there will be a door to the museum, and on the right side, there will be a door to the music pocket library. The carpet on the right side (the music pocket library) lines up with where the new wall will be. The area between where the old wall was and the new wall will be (we hope that makes sense) will be a nice little entryway-type area.

September 22, 2015

Tonight (Tuesday, September 22nd) is our first game night! It will be from 7:00-9:00 pm. If you are planning to come, contact Library Assistant Nicole McMonagle (nmcmonagle@usao.edu) to RSVP; the event is very informal, but we'd like to have some estimate of attendees so we can choose an appropriately-sized room for the event.

stack of games
September 15, 2015

This week, we have our annual (or thereabouts) book sale! The book sale runs from September 16th-18th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. Books are $0.50 apiece, bookends are $1.00 for a set of two, 3-ring binders are $0.75, and exam blue books are $0.25!

book sale books on carts

Here's a preview of the books available for sale. We have a very wide assortment. There are scholarly titles and reference books in history, literature, art, music, languages, social sciences and various other fields; children's books; school curricula; miniature music scores; and popular fiction. We also have metal bookends, 3-ring binders, and exam blue books for sale.

The sale is in Room 203, the large room on the left as you enter the library (north side of the main floor). This is the space that is going to be the music pocket library, so if you stop by the book sale, you will also have a chance to see our progress so far. As you can see from the picture, the room has a new paint job and nice new carpet, which has striped squares in alternating directions interrupted by occasional light-colored squares. It took us a long time to decide on the carpet, so we are happy that it turned out so well!

Starting September 22 (Tuesday), we will be having monthly Game Nights in the library! This first one will be from 7:30-9:00 pm; look for flyers going up around campus this week for more details. If you are planning on coming, contact Library Assistant Nicole McMonagle (nmcmonagle@usao.edu) to RSVP; the event is very informal, but we'd like to have some estimate of attendees so we can choose an appropriately-sized room for the event. We have an assortment of new games all ready to play:

stack of games

We plan to acquire more based on demand and usage, so if there is a game you think we should get or if you would like to donate a game, please let us know!

We also have a minor update on the upper floor, where we have some new glass doors for the reading room.

glass doors to library reading room

We think they are much more inviting than the old solid wooden doors were.

August 24, 2015

As Fall Trimester 2015 commences, we would like to let everyone know how our projects are progressing.

The renovations for the Music Pocket Library and the USAO Museum are still in progress. The most significant change thus far is the wall dividing room 203 (on the north side of the main floor) in two:

wall dividing Nash room 203

The left half will be the USAO Museum, and the right half will be the Music Pocket Library. The museum is going to be a place where we can display our 3-D artifacts, like the drum our alumna Te Ata used when she performed Native American stories, the violin of former music professor Louise Waldorf (the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at USAO is named in her honor), and antique living room furniture owned by Anna Wade O'Neill, who was instrumental in the founding of Oklahoma College for Women, USAO's predecessor institution.

The right half will be the music pocket library, which means it is a small library (a "pocket") within a bigger library. All of our music scores, music method books, and music history books will be moved here, as will our LPs, CDs, and DVDs of music performances. There will be playback equipment for the LPs and CDs and computers with music composition software. There will even be a small classroom-like space that can be used for small lecture classes or for group viewing or listening. There will also be study tables and chairs. The space will be open to all students, not just music majors.

Because room 203 is a construction zone, Course Reserves, which were previously in Room 203, are now in the lobby on rolling carts.

reserves in lobby on carts

Likewise, the copier is now in the lobby next to the laminator.

copier and laminator

We have begun work on transforming the Poolaw Room on the south side of the library main floor into a Maker Space. The title Maker Space is actually fairly self-explanatory; it's a space where you make things. Eventually, we hope to have a nice mix of technology and physical materials: we plan to have Arduinoand Raspberry Pi computer boards, conductive thread (allows one to integrate electronics into clothing), a workbench with lots of tools, sewing machines, and more. The maker space is for everyone on campus to use, and we hope students from all majors will enjoy making things.

We have already moved our 3-D printer into the space. The 3-D printer works by laying down very thin layers of plastic, which it builds up to make a 3-D object. 3-D printer at USAO Nash Library

We added a display case to show off some of the different things one can make with the 3-D Printer.

3-D printer display case at USAO Nash Library

Thingiverse is a website where you can download free files for objects you can print with the 3-D printer. You can also see the objects other people have printed. Some things are useful, like containers, clips, phone cases, cookie cutters, and replacement parts. Others are just fun, like the shark's tooth and Tardis in our display case.