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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.

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 ( 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 ( 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.

May 29, 2015

We have a great new study area on the upper floor of the library, with study tables, desks, and a nice sofa and chairs. All the periodicals from Room 203 and the recreational reading books are now up here.To find it, go upstairs and turn right, and go through the double doors to the left of the display case and the right of the stacks entrance.

tables chairs and bookshelf

Addison highly recommends the sofa and chairs.

sofa and chairs

We have moved all the computers from room 203 (on the first floor) to the upper floor. They are next to the computers that were already there. The printer is upstairs now too.

row of computers

This leaves Room 203 (the big room to the left as you enter the library) almost empty and ready to become the Music Pocket Library and USAO Museum!

empty Room 203 with copier, reserves, and LPs Over the summer, we will be renovating Room 203.The west side of the room will be the Music Pocket Library, which will include music recordings, scores, books about music, computer workstations with music notation software, a listening room, a recording room, and study space.

The east side of the room will be the USAO Museum, where we will display the historic artifacts the USAO Archives has collected over the years, including the drums our alumna Te Ata used in her performances, antique furniture dating before the founding of the college, and other great pieces we have not previously been able to display. The construction will be in phases, but we hope to have the Music Pocket Library open by Fall Trimester.

As you can see in the above picture, the book reserves and the copier are still in Room 203, as are the atlases. These may have to be moved eventually, but we do not know where or when they might be moved. If you stop by the library and cannot find them, please ask a staff member for help!

Renovations are also occurring in other parts of the library. Plumbing work is being done in the ceilings in various locations, and the restrooms on the upper floor are currently being renovated. They should be done soon, but until then, the only public restrooms available in the library are those on the south side of the basement.

April 27, 2015

We have made some updates to the website, which will provide a cleaner, easier-to-navigate interface and will give us new ways to post library news and information about new materials. Here is a quick overview of the changes:

LEO Search now has a more prominent place at the top of the page.

All the links on the main page have been incorporated into one responsive library menu, which is on the left side of the screen on our desktop-compatible site and directly under LEO Search on our mobile site.

The Quick Links have been moved to other locations. Links to the Library Catalog and Worldcat can be found in the header of every library page. Course reserves are now in the main library menu. To find them go to Services, and, in the menu that expands, go to Course Reserves. Then, from the expanding menu, select print or electronic. "My Checkouts" can also be found in the main library menu. Go to Services and, in the menu that expands, select "Renew Books."

We have added this news box to the library home page, and next to it is a new materials box. We plan to update these regularly.

Please contact Elizabeth York, the electronic resources librarian, if you are having trouble finding things or if you have any questions or feedback.