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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.