Author Archives: Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon
Posted in Did you know | Tagged announcement, fun, learning commons, Library |
Announcing The Press, the name of the new cafe coming to Hamersly Library!
Thank you to everyone who submitted names and voted. We had over 500 name nominations and over 400 voters for the final name. Congratulations to Jill Love, who submitted the winning name and will receive a $50 cafe gift card for her great idea.
We can’t wait to welcome you to The Press come spring term.
Posted in Did you know, Technical Tips | Tagged Campus Resources, discovery, Library, research, Summit |
You may remember that last summer, Hamersly Library migrated to a new system, Primo. Our library was part of the third cohort of the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s shared library system project. Now that the final cohort has migrated, we are now ready roll out an enhancement to the Summit requesting process.
Currently the Primo link “Request item (about 5 days)” moves you to another system, summit.worldcat.org, to handle the request. Even when you’ve signed in on Primo, you have to authenticate again on the requesting server.
Starting next Tuesday, Jan. 20, Primo will handle requesting as well as discovery. Fewer authentication prompts for you, and Primo’s My Account area will display the status of your requests alongside your loans, saved queries, and e-Shelf collections.
What do you need to do?
Probably nothing except to enjoy the better process. Hooray! Just a few things to consider:
More about Streamlined Summit Requesting
Do you have links in Moodle, browser bookmarks, citation management software, etc. to records on the summit.worldcat.org server? (or to our old catalog server, library.wou.edu?). They will need to be changed to link to the Primo server. (See Get the URL for a Primo record.)
Likewise, if you have linksto the general search page summit.worldcat.org, change to the new search URL:
While the Summit group within WorldCat is going away, WorldCat in the larger sense remains a valid resource to discover and request items that are beyond the holdings of the Summit libraries, through Interlibrary Loan. Please continue to find the link to WorldCat in the bottom right corner of the Primo Search box on the library’s main page.
You can learn more about the system, see video tutorials and screenshots, and share comments and questions at our Primo Guide.
Posted in Did you know | Tagged Campus Resources, How to, Library, research, tips |
We often get asked if a family member, friend, or graduate assistant can pick up materials on behalf of a borrower. Our system now makes it easier for us to manage these requests by documenting a borrower’s proxy. As a Hamersly Library patron, you may grant permission for another person (or persons) to check out materials from the library on your account. designate a proxy to checkout library materials
Proxies can pick up materials that arrive for you through Summit and Interlibrary Loan, and Hamersly-owned items that are on hold for you.
You can designate a proxy for just a few days, to accommodate an illness perhaps, or longer term, for continued access–it’s up to you.
Posted in Did you know, Instruction, Research Techniques & Tools | Tagged discovery, primo, Summit |
What is Primo?
Primo is the new library search tool used to find items in Hamersly Library and our partner Summit libraries, as well as some articles and other electronic resources.
Primo scopes allow you to define where your search is performed. You can select a scope in the drop-down menu right of the search box, or by selecting your desired scope under the search box on the main library home page.
More about Primo
What is included in each scope?
WOU: Books, e-books, audio-visual recordings, maps, scores, microforms, government documents, special collections, journals, magazines, and newspapers available on-site at Hamersly Library.
WOU and Summit: Everything in the WOU list above, plus the holdings of academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest.
WOU, Summit, and Articles, etc.: Everything in the WOU and Summit lists above, as well as some full-text articles. This scope finds search terms in the full-article content.
Primo is one part of your complete search
Primo does not include all the content from the research databases to which WOU subscribes. For discipline-specific searching, use Hamersly Library’s Recommended Databases By Subject.
To search beyond the holdings of Summit libraries, use Worldcat. You can request materials from libraries around the world through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Questions or Comments?
We’re happy to hear from you at our Primo feedback form.
Posted in Drawing winners |
Over the last three weeks, 326 students gave us opinions on study spaces, equipment, and a library coffee shop. Thank you to all!
217 of those students submitted their names for the incentive drawings. Here are the winners:
Subway gift cards: Stephanie Stuckey, Riley Nix, and Stacie Loose
Grand prize ASUS Transformer tablet: Carol Downey
Keep your eyes open for another upcoming survey from the library, coming out soon!
Posted in Did you know | Tagged discovery, primo, Summit |
For the first time in over two decades, the library is transitioning to a new library management system. This system handles important library functions like circulation, ordering, and cataloging physical materials, as well as the many electronic materials that we own or license, such as databases, ebooks, and ejournals.
Primo logo The system also includes Primo, the online search interface that you will use to locate library materials within Hamersly Library and at our Summit partner libraries. The new system is shared among the 37 academic libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the consortium behind the Summit borrowing system.
Why are we switching?
More about new library system
The simplest answer is that we are required to as a member of the Alliance. The deeper answer is that the core technology we currently use has been appended and stretched to accommodate new needs over the last 22 years, and it’s now restricting our ability to serve library patrons’ evolving needs. The benefits of the switch include:
- updated technology that supports more efficient library operations;
- collaborative purchasing of library collections among Alliance members;
- lower software maintenance costs;
- more efficient Summit borrowing;
- enhanced search and discovery of library resources;
- collaborative workflows between libraries;
- shared preservation initiatives.
The library staff is currently in the thick of migration activities, and we expect to switch over to the new system June 23. Prior to and during Fall term, we will have tutorials and workshops to assist you in learning the conventions of the new interface. In the meantime, I encourage you to take a look at our Primo FAQ for more information; we’ll be adding to and updating the FAQ over the summer.
This is a large scale project, and there will be bumps in the road. We and our colleagues at other libraries are working hard at smoothing the path and will be doing so for some time. We need and appreciate your patience. Our top priority through the transition will be to maintain library services at the level that you expect and require. Please communicate with us if you have questions, concerns or issues as we move through this transition.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged faculty publications, fiction, fun |
Congratulations to Scott Carter! He is a finalist for his 2nd Oregon Book Award for his book, Wooden Bones,
which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2012. The nomination is in the Children’s Literature category. The awards
are presented at a March 17th ceremony.
In 2011, Scott won for The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, also published by Simon and Schuster. That award was in the Young Adult Literature category.
Posted in Hours & Events | Tagged ILL, Library, movies, research, Summit, tips |
Glowing Christmas Tree Lights in the Winter Night
Along with the rest of campus, Hamersly Library will be closed one full week of Winter Break. Since you might be doing research, ordering materials for Winter Term, or needing to check out some books and videos to relax with, here are some tips to plan your library use:
Our calendar provides a complete look at our winter break hours and the resumption of normal hours with Winter Term.
1) Due dates: Any items that would normally come due during the closure (from local collection or borrowed from Summit or Interlibrary Loan), the due dates are pushed back to Dec 30, the first day the campus reopens.
2). Borrowing Summit or Interlibrary Loan materials. Plan ahead to accommodate delivery before our closure–better the books are in your hands for the 10 days than laying in a cold warehouse awaiting our reopening. Want a single deadline for all remote-item ordering?: Thur. Dec. 12.
If you want to spread the deadlines out a bit and still (probably) get your items before we close:
- Order physical items from Interlibrary Loan (WorldCat items) by Thur. Dec. 12. (these average a week to arrive & vary by our distance from the loaning library).
- Order items from Summit by Friday, Dec. 13 (These usually take 2-3 days for delivery, and we get our shipment late in the day. You’ll want the item to arrive by Thursday’s shipment.
- Order journal articles that are not held in our physical or electronic collections by Monday, Dec. 16
3). You’ll have continued access to all electronic resources, including ebooks through the catalog, the databases (including streaming multimedia content from Films on Demand, Theater in Video, and Classical Music Library) and electronic journal access.
4). You are welcome to continue requesting items (from local collection or from Summit or Interlibrary Loan, certain OnDemand articles, and Scan & Deliver materials) and services during the closure through the standard channels. The staff will process the requests once campus reopens on Dec 30. Do remember, though, that staffing might be scarce both at Hamersly and at partner libraries during the whole holiday season, and that can slow response times.
Happy end of term, and Happy Holidays!
photo credit: epSos.de (Photographer). (2012). Glowing Christmas Tree Lights in the Winter Night. [Digital Image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/8259481490/
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged ebooks, fiction, Recreation Collection |
The National Book Awards are coming up on Nov. 20, and you can now read excerpts from all of the finalists by downloading any of the four free ebook compilations! Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
Posted in Did you know, New Books and Resources | Tagged #WOUreads, fiction, fun, Recreation Collection, science fiction & fantasy |
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Need a study break? Can’t get enough of The Walking Dead? Want to escape into a fantastical world of witches and/or Shakespearean Star Wars characters? The library’s Recreation Collection has something new for you: