Library Lowdown Spring 2011
A Newsletter for UO Students from the UO Libraries
Welcome to Library Lowdown, an e-newsletter that offers the inside track about the UO Libraries for University of Oregon students. Library Lowdown keeps you informed of new and improved library services, resources, programs, and events that further the university's mission of teaching, research, and service.
- Help Improve the Library's Website. Take Our Online Survey!
- Knight Library Open 24/7 Sun., May 29 - Fri., Jun. 10
- Launch Finals Week with Music and Food, Knight Library Browsing Room, Sun., June 5
- 2011 Undergraduate Research Award Winners Named. Submit Your Entry Now for Next Year's Awards
- Knight, Science Libraries Offer Real-Time Computer Availability Map
- Access to Current New York Times, Other Newspaper Content Still Available to UO Users
- Trial Access to Specialty Databases Available
- New Linguistics Research Tool Available
- Oregon Digital Newspaper Research Shows Tattoos Were Popular a Century Ago
- Build Your Own Music With New DIY Creative Musicians Workstations
- Knight Library Exhibits Feature Peace Corps, Zeppelins and Lighter-Than-Air Craft, and More
1. Help Improve the Library's Website. Take Our Online Survey!
The UO Libraries is currently surveying UO students, faculty, staff and others to gain insight into how the website is being used to access information and find out about library services. Click here to take the survey and help us serve your needs.
2. Knight Library Open 24/7 Sun., May 29 - Fri., Jun. 10
The last two weeks of the term are some of the busiest for students spending long hours at the library. To offer students more flexibility during dead week and finals week, Knight Library will be 24 hours a day from 9 A.M. on Sunday, May 29, through 7 P.M. on Friday, June 10. Special thanks go to the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) for financial support of the 24/5 program during the academic terms. The UO Libraries sponsors the weekend around-the-clock opening between dead week and finals week. More.
3. Launch Finals Week with Music and Food, Knight Library Browsing Room, Sun., June 5
Knight Library has made special plans to keep your energy up during the rigors of finals week! Students are invited to take a study break to refuel and reenergize with some late night caffeine, food, music, and mingling. Stop by the Browsing Room (Room 106) on 10 P.M. on Sunday, June 5, for the eighth-ever Knight Library Study Break and enjoy refreshments courtesy of the UO Libraries and the Clark Honors College Student Association. The event, which was originally suggested by a number of UO students, is free of charge and open to all UO students. More.
4. 2011 Undergraduate Research Award Winners Named. Submit Your Entry for Next Year's Awards.
Several UO students have been named winners of the 2011 Undergraduate Research Awards sponsored by the UO Libraries. The annual competitive program honors UO students who produced outstanding original research and scholarship in the previous calendar year using resources available through the UO Libraries. Each award carries up to a $1,500 prize. Submit your entry for the 2012 awards now. More.
5. Knight, Science Libraries Offer Real-Time Computer Availability Maps
Tired of having to roam through Knight Library or the Science Library looking for an available computer? Now, all you need to do is visit the east entryway corridor in Knight Library or the main entryway area of the Science Library, where you can find a convenient digital screen that maps all computers in use and all computers currently available in each library. The screen refreshes every five seconds to stay current. The digital maps also indicate whether computers are Macs or PCs. Scanner stations in Knight Library are also mapped for availability. More.
6. Access to Current New York Times, Other Newspaper Content Still Available to UO Users
On March 28, 2011, the New York Times began charging for unlimited access to its online content on its website and mobile applications. However, if you’re part of the UO community, you can still search for and access current Times content (text only) through two licensed library resources, Factiva and LexisNexis. More.
7. Trial Access to Specialty Databases Available
One factor UO librarians and subject specialists consider when deciding on which resources to add to the library's collections is user response to trial databases. Trial databases offer free access for a given period to journal articles and other resources covering many disciplines and special interests--everything from innovative green materials to nanotechnology to history. UO students, faculty, and staff can explore the databases during the free trial period and provide feedback on their usefulness. More.
8. New Linguistics Research Tool Available
The UO Libraries has made a powerful new cross-disciplinary research tool available: Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC). LDC supports language-related education, research, and technology development by creating and sharing linguistic resources: data, tools, and standards. The goal of LDC Online is to provide rapid, flexible, and convenient search and retrieval of data for linguistic education, research, and development. More.
9. Oregon Digital Newspaper Research Shows Tattoos Were Popular a Century Ago
The website for the Oregon Digital Newspaper Project (ODNP) now offers a search function that offers limitless research opportunities to all users. A supporting blog offers several examples of how to use the resource to investigate historical issues and themes. More.
10. Build Your Own Music With New DIY Creative Musicians Workstations
Three new Creative Musicians Workstations, located in the Douglass Listening Room on the third floor of Knight Library, provide you with the tools you need to create and edit original musical compositions and produce professional quality printed scores. The sound library allows you to produce cutting-edge electronic music and multimedia works. More.
11. Knight Library Exhibits Feature Peace Corps, Zeppelins and Lighter-Than-Air Craft, and More
Exhibits in Knight Library offer a deep look into library collections that offer unique research opportunities, provide insights into UO history, and celebrate the people, places, and events that have made a difference in our world. Exhibit: Peace Corps. Zeppelins. Music.
Your library has a number of services and resources designed to help you study and conduct research. Here are some useful links: