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Students! SCUA collections can help you win the Undergrad Research Award!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Did you know you can be awarded $1500 for a great research paper? Check out http://library.uoregon.edu/general/libaward.html for details.

Several students have used SCUA collections to win this award. For example, Shelley Grosjean won in 2011 for A “Womyn’s” Work Is Never Done: The Gendered Division of Labor and the Creation of Southern Oregon Lesbian Separatist Communities.”

Poke around on our website or dig into Northwest Digital Archives.

Please let us know if we can help you find materials. We really, really like to see our collections in use!

Did you know…our researchers come from far afield!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

In just one week over the summer, we had researchers

  • From France: two documentary film makers, using our many lesbian land collections.
  • From Canada: a professor in linguistics, using the Southwest Oregon Research Project (SWORP) collections.
  • From Belgium: a doctoral student writing his dissertation on contemporary conservative thought, using our conservative and libertarian collections.
  • In addition to researchers from campus and from elsewhere in the US.

In the last five years, our visitors have traveled from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, England, France, Germany, Japan and New Zealand. We’ve had multiple film crews from Japanese TV producers in addition to scholars from universities.

We also have many, many reference inquires from abroad. Bruce, who learns languages as a hobby, makes a point of responding to emails in the sender’s language whenever possible.

–nsh

$14.3 million for oldest European book!

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Check out the Washington Post’s article: British Library buys $14.3 million Cuthbert Gospel, an Anglo-Saxon book

The 7th century book is described as the oldest fully intact European book.

Did you know that SCUA has medieval manuscripts available for research and teaching?

Check out the Burgess Manuscript Collection page here to see some summary information. Click on “collection contents” to see information on each volume (some have images included).

To read more about our instruction program and arrange a class session: Curriculum Support

We strive to provide walk-in access to all materials, but due to staffing may not always be able to accommodate walk-in requests.

Here’s our policy (available on homepage too) about access to sensitive materials:

To maintain the safety and integrity of early manuscripts and sensitive, fragile, or large-format materials, we have a set of general guidelines that need to be strictly adhered to.  These material include, but are not limited to, early manuscripts, glass-plate negatives, architectural drawings.
1) Access to these materials can be guaranteed only by confirmed appointment. Walk-in requests will be  accommodated if there is sufficient staffing.
2) These materials are generally not available on Saturdays unless you have a confirmed appointment.
3) Before using these materials, a reference interview is highly recommended

Reading room use is skyrocketing!

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Our reading room use stats for the third fiscal quarter (1/1/2012-3/31/2012) are showing heavy and increased use of SCUA materials. This quarter covered the winter term and 2 weeks of intersession.

Compared to the same time period last year, this year we had:

  • 41% more researchers
  • 62% more research hours conducted

Wow! This does not even include all the remote reference we do via email!

Here’s the full comparison stats:

Change in use 2012 Q3 2011 Q3
Days open Same 74 74
Hours open -6 457.5 463.5
Phone inquiries -18 96 114
Directional inquiries -27 62 89
Information inquiries/tours (walk-ins, not planned)
+6 62 56
Time for info/tours +8 minutes 5 hours, 10 minutes 5 hours, 18 minutes
Researchers +194 researchers 663 469
Total research time +429 hours and 34 minutes 1121 hours 692 hours and 34 minutes

 

Spring term hours

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Hours for spring term, April 2 through June 15 are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday, 10am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm
  • Sunday, closed

Paging ceases half an hour before closing.

At times we may close for events so please check our Hours page for updates.

We encourage travelers to contact us before planning a trip so we can confirm our hours and make sure the collections you need are available when you arrive.

Paging materials from our off site storage location may take additional time as well are currently down two staff members.  Please contact us with as much advance notice if you know the materials you are interested in seeing are stored off site.

Winter finals week and spring intersession hours

Monday, March 19th, 2012

During finals week of winter term, Monday, March 19 through Friday March 23 we are open regular hours from 10am-4:30pm.

Hours for spring intersession (between winter and spring terms), March 24 through April 1 are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday, 10am to 3pm
  • Saturday, closed
  • Sunday, closed

Paging ceases half an hour before closing.

At times we may close for events so please check our Hours page for updates.

We encourage travelers to contact us before planning a trip so we can confirm our hours and make sure the collections you need are available when you arrive.

Paging materials from our off site storage location may take additional time as well are currently down two staff members.  Please contact us with as much advance notice if you know the materials you are interested in seeing are stored off site.

Meet the staff

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Here’s a list of our hardworking staff.  In the coming months we will be posting short profiles of each staff member including descriptions of their positions and activities  in the department. We hope this will serve as a resource to help people figure out the best person to contact with questions.

Name (alpha order) Title Phone Number
James D. Fox Head of SCUA 541-346-1904
Normandy Helmer Access & Preservation Officer 541-346-1864
Kira Homo Electronic Records Archivist 541-346-2487
Linda Long Manuscripts Librarian 541-346-1906
Tanya Parlet Project Archivist (NHPRC) 541-346-1899
Marilyn Reaves Assistant to the Head of SCUA 541-346-1949
Cassandra (Cassie) Schmitt Archivist (Collections Management) 541-346-1597
Bruce Tabb Rare Books & Public Services Librarian 541-346-1846
Vacant Collections Coordinator
Vacant Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivst

We will be sure to update and introduce our new staff members as our searches for vacant positions conclude over the next several months.

 

Winter term hours

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Hours for winter term, January 9 through March 23 are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday, 10am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm
  • Sunday, closed

Paging ceases half an hour before closing.

At times we may close for events so please check our Hours page for updates.

We encourage travelers to contact us before planning a trip so we can confirm our hours and make sure the collections you need are available when you arrive.

Paging materials from our off site storage location may take additional time as well are currently down two staff members.  Please contact us with as much advance notice if you know the materials you are interested in seeing are stored off site.