Library Lowdown

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.







Summer 2009

Table of Contents

  1. Need a Place to Study? Knight Library Open Around the Clock June 5-7
  2. Get Free Snacks and Advice at the Library Study Break, Sun., June 7
  3. Improve Your Research Skills This Fall With LIB 101
  4. Knight Library to Continue 24-hour Service in 2009-2010
  5. 2009 Undergraduate Research Award Winners Announced
  6. Knight Library Exhibit Celebrates 100 Years of the UO Marching Band
  7. Ten Library IT Resources to Make Your Life Easier
  8. Think Links


1. Need a Place to Study? Knight Library Open around the Clock June 5-7

If you need a place to work on a project or do some last-minute studying the weekend before finals, Knight Library will be open around the clock starting Friday evening, June 5. The library will remain open throughout Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7. For additional information about around the clock access, click here.


2. Get Free Snacks and Advice at the Knight  Library Study Break, Sun., June 7, 10 P.M.

The UO Libraries will host a spring finals Library Study Break from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Knight Library's Browsing Room on Sunday, June 7. Free snacks will be provided, and library staff will be on hand to give assist you with your research and studies. A writing tutor from Academic Learning Services (ALS) will also be available to answer questions about your final papers and projects.

3. Improve Your Research Skills This Fall with LIB 101

LIB 101, Introduction to Library Research, is a great course to add to class schedule this coming fall. Scheduled for Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., this 1-credit course offers an introduction to using the library for research and accessing information through a variety of research resources. To learn more, click here.

4. Knight Library to Continue 24-Hour Service in 2009-2010

Knight Library will be open around the clock on weekdays during the 2009-2010 school year, thanks to financial support from the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO). There will be some slight changes to the service. Click here to learn about them.

5. 2009 Undergraduate Research Award Winners Announced

Six University of Oregon undergraduates have been named winners of the 2009 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 a $1,000 scholarship. To learn more, click here.

6. Knight Library Exhibit Celebrates 100 Years of the UO Marching Band

In honor of the centennial of the founding of the Oregon Marching Band, a comprehensive exhibit of the band and its precursors is on display in Knight Library at the University of Oregon. Entitled "Sing the Story Oregon: A Century of the Oregon Marching Band," the student-produced exhibit details the band's history, including uniforms, images, sheet music, biographies, and a timeline that summarizes the major events in the life of the largest student-run organization on the University of Oregon campus. Click here for more info.

7. Ten Library IT Resources to Make Your Life Easier

UO students have access to many IT resources through the UO Libraries. Here is a small sampling.

I. UO Libraries Website

Your first and best stop for all your research and study needs. Here's where you'll find the best resources for any topic you're tackling.

II. The Learning Commons

Need a room where you can collaborate or study with other students? A place to practice group presentations? Access to high-powered multimedia software, scanners, and other technologies? The Learning Commons in Knight Library is your ticket to success.

III. Blackboard

If you haven't already encountered Blackboard in one of your classes, you soon will. It's the university's online course management system, brought to you by the UO Libraries.

IV. Summit Catalog

How does easy access to 28 million items housed at 34 university and college libraries in the Pacific Northwest sound? Summit gives you that and more. You can search Summit through the library's website.

V. Online Library Account

Using your online library account is as easy as checking your e-mail. Keep track of all things library with your personalized account.

VI. Instant Messaging Help

Get your reference question answered from your dorm, apartment, home, or even on the road. IM a reference librarian and stay put. (You can also get reference help by phone or e-mail.)

VII. Laptop Checkout

Get portable. Borrow a laptop from the UO Libraries. They're loaded with Microsoft Office and Adobe's Creative Suite, and configured for full Internet connectivity.

VIII. Undergraduate Research Awards

Turn your research skills into scholarship dollars. Enter the Undergraduate Research Awards competition.

IX. Library News RSS Feed

Get an RSS feed from the Library News web page, and you'll get immediate notification when a new library service or resource comes on line. You can access Library Lowdown, our electronic newsletter especially for students, from the News page, too.

X. Everything Else

We've only scratched the surface. You'll find hundreds of other useful services and resources by browsing the library's website or by talking to our friendly librarians.

8. Think Links

Your library has a number of services and resources designed to help you study and conduct research. Here are some useful links: