News You Can Use 

A Faculty e-Newsletter from the UO Libraries

Welcome to News You Can Use, the UO Libraries' e-newsletter for University of Oregon faculty members. News You Can Use keeps you informed about new and improved library services, resources, programs, and events that can aid you in your teaching and research agenda. If you have questions or want more information about any of the programs or services described below, contact your department's library representative or the library's subject specialist working in your subject area.

In This Issue

February-March 2009

Faculty Services Web Page Launched

faculty servicesTo give UO faculty members a single point of access to library services designed specifically for research and instruction, the UO Libraries has created a new Faculty Services web page at Faculty members who use the library website frequently are encouraged to make it their default home page, bookmark it, or add it as a link in their browser toolbar menus.

Collection Review Underway

Yearly inflation rates of 8% to 10% in journal subscription rates have forced the UO Libraries to undertake a database and serials cancellation project. Library subject specialists are working with UO faculty members to identify titles for possible cancellation. Contact your department's library representative or the library's subject specialist in your subject area for further information.

Summit Loan Period for Short-Loan Items Will Be Extended to 6 Days

ironworkThe Summit loan period for short-loan items, primarily videos, has changed from 3 days with no renewals to 6 days with no renewals. Members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance Council overwhelmingly supported extending the loan period. The change will make it more convenient for faculty members to borrow short-loan items such as videos that they plan to use in their classes. 

The standard loan period for most materials borrowed through Summit remains unchanged at six weeks with no renewals.

Greenfield Book Purchasing Awards Deadline Is March 6

booksEach year, the UO Libraries adds several new research titles to its collections through the Stanley B. Greenfield Faculty Awards Program. Nominations for 2009 are now open to UO faculty members who would like to suggest items for purchase. The deadline for proposing titles is March 6, 2009; the awards will be announced at the end of spring term.

Library's Interactive Media Group Develops Digital Teaching Resources for UO Faculty

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A recently completed collaboration between the library's Interactive Media unit and Dr. Susan Verscheure, an instructor in the Department of Human Physiology and director of the UO's Graduate Studies in Athletic Training program, demonstrates the value and effectiveness of using learning objects to help students better understand complex subject matter. Kirstin Hierholtzer, who oversees the Interactive Media unit, invites all UO teaching faculty interested in developing learning objects for their courses to contact her at 346-1995, A workshop for faculty on learning objects and their use in UO classes is planned for this spring.

Research Labs Showcased in Knight Library Exhibit

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A new exhibit in Knight Library, Scientia venustior  (Charming Knowledge), showcases the beauty and wonder of scientific imagery generated by researchers at the University of  Oregon. Researchers from science departments and labs around campus submitted about 120 images for the exhibit. A panel of UO art librarians and artists selected 13 of the images for display in the exhibit cases in the two entryway corridors of Knight Library. All the images submitted are included in a digital slideshow displayed on the large-screen monitors near the display cases.

Essential Links

Department Representatives & Library Subject Specialists
Library News

Library's Faculty Services page
Building Knowledge (Library Development Publication, PDF format)

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