News You Can Use

A Faculty 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


March 2010


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Blackboard Site Unavailable from 8 a.m. Wed., 3/24, to Noon, Thur., 3/25

Blackboard, the university's online course management system, will be unavailable for use from 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, to noon Thursday, March 25. Following the outage, no visible changes are anticipated in service levels or system management for Blackboard users. More.


UO Faculty Can Nominate Research Material for Purchasebooks

Each year, the UO Libraries adds several new research titles to its collections through the Stanley B. Greenfield Faculty Awards Program. Nominations for 2010 are now open to UO faculty members who would like to suggest items for purchase. The deadline for proposing titles is April 1, 2010; the awards will be announced soon thereafter. More.


Library Program Offers UO Faculty Members Up to $1,000 Support for Open Access Journal Publishing

Open AccessThe UO Libraries has established a pilot program for UO faculty members to cover a portion of the cost of author submission fees to open access journals. Funding for the pilot project is made available by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Funding is currently available from spring 2009 through spring 2010. Funding support will cover up to 100 percent of the author fees for publishing a peer-reviewed manuscript in an open access journal, with a maximum reimbursement of $1,000 per article. Individuals can receive support for up to three articles during the pilot program. For complete information, visit the program website at or contact JQ Johnson,, 346-1746. More.


UO Libraries Asks Faculty to Press Buttons in the Classroominstructor in classroom

The UO Libraries Center for Media and Educational Technologies (CMET) maintains media equipment in most classrooms on campus. Instructional faculty and GTFs are being asked to press the "All Off" button on the machines at the end of classroom sessions to help save energy, extend the lifespan of the equipment, and improve the performance of these essential teaching tools. More.


Year of the Book Lecture: "A Sixty-Year Odyssey in Bookbinding and Conservation," Tue., Apr. 13

year of book logoDon Etherington is an internationally known book conservator, fine binder, and instructor. He is also president of Etherington Conservation Services. This talk, part of the Year of the Book series at the University of Oregon, is scheduled to be held on April 13, 2010, at 3:30 P.M. in the Knight Library Browsing Room. More.


Library Sponsors Edible Book Festival, Thurs., Apr. 1cannery row

No fooling—on Thursday, April 1, the UO Libraries will host an Edible Book Festival in Knight Library’s Browsing Room from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. UO students, faculty, and staff are invited to cook up an entry or view the entries at the festival. Small prizes will be awarded in several categories The festival is part of the Year of the Book celebration being held on campus this year. Entrants should bring their creations to Knight Library’s Browsing Room at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event. (An example of an edible book, "Cannery Row," is shown at right.) More.


Library Launches Adopt-a-Journal Program

The UO Libraries has launched a new program, Adopt-a-Journal, which allows individuals and groups to pay for the renewal of journal subscriptions that have been canceled due to increased journal costs and budget constraints. Under the terms of the program, the entire campus community gains access to the journal when an individual or group pays for its renewal. Contributions to the program are tax deductible. More.


Interactive Media Group Develops Tools for Teaching & Research

solair staircase spiralThe library's Interactive Media Group (IMG), part of the Center for Media and Educational Technologies, has recently completed a number of collaborative projects with UO faculty members to improve research and teaching at the university. IMG has recently worked with faculty members in the Art History and the UO Infographics Lab, the Teaching Effectiveness Program, the American English Institute, and the UO Admission Office to develop multimedia components for projects. Visit the IMG's portfolio page for details on other recent projects. Contact Kirstin Hierholzer, CMET's assistant director, (541) 346-1995,, to learn how you can collaborate to create customized teaching and research tools.




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