Library visitors, new staff, and 360 videos!
As part of the LFA Seminar Series, the Library Faculty Association hosted three colleagues from the Corvallis Benton County Public Library. Bonnie Brzozowski, Kristy Kemper Hodge, and Ashlee Chavez visited and spoke about a range of topics: from programs and upcoming events sponsored by the Corvallis Benton County Public Library to Empathy in Design Thinking to the future of the public library as an institution. Thanks to everyone who attended! If you were not able to attend, but would still like to see the presentations, you can access the recording here.
Intern Rynn Hoong completed her 360 video of the Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio. A huge thanks to everyone in the library who worked with Rynn to make this happen. Be sure to check out the video, and enjoy these pictures of the audio recording session!
Please extend a warm welcome Rachel Kenny and Vance Woods, who joined the RAS team last week as a part of the Cataloging unit. Rachel and Vance will be supporting cataloging services by ensuring the discovery of new and existing print and electronic resources for OSULP. Along with daily cataloging duties, they will also be working on special projects that include material from SCARC and Guin, as well as contributing to the ongoing deselection work of the print collection.
Sustainability Tips for the Holidays (Part II)
As the season of entertaining and gift giving kicks into high gear, the following tips and ideas are offered to support more sustainable celebrations.
It's time to stock up on books for holiday gift giving. From now through December 31, take 25% off selected titles when ordering through the OSU Press website. Just enter the promotion code 17HOLIDAY at checkout to receive your discount. This discount is only available through the OSU Press website and only applies to the featured titles.
With the holidays just around the corner, you may have questions about taking leave. Please talk to your supervisor or take a look at the information provided on the university’s HR site: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/current-employees/time-holidays-protected-leaves/holiday-schedule
The library is conducting a series of training on the new eProcurement system, BennyBuy. Shoppers have training on the 11th and 12th of December, and Requestors will be meeting with UABC on the 22nd for their training. The plan is for the library to go live with the system sometime in early January.
Hone your FERPA Knowledge!: The Office of the Registrar runs a FERPA Learning Community during Winter term. If you’re interested in participating, be sure to talk to your supervisor and then fill out a brief survey here before Jan. 3: http://bit.ly/FERPALC2018. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com
Be Orange Challenge: This Faculty and Staff Fitness challenge is not about losing pounds or getting the most steps. Be Orange IS about being mindful of the small things you do every day that make you healthy. For this challenge, you will simply track the things you do each day related to diet, activity, sleep, stress and other health behaviors — no crazy goals or fancy gadgets needed! We will also have staff and activities to help keep you motivated. Drop-In Orientations: Jan. 15-19, Challenge will run Jan. 22-Mar. 4, $5 to sign up via: http://health.oregonstate.edu/faculty-staff-fitness
Monograph Acquisitions LT3 – The search committee has met and is working on the position description, which should go to HR for posting soon. They hope to be able to hire two people from this search.
Serials Acquisitions LT3 – A signed offer letter for the Serials LT3 position has been received from candidate, who starts on January 8, 2018.
Science Librarian – The search will open in the near future.
Resource Sharing/CM Unit Manager – We’re waiting to receive the offer letter back from the candidate.
received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough.
My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I
got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not
afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement,
and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through
that door and make the most of it.“
― Isaac Asimov
Can you guess the animal’s person?
This catto is Sir Frances Drake. He is 12.6 pounds and has a whopping 39” reach. He has learned that he can get things off the counter without breaking Mami’s “no kitty on the counter” rule.
Answers can be shared with colleagues and guessed among the office. Next week’s newsletter will have the owner’s name. Last week’s pet was Cheryl Middleton’s pupper Curly.
Cheryl is on the road, and I’m feeling reflective :)
I lived in Syracuse, New York in the early 1990’s. Like most people who only live in Syracuse for a short time, the great big university there was the draw. It definitely was not the weather. In three of the four years I lived there, Syracuse was the snowiest city in the U.S.
Living there made me think about seasons and weather in a new way. We moved there in summer, and lived through a full winter before I experienced my first Central New York spring. Spring in Syracuse takes a while to get there. There are usually a couple of fake-out springlike weeks before it takes hold for good. And there is also usually at least one last gasp of snow.
This is the day Shaun graduated. It snowed that day, in MAY.
(Maybe that’s why we look so American Gothic there.)
That first spring, I noticed that there were more spring flowers in Syracuse than there had been in any place I had ever lived before. Even in houses where gardening was clearly not a priority — someone had planted spring bulbs. It was wonderful, both becauseI love spring bulbs and because it made so much sense that spring, the end of winter, would mean so much more to Central New Yorkers, who endure more winter in one year than many people experience in a lifetime.
I love the change in the seasons, and I don’t always feel it in our milder climate. Let’s face it, the shift from “rain” to “warmer rain” just doesn’t have that same impact. But I realized something a while ago — working at a university, I get a little of that same feeling at the beginning and end of every term — the shift in the library space from the hectic-ness of finals week to the quiet of the week after, the busy-ness when the students come back — I enjoy it every time.
Winter in Valley Library — Best wishes to you all!