NSU BIG READ Keynote Event with Fantasy Author Jim Butcher rescheduled for March 25-26

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NSU’s Big Read Keynote event featuring New York Times best-selling fantasy author Jim Butcher has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 25th in Tahlequah and Thursday, March 26th in Broken Arrow.

We are still offering four convenient times to allow for more attendance.  Please join us for renowned author and speaker Jim Butcher as he explores the themes of dystopian fantasy literature. Jim Butcher is a New York Times best selling author best known for his contemporary fantasy book series The Dresden Files. He also wrote the traditional fantasy series, Codex Alera.  Keynote events are as follows:

Jim Butcher 2014(4)Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1-2 p.m.
NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6-7 p.m.

NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1-2 p.m.
NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-7 p.m.
NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

So, don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to meet Jim Butcher, hear about how he beat the long odds to become a world renowned novelist, and what it’s like to craft a story! This program is free and open to the community. We hope to see you!

Our kick-off will still take place on Wednesday, March 4th and will feature the film screening of ‘Legends of Earthsea’ a 2004 SciFi miniseries based on Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea trilogy.  We will be distributing free Wizard of Earthsea readers guides and other materials to promote literary reading. The film will be screened at both the Broken Arrow campus Auditorium, and the Tahlequah campus Webb auditorium from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4th. This event is free admission and open to all. The film run time is 90 minutes, and is rated PG, with some mild adult content. Popcorn will be served!legends of earthsea photo

For more information on other events, please check out the Big Read dashboard or consult the Library’s LibGuide at: http://libguides.nsuok.edu/BIG_READ  and keep up with the NSU BIG READ Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/nsubigread

Posted by Pamela Louderback

NSU Receives BIG READ literacy grant – A Variety of Events Planned

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The National Endowment for the Arts announced the latest round of Big Read grants. Seventy-seven nonprofit organizations received grants totaling more than $1 million to host a Big Read project between September 2014 and June 2015.

Managed by Arts Midwest, The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. Each organization will develop unique programming that will provide their communities with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature.

For more information about The Big Read, please visit their About page.

Northeastern State University was one of the recipients of this important literacy grant. A variety of exciting events have been planned for all three campuses, area schools and public libraries.  Events take place between March 4th and May 15th, 2015.

Our Kickoff begins on March 4th (Tahlequah) and March 5th (Broken Arrow) with New York Times best-selling fantasy author Jim Butcher as our Keynote!  You won’t want to miss this once-in-a lifetime opportunity!Jim Butcher 2014(4)

For more information, please check out the Big Read dashboard or consult the Library’s LibGuide at: http://libguides.nsuok.edu/BIG_READ  and keep up with the NSU BIG READ Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/nsubigread

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Posted by Pamela Louderback

Faculty Council Delicious Dialogues Continue to be a Success!

The newly created Faculty Council’s “Delicious Dialogs” Monthly Faculty Research Talk & Brown Bag Lunch continues to be a great success at the Broken Arrow campus!  Delicious Dialogue is a faculty led venue where each month, a speaker is highlighted to talk about their research, or some initiative that they have undertaken.

The Faculty Council began this new monthly event in November 2014 to broaden the social space just for faculty, “Delicious Dialogs Brown Bag Lunch & Talk”. Each lunch features a faculty speaker discoursing for the first 15-20 minutes on her/his current research and/or endeavors, followed by a short Q&A session. The remainder of the hour is reserved for talking with  colleagues. Dr. Cheryl Van Den Handel, Faculty Council President notes, “the intent behind this monthly event is for faculty to share our research, and to get to know each other better.  Oftentimes, we are so busy, we don’t have the opportunity to visit with our colleagues in other departments or colleges.”

So far, in Broken Arrow, we have heard from Dr. Erik Terdal on his study abroad and summer academy opportunities at NSU, Dr. Allyson Watson who spoke about outreach engagement in the local community, and the most recent – Dr. John Mercer who spoke about the Summer Intersession class where students visit Ashland, Oregon for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  See below for a photo of the event.

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Be sure to join us if you can for the next Delicious Dialogue on February 11 in the Visitor Center Gallery from noon to 1:00 p.m. where Dr. Martha Parrott, faculty of the College of Science and Health Professions will discuss service learning models for creating programs.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Exhibit @ OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library!

Here is an ongoing exhibit (until January 2, 2015) that is on display in the gallery space at the OU-Tulsa Schusteman Library.  Surviving & Thriving: Aids, Politics, and Culture.  Make your plans to visit today!Surviving and Thriving Exhibition PosterPosted by Tom R.

 

Here’s to Libraries, Number Eleven!

MelkMonasteryLibrary-AustriaI realize it has been a while since I posted a library in this series, so here goes. This week we visit another monastery — the Melk Monastery, a Benedictine monastery situated on the Danube River in Austria.  The actual abbey was founded in 1089.  In the 12th century, a monastic school was founded and with it, a library that became renown for its extensive medieval manuscript collection.   The abbey contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau as well as the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg (Austria’s first ruling dynasty).

“We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.”  (John Lubbock)

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

Posted by Tom R.

Why You Should Talk to the Librarian!

Paula Krebs, the Dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University, wrote this wonderful guest post on Vitae, the online career hub at the Chronicle of Higher Education.     As stated on their website, “the Chronicle is launching Vitae, which offers free career management tools, a powerful community, and the candid insights that academics need to build successful careers and fulfill their mission.”

In her post she basically addresses the notion of moving beyond the classroom when thinking about student success.  She highlights librarians, academic advisors, student affairs staff, the registrar, financial aid, veteran’s affairs, institutional research, etc., as groups that faculty members should get out of their offices and network with on a regular basis.

Here’s a link to the full post: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/673-why-you-should-talk-to-the-librarians

Posted by Tom R.

ADA Compliance and Online Instruction!

Mark your calendar for Friday, September 26, 2014!

It’s all about inclusion!  If you are teaching online, or you work in a school or business with a web presence, accessibility issues affect your students, colleagues, and customers.

If you have not already registered, there is still time to sign up for this low-cost, one-day program on ADA Compliance and Online Instruction hosted by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Special Libraries Association:

Where:             University of Central Oklahoma, Nigh University Center

When:              Friday, September 26, 2014
                                    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost:                $30 (SLA member), $45 (non-SLA member)  $10 (student)

Lunch will be provided

Registration with credit card is now open:

https://www.regonline.com/OKSLA-ADASeminar2014

Deborah Thompson
2014-15 President
Oklahoma Chapter, Special Libraries Association

Questions?  Contact Tom Rink, x6457 or rink@nsuok.edu

Tentative Agenda
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Arrival and Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Intro to Technology Accessibility
(Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator, ABLE Tech)
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Assistive Technology Introduction & Demo
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided on site)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Universal Design for Learning
(Jerol Skinner, Northeastern State University)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Accessible Instructional Learning
(Rick Shelton, Northeastern State University)
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion (Speakers and students)
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up

Posted by Tom R.