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Next Tasty Talks on Tuesday Event Slated for February 21 Featuring NSU Broken Arrow Dean Dr. Roy Wood

Did you miss out on our inaugural Tasty Talks on Tuesday” event that took place on Tuesday, January 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Gallery? And on the opportunity to partake of a scrumptious slice of Tom Rink’s blueberry-lavender cheesecake?

We  offered an exciting panel discussion of the Business and Technology Department’s ASSE mentoring program for our faculty members. Panelists shared insight and stories on their participation in the Environmental, Health & Safety Management degree’s mentoring program that pairs students with respected local safety and health professionals.

The session was a huge success with over a dozen in attendance! We were able to learn more about this educational, informative, and interesting mentoring program.

Hopefully, your schedule permits you the opportunity to join us for our next Tasty Talks on Tuesday event, slated for February 21st from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Gallery where we will hear from NSU BA’s own Dr. Roy Wood, Dean of the campus.  So mark your calendars for this informative upcoming event that offers continued chances for cheesecake, collaboration and conversation!. Hope to see you there!

Posted by Pamela Louderback

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Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma Book Discussion

The Northeastern State University Broken Arrow Library is hosting the fourth year of its Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma Book Discussions. The theme for this spring 2017 LTAIO is “Not For Children Only.”

This book discussion series revisits the classics we may have read as children and more recent examples of children’s literature. The series allows us to revisit childhood haunts by reading again the books we loved as children.

Our first book discussion took place on Wednesday, January 25 in the Administration Building Annex with NSU’s own Dr. Andrew Vassar as the event humanities scholar. Our semester-long series began with Iona Opie and Peter Opie’s “The Classic Fairy Tales” and Ethel Johnston Phelps’ “Tatterhood and Other Tales”.Prior to discussing the books, Dr. Vassar shared information on the authors and how their lives applied to our theme of “Not For Children Only“.

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There are four more sessions scheduled for this semester; please consider joining us as your schedule permits. Books are available for checkout at the NSUBA library’s second floor Circulation desk. All discussion will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will conclude at 4 p.m. Light snacks will be served.

See below for times and locations for the LTAIO Book Discussion schedule:

Feb. 14 – “Little Women” – hosted by Dr. Russell Lawson, Bacone College faculty and located in the Administration Building Annex.

March 7 – “The Wind in the Willows” hosted by Dr. David Oberhelman, Oklahoma State University faculty and located in the Administration Building Annex.

March 28 – “Charlotte’s Web” and “Bridge to Terabithia” – hosted by Dr. Brian Cowlishaw, NSU faculty and located in the Administration Building in room 170.

April 18 – “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” and “I Am the Cheese” – hosted by Helen Clements, OSU faculty and located in the Administration Building in room 170.

For more information, please contact Pamela Louderback at 918-449-6452 or at louderba@nsuok.edu.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Tasty Talks on Tuesday Inaugural Event

The Faculty Council has been hosting a brown bag lunch monthly event titled “Delicious Dialogues” since the fall semester of 2014. Beginning last year, Delicious Dialogues began being updated and modified slightly.

Here at the BA campus, the core group of participants and facilitators have missed our collaborative “get togethers” and we just could not wait for a chance to reunite! So we are now hosting informal monthly events where we can continue to share our research and professional endeavours, to get to know each other better, and to partake of a bit of “tasty” with all of our talk.

So, in the spirit of collaboration and fellowship, beginning today, Tuesday, January 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Gallery.we hosted our inaugural Tasty Talks on Tuesday” event.  Our inaugural session was a huge success with over a dozen in attendance!

For this inaugural event, we  offered a panel discussion of the Business and Technology Department’s ASSE mentoring program for our faculty members. In the Environmental, Health & Safety Management degree, NSU has a mentoring program that pairs students with respected local safety and health professionals The mentors and students develop relationships, the mentors share their expertise and advice, and the students get to be involved in job shadowing and other on-the-job activities.

Those in attendance were able to learn more about this educational, informative, and interesting mentoring program. And as always, our resident chef extraordinaire Tom Rink, provided a decadent dessert – blueberry lavender cheesecake. We hope your schedule permits you the opportunity to join us for our next Tasty Talks on Tuesday event, TBD that offers continued chances for cheesecake, collaboration and conversation!.

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Posted by Pamela Louderback

Tom Rink Receives Invitation to Serve on OU’s SLIS Advisory Board

Congratulations to one of our own!  Tom Rink has received a significant honor by being invited to serve on the University of Oklahoma’s School of Library and Information Advisory Board.

OU SLIS is  in the process of reestablishing their Advisory Board and invited Tom to continue his service in the professional library field for 2010-11 by serving on the Board.

The OU SLIS Advisory Board has traditionally served as a valuable source of feedback for the improvement of OU’s programs and to gather input for planning for their future.  Since OU has three degree programs: Master’s of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), Masters of Knowledge Management (MSKM), and Bachelor of Arts in Information Studies (BAIS), it has a broad constituency ranging from libraries and information centers to large corporations as well as non-profit organizations. Their mission is to prepare graduates to be leaders in the provision of information and knowledge services to meet the complex information needs of our diverse, highly technological, and knowledge-based global society.

Tom was considered to be an ideal person to serve on the Board “for so many reasons ranging from your experiences as a solo special librarian to your current position at Northeastern State University Library and to your continuous support of OU SLIS, not to mention that you are one of most famous alumni! Your interests and expertise closely align with the curriculum and goals of all three of our degree programs” as noted by Dr. Cecelia Brown, Professor and Director of the OU SLIS program.

We are extremely pleased and proud that Tom has been given this well-deserved honor.  His continued work on the Advisory Board will afford him the opportunity to further develop community relationships while representing NSU!

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Tuesday’s Technology Tip – iCyte

FREE ONLINE RESEARCH TOOL

Clunky, disorganized bookmarks can only handle a certain amount of information before they become difficult to sift through. And the copy/paste function doesn’t save formatting, it’s difficult to organize, and it’s harder to link back to the original web site for easy reference. Try iCyte – a free web research management tool that lets you save and annotate entire web pages. Much better than bookmarks, it lets you highlight the most useful text directly on the saved web page, issue-tag, search, comment, and securely share your saved content with others. The operating systems iCyte works with include

* Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, Server 2003, 7)
* Mac OS X
* Linux

Although recommended for use with Firefox (3.0 and above), iCyte works with Internet Explorer 7 and 8.

Any HTML file that you can access using your web browser can be annotated. Some examples include:

* Newspaper articles
* Technical documentation
* Knowledgebase articles
* Confirmation screens for ordering products (flights, hotels, books, …)
* Product reviews
* Youtube videos

To download iCyte and sign up for an account, visit the download wizard.  Instructions for how to use the basic iCyte functionality may be found in this tutorial.

iCyte changes the dynamic for data storage and retrieval by saving and organizing “Cytes” (text, pictures, articles – even entire web pages) with a click of a button. It works with any information (Google, Yahoo, intranet, or a password protected online database).

To learn more about iCyte check out this video overview.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Tuesday’s Technology Tip – Foxit Phantom PDF

The PDF format is now the standard for publishing and print-based industries. As you would expect, numerous free and inexpensive PDF readers are available, but relatively few inexpensive PDF creator apps exist.  The second version of Foxit’s Phantom PDF creator is a great tool.

Word-processing programs such as Microsoft (Nasdaq:     MSFT) Word and OpenOffice Writer have features that let users create PDF documents with a Save As option. Even some Web-based solutions make opening and creating PDF files a bit less costly for non-business users. With all of these products, what shows on the screen or printed page is exactly what the file’s author intended.

If all you have to do is read a PDF document, Foxit’s free Reader is all you need. It has a small footprint and offers fast performance to the free Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) Reader. Its 22 MB of space make it very compact.

Foxit’s Phantom PDF Suite 2.0 can be an ideal choice for an integrated document tool. You can try it as a fully functional product for free for 30 days. The US$129 price tag is wallet-friendly if you decide to buy it.

This latest version, released on April 27, has some impressive improvements over its predecessor. It is a Windows platform product designed to run on Windows 7 (32-bit & 64-bit), Windows Vista Home Basic as well as Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise versions. It also runs on Windows XP Home, Professional or Table PC Edition.

Feature List

Phantom excels in file-handling capabilities. You can create multiple files one-to-one or merge all the files into one document. A side panel facilitates drag-and-drop commands to create, reorder and view them in thumbnail sketches. You can also print from the thumbnail image as a single PDF page with a right click or a control/shift.

Another useful feature is the ability to edit document properties from previous authors. And it provides the ability to undo/redo up to 1,000 versions. This makes it easy to save different versions under different names.

Another improvement in Phantom 2 is the ease to insert multiple pages by scanning in more documents or directly entering new content.

Document editing is a key feature in Phantom 2.0. PDF tools are typically weak when it comes to editing.  With Phantom PDF Suite you can directly edit content or add comments, highlights, stamps and other embellishments with the annotation tools.

Other “Goodies”

Phantom 2.0 has the ability to insert images and videos and it supports many formats.

Just click Add Movie and the box-drawing appears to point to the location of the video. You can also drag and drop the video box to any desired location within your document.

Security is also a plus in this version. You can password-protect documents, add certificate encryption, and sign with digital certificates. Once secured, the document cannot be altered without having the security Planning for the next peak season? Ensure your website is fast, secure and available 24/7. Click here to learn how. removed. You can even add a date after which the file expires and cannot be opened.

Posted by Pamela Louderback