Author Archives: Tom Rink

Poetry Slam 2015!

For those of you in the Tulsa (Okla.) area, mark your calendars for the upcoming 2nd Annual Louder Than a Bomb University Poetry Slam scheduled for Friday, April 17th, from 3-6 PM.

This event will take place on the TCC Metro Campus (in the Student Commons) and prize money will be awarded.

1st Prize: $200
2nd Prize: $75
3rd Prize: $25

Register online at: http://goo.gl/3U03bI

For more information, contact Adam Brennan (adam.brennan@tulsacc.edu)

Follow on twitter: @ltabok2015

For accommodations contact: Education Access Center, 918-595-7115 (voice) or email: eac@tulsacc.edu

For Sign Language Interpretation contact: Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 918-595-7428 (voice), 918-809-1864 (text), or email: rcdhh@tulsacc.edu

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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.

 

Meditation Labyrinth!

Welcome to the Fall 2014 semester.  Next time you are in the library (or you could even make a special trip over to check this out), stop by the SE corner of the 1st floor to have some fun with the Meditation Labyrinth.

What exactly is the labyrinth?

An interactive meditation labyrinth developed to facilitate meditative walking, yoga, or dancing. It is a mindfulness tool designed to counteract stress and promote wellness in computer-centric work and school environments.

Labyrinth

Users control the experience using a touch-screen device to access specific labyrinth patterns. The system contains six symbols, representing different cultures, which are explained in the labyrinth area.

For more information visit:
http://www.sparqlabyrinth.com/

 Posted by Tom R. and Garnet Nowell

Here’s to Libraries, Number Ten!

El_Escorial_SpainLocated in the heart of Spain, the Royal Library of the Monastery of El Escorial is a stunning architectural wonder (as well as a World Heritage site designation).  Built in the Herrerian style, construction began in 1563 and was completed in 1584.  The library is housed on the second floor (in the west wing) and contains nearly 45,000 documents from the 15th and 16th centuries.  The monastery is huge and contains 15 cloisters, 13 oratories, 86 staircases, 88 fountains, more than 1,600 paintings, 9 towers, and 73 sculptures.

“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.”  (Keith Richards)

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

Posted by Tom Rink