Category Archives: NSU-BA Staff

White Christmas!

It’s that time of year. The NSU-BA Library is very busy getting ready for the Christmas Decorating Contest. We currently hold the title for best decor for 2016. This year’s theme is White Christmas. Our decor is based on the movie White Christmas. If you have not seen it, please do so. It’s a very good movie.

Our decor includes a White Christmas Trivia contest for the students to play. If they answer all the questions correctly they instantly collect a special sweet treat and their names are entered into a drawing for a pair of movie passes to a local theater. How fun! The decorations will be judged on November 30th, and the winner will be announced at the Holiday Luncheon on December 1st.

Our November question on our Interactive Whiteboard was: What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

The students and staff stopped by to let us know about their favorites.
There were a variety of answers:
Turkey and dressing
Creamed corn
Chicken Tikka

So, what’s was your favorite food this Thanksgivings? I was very fond of my sweet potato pie. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving break. I am looking forward to spending some time with friends and family for the Christmas holiday as well. And eating some great food.



NSU-BA Library’s Gifted Student Workers

This Semester the Library has been blessed to have some very talented Student Workers. Samantha Henry, Shawn Dayan, and Michael Waugaman are top of their class and always eager to help patrons in the library. The Student Workers have also made the prestigious Dean’s Honor Roll and the President’s Honor Roll. So please come into the library and ask our talented workers for help, and join us in giving them a huge congratulations!

Dean’s Honor Roll

President’s Honor Roll

three student workers in library

Shawn, Michael, and Samantha

michael waugaman made the president's honor roll

Michael Waugaman – President’s Honor Roll

samantha henry made the dean's honor roll

Samantha Henry – Dean’s Honor Roll

Welcome Our Newest Librarian!

IMG_0613The NSU Libraries, Broken Arrow Campus, is pleased to welcome their newest faculty member, Tamara Kharabora.  Tamara is filling the position of Information Services Librarian/Resource Coordinator to the College of Business and Technology.

Tamara has been a member of the NSU Broken Arrow library staff in multiple capacities — as a student, as a capstone intern, as a staff Technician III, and now as a faculty member.  Tamara completed and received her MLIS from the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa just last December. Tamara has lived in Washington, Missouri and Tennessee prior to moving to Oklahoma; she attended State Fair Community College (Sedalia, MO), Cleveland State Community College (Cleveland, TN) where she received her Associate of Arts degree, and NSU where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in English with a minor in Business.

Tamara speaks Russian/Ukrainian and has her ESL certificate (English as a Second Language).

Welcome aboard Tamara!

Posted by Tom R.

New Library Director in BA!

This may be a couple of weeks late (our new director started earlier this month), but with the start of the new semester, things have been a bit hectic and I’m just now getting caught up (my humblest apologies).

Join me in congratulating Dr. Pamela Louderback as she takes over the helm as Director of the Library on the Broken Arrow Campus.

Pamela is an Assistant Professor and has been with NSU Broken Arrow since its beginning in October of 2001.

Her personal and professional research interests include assisting students in the transition to college.  She researches and writes in the areas of integrating technology into the curriculum, developing structured communication forms of distribution media through integrated library systems, leadership in higher education, social justice for indigenous peoples, and academic achievement and retention of American Indian college students.

Pamela has done a bit of international travel as well.  In July of 2008, she had the opportunity to visit Tasmania to present research based on my dissertation topic – “Sociocultural factors to American Indian academic success in college” and presented her ongoing research on academic success/retention at the APA conference in Toronto during August 2009.  She was the proud recipient of a UK Fulbright research scholarship in 2010 (Scholar in Governance and Public Policy 2011) to Queen’s University Belfast and was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn firsthand the rich history and heritage of the Irish, their Department of Education and it’s public policy, and the role it plays in language revitalization efforts.   The next country she plans to visit is New Zealand to engage in further research for a book.  The concept for the book she’s working on focuses on the destruction of indigenous cultural languages with a chapter devoted to a variety of cultures/places: Aboriginal/Australia, American Indian/U.S, First Nation/Canada, Irish/Northern Ireland, Welsh/Wales, Maori/New Zealand.

Congratulations Dr. Louderback and welcome to the corner office.

Posted by Tom R.


The library has answers at NSUBA Welcome Week

ImageAlong with several other campus services and organizations, the NSUBA Library participated in Welcome Week yesterday, informing students, faculty and staff of what the library can do for them.

Our “Ask Me Anything” sign drew a lot of attention and provided Pamela and Karl with the opportunity to answer 13 questions ranging from “How can I find essays in the library’s databases?” to “My class starts in five minutes. Where am I supposed to be?” We also issued OK-Share cards to half a dozen patrons, allowing them to use their NSU library privileges at other academic libraries across the state.

If you’re interested in the OK-Share program, or if you have a question of any kind, stop by the library’s 2nd floor desk and let us help you. It makes us happy!

–posted by Karl

Two library student workers — Jiles Pourier and Diamond Urbano — garner prestigious awards!

We are extremely proud to announce that two of our student workers garnered prestigious awards at the annual  DELTA Banquet.  Winners of the annual DELTA honors were announced during the Eighth DELTA Awards Banquet on April 26 on the NSU-Broken Arrow campus. Keynote speaker was Mike Henry Sr., vice president of operations for SageNet in Tulsa. Other DELTA winners were Kimberly Smith, Discipline Award; Brittany Beasley, Excellence Award; Tavia Zarubin and Sara Mahan, Legacy Awards; Kelly Blatz and Jennifer Blacketer, Trustworthy Awards; Lincoln Williams, Ambassadors Award; Sara Manz, Tashi Deley Award; Amber Pace, 2013 Outstanding Leader Award, and Jennifer Martin, Jack L. Haney Award.

Our own Jiles Pourier received the Shining Star Award for his community work helping to rebuild homes in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.   He was chosen to be one of the five team leaders for MTV and United Way’s Spring Fix Alternative Spring Break, in areas affected by the Hurricane.


For those of us honored to know Jiles Pourier, this self-less attitude isn’t surprising.  He is well known for his quiet leadership and service to others. We’re all particularly proud of him and his achievements!

This year Spring Breakers from across the country volunteered to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Here is a look at just some of their restoration efforts at a damaged church in the hard hit area of The Rockaways in NY.  Read more at:

As well, we are extremely proud that another of our student workers, Diamond Urbano received the Outstanding Senior Award.


The Outstanding Senior Award program, or Jack Kaufman awards, are given to deserving seniors each year who are nominated by NSU faculty and staff. Award guidelines include that a nominee must: have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher; have demonstrated his or her concern for NSU through campus involvement; and be an all-around student who typifies the spirit of NSU.

We are exceptionally proud of both Jiles and Diamond! They are talented, driven and intelligent individuals who have freely given of themselves to NSU, as well as a number of civic and student organizations.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Welcome Karl Siewert!

IMG_0425[1]The NSU Libraries, Broken Arrow Campus, is pleased to welcome their newest faculty member, Karl Siewert.  Karl is filling the position of Instruction Librarian/Resource Coordinator to the College of Education.

Karl comes to NSU from the Tulsa City-County Library, where he has been a reference librarian for 11 years. Since 2007 he has worked with teens, but prior to that, he was focused on business reference. Karl received his MLIS from Dominican University, taking his courses through the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He grew up in Kansas and attended Fort Hays State University for his BS in English Education.

Karl’s reading interests include horror, fantasy, teen fiction, comics (DC more than Marvel), history and art. He considers himself a “maker,” building new things from old materials. His greatest accomplishment in that arena is a ukulele he made from an old candy tin, which he’s teaching himself to play. He also worked during library school as a professional yo-yo performer.

Welcome aboard Karl!

Posted by Tom R.

The Results Are In!

And Dr. Pamela Louderback has been elected to the Vice-President position of KIPA (the Knowledge and Information Professionals Association).  In addition, Dr. Louderback has also been appointed to the Information Outlook Advisory Council of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) as well as elected to the President-Elect position of the Oklahoma Chapter of SLA!

Congratulations Dr. Louderback!

Posted by Tom R.

Second Century Trail

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 we dedicated the Second Century Trail plaque.  This lovely plaque has a quote from the speech given by former NSU President Don Betz during the official grand opening of the Trail in April of 2011.  There were several people present at the dedication ceremony, many of whom were a part of the original committee (including the library’s own Olaf Standley)  that designed and planned the Trail over a two year period.  Library student worker, Sofia Price, President of the Student Government Association, provided brief remarks following Dr. Jenlink’s opening statement.



Check Out Our New Displays!

If you haven’t been by the library building lately (BALB), you may want to swing by to check out our new displays.  We have a huge display case on each floor just outside the library (as you go toward the Liberal Arts building — BALA).  In the downstairs display we have the “History of Technology at the NSU Libraries.”  Come take a nostalgic trip down memory lane . . .  do you remember using similar equipment?  On the second floor, we have a display of “Travel Photography.”  Included in this display are the photographs (from assorted destinations) of NSU’s Interim Executive Director, Paula Setton, as well as the photos of Kateri Louderback (from Ireland and the UK)  Kateri is the daughter of Dr. Pamela Louderback, Assistant Professor and Information Services Librarian.  These are some great pictures.

Posted by Tom R.