The new Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio, good news, and bad
Marisa had originally retired at the end of April of this year, and had been working on a temporary basis for OSULP. Her last day here was last week, and she will be greatly missed. A brief description of her time at the library can be found in the May newsletter.
Are you tired of using TRES? Want to be on the cutting edge of new technical innovations on campus? Then help us by testing a new travel reimbursement system, TRES-bien, created by Fischer Jemison and Christa Wright! Fill out this survey now to sign up.
The Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio had its launch this past week, with a lot of crowds and a good amount of lemonade. Congratulations to the many faculty and staff who helped make it a reality in such a short period of time.
The strategic planning coordinating team powered through another 2.5 hour meeting and made a lot of progress. Right now, the group is thinking about organizing the strategic plan into a few different layers, to provide OSULP with some consistent direction, while still allowing us to respond flexibly to changes in our environment.
This could change, but right now, it's working as a useful way for us to think about the different things we need to do to make a plan that's useful.
In our next meeting, all of the group members are going to come in with ideas about content or themes that they think should be carried forward from our previous strategic plan. Everyone is also going to bring 1-2 new goals or themes that should be considered.
For more information, all of the notes from this meeting are on the wiki.
Halloween is right around the corner! Please fill out this brief survey and let us know what types of things you would like to see the library do during this wonderous day.
Good news! The 3-credit study abroad “Information and Global Social Justice” has been approved for the social justice minor. Thanks go out to Jesse Yeager and Larry Roper for helping to make that happen.
You are invited to attend the first seminar of the OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association Seminar Series. Bring your colleagues and friends!
The seminar will take place on October 13th, 2017 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Willamette Seminar Rooms (Valley 3622) on the 3rd floor of the Valley Library. Light refreshments will be provided.
Metadata LT3 – Interviews are this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. There will be no presentation, but if you’re interested in participating, please contact Hui Zhang.
Monograph Acquisitions LT3 – On hold.
Serials Acquisitions LT3 – This search is open and will close on 10/13. The link to apply can be found here!
Cataloging LT3 – Closed with 22 applicants. The committee is planning to schedule interviews with four applicants in the next couple of weeks.
Cataloging LT3 – On hold.
Information Desk LT3 – Erin Kooyman has been chosen for this position. Congratulate her the next time you see her!
Circulation LT2 – An offer has been made to a candidate for this position.
Science Librarian – The committee has 5 phone interviews scheduled for next week.
Resource Sharing/CM Unit Manager – Interviews are scheduled for October 26th and 27th.
“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”
— Anne Herbert
Can you guess the animal’s person?
This pupper’s name is Lucy. She’s a rescue pup from Safe Haven Humane Society in Albany. She leaps tall fences with a single bound, and goes berserk around cats and squirrels.
Answers can be shared with colleagues and guessed among the office. Next week’s newsletter will have the owner’s name. Last week’s animal, Pepper, has the great honor of calling Rachael Davis her person.
What We're Reading
AMD: I always have several books going at a time -- kind of a book for every occasion. The categories vary, but usually include some combination of these -- here's what I'm reading right now:
Substantive nonfiction: Right now, I'm reading The Common Cause. This was recommended by a former colleague of mine from my historian days, and it's a dense but readable examination of the ways that race and racism have been intertwined in our national narratives from the start.
Something to knit to: This is usually something engrossing and plot driven. I just started Black Water Rising, a mystery set in Houston - we'll see if it is truly something I can knit to.
Rereading: This is usually an audiobook that I use to focus my brain so I can sleep. Though during times of great stress, I have a stash of re-readable books I can turn to. Right now it's Eligible, a Pride and Prejudice modernization by Curtis Sittenfeld.
Lunchtime reading: This one is fantastic. It's called Little Boxes and it's a collection of essays by writers about television shows that shaped them in some way. The first essay is by OSU's own Elena Passarello and it's about Northern Exposure and it's perfect.
Something loosely connected to something I'm researching: This one is also great. It's a book of essays (written as letters - epistolary essays) called Radical Hope.
Cheryl: I generally read a couple of books at one time too.
My more substantive read right now is Triggers: Creating Behaviors that Last by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter. I was inspired to read this book after I attended the ALA/PLA Joint President's Program at ALA in Chicago.
For pleasure and pure mind candy I'm reading an urban fantasy book by Seanan McGuire entitled A Red Rose Chain. It involves fae courts, magic, politics and intrigue. (The series takes place in San Francisco).
Next up: I did come across a couple of books published by the South Dakota Historical Press that I am putting on my reading list: Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder, a collection edited by Nancy Tystad Koupal; and Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred, by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve.