Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare

According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon on today's date in 1564--450 years ago.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Favorite Books of SWOSU Students, Faculty, and Staff

This week (April 13-19) the Al Harris Library is celebrating National Library Week by sponsoring a “Favorite Books of SWOSU Students, Faculty, and Staff” Exhibit and Book Discussion.   First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of  our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.  
Come and check out the variety of books that are on the "Favorite Books" display and check out the numerous other resources that are available at the Library.  Then come to the book discussion on Thursday, April 17, at the Bulldog Beanery from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. 
We hope to see you soon!



Friday, April 04, 2014

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is an American author who came to the attention of the reading public with his ironic memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, published in 2000. His most recent work, A Hologram for the King, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award in the category of fiction. His narrative of a Syrian-American who stays behind to care for his neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Zeitoun, won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2009.  He is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco.  In 2002 he helped found 826 Valencia, a non-profit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco.

His adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was made into a feature film starring James Gandolfini.  As a journalist, novelist, editor and publisher Dave Eggers continues to push creative writing into new and surprising directions. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Music Therapy Awareness

During the week of February 24th, the SWOSU Music Therapy Program held their 7th Annual Music Therapy Awareness Expo. Music therapy is a clinical practice designed to use music in a therapeutic process to reach individuals with genetic disorders, brain injuries, alleviate stress and pain, and promote communication and wellness. Licensed practitioners hold an expertise in musical performance and psychology.

In support of this year's expo, the Al Harris Library has organized a book display on music therapy. If you are curious about the profession or interested in becoming a music therapy major, we recommend visiting our display and contacting Dr. Sophia Lee in Music Therapy.

To see music therapy in practice, watch the following video by photojournalist Benjamin Hager capturing the work of music therapist, Moreen Bosch.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Graphic Novels -- Check out some Adventure!

Graphic novels have become wildly popular over the past few years. Prior to this outburst of fandom, it was the die hard fans and collectors that paid attention to comics.

The recent surge of films based upon this genre has led to a larger audience, and with a larger fan base, academic libraries began acquiring and building their own collection of graphic novels.

Here at the Al Harris Library, we have a fantastic variety of graphic novels focused on the super hero genre, everything from The Avengers to Batman to Spider-Man. Not only are these novels a great way to escape reality, but they are also becoming quite popular in the classroom.

Our graphic novel selection is a great resource for elementary and secondary education majors to incorporate into their lesson plans. So take some time and grab a comic.

All of these great books and films are available for checkout!
Just ask for help at the circulation desk.

*The faculty and staff of SWOSU Libraries wish to congratulate all the student employees for their work building this display, particularly Ashley Robertson for her initiative and leadership on the project. - You all did a great job!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Information Creation!

SWOSU Libraries is dedicated to providing our patrons with the best information available, but a library is not just about providing information, a library should also strive to help patrons produce their own creative and scholarly content.

To this end we have a number of digital cameras, video cameras, audio recorders, webcams and other equipment available to facilitate this goal. The devices in this display are available for check out. 

Just ask for assistance at the circulation desk!

In our media creation room we have many other devices that can be used within the library. These range from state of the art to the hard to find! This equipment includes: A flatbed scanner, a digitization scanner, 2 VHS to DVD recorders, a CD duplication unit, LP Record to CD recorders, Audio Cassette duplicators, and a typewriter.

If you are interested in creating a more involved media project requiring HD video creation or green screen photography, make an appointment for a session in our new Media Studio, located in the basement level of the Al Harris Library! 

Make an appointment to use the SWOSU Libraries Media Studio!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Caldecott and Newbery Award Winners

The Caldecott and Newbery Book Awards are the most prestigious of children’s book awards. Both awards are presented annually at the Mid-Winter American Library Association Conference in late January by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, the Caldecott Award was begun in 1938 to celebrate the best of children’s picture books. This award is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States during the preceding year. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Award in 2013, Brian Selznick, 2008 Caldecott Medal winner, created a special 75th anniversary logo.

The Newbery Award was the first children’s book award in the world and is probably the best known and most discussed children’s book award in the United States. Established in 1922, the Newbery Award was named in honor of eighteenth-century English bookseller, John Newbery. It is given to the author of the most distinguished American children’s book published during the preceding year.

More information about Caldecott Award and a complete list of winners since 1938, can be found online. More information about the Newbery Award and a complete list of winners since 1922 can also be found online.

To celebrate these two prestigious awards, The Al Harris Library has a display of some of the many Caldecott and Newbery winners. Come and see our display and see why these books are winners that will likely be loved and read by children for many years to come. While you're there, please pick up a free Caldecott trivia quiz bookmark.