Friday, October 28, 2005

Workshop Opportunity: Alternative Medicine

Consumer Health: An Evidence Based Approach to Complementary and Alternative Medicine

From Steve Beleu, U.S. Government Information Librarian at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries:

"On December 6th Metrodocs (the group of Federal Depository libraries in the Oklahoma City area) will host a free 4-hour afternoon workshop from 1:00 to 5:00 at the University of Central Oklahoma's Max Chambers Library. This event will be co-hosted by the Oklahoma Health Sciences Library Association.

Titled Consumer Health: An Evidence Based Approach to Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it is designed to give attendees an understanding of the history and practice of alternative medicine. This is an Internet-based workshop in which each attendee will use a computer in their Library Instruction room. The workshop is free, but you must be registered to attend.

Who can attend: all library workers, hospital and health clinic staff, university and college staff, anyone engaged in providing complementary and alternative medicine, and the general public. Although this workshop is designed for librarians, anyone interested in Complementary and Alternative Medicine will learn from it.

Our instructor will be Karen Vargas, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region.Here is a website where you can read more about this workshop--

To register, please send your name and the name of your library/institution to"

It's a Girl!

We have a new addition to our Library Family!

We are pleased to report that Elora Brianna Johnson arrived on Oct. 19, 2005. She is the bouncing, beautiful baby girl of our SECTP Librarian Adriana Edwards-Johnson and her husband Anthony. Mom and baby are doing fine.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

SAT Math Scores for 2005 Highest on Record

"I am encouraged by the improvement demonstrated in math, a fundamental skill that students need to succeed in college and, later, in a highly competitive global marketplace," said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board. "However, the relatively flat trend in verbal scores indicates what we have observed for years: the need to redouble efforts to emphasize the core literacy skills of reading and writing in all courses across the curriculum starting in the earliest grades."

Monday, October 24, 2005

Library Staff Honored

Mary Roberson, InterLibrary Loan Coordinator and Janice Hodge, Sayre Library Manager were both recently honored for 20 years of service at SWOSU. Both of these ladies are an asset to SWOSU Libraries and have provided excellent service to faculty and students over the years. You may read the entire story here.

Congratulations, Mary and Janice!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Library Fall Break schedule

The Al Harris Library will be open from 7:30am - 5:00pm Wed., Oct. 19. The Library will be closed Oct. 20-22. Normal hours will resume on Sunday, Oct. 23. Have a great break!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Floppy Disks Currently Unavailable

The Reference Desk is currently out of floppy disks to loan.

If you have previously borrowed a disk and are finished with it, or you find one of the Library's disks, please return to the Circulation Desk. You can identify them by the label, which says: SWOSU LIBRARY - PLEASE RETURN AFTER USE - THANK YOU.

As soon as disks return, we'll be able to resume loans.

Friday, October 07, 2005

2nd fl. group study rooms closed 10/8-10/13

The large group study rooms on the 2nd floor of the Al Harris Library will be closed from Sat., Oct. 8 through Thurs., Oct. 13. During this time Human Resources will use the rooms for SWOSU's annual employee benefits enrollment.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Trust and Terror

After September 11/2001, many Americans were frantically searching for loved ones who were missing or injured. Fences near gound zero were covered with photos and flyers of the missing.
Since that time, there was a proposal to expand the role of U.S. libraries in providing crisis information dissemination and management. NCLIS (U.S. National Commission and Information Science) was the logical outcome since there are more than 16,000 public libraries and over 95% of all library locatins have Internet access.
After hurricane Katrina, refugees were rescued and dispersed all over the United States. During this time, many were separated from their children or immediate families. Free access to Internet websites from public libraries enabled hundreds of family members to be reunited.
This CD was narrated by Walter Cronkite and provides a plethora of additional government links and information. Just another reason that libraries are important to America and Americans. Link:

Monday, October 03, 2005

Facebook / Inside Higher Ed

Facebook is perhaps one of the more popular "peer to peer" networks currently online. However this article from Inside Higher Ed points out some potential problems college students can face when sharing their academic experiences online.

Here are some points to ponder about Facebook -- be sure to read the entire article to get the full story!
  • Facebook sells your information to spammers. This means increased spam to your email accounts and perhaps a greater chance for identity theft.
  • Statements made on Facebook can be followed up by University administrators. Last year, three students had to face the University of Mississippi’s judicial system after campus police officers found out they had created a group on the Facebook that pertained to a specific professor.
  • Federal officials monitor Facebook. A student at the University of Oklahoma was investigated by the Secret Service after posting a comment about assassinating the president on the Facebook group: “Bush Sucks.”

Also, note that potential employers look at these sites as well and anything you post could impact your career once you graduate.