Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Intermittent Network Outages on Wed., Nov. 23rd, 2016

The SWOSU campus network will be down intermittently on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016. The library's website and online databases will not be available while the network is down.

During the network outage, off-campus students can access Canvas at this URL: http://swosu.instructure.com.

The libraries will be closed Nov. 23-26 for Thanksgiving Break. The Al Harris Library will reopen on Sunday, Nov. 27th at 3:00pm. The McMahan Library will reopen on Monday, Nov. 28th at 9:00am.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

National Book Awards for 2016

Come and check out the 2016 National Book Awards Finalists and Winners display at the Al Harris Library!  The finalists were announced on October 6, and the 2016 winners were announced on November 16 at an awards ceremony in New York City.  The winners by category are: Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; Nonfiction: Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi; Young People's Literature: March Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell; Poetry: The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky.

Sponsored by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award winners are selected in these four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The Award began in 1950 when a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the 1st annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Their goal was to enhance the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans and to increase the popularity of reading in general. If you would like to find out more about the National Book Awards, please go to http://www.nationalbook.org/.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SWOSU Network Outage on Saturday, Nov. 19th from 10:00am-2:00pm

The SWOSU campus network will be down on Saturday, Nov. 19th from 10:00am-2:00pm. The Al Harris Library be open from 12:00pm-5:00pm on Nov. 19th, but the library's website and online databases will not be available until after 2:00pm.

During the outage you'll be able to use MS Office on the library's PCs and laptops, but you'll need to save your work to a flash drive. Network printing will probably not be available until after 2:00pm.

During the outage, off-campus students can access Canvas at this URL: http://swosu.instructure.com.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Ending or Beginning: World War I

The year was 1914; the place was Sarajevo, Bosnia.  The event that occurred in late June—the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria—led to the outbreak of a war that involved many nations of the world.  Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Central Powers making up the Ottoman Empire were in conflict with the Allied Powers that included Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan.  The Allies were joined by the United States in 1917.

            Why did the United States enter this conflict that involved moving abroad to fight on foreign soil? Based upon events that occurred in 1915 and 1916 which involved violations of international law and warnings that were made to German authorities, U.S. President Wilson went to Congress and asked for permission to go to war. Wilson stated in his address to Congress, “The world must be made safe for democracy.”  War was officially declared by Congress on April 6, 1917.  Because the nation was not prepared for participating in combat, American soldiers were not deployed to France until 1918.  The two million American soldiers who were sent to France played a vital role in the final six months of the war.  Because their numbers were significant and they were not worn out from years of intense combat, they made a tremendous difference when fighting an exhausted and battle-worn enemy force.

            During the four years of what is known as the Great War, battlefield advances included the use of trench warfare and the introduction of modern weaponry including machine guns, tanks, and chemical weapons. As a result, the casualties were many.

            By the end of the war, approximately eighty-five million soldiers had been killed while twenty-one million more were wounded.  During the six months that American soldiers fought, fifty-three thousand died on the battlefield.  Around half of that number of troops died in the concluding battle of the war, the Meuse-Argonne.  Fighting ended on November 11, 1918, the day which became Armistice Day and is now Veterans’ Day.

The so-called war to end all wars ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. This event began another chapter in world history because the wounds that brought on war were not healed, and as a result, another world conflict would begin within the next twenty years.

            To learn more about the Great War, the battles, the locations, and the involvement of the United States and other nations, take a look at the books here on the display as well as others in the Al Harris Library.  All are available for you to check out and enjoy.