New in the Library: Charging Stations and Phone Cables

Three charging stations have been added to the library for your use, all on the main floor: one at the stand-up desk opposite the service desk and two additional stations on a pair of the red hexagon study desks.

charger

Need phone cables?  We’ve got these, too.  iphone Lightning, iPhone 4, and Android.  All can be checked out for two hours.

cables

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Enter the Olson Library Juried Faculty/Staff Art Exhibit

NMU Lydia M. Olson Library Juried Faculty/Staff Art Exhibit

The NMU Lydia M. Olson Juried Faculty/Staff Art Exhibition will award Ribbons for Best of Show and Honorable Mention. The exhibition is generously supported by the NMU Lydia M. Olson Library in support of arts in the NMU Library.  Submit your work via email by 5pm on Monday, August 15, 2016.

Questions?  Contact: artinthelibrary@nmu.edu

Exhibit Rules and Information

Eligibility
Open to any currently employed Faculty and Staff

Duration of Exhibition
Submissions must be received via email by 5pm on Monday, August 15, 2016. The accepted artists will be notified by August 22, 2016. Accepted entries must be delivered to the Lydia M. Olson Library no later than August 26 at 6pm. The exhibit will be on display September 1 through October 15.  All entries must be picked up by the artist at the end of the exhibit on October 17 or will be taken to disposal.

Guidelines
Any media will be considered. However, if participants are submitting digital media which requires additional materials to view the work then they must provide own equipment.

The object must be gallery ready – framed and ready to hang if a 2D object. Artwork should be practical for a public space, security is limited. Please avoid submitting items that are too fragile, sharp, or small to be safe in such an environment. A limited number of cases are available on arrangement.

Submission of Entries
All entries must be submitted via email to artinthelibrary@nmu.edu. A maximum of 4 entries per person is allowed, and each must be submitted separately. Each submission must include:

  • Entrant’s name, Department, and Position
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Title of the piece
  • Dimensions and materials used
  • Attached image file of the piece being
  • Artist Statement

The winning art work will be selected by a committee (TBD).Image entry must be JPEG digital files. Review will be by digital image only. JPEGs should be no larger than 300 dpi at approximately 4 by 6 inches, and a maximum of 8mg. All digital files must include the artist’s name and title of the submission (e.g. smithpainting5.jpg). Please do not use quotations or spaces in file names.

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MelCat Back Online!

MelCat is back online!  You can once again search, request items and renew items you have checked out through MelCat.

July 20, 2016 Post:
MelCat is scheduled for another round of maintenance on Thursday, July 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. During this time you will not be able to search MelCat, place requests or renew items currently checked out. The MelCat service should be back online and completely operational around 9:00 p.m. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Bike Share Program Back for 2016

owl bike

The ASNMU bike share program is back! With your NMU ID, you are able to borrow a bike for up to three days at a time! Stop by the library on any weekday when we are open.  Happy riding!

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Taking the GRE, LSAT, or MCAT?

For those planning to take one of the many graduate school entrance tests, the Learning Express Library has a variety of practice tests available.  Made available by the Michigan eLibrary (the same folks that brought you MelCat), the Learning Express Library provides access to practice tests for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and a few other graduate school entrance exams.  You will need to create an account before taking a test but once created you can track your progress and start and stop tests at your convenience. Give it a try and see what you think!

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Olson Library Will Be Closed Monday, July 4th for the Independence Day Holiday

The Lydia M. Olson Library will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  The library will resume summer hours on Tuesday, July 5.  See the library web site for a complete list of library hours.

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Library Catalog Back Online!

Work on the Library Catalog has been completed and the system is back online.

If you have any problems or questions please contact us.

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Public Computers & Scanners Access

The public computer terminals and scanners on the main floor of the library are currently inaccessible due to carpet cleaning.  There is still one terminal available on the main floor and 3 terminals on the second floor.

Please feel free to ask the staff for help in searching for a book via the online catalog or visit one of the other computers.

Regular access will return Thursday Morning (June 16th)

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Library Closed for Memorial Day

The Olson Library will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume our normal summer hours on Tuesday, May 31. See the library calendar for a complete list of library hours.

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Want some quality online reference books? Check out Gale Virtual Reference Library

GVRL

Although most people tend to search for their information using a library search engine or Google, the slow summer months provide you the time to browse some of the library’s reference sources.  One source of quality online reference material is Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Much of the content is provided by Mel.org, the same group that provides the wonderful MelCat service, but some of the sources Olson Library purchased separately.  You can browse books by subject categories, or do a keyword search across all the works.  If you hold your mouse over a title, a description of that work is shown.

GVRL hover mouse

Browsing a title is like viewing an index in the back of the book.

GVRL encyclopedia of popular culture

Although many entries are text based, depending on the source and entry, images are included too (following image is from Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, 2013).

GVRL image

So, the next cool, rainy day this summer, take your laptop to one of our bean bags in the library, or cover yourself with a blanket on your couch at home, and see what Gale Virtual Reference Library has to offer.

If you have any questions make sure to chat us or call 227-2118.

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