Jan. 27-28 Late Night/Early Morning Maintenance Effects Resources

ProQuest, one of the vendors of our ebooks, databases and other electronic resources, will be performing maintenance on their servers starting Saturday, January 27 at 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, January 28 at 6:00 a.m.  As a result, a number of these resources will not be available during this time period.

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Olson Library To Reopen at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23

Since the university will return to normal operations at 5:00 p.m. and evening classes will be held, the Lydia M. Olson Library will reopen at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 23.

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Limited MeLCat Services Jan. 20-21

The MeLCat database will experience maintenance starting at 11:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20 through 8:00 a.m. Sunday, January 21. During this time users will not be able to place requests or renew items currently checked out. Full services should be restored by early Sunday morning. Please contact the Olson Library if you have any questions.

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The Library’s new Digital Media Tutoring Center is now open!

Olson Library has opened a new tutoring center to help students with class assignments involving media. The Digital Media Tutoring Center, located in the old Microcard Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the library, contains three workstations with 34″ curved monitors, and two monitors with keyboards and mice to hook up NMU laptops.  The workstations contain a wide variety of media editing software.

Since most students are doing less advanced media projects, much editing can be done on their laptops using the open source software–OpenShot for video and Audacity for audio.  These programs are also available on the three workstations in the Center.

Three tutors–Megan Roesner, Tori Zremski, and Loren Earle–are available 25 hours a week to assist students with media editing.  Available hours are on the DMTC website: http://library.nmu.edu/digitalmedia/.  Available soon will be the ability to reserve a workstation.

Finally, the Center has limited equipment available for checkout at the Library’s Public Services Desk that will allow students to capture video and audio through camcorders, point and shoot cameras, audio recorders, and associated accessories.

If you have further questions, please contact Kevin McDonough, Reference Librarian and Coordinator of the DMTC, at 227-2118 or kmcdonou@nmu.edu.

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Jamrich Hall as a 24-Hour Study Lounge During Finals Week

ASNMU will once again sponsor Jamrich Hall as a 24-Hour Study Lounge during finals week.

Opens Sunday, December 10 @ noon and closes Thursday, December 14 at 2:00 a.m.

Jamrich Hall hours during the remainder of the week are:
Opens Thursday, December 14, at 5:00 a.m. and closes Friday, December 15, at 2:00 a.m.
Opens Friday, December 15, at 5:00 a.m. and closes Friday, December 15, at 6:00 p.m.

Good luck with finals!

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Mobile library website

The library has a mobile site for accessing various resources and services.   We offer some key features in a small package: Searching OneSearch for articles, renewing and searching for books, news, and more.

Anyone using a smartphone or tablet should be redirected automatically to the mobile site, but if not, point your browser to library.nmu.edu/mobile.

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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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Helpful Tips for the New Semester!

 

IMG_1493As the fall semester begins, here are some helpful blog posts from the past that will help you be successful as we start again!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Library

This article offers an overview of the services offered at the library! Some things are unexpected and great to know about!

Printing: Answers to Your Questions 

As a first time user of our printing services, check out this post. It gives you an in depth description of how to use printing. If you ever need help with printing, the students at the circulation desk are experts and more than willing to help!

MeLCat – a great way to get books, videos and more!

If our library doesn’t have a title you want, you may order it though MeLCat. This article gives step by step directions on how to obtain MeLCat books!

Renew your books online

This blog post is a how to on renewing your books to avoid late fees! It tells you how to renew books from our library as well as MeLCat books.

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Bike Share is Back!!

8 new bicycles are ready for check out at the library service desk, courtesy of ASNMU (old link, but that’s their webpage).  They are outside the 2nd floor of the LRC at the entrance nearest New Science.

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To check out a bike you must have a valid NMU ID (your Wildcat Express card).  The first time you check out a bike for the fiscal year you will need to fill out and sign this agreement, which we will keep on file:

bike agreement

Checkouts are for 3 days, and when you return the bike, one of the library students or staff will use this checklist to determine the condition of the bike before it’s checked in:

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And there you go.  This has been a popular and oft-requested checkout here at the library, but it’s ASNMU’s program.  Any questions or comments should be directed at them.

Have a good summer.

 

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Access to Library Resources Disrupted August 5-6

Normal access to library resources from off-campus will be disrupted beginning Saturday, August 5, 11:00 p.m. until Sunday, August 6, 8:00 a.m. due to system maintenance.

In order to connect to library resources (e-journals, e-books, databases, etc.) during this time period, launch the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility VPN Client found under Windows Applications on all NMU computers (see image below). Login user your NMU network id/password (email id/password). For those without an NMU issued computer, you can download the free software from the NMU IT Services downloads page.

http://it.nmu.edu/downloads/cisco-anyconnect-vpn-client-windows

Normal access should resume Sunday morning around 8:00 a.m.

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