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:  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

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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:

check in form

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.

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

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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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Library Closed for Memorial Day

The Olson Library will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume our normal summer hours on Tuesday, May 30. See the library calendar for a complete list of library hours.

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Olson Library Summer Hours

The Olson Library begin its summer schedule today. From May 8 – 21, we’ll be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed Saturdays and Sundays .

When summer classes start on May 22, the hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and closed Saturdays and Sundays. The library will be closed for the Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays. Check the library calendar for additional details.

Even if the Olson Library building is closed, you can still access our online catalog, journal holdings and OneSearch–not only from your computer, but from your smartphone as well.  Just point your browser to If you’re using a smartphone, you’ll be automatically redirected to our mobile web site.

Have an enjoyable summer.

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Jamrich Hours During Finals Week

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

Open Sunday, April 30 @ noon and ends Thursday, May 4 at 2:00 a.m.

Jamrich Hall hours the remainder of the week are as follows:

Open Thursday, May 4th, at 6:00 a.m. and close Friday, May 5th, at 2:00 a.m.

Open Friday, May 5th, at 6:00 a.m. and close Friday, May 5th, at 6:00 p.m.

Good luck with finals!

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Reserve a study room online!

With study rooms in high demand this time of year, get a heads up by reserving yours today.   All NMU students, faculty, and staff can reserve one of the library’s study rooms online.  You can make a reservation for 2 hours/day up to 2 weeks in advance. Simply sign in using your network id and password.

When you come to the library, stop by the public services desk with your Wildcat Express Card to check-out the room key.

For more information about using the library study rooms, see the conference room policy.

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Book Review: Falling Kingdoms

Death, Betrayal & Politics

Falling Kingdoms (Book 1)

Rating: 4/5

Summary: The Kingdoms of Mytica have strained relationships: the King of Limeros craves power, Paelsia is dying and Auranos seems to be rife with life and excess. When visiting royals of Auranos come to Paelsia for wine, violence breaks out, ending with the unfortunate and unnecessary death of a wine seller’s son. The wine seller’s other son, Jonas, is determined to find vengeance. Princess Cleo of Auranos is ravaged by nightmares of Tomas’s death and her own sister’s illness. In Limeros, Prince Magnus watches his father’s plans come to fruition and tries to keep his precious sister out of them. However, it’s becoming harder when his father seems determined to use both them to succeed in destroying Auranos with Paelsia’s help.

This book was told in the multiple perspectives of the teenagers and a Watcher. Mainly, the story seemed to focus on Cleo and Magnus, which I was fine with because I liked them. Cleo did annoy me at the beginning and sometimes she had her annoying moments, but I think she’s going to get better as the series progresses. The Watcher’s perspective was very strange and while it gave something different, I was very confused by it, especially at the end.

I did like the characters in the book; however, Emilia was pretty bland. She also had about 5 seconds of page time, so I’m going to blame that. Jonas was a very intriguing and dynamic character. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do in the next book. I wonder if Cleo/Jonas are going to become a thing. I hope it won’t happen in book 2. Maybe book 3. I could see that as believable, depends. I hope someone kills Aron though, preferably Jonas or Magnus. Or Jonas and Cleo. I liked the romance between Theon and Cleo, but I wish there was more page time before they were like “Oh my god, I love you! You’re my everything!” It felt excessively rushed and I was sitting there with this look on my face: *narrows eyes, glares at book* “I don’t think so”.

Another thing I liked about this book was the mythology of it. I love mythology. You put mythology in a book; it therefore has my name written on it, so hand it over. I loved hearing the stories from Eirene and I hope there will be more about the Watchers, magic and the Kindred in the next books.

Plot wise, there were many small things that happened, but overall, it was really like there was only one big thing that happened which was at the very end. Okay make that two, when Tomas died and the event at the end, but everything in the middle kind of feels sort of like set-up and that it could’ve been condensed or made more significant in some way. I hope that there will be some improvement in book two, but overall, I did enjoy this but not my all-time favorite. It was a very good start to the series, I can’t wait to read the rest of them!

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