Banned Books week

We are celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week. Olson library has Banned Book titles in the PreK-12 collection as well at the 3rd floor collection. Some titles in the PreK-12 collection that have been banned for various reasons are: The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The absolutely True Diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. These books and more are on display this week. Come take a look or better yet, check one out!

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One Book One Community Fall of 2015

The “One Book One Community” program was designed to get our campus and the community to come together and read and discuss in a variety of settings. This year is the tenth anniversary of the program. The selection for this year is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

Clay is an out-of-work graphic designer who finds a job on the night shift at a San Francisco bookshop. Soon after, he and several high tech friends are engaged in a quest to solve a centuries-old mystery involving codes, a medieval typeface, and the search for immortality. Mr. Penumbra’s is a fun and magical book wherein friendship, perseverance, intelligence, imagination and Google optimistically link old and new technology and speak to our desire for permanence in the digital age. For more information on the series and event, go to NMU’s One Book, One Community page.

Olson Library has three copies of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore available at the Public Services Desk for a one week check out.   Make sure you bring your NMU ID. You can’t check out books without it.

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Printing! Answers to your Questions, September 2015

Reposted because this is always relevant. 

Printing at the Olson Library is outlined at this link.  Your NMU issued laptop has all the necessary printers loaded, and as noted in the above link, the printers are Library Laser (for black & white) or Library Color Laser.  Are you using your own laptop instead of the one you were issued?  Check out these tips. Using your own Mac and need printers added?  Go here.

  • You will need your NMU ID (aka Wildcat Express Card) to print.  There must be money on your account (CatCash, not Dining Dollars). Instructions here.
  • Yes, we can make change: give us coins or a large bill.
  • If the lines are long for printing black and white and you are in a hurry, go down to the Helpdesk and use their printer.  That printer is also on the Library Laser network.
  • Do not use wimax.  Get off that on campus and use the wifi network.
  • If wifi can’t connect, reboot (yes, that’s the old standby–but many times it works).
  • For other notes on printing, search this blog for “printing”.
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Ebooks: A Library at Home

At the Lydia M. Olson Library, we offer a large selection of Ebooks. The link to the main collections we offer is next to the green arrow on the photo below.

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Thousands of individual ebook titles are in our library catalog.  In Advanced Search you can limit your search to e-Resources.

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Another option would be to pick an Ebook publisher that offers a lot of books on your topic.  The nice thing about ebooks is that they are available anytime, especially helpful for late night research projects.  The publishers are shown next to the right of the blue arrow while the pink rectangle highlights how to get to the NMU catalog.

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The finial option would be using OneSearch to find online materials. You can search it by going to the library homepage and searching the subject of your choice as highlighted by the red rectangle.

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Once in the system, you can search by eBook or a number of other subject headings as shown by the blue arrows below.

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As long as you have a NMU username and password, you will have access to these books. If you are using an off campus internet connection, you will need to turn on your  VPN and use your NMU computer. If you have any questions, please contact us

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Olson Library Closed September 6th and 7th for the Labor Day Weekend

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the Lydia Olson Library will be closed Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, September 8. See the library hours for a complete list of hours during the fall semester.  If you have any questions please contact us by chat, email or phone.

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New KIC Scanner!

We have a new scanner in the library! This scanner is located on the table with the star on the map below.


This machine will send scans straight to the printer, email, flash drive, or download directly on to your smart device! It has two sides, one for book scans (as shown by the green star) and one for paper scans  (as shown by the yellow X) . The paper scan side is also for cards such as driver license or health insurance as well as 8 1/2 X 11 sheets of paper. The main computers are circled in red. The bottom screen is how to operate the machine and the top screen shows your scans. Lastly, the purple arrow shows the smart device dock. There are directions for every kind of operating system on how to connect to the scanner!


If you have any questions, stop by the circulation desk or contact us!

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Helpful Tips for the New Semester!


IMG_1493As the fall semester approaches, 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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New Art Books!

There has recently been a large donation of art books to our collection. They range mostly from N -ND on the third floor of the library and some are currently in our new book case. Here are a few examples of what we have!



Master Class in Figure Drawing by Robert Beverly Hale ( NC 765 .H24 1991)



Known for his artistic anatomy mastery, Hale has collected his best tips and tricks into this book so that students may learn his teachings. Included are his best lectures and techniques to drawing the human form.




   Painting All Aspects of Water by John Robinson ( ND 1460 .W39 R63 2004)


This book is helpful for beginners and advanced painters. Robinson will teach you how to paint all aspects of the water elements from rivers to fog. It will also teach you how to use water to create a mood as well as creating wet streets. His main focus is to help create pictures that “flow with life”.




Figure Drawing Without a Model by Ron Tiner ( NC 765 .T55 1997)



This book is for all ability ranges. It is a instructional course book, dealing with drawing from memory as well as real life. This book was written to encourage all skill levels, including cartoonists and graphic artists. It begins with basic concepts and continues on to more advanced, such as how to draw expressions, age and character.



Chinese Brush Painting A Beginners Guide by Pauline Cherrett( ND 2068 .C474 2002)

This book starts with the materials you will need to be successful with Chinese Brush painting. It then tells you step by step to succeed at this unique form of painting. While time consuming, with time and attention, the results are phenomenal!

Try these and many more! If you have any questions, contact us!

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Library Services Unavailable During August 3rd Maintenance Window

Systems maintenance will occur this coming Monday, August 3 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. The following services will be unavailable during this time:

Printing in the library
The library catalog
Off-campus access to library resources via the VPN client
Course reserves
Interlibrary loan

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

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New Books at the Library!


The Lydia Olson Library offers a cart of new books with titles frequently added. It is located past and to the left of the printing stations (near the start of the periodicals) and looks like this:

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Here are some new books we are offering in the month of July!

Aryan Papers by George Dynin

(DS 134.62 .D9 2014)

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This book is a memoir from World War II about a family who successfully flees to Poland by changing their last name by one letter. By doing this, they became aristocrats and are able to help others escape through an underground railroad that sabotaged Nazis and saved lives.

A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life by Allyson Hobbs

(E 185.625 .H63 2014)

This book is an exposé on how race fits in to America with a focus on African Americans who left their families to “blend in” with society. It goes into how pretending to be something they weren’t (white) led to freedom away from slavery in the south. Until the Civil Rights movement these people lived in oppression, discovering that being free had many costs. This book ventures into the progress we have made as well as the phenomenon of how race still remains at the center of many societal debates.


Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press by James McGrath Morris

(PN 4874 .P367 M677 2015)

This book is a biography of the pioneering journalist Ethel Payne, the “First Lady of the Black Press”. Ethel Payne was a ground breaking civil rights activist and accomplished many firsts for African American women. This book restores her to her rightful place in history as James McGrath begins with her life growing up in South Chicago and takes you on a journey following her career as a journalist. Payne reported on some of the most critical events of modern American history. Using sources ranging from oral histories to FBI reports,  McGrath gives the most accurate account of Payne possible. This book is a testament to how one person can make waves and is a good read for anyone – from civil rights activists to broadcasting aficionados.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

(PR 6059 .S5 B87 2015)

This  book follows Axel and Beatrice, an elderly couple of ethnic Britons who live in an England rapidly turning into a ruin following the departure of the Romans. Axel and Beatrice have decided it’s time for them to find their lost son. They know that they will face all kinds of obstacles, but they cannot predict that this journey will teach them about their love for one another. There’s no way they could foresee that they will be joined by three different people on their journey, all lost in some way and all searching to find . . . “it” (not spoiling the plot – read to find out!).

A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

(PS 3613 .I857 R48 2015)

The three Alter sisters share an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Lady, Vee, and Delph love each other deeply but being an Alter has its downside. Bad luck has been passed down through the Alter family for generations, yet no matter what is thrown at these sisters, they always have a joke to tell and one another. As 1999 comes to a close the sisters decide to get rid of the curse on their family – but first they must complete some unfinished business. Their journey leads to threads of history, personal memory, and family lore that goes back decades. This book is full of emotion and will keep you reading to find out what happens to the sisters bound to a curse.

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

(Pre-K  12 O26 V29)

Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. Every moment of the students waking lives is televised on the Forge Show and then the students are put in an induced sleep which lasts for 12 hours each day “to enhance creativity”, according to the administrators. But when Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill one night, she notices something is off about Forge. She begins to suspect sinister things are happening out of sight of the cameras of the school. She then starts to notice that her consciousness doesn’t feel right. Soon, she discovers the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding and what it truly means to dream.


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