Do you love music? Would you like to get a lot for a little? We have removed from our collection around 4,000 vinyl albums which are now being offered for sale on the Public Surplus Auction site . Just search the site for “music lp” and you can get an idea of what is being offered.

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Love Lydia: A Short Survey with Large Benefits!

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The Lydia M. Olson Library needs your help! We have recently released a survey that gives students a voice as to what resources they’d like to see as well as how the library’s learning environment is working. The survey will be open until April 20.  If you’d like to take the survey, click here. If you have any problems or concerns, please contact Mollie Freier.

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

MeLCat is a book and video loan system brought to you by the libraries of Michigan featuring our very own Olson Library. It offers personal selection and fast delivery directly to our library. Over 450 libraries participate in MeLCat, offering a large variety of materials in an easy to navigate system. If a book isn’t offered in MeLCat, try InterLibrary Loan (ILL). It offers all types of media including articles, which MeLCat does not offer access to.

The Benefits of MelCat

  • Faster than ILL with books arriving in about 7-14 days
  • Many partnering Michigan libraries for a wide variety of materials
  • Simple process to get materials
  • Lends books, music, audio, and more
  • Can rent books for three weeks and then may be renewed for three weeks more
  • Videos and CD’s can be rented for a week with no renewal

So how does MelCat work? Let’s say I’m writing a report on women who have advanced far in their careers and I need specific texts to back up what I’m preaching. I looked at all the books the library has to offer but I reallllly want the book Lean In: For Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg.

First, go to the home page and click on the MeLCat link as listed below.


Within MelCat you can easily search by subject, title, or author. After you have typed the title, hit Search and you’ll be taken straight to a list of results.

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Make a Decision

Look at all of your options. The original Lean In book pops up first but the book for graduates that was more recently released and revised, is what I want. The red rectangle will take you straight to the check out screen. The green arrow is pointing at a hyper link that will take you to a page with more information on the title such as what libraries have it and what the book is about.The yellow circle shows you how to search by format and underneath the circle, you are given more options as far as formats go.

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Check the availability 

After you decide on your title, you may click the button next to the title that says “Get this from MelCat!” or you may click on the title which will lead you to a screen like this.  It shows you where the book will come from and the specifics of the title. You can get the title by clicking next to the green arrow, see which libraries have it inside of the purple rectangle, and read the book information from the blue arrow.

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To get your books, you will have to log in. You will need your NMU ID. The red arrow shows you where to pick the instution you are registered with. A menu will drop down and you’ll have to scroll to find NMU. Then type in your name in the green box and put your card’s barcode in the box with the pink arrow pointing to it.

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The barcode number can be found on the back of your ID. It’s fourteen digits and sits right above the actual barcode as shown below by the yellow rectangle.


If the title is NOT available, you will get a message like the one circled in blue. In this case, go back to the results page and find another title. Please note that electronic resources may not be checked out.


And if your title is available, you can check it out and afterwards you’ll get a screen like this. As shown by the pink rectangle, you can see that your order was successful. When your book arrives at Olson Library (roughly two weeks from the order date) you will get an email saying it is waiting for you at the front desk. There is also tracking available from your MeLCat account page.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call, chat, email, or stop by the front desk! Happy reading!

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Pre-K-12 Section Grand Re-Opening!

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On Tuesday, March 17 at 3:00 pm, we will be hosting an event for the reopening of our Pre K- 12 including a book reading by Cheryl Minnema. She will be reading her new book Hungry Johnny and sharing her views on the role of public libraries in diversity. The pre-K-12 section is on the left side of the library and refreshments will be provided.


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New Pre-K – 12 & Education Books

A sampling of new books in our Pre-K – 12 Collection:

  • “My heart smiles” | NMU Pre-K to 12 Collection Non-Fiction | 2014. | 595.7 O62
  • Blind : a novel | NMU Pre-K -12 Collection Fiction | 2014. | D626 B54
  • Bunker diary | NMU Pre-K -12 Collection Fiction | 2013. | B7681 B97
  • Clariel : the lost Abhorsen | NMU Pre-K -12 Collection Fiction | [2014] | N58 C52
  • Everything leads to you | NMU Pre-K -12 Collection Fiction | [2014] | L215 E94
  • Hungry Johnny | NMU Pre-K -12 Collection Fiction | [2014] | [E]
  • Interactive read-alouds: linking standards, fluency, and comprehension | NMU Pre-K to 12 Collection Non-Fiction | c2007. | 428.4 H694
  • Isabel’s war | NMU Pre-K -12 Collection Fiction | [2014] | P368 I82
  • Laughing at my nightmare | NMU Pre-K to 12 Collection Non-Fiction | 2014. | 617.4 B87
  • Playing for the commandant | NMU Pre-K -12 Collection Fiction | 2014. | Z32 P52
  • Under the egg | NMU Pre-K -12 Collection Fiction | [2014] | F447 U63
  • Watcher | NMU Pre-K -12 Collection Fiction | [2014] | H2924 W28
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New Books

Here’s a brief sampling of books recently added to the Library’s collection:

  • #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei | Books (3rd floor) | PR6052.R426 A63 2013
  • 2013: The Best Women’s Stage Monologues | Books (3rd floor) | PN2080 .B46 2013
  • Becoming Young Thinkers: Deep Project Work in the Classroom | Books (3rd floor) | LB1027.43 .H45 2015
  • Detroit: Three Pathways to Revitalization | Books (3rd floor) | HC108.D6 S65 2014
  • Great Lakes Creoles: A French-Indian Community on the Northern Borderlands, Prairie Du Chien, 1750-1860 | Books (3rd floor) | F589.P8 M87 2014
  • Imperialism And The Origins Of Mexican Culture | Books (3rd floor) | F1226 .M26 2015
  • Libro de Arenas : prosa dispersa, 1965-1990 |Books (3rd floor) | PQ7390.A72 L53 2013
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems | Books (3rd floor) | RT41 .M488 2014
  • Natural Resource Administration: Wildlife, Fisheries, Forests and Parks | Books (3rd floor) | HC95.Z65 S693 2014
  • Northern Border: Essays on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Beyond | Books (3rd floor) | F572.N8 N67 2014
  • Print and Specifications Reading for Construction | Books (3rd floor) | TH431 .R87 2012
  • Stochastic Resonance: A Mathematical Approach in the Small Noise Limit | Books (3rd floor) | QA274.25 .H47 2014
  • Understanding Pathophysiology | Books (3rd floor) | RB113 .H77 2012
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JSTOR – another way to find articles

Sometimes you need information on a subject that may be very specific, and you don’t want to be overwhelmed with the total number of results you get from OneSearch, the library’s main search engine. We offer very many databases specific to all areas of study. Perhaps you’re a secondary education major with a math focus and you need to learn the history of multiplication tables.

First, begin by going to our home page and finding the subject specific link under the OneSearch tab.

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This will take you to a selection of subjects to pick from. I have chosen Mathematics because I want to know about multiplication tables.


After you have chosen a subject, you are directed to a page with databases that are appropriate for the subject you are searching. JSTOR is a great resource for a multitude of subjects, including mathematics


After we have selected the database we’d like to use, in our case JSTOR, it will take us to a page like this. I have entered the title “multiplication tables” into s the search field as shown by the red rectangle. If you want your search to find the term “multiplication tables” together as a phrase it is imperative that you put it in quotation marks.  Otherwise the search will retrieve results that have the two words, but not necessarily together as a phrase.

You may also choose what kind of materials you’d like to search as marked by green X’s. You can also choose a range of dates to get the most recent articles.


Underneath the search fields, there are subjects. You can check any of the boxes to make your search subject specific. In our case, as showcased by the purple arrow, I have chosen mathmatics.


Once you enter your search, you can choose if you want relevancy, newest, or oldest, for your order. I have chosen the first article shown by relevancy.

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After choosing my article, I have lots of choices. It’s very convenient to read articles on JSTOR because they are organized well. You can down load the PDF version of an article for easy reading as shown by the blue arrow. The PDF version appears exactly like the print copy of the article. It also makes it easier to access and gives you the ability to print. It’s easy to flip to the previous article or the next one as shown by the lime green rectangle. With JSTOR, citations just become the easiest thing in the world. With the click of a button, you can have a citation made up for you. The article appears below the review as shown by the black arrow. The articles vary on length.

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JSTOR is just one of our many data bases that we offer for research. Depending on the subject, there may be a more specific data base for your research. JSTOR is a good database for subject specific or general information. If you ever need help with research, be sure to chat, email, call, or stop by the library.

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Spring Break Hours

The Olson Library will have reduced hours and be closed a few days during spring break.

Saturday, February 28:  Closed
Sunday, March 1:  Closed
Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 6:  8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, March 7:  Closed
Sunday, March 8:  12 noon – 12 midnight

The library will return to normal hours Monday, March 9 when classes resume.

View the library calendar for a complete list of library hours throughout the semester.

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Library Closed Thursday, February 19, Due to Inclement Weather

Northern Michigan University and the Olson Library are closed due to inclement weather. Evening classes have also been cancelled so the library will remain closed 2/19/15.

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Criterion Collection DVDs Moving to Reserves

We have moved all Criterion Collection DVDs to the Reserves area behind the Circulation Desk because they’ve been disappearing–a quarter of them (14 out of 56) have walked away. We’re in the process of replacing them, and they’ll be on the usual three-day checkout for media, unless an instructor requests a two-hour Reserves checkout. While we don’t like making materials harder to obtain or use, these DVDs clearly need closer monitoring if we’re to keep them available for as many people as possible. Check the online catalog for the location of a video you need, and don’t hesitate to ask at the desk for anything on reserve.

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