Books and Crannies: The Juvenile Section

The Juvenile section of the library, with its broad tables and big windows, feels like a well kept secret. Study areas are tucked away on the third floor between stacks of childrens books and green filled windows that allow enough natural light in to make the space feel warm, but block enough of campus below to make the space feel private.

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What’s more, the Library heating system decrees that the Juvenile section shall be warmer than all others. With gray, rainy days around the corner, this is always a plus. And, of course, if a study break is called for, titles from The Hobbit to Goodnight Moon and everything in between, are just an arm reach away.

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Any study areas you are excited about?

Extended Hours and Library Blog Hiatus

The Library Extended Hours ends tomorrow night, June 5, at Midnight. The Library will close at 6 p.m. on the last day of final exams, Thursday, June 6. On Friday, June 7, the Library will be open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m with a closure during the day for the campus Ivy Cutting ceremony. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 – 9, the Library will be closed.

The Library congratulates all our students for another successful academic year and wishes our graduating seniors well as they move forward into a new stage of life.

The Library blog will be on hiatus during summer break, to resume during autumn quarter, 2013. Enjoy the nice weather, and we hope to see you soon!

Is it time for a study break or a cram session?

Ready for a break from all of the intensive studying? Why not stretch those legs by walking to the SPU Library to take a look at our latest book display, peruse our Popular Fiction book collection, or tour the quarterly finals week 3-D artwork? And in spite of the mayhem that may overtake the rest of the campus during the finals week frenzy, the Library Reading Room offers a quiet place to kick back, relax, and read a magazine, newspaper, or book. Need to stock your bookshelves with summer reading? Our book sale cart, located by the Circulation Desk, has a variety of used books selling for 25 cents each.

Or, if instead of a break you need a cram session, come to the Library prepared for study and research by bringing your Sea Pac Card pre-loaded with Debit Dollars for printing and scanning, your group study room reservation in order, and the call numbers in hand for any library Course Reserve item you may need to check out. Take a look at our study tips for more ideas on how to study effectively at the Library. The Everyday Writer is a wonderful citation resource, call number PE1408 .L86 2009, and our librarians are trained to provide citation guidance as well. Also, don’t forget that the Library is on an extended hours schedule this week and next, so come and stay awhile anytime between 7:30 a.m. to Midnight now through June 5, 2013.

The View (from downstairs)

Here is the latest message from Ryan Ingersoll, Head of Library Technology at the SPU Library:

Did you know the Tech Desk is more than just a place to print your documents? Not only is our goal to provide collaborative space, but also relevant technology tools for students to use in the creation of digital projects. All library computers are loaded with an extensive suite of software. Whether you need to create a brochure or flyer in Adobe InDesign, create floor plans in AutoCAD, or analyze data in IBM SPSS the software you need is here. Additionally, the Tech Desk provides a range of tools for check out including iPod touches and Flip cameras for movie creationMacBook Pros for use within the library (perfect for a study room!), headphones, and audio recorders.

What if you don’t know how to make a movie or use Evernote, for example? Ask the Tech Desk! Our staff is trained to provide assistance with many of the technology tools we provide. If we don’t know the answer we will research it for you. As you finish up your projects for the year we encourage you to stop by to see how we can help you. If you need one-on-one assistance send us an email and we will schedule a time with you. Visit our website to learn more about what we have to offer. Our knowledge base provides helpful tutorials and showcases the different tools we check out.

Library Study Tips

As finals approach and stress levels build, consider these tips from the Library to help make your study and research time more productive:

1) Check out required course reserve materials as far in advance as possible. As due dates approach, these resources can become highly sought after by your peers, which may make it more difficult to access the items in the days before a project is due.

2) Visit our blog tutorials for checking out eBooks, ordering Summit items, viewing ERIC documents, and even searching for videos using our library catalog.

3) Use the Reserve a Room calendar to make reservations for your group to use a study room. See this post for the how-to on reserving a room in the Library.

4) Need a white-board marker for your study group? Check out markers at the Circulation Desk with your SEA PAC card. Remember to return them to the front desk after use.

5) All reference librarians can show you how to find information for your assignments. You can call, email, chat, and even text a reference librarian, or you can email the liaison librarian of your department to make an appointment for specialized help.

6) Need help with a computer issue? Email the Tech Desk to set up an appointment with a specialist who can help you navigate through the complexities of certain software.

7) The Library is open for extended hours beginning May 28 through June 6. The hours are Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to Midnight, Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from Noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 3 p.m. to Midnight. Take advantage of these extra hours!

Remember, we are here to help with your study needs, so feel free to drop by with a question. Happy studying during these last few weeks of the quarter.