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April 24, 2013

Popular Reading!

popular readingReading for fun! It’s finally here. The UO Libraries’ has a new Popular Reading Collection, a selection of “fun reading” titles available for a 3-week, nonrenewable loan period to UO students, faculty, and staff. The collection is located in the South Reading Room on the second floor of the Knight Library. Look for the blue wall!

April 24, 2013

Old vs. New

By Aaron Bengochea

Aaron Bengochea is a student employee in the Image Services Center of the UO Libraries. In this project, Aaron combined iconic photographs from the UO Archives Photograph Collection ( with contemporary photographs taken in the same locations. It’s an interesting look at how the campus has both changed and remained the same over time. Check out the original images in our digital collections either by searching the image identifier or linking to it through the reference url.

Identifier UAREF3_Bx23B_WWII_103

Reference URL,686



Identifier UA_REF_3_8C_EMU

Reference URL,278



Identifier Looking_south_toward_Memorial_quad

Reference URL,360



Identifier uaref3_box8c_universityarchives_021


April 22, 2013

Printing options in all of UO’s libraries

*Originally published 11/29/2012

With finals just around the corner, libraries on campus are about to fill up and it may be difficult to find an open computer sometimes. For those of you who save printing until the very last second (like me), here is a list of all the places in each of the libraries where you can print!

*Printing in all libraries requires a Campus Cash, UO ID, or Oregon card with money already on it to pay for documents. You can add funds to your Campus Cash account at locations listed below. Some accept credit cards, others accept only cash.

  • The UO Card Office accepts cash, check, Visa/Mastercard and charges to student accounts. In-person deposits can also be made at the following locations:
  • Break Pool Hall | Erb Memorial Union | accepts cash and checks
  • Daily Grind Cafe accepts cash and checks
  • Hearth Cafe | Lawrence Hall | accepts cash and checks
  • Lillis Cafe | Lillis Business Complex | accepts cash and checks
  • Ticket Office | Erb Memorial Union | accepts cash, checks and Visa/Mastercard
  • Union Market | Erb Memorial Union | accepts cash and checks

Knight Library

  • All computers in the library are automatically connected to printers at the nearest printing kiosk. Staff can help you locate the appropriate kiosk.
  • There are two computers available at the Computer Help Desk for patrons who only need to print a document. These printing stations will help reduce the wait time for students and faculty who have already prepared their documents elsewhere and only need to print. There is one Mac and one PC. The Computer Help Desk is on the first floor between the Solari Staircase and the Document Center.
  • Patrons who have documents on their laptops have the option of connecting to the black and white or color printers on the first floor, or black and white printers on the second floor. To connect to these printers use the following link and select the printer you would like:

Black and white printing costs 8 cents ($0.08) per page, and color printing costs 50 cents ($0.50) per side. Black and white prints are automatically double-sided, and color prints are automatically single-sided.

AAA Library

  • Computer content may be printed, emailed, or downloaded on thumb drives.  Printing output is directed to the AAA Library Output Room, located adjacent to the service desk.
  • There is one printer available for patrons who wish to print from their laptops. To connect to this printer follow this link:

Black and white printing costs 8 cents ($0.08) per page for 8.5×11 in.; or 16 cents ($0.16) for 11×7 in. Color prints cost 25 cents ($0.25) per page for 8.5×11 in.; or 50 cents ($0.50) per page for 11×17 in.


Science Library

Black and white printing costs 8 cents ($0.08) per page, and color printing costs 50 cents ($0.50) per side. Black and white prints are automatically double-sided, and color prints are automatically single-sided.

Math Library

Black and white printing costs 8 cents ($0.08) per page, and color printing costs 50 cents ($0.50) per side. Black and white prints are automatically double-sided, and color prints are automatically single-sided.

Global Scholars Hall (GSH) Library

  • A multipurpose color printer, photocopier, and scanner are available in the main LC area. To connect to this from your laptop follow this link:

Black and white printing costs 8 cents ($0.08) per page, and color printing costs 50 cents ($0.50) per side. Black and white prints are automatically double-sided, and color prints are automatically single-sided.

April 22, 2013

3 Academic Things to do Before Graduating

*Originally published 2/25/2013

Today at 12:30pm I registered for classes for what should be the last time in my life! I say, “should be,” because I don’t intend to go to grad school, but you never know what things might change a persons mind, and I’ve enjoyed being a student. Knowing I’ll probably never have to pick out classes again is both relieving and a little bit sad, and generally got me thinking about my college years and the types of things I would recommend to an incoming student.

There are so, so many things to recommend- where the least expensive cafe is, specific teachers and courses, all kinds of stuff. So I decided to make this list academic-specific. The things that people don’t necessarily want to do but afterwards are glad for. I suppose I’ll get to it.

1. Get to know a professor (or 2, or 3…)
Professors are here because they have a crazy amount of knowledge on a subject and want to share it. If you a) have a class you really love; b) have a class you want to love but is really hard for you; or c) think your professor seems interesting; go talk to them in their office hours! I have 3 professors who I really liked in class and gradually got to know by visiting in their office hours, and who I now stop in to chat with or get perspectives from; one of them is also now my boss in an internship (but the way that happened is another story entirely related to one of the other professors).
Not only can professors be helpful to you in class, but most really, really want to see their students succeed and will let you know about things related to your major that will look good on a resume- whether it’s a class that will give you certain skills or an internship they heard about. Also they sometimes have snacks.

2. Attend a Public Lecture
I did this for the first time just a few days ago and can’t stop sharing the information with people. Some day when you realize you have an hour or two of downtime and nobody is answering their phone go to a lecture on any subject, whether it sounds incredibly interesting to you or not. For my job I went to one on intentional communities and it was way more interesting than I expected going in to it, and now I want to attend more public lectures. It’s not boring because although students attend lectures most weekdays, they are always on the same subject- public lectures are usually about 45 minutes to an hour on something you probably don’t know a lot about.
For a list of public events on campus take a look at the public events page from the library. There are also other community calendars with lectures listed around Eugene and Springfield.

3. Use the Tutors/GTF’s
This was/is the hardest for me to do because I hate sitting around waiting for a tutor to be available. But if you have any doubts about a paper, math problem, or whatever, there is probably a tutor on campus who can help you in 30 minutes or less. I’ve been stalling in taking my required math classes because I plain old don’t like math, but this term I’m pretty confident I’ll get a good grade and it’s with many thanks due to the GTF who runs the lab I take. He’s patient with everyone no matter how many times he has to go through a problem, and, like so many professors, wants to see students succeed.

These three suggestions are easy to do but can seem weird or intimidating until you’ve actually done them. Really, though, the worst that can happen is maybe the public speaker has an annoying voice or someone else waiting to see a tutor smells bad. Those are unavoidable situations in life, so give these things a shot before you graduate!

April 18, 2013

Lecture Highlights: The Future of Higher Education

On Tuesday, I attended the Dean of Libraries Speaker Series lecture featuring Richard N. Katz. The title of his talk was “Higher Education at the Inflection Point” and he discussed the changing nature of higher education.

Katz illuminated some of the challenges faced by higher education institutions. He said that universities and institutions are currently in a time of crisis, and a time of great opportunity. Some of the challenges facing schools like the University of Oregon today are:

  • credibility crisis
  • affordability crisis
  • business model crisis

As a self-described optimist with 32 years of experience in higher education, Richard Katz is a change agent and a “lifelong provocateur” who was able to identify some of the threats and opportunities facing universities today. The role of higher education in today’s society is changing. As an MBA student at U of O and a graduate of a small liberal arts college, Katz’s description of the “affordability crisis” facing schools resonated with me. Research shows that the amount of student debt owed by young Americans is having negative implications on our economy.

Since I’m currently a business school student studying business models, entrepreneurship, and innovation, I was particularly interested when Katz spoke about some of the disruptive technologies that are changing education, such as Khan Academy, and advent of eTextbooks, and even Bitcoin. Overall, Katz was an engaging speaker with much wisdom to share about the challenges facing higher education.

April 16, 2013

Requesting a New Book From the Diversity Fund

Earlier this year, I saw that the UO Libraries’ Diversity Committee was collecting nominations for the purchase of new materials. During the nomination period, all members of the campus community were encouraged to suggest titles that would strengthen the library’s holdings in diversity-related areas. Nominations were invited for all types purchases– digital and visual collections, multimedia items, books, DVDs, music, and other materials.

I thought about these guidelines and realized that one of my favorite books qualified. In the past, I’ve checked out The Art of Fermentation from various libraries, but I think the Knight Library could use a permanent copy. The book, by Sandor Ellix Katz, is considered one of the most complete books about fermentation, a growing trend in food.

You can participate in the future by nominating diversity-related titles in the fall term of 2013.  For more information, visit

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