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May 19, 2013

GRAD Connect: Supporting UO Grad Students

I’m a second-year MBA student at the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and I know that graduate students here at UO have unique study, teaching, and research needs.

Earlier this year, the UO Libraries hosted a brainstorming session called GRAD Connect in order to learn more about the needs and interests of graduate students. The libraries aim to improve services and targeted messaging for grad students, and this focus group allowed the UO libraries to gather a lot of valuable feedback. Recently, a report was released that summarized the results of the focus group. Here are a few highlights:

  • Graduate students identified a few categories for improvement: website, study space, relaxation space, access/hours, and help/orientation
  • The UO Libraries have assigned working groups to review suggestions and charged them to identify solutions
  • The UO Libraries has already implemented some of the GRAD Connect suggestions and is actively considering others

Here are some improvements that are currently underway as a result of the information gathered during GRAD Connect:

  • Another book-eye scanner will be ordered for the Knight Library
  •  There is a new microwave in the Science Library, near the entrance, for students to use
  •   A few laptop lock boxes have been ordered, which will be attached to tables on the 4th floor of Knight Library
  • …And many more!

GRAD Connect was a great success and the suggestions gathered during this process have already started to improve the lives of graduate students using the UO Libraries. Thanks to Nancy Slight-Gibney and everyone else who was involved in this project.

May 10, 2013

Popular Reading Discovery: Autobiography of Us

One of my favorite things about working at the Knight Library is the ability to browse the new Popular Reading Collection when I have a few spare moments.

I recently picked up a book from the collection for some relaxing weekend reading:

Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss: I read a review of this book in the New York Times and was intrigued. A novel published in early 2013, Autobiography of Us focuses on the coming-of-age stories of two Pasadena girls in the 1950s. The book takes the reader through the decades, as the two close friends grow older, confronting their fears and insecurities along the way.

I’d recommend this bittersweet novel, although it wasn’t my favorite. It has an interesting perspective on feminism and social change during the second half of the 20th century, although I felt like the story lacked a compelling protagonist. Thanks to the Popular Reading Collection for giving me access to this newly-published novel!


May 9, 2013

Borrow Any Book!

Can’t find a certain book or material that you’ve been desperately searching for? You can request books, DVDs and more through Summit and Interlibrary Loan. With these resources, the UO Community has on-site borrowing privileges at 32 academic libraries in 17 mid-western and western states.

As a graduate business student, I’ve  been meaning to read a number of popular books about business and entrepreneurship, such as The Lean Startup by Eric Ries and Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Although the UO Libraries are investing in a new popular reading collection, these types of books can’t always be found in the UO Libraries catalog.

However, Summit and ILL solve this problem! You can simply visit this page for more information:

Originally published on 12/10/2012

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