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Annnnnd…We’re Back!

Did you miss me? I wasn’t really gone, just crazy busy with the BIG MOVE here at the library. As some of you on Avila’s campus may have noticed, the library is no longer in its usual home. We’ve moved in order for our typical building to be renovated. As of this moment I’m chilling in my “lovely” shared office space in the Resident Life office on the first floor of Avila Hall. That’s right! The library has moved a large portion of it’s bulk down to the lobby area on the first floor of Avila Hall. Looking for computers? We’ve got ‘em. Printing? That too. Circulating books? Well…we may have boxed about 85% of the books that were housed in the library and locked them up for the summer. But, don’t despair! We’ve still got the books your professors placed on reserve, the St. Paul’s collection, a hefty supply of reference books, and easy access to Mobius (so we can, you know, get all the books). Basically, the entire library (minus the books and much of the furniture…) has moved via dolly or gator pulled trailer into a variety of spaces on Avila Hall’s first floor. We even have the Archives over here!

If you find yourself lost and alone when trying to locate us, just pop on to the library’s website. We have provided you with a map, complete with “yellow brick road” to follow from the old building to the temporary digs. I will ask, however, that you respect the policies of Avila Hall and enter through the first floor doors. I know it’s tempting to be lazy and stand in the vestibule on the third floor and quietly wish for someone to let you in, but please…get a little more fresh air and walk around to the front. Those doors are wide open and require no amount of wishing, crossed fingers, or possible bribery to get in; all you need is a little arm strength. If you’re still having problems finding us, try contacting us through one of our social media outlets…this blog, for example, or perhaps Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We’re all over the internet…just waiting for something interesting to happen. Go ahead, punk, make my day (more interesting).

In less “directional” news, we’ve taken a TON of pictures and even a few videos of the move and events tied to it. I’m working on sorting through everything to bring you the least boring of the bunch. At this point we’ve got three albums up on Facebook. The first is a variety of pics taken prior to the “BIG MOVE”, “BIG MOVE day 1”, and the third is “BIG MOVE days 2 & 3”. I’ll be posting a new set of photos each day, probably in progressively smaller batches and perhaps adding more to the albums as other library staff sends me what they’ve taken. It has been really interesting seeing all the bits and pieces slowly disappear. Today, when I walked in, it was almost unrecognizable. The floor is torn up and the ceiling is completely gone in sections. All you can see are the exposed beams, some leftover duct work, and a lot of concrete and dust. I’ll be up at the library at least once a day to take new photos until they wont let me in (and then I may slip in anyway…). It is incredibly interesting to see how quickly a space can transition.

Finally, I will leave you with some parting thoughts…until tomorrow. While the move may be over, we still aren’t finished with this craziness yet. The dust wont settle in the library building until mid August! We’ve been working out of our new digs for about a week now, and are trying our best to work out the many kinks we’ve discovered come with our shared and smaller spaces. The library staff begs you to be and thanks you for being patient with us as we continue trying to make this space work well for you, our patrons, as well as ourselves. If nothing else, stop by and see what we’ve done with the space. 🙂

 

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(not our) National Libraries Day!

Saturday is National Libraries Day…but in the United Kingdom. This is, of course, a bit of a bummer for United States libraries. No matter! We can still celebrate in our own way. 🙂

Across the UK libraries will be pulling out all the stops, showing their patrons just what they are capable of, as well as hosting a variety of events for all ages. Each library has it’s own plan for celebration. Some will host a party, others will have a “petting zoo” for new e-readers or incoming electronics, still others will have crafting events or story hours throughout the day. It’s not just public libraries, either. Academic and special libraries are welcome to showcase their goods as well. Nuffield College Library took the offer and ran with it, dedicating a blog post to a behind the scenes look at their archive collections.

Want to celebrate your libraries on UK’s National Libraries Day? What not stop in to Hooley-Bundschu Library and check out what we’ve got available? Or perhaps mosey down to one of the many public libraries in the area, get a library card, and check out a couple of cheesy romance novels for the weekend? Your friendly blogging librarian will be hitting up the Mid-Continent Library branch in Lees Summit to pick up a couple of graphic novels to plow through over the chilly weekend. Go Libraries!

If you want to show your Avila University library some love, hop over to our Facebook Page and give us a like, or perhaps follow us on Twitter!

Happy National Libraries Day to all the libraries in the UK and around the world!

Check out some of the festivities listed on the National Libraries Day Website or the Facebook Page!

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Help! I Have to Work in a Group.

As you all are getting settled into the semester, I’m guessing some of you are doing some early prepping for a collaborative assignment. Perhaps? We’ve all gotten to “participate” in a group assignment at some point, and will likely have to again. So, with that idea in your head, how about some ideas on how to make collaboration a little easier…particularly if you are an online student, a commuter student, or just plain don’t like people.

  • Document Sharing

    • Dropbox–free (to a point). You can house a specific amount of documents (somewhere around 2G).

    • Flow: Offered by ProQuest, the free version is available to academic users only and allows 2G of storage space and up to 10 collaborators. There are institutional options, but they are cost based.

    • Evernote: Mostly free, but works better as a document storage, option. If you were creative you could definitely utilize this.

    • Google Drive: Free! Google gives each user a TON of space and you can share documents in specific ways (allowing only people with the link or adding editors).

  • Meeting Space

    • Skype: Free! You can set up sessions pretty easily and people can participate in anyway they are comfortable: talk, text, and video w/mic. There is an app for that so you could work from a tablet or phone

    • Google Hangouts: Free and getting very popular. Allows for talk, text, or video. People can participate via text from phones or text enable device. There is an app for this, so tablets and smartphones are good too.

    • Adobe Connect–Not Free…yet. Great for online classes as it allows for each person to take over the screen as desired. Can be talk, text or video. Allows for screen sharing and slide sharing.

    • Twitter Hashtags–Free. This option would get a little confusing, but you could actually tweet your collaborators using a specific #hashtag. Follow the hashtag on Twitter, TweetChat, TweetDeck, etc.

  • Artsy Projects: Need something pretty to show the class?

    • Glogs (free!): The best description is: a web based poster. You design a virtual poster board using the huge collection of options available. These can be printed out, if need be.

    • Google Sites (free!): You could make your own website. It’s incredibly user friendly, and can be reasonably customized.

So, those are a few options for collaboration. These are all options for those of you working outside of Canvas (or other course management system). I hope these will come in handy for you all! Good luck folks!

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First!

Hooley Bundschu Library has a blog! Hooray!!

As this is the very first post I’ll keep it simple and just update you on some of the goings on here at the library.

First and foremost, we are rapidly approaching the end of the Fall 2013 semester, which means FINALS. Students are flocking to our computers and study spaces to finish projects, perfect papers, and get in those last few minutes of studying. For any students or faculty who are looking for information and/or help–don’t be afraid to ask your friendly neighborhood librarians! We can be found wandering all over the library and are happy to help. You are also welcome to ask questions via Twitter (@hooleybundschu) or Facebook. Also, it can get fairly noisy in here with this many people working, so those of you hoping for a “silent” study space, I suggest you investigate our quiet study area toward the back of the library. We also have a few small study rooms, which are first come-first serve (sorry, no reservations).

In an attempt to make your last week before finals a little less stressful, a variety of campus groups will be hosting events this week in the library and around the Avila campus. If you are in need of some stress relief, check the schedule of events on our Facebook page.

We recently hosted the ‘Free LaMar’s Donuts and Coffee’ event at the library as a part of Avila’s “Stress Relief Week.” This year we were able to take advantage of a special ‘BOGO’ deal with LaMar’s and received 50 dozen (600) donuts. We started serving at 8:00 A.M. and were still going strong when the evening shift came in at 5:00 P.M. A Huge thanks to LaMar’s Donuts and Avila Student Life for making this event a huge success.

With the advent of “Stress Relief Week” and the fast approach of Finals Week, the library will have extended hours. Check the image below for daily hours. The library will be closed December 14th & 15th and will re-open on the 16th with abbreviated hours until the official Christmas Break begins on December 23rd. Check back for details.

Finally, we are looking for donations! Specifically, we are looking for TOYS. As a part of a campus wide Toys for Tots drive, Hooley Bundschu Library will be collecting new and unopened toys to be delivered to needy children for Christmas. If you are interested in donating there are two collection bins inside the library, near the circulation desk. The bins should be available through the end of the school year and you are welcome to donate any time the library is open!

I will leave you with those thoughts for now. Check back soon for a new post and GOOD LUCK to all students preparing for Finals!!

Stress and Finals Weeks Schedule

Stress and Finals Weeks Schedule

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December 4, 2013 · 5:37 pm