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09/11/2017 - Book Spine Poetry Contest

Submit your photo for the Book Spine Poetry Contest for a chance to win $300, $200, or $100. Contest is open to all UCO students.

Stack 6-8 books so the titles on the spine create a unique poem. Take a picture and submit it to libdev@uco.edu by October 6, 2017 for your chance to win.

Posted September 11, 2017

09/06/2017 - Arivipa Cave: A Virtual Reality Event

Join us for a multi-campus virtual reality tour of a remote Arizona cave system! Archaeology Southwest will lead a guided fly-through of Arivipa cave, a secret site which features an array of native cave art dating back centuries.

"The Arivipa Cave System" Virtual Reality Event, hosted by Bizzell Library at OU, will stream live at Chambers Library on Wednesday, September 13, at 1:00pm in The Max Room on fourth floor. Reservations are not necessary and everyone is welcome.

Posted September 6, 2017

08/24/2017 - Vote: Name That Space!

We have a gorgeous new space on 1st floor by the south entry. It has an abundance of USB and electric outlets, furniture for individuals and groups, and new lighting. The one thing it does not have is...a name!

Please vote now to help us name this space! Voting will be open until September 2nd.

Posted August 24, 2017

08/18/2017 - Grand Opening: Collaborative Hub

You are cordially invited to the grand opening celebration of UCO Library's Collaborative Learning Hub.

The celebration will take place on the library's first floor on Thursday, August 24, from 3:00-4:00pm. The Collaboration Hub will feature booths, comfy chairs, tables, and lots of electrical plugs for your many devices! Join us and explore the new space. See the transformations.

Posted August 18, 2017

08/02/2017 - Book Sale August 10 & 11

Books (hard cover and paperbacks, scholarly and leisure reading), LPs, children's books, and more! We're having a book sale in the library basement on Thursday, August 10 & Friday, August 11, from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Most items will be $1. All other prices will be marked on the shelves. We will accept cash, checks, or credit card.

See you there!

Posted August 2, 2017

07/24/2017 - Transformations for Learning Commons

The library has projects underway for spaces, services, and equipment that are part of our commitment to the creation of a Learning Commons. We will update the process of all our projects in an ongoing slideshow.

See what we've been doing!

Posted July 24, 2017

07/20/2017 - Now Hiring for Web Developer

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Chambers Library has an opening for a creative, collaborative, knowledgeable, and highly motivated individual to serve as the Web Developer. This position plays a key role in connecting the library's services to the patrons. This unique opportunity comes at a significant time as the library embarks on several bold initiatives, including redefining the library’s use of technology as part of our initiative to transform user services.

UCO is the state Metropolitan University. The campus of approximately 17,000 students is nestled in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, OK.

Full details here: https://careers-uco.icims.com/jobs/4163/library-web-developer-ii---chambers-library-admin/job.

5% raise after successful introductory period.

Posted July 20, 2017

07/11/2017 - New Central Search launches July 17

Central Search is getting a new look! The new interface is scheduled to launch on Monday, July 17. You'll still be able to search everything in our library catalog and millions of articles, but with some important improvements:
  • Improved display for results, with everything on one page instead of tabs
  • Easier exporting of record citations to multiple formats
  • Continuous page results, loading more results as you scroll down
  • Better display of your account with loans, fines, requests, and messages
Let us know what you think of the new Central Search.

Posted July 11, 2017

06/27/2017 - Early European Books, 1450s to 1700

Trace the origins of early modern Western culture from the 1450s to 1700 with Early European Books.

The Early European Books resource is set to encompass all European printed material from the early modern period. The contents are drawn from major repositories including the Danish Royal Library, the National Central Library in Florence, the National Library of France, the National Library of the Netherlands, and the Wellcome Library in London. Over time, other significant national libraries will be adding their collections to Early European Books to enable researchers to conduct a seamless survey of the origins and development of Western culture. Early European Books also contains significant works by Aristotle, Copernicus, Descartes, Erasmus, Kepler, Luther and Spinoza, alongside ephemeral works such as pamphlets and almanacs.

Early European Books provides full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images scanned directly from the original printed sources. Each item captured in its entirety, complete with its binding, edges, endpapers, blank pages and any loose inserts, providing scholars with a wealth of information about the physical characteristics and provenance histories of the original artifacts. Detailed cataloguing includes standardization of variant author, city and printer names, thanks to a partnership with the CERL Thesaurus (www.cerl.org).

Find out more with this guide: Guide to ProQuest Early European Books.

Posted June 27, 2017

06/23/2017 - Watch our shelves roll to their new location

We're re-arranging some collections this summer and thought you might like to see how we move an entire range of shelves all at once.

Some of our staff volunteer (Charlie, Ronnie, Patrick, Aaron, Brian, and Troy in this video) and get to work using our shelf moving equipment. They put plates under the shelves, use jacks to elevate them very slightly off the floor, and give them a mighty push to roll them to their new location.

Watch the Mighty Movers in action. Credit: Cody Roberts, videographer.

Posted June 23, 2017

06/19/2017 - 100% participation in Friends of the Library

During the Friends of the Library Faculty & Staff membership campaign, the library employee participation rate in support of Friends of the Library achieved 100% thanks in no small part to the tireless efforts of Assistant Director of Development Michele Ramsdell.

Find out about Friends of the Library.

Posted June 19, 2017

06/09/2017 - PrivCo database: private company info

PrivCo provides business and financial research on major privately-held companies, including private market mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and private equity.

Posted June 9, 2017

06/08/2017 - Complete collection of Eisenhower Papers

The definitive source for information about Dwight D. Eisenhower is the 21-volume Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower to find the most significant letters, memoranda, cables, and directives written or dictated by Eisenhower from the years prior to World War II through the full term of his presidency.

This massive collection includes documents—many of them previously classified—from private collections and public archives in the U.S. and U.K., as well as papers from the Eisenhower Presidential Library. Experience the pivotal era of history through the eyes of a World War II general, university president, and President of the United States.

Posted June 8, 2017

06/07/2017 - Musical Theater vocal collections

The library's Multimedia Blog reports that we have four new piano/vocal collections, including the wildly successful "School of Rock" and "Bright Star."

Browse all our piano/vocal collections or search by title, genre, composer, anthology, or many other criteria. Need help finding what you need? Multimedia on 4th floor can provide friendly and knowledgeable help!

Posted June 7, 2017

06/07/2017 - Dept name change: Research & Learning

It's a subtle but important difference: the library's Research & Instruction department has changed its name to Research & Learning. Why the change? The goal of education is not only to impart information, but for that information to be understood, absorbed, and used productively. This is what UCO means when we use the phrase "Transformative Learning." By emphasizing learning rather than only the action of instruction, Research & Learning department is emphasizing the end goal of its efforts.

Click to explore the services of the Research & Learning department. As always, if you have questions or need help, Ask Us!

Posted June 7, 2017

06/02/2017 - Library summer hours

Summer semester is June 5 through August 1. The library will be open these hours:
  • 7:30am-9:00pm Monday - Wednesday
  • 7:30am-6:00pm Thursday-Friday
  • 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday
  • Noon to 9:00pm on Sunday


Posted June 2, 2017

06/02/2017 - 19th Century House of Lords Papers

House of Lords Parliamentary Papers contains the debates, bills, votes, and other information about the British House of Lords in the 19th century. This collection also provides biographical information, parliamentary offices, constituencies and Hansard contributions.

The House of Lords collection completes our subscription to the 19th Century Parliamentary Papers, the other part being the papers of the House of Commons. You may search them together or separately, following the issues of the day.

Posted June 2, 2017

06/01/2017 - Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.

From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this incomparable collection contains more than 130,000 titles and more than 17 million scanned pages as listed in 4 collections - Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. EEBO covers more than 30 languages from Algonquin to Welsh, and variant editions and multiple copies.

Browse or search EEBO and submerge yourself in life as it was lived centuries ago.

Posted June 1, 2017

05/16/2017 - New books are on the move

The New Books Reading Area and Ruby Canton Collection (leisure reading) are now located in the southeast corner of first floor.

Once a month, our librarians take turns finding interesting reads at local bookstores for our Ruby Canton Collection. You can find a lot of variety in their picks. We have books on gardening, ghosts, gods, microbes, memory, and Elon Musk. We have short stories and long stories, and a tour of the entire universe.

New books encompass a lot of variety, too, like Narco-nomics: How to run a drug cartel and The 9/11 Generation and Becoming Beyonce. You'll find something worth checking out. Browse our new arrivals.

Posted May 16, 2017

05/05/2017 - Intersession Hours

Spring Intersession is May 6 - June 4. The library will be open 7:30am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday. The computer lab on first floor, south side, will be open the same hours.

Posted May 5, 2017

05/05/2017 - You deserve a movie night!

Celebrate the end of the semester with a stack of our DVDs!

We have classics and contemporary feature films, documentaries, TED talks, educational videos, and much more in Multimedia on 4th floor south. Browse the shelves or search online for a genre, a title, an actor, or other criteria. Browse now!

Posted May 5, 2017

05/02/2017 - Staff recommendations and Ruby reads

You know what you need after all that reading and studying all semester long? You need a book! Lifelong learners read for education, information, and also for pleasure.

Read our staff reviews to whet your appetite for Intersession and Summer reads: Staff Recommendations.

Our Ruby Canton Collection books on 1st floor are popular and current books for leisure reading. You'll find fiction, non-fiction, fun, and factual books awaiting your discovery. We have books on gardening, ghosts, and gods; books on microbes, memory, and Elon Musk; short stories and long stories, and a tour of the entire universe. There's something here for you - come and browse or peruse our list of our latest buys.

Posted May 2, 2017

04/23/2017 - Library hours for Finals weeks

The library is open extended hours during Finals Weeks, April 23 - May 5. On Sunday, we open at noon, then stay open all night. Monday - Thursday, we're open 24 hours a day. We're open midnight to 6pm on Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday.

Good luck with finals!

Posted April 23, 2017

04/18/2017 - Presentation: Islamic Art & Architecture

Please join us in the alcove of 2nd floor north on Monday, April 24, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, for "Islamic Art and Architecture in Context," an evening of poster presentations by 12 students of Dr. Teresa Pac's art history class. The students are going a comparative analysis of Islamic art forms and architecture.

Students who attend the presentations can earn STLR credit in the areas of Global & Cultural competencies and Research Creative & Scholarly Activities. The CFAD Art Department is providing refreshments that evening.

Posted April 18, 2017

04/18/2017 - Reception for Faculty Book Grant winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Friends of the Library Faculty Materials Grants, Dr. Margaret Musgrove and Dr. Joey Williams of the Department of Humanities & Philosophy, and Dr. Linda Sealy-Holtz of the Speech-Language Pathology program. Please help us celebrate their success at a reception in their honor on Monday, April 24 from 3-4pm in the first floor New Books Reading Area.

Drs. Musgrove and Williams requested materials for the study of diversity in the classical world. The FOL grant will provide resources in three areas: ethnicity, disability, and youth and old age.

In the past four years, the SLP department has had six grant-funded research studies and presented research at 7 National Conferences. The FOL grant awarded to Dr. Sealy-Holtz, will add resources in the growing research area of Speech-Language Pathology.

Posted April 18, 2017

04/14/2017 - Carly Montgomery, Spring 2017 SEOS

Congratulations to our Student Employee of the Semester for Spring 2017, Carly Montgomery.

Thank you for everything you do for the library!

Posted April 14, 2017

04/10/2017 - Improved "Birds of North America"

Whether you are a serious birder or just want to relax for a little while and browse a beautiful, informative website, we invite you to try the recently re-launched and updated website, "Birds of North America," from Cornell University's Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Birds of North America is the most comprehensive reference for the life histories of over 760 bird species that breed in the United States and Canada. Species accounts are written by ornithologists and other experts and are an essential reference for anyone with an interest in birds.

BNA has always offered an in-depth, authoritative summaries of scientific literature and media. However, in combination with the Macaulay Library and eBird, the restructured species accounts are now accompanied by new sounds, images, and video, and distributional maps and model output generated by eBird.

Posted April 10, 2017

03/31/2017 - April 11: Free popcorn, raffle, Build-A-Broncho

National Library Week is April 9-15 - come to the library and help us celebrate! On April 11, 11am to 1pm, come to first floor and have some free popcorn, enter a raffle for great prizes, and participate in crafting fun with Build-a-Broncho!

The raffle prizes include an Amazon Fire tablet, a Roku stick, and more. The raffle winner will be drawn at 1pm.

The Build-a-Broncho is sponsored by the Student Programming Board. To build your own Broncho plush toy with your personal touches, bring a valid UCO ID and a new or gently used children's book. We'll have plenty of children's books that you can purchase for $1 or $2 and donate if you don't have a children's book to bring.

See you there!



Posted March 31, 2017

03/28/2017 - Jeff Musslewhite, Employee of the Quarter

Congratulations to Jeff Musslewhite, our Chambers Library Employee of the Quarter!

Jeff works in our Development office, processing our gift books, helping with all the practical elements of events, and generally making himself indispensible in the very best ways. He's always ready to lend a hand with any project that needs "all hands on deck." You'll always see Jeff walking through the library at a quick pace, just on the edge of breaking into a trot. He's preternaturally energetic, cheerful, approachable, friendly, and helpful.

You're very deserving of this award, Jeff. We're very lucky to have you on our team!

Posted March 28, 2017

03/28/2017 - ProQuest trials: history, politics, more

This ProQuest trial encompasses many products, mainly in the areas of history and political science.
  • Congressional Research (CRDC) 2004-2015
  • Digital National Security Archive
  • Early English Books Online
  • Hearings 2004-2015 and PQ Congressional Hearings Digital Collection I 2016
  • History Vault - Black Freedom, NAACP products
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers - 17 newspapers
  • Serial Set 2 Part J
  • The Vogue Italia Archive
  • Women's Magazine Archive
The trial expires April 26, 2017. Send comments or questions to Deborah Thompson at dthompson@uco.edu or (405) 974-2880. Thank you for helping us evaluate these products!



Posted March 28, 2017

03/24/2017 - Book Club: Turn of the Screw

Join us for a discussion of April's Book Club title, Turn of the Screw by Henry James, in The Max Room on the library's 4th floor, Thursday, April 27, at 4pm. The first four students who sign up get a free copy!

A very young woman's first job: governess for two weirdly beautiful, strangely distant, oddly silent children, Miles and Flora, at a forlorn estate...an estate haunted by a beckoning evil. (Summary from Goodreads).

Posted March 24, 2017

03/24/2017 - Exhibit: "Golden Age of Hollywood 'B' Movies"

B Movies Exhibit "B" movies are low-budget films, often made to accompany the main attraction in a double feature (two movies for the price of one).

Chambers Library is celebrating B Movies with "The Golden Age of Hollywood 'B' Movies," an exhibit of lobby cards, small posters that were placed in movie theatre lobbies. Some of the best examples are on display on first floor opposite the south side elevators. See a list of all 139 lobby cards in our Bob Burke Film & Television Autograph Collection, plus much more.

Posted March 24, 2017

03/23/2017 - Exhibit: "Golden Age of Hollywood 'B' Movies"

B Movies Exhibit "B" movies are low-budget films, often made to accompany the main attraction in a double feature (two movies for the price of one). Fans love these films for their lurid melodrama, scandalous content for their time, campy humor, unintended comedy, and sometimes surprisingly good production values.

Chambers Library is celebrating B Movies with "The Golden Age of Hollywood 'B' Movies," an exhibit of lobby cards, small posters that were placed in movie theatre lobbies. The exhibit will open Thursday, April 13, with a presentation by Dr. John Springer, UCO Professor and Director of UCO's Film Studies Program, from 2:30 to 3:30pm on the library's first floor. Refreshments will be served.

The lobby card collection is part of the Bob Burke Film & Television Autograph Collection. Bob Burke is an author, attorney, historian, and a collector of autographs. This exhibit is drawn from his extensive collection in Chambers Library's Archives & Special Collections.

Posted March 23, 2017

03/09/2017 - Book Club: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Join us for a discussion of February's Book Club title, We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, in The Max Room on the library's 4th floor, Thursday, March 23, at 4pm. The first four students who sign up get a free copy!

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. At college, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Her best friend Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything (Summary from Goodreads).

Posted March 9, 2017

03/07/2017 - Trial to Virginia Company Archives

Virginia Company Archives contains manuscripts, printed material, and an image gallery of items associated with the Virginia Company of London, from mid-16th to early 17th centuries.

This online project presents those Ferrar Papers which are in Magdalene College, Cambridge. In addition, transcripts of those documents that throw light on the Virginia Company of London are included, as are the four volumes of The Records of the Virginia Company of London (Washington, D.C., 1906-35), edited by Susan Myra Kingsbury. The edition does not at present include those items which were once part of the collection but are so no longer; nor does it record any of those volumes from the Ferrars' library which are to be found in the Old Library at Magdalene.

Our trial for this database runs through April 4, 2017. Please contact Deborah Thompson if you have questions or comments. Thank you for helping us evaluate this resource!

Posted March 7, 2017

02/24/2017 - New! IBIS World database

Does your research require you to have a better understanding of market conditions and forecasts? Do you need a clear picture of supply chains, or need to know more about an industry, or get expert analysis on economic, demographic, and government data? IBIS World can help you!

IBIS World contains Industry Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings, NAICS industry reports, specialized and global industry reports.

Posted February 24, 2017

02/23/2017 - Trial to Drama Online

Drama Online contains plays, information on playwrights and practitioners, genres, periods, context and criticism, and theatre craft.

Do you need a monologue for an audition? Find one on Drama Online. Do you have a specific cast size in mind? You can search by cast size on Drama Online. From classic drama to the newest plays, you can find it on Drama Online.

Our trial runs through April 10. If you have questions or comments, please contact Deborah Thompson at dthompson@uco.edu or 974-2880. Thank you for helping us evaluate this resource!

Posted February 23, 2017

02/20/2017 - Trial to 19th Century House of Lords Papers

House of Lords Parlimentary Papers are primary documents with verbatim debates, texts of bills, and other government documents from the British House of Lords during the 19th century. The database also contains biographical information on the members of Parliament and Hansard contributions.

The library already subscribes to 19th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. This subscription would complete our coverage.

Our trial for this database runs through March 31, 2017. Please contact Deborah Thompson if you have questions or comments. Thank you for helping us evaluate this resource!

Posted February 20, 2017

02/16/2017 - New! CARMA resources

CARMA stands for Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis. CARMA provides continuing education on research methods and data analysis through webcasts and short courses. You must self-register on the site with a valid UCO email address. Register and explore the resources.

See the CARMA short-course flyer.

Posted February 16, 2017

02/13/2017 - Events: food, love, workshops!

These activities are happening in the library this week:
  • Monday, Feb. 13:
    >>Friends of the Library Bake Sale - first floor, 5pm to 8pm
    >>MLA Style Guide Workshop - Room 226, 6pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14
    >>Share the Love Valentine signing - first floor, all day
    >>SLP (Speech-Language Pathology) Bake Sale - first floor, 9am-4pm
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15:
    >>APA Style Workshop - Room 226, 6pm
    >>SLP (Speech-Language Pathology) Bake Sale - first floor, 9am-4pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 16:
    >>SLP (Speech-Language Pathology) Bake Sale - first floor, 9am-4pm


Posted February 13, 2017

02/09/2017 - Student Book Collection Contest

Book collection contest Do you have a unique collection of books on one topic? Enter your collection to win the UCO Chambers Library Book Collection Contest!

The prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. The first place winner will be eligible to enter the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, which offers a grand prize of $2500.

Submissions are due by March 10, 2017 at 5:00pm. See more details and rules.

Posted February 9, 2017

02/08/2017 - Cite your work: MLA & APA workshops

You're one hour away from citation success! Attend one of our classes and learn how to cite in APA or MLA style. All classes are held in Room 226, 2nd floor on the library's north side, and are open to everyone. This is a STLR event, so students can get "Exposure" credit for attending.

MLA Style Classes:
  • Monday, February 13, 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2:00pm

APA Style Classes:
  • Wednesday, February 15, 6:00pm
  • Monday, February 20, 2:00pm


Posted February 8, 2017

02/08/2017 - Learn to avoid plagiarism - library workshop

Plagiarism is the act of using anyone else's ideas, words, or concepts without giving them proper credit. Not only is it good research practice to give fair credit to other researchers, plagiarism can have serious consequences, including expulsion from the university.

You can learn to avoid plagiarism with a library workshop, held in Room 226 in the library. All sessions are free and open to everyone.
  • Wednesday, March 29, 6:00pm
  • Monday, April 10, 2:00pm


Posted February 8, 2017

02/07/2017 - Learn the 411 at the library

You can make your college experience more successful with information and skills you learn at Chambers Library. During our Library 411 event, sharpen your research skills, learn how to use our new 3D printer, find out what's available for you in Multimedia, Government Documents, and much more.

Attend the sessions on Wednesday, March 8, from 1:00-3:45pm. Of course, we'll have giveaways and snacks, but we hope you'll find the information just as appetizing.

Sign up now - it's free!

Posted February 7, 2017

02/02/2017 - Book Club: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Join us for a discussion of January's Book Club title, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, in The Max Room on the library's 4th floor, Thursday, January 26, at 4pm. The first four students who sign up get a free copy!

Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never imagine, and Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about it. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. (Summary from Goodreads).

Posted February 2, 2017

02/02/2017 - Book Club: "Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"

Join us for a discussion of February's Book Club title, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, in The Max Room on the library's 4th floor, Thursday, February 23, at 4pm. The first four students who sign up get a free copy!

Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, is a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fuku — the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations. (Summary from Goodreads).

Posted February 2, 2017

02/02/2017 - Trial: African American Newspapers 1827-1998

African American Newspapers 1827-1998 provides contemporary reporting of African American history, culture, and daily life. You may also browse and search segments, such as American Race Relations, a global perspective from 1941-1996, and Civil Rights in America: From Reconstruction to the Great Society.

Our trial for this database runs through February 28, 2017. Please contact Deborah Thompson if you have questions or comments. Thank you for helping us evaluate this resource!

Posted February 2, 2017

01/31/2017 - Pres. Betz says "Thank you for being late"

In our Spring Forum, President Betz mentioned an important new book, Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman’s original analysis.

Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to write and think about this era of accelerations. It's also an argument for "being late" — for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we're passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers. To amplify this point, Friedman revisits his Minnesota hometown in his moving concluding chapters; there, he explores how communities can create a "topsoil of trust" to anchor their increasingly diverse and digital populations. -- Description from the publisher.

If it's checked out, you can put your name on a waiting list. Give it a read!

Posted January 31, 2017

01/30/2017 - Interactive exhibit: "This is the Year that..."

Write on the wall on the library's first floor by the south elevators - tell us what this year will mean for you!

Chambers Library, Archives and Special Collections presents a new interactive exhibition, "This is the Year that..." Your participation will determine the success of this exhibit. We encourage everyone to participate. Please write or draw on the wall to finish the following sentence, "This is the year that..."

Talk about your new year’s resolutions; Share what is on your mind; Create a conversation; Ask something; Write a response; Talk about your favorite things, favorite quotes. Encourage others with a positive and inspirational message. Of course, you may doodle or draw a picture.

The rules are simple:
  • Write as much as you wish
  • Be respectful and be civil
  • After you write/draw, please put the cap back on the marker
The exhibit will run through February 15. Writings will be posted on the library's social media.

Posted January 30, 2017

01/27/2017 - New! WRDS - WRDS database

WRDS - Wharton Research Data Services - is a research and business intelligence tool for over 40,000+ corporate, academic, government and nonprofit clients at over 400+ institutions in 30+ countries.

You will see a sign-in page when you access this database. You will be able to access the databases as soon as registration is approved. You must use a UCO email address and be a librarian, Masters student, faculty member, supervised Research Assistant or visiting faculty member to be approved.

Posted January 27, 2017

01/26/2017 - Trial: Fashion Photography Archive

Fashion Photography Archive contains more than 750,000 newly-digitized and high-quality runway, backstage, and street style images, advances knowledge of recent fashion history, and gives inspiration for fashion design students.

Our trial for this database runs through March 23, 2017. Please contact Deborah Thompson if you have questions or comments. Thank you for helping us evaluate this resource!

Posted January 26, 2017

01/13/2017 - Students: up your game with an RCSA Grant!

RCSA stands for Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities, and they want to hear from you! Talk with your professors about their research interests and discuss research opportunities in your discipline. Talk with the department chairperson to inquire about potential mentors and possible research opportunities. Then apply for an RCSA Grant here: http://www.uco.edu/academic-affairs/ohip/RCSA/rcsa-grant-application.asp.

Why apply for an RCSA Grant?
  1. Take your learning and skills outside the classroom to gain real world experiences.
  2. Gain knowledge to make yourself more competitive.
  3. Get money to support your research. creative and scholarly activities.
  4. Become an academic role model and develop leadership skills.
  5. Engage in the UCO and Oklahoma community.
  6. Work in a collaborative environment with faculty mentors and peers.
  7. Identify your career interests.
  8. Enhance creativity, critical inquiry, and presentation skills.
  9. Have fun!


Posted January 13, 2017

01/09/2017 - What are the Friends doing?

Friends of the Library sponsor exhibits, author talks, contests, and other events. Your membership in Friends of the Library helps to improve the collections and activities of the library.

Read the current newsletter to find out what the Friends have been doing lately, then join the Friends to help the library grow!

Posted January 9, 2017

12/16/2016 - Employee of the Quarter, Cody Roberts

Congratulations, Cody Roberts, most recent Employee of the Quarter! Cody has filled many positions in the library (Gov Docs, Reference, Circulation, and currently Multimedia), and in all of them has demonstrated exceptional professionalism, courtesy with patrons, flexibility, and innovation to fix problems – such as creating and implementing better location codes for the Features shelves in Multimedia.

He often works nights and other hard-to-fill times, responds promptly to nighttime copier issues, and under his watch 4th floor’s reputation for serious study has improved.

We appreciate your great work, Cody!

Posted December 16, 2016

12/05/2016 - Faculty materials grants - $1,000 for your area

Help us fill in the gaps of our collections! Friends of the Library awards two grants of $1000 for winners of our Faculty Grants contest.

Applicants must be faculty members or UCO librarians who identify a specific subject need that would enhance the Library’s collection. To participate, the applicant must submit a one page essay describing the need in a specific subject area by January 31st, 2017. See the Friends website for more details.

Posted December 5, 2016

12/03/2016 - Finals Weeks Hours

From Sunday, December 4 to Friday, December 16, the library will have the following hours:
  • Sunday: Noon - No close
  • Monday - Thursday: Open 24 hours (1st floor only)
  • Friday - Midnight - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Good luck with Finals!

Posted December 3, 2016

11/29/2016 - "Central African Art in Context" Event Dec. 6

UCO students will present "Central African Art in Context," comparative studies of Central African and Contemporary American Art on Tuesday, December 6, in Chambers Library Room 226. The event is free and open to all, and will take place from 3:00-6:00pm, with a 15-20 minute break with refreshments.

"Central African Art in Context" was organized by Dr. Teresa Pac, Assistant Professor, Global Art and Visual Culture Coordinator, Nicole Willard, Director of Archives and Special Collections and Library Development, and Shikoh Shiraiwa, Library Technician.

Posted November 29, 2016

11/21/2016 - Student Employee of the Semester, Grace Otto

Congratulations, Grace Otto, winner of our fall 2016 Student Employee of the Semester!

Grace demonstrates excellent patron service, is patient with those who may need more help, has learned her responsibilities quickly, and never needs to be reminded of her tasks. In addition she is always willing to step in and fill absences.

We appreciate your great work, Grace!

Posted November 21, 2016

11/16/2016 - New! Index Islamicus database

Index Islamicus is a database that indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. It is produced by an editorial team working at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Our access is provided through ProQuest. Records included in the database cover almost 100 years of publications on the world of Islam.

Material cited in the Index Islamicus includes not only work written about the Middle East, but also about the other main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Over 3,000 journals are represented, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews. Journals and books are indexed down to the article and chapter level.

Please note that our access says "trial" while our subscription is being set up through ProQuest. The new URL will be sent to us within a few weeks and the trial URL is good until then.

Posted November 16, 2016

11/15/2016 - Trial: IBISWorld Industry Reports

IBISWorld Industry Reports provides access to US Industry Reports, Specialized Industry Reports, Business Environment Profiles, Industry Summaries, US Risk Ratings, International Industry Report Collections, and Global Industry Reports.

Our trial for this database runs through December 10, 2016. Please contact Deborah Thompson if you have questions or comments. Thank you for helping us evaluate this resource!

Posted November 15, 2016

11/15/2016 - Trial: Music and Dance Online

Music and Dance Online from Alexander Street includes video of live performances, audio recordings, instructional films, previously unpublished works from acclaimed playwrights, performance posters and playbills, video interviews, and choreography not seen since the time of its original performance.

Our trial for this database runs through December 15, 2016. Please contact Deborah Thompson if you have questions or comments. Thank you for helping us evaluate this resource!

Posted November 15, 2016

11/11/2016 - Native American art opening and artist talk

Join us for the opening of "Evolution of Native American Art: Traditional to Contemporary," an exhibit opening and artist talk, on Monday, November 14, from 3:00-5:00pm on the first floor of Chambers Library. Our artist presenters are Michael Elizando, Tulsa artist of Kaw and Chumash decent, and Micah Wesley, Kiowa/Muscogee artist.

See the poster for more details.

Posted November 11, 2016

11/07/2016 - Learn how to use RefWorks

You can use RefWorks to generate a works cited list on the fly: as you do research, you can build your citations with a few clicks. Want to know how?

Tuesday, November 8th, at 10:00am, come to room 226 in the library to learn about our new RefWorks subscription. We'll have hands-on practice so you can put your new skills to work immediately! Call Naomi at (405) 974-2947 if you have questions about this one-hour class.

Posted November 7, 2016

11/03/2016 - Lockers for rent in the library

The library now has eight small (17"x9") lockers available for daily rental. The lockers are located by the southeast stairwell door on the first floor. Locker keys are checked out at the Circulation Desk and are due back one hour before closing. Late fees of $5 per day apply to keys not returned by closing time.

If you have questions about this new service, please call Circulation at 974-3361 or email circulation@uco.edu.

Posted November 3, 2016

11/02/2016 - Trial: Safari tech and programming books

Safari Tech Books Online is a digital library providing over 42,000 technology books and streaming videos on a wide variety of topics including programming, IT networking, project management, graphic design, and business strategy.

Our trial for this database runs through December 2, 2016. Please contact Deborah Thompson if you have questions or comments. Thank you for helping us evaluate this resource!

Posted November 2, 2016

11/01/2016 - Need research help? Meet with a librarian!

Do you need a little extra help with your research? Set up an appointment and meet with a librarian, who can recommend the best sources for your topic and help you sharpen your search terms and skills. If you have a small group who are all working on the same project, you can meet with a librarian as a group.

Don't be shy! Meet With A Librarian and get the research help that you need.

Posted November 1, 2016

10/26/2016 - Dr. Ted Honea speaks on music pedagogy

As part of our Faculty Research Series, Dr. Ted Honea of The College of Fine Arts and Design will speak on "Nicolaus Listenius and the Creation of Music Pedagogy," on Thursday, October 27, 12:30-1:30pm, in Room 226 in the library. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Honea will discuss Listenius' Musica, one of the most successful music textbooks of the 16th century.

See the poster.

Posted October 26, 2016

10/26/2016 - Dr. Sarah Kyle discusses new book

As part of our Faculty Research Series, Dr. Sarah Kyle, Associate Professor of Humanities, will discuss her recently published book, Medicine and Humanism in Late Medieval Italy: the Carrara Herbal in Pedua. Dr. Kyle's research focuses on art and literature in the early Renaissance, especially in northern Italy.

The lecture is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 3:00-4:00pm in Room 226 in the library.

See the poster.

Posted October 26, 2016

10/26/2016 - Friends Event: Painting with Palmer

Join us for a fun evening of painting with award-winning artist and teacher Dr. Bob Palmer. Dr. Palmer will lead us through the techniques of painting an autumn landscape. The cost is $25 per person. We supply the materials, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages. All you have to bring is your sense of adventure. This event is for beginners to more advanced painters.

UCO Library, Friday, November 11, 6:30-10:00pm

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages served

Dr. Palmer's original piece will be auctioned off at the end of the evening.

Register now or contact Michele Baker at 974-2877 or libdev@uco.edu for questions or to pay by credit card. Limited seating!



Posted October 26, 2016

10/19/2016 - Central Pantry Food Drive

The library is sponsoring a UCO Library Food Drive for Central Pantry! This food bank is located on campus and designed specifically to assist UCO students, faculty, and staff.

Boxes are out on all the service desks in the library, from now until Nov. 11. If cash donations are easier, bring them to a service desk. See the flyer for more details.

Posted October 19, 2016

10/07/2016 - Author Meg Cabot visits campus Oct 25

#1 NYT Bestselling Author, MEG CABOT, is coming to UCO on October 25, at 7:00pm in Constitution Hall. Author of the Princess Dairies, she has written over 75 books for young adults and adults. Her new title, The Boy Is Back, releases on October 18. We will have several of her titles available for purchase the night of the event.

In conjunction with our event, there will be a paid reception at Best of Books in Edmond from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. For more information about both events, contact Michele Baker at mbaker@uco.edu, or 405-974-2877.



Posted October 7, 2016

10/07/2016 - Book Club: "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut

Join us for a discussion of October's Book Club title, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, in The Max Room on the library's 4th floor, Thursday, October 27th, at 4pm. The first four students who sign up get a free copy!

Dr. Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding "fathers" of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. He is the inventor of "ice-nine," a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and worse still, surviving. (Goodreads summary).

Posted October 7, 2016

10/05/2016 - Welcome, Beth Jones!

Elizabeth (Beth) Jones is Chambers Library's new Director of Technology and Data Management. She will oversee the Systems Department and the Cataloging & Metadata Department, providing leadership for daily functionality and working with everyone involved to envision and plan the library's technological future. Welcome, Beth, and we hope you have a long and happy career at Chambers Library!

Posted October 5, 2016

10/04/2016 - $200 Grand Prize winners of selfie contest

Congratulations to Shelby Landis and her friends, students from the Nursing program. They won the drawing for the Grand Prize of $200 in our Library Selfie Contest.

We had some fun, inventive, and amazing entries. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Library Selfie Contest! See the entries on our Facebook page.



Posted October 4, 2016

09/30/2016 - Trial: Eighteenth Century Journals

Eighteenth Century Journals is a collection of scanned images from journals and other documents printed between 1685 and 1835. This resource illuminates all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life, primarily in Britain. Please note that PDF download options are not available during this trial.

Our trial runs through October 27, 2016. Please contact Deborah Thompson if you have questions or comments. Thank you for helping us evaluate this resource!

Posted September 30, 2016

09/28/2016 - Take a selfie, win $100 - Karlie Wentworth did!

Karlie Wentworth won $100 for her selfie on the theme of using a beanbag chair in the library. Congratulations on being our Week Three winner, Karlie!

Click to find out more and enter to win $100 or our grand prize of $200!

Posted September 28, 2016

09/28/2016 - Intellectual Freedom discussion panel

In observance of Banned Books Week, Chambers Library will host a panel discussion on Intellectual Freedom, on Wednesday, September 28, from 12:15 to 1:15pm in the Max Room, on the fourth floor of the library.

The panelists are Dr. Ted Honea (Music), Dr. Lee Tyner (Business), and Dr. David Macey (English). The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. See more information.

Posted September 28, 2016

09/28/2016 - Learn how to cite your work

You're one hour away from citation success! Attend one of our classes and learn how to cite in APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian style. All classes are held in Room 226, 2nd floor on the library's north side, and are open to everyone.
  • Thursday, Sept 29: APA Style, 10am
  • Tuesday, Oct 4: APA Style, 2pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 4: Chicago Style, 4:30pm
  • Thursday, Oct 6: MLA Style, 10am


Posted September 28, 2016

09/20/2016 - Trial to Orlando author database

Orlando provides entries on authors' lives and writing careers, contextual material, timelines, sets of internal links, and bibliographies. Interacting with these materials creates a dynamic inquiry from any number of perspectives into centuries of women's writing.

The trial runs through October 16, 2016. Please contact Deborah Thompson at dthompson@uco.edu or 974-2880 with your opinions and experience. Thank you for your valuable feedback.

Posted September 20, 2016

08/31/2016 - Selfie Contest - $100 winners each week!

Take a creative or funny photo of yourself inside or outside of Chambers Library and you might be one of our weekly winners!

The $100 prize weekly categories are:

  • Sept. 6 through Sept. 11: Best Selfie with a Book or Books
  • Sept. 12 through Sept. 18: Best Selfie with Friends
  • Sept. 19 through Sept. 25: Best Selfie with a Beanbag Chair
  • Sept. 26 through Oct. 2: Best Selfie on the Atrium Stairs

We will also award a Grand Prize of $200 at the end of the contest!

More information and procedures.



Posted August 31, 2016

08/26/2016 - New! Accessible Archives

Accessible Archives contains scanned copies of primary materials covering American history and culture, primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries. The collections include African American Newspapers, American County Histories (many of the documents are exclusive to Accessible Archives), Civil War documents, diaries, and newspapers, and much more.

Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records - all this is available in a user-friendly online environment.

Posted August 26, 2016

08/24/2016 - Join Book Club for social reading

The Book Club is reading "We All Looked Up" by Tommy Wallach, a novel about four high school seniors who face catastrophe. They must they abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present. Join Book Club and enjoy meeting new people, sparking new ideas, seeing other perspectives, and practicing your skills of clear and effective communication.

Find out more!

Posted August 24, 2016

08/21/2016 - Trial: Index Islamicus

Index Islamicus is a database that indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. It is produced by an editorial team working at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Our access is provided through ProQuest. Records included in the database cover almost 100 years of publications on the world of Islam.

Our trial to Index Islamicus runs through September 20, 2016. Please contact Deborah Thompson if you have questions about this trial. Material cited in the Index Islamicus includes not only work written about the Middle East, but also about the other main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Over 3,000 journals are represented, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews. Journals and books are indexed down to the article and chapter level.

Posted August 21, 2016

08/21/2016 - Trial: Drama Online

Drama Online contains the main collection with 1,100 playtexts, Shakespeare's Globe On Screen (20 live productions), Stage on Screen, Hamlet the Film, Shakespeare in the Present (acting masterclasses), L.A. Theatre Works (350 recordings), and Nick Hern Books (400 modern plays). Our trial runs through September 29, 2016. Please contact Deborah Thompson if you have questions or comments about this trial.

Posted August 21, 2016

08/11/2016 - DSM-5 and ICD-10 videos now in AVON

Alexander Street, vendor of our AVON (Academic Videos Online) subscription, has added videos discussing topics from the manuals for diagnosing and describing mental disorders, the DSM-5 and ICD-10. You can for search these videos as a separate collection or as part of AVON.

Posted August 11, 2016

08/09/2016 - AVON: 46,000 videos and growing

AVON Academic Videos Online is a multidisciplinary collection that contains 46,000 videos, with about 400 new titles per month.

AVON has videos on most disciplines, including art, health, history, literature, music, performing arts, psychology, science, engineering, and social sciences. AVON takes the place of our previous product, VAST. Both video collections are from Alexander Street, but VAST has 22,000 videos and is not being updated. AVON is vaster than vast!

Posted August 9, 2016

08/01/2016 - Take time for leisure reading

The Ruby Canton Collection is named in honor of a beloved librarian who worked at Central in the 1920s and 1930s. The collection focuses on current and leisure reading.

You can browse "The Rubies" on first floor in the library, near the south entrance, or see a list of the latest buys. Take a little time away from your studies and read something for the fun of it.

Posted August 1, 2016

07/23/2016 - New! NewsBank with 8,000+ sources

NewsBank brings you full text access to 8,000+ sources for current and archival news at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. NewsBank also features one-click access to news stories on current issues such as the Olympic Games 2016 and police/community relations.

Posted July 23, 2016

07/23/2016 - What's in ProQuest Central?

ProQuest Central contains 39 databases that cover all major subject areas, including Business, Health and Medical, Language and Literature, Social Sciences, Education, Science and Technology, Performing and Visual Arts, History, Religion, Philosophy, and thousands of full-text newspapers from around the world.

You may search ProQuest Central as a set, choose one or more specialized database, search all ProQuest databases in one search, or use Central Search to search ProQuest and many other sources. If you have questions about which resource to use for your topic, Ask Us!.

Posted July 23, 2016

07/15/2016 - New! Dissertations & Theses Global

Dissertations & Theses Global, from ProQuest, contains nearly four million records of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997.

Want to get the most out of ProQuest databases? View training videos.

Posted July 15, 2016

07/04/2016 - New! HaPI health tests database

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) identifies tests that measure various aspects of physical and psychosocial wellbeing. The records contain the test's title, acronym, authors, language, index terms, and references. Some records have abstracts, samples, number of questions, subscales, reliability and validity.

HaPI is similar to Mental Measurements Yearbook but is focused more on physical and psychosocial health measures.

Posted July 4, 2016

07/04/2016 - New! Psychotherapy.net videos

Psychotherapy.net contains hundreds of streaming videos and synchronized transcripts for mental health students and professionals. Watch experts and pioneers in their fields explain and demonstrate their techniques, talk about issues, and offer advice for practitioners.

You can search by keywords or browse by approach, by therapeutic issue, by expert in the field, or by population. You can make playlists or save clips.

Posted July 4, 2016

06/29/2016 - New! Berg Fashion Library

Berg Fashion Library contains essential information for fashion and design, including The Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, overviews of the key readings and schools of thought, directory of museums and exhibitions, essays and primary sources, Bloomsbury fashion ebooks, and reference works including A-Z of Fashion and The Dictionary of Fashion History.

Posted June 29, 2016

06/25/2016 - Two business info trials

We have trials to two databases that specialize in business information: Business Insights Global, containing stock market information, financial rates, broker research on banks, and more, and Sage Business Cases, providing case studies in business.

Please help us evaluate these databases and send your feedback to Deborah Thompson at dthompson@uco.edu. Thank you!

Posted June 25, 2016

06/25/2016 - Expanded coverage for CRCnetBASE

CRCnetBASE contains ebooks and technical reports on subjects in science, technology, engineering, math, medicine, physics, and related fields. It also contains some ebooks on social sciences. We have now expanded our subscription to cover all content in all subject areas.

You may search or read single books or search across all content. See all subjects in CRCnetBASE.

Posted June 25, 2016

06/22/2016 - June 26: Campus offline 5am-3pm

All online campus services will be unavailable on Sunday, June 26, from 5:00am to approximately 3:00pm, for upgrades and maintenance. This includes networks, email, UCONNECT, D2L, Banner, Internet connectivity, and all campus websites including the library website. 

The library will open as usual at noon on Sunday, June 26, but please be aware that there may be no connectivity until 3:00pm. Thank you for your patience.

Posted June 22, 2016

06/20/2016 - New! WestlawNext Campus Research

WestlawNext Campus Research is a comprehensive database of legal materials, including cases, statutes, and regulations of the U.S. government and the various state governments.

It includes the legal encyclopedia American Jurisprudence 2nd and American Law Reports; case law from 1789 to present; and current statutes and regulations.

Posted June 20, 2016

05/02/2016 - New arts database is 4-in-1

Our newest database, Art, Design and Architecture Collection from ProQuest, contains four databases: ARTbibliographies Modern, Arts & Humanities Full Text, Design and Applied Arts Index, and International Bibliography of Art.

All four of these databases combine in one search to provide you with coverage of all topics in the fields of traditional and contemporary visual and applied arts, art history, and humanities.

Posted May 2, 2016

Tuesday, September 19: We are open 7:30am-2:00am today