You can now connect with Lemieux Library on Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube.
The library is continuing its practice of expanding study space for finals. We will make room 122 (Boeing Room), room 366 and room 369 available for open study during selected hours of finals week (Saturday June 7th – Saturday June 14th ). Each room will have signage posted that designates the specific times the room is available for open study.
In addition, we will expand the 24/7 space to include the entire second floor for the busiest part of finals week, beginning Mon. night, June 9, and ending on Thursday morning, June 12. This space includes study cubicles, computers, group study rooms and tables. Use your campus card to enter at the doors on the 1st and 2nd floors. For more information, contact Melody Steiner.
Student workers in the Library & Learning Commons produced two short videos about our group study rooms, featuring sock puppets. Check them out:
The first video is all about picking up after yourself. Since food is allowed in the library, there can sometimes be a problem with people leaving dishes behind, not to mention the occasional wrapper or gasp! a half-eaten burrito. Other times it’s as simple as crumpled paper. But you won’t have to worry about whether you will be studying surrounded by trash and leftover food, if everyone takes the time to leave the room as clean as they found it. Be courteous, it helps everyone!
Group study rooms can be very popular around midterms and finals. You can reduce your stress if you reserve a group study room in advance. But even if you forgot to book a room in advance, you have another option! The second video shows how to use the ‘Ad-Hoc’ function to reserve a room on the spot.
Thanks for watching!
Tchaikovsky Souvenir d’Florence,
Dohnanyi Serenade in C major, and Schubert Quartet no. 13 in A major.
Antonio Dowling, Grant Hanner, Mariya Ksondzyk, violins. Chris Baltazar,
Milena Marlier, Chyna Mapel, Emily O’Leary, violas. Dahae Cheong, Aaron Hauser,
Cealice Kennison, celli.
The library's "New and Notable" book display features sustainability and environmental justice for spring term. Stop by to check out books & e-books such as, "How bad are bananas? The carbon footprint of everything" or "Sustainable communities."
This collection is in honor of Earth Day (April 22) and this year's SU's 2014 Mission Day, "A Call to Environmental Justice and Sustainability at a Jesuit University."
Want to delve deeper into sustainability issues? Tour the nearby Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial building in the world & home of the new Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Or consider classes or a major in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies.
The library is continuing its practice of expanding study space
for finals. We will make room 122 (Boeing Room), room 366 and room 369
available for open study during selected hours of finals week (Sat. March 15 –
Sat. March 22). Each room will have signage posted that designates the specific
times the room is available for open study.
In addition, we will expand the 24/7 space to include the entire
second floor for the busiest part of finals week, beginning Monday night, March
17, and ending on Friday morning, March 21. This space includes study cubicles,
computers, group study rooms and tables. Use your campus card to enter at the
doors on the 1st and 2nd floors. For more information,
contact Melissa Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hit the mid-term slump? Want help making your grades shine before finals?
The Library and Learning Commons welcome you to visit our Writing Center and Research Services!
a writing assignment?
The Writing Center is open to any Seattle University student looking for help with a writing assignment or project. Sign up for a free, one-on-one, hour-long appointment with a peer consultant who can help with any stage in the writing process, from decoding prompts, brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising, and polishing.
Now open Monday through
Thursday, 9:00am to 8:30pm and Friday, 9:00am to 3:30pm. Visit us on the 2nd
floor of the Lemieux Library or call (206)
296-6239 to make an appointment.
a research paper?
Librarians are ready to help you in the building! Ask for a librarian at
any of the service desks (Circulation or iDesks) and you will be connected to
the on-call librarian. Working from home? You have access to a librarian 24/7
through chat -- sometimes you'll be chatting with an SU librarian and sometimes
with a librarian at another Jesuit institution. But someone’s
always there to answer your questions.
Want to make
an appointment? You can schedule a one-on-one research consultation where you
get individualized help for your project. Call (206) 296-6210 or email to schedule a
session. You can request an appointment online here.
Starting Mon. Feb. 10, Research Services has extended hours from Monday through Thursday 9:30am-6:00pm and Friday 9:30am-4:00pm. We are now open Saturdays 1:00-5:00pm!
For other information about the Library and Learning Commons, visit our website at http://www.seattleu.edu/library/
is continuing its practice of expanding study space for finals. We will
make room 122 (Boeing Room), room 366 and room 369 available for open study
during selected hours of finals week (December 7-14). Each room will have
signage posted that designates the specific times the room is available for
we will expand the 24/7 space to include the entire second floor for the
busiest part of finals week, Sun. Dec. 8 through Thurs. Dec. 12). This space
includes study cubicles, computers, group study rooms and tables. Use you
campus card to enter at the doors on the 1st and 2nd
floors. For more information, contact Melissa Chamberlain at email@example.com
Need research help? Save time by starting with your Research
Services Librarians! Starting Monday, November 4th and extending to
the end of the quarter, Research Services will increase its on-call service
hours to work with you and your research needs. The extended hours are Monday-Thursday
9:30am-6pm and Fridays 9:30am-4:00pm. Call (206) 296-6210 or stop by one of the iDesks for more information.
Walk, run, crawl, or fly to the Media Production Center for your Halloween photo! 12:30-3pm on October 31st. Through movie magic, the MPC will help you capture the spirit of Halloween. Our green screen will allow us to transport you into whatever world or background you choose. The possibilities are limitless! Use one of our pre-selected backgrounds, bring in your own electronic file, or we can help you find something custom. Bring your friends, department, ghouls, and creatures to the Media Production Center (located on the first floor of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons) from 12:30-3pm on October 31st. We can either email your pictures or you can bring a flash drive. No costume necessary, but encouraged. Did we mention there will be CANDY?!
Browse books that might help you understand what the internet does to your brain at the New and Notable shelves near the Circulation Desk in Lemieux Library.
Librarians hand-picked some interesting books based on the themes in The Shallows: what the internet is doing to our brains, which was chosen as this year's Academic Day Book. All first-year students read it and engaged in fantastic discussions about it during Academic Convocation in September.
Stop by the New and Notable shelves this fall term to find books such as Smarter than you think: how technology is changing our minds for the better. You'll also find suggestions of e-books, such as The Googlization of everything (and why we should worry).
To the left of this display, you'll find the newest arrivals to the library. Enjoy!
GAME NIGHT AT LEMIEUX LIBRARY & MCGOLDRICK LEARNING
Come for an evening of games at the Lemieux Library and
McGoldrick Learning Commons on September 24, 2013 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
on the library’s 2nd floor.
We’ll have video games, board games, card games and prizes
- Xbox Kinect and other consoles
- Apples to Apples
- Settlers of Catan
- Raffle with prizes
- And many more
students are welcome. For additional information please visit
We are continuing our practice of making Room 122
(Boeing Room), Room 366 and Room 369 available for open study during selected
hours of Finals Week (Saturday June 8 – Saturday June 15). Each room will
have signage posted that designates the specific times the room is available
for open study.
This Spring we are experimenting with opening up MORE
library 24/7 study space for use during the busiest part of Finals Week (Sunday
June 9 - Thursday June 13) by making the entire second floor available. This
space includes individual study cubicles, computers, five group study rooms and
open tables, and is provided in addition to the 24/7 space that is always
available during the academic year: the Garden Reading Room on the 1st floor,
and the computer lab and Bangassar Reading Room (behind the Byte Cafe) on the
We are very interested in gauging student interest in this
Finals Week expansion of 24/7 space. Please respond to this 4
question surveyabout your past use of 24/7 spaces and your potential
future use: http://bit.ly/ZeGQqz
Lemieux Library & McGoldrick
Learning Commons are pleased to share the news that our employee Kelly Green,
who’s been working for the library for 14 years, has been made an honorary
member of the Department of Public Safety Auxiliary staff and presented with a
DPS Support Officer polo shirt by Randy Carroll, Interim Executive Director of
Department of Public Safety & Transportation. As you can see from the
photos, Kelly was very pleased and proud to receive this honor.
Photos by Kateri Town
Join us for the next event in the
Library Performance Series, on Thursday, May 30th, at 7:15 pm in the
2nd Floor Lobby of Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.
This performance features students in the Chamber Music
Program, under the direction of Dr. Quinton Morris.
The performance will include the Bach Brandenburg Concerto no.
3 in G major, Piston Duo for Viola and Cello and Mendelssohn String Quintet in
Violin: Dr. Quinton Morris, Antonio Dowling, Mariya
Sydorenko; Viola: Chyna Mapel, Alex Takasugi, Kailee Wright; Cello: Aaron Hauser, Cealice Kennison
The librarians in Research Services are here to help. If you'venever worked with us before, there are many ways to get assistance fromthe librarians.
Here are all the ways to find us…
Please join us at the
Seattle University Film Festival (SUFF) Friday, May 3rd at 7 PM in Piggot
Auditorium. The Seattle
University Film Festival is committed to developing a culture of thoughtful
film-making and film appreciation in the Seattle University community. SUFF
2013 will feature student films from across campus, t-shirts, prizes and
special guests! Don't miss the fun. SUFF is sponsored by Student Activities and the Media Production Center.
The “Notable” collection located on the Library 3rd
floor is highlighting National Poetry Month with selected poetry books from the
current collection. During April, the
focus is on the favorite poets of Fr. Steve Sundborg SJ, President of Seattle
University, an avid reader of poetry for spiritual
and personal reflection. Check out some of the 122
poetry books selected for the library collection in 2012 by Fr. Steve and
Sam Green, Washington State poet laureate (2007-2009).
We urge you to keep watching the “New & Notable” display
shelves during Spring Quarter as we highlight other poetry genres as well.
read, write or research poetry? Find
more on our poetry
library research guide!
In the second half of the quarter, we increase our service hours to be available earlier in the morning. From now until the end of the quarter our Research Services hours are:
9:30-6, Monday Thursday9:30-4, Friday
In addition to these drop-in hours there are many ways to work with us and there is always 24/7 support through our Virtual Reference service.
More information on the "Get Research Help" page of the library's website.
The fifth annual Search for
Meaning Book Festival will take place Saturday, March 9. Hosted by the School
of Theology and Ministry, the festival features more than 40 authors
surrounding the human search for meaning on issues of spirituality, faith,
social justice—a life lived with and for others. This year’s keynote speakers
are Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, who will be interviewed
live on stage by National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie, and internationally
renowned writer and scholar Reza Aslan. General session authors include Egyptian
poet Maged Zaher, social change writer Leticia Nieto and sustainable food
writer Becky Selengut.
Free tickets are required, and are available now at Search for Meaning. Live artists and
musicians expressing their search for meaning and interactive art areas will
also be featured. All authors are available for book signings. Elliott Bay Book
Company and Seattle University Bookstore will provide books for purchase. For
more information, contact Hannah Crivello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for the next event in the
Library Performance Series, on Tuesday, February 12, at 7:10 pm
in the 2nd Floor Lobby of Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.
performance will include the Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major
and the Mozart Viola Quintet in
B-flat major, K. 174.
This performance features SU
students in the Chamber Music Program, under the direction of
Dr. Quinton Morris:
We frequently get questions about how to book a group study room. We thought it might be helpful to create a quick tutorial that shows you the different steps in booking a group study room.
More information on the Library's group study rooms can be found here. If you have questions about the group study rooms, ask at the iDesk or e-mail email@example.com
We have recently implemented changes to the Lemieux Library Circulation
Lending Policy to better meet the needs of our academic community. In order to make circulation policies easier
for patrons to understand and remember, Lemieux Library and Summit materials now
have the same initial loan periods.
Renewal and fine policies have also been modified to make borrowing and
using Lemieux materials easier.
The new lending, renewal, and fines policies for Lemieux Library
materials are highlighted below. Find
complete details about the new policy at our Borrowing
page on the Library’s website.
In simplifying our loan policies for all users, there are some minor changes
that affect graduate students:
In simplifying our loan policies for all users, there are some minor
changes that affect faculty:
If you have any questions about these changes, please
contact Brian Carey, Circulation Manager at 206-296-6234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lemieux Library and McGoldrick
Learning Commons is pleased to provide access to new and featured collections
labeled “New & Notable” books and media located near the Circulation
Desk on the library 3rd floor.
“New Arrivals” of books and
media into the library collection are now shelved together so patrons can find
the library’s most recent acquisitions in one location. We are pleased to
be able to bring back this popular service previously offered before the
library renovation in 2010. Both faculty and librarians share collection
development responsibilities and many of the new items will support
research and supplemental reading for your classes. You should come check it
The “Notable” portion of the
“New & Notable” shelves features during Winter Quarter 2013 the
extraordinary film collection of Fr. Roger Gillis, SJ, a beloved Jesuit who
died in 2010.
Roger had a passion for film and
developed a huge collection of over 400 films (dvd and vhs) including
Oscar nominees and winners as well as American Film Institute (AFI) classics.
The films cover over 75 years of film making. We also hope that this
display will invite students to investigate a FILM STUDIES major in the Department
All materials are loaned
according to current circulation policies. Please come and check out
“New & Notable” on the 3rd floor of the library!
Saturday, December 1st through Saturday, December
8th, Room 122 (Boeing Room), Room 366 and Room 369 will
be available for open study during selected hours. Each room will have signage
posted that designates the specific times the room is available for open study.
This expansion of study space for Finals Week is made possible by cooperation
among Conference & Event Services, the Registrar, the Department of Public
Safety, and the Library & Learning Commons. For questions or to report
safety concerns call Public Safety at extension 5990. Emergency phones are
located in the Boeing Room and the 1st floor lobby.
The faculty and staff of Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons
wish you every success with your Finals Week studies.
Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will be open
from 8-noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Services on Wednesday will be available
from Information Services, Learning Assistance Programs, the Math Lab and the
Media Production Center (9-noon; drop in area only). Research Services and
the Writing Center will be closed.
On Thursday and Friday the 24/7 areas will be
open and the remainder of the building will be closed so that staff can enjoy
Saturday the building returns to regular hours (10-6) and services with the
exception of the Media Production Center which will be closed on Saturday and
resume regular hours on Sunday (11-9:30).
The Library and Learning Commons staff wishes
everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
After this fall’s Game
Night, some students wondered if the games could be checked out of the
library. So we thought, why not?
As an experiment, we’ve made three of the games available
for checkout at the third floor Circulation Desk.
traders and barbarians game expansion (so to use this expansion pack you
either need our copy of the Settlers of Catan
game or your own)
Now we want to see what YOU do. Will you like being able to check out games? Should we consider adding
more? Which games?
Image by gadl. Used with permission.
Join us for the inaugural event in the new Library Performance Series, on Thursday, November 15, at 6:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Lobby of Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.
The performance will be the Schubert String Trio in B-flat major, D. 471, featuring SU students in the Chamber Music Program, under the direction of Dr. Quinton Morris: Antonio Dowling, violin; Kailee Wright, viola; Aaron Hauser, cello.
University Librarian John Popko is producing a one-hour
radio show on Seattle University’s own radio station KSUB.
The program showcases John’s eclectic musical tastes,
featuring musical choices from all over the map, as befits someone who's been
listening and collecting for over 50 years in all musical genres.
Recent shows have included selections from diverse artists
– everything from Captain Beefheart to the Magnetic Fields, and from Rosemary
Clooney to the Zombies. That
kind of diversity is what John hopes to bring to every show.
listen on campus, tune your radio to 89.1 FM, or listen to KSUB anywhere on
earth via streaming on your computer http://www.ksubseattle.org/music_audio.html
Need help finding research? Save time by starting with our Research
Services Librarians. They are eager to help you at any stage of the
research process. Contact them if you need help brainstorming keywords,
using our databases, finding articles and books or sorting through the
information you find on the internet.
Contact Research Services by calling (206) 296-6210, visiting the iDesk on the 2nd floor of Lemieux Library, emailing email@example.com, or chatting live with them via the library website. Visit the page here.
Research Services will be unavailable on Monday, Nov. 12 due to the Veterans' Day holiday, although the library will be open 11am-11pm.
On Halloween, the Media Production Center will be setting up its green screen from 10 AM - 2 PM to provide YOU with the opportunity to have some fantastic photos taken of yourself in costume. What's awesome about green screens, you ask? Green screens allow us to drop in a variety of backgrounds - we'll have spooky images to choose from, or bring your own creative ideas.
Come on over to the Media Production Center (located on the first floor of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons), bring your friends, and get your picture taken. Did we mention there'll be CANDY?!
October 17th-18th - "Taking the awkward out of office hours: Connecting with faculty and advisors
Assistance Programsoffers free, on-campus workshops to
help students looking to improve their study skills and learning strategies.
These workshops are presented by faculty, staff, and librarians from across
campus, and always offer new insights and approaches to enhance your learning.
Each workshop is offered twice in a week to accommodate your schedule. Check
out what’s new for Fall here, or on our workshop
Come join us!
Come for an evening of games at the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons on September 18, 2012 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the library’s 2nd floor.
We’ll have video games, board games, card games and prizes to win.- Xbox Kinect and other consoles- Apples to Apples- Pictionary- Settlers of Catan- Cranium- Raffle with prizes- And many more
All students are welcome. For additional information please visit http://www.facebook.com/events/480821765270630/.
Today the Library is launching a new Interlibrary Loan
system called SU Illiad. It’s an
efficient and robust way to initiate and track your Interlibrary Loan requests.
As you use the new system (the first thing you’ll do is
create a personal account) please contact us with any questions.
Resource SharingHolly Sturgeon and Ryan Joy firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about SU Illiad on our Interlibrary Loan page.
The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons was selected as one of five "2012 New Landmark Library" winners. Libraries were evaluated against the following criteria - 1) Overall design and construction excellence, 2) response to community context and constraints, 3) sustainability, 4) functionality, 5) innovation and 6) beauty and delight.
Here's the description of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons project.
The Seattle University Film Festival (SUFF) was created to promote usage and overall awareness of the resources available in the Media Production Center (MPC). Through a strong collaboration and partnership between the Media Production Center and Student Activities, seventeen SU student filmmakers were able to share their creative vision with the SU community. More than two hundred people attended the festival screening and awards ceremony in PigottAuditorium on Friday, May 4, 2012.
SUFF 2012 award winners:
Best Film: In the Rough by Peter Edlund, Megan Leonard, & Rachel Klein2nd Place:The Girl and the Hat by Valerie Needham3rd Place:Cy Wilson by Sofia Jaramillo MPC Award: Moon on the Wake by Peter Guilherme & Ariel RuizoAudience Choice: In the Rough by Peter Edlund, Megan Leonard, & Rachel Klein
Best Film: In the Rough by Peter Edlund, Megan Leonard, & Rachel Klein
2nd Place:The Girl and the Hat by Valerie Needham
3rd Place:Cy Wilson by Sofia Jaramillo MPC Award: Moon on the Wake by Peter Guilherme & Ariel Ruizo
Audience Choice: In the Rough by Peter Edlund, Megan Leonard, & Rachel Klein
SUFF is committed to the development of a film- making culture and thoughtful film appreciation in the Seattle University community. This new festival replaced the Campus Movie Fest sponsored by Student Activities in years past. Moving forward the MPC & Student Activities plan to host SUFF in the coming year and anticipate growth in participation and attendance.
The Library has two reasons to thank Fr. Steve this year for contributions he's made to the collection.
The librarians in Research Services are here to help. If you'venever worked with us before, there are many ways to get assistance fromthe librarians.
Find the HRAF (Human Relations Area Files) database on our Anthropology page: http://libguides.seattleu.edu/anthropology.
eHRAF World Cultures is anonline cross-cultural database that contains information on allaspects of cultural and social life. The annually-growing eHRAFdatabase is unique in that the information is organized intocultures and ethnic groups and the full-text sources aresubject-indexed at the paragraph level.
eHRAF Archaeology is anonline, full-text database with information on prehistory of theworld. This database, modeled after eHRAF WorldCultures, is unique in that the information is organizedinto archaeological traditions. Each tradition consists of ageneral summary and full-text documents including books, journalarticles, dissertations, and manuscripts. For the list oftraditions currently included click here.
Some great tutorials and user guides -
When the University closes offices due to weather conditions, Lemieux Library may close or reduce hours as well.
While the building may close, but our online databases will remain available if you'd like to search for journal articles and other information. If you need research assistance, please try our Chat with a Librarian 24/7 service for an immediate response from a librarian at Seattle University or another Jesuit university. You can also e-mail us at email@example.com - we'll try to respond as soon as possible, though it might take up to 48 hours.
Enjoy the weather!
Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will be open
from 8-4:30 on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Services on Wednesday will be
available from Information Services, Learning Assistance Programs, the Media
Production Center and Research Services. The Writing Center and Math Lab
will be closed.
On Thursday and Friday the 24/7 areas will be open and
the remainder of the building will be closed so that staff can enjoy the
On Saturday the building returns to regular hours (10-6) and
services with the exception of the Media Production center which will be closed
The library and learning commons staff wish everyone a Happy
Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will be open from 10 to 6 on the Veteran’s Day Holiday, Friday, November 11. Circulation and information services will be available. The services of the Learning Commons Partnership -- Learning Assistance Programs, Math Lab, Writing Center, and Research Services -- will be closed for the holiday. The Media Production Center will be closed both Friday and Saturday. The Byte Café will also be closed for the holiday.
The library, with the exception of the Media Production Center, will return to regular hours over the weekend of November 12-13.
Following the Halloween Costume Cavalcade and Celebration sponsored by Campus Ministry (12-1:30pm in STCN 120), come to the Media Production Center on the 1st floor of Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons October 31.
From 1-3pm or 4-7pm, enter a costume contest and get a shot of yourself in your costume in front of a spooky Halloween background.
1st prize is a $50 gift certificate to the SU Bookstore!
For additional information, or to RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=253247868060105.
Check out this nifty short student video, put together from footage of Game Night at Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, held on September 20th. If you want to learn to make videos like this yourself, contact the Media Production Center at http://www.seattleu.edu/library/mpc/.
And to stay in the loop for events like Game Night and others, "like" us on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/seattleulibrary
One of the most frequent questions we get in Research Services is how to locate an article. Sometimes faculty ask you to find a specific article for class and sometimes you notice a perfect resource in a bibliography. We thought it might be helpful to create a quick tutorial that shows you the different steps to locate an article.
We're always happy to help you navigate the library's resources so don't hesitate to ask. Here are all the different ways you can contact us.
p.s. Any other tutorials you would find helpful? Let us know in the comments....
The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons has extended its open hours in response to ASSU and student requests—particularly for increased hours on Sundays—and to support the university’s new block schedule for classes.
The library will now be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, an increase of four hours of study time. Additionally, in order to support the many classes that begin at 7:45 a.m., the library will also open earlier on weekday mornings, at 7:30 a.m.
Since Monday, Sept. 19, the library and learning commons has been open as follows:
Sunday, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.(Previously, 1-9 p.m.)Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (Previously, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.)Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.(Previously, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.(Previously the same)
The increased hours are in response to a longstanding request from students, including a resolution passed by the Associated Students of Seattle University in November 2010, which read in part: “Whereas many students are requesting additional library operating hours….[l]et it be resolved that as library staffing budgets are prepared for 2011-2012, extra hours of operation, especially on Sundays, are considered.”
Because extending library hours requires a certain minimum staff presence to keep the facility open, provide basic service and contribute to personal safety and building security, the library requested a new position for FY 2012, and the provost and university administration supported the request. With the addition of one full-time senior library technician this fall, the library administration made it a priority to extend its open hours.
The provost’s support of the new position, and the creativity and commitment of the library’s managers and staff also made it possible to open the library earlier on weekday mornings in support of the new block scheduling.
The 24/7 Zone on Floors 1 and 2 will continue to be available to SU students, faculty and staff when the library is closed. Use of campus ID cards for after-hours access and the presence of SU Public Safety officers on-site help to create a secure environment for our campus community.
Want to know when services in the Library and Learning Commons are available?
Learning Assistance Hours
Research Services Hours
Writing Center Hours
Math Lab Hours
Media Production Center
Come for an evening of games at the Library and Learning Commons. We’ll have video games, board games, card games and prizes to win.
All students are welcome!
September 20, 2011 – 8:30-10:30
Event details on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=255697244463927
The Library and Learning Commons hours for Intersession (August 15 - September 11) will be:
Monday - Thursday: Noon - 8 pm
Sunday: 1 - 9 pm
Hours for the week after Intersession (September 12 - 18) will be:
Monday - Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm*
* Except for Wed., Sept. 14, when the open hours will be noon - 4:30 pm.
The 24/7 spaces will remain available. The Circulation Desk and second floor iDesk will be open to assist users. Research services will be limited during this time.
The Writing Center, Math Lab and Learning Assistance programs will be CLOSED for Intersession. Services will resume for fall quarter in September. For more information, visit seattleu.edu/learningcommons.
The Media Production Center's hours for August 15 - September 18 will be:
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 4 pm
Friday - Sunday: Closed
For full details on hours, visit the Library's monthly calendar.
Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will participate in “Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Washington Libraries” on April 12, 2011.
All members of the SU community are invited to visit the 2nd floor lobby of the Library and Learning Commons anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 to have their celebratory photos taken, meet Rudy the Redhawk (11 a.m. - noon), and enter a drawing for a $50 SU Bookstore gift card. Students, faculty, and staff will also be invited to take a survey and to provide additional comments on the white boards in the group study rooms.
The comments and usage statistics collected by all libraries participating in Snapshot Day will demonstrate how Washingtonians are using their libraries on this particular day. Some of the stories shared by SU students, faculty, and staff will appear on a special web site. Visit http://walibrarysnapshot2011.wikispaces.com for more information.
Snapshot Day is one of the many events taking place throughout the United States as part of National Library Week. Speaking in support of Snapshot Day is SU’s University Librarian, John Popko: “The staff of The L&M has built, and continues to strengthen, a strong, supportive relationship with the members of the SU community who value access to information and knowledge resources and to an array of services that enable their educational and academic success. We are blessed with a fabulous new facility that has been eagerly embraced by students, faculty, and staff. We have much to be proud of and thankful for. Washington Library Snapshot Day gives us a special opportunity to celebrate the importance of this library to this community. By sharing our story with those of many other libraries across the state, we contribute to a broader and deeper public awareness of the crucial roles that libraries play in the lives of our citizens.”
During finals week we are opening two of the library's instruction rooms for drop-in student use.
Room 366 and 369 near the Circulation Desk will be open for drop-in study. The rooms may be used by individuals and/or groups. Multiple groups and individuals can use the room at the same time. The rooms are not reservable by students.
The rooms will be unlocked on Saturday morning, March 12. Room 369 is booked on Monday from 5 to 7pm. Other than that, it will be open until Saturday, March 19.
24/7 Zone of Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is again
accessible after regular hours by means of the new campus ID card. One
new temporary card reader has been installed at the 1st Floor East Entrance
to the facility. Cooperation among SU’s Department of Public Safety,
the Office of Information Technology and Facilities Administration has
made this temporary solution possible.
Library and Learning Commons continues its established policies and
procedures with regard to extended hours access to the 24/7 Zone.
Access is restricted to SU students, faculty and staff with a valid new
campus ID card. Access is controlled by means of electronic card
readers at selected entrances. The 24/7 Zone is secured, monitored and
patrolled by SU’s Department of Public Safety officers.
you may already be aware, the university’s transition to a new campus
ID card requires the replacement of the card readers deployed
throughout the Library and Learning Commons. We continue to research
and select the reader(s) that will best serve the staff and the clients
who use this facility. Until such time as the new reader(s) are
selected and installed, extended hours access will be limited to this 1st
Floor East entrance. Thank you for your patience during this extended period of transition.
you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to get your new campus ID
card so that you are assured of easy access to the Library and Learning
Commons after regular hours.
- John Popko, University Librarian
Did you know... that the library loans laptop computers to students, staff, and faculty? Both Mac and Windows varieties are available. Visit our 3rd Floor Circulation Desk for details!
Re-posted from the library's facebook page.
Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will be open on Monday, February 21, but will be offering reduced hours, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, February 22.
Research Services will be available all day -- ask at the 2nd floor iDesk for the on-call librarian. The Writing Center, Learning Assistance Programs, and Math Lab will be closed, with regular services resuming Tuesday, February 22.
The Byte Café will be open, also with reduced hours: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The secure 24/7 study spaces on the 1st and 2nd floors will be open, as usual.
As part of the roll-out of the new campus ID card, it is necessary to re-program all the card readers that control after-hours access to the Library and Learning Commons for the members of the SU community. Until this work is completed, after-hours users must enter the building at the 1st Floor East Entrance, off the plaza. SU Dept of Public Safety officers will be on hand to verify your university status and authorize your entry to the facility. We are sorry for this temporary inconvenience.
-- John Popko, University Librarian
Tune in tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, to KING 5
television at 7:00pm and watch Evening Magazine host, Meeghan Black, present
her popular TV program using Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons as
the backdrop for this episode. Ms. Black
and her camera crew were in the building Monday morning filming her presentations
and background shots for use in the program.
The library and learning commons staff will be joining the
university community in the observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on
Monday, January 17.
The library will be open 1-9 pm with limited
services. The circulation desk and
second floor iDesk will be open to assist users. Research services will be available only through the Chat with a Librarian service. The Learning Assistance Programs, Math Lab, and
Writing Center will all be closed for the holiday. The 24/7 space will remain available.
Regular library and learning commons services will resume on
Tuesday, January 18. Enjoy the holiday.
Beginning Friday, January 7, 2011, at 5:00pm, the Online Research and Computer Lab,
Room 208, of the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons ("The L&M") will
become a part of our 24/7 Zone, extending and enhancing secure research, study,
and learning opportunities for SU students. We are taking this action in positive response to the many
requests of students during the Fall Quarter and to the formal ASSU resolution
of November 4, 2010.
expansion of The L&M’s 24/7 Zone will provide access to 42 computer
workstations for individual and group work, a printer, and a combination of
tables, chairs, and lounge seating for 26. After regular library hours, this area will continue to be
restricted to Seattle University students, faculty and staff with a valid SU ID
card. Access will be controlled via
electronic card readers at the building and room entrances. The entire 24/7 Zone will be secured
and patrolled by Dept. of Public Safety officers.
the expansion will be an important addition to our students’ maximum use of
this primary study location, it also presented us with it a number of security
and operational challenges. We
would not have been able to act so promptly on this complex matter were it not
for the supportive and thoughtful ideas of our librarians, the generous and
positive contributions of Provost Isiaah Crawford and Vice President Jacob
Diaz, and the conscientious concern and action of Public Safety Director Mike
behalf of this committed group, I’m pleased to announce this expansion of The
L&M’s 24/7 Zone.
John Popko, University Librarian
During Finals Week we are opening two of our instruction rooms for drop-in student use. Room 366 and 396 near the Circulation Desk will be open as study rooms for students to share as individual and group work space (multiple groups and individuals can use the room at the same time). They are not reservable.
Good luck with finals!
Due to weather conditions, the library is closed on Wednesday, November 24.
The 24/7 space on the 1st and 2nd floors remains open as usual.
The library will re-open on Saturday, November 27. Happy Thanksgiving!
Due to weather conditions, the library is closed on Tuesday, November 23.
The 24/7 space on the 1st and 2nd floors remains open as usual. The library's online resources and services -- such as article databases and the chat service -- are also available!
For updates, see status.seattleu.edu.
Due to weather conditions, Seattle University closed at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 22. All non-essential personnel were sent home.
The library also closed at 3 p.m on November 22. The 24/7 space on the 1st and 2nd floors remains open as usual. The online resources and services -- such as article databases and chat services -- through the library's web site are also available!
Need a space for your group to work on a project? The 15 group study rooms in the Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons can now be reserved using Outlook Web Access (using Internet Explorer on a PC) for advance bookings or the panel outside the room for immediate bookings. It’s important to reserve your room. Instructions for booking a room are now available online.
Cords to connect your laptop to the big screen and whiteboard markers are available for check-out at the iDesks or the Circulation Desk.
Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will be open on Thursday and Friday,
November 11 and 12, but will be offering reduced
hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Regular hours will resume Saturday,
staff will offer limited services during these hours. The Writing Center, Learning Assistance Programs, and The
Math Lab will be closed both days, with regular services resuming Monday, November
15. Research Services
will also be closed over the holiday, but a librarian will be available from
1-6 on Sunday, November 14.
Byte Café will be open, also with reduced hours: Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m – 2 p.m.
secure 24/7 study spaces on the 1st and 2nd floors will be open, as usual.
What: Struggling to find information? Research Librarian, Sandra Brandt, will show you how to use databases to find quality information specifically for nursing students.
When: Wednesday, November 3rd @ 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. or Thursday, November 5th @ 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Where: Lemieux Library 369
*No RSVP needed, just show up!
All scrubs welcome!!
On Thursday, September 30, the university community will gather to dedicate Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons and to honor the many individuals and organizations whose generous contributions of $37.5-million made this facility possible.
Everyone is invited to participate in the dedication activities, which will take place on the library east plaza and throughout the building from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
In support of this activity, the building will be closed completely from 8am to noon. Following the dedication ceremony, tours will be held between noon and 1:30pm, after which regular library services will resume.
During the 8am to noon closure, there will be no access to any part of the building, including the 24/7 zone on the 1st and 2nd floors (24/7 access will close at 4am on Thursday morning). This will allow members of the L&M staff, University Advancement, and Bon Appetit to prepare the facility for the dedication at 11:30am. When the building opens at noon for the dedication tours, University Advancement and L&M staff will be stationed throughout the building to welcome, thank, and honor our guests, and to provide information to facilitate their tour. Library staff will not be available to help with library service requests until after 1:30; the dedication will require us to devote our full attention to these important friends and donors.
I appreciate your understanding and support for this minor interruption in your use of our new facility. I again invite you to join the library staff in honoring and thanking our donors by participating in the dedication. We will resume full services in support to our primary clientele – the students and faculty of Seattle University – at 1:30 on September 30.
John PopkoUniversity Librarian
We had fun at the second annual Library and Learning Commons Games Night and hope you did too. It's not every day you get to play Rock Band in a library. Thanks to the Video Gamers' Alliance for supplying and running the various game systems!
Our Prize Winners....
Grand Prize $50 Bookstore Gift Certificate: Lin WilsonGame Prizes (Jenga and Apples to Apples): Rima Kaboul and Brooke Pangelinan
Should we have a Third Annual Library and Learning Commons Game Night?
Come for an evening of games at the Library and Learning Commons and see our new home. We'll have low-tech and hi-tech games and prizes to win.
All students are welcome!
September 21, 2010 -- 8pm-10pm Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons - 2nd Floor
You know from reading the weekly Construction Bulletin and from watching the progress onsite that the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is nearly ready for business. Over the next month or two, construction crews will continue to install furniture and art, and the facility's staff and vendors will continue to move in, shelve collections, install computers and technology, and fine-tune systems and details. Continuous progress will be made leading up to the first day of classes on Sept. 22 and the Library Dedication on Sept. 30.
Access to the Library & Learning Commons will begin with a “soft opening” the week of Sept. 13-17. This opening is designed primarily to give faculty the opportunity to set up course reserves, schedule instructional programs and make appointments with their liaison librarians as necessary in preparation for the fall quarter. We are excited to be in the new building and to be able to make our collections available again. However, we will still be immersed in details of the move and will be hiring and training staff during this week. Many Library & Learning Commons services will not be fully operational. The circulation desk will be open and material will be available for check out. We appreciate your patience as we complete our move over the first few weeks of fall quarter.
Hours during the Soft Opening Week will be:
Monday, Sept. 13: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 14: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 15: 1-4:30 p.m. (Allows Library & Learning Commons employees to participate fully in Convocation)
Thursday, Sept. 16: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 17: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18: Closed
Sunday, Sept. 19: Closed
Beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, following the Convocation lunch, the Library and Learning Commons staff invites all faculty and university staff to visit and get acquainted with the new facility. Handouts will be provided that will enable you to conduct a self-guided tour, and staff members will be available in key locations from 1-3 p.m. to answer your questions or provide additional information. Don’t expect a completely polished facility; there will still be workers finishing up punch lists, boxes being unpacked, and staff preparing for the fall quarter.
Many have worked very hard to bring this project to a successful completion. The campus community has been very patient and understanding with the disruptions that construction and relocations have entailed. We hope you'll accept our invitation to round out your University Convocation experience with a visit to the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, and appreciate the fruits of all our labors.
The Interim Library will be closed from Friday, September 3 to Sunday, September 12 to prepare for the final move of collections and staff to the new Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons. While there will continue to be ’round-the-clock online access to our digital resources—e-books, e-journals, databases, and our chat-based research assistance—there will be no access to the library staff, technology, collections or facility. Additionally, there will be a suspension of the Summit Borrowing Program during these days.
In addition, because Seattle University is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, our students, faculty, and staff may take advantage of the Alliance’s Visiting Patron Service at the libraries of the other Alliance members. In order to take advantage of this reciprocal program, you can register at the Seattle Pacific University Library Circulation Desk or at the University of Washington Suzzallo Library Cashier Office, and you will be given selected access and circulation privileges at these libraries.It has been customary Lemieux Library practice to offer reduced hours during Intersession because of the smaller number and the nature of classes offered during this period. This more extended closure adds only six days to the number of days the library would ordinarily have been closed.Please ask a librarian or library staff member, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. I extend my sincere appreciation to the entire campus community for its understanding, flexibility and support as we work through this final stage of our project. -- John Popko, University Librarian
We are galloping closer to the transition to the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. In order to make a timely and successful transition from the Interim Library to the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, both locations of the library will be closed from Friday, September 3, through Sunday, September 12.
Read on for more information about library hours, closure, Summit, and more.
Consistent with past practice, and based on the significantly reduced demand for library resources and services during this time, the Interim Library will be offering limited hours of operation during Intersession 2010. The Interim Library will be open August 16 - September 2 for the following hours:Monday - Thursday: Noon - 6 p.m.Friday and Saturday: ClosedSunday: 1 - 9 p.m. Library closure:
As previously announced to the campus community, the Interim Library will be closed from Friday, September 3, through Sunday, September 12, in order to conclude the installation of collections, technology and staff in the new Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons. We continue to provide round-the-clock online access to digital resources -- e-books, e-journals, databases and our chat-based research assistance -- but there will be no access to the library staff, technology, collections or facility. Additionally, there will be a suspension of the Summit Borrowing Program during these days. Please note these additional details so that we may be of maximum service during this crucial transitional period: Lemieux Library Materials:
Return of Library Materials:
It has been customary Lemieux Library practice to offer reduced hours during Intersession because of the smaller number and the nature of classes offered during this period. This more extended closure adds only six days to the number of days the library would ordinarily have been closed. Please ask a librarian or library staff member, or e-mail email@example.com if you have questions not covered by this announcement. Access to Other Libraries During Closure: The Seattle University community will have access to other libraries and library resources during the Lemieux Library closure. Because SU is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, our students, faculty and staff may take advantage of the Alliance’s Visiting Patron Service at the libraries of the other Alliance members. Our nearest Alliance partners, the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University, have been alerted to our closure and are prepared to assist our students and faculty. In order to take advantage of this program, you must register at the Seattle Pacific University Library Circulation Desk or at the University of Washington Suzzallo Library Cashier Office, in order to be given selected access and circulation privileges at these libraries.Two other Alliance libraries in our region include the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma) and Saint Martin University (Olympia). Contact each library’s circulation desk if you would like to take advantage of the Visiting Patron Service.Lemieux Library is also a member of the Northwest Association of Private Colleges & Universities: Libraries. Member libraries permit students and faculty from participating institutions to have limited on-site borrowing privileges. NACPUL member libraries in our area include Northwest University (Kirkland) and Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland/Tacoma). Contact each library’s circulation desk if you would like to take advantage of this on-site borrowing service.The Seattle metro area is blessed with two well-respected public library systems in Seattle Public Library and King County Library System. Lemieux Library has no formal reciprocal borrowing relationship with either of them, but you might be eligible to sign up at either or both for access to their collections.I extend my sincere appreciation to the entire campus community for its understanding, flexibility and support as we work through this final stage of our project. -- John Popko, University Librarian
In order to make a timely and successful transition from the Interim Library to the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, both locations of the library will be closed from Friday, September 3, through Sunday, September 12. While there will continue to be ’round-the-clock online access to our digital resources—e-books, e-journals, databases, and our chat-based research assistance—there will be no access to the library staff, technology, collections or facility. Additionally, there will be a suspension of the Summit Borrowing Program during these days. We anticipate the new facilities will open early in the week of September 13.
We are taking steps to minimize the impact of this closure on enrolled students. Liaison Librarians are in communication with the individual faculty who are teaching during Intersession in order to determine what this closure might mean to the students and what practical, or even extraordinary, steps the library staff might take to minimize the negative impacts on the class. The final arrangements will be communicated to the pertinent faculty and students at the beginning of Intersession.
In addition, because Seattle University is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, our students, faculty and staff may take advantage of the Alliance’s Visiting Patron Service at the libraries of the other Alliance members. In order to take advantage of this reciprocal program, you can register at the Seattle Pacific University Library Circulation Desk or at the University of Washington Suzzallo Library Cashier Office, and you will be given selected access and circulation privileges at these libraries.
It has been customary Lemieux Library practice to offer reduced hours during Intersession because of the smaller number and the nature of classes offered during this period. This more extended closure adds only six days to the number of days the library would ordinarily have been closed.
As I’m sure you know, we are galloping closer to the transition to the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. We’re on schedule to assemble book shelves next month, receive the city’s Certificate of Occupancy sometime in the first half of August, begin moving in books , furnishings and staff shortly thereafter, hire and re-deploy staff, hang art and signage and otherwise get ready for the fall quarter.
I extend my sincere appreciation to the entire campus community for its understanding, flexibility and support as we work through this final stage of our project.
The Interim Library is hosting its last study break of the year on Monday and Tuesday of finals week.
Thank you for your continued support during this transitional 2009-2010 Academic Year. Come on over and enjoy snacks and beverages on us.
Monday, June 7 at 7pm -- sodas & popcorn
Tuesday, June 8 at 9am -- coffee & cookies
Hope to see you there!
After a lengthy approval process, I am pleased to announce that the new café in Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons will be called The Byte.
A contest to help name the café was conducted March 1-20, and 415 people from across campus responded by submitting a total of 1,353 possible names. A seven-person committee reviewed all the proposals, then submitted its recommendations to me for presentation to the university’s Executive Team for its final selection and approval.
As announced at the outset of the contest, the library is awarding prizes to those who participated. First Prize goes to Sheena Burke, the graduate student who submitted the winning café name, the Honorable Mention prize goes to faculty member Dave Madsen, who submitted Cup and Chaucer, and a third prize is awarded to the randomly-chosen entry James and the Giant Bean, submitted by Matt Vielbig, a graduate student and university staff member. Each winner will receive gift cards from Bon Appetit and the SU Bookstore.
I wish to acknowledge and thank the members of the Selection Committee who worked diligently and thoughtfully to establish criteria that guided its deliberations, and to select names appropriate to the space and to the campus:
Want to see what names weren’t selected? Go to http://www.seattleu.edu/library/cafe.html.
What: Student Forum about the upcoming Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons
When: Tuesday, May 4th, 5:00-6:30
Where: Student Center 130
How: Space is limited, but we still have a few spots left! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org today, May 3, to reserve your spot.
Why: We want student input to help us shape the services of the new Library and Learning Commons. We'll supply the free pizza and some questions, and you'll tell us your ideas and opinions about using the Library and Learning Commons (Writing Center, Learning Center, Math Lab and Research Services). All students are welcome, whether you use these services all the time, never or somewhere in between. And enter to win a "sneak peek" tour of the new Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons!
How: Space is limited, so please email email@example.com by May 3 to reserve your spot.
Another important milestone has been reached on the road to the opening of Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons. Between February 1 and 12, hundreds of students, faculty and staff accepted the library’s invitation to test drive seating that had been selected for the new facility. The results of that survey have been compiled by the library’s Communication & Marketing Team (CMT). Based on the results of the survey, orders are being placed for the new furniture.
During the survey, 482 students, faculty, and staff sat on, poked, prodded, spun, bounced on and lounged in more than 20 individual pieces – side chairs, couches, computer chairs, stools and lounge chairs. They completed survey questions that rated the seating comfort, functional suitability, adjustability and ease of movement of each piece. The survey told the Library and Facilities Administrations what the campus liked and didn’t like. The CMT’s report is available on the Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons Project page of the SU Facilities Services website, both as an Executive Summary and in full.
I extend my sincere thanks to all the members of the community who took the time to test the furniture and contribute their opinions. The planning group that selected this collection of furniture has worked long and hard to make choices that are appropriate to the many purposes of the building and to the characteristics and preferences of its diverse set of users. Survey respondents have validated their thoughtful work and allow us to move forward with confidence and broad support.
The vast majority of the pieces surveyed received high marks in one or more categories and high average scores, with the Mirra chair receiving the highest rating of all the pieces. At the other end of the spectrum, the Enea bar-height stool received such low marks that it has been deleted from the library’s shopping cart and will be replaced with a more appropriate product. (The chair and stool are pictured along with the other tested furniture in the full report.)
I compliment the members of the CMT, individually and collectively, and their partners in Facilities Administration and Bonewitz Project, for their conscientious work compiling and presenting the results in a clear and comprehensive report. They’ve given us good evidence on which to base our decisions.
Finally, CMT and I congratulate participating student Elijah Wong who was randomly chosen to win the prize of a $50 gift certificate to the SU Bookstore.
We want you to do well on finals this quarter! To cheer you on, the Interim Library will have Study Breaks with free treats provided. Stop by for one or both:
Help us name the new café in the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.
The café will serve coffee, tea, sodas, sandwiches, salads and other light snacks. It will be located on the 2nd floor of the building, next to a reading room and overlooking the gardens outside.
All café name submissions will be reviewed by a university committee. Prizes will be awarded to the submitter of the winning café name, to the submitter of "honorable mention" café name(s), and to one randomly-selected participant.
Please go to tinyurl.com/librarycafe to submit your entry now. The contest closes on March 20, 2010.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the library seating survey! We received 446 surveys, which we are now busily tabulating and analyzing.
We'll share some general results from the survey on this blog in the near future.
Elijah won the random drawing of entries and will receive a book store give card (and our thanks)!
Take a study break and celebrate Groundhog Day with a free screening of the 1993 Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day!
It's free and it's tonight, Tuesday, February 2, at 7:30pm at the Interim Library. We'll serve up some snacks, soda, fun trivia, and prizes along with the film. Stop by, whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not!
Try out seating options for the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons!
We're doing a “seating survey” for the new building, and we want your opinion on the comfort and function of the seating choices.
Students, staff and faculty are invited to drop by the Interim Library between Feb. 1 and 12 to test drive the furniture. Imagine yourself in different study modes, with all your study gear, and see what kind of seating works best for you. Take the furniture functionality for a spin. If a chair has a tablet arm, does it work well with your laptop? Are the computer chairs adjustable to your requirements? Can you relax comfortably in the lounge seating? You can leave comments on paper surveys available in the library. As a "thank you" to campus, each completed survey will be entered into a drawing, and the randomly-selected winner will receive a $50 gift card to the SU bookstore!Questions? Contact email@example.com.
No plans for Groundhog Day? No worries, come over to the Interim Library! We will be celebrating Groundhog Day by showing the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day.
Take a break and join us for a little groundhog tradition. Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 7:30pm at the Interim Library. We will serve snacks and fizzy drinks, and have fun trivia and prizes too!
You can browse the library's Recreational Reading Collection online in five steps:
1) On the library's web page, click on Advanced Search
2) On the Search Terms screen (see below), type in the word the (or any common word)
3) For Location, select LEML-Recreational Reading (scroll down a bit to find it)
4) Sort by Title
5) Click Search and you'll see a list of novels and other popular books.
Simple! Try it out for yourself!
When you find a book you want, click "Request Item" and we'll have the book ready for you at the circulation desk within hours.
And remember, if you need any help just ask us!
We want everyone to do well on finals, so to cheer you on, we’ll be serving coffee and cookies in the library.
Come by the Interim Library around 8pm tonight, Tuesday December 8, to enjoy a little treat while you study!
Get a sneak peek at possible new furniture for the new Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons!
Some furniture that might be used in the new Library & Learning Commons is available for use in the Interim Library.
It's been here for only a few days, but students are already using it. Try it out and let us know what you think of it! You can leave a comment here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
The campus has spoken!
We asked the campus community how the Interim Library’s instruction room should be used when librarians aren’t using it for instruction.
The majority vote was for a quiet reading room.
Signs will be posted soon, but we want to announce now that you can use this room for quiet study space whenever it’s not booked for instruction. Look for the white boards near the doors for updates on its availability.
In general, the Interim Library’s hours are: Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 11:00pmFriday: 8:00am - 5:00pmSaturday: 10:00am - 6:00pmSunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pmLibrary hours vary on holidays and during term breaks
Other study spaces on campus include:University Services Lobby: 24 hours (reading area)Pigott Atrium: 7 am - 2 am (Monday to Thursday)Student Center: 6 am - midnightPavilion West Lobby: 7 am - midnightHunthausen: 7 am - 11 pmEngineering 3rd Floor: 7 am - 11 pm (computer lab)
We’re serving cookies on Wednesday, Sept. 30, beginning at 2p.m. to welcome back the SU community AND show off our new location. Come visit our new space (1313 E Columbia), learn more about our services and enjoy some refreshments!
Find your way to the Interim Library by first watching this entertaining video or consulting this handy map.
Tuesday, September 22nd from 8-10pm.
At the Interim Library, we're kicking off the year in a fun way with games, games and more games! Playstation 3, X-Box and Nintendo Wii stations will be set up around the library as well as low tech options also for those looking for less technological fun! We'll be giving away prizes throughout the night!All students are welcome! We'd love to see you there!Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
At the Interim Library, we're kicking off the year in a fun way with games, games and more games! Playstation 3, X-Box and Nintendo Wii stations will be set up around the library as well as low tech options also for those looking for less technological fun! We'll be giving away prizes throughout the night!All students are welcome! We'd love to see you there!
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help the library decide how to best use the Interim Library's instruction room!
When not being used for library instruction sessions, should the room be designated as a quiet reading room or as a group study space?
Please vote by leaving a comment on this blog post. Or stop by the Interim Library to see the room, and vote on the large sticky notes on the wall!
We'll announce how campus voted in Fall term 2009.
Watch the video below to find out!!
The Interim Library at 1313 E. Columbia is open! Here are a few photos from our first two days of operations:
... but come by and see the space for yourself!
To celebrate the opening of the Interim Library @ 1313 E Columbia, we’re serving cookies every afternoon at 2 p.m. for our first week – June 22 to June 26. Come by, see the new space, and enjoy some refreshments! The Interim Library will operate from now until the end of Summer 2010, when the renovated Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will open.The process for accessing print materials is different from before, and it will take longer to get certain items. Faculty and students will need to plan further ahead in order to obtain research materials in time to meet project deadlines. Here’s an overview of what’s available at the Interim Library @ 1313 E Columbia.Computers & Printing: The Interim Library has desktop computers for lab-style access, and 24 laptops (16 PC, 8 Mac) to be checked out for use within the building. Printing WILL BE available soon.Journals & Databases: The library's electronic journals and databases are available, as usual. Print journals are stored and will not be available in the Interim Library. Library staff will help you request articles that we don’t have in electronic formats.Books: To maximize the number of books in our Interim Collection, the library will have a “closed-stack collection” (so we could fit more in). Use the “Request Item” button in the library’s online catalog to request the books and videos you want, and we’ll retrieve them for you. You will receive an email when the item is available to pick up at the Circulation Desk.DVD & VHS: The library’s entire collection of video media is onsite and available for request via the procedure outlined above for books.Summit Borrowing: Approximately 28 million titles are available through the Summit Catalog (a consortium of 36 academic libraries in WA and OR). Items you request from Summit typically arrive in 4-6 business days. You will receive an email when the item is available to pick up at the Circulation Desk.The Writing Center: Will be open June 29-August 13, Monday through Friday from 10am – 5pm. Questions? Stop by the library, or e-mail email@example.com.
Lemieux Library is closed from June 14 to June 21, 2009 as the movers clear the building. Library staff members are preparing the Interim Library at 1313 E. Columbia to open for summer session on Monday, June 22.
Library staff members are looking forward to welcoming you to the Interim Library @ 1313 E. Columbia starting June 22! We plan to celebrate our first week in the Interim Library with cookies available at about 2pm each day. Stop by!
Last week we broke ground for the future Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. As part of the event we were treated to an original spoken word performance by Canary Sing.
Here is the link to Youtube video of that performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAOAPyvp91s
And below are the lyrics:
from the seed to the treeturnin pages like leaves building bridges when we breathestories never out of reach
restless messagesbreaking surface sentences we be between the linesbetter cite us if you’re so inclinedrenovate a mindstate maybe ladies but still penetrateour power’s on a conscious tipcoming with this knowledgewe inheritedrestless messagesbreaking surface sentences we be between the linesbetter cite us if you’re so inclinedrenovate a mindstate
we take it backwards half heard half spoken while you horoscopin for good fortune we stay floatin thin linesits the signs of the times they call us dimes plus two pack a dozen rhymes to bust youso sick witted when we rush thruturnin tables to untangle truth from lie devil’s pie got em hypethink they lost then you’re rightwe take flight on a left wing make your soul sing holy holy you can’t hold us in a boxthink we done I think notstayin in your bubble always on trackwe’ll be bombin on your train of thought no cutting slacktake it back to the basics
they say literature is close to extinctionbut we comin from the marginstransform the dictionand the frictionsparks a fire up under our seatswe building on the bassline flowing underneathread up to get downdefinition thru soundarchitectural integrity is playfully profoundhold yourself by your spine cuz our bodies carefully bound like a bookwe sing a nice hookgot the ground shookgot information flowing instantaneouslythrough our arteriesauthoring philosophy classicallywe sparking the Canonlike our lyrics were Latinrossetta stone this poem so you understand it
Congratulations to the winners of the first Lemieux Library Film Contest!
Many thanks to all who participated in our contest!
Another big thank you -- to the company that donated the videocamera, B&H Photo Video.
And finally, thank you to the volunteer panel of judges, who selected the winners:
We are in the final week of operations at Lemieux Library. The library will be open regular hours until 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2009.
Lemieux Library will be closed from June 14 to June 21, 2009 as the movers clear the building and the library staff prepares the Interim Library at 1313 E. Columbia to open for summer session on Monday, June 22, 2009.
Library staff is looking forward to welcoming you to the Interim Library @ 1313 E. Columbia. If you have questions, ask a librarian or library staff member, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library move is underway! Many books and journals have been packed and put in storage to ensure that construction can begin on time.
What does this mean for you? It is important to plan for any upcoming finals or papers that require sources from the library.
Here are some tips to get the sources you need when you need them:
Other ways to get help:
Best wishes for finals!
Before construction begins on the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend one of the following information sessions:
At the information session, you''ll have an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming library construction and its impact on campus life. Facilities staff will discuss how the project will take shape and invite your questions. (And cookies will be provided!).
The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is the centerpiece of SU’s successful For the Difference We Make campaign, and the largest undertaking in the university’s history. The 15-month project, which begins June 15, will expand and transform the library and create an “intellectual community square” for the university.
Three teams submitted films for Lemieux Library's first-ever student film contest!
View them on YouTube:
A panel of SU faculty, students, and staff will view the films, choose their favorite, and announce the results in early June 2009.
A big thank you to our student filmmakers!!
The Lemieux Library's first student film contest wraps up soon!
Watch our kickoff movie at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ9Rv1HrdmU
...and submit your own short film for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate to the SU bookstore or a FLIP Mino videocamera!
Your film can be simple or elaborate, fictional or cinéma vérité,, improvised or scripted, as short as 15 seconds or as long as four minutes... whatever your creative vision is -- as long as it highlights your memories, experiences or activities at Lemieux Library.
Upload your film to YouTube as a "response" to the library's kickoff movie by 11:59pm on Monday, May 11, 2009. Winners will be announced in early June.
Find full contest details, including info about videocameras that you can check out from the library, at tinyurl.com/libraryfilm.
Questions? E-mail email@example.com.
Thanks to the Capital Campaign success, Seattle University will break ground June 3, 2009 on the largest capital project in Seattle University history -- the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.
The June 3 event will celebrate donors and the transformation of the "intellectual heart" of the campus.
Construction begins this summer on the $50 million venture, jumpstarted by a $10 million gift from the Gates Foundation. The library and learning commons will open in September 2010 and will represent a thoroughly 21st-century building with modern technology and greater access to our library collections and services. When the library opens it will combine 37,000 square feet of new construction on three floors with the renovation of five floors of the original A.A. Lemieux Library.
During the construction, the library will move to the Interim Library at 1313 E. Columbia St. The relocation will require more than 20,000 boxes of books and other materials.
There's more to life than fame and fortune...
But why not enter the library's short film contest? You could win a FLIP Mino videocamera or a $200 gift certificate to the SU Bookstore!
Learn more about the film contest here and enter before the deadline of May 11, 2009!
A celebration will be held for The Encyclopedia of Gender & Society (available online via Lemieux Library) from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, in Casey Commons. All faculty and staff are invited to join in celebrating with editor Jodi O’Brien (sociology), the Wismer Professor Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs (modern languages/women studies) and the following Seattle University faculty members who contributed entries for the encyclopedia, a comprehensive two-volume work covering the major theories, research, people and issues in contemporary gender studies:
Deirdre Bowen (law), “Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice… Mary Kay Brennan (social work), “Clergy Sex Scandals”…Mark Cohan (sociology), “Kinsey, Alfred C.” and “Nature/Nurture Debates”…Mako Fitts (sociology), “Body Image” and “Media and Gender Stereotypes”…Elaine Gunnison (criminal justice), “Gender and the Death Penalty,” “Prison and Parenting,” “Prison Culture and Demographics,” and “Rehabilitation”… Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs (modern languages/women studies), “Anzaldua, Gloria” and “Feminist Activism in Latin America”…Nalini Iyer (English), “Aruna Asaf Ali,” “Caste,” “Gandhi, Indira,” “Hijira/Hejira,” “Ramabal, Pandita”…Paulette Kidder (philosophy), “Ethics and Moral Development, Gender Differences”…Katherine Koppelman (English), “Courtly Love”…Gary Perry (sociology), “Black Feminist Thought,” “Feminization of Poverty,” and “Gender Discrimination in Employment”…Debby Phillips (nursing), “Masculinity Studies” and “Male Privilege”…Julie Shapiro (law), “Family Law”…Elizabeth Strober (anthropology), “Surfing” and “Traditional Healing”…Charles Tung (English), “Postmodern Feminism”…Carolyn Weber (English), “Maternalism,” “Maternity Leave,” and “Mommy Track”…Ruth White (social work), “AIDS and International Women’s Health”…Riva Zeff (social work), “Gang, Boys” and “Gangs, Girls.”
Hosted by the Wismer Professorship for Gender & Diversity and the Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Social Work.
Announcing the first-ever Lemieux Library Film Contest!
Watch the video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ9Rv1HrdmU
Help us celebrate and commemorate the current library before we move to the Interim Library, and you could win a FLIP Mino camcorder or a $200 gift certificate to the SU University Bookstore!
To enter the contest, make a short film (up to 4 minutes) about your memories, experiences or activities at Lemieux Library and submit it here by May 11, 2009.
Video cameras, digital cameras with video capability, and Mac laptops with iMovie software are available to check out from the Library! Ask at the Circulation Desk.
Find full details of the contest at tinyurl.com/libraryfilm. Happy filming!
...but packing for the move to the Interim Library has begun, so some library books may be unavailable and others may be in unexpected places.
If you want help finding a book, ask a library staff member at the Research Assistance desk or the Circulation desk. We’ll help you navigate the library!
You can also consult the library web site. When looking at the info about a library book, check out these three sections of the page:
If the status says AVAILABLE, take a close look at the LOCATION before venturing up to the 3rd or 4th floor. If it says LEML Book (4th NE Corner) (see arrow below), then it is in a new location. To find this new location,
If the status says NOT AVAILABLE (see arrow below), then the book has been packed and will not be available again until the new Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons opens in Fall 2010. However, don't despair! Most books can be requested through our consortium, which is called Summit.
In order to re-route utility lines around the library, contractors will begin digging trenches at the south, west and north sides of the library (current utility lines are on the east side).
Before Spring Break: Fences will go up around the construction area and a vacuum truck is likely to make things noisy.
Spring Break: The digging starts for 3 sections of trench and air spading (pumping air into the soil) for the trees on the northwest corner. There will be a lot of noise.
After Spring Break: Trench digging will continue. The site will be prepared for City Light to install new utility lines.
Photo by "bucklava" on flickr. (Creative Commons Attribution License)
A number of trees around the library that have historic significance. These were planted by master gardener Fujitaro Kubota (see http://www.kubota.org for more information).
During the early phases of the construction of the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, most of the trees will be protected in place, including:
A pair of Weeping Beech trees, at the NW corner of the building;
And a pair of Nest Spruce, at the east entrance. The spruce pair will be relocated elsewhere on campus.
The trees flanking the steps/sidewalk leading up to the West entry will not be sheltered in place, but will be transplanted to new locations elsewhere on campus.
This work will begin around the end of Spring Quarter 2009, when a large trench is to be dug around the perimeter of the current library building to allow the installation of power and data cables for the new Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning commons.
Contractors will use a technology called air-spading, which uses compressed air to remove the soil. This process accomplishes the excavation of cables and buried utility lines faster than conventional digging and does so without damaging the trees' roots.
In previous years, the library’s weekday hours during Spring Break have been 8 am to 4:30 pm. This year, due to the upcoming June 2009 move to the Interim Library @ 1313 E Columbia, the hours will be a little different.
To allow library staff to begin preparing for the move, the library will be closed for three days during Spring Break: from Wednesday, March 25th through Friday, March 27th.
The library will also be closed the Sunday after Finals Week, and the Saturday and Sunday of Spring Break.
During the hours that the library is closed, we expect that the 24/7 study spaces in the Lemieux Lobby and Reading Room will remain open to SU students, faculty and staff with a valid ID card. However, access to the Reading Room may be limited due to fumes from conservation work on the large wall mural.
There will also be construction immediately outside the library building during this time. This is predicted to be very noisy, so the lobby and Reading Room may not be the best places to study.
We estimate this move will involve 20,000 boxes of books, taking up 600 pallets and a team of professional movers. We have currently packed 300 boxes which is only 2% of the overall project. There is a lot to do between now and June.
We're taking some moving advice from the Savage Chickens....
Used with permission by the artist, Doug Savage of the Savage Chickens (www.savagechickens.com).
Beverage Coupons from the Library
got mug? bring it. To the Library! Lemieux Library wants to thank you for using a reusable mug when you visit February 23 - March 13, 2009. 200 lucky patrons will receive a coupon for an additional 50 cents off a beverage when you use your reusable mug.
Lemieux Library thanks you for using a reusable mug, in partnership with the got mug? Campaign. Your choice helps protect the Library's resources for your community's enjoyment and minimizes paper cup use on campus.
Laptop? Check. Textbook? Check. Wallet, keys? Check. got mug? CHECK!
The Department of Biology is hosting a celebration for Charles Darwin's 200th birthday on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, from noon to 1:30.
All are welcome to the Darwinival in the Biology Atrium (Bannan, first floor) for festivities including evolution-themed games, a display of Darwiniana, cake, and prizes!
If you'd like to learn more about Darwin, the library has many relevant books, such as:
In June 2009, Lemieux Library will move services and operations to the Interim Library @ 1313 E Columbia. To share information about this move, Lemieux Library staff members have created an Interim Library web site featuring a timeline, answers to frequently asked questions, and other important updates.
Visit http://www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/interim for the latest news on the Interim Library!
Lemieux Library is beginning the process of packing up the collection for the upcoming renovation. We are currently taking great care to pack and preserve our Special Collections which include the Napoleonic, Darwin and Mary Queen of Scots collections. We also have rare editions of The Book of Kells and Dante’s Inferno (illustrated by Salvador Dali). Our Book Arts collection will be available at the Interim Library but the rest of our special collections will be in "dark storage" to ensure their safety until we open the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons in September 2010.
More pictures at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lemieuxlibrary/
Make your 125 free prints per quarter go farther by using double-sided printing in the library. When sending print jobs, look for Preferences or Properties to pick the "print on both sides" option (we'll show you if you need help). When you print double sided, you only pay for one piece of paper ($.05) but you get two prints (one on each side).Other tips to conserve paper:
More information on the PrintShare Program is here.
Want something fun to do this rainy January? Check out Comixtravaganza, a series of free events celebrating comics, manga, graphic novels and artists!
Hosted by the Seattle Public Library, Comixtravaganza will be in various library branches throughout January, with the finale taking place on Saturday 1/31 at the Central Library (which is less than a mile from campus!).
The events are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. And get this: refreshments will be served, and art supplies will be provided!
More info, including the schedule and locations, is here.
Lemieux Library is participating in the got mug? campaign.
Seattle U students, staff & faculty who stop by the library's circulation desk with their reusable mug can get a coupon for fifty cents off a drink at a Bon Appetit site at SU!
The coupons are being handed out and are valid from December 1 to 12, 2008.
Bring your mug on by the library!
Initiative has environmental, pedagogical and fiscal dimensions
Seattle University will launch the PrintShare Program beginning Winter Quarter, January 2009. The program is expected to make a significant contribution to enhancing environmental sustainability, to reinforce smart pedagogical practices and to help manage limited university financial resources.
Under the terms of this new program, students will share with various university service units some of the costs of computer-output printing at nine open, public printing sites. Each student will be allocated 125 free black-and-white printouts for each enrolled academic quarter. If the student exhausts these free copies, he or she will then pay for additional printouts at the rate of $.05 each. (Faculty and staff will not be given a free printing quota because it is expected they have access to office or departmental resources for their printing needs.)
Student expenditures under the PrintShare Program will take the form of a debit transaction from the Miscellaneous Account on the standard campus ID card. The university will be using the P-Counter software application to track and manage printing activity. When the student’s 125 free copies are used up, P-Counter will begin deducting the cost from the balance on the campus ID card. Students can add money to a card at any Value Transfer Stations (VTS) throughout the academic year to cover anticipated printing charges.
The service units that manage these printing sites will continue to supply printer hardware, software and consumable supplies – toner cartridges and paper. Staff at each printing site will have the ability to temporarily override the P-Counter software to assist a student or to re-run, or rectify a lost or unsatisfactory print job.
The PrintShare Program will launch in January at the following open, public printing locations:
A number of other printing sites exist around campus that will not be a participating in PrintShare at its launch in January, including specialized teaching or study labs that a school, college, department, or program manages for the benefit of a limited number of students. These sites, which currently impose security measures or identity requirements that deny access to students outside the immediate class or program, can be added to PrintShare in the future.
The PrintShare Program was developed cooperatively by the staff of Lemieux Library and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) over the period of several years as they became increasingly concerned about the environmental, pedagogical and financial problems that have prevailed in an era of free computer printing. The proposal was reviewed, modified, and endorsed by the Academic Assembly and the Deans Council, and approved by the Executive Team in October for implementation next quarter. Staff from the Library and OIT met with ASSU leaders in summer and fall to understand the student perspective and to develop the final implementation. The number of free printouts and the charge for excess printing match the terms of an April 2008 resolution passed by the Associated Students of Seattle University.
The PrintShare Program responds to a challenge President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., offered to faculty and staff at the University Convocation in September to make even stronger efforts at environmental sustainability during this 2008/09 academic year. From September 2007 to September 2008, SU students printed more than 4.5 million pages at five printers in four locations managed by the Lemieux Library and OIT. Based on information supplied by the university’s sustainability and recycling staff, this volume of printing consumed approximately 540 trees.
Much of this printing appears to have been unnecessary. All printing sites saw significant evidence of wasted resources as thousands of printed sheets were left behind or disposed of shortly after they were reviewed. The existing policy of unlimited free printing has offered no incentives to be thoughtful or reflective of the content, the cost, or the impacts of printing. This appears to be especially true in the use of online resources, many of which are treated as print-first-and-read-later. PrintShare is designed to encourage a more thoughtful review of the value of online resources, followed by a prudent choice among the options to download and save, to bookmark and return, or to print.
The PrintShare Program aligns Seattle University with standard practices at most college and university libraries in the Northwest and across the country that already require their students to pay for all or a portion of their computer-output printing, and most have done so for many years. To cite only a few examples, the University of Washington, Washington State University, Seattle Pacific University, Fairfield University and Georgetown University students pay $.10/page with no free copies, or with fewer free pages than PrintShare offers. Gonzaga University students pay the same $.05/page, but do not receive an initial quota of free pages.
The PrintShare Program depends on a blend of cooperation among all interested parties, acceptance of an evolving institutional culture, effective and reliable technology, and a shared sensitivity to environmental stewardship. We consider the remainder of the 2008/09 academic year to be a trial period for PrintShare, subject to administrative review and possible adjustments in future years.
Big changes are in store for Summit (summit.worldcat.org), the popular library system used by the Seattle University community to borrow books, CDs, DVDs, etc.
Currently, Summit provides access to over 28 million items from 35 college and university libraries throughout Oregon and Washington. In fall 2008, the Seattle University library staff is working with other members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance to upgrade and improve Summit. When the project is completed in 2009, you’ll be able to identify over 107 million items from libraries around the world—with one easy search.
Summit services will continue without interruption until the upgrade is completed, but we do want to highlight a few things for you to be aware of during the transition:
We’re confident that you’ll appreciate the enhancements in store for this important service. If you’d like more information about the new Summit, read the FAQ at http://www.orbiscascade.org/index/new-summit or ask a library staff person.
First things first - there will be no interruption of library services during the academic year.
The groundbreaking for the expanded Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons is on schedule for late spring 2009.
The Interim Library @ 1313 E Columbia will open at the beginning of Summer Quarter 2009. Library collections, resources & services will be available in our current location through Spring Quarter.
The library move is expected to take place the week of Intersession, June 14-21, before Summer Quarter classes begin June 22.
Watch this space for updates from the library staff on library collections, resources & services at The Interim Library @ 1313 E Columbia and The New Library Project: http://www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/interim
For further detail about the construction of The Interim Library @ 1313 E Columbia and The New Library Project, see these Facilities websites:
This fall, Lemieux Library is expanding the laptop checkout program!
We currently have 16 PC laptops. For fall term, we'll add 8 MacBook laptops, digital video cameras, and digital still cameras.
Reading fiction has psychological benefits, according to scientists at the University of Toronto. "Fiction is a simulation that runs on the software of our minds," which helps us negotiate the social world effectively, according to the summary of the research in New Scientist (6/28/2008, "The Science of Fiction").You can find fiction on your own bookshelves and at bookstores, of course, but if you want to read some fiction for free, try Lemieux Library's collection! Search the catalog on the library's website for your favorite author or title (Harry Potter or Cormac McCarthy, for example). If you don't have a specific book or author to look up, you could ask one of the librarians for help finding a good book, or you could try browsing online for some of the library's different types of fiction, such as:
What fiction are YOU reading this summer?
The Writing Fridays initiative jointly organized by CETL and Lemieux Library continues for those of you who are available on Friday afternoons, any time between 1 and 4 p.m. These three-hour sessions provide an opportunity for faculty to focus on writing in a quiet, yet collegial space while remaining on campus. From 1:00-2:00 p.m., a consultant from CETL will be available to help you brainstorm, provide feedback, or make more concrete suggestions on research related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Dates: Fridays, April 4 - June 6, 2008Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.Location: Wilson Broderick Room (third floor), Lemieux Library
Light snacks will be provided and laptops are available to check out from the circulation desk in the Library. All faculty are welcome to take part in this new initiative.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 296-2144.
We want your opinion about what to do if the Lemieux Library building is closed for renovation and expansion, which will begin as soon as June 2009.
The construction will last about 15 months and will impact the services and collections provided by the library as well as the building itself. We are considering a scenario in which we would close and move out of the current library building during the construction. Therefore, we're identifying our essential services and planning how to provide them elsewhere (on or near campus), with a goal of minimizing disruptions during this transition time.
To help us, please tell us: What are the most important services that the library provides? To you, what is "essential" about the library?
Need help writing a research paper, but the library is closed? Looking for a journal article at 3am? The next time you're pulling an all-nighter, try Chat with a Librarian 24/7, a service from Lemieux Library.
We partner with about twenty other Jesuit colleges & universities to provide real-time, chat-based research assistance online, at any time of the day or night (except for a few holidays; more details here).
Seattle University librarians are online at least six hours a week -- during all other times, you'll chat with another librarian from one of our partner schools, or a librarian hired to cover evening and holiday hours. We want to continue helping you with research and library questions in person, over email, or on the phone... but when you need immediate help, and none of us here at SU are available, give Chat with a Librarian 24/7 a try.
Have you already tried it? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment!
A Seattle U student placed third in a video/YouTube challenge held by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
Students were challenged to "select a public policy problem or societal challenge and offer your solution on video in 60 seconds or less."
All 15 entries can be viewed here.
(Found on WiredPen.)
The New York Times has dropped its paid online subscription service, Times Select.
Anyone searching nytimes.com can now view articles from 1987 to the present, and from 1855 to 1922. Articles from from 1923 to 1986 are available for purchase.
Don't pay for those articles, though! Through Lemieux Library's subscription, SU students, faculty, and staff have free online access to ALL New York Times articles, including those from 1923 to 1986!
Search our New York Times Historical Archive Online, either the articles from 1851 to four years ago or those from the late 90's to the present. Both of these options are listed on our Databases by Title page and on our Newspapers page.
Another major benefit of using Lemieux Library's subscription to the New York Times Historical Archive Online is that you have access to more sophisticated search techniques, such as searching for product or company names, or searching only within a particular section of the paper.
Questions? Leave a comment here or contact us!
IEEE Spectrum and Make magazineare joining forces to call attention to the coolest & cleverest do-it-yourself electronics projects. If you've designed and built something that you'd like to share with the combined readerships of Spectrum and Make -- more than 1 million people -- enter it into the IEEE Spectrum/Make DIY Contest. The entry deadline is 9 September 2007, and all you have to do to enter is send an e-mail message describing your project!
Read more about the contest here.
Like the incoming SU freshmen, some of us at Lemieux Library are reading The Omnivore's Dilemma. As one of these readers, I was excited to see that it was featured in a comic strip!
You don't need to be a freshman to read this excellent book! Any SU student, faculty, or staff can check out The Omnivore's Dilemma from Lemieux or one of the other libraries in Summit, a consortium of local university libraries.
Some of the general books with science-related themes (and interesting titles!) recently acquired by Lemieux Library...
On Saturday, May 5, participating independent comic book stores will give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores.
Almost every major comic book publisher is involved, from the biggest publishers to independent publishers.
You won't be able to grab any comic book off the shelf and take it home for free, but you will be able to take at least one of the 28 special comics that are available through this event.
Learn more about free comic book day here.
Through SU's institutional subscription to The Chronicle Online, campus now has free access to Academe Today, the daily e-mail report from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Starting immediately, faculty, staff, administration, and students at Seattle University can sign up for this popular e-mail newsletter, which summarizes the latest news in higher education and provides links to the complete news articles.
Signing up is simple:
PLEASE NOTE: Academe Today provides direct links to The Chronicle Online. If you are on campus, these links will allow direct access to the Chronicle. However, if you read Academe Today from an off-campus computer, you will need to use the VPN or authenticate through the proxy server before you can read The Chronicle Online.
Reference librarians from Lemieux Library, in conjunction with Student Academic Services, are offering a drop-in workshop at two different times this week.
What:"Research Faster: The Quick Way to Find Books and Articles" workshop
When:Wednesday, February 7, 2-3pmorThursday, February 8, 12:15-1:15pm
Where:Wilson-Broderick Room (instruction room on the third floor of the library)
Details:No need to RSVP - just show up. If you can, try to have a topic in mind - one that you're planning to research this term, so that we can tailor our workshop to your needs!
I just attended an American Library Association meeting held here in Seattle. Book awards are one of the highlights of the meeting, and this year a graphic novel won an award not specifically designed to recognize graphic novels! As a fan of such books, I was happy to hear that American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang was honored.
Lemieux Library has a good collection of graphic novels and comic books -- titles such as The Crow, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Persepolis, and many more. Just search for graphic novels in our online catalog to find them all!
We ordered a copy of American Born Chinese for the collection. Let us know if you have any suggestions for others!
Seattle University and Lemieux Library are closing at 4pm today, due to icy conditions on area roads.
Though the building will be closed, the library's online databases will be available if you'd like to search for journal articles. And of course, our web site will still be online if you want to search for books and videos.
If you would like research assistance, try our new Chat with a Librarian 24/7 service for an immediate response from a librarian at Seattle University or another Jesuit university. You can also e-mail us at email@example.com - we'll try to respond as soon as possible, but it might take up to 48 hours.
Be safe on the roads and sidewalks!
I don't know why this offer exists, or for how long, but as of today, a very funny new book "The Areas of my Expertise," is available as a free download from iTunes!
As a librarian, I'm always interested in books, and I especially love reference books (like almanacs, books of lists, etc.). But I've never seen a reference book that covered "Matters Historical, Matters Literary, Matters Crypto-zoological, Hobo Matters, Food, Drink & Cheese (a Kind of Food), Squirrels, Lobsters, & eels, Haircuts, Utopia, What Will Happen in the Future, and Most Other Subjects," as this one does.
Even though "all the historical oddities and amazing true facts" contained in the book are lies, made up by author John Hodgman, I still find it fascinating. Not that I've read (listened!) to it all, yet -- it is about seven hours long, even though it's abridged!
Download it here, if you're interested!
If you need scholarly articles for a paper due this week, but don't know where to start, don't worry!
Lemieux Library subscribes to databases that provide FREE scholarly articles (also called "academic" or "peer reviewed" articles) online. Try one of our best general databases, Academic Search Complete. If it doesn't work well for your topic, try one of our other databases.
If you need help using a database, ask a librarian - we'll help you!
Hope finals week goes well for you!
Because the University has closed all offices due to weather conditions, Lemieux Library is closed today, Tuesday, November 28.
The building may be closed, but our online databases are available if you'd like to search for journal articles and other information. If you need research assistance, please try our Chat with a Librarian 24/7 service for an immediate response from a librarian at Seattle University or another Jesuit university. You can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll try to respond as soon as possible, but it might take up to 48 hours.
Enjoy the snow day!
Wed 11/29 update: The library is open again!
Sure, you can rent a movie, but borrowing movies from Lemieux Library is convenient and free!
And the library's selection is pretty good: you'll find hundreds of movies, including Fight Club, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Some Like it Hot, Memento, My Fair Lady, X-Men, Chicago, Casablanca, and Hotel Rwanda.
To borrow a movie from the library:
Search tips: To find movies using the Search Catalog search box:
Try typing in the name of the movie you want. Or use the last name of a director, such as Kurosawa or Spielberg.
If you don't know what you want, you can browse our movies by clicking "Advanced Search," then changing the the "Any Field:" dropdown box to "SUBJECT:" then typing in: feature films. This will give you all the "popular" movies (those released in theatres, not made just for classroom use).
If you want to get more specific, you could try other searches with "Subject" selected in the dropdown box, like:
If you have any questions about movies at the library, contact a librarian for help!
You may not be able to order an espresso or cocktail here, but "the bar" in the library is now open for business!
Designed so you can quickly use a computer on your way in or out, the bar is located near the library's entrance. Here, you can check your email on one of the six new express computers or print your paper. There are also three photocopiers and a computer just for checking the library's web site & catalog.
If you're working at the bar and realize you need help finding a journal article, starting a research paper, or locating a book, the Research Assistance desk is just a few steps away (near the yellow wall).
What do you think of the bar? We want to know!
Lemieux Library has a lot of books... Things you probably wouldn't buy for yourself, but which you could use for a mid-term paper or assignment. Books like Data analysis using SQL and Excel, or A History of Nursing Ideas, or Crime & Criminology. But you have access to millions more books, DVDs, and more by using Summit! 27 million, in fact.
So, what is Summit? It's a consortium of about 30 university libraries in the Pacific Northwest. You can search all the libraries' collections at once and then request the books you want online -- and they're usually delivered to SU in 4-6 business days. You can also physically go to the other Summit libraries (like UW, for example), and check books/DVDs out with your SU photo ID and student number.
To search Summit, click the Summit Catalog link on the front page of the Lemieux Library web site, or click the Repeat Search in Summit button while you're searching for books on our web site.
When you know what book you want to order, click on the title, then click the REQUEST SUMMIT ITEM link. You'll get an email when it's available to pick up at the Library's circulation desk. Cheaper than using Amazon! And about as fast too.
If you want help using it, contact us.
(Photos of SPL by Jan Tik)
We are partnering with about twenty other Jesuit colleges & universities to provide real-time, chat-based research assistance online, at any time of the day or night (except for a few holidays).
Seattle University librarians are online at least six hours a week -- during all other times, you'll chat with another librarian from one of our partner schools (or a librarian hired to cover evening and holiday hours). We want to continue helping you with research and library questions in person, over email, or on the phone... but when you need immediate help, and none of us here at SU are available, give Chat with a Librarian 24/7 a try.
At the library, we're in the midst of adding new furniture & computers as part of our 2nd floor makeover -- ten new computers should be ready for use by the end of this week.
But we've already upgraded some of our computers specifically for groups of students who want to work together. Against the back wall of the 2nd floor, you'll find four group-priority computers with bigger monitors and tables than the rest of the computer workstations in the library. The picture below shows a group using one of them yesterday - check out the 24-inch monitor!
Come by the library, try out our new group workstations, and then let us know what you think of them! We are particularly curious about their location - does it work well to have them against the back wall? Why or why not? And what other suggestions do you have for facilitating groups working together in the library?
If you're new to campus, you might have visited Lemieux Library and wondered why there's a big empty space in the middle of the main floor. And if you used the library last year, you might be asking yourself why we've moved things around. We wanted to improve the spaces and services in the library, so in response to student comments and our own observations, a team of library staff spent this spring & summer working on a 2nd floor library makeover!
Some of the changes we've made include:
Some of the changes that will happen later this fall quarter:
We are excited to make these changes and to experiment with our services and spaces. What do you think of these changes so far?
We'd love to hear your comments!
Welcome to the new academic year and the new Lemieux Library blog! We've titled our blog "What's up at Lemieux Library" because that's what we'll post about -- what's going on here at the library. You'll find news and updates about our services, resources, and policies.We are always looking for new ways to communicate with the campus community, so please log in and let us know what you think! We look forward to your questions, ideas, and comments.