Welcome to a New Academic Year!

Welcome to a New Academic Year!

We’ve been hard at work in the Libraries getting ready for you and are happy to have to here. Here are just some highlights of what we’ve been up to:

  • Laptop Tables
    Throughout the Beeghly and Hobson Libraries, you will find handy new adjustable, mobile laptop tables that will make it easier to use your own tablets and laptops. Move them around, and make yourself at home!
  • Updates, Updates, Updates
    Several of our research tools have been updated and have more contemporary, user-friendly interfaces. Take a tour of CONSORT, Summon 2.0, LibGuides, OWU Reach (formerly ILLiad) and E-Reserves. Phew, lots of changes.
  • Stacks Beatification!
    While you were away, the stacks weren’t quiet. The N’s (our lovely collection of art books) on the third floor have been organized by call number and size and are more discoverable. On the lower level, the bound journals have been shifted, the walls painted, and study carrels rearranged.
  • New Computers, MFDs (All-in-one Printer/Scanner), and . . . . Stay tuned.
    Like to study in the Internet Café? You’ll find 8 new desktop computers with the latest operating system. And in the Info Commons, you’ll find new MFDs, making scanning and printing that much better. Stayed tuned about new ways to scan with your own phones and tablets. More Bring-Your-Own-Device convenience.

Just a reminder. Beeghly Library is open on Sunday, 8/24, from 5:00-9:00 PM. Get a jumpstart on your scanning, printing, reading, checking out our various study areas, or catching up with friends.

Best of luck for a wonderful academic year. All members of the library staff are here to help make your time at OWU productive and successful. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Fall Hours for OWU Libraries

Welcome back everyone! A pdf of fall semester hours for the OWU Libraries can be found by clicking on the following link:  http://library.owu.edu/hours/fallhours-2014.pdf. For all libraries and library department hours, check out the hours page on our web site at http://library.owu.edu/hours.html. This link will reflect any changes or updates we may have to specific hours through the year.

Additionally, we will be opening Beeghly Library from 5pm-9pm on Sunday, August 24th for those who want to get a jump start on the semester or familiarize themselves with the library. We look forward to seeing you.

Reduced Hours for Special Collections in July

Beeghly Library’s Special Collections will have reduced hours after the July 4th holiday. Monday, July 7th – Wednesday, July 16th and Friday, July 18th Special Collection Hours will be 8:30am-Noon. On Thursday, July 17th Special Collections will be closed all day. Regular hours will resume on Monday, July 21st. Please plan accordingly.

We’re making it easier to find OWU materials in CONSORT

The next time you search CONSORT, the library’s catalog, from the library’s website, you will be able to home in on items that we own locally here at Ohio Wesleyan more quickly.

Books & Media Search Box

Search CONSORT under Books & Media on the library’s home page.

Ohio Wesleyan shares CONSORT with three other schools in the Five Colleges of Ohio consortium (the Ohio 5). These include Denison University, Kenyon College, and the College of Wooster. A search in the catalog would typically yield results from all four schools, which for some, has caused some confusion or disappointment when realizing that an item is not available here at OWU but at another school.

We have changed the default settings in CONSORT so that searches will automatically filter the results to those at Ohio Wesleyan. Searchers can, of course, choose to view results from all libraries if they prefer.

The OWU Libraries, along with our partners in the Ohio 5, also belong to OhioLINK, a consortium of 90 college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio from whom we can easily borrow and loan materials.

Historically, items requested from our fellow CONSORT libraries could be delivered faster than items borrowed from other libraries in the OhioLINK group, but changes over the years have leveled the turn-around-time for requests. It is no longer necessary to consider borrowing first from CONSORT libraries before expanding a search into the OhioLINK catalog.

Searchers will continue to see the Search OhioLINK button in CONSORT, which will automatically pass searches along to the OhioLINK catalog where items may be requested as normal.

For any questions or comments about this change, contact the Beeghly Reference Desk at refdesk@owu.edu.


Summon 2.0 Coming Soon!

Summon, the library’s academic search engine, will be getting an upgrade over the summer, and we’d like to invite you to take a peek at the new look.

You can preview the new version of Summon at: http://owu.preview.summon.serialssolutions.com

The upgrade will take place on July 1, 2014.

The new look offers a more streamlined, modern interface that works on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. For a quick overview of the new site, check out this short video we’ve put together:

Summon is an interdisciplinary academic search engine that complements subject-specific research databases by allowing all OWU students, faculty, and staff to discover books, journal articles, videos, music, conference proceedings, images, and many other types of materials available from the library’s collections from one place.

Libraries Celebrate Faculty and Student Scholarship


Faculty members recognized for their scholarship during the 2014 Celebration of Scholarship.
Photo credit: John Holliger

The OWU Libraries recognized over forty faculty members for their scholarly contributions during last week’s 2014 Celebration of Scholarship. Publications from a broad range of disciplines were on display during the event. The official bibliography is available online in OWU’s Digital Collections.

Director of Libraries Catherine Cardwell also recognized each of the 18 students who submitted papers for the 2014 research award.


Students who submitted papers for the 2014 OWU Libraries Research Award.
Photo credit: John Holliger


Carolyn Thompson took first place for her work titled “The Murder of Maria Elena Moyano: How Sendero Luminoso’s Brutal War on Civilian Social Programs Triggered its Own Destabilization”. This well-written winning paper demonstrated a thoughtful and thorough research process.

For the second year in a row, the Libraries recognized a runner-up. Matthew Jamison’s paper “‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’: Male Sex Workers Performing Power and Control” was awarded second place. The judges were equally impressed with his writing and felt Jamison’s research demonstrated significant promise.


Director of Libraries Catherine Cardwell (center) with 2014 OWU Libraries Research Award winners Matthew Jamison (left) and Carolyn Thompson (right).
Photo credit: John Holliger