For guys like me, an error pop-up window on a computer is an insurmountable obstacle, the Tour de France of computer literacy. For Michael Brinkerhoff, Information Technology Consultant, it’s more like a Monday morning bike ride.

Michael is the newest face here at Hannon Library, replacing our now-retired resident IT nerd, Carl Christy. For Michael, getting the opportunity to come to Hannon was a blessing. “The impression [of Hannon Library] is really great, the  people are fantastic. They’re positive and very receptive to ideas I come up with.”

Michael talked about how shocked he was on his first day at work, when the entire staff of Hannon Library got together and threw a welcome party for him. “So, that was,” he paused, “it got to me.” Michael explains, “It got to me in a positive way. I’ve never had people throw a party for me.” He laughed, “It was like, c’mon guys, you haven’t even seen me work yet.”

After spending many years in Oregon, Michael comes down to live in the Rogue Valley for the first time. Although he did not step one foot in Ashland before applying to the job at Hannon Library, he enjoys parts of the local culture. “The culture is similar to Eugene in some respects,” he says, “but it looks like you guy like the arts a bit more.”

Which is good news for Michael, as he will be a part of the art scene here. Michael has been a photographer since college, working on portraits, weddings, dance photography, and everything else. He says those experiences, like photographing weddings, can be very gratifying.

“It’s a once in a lifetime sort of thing. There is a certain amount of pressure for capturing the day and capturing those off and silly moments, but when you finally do deliver the online gallery of photos and in person,” Michael laughed, thinking back. “They’re gushing over reliving their own wedding day, and you get many thanks, lots of excitement. It’s really hard to describe how much joy you see in their eyes when they finally get [their photos] back.”

Because of his humble and kind personality, his joy for helping people, and his skills as an IT technician, we here at Hannon Library are proud to have Michael Brinkerhoff on our team.

By Alex Mesadieu

The Spring Book Sale, a sale of surplus library books and films, will take place at Hannon Library this month. The sale begins on Wednesday, May 25, and will continue through the weekend. 

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 25th through Sunday, May 29th.
PLACE: Hannon Library Lobby

With incredible pricing and a variety of topics – most books are initially priced at $2.00 for hardcover and $1.00 for paperbound books. Prices will be reduced throughout the weekend, but don’t miss opening day to have the choice picks! There will be some great buys just in time for summer reading, and the sale will earn revenue for buying new books. A few books of exceptional value will be individually priced.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to check out Hannon Library’s Spring Book Sale to find that special book for yourself or someone else.

For more information, call the Circulation Desk 541-552-6860.

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It’s 10:30 in the morning right now, and I’ve already heard more stories than I can count on my hands and toes. Every time we as humans communicate with each other, story is somehow part of the process, whether it’s celebrity gossip over the water cooler, or hearing about your younger sibling’s day at school.

On Thursday, May 12 at 4 PM, world renowned literary artist, Tod Davies, is coming to the SOU Hannon Library, to talk about story, its impact on our culture, and why we need new ones now more than ever.

Davies’ open discussions are notoriously rowdy so come prepared for a treat. Just to name a few of the many titles Davies holds, she is the screenwriter for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,  the producer of Revengers Tragedy, the author of The History of Arcadia and Jam Today series, and the editorial director of Exterminating Angel Press.

This event is free and open to the public. This discussion is part of the Friends of Hannon Library event series, a yearlong collection of speakers presenting at Hannon Library to enlighten students and the Rogue Valley community. To learn more about the series click here.

By Alex Mesadieu



Join Hannon Library and the Learning Commons for another Long Night Against Procrastination:

Wednesday, May 4
8 PM – Midnight
Library First Floor

With research help, tutoring, food and prizes, what better way is there to get a jumpstart on final projects and essays? So don’t miss out on this event.

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