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As the clock winds down on the term, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from fall 2017.

Week of Welcome

Hannon Library opened up the 2017-18 academic year with its first-ever Week of Welcome Open House. New (and not-so-new) students had the opportunity to tour the building, meet librarians and library staff, partake of some free popcorn, and even get their hands on a coveted Swampy sticker.

New and Improved Services

Last year the library conducted a survey, asking students to share their thoughts about library services and resources. A lot of wonderful information came back to us, and we’ve been working hard to address students’ feedback.

One of the big changes we’re excited about are the new Chromebooks available for three-day loans. SOU students, faculty, and staff can now borrow one of these Chromebooks and take it out of the library for up to three days. Weekend studying suddenly just got easier.

We’ve introduced a Request From Shelf service, allowing patrons to request that eligible items be paged from the shelves and made ready for pick-up at Hannon or any of the three Rogue Community College campuses. We also implemented automatic renewals for books and audio-visual materials in the general circulating collection, improved Summit delivery time to 1-3 days, and reduced Inter Library Loan fees for students.

More information about these services can be found at the Circulation Services web page.

New Faces

In September, Kate Jones joined the Hannon team as the new Resource Sharing & Fulfillment Services Lead. Hailing from the UO Knight Library, Kate has been a smiling new face in the Access Services department.

And in November, we welcomed Anna Runyen on board. Anna is a part-time Research Librarian and can be found at the Research Help desk, offering her friendly assistance to the Friday and Saturday crowds.

Ashland Literary Arts Festival

In October, Hannon Library hosted the Sixth Annual Ashland Literary Arts Festival. For an entire day, the library was filled with authors, independent publishers, literature enthusiasts, and more. Eight hundred visitors came to partake of festival activities that explored everything from cook books and Wonder Woman to local history and Sufi poetry.

Pride and Culture

If you’ve been by the Special Collections & University Archives department lately, you have undoubtedly seen the ongoing series of displays featuring Native American art, writings, and research. These books and materials are just some of the cultural gems that can be found in Special Collections.

This fall, we also announced the addition of the Queer Resource Center Collection, consisting of articles written by and for the QRC, as well as archived information about past QRC programs. More info about this collection will be available on our website soon.

It’s been a busy term, but we’re just getting started. Stick with us as we get ready to ring in the New Year and take an a whole ‘nother academic term. We have lots more excitement and activity in the works, so stay tuned!

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This is a reminder to all of our students and patrons that Hannon Library will be hosting the Sixth Annual Ashland Literary Arts Festival this Saturday, October 28. (more about ALAF)

To prepare for this event, the library will be closing early on Friday, October 27. Schedule for building closure follows:

2 pm – Third floor closed to patrons. Setup work will begin on this floor.

3 pm – Second floor closed to patrons.

4 pm – All building closed to patrons.

If you need materials from a closed floor between 2 pm and 4 pm, visit the Access Services desk for assistance.

The library will be open to non-festival goers on October 28, although some library services may be unavailable. Regular library operations will resume Sunday, October 29. We apologize for any inconvenience to our patrons, but we hope you’ll take the opportunity to explore the many activities offered at the Ashland Literary Arts Festival.

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official logo for the Ashland Literary Arts Festival

Join us for the Sixth Annual Ashland Literary Arts Festival on Saturday, October 28, from 10 am to 4 pm.

This year’s festival explores independent story and thought throughout the entire  Cascadia region, celebrating not only books, but all forms of expression: literature, poetry, journalism, art, lyrics, comics, film, and documentary.

The event will include a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy—writing workshops, author readings, film viewings, storytelling and crafts for children, and even a Wonder Woman costume contest!

You can find the complete festival schedule on Sched:

https://ashlandliteraryartsfestival2017.sched.com/

Mobile version:

https://ashlandliteraryartsfestival2017.sched.com/mobile

Festival events are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available (print-friendly parking map). Attendees can also enjoy concessions from Sultan’s Delight food truck and Sweet Cream hand-crafted ice cream.

Regular weekend library services will be available during normal business hours. Students can use LIB 114 for quiet computing space during the event. Study rooms will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis that day (no reservations), and all conference rooms will be in use by festival events.

The Ashland Literary Arts Festival would like thank all its sponsors and supporters, including: ACCESS, Ajna Bound Press, Janet Anderson, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Blackstone Audio, Friends of Hannon Library, enemy combatant publications, Harry & David, Main Street Writers, Medford Public Library, Dr. Dean Raffelock, Stephanie Raffelock, Rights and Opportunities Foundation, Schneider Museum, Willamette Writers

Parking map for Ashland Literary Arts Festival

ALAF Parking Map