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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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The Fall 2017  issue of the library’s BookMarks newsletter is available! Read it here, and don’t forget to subscribe for updates about future issues: Fall 2017 Issue

Included in this issue:

  • Library user survey results
  • New staff hires and appointments
  • Chromebooks available
  • Improved services

You can read the Fall 2017 issue on this blog, or subscribe to receive future issues by email. Join our e-mail list to subscribe.

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The Spring 2017 of the library’s BookMarks newsletter is available! Read it here, and don’t forget to subscribe for updates about future issues. CLICK TO READ

Included in this issue:

  • Upcoming event announcements
  • Library staff news
  • Updates to Hannon’s digital collections
  • New books

You can read the Spring 2017 issue on this blog, or subscribe to receive future issues by email. Click HERE to subscribe.

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Hannon Library is bringing back its BookMarks newsletter with a new, digital format and more frequent publications. Get special announcements and learn about what’s new and exciting at Hannon.

The first new issue is available! Read it here, and don’t forget to subscribe for newsletter updates.

Included in this issue:

  • Technology updates and new devices
  • Event announcements
  • Excerpt from a new book
  • New hires and last words from our recent retiree

You can read the Winter 2017 issue on this blog, or subscribe to receive future issues by email. Click HERE to subscribe.

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