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Come into the library this term, and you’ll notice something different: signs throughout the building indicating Quiet or Community Areas.

What’s that all about, you ask?

Last year we conducted a library user survey, asking SOU students for feedback about their experiences with Hannon’s materials, services, and resources. One of the responses that stood out the most was the need for different types of work atmospheres. Some students need a quiet place to study with limited disturbances. Meanwhile, other students come to the library seeking a place to discuss projects and work collaboratively in groups.

In order to provide the best possible experience for our different users, Hannon Library is implementing Quiet and Community Areas. Whether you want to enjoy the silence or have to discuss that upcoming class project, you can now find the space you need.

Quiet Areas

Looking for somewhere quiet? Head to the second floor of the building, where all common areas are now designated for quiet individual work. Conversations should be kept to whisper-levels, and all devices should be silent and/or used with headphones. Patrons intending to work quietly in groups are encouraged to use study rooms on the second floor, with doors kept closed to minimize disturbances to surrounding areas.

Community Areas

The first and third floors of the building are Community Areas where patrons are welcome to converse and work independently or in groups, as needed. We ask that phones and devices are still kept on silent and/or used with headphones in Community Areas.

Can’t remember which floor is which? Just look for the signs to point you in the right direction.

Questions about Quiet and Community Area guidelines can be directed to Library Administration at adminstu@sou.edu or 541-552-6816.

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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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April 9-15 is National Library Week!

Take a moment to show the libraries in your life how much you care about them. And remember, sometimes the simplest ways are the best ways to give your support.

Here are some things you can do this week to show Hannon Library your appreciation:

  • Check out some of the great books in our collections
  • Thank a librarian or staff member for their work
  • Complete the Library User Survey sent to your SOU email
  • Stop by the Spring Book Sale this week and fuel your love for books
  • Post to our Facebook or Twitter page to tell us what you like about Hannon Library
  • Attend an event, like this upcoming talk on Shakespeare by Geoff Ridden
  • Become a Friends of Hannon Library member
  • Donate to help fund our services and collections
  • Spend some time in the library and just enjoy the space
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Calling all students! Hannon Library needs your help. We want to know what you need from your university library, so please… lend us your voices.

All SOU students will soon receive an email link to a 10-minute survey. By completing this survey, you’ll help set the future direction of Hannon Library—the services we provide, the collections we offer, and the improvements we make moving forward to provide you the best resources possible.

We want to hear what you have to say, so please take a moment to provide your feedback. Everyone that completes the survey will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card! (2 prizes available)