Undergraduate Research Award from the University Libraries

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 3:26 PM
Subject: Undergraduate Research Award from the University Libraries

I’m happy to announce that the library will again be sponsoring undergraduate research awards. Would you mind sharing this information about the awards with faculty in your areas and encouraging students to apply?

Best,

Laurie

The deadline for the Undergraduate Research Award is coming up. Students must apply with OU’s CASH system by February 1st, 2019 to be eligible for the award. 

The OU Libraries seek to acknowledge undergraduate research of all kinds and in a variety of formats. For example, successful projects may:

  • incorporate primary sources from the Libraries’ special collections;
  • take the form of digital scholarship that integrates digital techniques and tools;
  • result in the visualization of spatial or numeric data;
  • reflect creative scholarship such as poetry, music, film, and other forms of individual expression grounded in research.

Up to three awards may be given. One each in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000, and $750.

For questions about the application process or the evaluation process, please email Magen Bednar (magen.bednar@ou.edu). 

A Random Update to See if the Software Upgrade Works

I haven’t posted since August, but then again, I don’t post much except to archive emails, mostly. This morning I attended a training session about the new and improved WordPress that is behind this blog, and now I’m testing myself to see if I remember how to work it.

I noticed my first post in this blog was a picture of me in my old office in Monnet Hall, so I thought I’d share with you what my new office in Bizzell looks like. I’m in Room 423NW. (NOT 423NE, which is the ladies’ room…)

See the tiny little yellow speck? That’s me!

Here are some pictures of my office. It’s small, but as you can see, there’s an extra chair, and I’m always happy to help with your research projects in history, political science, and international and area studies!

So I guess I can use this new WordPress “block” system for my simple blog that probably doesn’t need to exist.

Graduate Student and Faculty Reception

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:05 PM
Subject: Reception for Faculty and Graduate Students, Sept 6

Faculty and graduate students are invited to attend a reception being held in the Zarrow Family Faculty and Graduate Student Center, Bizzell Library, Lower Level 2 on Thursday, September 6, from 3:30-5:00. Light refreshments will be served.

Hope to see you there!

Laurie

database trial: Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:51 AM
Subject: database trial: Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820

Dear Colleagues,

Through September 30th we have a trial of a database, Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820. The database contains 75,000 pages of historical documents in full text exploring prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices. If you click on the trial link and then click “browse document clusters” you can see that the database covers Asia, Europe, Native women in North America, and much more. (See publisher’s page for more information).

This is a direct link to the trial or find it alphabetically under the “Databases & E-Reference” link on the library’s home page. In the database A-Z listing there is a link to a survey to provide us feedback about the database. Please fill out the survey if you are interested in this database!

Feel free to share this email with colleagues or students who might be interested in this resource.

Best,
Laurie

Moving to a New Office in Bizzell

I’ve spent four great years in the Western History Collections, but the time has come for me to move back to Bizzell Memorial Library.  I’ll be moving Friday, August 10th. My phone number should stay the same: 405-325-1903. The new office is on the 4th floor of Bizzell, room 423 northwest. Please come visit! 

Here’s a map (click for a larger version):

Here’s a link to a PDF version of the map.

 

Alternative Textbook Grants

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 9:33 AM
Subject: Alternative Textbook Grants

Dear Colleagues,

I’ve been asked to forward you this information about the library’s Alternative Textbook Grants; please pass on to faculty in your departments.

OU Libraries’ Alternative Textbook Grants help reduce the cost of course materials by supporting the adoption, modification, or creation of open course content. Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials that are distributed at no cost and with legal permission for the public to freely use, share, and build upon the content. OER  inspire pedagogy and give faculty more freedom over their instructional materials and. To date, the Alternative Textbook Grant has saved OU students $1.9 million. Apply today to enable new ways of learning or attend a drop-in session to learn more. Applications are due 3/2/2018.

Best,
Laurie

New Database: Pravda

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 9:19 AM
Subject: new database: Pravda

Dear Colleagues,

I’m happy to let you know that the library has added the Russian newspaper Pravda to our database list. Here is a direct link to it, or find it in the A-Z list on the library’s home page.

Pravda Digital Archive 

Pravda was the official voice of the Central Committee of the Communist Party (Russia) between 1918 and 1991; the digital archive covers 1912-2016.

Please share with colleagues who might be interested in this resource.

Best,
Laurie

database trial: Pravda Digital Archive

CORRECTION: the database actually cover 1912-2016

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 8:50 AM
Subject: database trial: Pravda Digital Archive

Dear Colleagues,

We currently have a trial of the Russian language newspaper, Pravda, for the years 1918-1991. The trial runs through September 8th. For more information about the database see this link.

This is the link to the trial, or find it alphabetically under the “Databases & Reference” link on the library’s home page. Please feel free to share this email with colleagues or students who might be interested in the database.

Best,
Laurie

New Research Guide for Public Policy

My excellent colleague, Molly Strothmann, (Social and Behavioral Sciences Librarian) and I have just finished a new library research guide for public policy. Check it out: http://guides.ou.edu/publicpolicy. We hope that it will be useful for those of you in political science, social work, and any discipline dealing with policy issues.

Granted, I’ve been librarian for history for nearly 21 years (as of August 15!) and librarian for political science for almost 2, but I think we’ve done a pretty good job on this one. Let me know if you see anything wrong or that should be added or changed!

Laurie
P.S. Many of the resources require a login with your OU Net ID.

database addition: Intelex Past Masters- now with The Works of Niccolò Machiavelli

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:46 AM
Subject: database addition: Intelex Past Masters- now with The Works of Niccolò Machiavelli

Dear Jamie, Keith, and Waleed,

I wanted to let you know that the database Intelex Past Masters has recently added The Works of Niccolò Machiavelli. See this link for more information on the new content; other works in the database are listed below, and here.

To access the database click on the link below, or, from the library’s home page, click on “databases & e-reference materials,” and then the letter “I.”

Database description:

Intelex Past Masters
A humanities database containing the full text of the following titles in English translation: Aquinas: Collected Works; Augustine: Works; Montaigne: Complete Works; Machiavelli: Works; Montesquieu: Complete Works; Motif-Index of Folk Literature; Plotinus: Enneads; Suárez: Opera Omnia; and Wright: Works and Correspondence.

Please forward this information to any faculty or students who might be interested, and I’ll also post it to my blog and to Twitter.

Best,

Laurie