Jul 31, 2015

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

The O'Grady Library is sad to see the departure of technology coordinator, Erik Gregory.  An SMU alum, Gregory has worked in the library for much of the past 12 years.  He is leaving his position to become a stay-at-home dad for his two daughters (number two is due within the month).

Erik Gregory poses with his fairy-princess daughter on Halloween 2014

He worked in the library from September 2003 to 2009 while working on his English degree.  He worked at the reference desk, the circulation desk, in the cataloging department, and eventually as evening supervisor.  He returned to SMU in March 2013 to resume as evening supervisor and then became the technology coordinator that summer.

Gregory said working in the library has been a good experience.  He claimed working with the people in the library has been his favorite aspect of his years of service, especially interacting with his co-workers.  "It's easy to work with people you like and respect," he observed.  He found deep satisfaction in supervising student workers, watching them grow and develop.  He said he will also miss working with foreign exchange students, helping them find materials and answering their questions.

Jackie Nordquist, Stefanie Gorzelsky, Gregory, and Serin Anderson chat during his farewell party

Though Gregory will be missed by all of the staff at the O'Grady Library, Jackie Nordquist, who worked under him when she was an undergraduate and is now a library associate, will especially miss working with him.  "Erik's quick wit and humor has always made O'Grady a fun and comfortable place to work.  His presence will be greatly missed and the library will not be the same," she said.

All of us at the O'Grady Library wish Gregory all the best as he devotes more time and attention to his family!

Gregory grabs a piece of pizza during his farewell party.

Jun 30, 2015

New STEM Study Space Coming

Work on a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) study space is going well.  The new space is on the east end of the Center for Student Learning, Writing and Advising on the lower level of the library.  The space will open up this fall and will initially include several computers, movable tables to facilitate group study, and some white boards.  The space will be updated to include more computers, group computer terminals, more whiteboards, and more tables.

To make this space available, the print periodicals have been moved up to the southwest corner of the upper level of the library...

and the microfiche and microfilm file cabinets have been moved to the main level of the library near the printer alcove and closer to the respective readers for both media.

May 28, 2015

New library phone numbers

O'Grady Library has migrated to the campus VOIP system (Voice Over IP). As part of the process, most phone numbers in the library are changing:

  • Circulation, interlibrary loan, and general information are now 360-688-2260.
  • Reference is now 360-688-2261 (but forwarded to Circulation during the summer).

See the library staff directory for individual numbers.

In the short-term, calls to the legacy numbers should be automatically forwarded to the new numbers.

Our thanks to ITS for upgrading the library phones!

Apr 29, 2015

New Multimedia Center is Up and Running

On April 27, the O'Grady Library held an open house celebrating the opening of the new Multimedia Center.  The project is part of the movement towards a learning commons model of the library and has been two years in the planning and making, according to Scot Harrison, Dean of the Library.

Key players in the development of the new Multimedia Center, from left to right: Serin Anderson, Scot Harrison, Dr. Irina Gendelman, and Philip Cheek.
Previously, the Multimedia Center consisted of 8 workstations, three study rooms with audio and video editing tools, and the library's video and audio collection.  Now, the center has 19 new workstations with 27-inch monitors--8 stations have dual monitors--all loaded with Adobe Creative Suite 6 and an 84-inch SMART Board.

As the planning team looked at other schools in the area with learning commons, they also saw that several have similar media creation labs.  Harrison noted that they were particularly drawn to similar spaces at Seattle University and Pierce College.

Fr. Peter Tynan, O.S.B. tries out the new 84-inch SMART Board

Dr. Irina Gendelman, director of the new Communication Studies program at Saint Martin's University, is especially pleased to help students follow the advice of musician and community organizer Jello Biafra, who is famous for telling people to stop complaining about the media and "become the media."  Dr. Gendelman looking forward to using the space for instruction.  "One of the things I was interested in," she said, "was having access to the technology for teaching production classes."

The previous iteration of the Multimedia Center was not sufficient for production on the scale Dr. Gendelman had hoped for.  The workstations were not powerful enough to run the editing software and booted slowly, causing many students to become frustrated. 

With Dr. Gendelman's interest in podcasting and the interest of incoming faculty member, Dr. Sonia De La Cruz, in documentary film and filmmaking, this space should see extensive use.  In fact, Dr. Gendelman's course on podcasting and a digital video course have already used it.
Dr. Irina Gendelman shares student-produced podcasts and videos during the open house.
Dr. Gendelman is excited about being able to offer a new set of classes that will tap into students' creativity and interests.  "Now we can offer more production classes," she said.  And, with the recently created KSMU, a student-run radio station, this boost in production capability will allow students to create more podcasts, vlogs (video blogs), and other multimedia pieces.

Harrison said the upgraded space was paid for by the library's building endowment.  "Part of that endowment is to upgrade, keep the building in like-new condition," he said.  Another part of the endowment is for technology improvements, the new Multimedia Center fits in with both aspects of the endowment.

Apr 16, 2015

Multimedia Center Open House Monday March 27th 3 - 4 pm

Come see the O’Grady Library’s updated Multimedia Center:
  • 19 multimedia workstations with 27” displays (7 with dual monitors)
  • Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection for video editing, photo editing, and more
  • 84”SMART interactive LED display
  • Stereo sound system
The open house will include selected Communication students’ video projects and a technology “petting zoo” (digital camcorders, iPods, and other equipment available for checkout).

Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome!

The open house will be followed by a Photoshop workshop from 4 pm - 5 pm.

Students hard at work in the O'Grady Library Multimedia Center.

Photoshop Workshop: Creating Posters Monday April 27th 4 pm

Dr. Irina Gendelman will lead a workshop on creating posters with Adobe Photoshop in the library's recently updated Multimedia Center:

  • Where?  O’Grady Library Multimedia Center
  • When?  Monday April 27, 2015:  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • For whom?  Open to students, faculty, monks, and staff -- geared to Photoshop beginners. 

Please RSVP to Dr. Gendelman (igendelman@stmartin.edu) if you would like to attend.

Apr 10, 2015

Saints Search downtime April 12th

Saints Search will experience intermittent downtime on April 12th between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM.  The system is being upgraded to better withstand hardware failures in the future.

If you're stuck and need to find books or articles for a project during that period, check out some of the library's Research Guides to find other sources!

Additional quick links for help:
Ebrary:  a collection of over 100,000 ebooks
Academic Search: great interdisciplinary source for articles
Gale Virtual Reference: search thousands of subject encyclopedias

Mar 30, 2015

Mar 23, 2015

Problem with Ebook Library (EBL) platform

We are currently experiencing problems accessing e-book titles on the Ebook Library platform.  We're working with the vendor to restore access as soon as possible.

If you're using Saints Search, the "View It" tab will look like this:

If you have any questions, please email: sanderson@stmartin.edu

Mar 18, 2015

Saints Search Back Up!

Saints Search is back up and fully functional this morning.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email sanderson@stmartin.edu

Mar 17, 2015

Saints Search: problems searching for books, DVDs and other physical materials.

Saints Search is experiencing problems related to an update over the weekend.  Currently, you cannot find books, DVDs and other physical materials at the O'Grady Library OR at other Summit libraries.  This is a Summit-wide issue and we anticipate that it will be up and working correctly sometime Wednesday morning (03/18/25).

Please contact the circulation or reference desk if you need help finding a particular item:
     Reference: 360-486-8803
     Circulation:  360-486-8802

Mar 13, 2015

O'Grady Library Architect Passes Away at 80

Today, we at Saint Martin's University, and the O'grady Library in particular, express thanks to the building's architect, Michael Graves who passed away last night in his Princeton, New Jersey home.

Portrait of Michael Graves used by permission of Michael Graves Architecture & Design

Mr. Graves was a world renowned architect and designer, whose clients included Disney, Target, the NCAA, the US Postal Service, Humana Health, Princeton University, Columbia University, the Universities of Virginia and Cincinnati, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, numerous art foundations, and many others.

Photograph of the O'Grady Library, taken this morning.

1994 sketch of the O'Grady Library from Special Collections, thanks to Father Peter Tynan.

Mr. Graves seemed to have had an affinity for libraries.  Besides the O'Grady Library, he played a roll designing the San Juan Capistrano Library in California, the Clark County Library and Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Denver Public Library, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Topeka, KS, the American Academy in Rome Rare Books Library, the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library in Alexandria, VA, and the French Institute Library in New York.

Graves was a pioneer of post-modern architecture in the United States, a movement that seeks to combine elements of "high-brow" modern design with functionality and aesthetic pleasure.  He had a profound sense and belief that buildings need to be consciously designed for human use.  In a 2010 interview with ArchDaily.com, he said that architecture must proceed from an "understanding of humanism as it relates to our bodies and our psyche when we occupy our buildings" and is part of a "story that we [architects] tell from the myths and rituals of human activity for the past three or four thousand years."1

In a related vein, he lamented that contemporary architecture may have lost something through becoming more and more driven by computer design.  In a 2012 New York Times column, entitled "Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing," Graves pointed out that the original meaning of "digits" was fingers, but that we now associate the adjective "digital" almost exclusively with computers and then wondered, "Are our hands becoming obsolete as creative tools?  Are they being replaced by machines?  And where does that leave the architectural creative process?"2  He went on to say that the very act of drawing versus computer rendering embodies a "certain joy in...creation" and is "formative," comparing it to the "way a musician might intone a note or how a riff in jazz would be understood subliminally and put a smile on your face."

Graves will be sorely missed by his associates.  Donald Strum, a long-time employee and Principal of Product Design at Michael Graves Architecture and Design, said,  "I really like my 'kind of family.'  Have for some time.  Will miss my design dad."3

On a personal note, I (Kael Moffat) would like to express my gratitude for Mr. Graves and his gifts. I have benefited from two of his projects.  I currently work in the O'Grady Library, but also spent many happy hours in the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library when I lived in Topeka, Kansas.  Whenever I think of reading books with my children or walking up and down the circular staircase in its rotunda, I will be thankful to the designer of that space.

1 ArchDaily.com.  (2010)  "AD interviews Michael Graves: What is architecture?"  http://www.archdaily.com/86804/ad-interviews-michael-graves/
2 Graves, M.  (2012, Sep. 02).  Architecture and the lost art of drawing.  New York Times.  Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1037549337?accountid=39173.
3  From a phone interview with Sal Forgione of Michael Graves Architecture and Design, 13 March 2015.

Feb 24, 2015

The Materials Are Coming, The Materials Are Coming!

Some of the materials for the Media Lab have arived.  In fact, the room has been set up to more or less simulate the space when the desk arrives in a couple weeks.

The computers and screens in the picture are the same kind as will be found in there when the lab is completed and are loaded with Adobe Creative Suite.  Meanwhile, more materials have arrived:

Computer monitors for the Media Lab

The big smart board monitor (reflective wrapping) and a slave monitor to the smart board.

Jan 28, 2015

Cables Have Invaded the Media Lab!

The cables are taking over the Media Lab!

Well, maybe that's a bit overly dramatic.  More accurately, though, the Ethernet cables are being pulled in the Media Lab today.  The furniture, computers, and smart board have been ordered and should be invading, I mean, arriving soon!

Wiring of the Media Lab is underway.

Jan 20, 2015

Interested in video, audio, or image editing?

Great news!  The final details on the new Multimedia Center are getting ironed out!

Library Dean, Scot Harrison, wrote that the "goal  of the Multimedia Center redesign is to provide students with up-to-date technology needed for digital video and audio projects."

Draft diagram of the new multimedia lab (the final design does not include the teacher lectern)

The new Center will have 16 student workstations, an instructor station with a SMART Board or a projector (final decision still hasn't been reached), and several large whiteboards.  The workstations will have 27-inch monitors and four stations will have dual monitors.  The hardware in the three study rooms in the center will also be upgraded and include dual monitors.  All computers will have Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection and high-end processors and graphics cards.

The Center will support semester-long courses, such as COM 300which will focus on podcasting this semester and will include filmmaking later on as well as workshops and will be available to students with multimedia assignments.  It is anticipated that the Center will be especially useful for education students, whose portfolios require video components.

Jan 12, 2015

Changes coming to Summit borrowing

In December 2014, the O'Grady Library went live with our new discovery system, Saints Search, as part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance project to merge 37 institutional libraries into a single cloud-based system.  

As of January 8th, content from all thirty-seven Alliance libraries is now integrated and findable in the Saints Search platform.  As a result, the Summit requesting process is undergoing enhancements that will take effect on January 20th, 2015.   Some of the benefits of these changes include fewer authentication requests, the ability to track Summit requests directly in the "MyAccount" feature and a more integrated borrowing experience.

Over the next couple of weeks, there will be a number of configuration changes and testing on the new Summit borrowing process.  If you run into any problems requesting material or have questions about the the system, please contact:

Stefanie Gorzelsky      
Circulation Supervisor


Serin Anderson
Electronic Services Librarian

Jan 6, 2015

Transforming the library's Multimedia Center

The transformation continues.

The shelves have come down in the Multimedia Center which will allow for a long work table and more computers loaded with Adobe Creative Suite.

Jan 5, 2015

Looking for Videos and CDs?

If you walk into the Multimedia Center, it might strike you as a bit...well, as a bit sparse.  What happened to the movies and CDs?

O'Grady Library Multimedia Center

No, they haven't deserted you.  They've just moved over to the print reference area on the main floor, where they now occupy the first two shelves.

New Location of the movies and CDs

The movies and CDs are still available to you for check out for a week at a time, so please feel free to come get them for academic or personal use!

Meanwhile, plans are still underway to convert the Multimedia Center into a multimedia production lab where students can create videos, podcasts, and other multimedia presentations.  Plans are pending final approval, but we'll keep you posted!

Dec 18, 2014

What's with the Space?

Over the next several days you may notice that there will be empty shelves in the library's reference collection on the main floor and you may ask, "So, what's up with the space?"

Reference shelves after evaluation

The reference collection is a part of the library that is meant to meet quick information needs, answering questions like :
  • In which industries were more businesses created in Washington in 2012? (According to the 2014 Washington State Almanac: construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade [p. 8].)
  • What the heck is authentic assessment?  (According to the The Greenwood Dictionary of Education, it is a form of evaluating student work that does not use standardized tests [p. 33].)
  • Who were those guys that were supposed to spy on Hamlet? (According to The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern [p. 180].)  
By it's nature, the reference collection changes more rapidly than the library's main collection on the upper floor.  Right now the reference collection is being evaluated and compacted.  We have been working with the Library Faculty Committee in this project.

This evaluation is taking place for two reasons:
  1. The library multimedia center is being converted into a multimedia lab for video and audio production.  To have enough room, the audio and video materials need to be moved out of the room and we have decided to move them over to the reference area.
  2. The collection needs to be periodically evaluated and updated and it has been a number of years since this has happened.  Evaluation allows librarians examine the collection up close and pull or shift those items that no longer fit the needs of reference users.  In addition, "leaner" and "tighter" reference collections actually allow librarians to better serve the needs of users.
Some of the materials will be removed from the collection, but many will actually be designated for shifting up into the main collection on the upper floor.    We anticipate that up to 70% of the collection with be left in the collection or moved upstairs. 

Additionally, much reference research is actually being done via electronic tools now.  In the past 15 years, the print reference collection has 5,040 recorded uses.  (Because reference books are used within the library, their use counts are often low.  Thus, this number may not accurately reflect how frequently these items have been used.)  By contrast, the electronic reference items have seen an increase in use.  In just the last two years, the library's two primary electronic reference tools, Gale Virtual Reference Library and Oxford Reference Premium, have been accessed 3,218 times.