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Lunch & Learn with the Gilcrease Museum

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:57am -- aschweikhard

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Learn all about the Gilcrease Museum during a free lunch-and-learn at the library!

When: Friday, September 9th from 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library Gallery

Did you know that the Gilcrease Museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West? Or that their archives constitute one of the country’s most extensive collections of rare books, documents, maps, and unpublished material related to the history of the North American continent?

You don't want to miss Laura Fry, Senior Curator & Curator of Art at the Gilcrease Museum, delve into the highlights of the Gilcrease Museum and its collections. This event will be located in the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library Gallery and a free lunch will be provided.

Space is limited! RSVP to or 918-660-3226 to reserve your spot.


Image: Thomas Moran, Shoshone Falls on the Snake River,1900, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#OUlympics Trivia

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:45am -- apeterson

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Ready to go for the gold, but not sure how your 100m freestyle holds up next to Michael Phelps? Then maybe trivia is the Olympic event for you!

Join OU-Tulsa Staff Senate and the Schusterman Library for #OUlympics Trivia this Thursday, August 18th, from 12:00 to 1:00pm in the Library Gallery.

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Last Summer Book Club

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 8:32am -- apeterson

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Join us for our final Book Club meeting of the summer! Read whatever you want and come share about the book. Bring your own lunch; cookies and coffee will be provided.

For every summer book club event you attend you'll be entered to win a Google Chromecast. If you are off-campus or can't make it to the Library, participate by sharing your monthly reading online:

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Coming to a Hallway Near You!

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:58am -- apeterson

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The Schusterman Library is coming to a hallway near you! We're going mobile across campus with a book card filled with favorite library items: coffee, coloring pages, leisure reading books, and more! We'll be out and about on campus between 9:00 and 11:00am this Wednesday, July 27th. Be on the lookout for us!

The Schusterman Library is going mobile across campus with a book cart.
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Pokémon Go & Popsicles

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 4:18pm -- apeterson

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Join us on Friday, July 15th from 11:30am to 2:00pm to have a popsicle and explore the world of Pokémon Go on campus. Playing Pokémon Go not required to enjoy a popsicle with friends, but you can find out about the hype from your friendly librarians. 

This event is sponsored by the OU-Tulsa Office of the President and the Schusterman Library. Popsicles while supplies last.

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Library 20x20... and Battle Decks!

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:57am -- aschweikhard

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20 Slides, 20 Seconds

Wednesday, April 20th  ▪  12:00 - 1:00 pm  ▪  OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library

Do you know anything about kayaking or archaeology? What about sneakers and pop culture? Someone here at OU-Tulsa does!

Have fun listening to your peers give a short presentation highlighting their talents, hobbies, and obsessions with only 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Plus, we’ll have three Battle Decks featuring Tracy Kennedy, Ken Randall, and Shawn Schaefer! You don’t want to miss out.

Contact the library at or 918-660-3226 to reserve your spot.

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New comment feature on our blog!

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 8:52am -- apeterson

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You can now comment on our blog posts! From this post forward, you will find a comment box below each of our posts. The new comment feature is a plugin from Facebook, so in order to comment you must have a Facebook account. As you can see pictured below, once you've commented, your post will look and act pretty much exactly like comments on Facebook do. Comment below to try out this new feature. Happy commenting!!


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Book Club Updates

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 2:40pm -- apeterson

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Did you miss our first Book Club meeting last week? Don't worry! We've created a Pinterest Board with the titles that our book club attendees have read so far this summer so that you can catch up. We've included books from both our in-person participants and online submissions. If you'd like to see your most recent read pinned to our board and enter to win a Google Chromecast, submit a title to our online form. We hope to see you at our next book club meetings on July 13th and August 10th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in the second floor quiet reading room. Until then, Happy Reading!

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Reading Recommendations

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 4:18pm -- apeterson

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The first meeting of our Summer Book Club is only one day away! Still need a book to discuss? Check out one of these books from our leisure reading collection for a quick read. These three titles are less than 150 pages for your reading convenience.

Whether you finish reading one of these books or finished a different one, we'd love to hear about it at book club tomorrow. Bring yourself and your lunch to the library between 12:00 and 1:00pm for literary conversation, cookies, and coffee. Or if you are off campus or can't make it to the library, participate by sharing your most recent read online: 

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American Eagle Day - Mon. Jun 20th

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:44pm -- aschweikhard

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Celebrate American Eagle Day at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library!

When: Monday, June 20th from 12 pm - 1pm

Where: OU-Tulsa Schusterman Librarary Gallery

Join us for a screening of the documentary "Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle to the Channel Islands." Plus, this is the last week to view the Sutton Avian Research Center Bald Eagle Recovery Program exhibit.

To attend, contact For questions or to make accommodations, call 918-660-3226.

Return Flight is a short documentary released in 2013 that chronicles how a dedicated team of biologists worked tirelessly for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the Channel Islands located off the coast of Southern California. The story is told through interviews with hard-working biologists, visionary resource managers, and thoughtful environmental historians. Ultimately, the recovery of the bald eagle on the Channel Islands mirrors its larger recovery in the continental United States.

American Eagle Day at OU-Tulsa Library
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State of Health Lunch - Wed. June 22

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:43am -- aschweikhard

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Join us at the Mornigcrest Health Library as we delve into Tulsa County and Oklahoma’s state of not so good health. Our guest presenter will be Jan Figart, Associate Director of the Community Service Council. A free lunch will be provided.

When: Wednesday, June 22 from 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: Morningcrest Health Library at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Clinic, 4444 E. 41st St

The presentation will highlight Tulsa County and Oklahoma’s state of not so good health through changing demographics, education, employment and Adverse Childhood Experience lens. The humorous take on a complex topic is intended to raise awareness of the social determinants of health.  

Space is limited. To RSVP, email Contact 918-660-3226 for questions or to make requests for accomodations.

This session is being offered as part of the display of For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. This exhibit tells the lesser-known story of how movements of ordinary citizens helped shape the changing American health care system. The exhibit will be on display in the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Clinic from June 20 - July 15. To learn more about the exhibit, visit

State of Health Lunch

Meet Our Ambassadors: Taylor Potter

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 9:45am -- apeterson

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Next up in our series of Schusterman Library Ambassador profiles is Taylor Potter. Taylor is the Director of the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at OU-Tulsa and is currently working on her Master's in Public Administration. Here's a bit more about Taylor:

1. What is your dream job?

I want to run a business that significantly contributes to the local economy, employing people with high wages and adding to our tax base. While I'm not there yet, I'm exposed to the challenge of business creation in my current role at OU CCEW.

2. What is your favorite book?

Right now, my fiction favorite is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I'm also reading Presence by Amy Cuddy and really enjoying the practical application of bringing your best self to every activity.

3. If you were Director of the Schusterman Library for a day, what would you do?

I would have a whole lot of learning to do! I am so amazed by all of the roles that a 21st century library plays in higher education. It's the brain behind so much that we do as scholars, researchers and practitioners. I would look to the expertise of our Schusterman staff, what could we accomplish that's transformational in 24 hours??

4. How do you contribute to the OU-Tulsa community?

OU-Tulsa is a family. We're a small, tight knit campus that invests in our people and cares about our community. I try to do just that, as a student I strive to build relationships with my MPA classmates and as Director for OU-Tulsa CCEW, I expose our interns and campus to business strategy, innovation and problem solving. These are two small pieces of campus activity, but I hope that my small contributions help build our community and help us strive for excellence in interdisciplinary learning and community engagement.


To learn more about our Library Ambassadors, visit the Schusterman Library Ambassador page.

Taylor Potter presenting at a CCEW event.
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Read Your Own Book

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 1:05pm -- kprentice

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You are invited to first OU-Tulsa Summer Campus Book Club at the Schusterman Library! We will have three book club events to share the books we’re reading this summer but if you can’t make it to campus, you can still participate (and enter to win the prize drawing) by logging your three books online at

We will meet June 15, July 13, and August 10 at 12 noon in the Quiet Reading Room. Bring your lunch; Cookies and coffee will be provided (while they last.)

This is a "read your own book club." Read anything you want and come share about the book. Easy peasy. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome!

Campus book club info
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Librarian Adventures in Canada

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 3:04pm -- apeterson

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Earlier this week, librarians Stewart Brower, Katie Prentice, April Schweikhard, and I attended the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting Mosaic ’16: Be Part of the Big Picture in Toronto, Canada.  The conference was a joint meeting between the Medical Library Association, the Canadian Health Libraries Association, and the International Clinical Librarian Conference.  We spent our time learning and conversing with other health sciences librarians from around the world about topics ranging from systematic reviews and evidence based medicine to open access and social media. 

The conference began with a lecture from Ben Goldacre, a British doctor and award-winning writer who works to debunk scientific claims made by journalists, pharmaceutical corporations, and quacks.  Dr. Goldacre was a passionate and energetic speaker.  To hear for yourself, check out one of his TED Talks.

Above: A summary of Dr. Goldeacre's presentation during the John P. McGovern Award Lecture at Mosaic '16.


Our librarians also contributed to the conversation at Mosaic '16 when Katie presented “Assessment #IRL: Putting Your Picture Together” during the session “Using Assessment Data to Drive the Big Picture,” which was moderated by Stewart.  April also moderated a session entitled “Systematic Review Methodology.” 

Mosaic ’16 reminded us that the work that we do here at the Schusterman Library affects not only the wonderful students, faculty, and staff at OU-Tulsa, but can also impact students and health science professionals around the world.  We are excited to begin practicing the new things we have learned and to continue the conversations sparked by our colleagues from Canada and beyond.

Above: Leaving Toronto after a grand time at Mosaic '16. 

Suzanne Shurtz, Lorie Kloda, Katie Prentice, David Nolfi, and Stewart Brower present at MLA
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Summer Reading Recommendations

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:33am -- apeterson

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Looking for a good beach read? Or want to find a book to discuss at the library's upcoming summer book club? Check out one of these titles from our leisure reading collection:

All of these books and many more can be found on the second floor of the library. Details about our Summer Book Club will be coming soon!

Picture credit to Andy Lamb; No changes made; View License

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Extended Hours for Dead Week and Finals Week

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 5:50pm -- kprentice

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Library Hours will be extended for Dead Week & Finals Week. We are opening early and staying late! Non-stop coffee available through the end of Finals. Stop by to study, get coffee, or to de-stress with a coloring book or puzzle.

Note that on Friday, May 13, we will close at 6pm and be closed for the weekend. Complete Hours are always online:

Calendar view of hours

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Pancakes & Waffles: May 2 from 6 - 8 pm

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 3:15pm -- aschweikhard

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Kick start Dead Week with a special "breakfast for dinner" at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library.

When: Monday, May 2nd from 6pm - 8pm

Where: OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library

We'll be serving up pancakes and waffles along with all of the fixings and of course... plenty of coffee!

Contact the library at 918-660-3226 to learn more.

Pancakes & Waffles: May 2 from 6 - 8 pm
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Meet Our Library Ambassadors: Cassie Holmes

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:57am -- apeterson

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Next up in our series of Schusterman Library Ambassador profiles is Cassie Holmes. Cassie is working towards earning her Master's in Human Relations and is set to graduate this May. Here's a bit more about Cassie:

1. What is your dream job?

Executive director of my own non-profit organization which helps human trafficking survivors rebuild their lives

2. What is your favorite book?

The Bible

3. If you were Director of the Schusterman Library for a day, what would do?

I would dedicate one hour a week "happy hour" and put on music in the library, along with festive decorations and games just for fun!

4. How do you contribue to the OU-Tulsa community?

I have served as Vice President of the Human Relations Student Association and been a member of the CCEW internship program. I also try to attend campus lectures and events that relate to my field of study. My time is limited because I work and go to school full time, but I try to find ways to be involved and stay connected.

To learn more about our Library Ambassadors, visit the Schusterman Library Ambassador page.

Pictured above: Alyssa Peterson, Daniel Sperle, Paul Abbey, and Cassie Holmes

Pictured: Alyssa Peterson, Daniel Sperle, Paul Abbey, and Cassie Holmes
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