Frequently Asked Questions - General questions
I am a university instructor. Is there someone who could come and speak to my class about doing research and using the library?
Yes! One of the best ways for students to learn information literacy skills is in the context of research assignments for their classes. To support this, the OU-Tulsa librarians are able to consult with faculty members on class presentations customized to individual courses or academic disciplines on:
- creating research strategies for projects
- finding, selecting, and evaluating information resources
- using electronic resources, including high-quality Internet sites
This works best when librarians collaborate with faculty members for research assignments designed for the course. Librarians can also create bibliographies of pertinent research sites and other tools for the course. To set up a customized instruction session for your class, contact a librarian. Please complete and submit the Instruction Request form at https://outlibrary.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cPk5n9BheqUWLiY.
There are some dots on the bottom, and the picture in the header looks odd. And some of the text overlaps on the front page. What's going on?
Chances are you are looking that the website in some version of Internet Explorer. We have found that most versions of IE before version 10 have problems rendering the pages on the library website. Furthermore, a later version of IE, such as version 11, will often work just fine an off-campus computer, but will not work at all on an on-campus computer when accessing the library website.
The solution is to use a browser other than Internet Explorer. We recommend Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. The library website looks just fine in these browers.
I have a question that needs to be answered and I think it should be in this FAQ.
This is the website for the Schusterman Library at the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa. Our mission is to serve the students, faculty, and staff on the OU-Tulsa campus.
Tulsa City County Library offers an excellent free service called Learning Express. Learning Express contains online tutorials on subjects such as computer skills (including Microsoft Office software), some school subjects, college prep, GED, adult education, workplace skills, and more. It also offers practice tests for certain occupation exams, GED, ACT, SAT, reading skills, ASVAB, and more. You'll need a Tulsa City County Library card to use this service.
OU staff and faculty can take advantage of our campus's participation in Eighth Floor, a technology and learning center for educators offered by Tulsa Technology Center and Tulsa Community College. Eighth Floor provides training in Microsoft Office software, Photoshop, Web 2.0 and social media topics, and much more. To take an Eighth Floor class, you must register through the OU-Tulsa Human Resources Department. Contact Tricia Rahal for more information.
You can also take advantage of some other online tutorials to brush up your basic skills. Here are some resources that others have told us have been helpful for them. (The Library has not tested these tutorials.)
The OU Schusterman Library is open to the public with certain restrictions.
- Members of the public may come into the library and use the two computers designated for public use as long as those two computers are available and not in use by a student. The computers have restricted access and are designed for research and educational purposes. You can be logged in to our public terminals for up to one hour a day.
- You can come into the library and use any of our databases, read any of our print materials, and user our scanners.
- You can print using wepa, our cloud-based printing service. Learn more about printing at http://library.tulsa.ou.edu/main/printing-about/printou-t-wepa.
- We do not offer borrowing privileges or issue library cards to members of the public.
OK-Share is a cooperative agreement among Oklahoma institutions of higher education for sharing of library resources. OU Schusterman Library patrons with no overdue materials may obtain an OK-Share card at the Front Desk to use at other participating libraries. You can find further information and a list of participating libraries at OK-SHARE.
We have Acer Netbooks, DVD burners, webcams, Flip Mino video recorders and digital projectors available for checkout. Students, faculty and staff may check them out for one week at a time, with an option for an additional one-week renewal period. Technology items are subject to overdue fines, and you will be charged $25 for each day the item is overdue. Check at the reference desk for availability and more details.
Drinks with secure lids are allowed everywhere in the library. Food is allowed only in small portions, and only in areas that are away from the computers, the printers, and the collection itself. All patrons are expected to clean up after themselves and to keep their workspaces clean. Any library staff member may ask a patron to remove food from the library at any time for any reason. Patrons who wish to plan events with food in the library must have permission from the Library Director beforehand.
The library has three group study rooms for the use of OU-Tulsa students, faculty, and staff. Rooms can be reserved for periods of up to three hours. To schedule a reservation, please consult the library's AskHere Desk at 918-660-3228, or visit one of the staff members at the AskHere Desk.