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Haruv Exhibit

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 8:41am -- apeterson

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Perspectives in International Child Welfare

on display through December 8 in the Schusterman Library gallery

In June 2017, twelve OU Master of Social Work students spent a week in Jerusalem as part of the international exchange program with the Haruv Institute and Hebrew University.

The Haruv Institute, fouded in 2007 by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, is Israel's leading authority on child abuse and neglect.

The students participated in lectures with Hebrew University School of Social Work faculty and visited multiple child service agencies that focus on child maltreatment and neglect. Students from Hebrew University will visit OU in November for a similar experience.

The exhibit features digital presentations created by OU School of Social Work students as a reflection on their experiences in Israel.

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Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:35am -- apeterson

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Did you know you can checkout technology from the Schusterman Library? We've got various items ranging from a GoPro to projectors to Dell Notebooks. Some items checkout for one week, while others, like phone chargers and headphones, are avaialble for in-librar use only. Check out our Technology Checkout page for more information, or view the flyers below.



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Poetry Party

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 10:37am -- apeterson

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Join the Schusterman Library for our semesterly Poetry Party!

Tuesday, October 10 | 12:00 to 1:00pm | Schusterman Library Gallery

You can share your favorite poem, a poem you've written, or even improvise a spoken word masterpiece on the spot.


Questions about the event? Contact Alyssa Peterson at (918) 660-3224 or

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Realistic Publishing Goals

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 10:28am -- apeterson

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Wednesday, October 4 | 12:00 to 1:00pm | Schusterman Library Conference Room

Join us for Scholar Squad, an informal support group for those interested/involved in research and other scholarly activities. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month.

Squad, for the October 4th get-together the topic of the day is realistic publishing goals. Please read this short article before we meet. We’ll discuss strategies and tools that can help you (and/or those you mentor/coordinate) choose publications that meet your visibility, prestige, and cost (both monetary and time) goals.

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Banned Books Week

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 1:53pm -- apeterson

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Celebrate Banned Books Week at the Schusterman Library

You can celebrate your freedom to read with us this week in many ways:

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Learn about Concussions

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:26pm -- apeterson

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The REAL Truths and Myths About Concussions: What to do If Your Child or Loved One Gets a Concussion

Tuesday, September 26 | 6:00 to 7:30pm | Hardesty Regional Library

Join Dr. Eric Sherburn, board-certified neurosurgeon, for this interactive and highly informative presentation geared for parents, players, youth athletes, administrators, and familiy members.

Attendees will learn about concussions and how to properly manage the symptoms. Dr. Sherburn will discuss return to learn/play/work issues, pros and cons of various tools that can be useful in diagnosing and managing concussions, as well as present various options in treating patients who have suffered a concussion.

Dr. Sherburn specializes in concussions, brain-related problems, and spine/back/neck issues. He is part of the OU Sports Medicine Department within OU Physicians-Tulsa. He serves as secretary for the Southern Neurosurgical Society, is a governor to the American College of Surgeons, and consults with the NFL on player concussions.


This project has been supported in part or in full by federal funds through the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health under award number UG54LM012345 with the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The content is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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Censorship in Comics

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:27am -- apeterson

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The Comics Code Authority: A Brief History and What Changed in 1986

Wednesday, September 27 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm | Schusterman Library Gallery

Stewart Brower, library director and avid collector of over 6000 comic books, will discuss the history of the CAA and how it effectively censored comic books for decades, before publishers began to push back through the direct market of the 1980s. We'll learn how DC and Marvel began moving away from the Code right at the same time that newer publishers took a more aggressive stance toward the marketplace and creative freedoms.

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Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:23am -- apeterson

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Don't know where to start looking for scholarly literature?

Overwhelmed by the number of databases available?

Desire a list of resources created specifically for you?

Try using the Resource Guide for your department to find databases, e-books, e-journals, and more relevant to your discipline. See the handout below for details on how to utilize Resource Guides and become a library power user.

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September Reading Recommendations

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:47pm -- apeterson

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Although Banned Books Week isn't quite here yet, why not celebrate our freedom to read all month long? Show off the power of words with one of these banned or challenged books from the Library collection.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Forever… by Judy Blume
  • Home by Toni Morrison
  • Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
  • The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
  • The Broker by John Grishma
  • The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey

For even more Banned Books Week rebellion, join us on Wednesday, September 27 at 12:00pm for a talk on "The Comics Code Authority: A Brief History and What Changed in 1986" with Stewart Brower, Library director and avid comic book collector.


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On display now

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 9:14am -- apeterson

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Banned Books Week - Comics and Graphic Novels

Visit our Banned Comic Books and Graphic Novels Exhibit, on display now! Discover why comics and graphic novels are increasingly susceptible to book challenges.

Why celebrate banned books? Books promote accessible freedom of thought and expression. Censoring content hinders intellectual freedom by limiting the diverse topics readily available to people. This exhibit promotes the freedom to share ideas in an avenue not traditionally explored - the realm of comic books and graphic novels. Every story has an idea to share, a writer expressing themselves, an artist bringing life to a canvas. Our duty is to allow it to be viewed and flourish unhindered.

Save the Date! Stewart Brower, library director and avid comic book collector, will give a talk on "The Comics Code Authority: A Brief History and What Changed in 1986" on Wednesday, September 27 at 12:00pm.


This exhibit was curated by Marianne Myers and Galen Webb. Marianne and Galen are both students in the Master of Library and Information Studies program here at OU-Tulsa and can often be found working as graduate research assistants at the library's AskHere Desk.

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Scholar Squad

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:56am -- apeterson

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Join us for Scholar Squad, an informal support group for those interested/involved in research and other scholarly activities.

For the September 6 get-together the topic of the day is a leadership orientations inventory. All attendees will take a short personal survey and learn about their own leadership orientation. We’ll discuss what this means in the workplace and how our strengths and areas for growth affect daily life.

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Greetings from Director Stewart Brower

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:34am -- apeterson

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Welcome back to OU-Tulsa! We hope you've had a great summer break and are excited to dive into a wonderful semester of learning and discovery. Visit the Library anytime (click here for library hours) to learn about how we can support your studies. In the meantime, here's a brief welcome message from Library Director Stewart Brower. Enjoy!

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Upcoming Events

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:54am -- apeterson

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Join us for one (or all!) of our upcoming events! Click the event titles for more information and to download the calendar invites to your Outlook, Google, Yahoo, or iCal calendar.

Pop Over (to the Library) for Popcorn - August 21 from 11:30 to 1:30

Scholar Squad - September 6 from 12:00 to 1:00pm

Banned Books Week Event - Septemeber 27 from 12:00 to 1:00pm

International Coffee Day - September 29, free coffee all day

Scholar Squad - October 4 from 12:00 to 1:00pm

Poetry Party - October 10 from 12:00 to 1:00pm

Scholar Squad - November 1 from 12:00 to 1:00pm

"Perspectives on International Child Welfare" Exhibit Reception - November 7 from 5:00 to 6:30pm

Pancake Night - December 5 from 4:30 to 6:00pm

Scholar Squad - December 6 from 12:00 to 1:00pm

Holiday Cheer Event - December 13 from 11:00 to 1:00pm

Or download our entire event calendar at one time with the link below. To import into your calendar paste the link into your browser and open the .ics file that downloads, or copy and paste the url into your calendar of choice's Add Calendar feature.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!


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Pop Over for Popcorn

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:18pm -- apeterson

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Kick off Welcome Week by popping over (to the library) for popcorn.

Monday, August 21 | 11:30am to 1:30pm | Schusterman Library

We'd love to greet new and returning #TulsaSooners and help you discover how the Schusterman Library can support your studies. Or just swing by to grab some popcorn to snack on as you enjoy the solar eclipse later.


This event is brought to you by OU-Tulsa Student Affairs and the Schusterman Library.


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August Reading Recommendations

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 8:47am -- apeterson

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Looking for a way to liven up your reading life? Try one of these new books - all published in 2017!

All of these books and more can be found in the Library's Leisure Reading Collection, located next to the coffee bar on the first floor.


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Learn More About Librarians!

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:43pm -- apeterson

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Have you ever thought about what it's like to be a librarian? Or why libraries from the Schusterman Library to the Great Library at Alexandria matter? Or maybe you've never thought about any of that, but now you're dying to know more? Then our new book, This is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information by Kyle Cassidy, is the book for you!

According to Hachette Book Group's website, here's what the book is all about:

In 2014, author and photographer Kyle Cassidy published a photo essay on called "This is What A Librarian Looks Like," a montage of portraits and a tribute to librarians. Since then, Cassidy has made it his mission to remind us of how essential librarians and libraries are to our communities. His subjects are men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and personal style-from pink hair and leather jackets to button-downs and blazers. In short, not necessarily what one thinks a librarian looks like. The nearly 220 librarians photographed also share their personal thoughts on what it means to be a librarian. This is What A Librarian Looks Like also includes original essay by some of our most beloved writers, journalists, and commentators including Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Nancy Pearl, Cory Doctorow, Paula Poundstone, Amanda Palmer, Peter Sagal, Jeff VanderMeer, John Scalzi, Sara Farizan, Amy Dickinson, and others. Cassidy also profiles a handful of especially influential librarians and libraries.

Want to check out the book for yourself? You can find it on the second floor of the Library under call number Z 682 C37 2017.  Or try putting the book on hold so you can pick it up at the Library's front desk. Happy reading!

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