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122nd Government Documents Founding Day

September 17, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

This year OU Libraries celebrates the 122nd anniversary of the founding of its government documents collection. The collection was founded on August 14, 1893 by the Honorable Dennis T. Flynn, Oklahoma Territorial Delegate to the US House of Representatives 1892-1896 and 1898-1902. The government document collections were initially founded by a request from a Federal Senator or Representatives of each state or territory. Flynn requested the founding of the OU Documents Collection, one of the first in the Territory, after the University of Oklahoma was established in 1890.

Containing 2.9 million items, the collection today spans from the early 19th century to the most current federally produced documents said Jeffrey Wilhite, the Government Documents Librarian. “OU Libraries contains one of the oldest and largest Federal document collections in the state. We are a selective deposit that receives 90% of all federally disseminated documents, and, in addition, we have collections of State of Oklahoma documents, and international collections that include United Nations Official Documents and the European Union. It is an amazing collection with primary resources back to 1813, as well as the most modern online databases. At last count there was almost 5 miles of shelving in the Government Documents Collection, enough to reach from the Library out to the Canadian River.”

This year’s open house is Thursday, September 17th - held in conjunction with the Federal Constitution Day - from 2 PM – 4 PM, in the 4th floor Government Documents Collection of the Bizzell Memorial Library. Punch and refreshments will be served. A behind-the-scenes tour of the collection will be conducted at 3 PM, but guests are welcome to stop by at any time that afternoon. Mini-Constitutions will be distributed to the first 100 guests. The Library has recently premiered a LibGuide to accompany and highlight the event: http://guides.ou.edu/c.php?g=127283 .

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OU Fine Arts Library’s Second Friday Art Walk

September 11, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

All are welcome to join the OU Fine Arts Library as they kick off their participation in the Second Friday Art Walks with a celebration of composer Terry Riley's 80th birthday. Dr. David Goza, a visiting Associate Professor of Music, will conduct a performance of Riley's best known work, "In C". Cake will also be provided. The event begins at 5:30 PM in Catlett Music Center, room 020.

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Community Room (LL118)

Mirrored Rimes: Chinese-English Interlanguage History, Poetics, and Digital Innovation.

September 11, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Please join us for the English Department Faculty Showcase titled "Mirrored Rimes: Chinese-English Interlanguage History, Poetics, and Digital Innovation". The Showcase will feature Jonathan Stalling, Curator of the Chinese Literature Translation Collection at OU Libraries and Associate Professor of English Literature, as he leads a dynamic lecture of his current research. The event will take place in the Bizzell Memorial Library Community Room (LL118) on Friday, September 11th from 3 - 4 pm. 

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Galileo World Exhibition Open House

September 5, 2015 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The exhibition kicks-off with an open house in Bizzell Memorial Library's newly renovated 5th floor, History of Science Collections. Held on the first home football game, be sure to see this introduction to the year-long endeavor.

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Library Tours & Orientation Sessions

August 27, 2015 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Library orientation sessions are available to all students and faculty during the first week of the fall semester. No registration is required. To participate in an orientation session, please meet at the Research Help Desk located just inside the west entrance of Bizzell Memorial Library at the designated time. Each 45-minute session will include information about navigating the libraries’ website and searching the libraries' online resources as well as a brief tour of Bizzell Memorial Library. 

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Library Tours & Orientation Sessions

August 27, 2015 - 9:30am to 10:15am

Library orientation sessions are available to all students and faculty during the first week of the fall semester. No registration is required. To participate in an orientation session, please meet at the Research Help Desk located just inside the west entrance of Bizzell Memorial Library at the designated time. Each 45-minute session will include information about navigating the libraries’ website and searching the libraries' online resources as well as a brief tour of Bizzell Memorial Library. 

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Library Tours & Orientation Sessions

August 26, 2015 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Library orientation sessions are available to all students and faculty during the first week of the fall semester. No registration is required. To participate in an orientation session, please meet at the Research Help Desk located just inside the west entrance of Bizzell Memorial Library at the designated time. Each 45-minute session will include information about navigating the libraries’ website and searching the libraries' online resources as well as a brief tour of Bizzell Memorial Library. 

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Library Tours & Orientation Sessions

August 26, 2015 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Library orientation sessions are available to all students and faculty during the first week of the fall semester. No registration is required. To participate in an orientation session, please meet at the Research Help Desk located just inside the west entrance of Bizzell Memorial Library at the designated time. Each 45-minute session will include information about navigating the libraries’ website and searching the libraries' online resources as well as a brief tour of Bizzell Memorial Library. 

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Library Tours & Orientation Sessions

August 25, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm

Library orientation sessions are available to all students and faculty during the first week of the fall semester. No registration is required. To participate in an orientation session, please meet at the Research Help Desk located just inside the west entrance of Bizzell Memorial Library at the designated time. Each 45-minute session will include information about navigating the libraries’ website and searching the libraries' online resources as well as a brief tour of Bizzell Memorial Library. 

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Library Tours & Orientation Sessions

August 25, 2015 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Library orientation sessions are available to all students and faculty during the first week of the fall semester. No registration is required. To participate in an orientation session, please meet at the Research Help Desk located just inside the west entrance of Bizzell Memorial Library at the designated time. Each 45-minute session will include information about navigating the libraries’ website and searching the libraries' online resources as well as a brief tour of Bizzell Memorial Library. 

Event Location
Community Room (LL118)

Beyond Our Walls: The Translation Process Uncovered

August 25, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Join Professor Shiyan “Helen” Xu as she presents "The Translation Process Uncovered: New Findings at the Chinese Literature Translation Archive". Professor Jonathan Stalling will provide a brief introduction to the Archive and introduce Professor Xu. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

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Library Tours & Orientation Sessions

August 24, 2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Library orientation sessions are available to all students and faculty during the first week of the fall semester. No registration is required. To participate in an orientation session, please meet at the Research Help Desk located just inside the west entrance of Bizzell Memorial Library at the designated time. Each 45-minute session will include information about navigating the libraries’ website and searching the libraries' online resources as well as a brief tour of Bizzell Memorial Library. 

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Library Tours & Orientation Sessions

August 24, 2015 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Library orientation sessions are available to all students and faculty during the first week of the fall semester. No registration is required. To participate in an orientation session, please meet at the Research Help Desk located just inside the west entrance of Bizzell Memorial Library at the designated time. Each 45-minute session will include information about navigating the libraries’ website and searching the libraries' online resources as well as a brief tour of Bizzell Memorial Library. 

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Library Tours & Orientation Sessions

August 24, 2015 - 8:30am to 9:15am

Library orientation sessions are available to all students and faculty during the first week of the fall semester. No registration is required. To participate in an orientation session, please meet at the Research Help Desk located just inside the west entrance of Bizzell Memorial Library at the designated time. Each 45-minute session will include information about navigating the libraries’ website and searching the libraries' online resources as well as a brief tour of Bizzell Memorial Library. 

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Library Open House

August 21, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Get out of the heat during Sooner Orientation Weekend! Stop by Bizzell Memorial Library for:
  • An eight-minute tour of Oklahoma’s largest and most beautiful library
  • Snacks & cold drinks
  • Information about how the library can help you succeed at OU!

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Library Open House

August 20, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Get out of the heat during Sooner Orientation Weekend! Stop by Bizzell Memorial Library for:
  • An eight-minute tour of Oklahoma’s largest and most beautiful library
  • Snacks & cold drinks
  • Information about how the library can help you succeed at OU!

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Digital Scholarship Conference Room (LL121E)

Digital Scholarship Meet-Up

April 30, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Come chat with our digital scholarship specialists about your research ideas and questions regarding text analysis, GIS, and data visualization.

Event Location
Digital Scholarship Conference Room (LL121E)

Teaching with the Galileo's World Exhibit

April 29, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Meet with Dr. JoAnn Palmeri to discuss using OU's Galileo's World Exhibit for teaching during the 2015-2016 academic year. Drop by to learn about the exhibit, discuss possibilities for students projects, and brainstorm ways of using the exhibit to meet your goals for teaching - whether in the humanities, sciences, fine arts, engineering, or other areas.

You may also come by her office hours in the Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center, Wednesdays from 6 - 8 pm. She is located on the west side near room LL123. 

Dr. Palmeri is Research Coordinator of the History of Science Collections and Acting Curator of the John and Mary Nichols Collection.  For more information, email her at palmerij@ou.edu or call (405)325-2741.

For more information about the upcoming Galileo's World exhibit and news from the History of Science Collections, please visit:galileo.ou.eduoulynx.org, or  ouhos.org

Event Location
Collaborative Learning Classroom (LL123)

Immersive Education: Building a Virtual Classroom in Unity 3D

April 28, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Emerging Technology Librarians Matt Cook and James Adams will demonstrate how Unity 3D offers a virtual hands-on approach to teaching.  

Event Location
Digital Scholarship Conference Room (LL121E)

Teaching with the Galileo's World Exhibit

April 28, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Meet with Dr. JoAnn Palmeri to discuss using OU's Galileo's World Exhibit for teaching during the 2015-2016 academic year. Drop by to learn about the exhibit, discuss possibilities for students projects, and brainstorm ways of using the exhibit to meet your goals for teaching - whether in the humanities, sciences, fine arts, engineering, or other areas.

You may also come by her office hours in the Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center, Wednesdays from 6 - 8 pm. She is located on the west side near room LL123. 

Dr. Palmeri is Research Coordinator of the History of Science Collections and Acting Curator of the John and Mary Nichols Collection.  For more information, email her at palmerij@ou.edu or call (405)325-2741.

For more information about the upcoming Galileo's World exhibit and news from the History of Science Collections, please visit:galileo.ou.eduoulynx.org, or  ouhos.org

Event Location
Digital Scholarship Conference Room (LL121E)

Teaching with the Galileo's World Exhibit

April 27, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Meet with Dr. JoAnn Palmeri to discuss using OU's Galileo's World Exhibit for teaching during the 2015-2016 academic year. Drop by to learn about the exhibit, discuss possibilities for students projects, and brainstorm ways of using the exhibit to meet your goals for teaching - whether in the humanities, sciences, fine arts, engineering, or other areas.

You may also come by her office hours in the Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center, Wednesdays from 6 - 8 pm. She is located on the west side near room LL123. 

Dr. Palmeri is Research Coordinator of the History of Science Collections and Acting Curator of the John and Mary Nichols Collection.  For more information, email her at palmerij@ou.edu or call (405)325-2741.

For more information about the upcoming Galileo's World exhibit and news from the History of Science Collections, please visit:galileo.ou.eduoulynx.org, or  ouhos.org

Event Location
Digital Scholarship Conference Room (LL121E)

Digital Scholarship Meet-Up

April 23, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Come chat with our digital scholarship specialists about your research ideas and questions regarding text analysis, GIS, and data visualization.

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Black Classicism and Black Intellectual Life in Oklahoma and Beyond

April 22, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Please join us as Dr. Michele Ronnick presents "Black Classicism and Black Intellectual Life in Oklahoma and Beyond" on Wednesday, April 22nd from 1:30-2:30 in Bizzell's Community Room (LL118). The presentation is in conjunction with 14 Black Classicists: A Photographic Exhibit, now on display on the main floor of Bizzell. This event is made possible with funding from the College of Arts & Science with support from the Classics & Letters and African-American Studies departments.

About the Speaker
​Michele Valerie Ronnick is Professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her work includes studies of Latin literature, the classical tradition and particularly  its reception by  people of African descent.  Her books  include Cicero’s Paradoxa Stoicorum:  A Commentary, an Interpretation, and a Study of Its Influence (1991), The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough: An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship (2005),  and William Sanders Scarborough: Black Classicist and Race Leader (2006). 

Framing the Exhibit @ OU
By Dr. Samuel Huskey, Chair, OU Department of Classics & Letters

Almost everywhere you look at OU, you’ll find evidence of the ideals and concepts bequeathed to us by classical Greek and Roman civilization.

You can’t utter a sentence about OU without using a word with Greek or Latin roots. The campus, “beautiful by day and night,” comes from the Latin word for “field.” “Dorm” comes from the Latin word for “sleep.” Anthropology, biology, and psychology come from the Greek words for the study of human beings, life, and the mind, respectively. The library is literally a place for books (libri)—though it houses so much more today. We can’t forget the people at OU: the words student, professor, dean, president, alumni, regent, donor, athlete, and scholar all have roots in Greek or Latin.

The architecture also recalls Greco-Roman civilization. The Doric columns of the Carnegie Building and the Boyd House recall the temples of Athens and Rome. Representations of the Greek drachma and the Roman sestertiusadorn the south entrance to Adams Hall. The arches that mark the entrance to our campus echo the commemorative arches that still stand in Rome.

And, of course, there’s the stadium.

You don’t have to look further than the seal of the university to find the influence of classical antiquity. The mottoCivi et Reipublicae elegantly sums up OU’s mission: “for the benefit of the citizen and the state.”

The seal also indicates that OU was founded in 1890. In that same year, President David Ross Boyd selected a classicist, William N. Rice, as the first member of the University of Oklahoma’s faculty. Classics, therefore, has always been a part of OU’s history.

Unfortunately, it has not always been available to every Oklahoman. It would be almost sixty years before Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and George W. McLaurin challenged the system of segregation that kept the university’s motto from applying to all citizens.

But segregation of a different kind persists at OU and most other universities: the segregation of scholarly disciplines. Classics is a good example. By privileging the culture and civilization of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the scholarly discipline of Classics overlooks the achievements of ancient civilizations that flourished in Africa, Asia, North and South America, and all around the world. It is no wonder that Classics departments have always struggled with diversity, when even the word “Classics” reveals a bias toward a distinctly European culture.

The purpose of this exhibit is to challenge those notions by celebrating African-American scholars who chose to study Greco-Roman civilization for its universal, human appeal, even in a time when most universities were closed to them. The scholars pictured here call us to expand our own notions of “classical,” to be more aware of other cultures, ancient and modern. They call us to challenge the segregation of academic disciplines.

Event Location
Collaborative Learning Classroom (LL123)

Tableau II: Hands-On Lab

April 22, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Emerging Technology Librarian James Adams is offering instruction on the data visualization tool Tableau and will be available for individual consultation on specific research projects.  Participants are encouraged to bring their data. Users of all levels are welcome. 

Workshops on How to Find Resources in the Geosciences

April 17, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The Youngblood Energy (Geology) Library will be providing 50-minute workshops on finding resources in the Geosciences.  In each workshop, Jody Foote, Geology Librarian, will provide the instruction on how to:
  • Use GeoRef database (and other databases) to find journal articles on your topic
  • Search Discover Local (library catalog) for books and maps  
Workshop Sessions:
  • Wednesday, April 8 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10, 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 14, 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.
All sessions will be held in the Youngblood Library group study room.