Month: April 2015

Thank You for Your Feedback

Over the past semester, did you notice library staff walking by in bright yellow shirts while tapping on iPads? Did you see white boards out with questions about what type of furniture you prefer, or see a questionnaire on a table asking about what you look for in study space?

This was all part of the first phase of a long-term building use study that includes identifying how people currently use the building and how users would like to see the library space change as we move forward. We’ve recorded how people use the library at different times of day and we’ve kept track of all the different comments we’ve received. We will review all comments as we continue this study and suggestions.

As we continue this process, we anticipate meeting with students and faculty in small groups to talk about the library space, resources, and overall user experience. We’ll also be conducting a survey in the fall semester to get feedback from as many people as possible.

We’ve just completed the first stage of this long-term study so no changes will be made immediately and there’s still time to voice your thoughts about the library. Please look for announcements from us in the future for information about these small group discussions and other ways you can share your thoughts about the library.

If you have comments about the library building – what you like, what you don’t like, or something you’d like to see changed, feel free to email us at Thank you!

Finals Week Survival Guide: Quiet Study vs. Silent Study

If you spend a lot of time in Dunbar Library, you might have noticed that things get a little louder around finals week each semester. More people than usual are visiting the library as they study for finals.

Your friendly library staff and welcoming library spaces are always here to help:

  • Check out course reserve materials, pick up OhioLink requests and more at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.
  • Need research help, have questions about printing or using library computers? Visit the Info Desk on the second floor.
  • Can’t make it to the library but have a research question? You can text, call, IM chat, email… all by using our Ask a Librarian service.
  • Creating a digital media project? See the STAC on the second floor.
  • Meet your study group on the first or second floor
  • Or find your solo-study sweet-spot with Quiet Study on the third and fourth floors.

Tensions run high during finals week. That guy tapping on his keyboard, or the music you can hear through that lady’s headphones might be extra disruptive right before a big test. That’s why we’re offering extended Silent Study hours during finals week. What’s the difference between Quiet Study and Silent Study? Silent Study means no electronics, no whispers, no food, no distractions… no kidding. Silent Study will be available in Room 315 pretty much any time the library is open during finals, which is until 2:00 a.m. most days. Check our calendar for specific hours. Questions or concerns? Let us know: 937-775-2525.

Celebrate National Library Week

Nominate a Library Staff Star!
Help us celebrate National Library Week, April 12 – 18 and National Library Workers Day, April 14. Consider nominating a library staff member for the American Library Association/ Allied Professional Association’s Library Star Gallery:

Want to nominate someone but can’t remember the name of that nice person who helped you at the Info Desk? Love requesting OhioLink books and want to know who makes it happen?  Check out our staff directory or email

13505 Michelle Brasseur, National Library Week group photo 4-18-14

Whiteboard Write-Up

Last week @CarlyGirl29013 was inspired by detailed anatomy drawings of a heart, brain and skull she saw on the whiteboards in Dunbar Library, and shared them via Twitter in an attempt to find the artist(s).
IMG_1562“John drew this.” Are you him? Visit her post to claim your work.

Love anonymous dry-erase board drawings? Check out some of our all-time favorite whiteboard works, plus helpful hints about library services and materials from Computer Science and Engineering Librarian, Phil Flynn:

ChemistHumour (2)If you are studying chemistry there is no need to lose your sense of humor.  Find all of the chemistry literature you need with SciFinder Scholar.  Mary Lou Baker Jones is our Chemistry Librarian.

CompilerIf your compiler code is going code blue, maybe you need to register some help.  Read about computer languages and examine code from Safari Online Books.  Check out our Computer Science and Engineering subject guides.

AnatomyCandyBrainIf your brain needs refreshed, try reading something from our Popular Reading Collection. See the bookshelves on the first floor just in front of the Starbucks counter. … or, give it a challenge with a game from our Brain Games collection in the Group Study Room. Ask at the Circulation Desk for these games available for checkout

EarthDayEarth Day is coming up, April 22nd. Be a true blue recylcer. Use our blue recycling bins for paper and plastic recyclables. Have suggestions for the library’s sustainability team, EcoNuts? Email 

EconomicsIf your economic paper is floating in the deep end, make it more current.  Find a wealth of economic literature in ECONLIT.  Our Economics Librarian is Carol Fang.

Good Morning SnowmanWe love this sketch, but we’re glad to say goodbye to this guy until next winter. Snow, rain or shine, enjoy comfortable study space in Dunbar Library.

LanguageLessonListen to learn language but look at our Language Learning Media for recorded dialogue.  Our Modern Languages librarian is Piper Martin.

StudyBudyHow’s this for a study buddy?  Need a tutor? Call Tutoring Services at (937) 775-2280 and meet yours at our second floor tutoring area.



Thanks for studying in Dunbar Library. We love seeing your artwork and notes on the whiteboards. Remember we’re here to help you – and you can help us improve your library. Stop by Dunbar Library and fill out a survey April 21-22 or April 28-29 or email to give us your feedback.

See something you drew? Comment below to claim your work.