Newsletter: August 2017
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    2017 NKU Friends of Steely Library Scholarship Winners

    Congratulations to Angelina Clark (a senior from Glasgow, KY) and Elizabeth Gauck (a senior from Independence, KY), the 2017 recipients of Northern Kentucky University's Friends of Steely Library Scholarship! The Friends of Steely Library (FoSL) established the scholarship in order to assist academically successful Library Informatics students in continuing and completing their online bachelor's degree at NKU.

    FoSL is composed of alumni, faculty, staff, and community members who are dedicated to promoting the interests of the W. Frank Steely Library at NKU.

    2017 Steely Library Research Award Winner

    Steely is pleased to announce that Grace Beck has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Steely Library Research Award, presented as part of NKU's Celebration of Student Research and Creativity.

    Grace's project was on Paper Manufacturing and Use in the 1800s. Grace completed her project during her freshman year at NKU. Her faculty sponsor was Tamara O'Callaghan (Department of English).

    In recognition of her achievement, Grace will be awarded a commemorative plaque, her name will be added to the Steely Roll of Honor, and she will receive $500.00.

    Congratulations, Grace!

    Graduate Student Research Symposium to be held 9/9

    The 3rd Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium will take place in Steely Library on Saturday, September 9th, beginning at 9:00 am and lasting until 1:00 pm. At this free event, sponsored by Steely Library and the Office of Graduate Education, information professionals from Steely and graduate faculty from several disciplines will lead multiple sessions on topics related to graduate-level research and scholarship.

    New and returning graduate students are encouraged to attend. Those not able to attend will have the option to live stream the event. Graduate faculty members are encouraged to spread the word about the event to their students. You can register online, where a full agenda will be available soon.

    The Symposium is free, but seating for the on-campus event will be limited, so be sure to register soon. Students who attend the new Graduate Student Orientation on August 16th will have the opportunity to register by stopping by the Steely Library table. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Hammons (

    Learning PLUS Writing Center Available in Steely for Fall Semester

    Learning PLUS and Steely have collaborated to provide Writing Center services in Steely Library during the Fall Semester. The Writing Center, which aims to help students become better writers by advising and guiding them through the writing process, will be located on Steely's third floor near Stego.

    Writing Center Hours in Steely:

    Monday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    Friday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Saturday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    For help or questions regarding the Writing Center in Steely, you can stop in and speak to Writing Center staff and consultants, or visit Steely's 3rd floor Public Services Desk.


    Call for Faculty Lunch Seminar Presenters!

    Be among the chosen elite to speak in the Faculty Lunch Seminar 2017-2018 series. Presentations are informal, on topics of personal or professional interest, and, with any luck, both entertaining and informative. Remember, however, that people will be eating.

    Seminars are 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Steely Library 304.

    Available dates: October 11, November 8, February 14, March 14, and April 11.

    Contact Allen Ellis,; (859) 572-5527.

    Steely's Philip Yannarella Wins Government Documents Award

    Steely would like to recognize Government Documents Librarian Philip Yannarella for winning the 2017 Bernadine Abbot Hoduski Founders Award. The award recognizes documents librarians who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local or Federal documents. It also recognizes those whose contributions have benefited not only the individual's institution, but also the profession.

    Phil was nominated by Lois Schultz, and was supported by letters of recommendation from John Schlipp, Robert Lilly, Dr. Patricia Griffin, and Christian Moriconi. After his selection in February, he was honored in June at the ALA Government Documents Round Table Reception and Awards Ceremony.

    Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for Steely, Phil! Congratulations!

    Information Literacy Instruction Available

    As you prepare for the new semester, don't forget to schedule an information literacy instruction session for your classes. Studies have found that many college students are overwhelmed by all of the information choices available today, and are unprepared to conduct academic research. Steely's Information Literacy program is dedicated to helping students develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively navigate this chaotic information environment.

    We offer a variety of options for both face-to-face and online courses. You can schedule an instruction session online.

    For online courses, options include interactive tutorials that can be used with either Blackboard or Canvas, as well as synchronous online instruction via WebEx.

    Instruction is available for all NKU courses, from UNV 101 to graduate courses. If you have questions about the Information Literacy program, contact us at


    New Steely Website

    Steely Library launched a new website on July 5, available at The new site features simplified navigation, standardized database names, and language that is direct and concise. These changes will make it easier for users to access Steely's services and resources. Because of the new structure, any bookmarks you have saved from the old site will no longer work. Ask Steely if you have any questions.

    Steely's Fall Hours Revised

    Based on foot traffic statistics and feedback from student surveys, Steely has revised its hours for the Fall Semester:

    Sunday: 12:30 PM – 1:00 AM
    Monday: 7:30 AM – 1:00 AM
    Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 1:00 AM
    Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 1:00 AM
    Thursday: 7:30 AM – 1:00 AM
    Friday: 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
    Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    For more information on Steely's hours, visit the library's website. You can also visit the NKU Dining website to find hours of operation for Einstein Bros. Bagels, located in Steely's third floor loggia.