Library News

Learn about Open Educational Resources, 10/17-20

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Library faculty, Academic Affairs staff, and students from ASWSUV will be tabling in various locations around the campus this week: October 17th and 18th in the Dengerink Administration Building alcove near the cafeteria; October 19th in the Multimedia Classroom Building first floor lobby; and October 20th in the Science and Engineering Building first floor lobby.

Information about Open Educational Resources will be available 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 17 – 20. Stop
by one of the locations to see print and online OER examples, and talk with Mike Caulfield, Karen Diller, Linda Frederiksen or a student about OERs and upcoming opportunities for support to adapt, adopt or create OERs.

OER Benefits for faculty

  • Increases student retention by reducing costs
  • Assures academic freedom to modify or add content to your specifications
  • Extends your academic profile
  • Provides more relevant and engaging materials for your students

OER Benefits for students

  • Low cost or free
  • Easy to find and access— even before classes start
  • More customized and relevant




"Take a book, leave a book" at our Book Exchange shelf

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If you're looking for something fun to read on these rainy fall days -- or if you have some books to pass along -- check out the Book Exchange shelves on the small bookcase near the computer workstations in the Library. It's like a Little Free Library within the big (free) library.

Encounter Research with Luz María Gordillo, Tuesday October 11 at Noon

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WSU Vancouver Library presents

Muslim women, economic [under]development, and state formation:
Spain’s immigration policy and practices in the Nador/Melilla border

a talk by Dr. Luz María Gordillo, Associate Professor of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

Tuesday, October 11th
Noon to 1:00 PM
in the Library

  • Free and open to all​
  • Okay to bring lunch​
  • Presented in connection with this year’s Common Reading book, Integration Nation
  • Part of Encounter Research, the library's ongoing series of informal research talks

MLA 8 Boot Camp this Thursday!

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Thursday, September 29th
3:00-4:00 PM
VCLS 224 (Lab Classroom)

Got questions about MLA Citations?

Writing tutors and librarians have teamed up to answer them!

The new MLA Handbook is here, and they’ve made some big changes. Bring your assignments, and your questions, to the computer lab on the second floor of the classroom building and we’ll help you cite it right!

Drop-ins are welcome, but we encourage you to sign up at the Writing Center, the Library's Reference Desk, or online via Facebook or CougSync.

Print with your Cougar Card and save!


The printing system on campus received an upgrade over the summer, and students can now pay for printing at a reduced rate using their Cougar Cards. The Cougar Card rate is now 4 cents per side for black-and-white and 35 cents per side for color printing, both at WSUV Workstations and through the Wireless Printing system.

To add money to your Cougar Card account, visit the Cougar Cash Deposit page.

Please visit the library's Reference Desk for any questions about printing.


Fall Library Hours begin Wednesday, August 17th


The Library will be open 10am - 3pm on August 15th and August 16th, and begin regular Fall hours on Wednesday the 17th. Note that we have increased our open hours on weekends!

Fall Semester Hours (August 15 - December 16, 2016)

The Library has the following hours during Fall Semester:

  • Monday - Thursday:  7:30am - 10pm
  • Friday:  7:30am - 7pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday: Noon - 6pm

Our printing system is being upgraded


The system used for printing in the Library, in the student computer labs and for wireless printing is being upgraded.  

What does this mean for you today:

  • Printing is free.  
  • Wireless Printing is not working but we can print your document for you.  Stop by the reference desk.

Sometime within the next week:

  • If you use your Cougar Card, printing will COST LESS.  4¢/page BW and 35¢/page Color.
  • Print Cards – your old print card will NOT work.  See REFERENCE for a new card (if you have money on your old card, we may be able to transfer it to your new card).
  • Print costs for using a Print Card will be 5¢/page BW and 40¢/page Color.
  • Wireless Printing will be available through a new and improved website.  Look for directions HERE and on the Library’s WEBSITE.

Questions? Need Help?

Please feel free to contact the library (360-546-9686 or or drop by the Reference desk for help.

Congratulations to Sarah Holman, Winner of the Library Research Excellence Award



We'd like to congratulate Sarah Holman, the nursing student whose paper has earned the WSU Vancouver Library's annual prize for student research. Here's the story from WSU News:

Nursing student receives WSU Vancouver Library Research Excellence Award

Of all infectious diseases that endanger young children’s lives, pneumonia remains the world’s biggest threat—yet some simple, low-cost measures could go a long way toward reducing the problem.

That was the surprising discovery Sarah Holman made in researching a paper for a senior-level nursing class at Washington State University Vancouver.

For her paper, “Grand Challenge: Childhood Pneumonia Mortality in Nigeria,” Holman received the 2016 WSU Vancouver Library Research Excellence Award. Designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate research using the library and its resources, the award carries a $300 prize. Holman’s paper will be part of a display in the library in the fall.

A senior nursing student, Holman wrote the paper for a class in Population Health Theory, taught by College of Nursing professors Phyllis Eide and Shelly Fritz. They asked students to research and write about a significant health challenge facing a developing country and propose at least three evidence-based solutions to address it.

Holman’s initial research led her to decide to study childhood pneumonia in Nigeria, where some 127,000 children die of the disease annually.

“Despite these bleak numbers, there is reason for hope because pneumonia may be prevented with simple interventions and treated with inexpensive medication and care,” Holman said. She found four potential solutions: educating women about the value of breastfeeding in preventing pneumonia, spreading knowledge about the disease through the media, increasing vaccine production in Nigeria, and increasing awareness of signs of pneumonia needing immediate attention.

In all, Holman spent close to 30 hours on research. She cited 24 sources and read many more. Drawing on library databases and interlibrary loans, she was able to do all of the research at the WSU Vancouver Library.

Holman, who lives in Camas, has been married for 25 years and has three children, ages 11 – 21. She expects to receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing in December 2016. “Returning to school at this point in my life has definitely given me something in common with my kids,” she said. “I can relate to their stress over homework, tests and papers.”

After graduating, she plans to look for a nursing job. She said she’d love to work at a hospital that does research, and the research award has boosted her confidence.

“The library research award has validated the time and effort I put into researching and writing this paper,” Holman said. “It has also encouraged me that I have the ability to succeed in future nursing graduate studies.”

Summer Hours


Summer Hours (May 8 - July 29, 2016)*

The Library's hours during the summer are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Noon – 5:00pm

*Note: The Library will be closed Sunday May 29, Monday May 30, Sunday July 3rd and Monday July 4th.