Closed Thanksgiving week

November 5, 2020

The library will be closed the week of Thanksgiving break, from Nov. 23-27. Please make sure to have all needed materials in advance, as your librarians will be enjoying some time off.

Fine-free fall

October 2, 2020

The NUNM Library is piloting being fine-free! What does this mean?

  • As of September 14th, no fines for overdue items!
  • Fine forgiveness for fines accrued during library COVID closures — we have waived fines incurred on or after March 18, 2020
  • Fines predating March 18th, 2020 still need to be paid
  • There will still be charges for lost or damaged items

Why are we doing this? Because we are committed to providing equitable access to materials. We suspect that fear of fines may prevent some students from using the library. Libraries across the country are eliminating fines as a form of social equity.

Interested in learning more?
NPR story on public libraries eliminating late fines
American Library Association Resolution on Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Inequity

This is a pilot program, which means that we are trying this out. If it is successful, we will move toward implementing it as policy.

We want you to check out books! But we also need you to bring them back, so that others can use them too. Let’s all work together to make a fine-free library a success!

Fall library services

September 12, 2020

Welcome back, students and faculty!

On September 14, the library space will reopen with reduced hours and capacity, with modifications in place to support physical distancing. Open hours will be Monday-Friday from 10 AM – 2 PM. Library users will be asked to sign in and out to assist in contact tracing as needed.

  • Furniture has been rearranged to allow for studying while maintaining physical distancing. Study rooms will be available for individual use. The Rare Book Room will be closed until further notice.
  • Consumption of food and drinks will not be allowed in the library.
  • Print materials, including reserves, will circulate with a 72-hour quarantine upon return.
  • The loan period on reserves will change to one week to accommodate altered class schedules.
  • Print materials may be used in the library without checking out, but they must be returned to the marked “Returns” bin after use and will go into 72-hour quarantine.

Library staff will be teleworking when not in the library and are available via email Monday-Friday between 8 AM – 6 PM.

Still have questions? Drop us an email at library@nunm.edu.

Full-Text in Google Scholar

June 12, 2020

Google Scholar users will now be able to experience seamless access to full text journal articles from off-campus using Google Scholar. You can do this in two ways:

  • Access Google Scholar here, or through the library’s database page. This will assure that you’re seeing NUNM’s holdings in your search results. 
  • Or link your Google Scholar account directly to NUNM’s holdings by navigating to “settings” in Google Scholar and selecting “library links.”

Once you’re linked, search in Google Scholar as you normally would. If NUNM has acces, a link to access the full text article will appear in the search results. If we do not have access, follow the link to request the article through interlibrary loan.

Contact us at library@nunm.edu if you have any questions.



Materials due soon!

June 11, 2020

Students, in order to close out the school year, we need you to please return all checked-out library materials by Monday, July 6.  We have set up a special, large book return box next to the library entrance; you can return materials during academic building open hours:

Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. –5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

If you can’t make it to campus, you can mail materials to:

NUNM Library
49 S Porter St
Portland OR 97201

We recommend using USPS library rate or media rate (they’re cheaper than regular first class).

Please email us at library@nunm.edu if returning materials presents difficulties.  We will work with you to find a solution.

Find e-books

April 1, 2020

Looking for e-books? Here’s how to find them:

  • Go to library.nunm.edu
  • Find the search box and enter a topic of interest
  • Once you see search results, look on the left side for Availability
  • Click NUNM Online Resources to filter for online content
  • Under Resource Type, choose ‘Books’
  • See an interesting title? Click ‘Online access’ and sign in to read your book

Questions? Problems? Email your NUNM librarians at library@nunm.edu for help.

Our COVID-19 response

March 13, 2020

September 12, 2020

In September, the library space will reopen with reduced hours and capacity, with modifications in place to support physical distancing. Library users will be asked to sign in and out to assist in contact tracing as needed. Hours will be posted on the website and on the library entrance doors.

  • Furniture has been rearranged to allow for studying while maintaining physical distancing. Study rooms will be available for individual use. The Rare Book Room will be closed until further notice.
  • Consumption of food and drinks will not be allowed in the library.
  • Print materials, including reserves, will circulate with a 72-hour quarantine upon return.
  • The loan period on reserves will change to one week to accommodate altered class schedules.
  • Print materials may be used in the library without checking out, but they must be returned to the marked “Returns” bin after use and will go into 72-hour quarantine.

Library staff will be teleworking when not in the library and are available via email Monday-Friday between 8 AM – 6 PM.

June 16, 2020

For summer term, the physical library will remain closed; however, checkouts will resume in a limited way:

  • Books and other materials from the main stacks may be requested and picked up at the front door of the library by appointment.
    • Request items starting July 6 through the online catalog or by emailing library@nunm.edu.
    • Once we receive your request, we will reach out by email to schedule a pickup time.
  • Returned materials will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before returning to the shelf.
  • Reserve books may NOT be checked out at this time, since we cannot effectively sanitize them between uses.

During summer term, library staff are available via email Monday-Friday between 8 AM – 6 PM.

Archived Updates

June 12, 2020

The library is still closed until further notice, but we continue to provide essential services as outlined below.

Students, in order to close out the school year, we need you to please return all checked-out library materials by Monday, July 6.  You can find further instructions here.

We are working on plans for summer term and will update this page as information is available.

March 20, 2020

The library is closed until further notice, but we will continue to provide essential services during NUNM’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Required books for courses: faculty or students may request sections of reserve books be scanned for posting to Moodle.  Please limit your request to portions needed for current coursework. Make your request by emailing ill@nunm.edu.
  • Other books on our shelves: you may request scanning of needed portions for delivery via email.
  • Databases, electronic articles and e-books: access will continue as usual.  Remember that if you are using PubMed to access articles, be sure to access it via the library website or this linknot from Google.
  • Borrowing of articles and book chapters from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan): will continue as usual.  Borrowing of physical materials (e.g. books) is suspended until the library reopens.
  • Librarians: will be available during our usual open hours to help you find what you need.  Email us at library@nunm.edu.

We are here to help in any way possible during this time.  Please contact us with any questions.

More Information



FAQ

I still have books checked out. Do I need to return them? Am I going to charged overdue fines?
Hang on to the library materials you have checked out, and return them when campus reopens. We will be moving due dates forward as needed. You will not be charged fines for materials you had checked out when campus closed, as long as you return them on time when the library reopens.

I have required reading from a book I don’t own. It’s on the Reserve shelf – is there some way I can get it?
If the required reading isn’t already posted in Moodle, you can request that we scan the required portion by sending an email to ill@nunm.edu. We may ask you to coordinate with your course instructor to get it posted to Moodle.

Can I still request articles and books from other libraries (interlibrary loan)?
We are still able to fulfill most requests for articles, as long as we can receive them electronically. Physical book borrowing is suspended until we return to campus.


INFO FOR FACULTY

Need books?
To find online alternatives to print textbooks, you have options:

  • Library e-book collection: look to see if your textbook or an acceptable substitute is available electronically through the library.  You can post links to ebooks on your course Moodle pages for students to access. You can find help with searching the catalog for e-books here.
  • You can find free, open access textbooks in many places.  Here are two sources:

https://oasis.geneseo.edu/index.php
https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks

  • In cases where you must continue to use a print textbook, you can ​scan and post needed portions to Moodle.
    • scan a portion of it yourself using a scanning app on your phone.  There are several free ones to choose from.
    • or, if this is not possible, ask your librarians to scan portions for posting to Moodle.  Please limit your request to portions needed for current coursework. Make your request by emailing ill@nunm.edu.

The Fair Use doctrine within U.S. copyright law provides the flexibility necessary for this critical time. Be sure use the “Restrict access” option in Moodle, so that access to the file or link is limited to spring term. Contact Moodle support if you’re not sure how to do this.

Need articles?

  • You can find articles in a variety of ways, including
    • PubMed and our other databases. Remember that if you are using PubMed to access articles, be sure to access it via the library website or this linknot from Google.
    • Read by QxMD, available online or as a phone app (select NUNM as your institution)
    • Google Scholar.  Select NUNM in Settings > Library links
  • If you need an article from the library’s print journals, you can request a scan by emailing ill@nunm.edu.
  • If you can’t get access to the article you need, we can almost always get it from another library fairly quickly.  Email us your request at ill@nunm.edu.

2020 Library survey

February 18, 2020
library survey promotional graphic

Students, you are invited to participate in the 2020 Library Survey. Your input from this survey will influence planning decisions and help us determine where improvements are needed.

Based on past survey feedback, we’ve remodeled and added seating to the back room of the library, increased access to power outlets, added full-text journal subscriptions, and much more!

Your participation will feed hungry Oregonians! For each survey response, we will donate $0.50 to the Oregon Food Bank. Together we can make a significant contribution!

This survey takes less than minutes to complete and your answers will be anonymous. Take the survey now!

Celebrate black history

February 3, 2020

February is Black History Month, and the library is celebrating with a special display of books from our collections. This year we are highlighting the work of Alvenia Fulton, ND, PhD.

Trailblazing nutritionist Dr. Alvenia Moody Fulton (1907-2018), the “Queen of Nutrition,” was a black naturopath and nutritionist who rose to fame during the 1960s-70s. She earned an ND from Lincoln College of Naturopathy in Indianapolis before moving to Chicago where she established the Fultonia Health and Fasting Institute, selling vegetarian dishes and health foods, natural cures, and supplements, and acting as a health and weight-loss consultant for members of the community.

Dr. Fulton’s following grew to include stars like Redd Foxx, Mahalia Jackson, Roberta Flack, Ruby Dee, Michael Caine, and Godfrey Cambridge. Comedian Dick Gregory was a loyal student, using his fame to magnify her call for the adoption of a raw, plant-based diet in black communities. Gregory consulted frequently with Dr. Fulton and followed her therapeutic fasting methods both as a health exercise and as a means of protest, using hunger strikes to bring attention to racial and social injustices and to protest the war in Vietnam.

Dr. Fulton authored the books Vegetarianism: Fact or Myth? Eating to Live and The Fasting Primer, and along with James McGraw co-edited Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ with Mother Nature!