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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 8, 2012

B.D. Owens Library revamps website, enhances access to resources

Updated March 12, 2012

Anchored by the same robust academic search engines users have lauded for years, the B.D. Owens Library's new website provides improved discovery, promotion and navigation of the library’s many other resources.

The new web design for Northwest Missouri State's library promotes new resources such as scholarly books that complement the University's dynamic curriculum and magazines that reflect Northwest’s growing international presence. New items include expanded reading opportunities in the modern language collections, such as “Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal” (the Spanish edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone”) and “Crepúsculo” (from the “Twilight” series) as well as new periodicals such as China Today, India Today and People magazine in Español.

Users also will be introduced to the library’s eBook collection and the “Learning Express” resource, which provides free tutorials for academic disciplines and standardized tests including the ACT, GRE, GMAT and MCAT. The web site also will include information about the library’s DVD collection, which features Academy Award winners and nominees.

The Owens Library’s mobile resources, such as the mobile website, iPhone app, and other research apps, are prominently displayed in the new design, as are links to reserving popular study spaces. Information about the library’s popular technology collection, including flip video cameras, LCD projectors and document cameras, will be easy to find on the new website, too.

The March 12 launch date was chosen to give researchers opportunity to explore the new website before leaving campus on spring break, Dr. Leslie Galbreath, director of academic and library services, said.

“We know many Northwest students utilize spring break to focus intently on research papers and projects and rely heavily on the library’s website to discover and secure scholarly resources,” Galbreath said. “Launching a week before spring break provides opportunities to explore the site and ask for assistance from a librarian if needed before leaving campus.”

Users who experience difficulty with the new website or need help with the research process, should contact B.D. Owens Library at 660.562.1193 or online at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468