National Hobby Month

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Welcome to the month in which we celebrate the things we do in between work and sleep. That’s right, it’s National Hobby Month! Not everyone has the time or energy for a formal hobby, but everyone has a hobby of some kind – watching television, reading, walking, cooking, etc. If you are looking to understand WHY these are important then click past the block for more! Continue reading

Ep. 20: Chuck Finley Strikes Again! (or: How I learned to stop worrying and love statistics)

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 20 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 20: Chuck Finley Strikes Again! (or: How I learned to stop worrying and love statistics)

Description:  Jake and Joel are back for 2017! On this episode of the More than Books Podcast, the topics of the day are statistics and how important they are to the profession, as well as the dangers of creating false information. Watch out for the dastardly Chuck Finley!

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I Have a Dream!!!

mlk“I have a dream…”  Those words are as famous as the man we are honoring today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister who devoted his life to the advancement of civil rights.  With change to our country right around the corner, Dr. King perhaps said it best when he exclaimed “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  Those words are as true today as they were then.  It is important to remember and learn from the past so that we can educate the new generation as they will be the ones leading and teaching in the future.

Many places around the country will commemorate by celebrating with a day of service.  Volunteers will be coming together to give back to their communities through projects and/or specific needs.  Bellevue University is asking for people to help in saying “thank you” to all who served in the military by making care packages today in the Student Center from noon to 1:00 p.m.  To find how you can help out in your neighborhood visit the Corporation for National & Community Service website.

You can learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the impact he has had by checking out these links below:

DVD Review: “Batkid Begins”

batkidOn November 15, 2013, the Make a Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco went out of their way to make a young cancer victim’s greatest wish come true. Miles Scott’s one wish in the whole world was to be Batman and to fight crime.  With the help of the city of San Francisco, the Make a Wish Foundation was able to turn the city by the bay into Gotham City for one day. Along with the help of Batman impersonator Eric Johnston, 200 extras, San Francisco police and fire departments, they were also able to make one small boy feel that for at least one day he was the biggest superhero in the world. Continue reading

Get Organized Now!

get-organized-monthJanuary is here and that means we get a chance to start the year with a clean slate.  We make resolutions or promises to have a better year.  Well what about a more organized year?  January, by the way, is “Get Organized Month.”  Did you know that research shows that people waste as much as an hour a day, on average, looking for things they’ve misplaced?  That boils down to as much as 15 days every year because of disorganization. Continue reading

The Rose Bowl

rose-bowlThe College Football Bowl season is well underway and on January 2nd Penn State Nittany Lions and the Trojans of The University of Southern California (USC) will play in 103rd Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California.  Traditionally the game features the champion of the Big Ten Conference and what is today the Pac12 Conference. Many kids who have grown up in the Big Ten foot print hope to see their team play in sunny Pasadena on a cold dreary New Year’s Day (unless New Year’s Day is on a Sunday) for Midwest glory at the  “Grandaddy of Them All.” Continue reading

It’s About Time

Alice in Wonderland.

How does a year seem to pass quicker and quicker the closer it gets to ending? Many people, including myself, tend to find a kinship with the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland towards the end of the year. “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” While there may not be a way to slow down the feeling of (slightly panicked) nostalgia as the holidays flypast, there is an opportunity to make sure you get the most out of your year. “It’s About Time Week” stretches from December 25th to December 31st, covering the time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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Copyright Center: Images, Photos, and Graphics! Oh My!

frogs_on_benchHave you ever been in the middle of creating a Power Point presentation and you realize that you need an eye-catching image to capture your audience’s attention? Have you asked yourself, “Where can I find some free images to add to my project and avoid any copyright concerns?”

If your answer is the Bellevue University Library’s Copyright Center, you have already discovered the right place! In fact, the Copyright Center contains an “Images” page that lists the Library’s image database, Britannica Image Quest, plus various other image websites, that allow you to use photos for free!

Let me start with Britannica Image Quest. Currently, this is the Library’s only image database. Image Quest provides access to over two million images from collections such as the National Portrait Gallery, Getty Images, National Geographic Image Collection, and DK Images, to name a few.  All you have to do is search for the image, download it, and give the image attribution using the credit line already provided. It is as easy as that!

If using Image Quest did not quite give you the images you were looking for, where can you go next? Hopefully we all know that we cannot just perform a Google search and use any image that we find, right?! Well, as long as you perform that search by filtering the usage rights to your type of use, there may be plenty of images you can use. However, this is only one image website, but there are plenty more!

One of my favorites right now is called Pixabay. All images on this site are released under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license which means the images can be altered, downloaded, distributed, and used however you wish. Plus, attribution is not required. Many of the photos have the stock photography quality and look, but without that lovely watermark.

Another wonderful website with CC0 images is Unsplash. Anyone can submit a photo or collection on this site and share with others. You can search the newest photos or search through various collections to find the perfect photo.

Perhaps you are looking for more of a graphic or icon rather than a photo. Try the website, Noun Project, which will allow you search all kinds of icons, many which are added daily.

There are many other websites listed on the Images page of the Library’s Copyright Center. Hopefully this will give you a start as you are searching for images or photos. Please let us know (copyright@bellevue.edu) if you discover any new sites that might be helpful to others. As always, thank you for supporting the Bellevue University Library Copyright Center!