Getting to Know… Allie O’Connor, Document Delivery Specialist

Hi Allie. Tell me about why you work in a library? I enjoy helping people locate literature they enjoy, and because I enjoy being in contact with books, movies, and audio books.

Did you spend a lot of time in libraries before you worked in them? Before I was paid to work in them, I spent most of my free time after second grade in our public library, browsing and regularly checking out biographies and authors who wrote books in a series, like Laura Ingalls Wilder, Helen Fuller Orton, and Helen Dore Boylston. Continue reading

Ep. 29: Public Domain Day

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 29 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. 29: Public Domain Day

Description:  Joel and Colin discuss the state of copyright law in the U.S. and what it has meant for copyright expiration in the past. Inexpert on the topic at best, they nonetheless get their way through some of the more convoluted aspects of the laws surrounding copyright, and look forward to a brighter future for the public domain. Topics discussed include copyright law elsewhere in the world and the possibilities of remixing, preserving, and republishing works whose copyright has expired.

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This Has Garlic, That Has Garlic, Everything Has Garlic!

Image result for garlicGarlic is good for many things. It adds flavor to dishes, helps protect you against vampires, and lowers your blood pressure. Now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time to take those resolutions to another level. National Blood Pressure Month brings attention to heart disease and high blood pressure. There are many ways to reduce ones blood pressure through healthy eating while still making tasty dishes. Sure, they’re not all low in calories but they can definitely be good for your blood pressure and help fill your stomach.

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There are many ways in which those who practice Islam celebrate their faith, and one of the most prominent is the month of Ramadan. It comes with many rituals and beliefs behind it, just as any major religious period does. It is a time of practicing restraint and focusing on spiritual devotion. Continue reading

National Etiquette Week


May I please have your attention?

How are you today?

These are just some common courtesy or etiquette questions to kick off National Etiquette Week.

It starts Monday, the 14th of May, and goes until the 18th.  Continue reading

We Salute You!

May is “National Military Appreciation Month,” dedicated to those who are currently serving and veterans of the United States Armed Forces.  Throughout the month there are celebrations to acknowledge the contributions of all those who served.  This event was introduced into legislation by Senator John McCain and Representative Duncan Hunter in 1999, and both Senate and House called upon the president to issue a proclamation for observance, which is renewed annually.  Continue reading