The More Than Books Podcast – Episode 2: Net Neutrality

Episode 2 of the “More than Books” Podcast is here!  Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode will feature library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more!

PlayMore Than Books Episode 2: Net Neutrality

Description: In this episode, podcast hosts Jake and Joel discuss the politics, history, and impact of Net Neutrality in the U.S.

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Mentoring Pauline, a Millennial in the Library

Millennial PPTIn October, Pauline Stacchini* and I were given an opportunity to present at the 2014 NLA/NSLA Annual Conference. We were excited and nervous at how our presentation, “Pauline Does Not Work Well with Others: a Millennial in the Library” would be received. As one of the first sessions, we were happy to see our session so well attended. Afterwards, we received a great response, even more than I expected. My personal journey to our presentation was one that I will always fondly remember but the reaction from our audience to our hard work was the icing on the cake.     Continue reading

Jingle all the way – Games to play during the holidays


I hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling, ding-ding-ding –a-ling too…and it’s lovely weather for a board game together with you! Alright, enough with the sappy, saccharine holiday crap. It’s that time of year again, so I’m back with a selection of board games to help you while away the winter blues with the rest of your family over the season. These games are all fairly new titles that have been well reviewed and are acclaimed in some way. Enjoy! Continue reading

Hats off to Broadway

Did you see our display case for November? The theme for the month was “Hats off to Broadway” and I thought it was totally awesome. Now, not everybody is a fan of musicals but I definitely am. I get told a story and there’s spontaneous song and dance? Sign me up for that! Which is great since the case was filled with all sorts of fabulous items covering a wide variety of musicals. Continue reading

Cosplay Havoc

Sailor LokiI hope no one’s felt the post-costume blues this month like I have. So many great costume ideas that you wish you’d have thought of before the day ensued.  There’s good news though, if you have woefully pondered the Halloween’s passed. Costumes don’t have to be for just one month out of the year.

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National Food Month!!!

NovemberWhen adults think of November, they think about elections, veterans, and Thanksgiving.  But when you ask a child, “What happens in November?” Some will shout “Thanksgiving!” and others scream “Food day!”

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Being Thankful for Library on the Go

LOTG-NovemberThis year I am thankful for good health and a happy family. I am also thankful for new programs such as Library on the Go which has put a smile on everyone’s face. It has been a pleasure working with our fans to determine which titles to bring and buy. Patrons have also shown me that they love audio books and are pleasantly surprised by our Kindle titles. I am excited to see how everyone reacts to the next round of selections when we set up on November 21st at 11:30 a.m. on the top floor lobby of ESB. We will have bestsellers, award winners, sports biographies, holiday cheer, and  military-related titles. Continue reading

Jake’s Tech Tools – Speeding Up Your Phone


Welcome back, readers! November is upon us and, rather than try to find some sort of cooking app or kitchen-tech bauble, I thought it would be a great time to look at optimizing our cell phones. You’ll be spending lots of time contacting and ignoring your family for the next few months, so shouldn’t your phone be operating at peak efficiency? I recommend researching these apps before you install them.  LET THE CLEANSE BEGIN! Continue reading

Discovering What I Was Missing at the NLA/NSLA Fall Conference

nla-nsla-tweetOn October 9-10, 2014, I attended the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) and Nebraska School Library Association’s (NSLA) annual conference in South Sioux City, Nebraska. At this conference, I attended a variety of sessions which revolved around the theme, “Motivate, Innovate, and Integrate.”  As I listened, however, I came up with my own theme, “Revisit, Remember, and Rejuvenate.”  Continue reading