Ep. 28: The Spotify Parable

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 28 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. 28: The Spotify Parable

Description:  Joel and Colin discuss the concept of digital ownership and whether or not we delude ourselves by thinking that such a thing exists. Beginning with a conversation about digital music and streaming services, they segue into talking about the impact that digital-only media and the services that provide it have had on libraries, and what ordinary consumers can do to look out for both themselves and their favorite content creators.

Click the above link to stream or download this month’s podcast!

Continue reading

National Jewel Day!

Jewelry has been around for centuries, even older than the Egyptians who loved to use Turquoise and other stones in their adornments. Time has not stopped the desire to adore polished stones, glittering gems, and beautiful pieces that may have significance to the wearer. Popular enough that even religious symbols exist upon chains as a fashion statement – in glittering gold and silver with diamonds, rubies, etc. Humans have found a way to make part of nature something we can take with us. Crystals can be made into decorations like hearts for a loved one to hold or an animal. Traditions are embedded in with jewelry and the stones that create it. We have such a fascination with necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, and other decorations that a day was created to celebrate it. March 9th is National Jewel Day a time to celebrate by wearing your favorite necklace or other jewelry and show it off. Continue reading

March is National Optimism Month

Do you see a glass of water as half full or half empty? Optimists will see it half full while those pessimists will see it half empty. However, even if you think from a pessimistic point of view (which is only partially due to inborn factors), it’s not too late to start thinking more optimistically, which in turn will provide you with many benefits.

Optimism brings greater success, better emotional and physical health, more happiness, and less stress. So, maybe it’s time to start practicing how to be more optimistic, and what better month than March to start for National Optimism Month! Being optimistic takes a little bit more than “looking on the bright side of things.” It involves changing the way you think, developing new habits, and focusing on accepting those habits and new ways of experiencing life.

Here are 5 tips on how you can be more optimistic (by Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog):

  1. It is not too late to change your life.
  2. Don’t make mountains out of molehills.
  3. Find a more helpful way to view your troubles.
  4. Focus on the small steps you can take.
  5. Learn to reduce and handle worries.

I’ll leave you with a few quotes to motivate you to be more optimistic:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“Go out of your way to talk optimistically about everything.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou






“To Be, or Not to Be, That is the Question”

What do you think of when you hear that question?  Could it be Shakespeare?  Then you are correct.  William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in 1602, and this is the opening phrase spoken by Prince Hamlet (Act III, Scene I) and perhaps the best known line from all drama or literature.

This week is about Shakespeare and is a national annual celebration dedicated to one of the world’s most famous playwrights.  The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is an independent charity that promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life, and times all over the world and sponsors this event.  Over 12,000 primary schools in the UK are planning events and engaging in activities such as performances and crafts to commemorate Shakespeare’s legacy.  Although, it is not widely recognized in the United States this week, there is a “National Talk Like Shakespeare Day” on April 23rd, which observes Shakespeare’s birthday.

When to celebrate Shakespeare is inconsequential.  The important thing is to encourage people to appreciate his work, legacy, and motivate and inspire teachers to open up the world of Shakespeare to their classes.  The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust believes that Shakespeare is not only for all time, but for everyone.

Re-experience Shakespeare today by checking out these resources… After all, “Nothing Can Come of Nothing” (King Lear, Act 1.1).

Bellevue University E-Catalog

Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Teaching Shakespeare Around the World

Shakespeare Pinterest Page

Rebuilding BUILD IT

In January 2005, the idea of a library information literacy tutorial first emerged.  Thirteen years later, BUILD IT, aka Bellevue University Information Literacy Development Interactive Tutorial, is still going strong. Officially launched in the fall of 2006, and featured in Vol. 9, No. 4, (“Get Ready, Get Set, BUILD IT!”), is essentially a guide to the Bellevue University Library and its many resources and services.  Along the way, it has become an important component of many classes, introducing students not only to the concept of information literacy but also to the basics of organizing and writing a research paper, while teaching them to navigate the library website. Continue reading

Go Further With Food for National Nutrition Month

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight, or to maintain a healthy weight, the Bellevue University Library has some helpful resources to coincide with the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month is an educational campaign that focuses on the significance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise along with eating nourishing and nutritious meals.  The campaign known originally as “National Nutrition Week” was first launched in 1973 by the American Dietetic Association (ADA).  By the beginning of 1980, due to an intense increase in popularity, the House of Delegates expanded National Nutrition Week to National Nutrition Month.

Each year, National Nutrition Month has a different theme.  The theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food.”  This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is focused on educating the public in making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Here is a top 10 list of recommended key tips for maintaining a healthy weight and developing good lifestyle habits.

  1. Make healthy living a priority for yourself and your family.
  2. Choose to eat good, healthy food.
  3. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  4. Change to healthy recipes that are tasty and filling.
  5. Eat breakfast every day.
  6. Consider eating your main meal in the middle of the day instead of in the evening.
  7. Eat vegetables first.
  8. Plan and prepare your meals for the following week.
  9. Eat before you feel hungry.
  10. Go for healthy snacks to avoid the sugar crash.

For more information and interesting facts about nutrition, the Bellevue University Library has the following items to keep you on track towards maintaining your healthy weight.  All items can be borrowed for 3 weeks.  You can do it!

The Athlete’s Plate:  Real Food for High Performance by Adam Kelinson TX361 A8 K45 2009

Food Ethics by Paul Pojman and Katie McShane TX357.F639 2015

The Top 100 Fitness Foods 100 Ways to Turbocharge Your Life by Sarah Owen TX361 A8 O95 2009



Recharge Your February with Self Care

Aside from Valentine’s Day, February is full of curious holidays. Days that are full of good intentions like Random Acts of Kindness Day, Be Humble Day, or Do A Grouch a Favor Day. All of these holidays have passed this month as well as Single’s Awareness Day which brings up this month’s opportunity for growth – Self-care. School is well underway and tax season has started. The stressors from the Holidays have subsided for a bit but there’s a chance that as each day goes by, sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. Perhaps there’s been a lot to do at work, finals to focus on, but it’s always good to remember ways to take care of oneself even when stress is high. Continue reading

All About Apps Winter 2017


We all enjoy apps that help us in our everyday life.

We found a handful that you might be interested in adding to your collection.

Be sure to check these out!


MyTSA (Android, iOS): Are you heading to the airport for a vacation or business trip and are concerned with what you can bring on the plane or what ID requirements you may need?  MyTSA has all the answers.  There is also a list of what clothes to wear during your flight for maximum comfort.


AllTrails – Hiking & Running (Android, iOS):  Finding the best spot to do some serious outdoor hiking can be tedious, finding the best spot that is both close by and features the natural beauty you expect can take some serious planning.  In that case AllTrails is your best bet.  It provides photos of obstacles around the trail and where to find the most scenic views.


Songkick Concerts (Android, iOS):  Live music can be one of the most exciting elements of any interesting urban scene, but finding where to go and what the charge might become can hinder the experience.  Just use Songkick, it is your own personal assistant to find the best concerts.  It also features a list of recommended acts and performers.


Find Chocolate! (Android only): Getting a craving for chocolate can be somewhat all consuming and you need to get your fix.  There is a way to find it anywhere with the Find Chocolate! App!  The Find Chocolate! App can point you in the direction of 2,800 Chocolate shops all around the world.  Additionally, all users get to rate and review all of their chocolate experiences.


NASA (iOS only): As our understanding of the universe grows with the new technology that seems to change at a rapid pace, having access to what NASA is up to could be enlightening.  On the NASA app you can view videos, mission information, the latest images from interstellar space, news, and even NASA TV.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 21 No. 1, Winter 2017.