Twas the beginning of December,
when all through my mind
was running an idea for an article,
a sweet and sentimental kind.
You know the type,
with children nestled all snug in their beds,
while the parents are running around
going out of their heads.
This time they said, “No more!”
No more stress! No more tears!
It’s time to get back to what we adore.
It’s time to bring to others what brings us good cheer.
They made a list of the ways they could give from the heart.
By hook or crook they were going to do their part.
We can give our money, talents, and time too.
Read away! Read away! And find out how
through the community of BU.
Give a Little – Help a Lot
The library is helping the Bellevue Food Pantry feed the hungry in our community. Faculty and staff can participate in this effort by donating non-perishable food items (or toiletries) through December 13, 2013. The first annual BU Dodgeball Tournament got us started off with 900 canned goods and $42.00. This will definitely help us reach our goal of over 1,000 items. There is a drop off box in each building on campus and Lozier. Contact the Library if you have any questions. 402-557-7308.
5th Annual Gift Basket Silent Auction for the Food Bank for the Heartland. During the Gift Basket drive, each Team is invited to donate a themed basket to be auctioned off during the week of December 10th. The goal is to auction off at least fifteen baskets and raise a minimum of $1500 for the cause! For more information, please contact email@example.com 557-7213 / or Khristina.firstname.lastname@example.org 557-5098
Call For Coats
Winter is coming and Bellevue University along with the Heart Ministry Center is asking for warm adult and children’s winter coats! Donations will be accepted through Friday, December 13. Questions? Contact Professor David Levy at 402-557-7571 or email@example.com Coats can be dropped off at these locations: ASB- OneStop Welcome Center, Durham Center- Human Resources Office, and the Learning Center
BU’s Teammates Mentoring Program
Teammates is a school-based, one-on-one model that matches adult volunteers with students to provide encouragement and support. The goal is to help these teens to reach high school graduation and a post-secondary education. Currently we have 22 employees working in 12 different elementary, middle, and high schools. Visit www.teammates.org or contact Russ Lane firstname.lastname@example.org (402-557-7452) if you would like more information on this program.
If you know of any other ways to give in the Bellevue area, please let us know and we will pass it along!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an event where the idea is to work the entire month of November to write, you guessed it, a novel. The 2013 event is currently coming to a close, as it is the end of November, meaning that NaNoWriMo is wrapping its fifteenth year. NaNoWriMo was started by Chris Baty in 1999 as the idea of sitting down with friends and actually writing the novels they always said they would, by setting themselves a deadline of 30 days. That idea has since been given the name NaNoWriMo and grown to be a non-profit based international, multi-program event. Participants from around the world are able to participate in the original NaNoWriMo, the YWP NaNoWriMo , and the Camp NaNoWriMo events each year. The NaNoWriMo event, and subsequent partner programs, is a great opportunity to hone your written abilities, try out creative ideas, and challenge yourself to do some that is difficult but rewarding.
NaNoWriMo is held from November 1st through the 30th each year and is open to anyone in the world who is 13 or older. The intent of the program is to create a new novel within the 30 days and each writer is trying to meet the 50,000 goal word count on their story. A novel is defined by the NaNoWriMo staff as “a lengthy work of fiction” and should be a story that the author has not already worked on. Each novel should only be written by a single author for the NaNoWriMo event. While use of previously thought of ideas, characters, settings, etc. are acceptable when participating in NaNoWriMo the author is supposed to start at ‘word zero,’ writing a new story from the very beginning with their old ideas. Writers work on their stories offline and upload the content to the website to do word counts. The staff encourages doing daily word count checks to show how much progress authors have made.
There was a listed 308,180 novelists in the 2013 NaNoWriMo events, as stated on the homepage.
In 2005, the founders of NaNoWriMo set of on their next endeavor, starting a NaNoWriMo program that was intended for children and teens. The Young Writers Program (YWP) was launched in 2005 and is nearly identical to the original NaNoWriMo program. The main differences being that YWP is only for anyone in the world who is 17 or younger and that the writers set their own word count goal to meet. All stories are still written offline, authors do their word count checks through the website, the stories are still supposed to be works of fiction written by a single author, and the event lasts for the 30 days of November.
For 2013, there was a collective word count of 396,616,870 listed on the site’s main page.
Camp NaNoWriMo was first opened in 2011 and holds two “camp sessions” in the spring/summer months, usually with a month break in between the sessions and is open to anyone in the world who is 13 or older. In 2013 the sessions were held from April 1st to 30th and July 1st to 31st. The rules and expectations for the program are pretty much the same as the original NaNoWriMo except for two main differences; the writers have the option to choose their word count, setting a goal of anywhere within the 10,000 word minimum to the 999,999 word maximum, and authors can write anything for this event, instead of sticking to the just fiction guideline of NaNoWriMo. Camp NaNoWriMo does not have all the features that the original program does, such as there are no forums, but it does have the unique feature of “cabins.” Cabins are filled with only a handful of writers and can be assigned randomly or by request (such as other writers of the same age, word goal, genre, etc.), though writers in the camp sessions do not have to join any cabins if they so choose.
The Camp NaNoWriMo sessions saw a total of 44,919 participants in 2013, according to the NaNoWriMo stats.
Are you familiar with minimal music? You’ve likely encountered it at some point, whether you meant to or not. Minimalism has become one of the most enduring forms of experimental music, not only in the art world, but even in the mainstream consciousness, with pieces like Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, and Phillip Glass’s Koyaanisqatsi (especially Prophecies) having wormed their way into mainstream culture via extended usage in film and on television. Look up any of the three above works on Youtube or your music streaming service of choice and they’re likely to ring a chord of familiarity with you, even if you cannot ultimately pinpoint where it is that you’ve heard them.
Minimalism as a style of music is defined by several features that the form’s most prominent composers typically use, including:
- Musical motifs or phrases are frequently repeated
- The music may initially appear to be static, or remain static at various intervals
- Transformation from static moments is gradual, sometimes extremely so
- Consonance is favored over dissonance
Many critics point to 1964 as the year that minimalism was born, with La Monte Young’s The Well-Tuned Piano and Terry Riley’s In C both being firmly recognizable as fully-fledged minimalist pieces by any reasonable definition, though they were hardly the only two composers to contribute heavily to its development as an unique musical entity. Recent developments, however, have significantly altered the established history of minimalism.
In 1959 Dennis Johnson, a classmate of La Monte Young, wrote a minimalist solo piano piece titled November. The piece’s score was never published, and for a long time the only known acknowledgement of its existence was actually La Monte Young’s The Well-Tuned Piano, which had been directly inspired by Johnson’s work. In 1992 Kyle Gann, a composer, music critic, and music theorist was given (by La Monte Young) a badly recorded and damaged tape that contained the first two hours of November. Recognizing its importance, Gann set about transcribing the music from the tape in the 2000s, working through the recording’s pitch and tempo problems to develop a passable score of the piece. The problem, however, was that this tape abruptly ended after two hours, and La Monte Young was adamant that in its original form, November had lasted nearly six. In 2007, Gann wrote about this problem on his blog, lamenting that he was also unable to track down Dennis Johnson, who had essentially disappeared somewhere in California, wishing to remove himself from the 20th century.
However, by 2009, with the help of some colleagues, the elusive Johnson was tracked down, and miraculously, was able to present Gann with notations concerning the rest of the score, as well as instructions for improvisation and a primer on how he had developed the music and intended it to progress. An ecstatic Gann posted an audio recording of himself and another musician playing through the piece in as complete a form as it could be put into: four and a half hours in length. And earlier this year, the Irritable Hedgehog record label recruited pianist R. Andrew Lee in order to develop a commercial recording of the piece, which was released on CD and in various digital formats in April, 2013. (An interview with Dennis Johnson, well worth reading, was published by Wire Magazine in March, 2013)
Now seems like the perfect time to visit Dennis Johnson’s nearly lost masterpiece. As if the name didn’t give it away, this is wintry music–sparse, slow, solemn, and melancholy, and also utterly mesmerizing and lovely. To say nothing of its historical significance; as Kyle Gann writes, ‘Dennis Johnson seems to have created minimalism with all its basic elements at once–and then the original piece with which he did it was forgotten for almost half a century.’
You can listen to the first hour of R. Andrew Lee’s performance of November here. If you’re interested in learning more about minimalism, modern art music, and concurrent cultural movements, you can also check out the following Library resources:
Hello again readers!
This post kicks off a new series where I pull back the proverbial “curtain” on some great websites, software, and services from the ‘net. Topics will vary, but my goal is to find stuff that isn’t in the public “zeitgeist” and deliver it to you for your viewing pleasure. Lastly, I promise to find resources that are free or inexpensive and open to use or download.
With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at some music services and software that will enrich your music collection, expand access to your collection, and play your music EXACTLY how you want it played.
First up is the great music service Jamendo, which offers a huge library of songs that are free to download, listen, and use under the creative-commons license (i.e., you only have to attribute the song to the original artist in order to use it). The site features an amazing number of genres ranging from Acidjazz to Zouklove (popular dance music from Guadeloupe) and beyond. I must admit that Jameno’s search options are very keyword specific and the advanced search is lacking; therefore, it can be a bit of a challenge to find something that will satisfy your need. However, once you find the right term, a wealth of music is at your fingertips. So, if you’re looking for music to add to a project for class, a blog, a youtube video, or just want to find some new music for your iPod, Jamendo is a great place to find hidden gems from around the world. http://www.jamendo.com
Next is a fantastic service offered by the Google Play Music Manager. When Google launched their new Google Play Store, they added a great incentive for customers to try it out: a free music managing service that lets you upload up to 20,000 of your songs onto your Google Play account and stream them directly from your computer to your phone or tablet, anywhere in the world. The service supports most major file formats and even works with your iTunes and Windows Media Player library. One neat additional feature is that Google play can take your uploaded collection and create custom radio stations, offering a more “Pandora Radio”-like experience. They even recently released the Google Play Store on iOS, so now iPhone users have access to this great service as well! To learn more go here.
Last is the awesome audio player Foobar2000. This freeware, windows-based music player is not for the faint of heart. While it may seem very bare-bones, the program hides a great number of visualization options and has a very dedicated fan-base that creates “components,” or plugins that you can add to foobar2000 to add functionality. This is great because rather than bog down your computer with features you don’t want or need, you just find the ones you DO want and install them. This player is also beloved by the audiophile community since it supports a wide variety of audio formats and allows for a near infinite configuration. So, if you are tired of Windows Media Player or Winamp*, try Foobar2000. Just ignore the goofy name. http://www.foobar2000.org/
So readers, let’s wrap this up with a question. What is your favorite music service and why? Is Pandora Radio your jam? Do you rock out with Spotify? Or do you “dance to the beat of a different drum” with Slacker? Let me know! I’d love to hear what you use.
*Just to let you know, Winamp will no longer be available after December 20th, 2013 (story here). Get those files while you still can!
Bellevue University Library considers students who do not attend class on the Bellevue campus to be “Outreach” students. This definition includes those who attend Bellevue University online, at the Lozier Center, or face-to-face at the remote satellite locations in Grand Island, Lincoln, McCook, North Platte, Sioux City and Sioux Falls. As Document Delivery Coordinator, one of my chief responsibilities is to e-mail or ship, as rapidly as possible, requested library materials to these students, and the faculty and staff who serve them. In September of this year, I e-mailed a brief needs assessment survey to over 100 online and Lozier Center students, staff, and faculty members who have used Outreach Services in the past. Of our surveyed audience, 14% responded, and these were their answers when asked this question:
What types of library material have you used/will you use? (Please check all that apply).
Their answers show that two of the top three formats used are electronic journal articles and eBooks owned by Bellevue University Library. Once the students are comfortable with the steps to locate and retrieve these items, they can access them on their own.
The second most requested material is the CLEP and DSST study guides. Students seek to gain 1,3, or 6 college credits by passing an equivalency exam rather than taking a face-to-face or online course. The number of Outreach students taking these tests has diminished significantly over the past three years. This could indicate that more students are taking core classes at another location, then transferring them to Bellevue University when they are ready to begin their accelerated program.
From my experience, the statistic that is the most deceptive response from the survey is the number of interlibrary loan articles that are requested. In fact, for the last two years this has been the most requested format from Outreach patrons. The students who have requested ILL articles in the past two years are evidently not those who replied to the survey.
Needs assessment surveys are meant to solicit the opinions of users and customers in order to provide services that best suit their needs. As a member of the Bellevue University community, an Outreach student, or one who attends class on campus, what is your experience? Which one or two of these formats do you use the most? How should the available funds be divided to give you the maximum assistance on your educational journey?
To the average person, myself included, the word, “statistics,” doesn’t make me jump up & down and shout, “Yeah, I can’t wait! I love working with numbers! Let’s get started!!!” The usual reaction is that it is going to be a boring and dreadful project. I start to think about the time it will take. First, it takes a long time to gather all the facts I need and, then, I have to try and make some sense out of all the data. Can I possibly delegate this project to someone else? Anyone?
Here at the library we gather a lot of statistics. Statistics verify what we do and why we do it. In fact, we have made many changes in the library in response to the statistics that we have gathered. It is very hard to deny the facts especially when they are proven year after year.
In searching for my next journal to feature for the Business Resource Review series, I stumbled upon, Significance: Statistics Making Sense. It has literally been under my nose for the last two years since I check in all the journals that the library receives. The October cover picture was on, “Salt: How Little is Bad for Us?” This sounds more like a headline for a medical journal, doesn’t it? That is why I have come to really like Significance. They have a variety of articles that the average person is interested in yet a business minded person can gain something noteworthy from their findings.
Highlights from the October 2013 Significance issue:
Tootsie Pops: How many licks to the chocolate? posted 10/29/2013
RSS Feeds and Journal Alerts
One of the best tips I learned in working with journals is that when I find one that I enjoy, I subscribe to the RSS feed or to set up a Journal Alert. This also works great for finding sources for a paper or an assignment.
A RSS feed, or Really Simple Syndication feed, is a popular way to quickly keep updated with items that you pick out on the web without visiting the site. A RSS feed contains the headlines and links to the web pages. This is a great time saver in that you can rapidly scan over the headlines and then visit the web site. Some of our databases that offer RSS feeds are: Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, CQ Researcher, Encyclopedia Britannica Online, Homeland Security Digital Library, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Plunkett Research Online, and ProQuest.
A Journal Alert is letting the publisher know that you would like to know when the latest abstract, full text, or table of contents is available online. Some of our databases that offer Journal Alerts are: Cochrane Library, CQ Researcher, EBSCOhost, Factiva, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, ProQuest, and Ulrichsweb. If you would like to know more about both of these services, visit a previous blog post.
Let us know what you think of this journal! Are there any other types of business articles you are looking for to fulfill an assignment? Do you need help in setting up RSS feeds or Journal Alerts? Leave a comment and we can help!
Hello readers! My name is Jake Lee and I’m the newest member of the Bellevue University library team, working as the Technical Services Assistant under Casey Kralik. Previously, I worked as a Library Specialist (A.K.A. a junior librarian) for the Omaha Public Library system at the Benson Branch library. I loved my time there, but the opportunity to work in technical services again was too great to pass up. Luckily, I heard about this opening from a professor of mine and next thing I knew, I was working at Bellevue University. My undergraduate degree is in Music Education and I was licensed to teach K-12 for both choir and band.
Coming from the public library to the academic library, while previously studying to become an educator at the primary and secondary school level, I’ve been given the rare opportunity of seeing all three areas of the library world: school, public, and academic. A recent conversation with Casey provided me with a great example to help explain the differences between each facet: Pizza! Hey, I know what you’re thinking – just go with me on this one.
Let’s start with the school library. For this example I will equate it to that of the delicious cheese pizza. A cheese pizza is the “building block”, if you will, of every other pizza. It is almost universally enjoyed by children and parents (who are trying to get their “picky eaters” to “eat”). The ingredients are simple and filling; however, older kids may start looking for something with more complex “flavors”. Still, for the young, the cheese pizza is often where children will begin as “young eaters” (or young readers). Lastly, it is served in nearly every elementary “cafeteria” (or school) in the nation.
Next is the public library, or the awesome pepperoni pizza! There are very few people, both kids and adults, who don’t like pepperoni pizza. It is similar to the cheese pizza as it has a limited number of ingredients, but those ingredients work incredibly well together. It’s very popular for both parties and events (just like how the public library loves to have fun programs and events). Overall, when people think of pizza, it’s often pepperoni pizza.
Last but not least is the academic library, which is my opinion the supreme* pizza. Supreme pizzas come with a wide variety of toppings and flavors. Each one is unique, created with toppings selected carefully and arranged in a way that fulfills the person or organization’s order. It is considered more of an adult-oriented pizza, with toppings that wouldn’t normally appeal to children. It may not be the most popular pizza, but it often has healthier toppings that are more “nutritional” to the “eater” (just like how the materials found in an academic library are more for study and research and not for entertainment).
Now, I just want to say that these are my observations and opinions. If you disagree with any of these points, please leave a comment below! I would love to hear what you think about the differences and my analogy.
*Supreme meaning a large variety of toppings, not superior. I don’t want a war on my hands…
Jake is the technical services assistant for the Freeman/Lozier Library on the Bellevue University Campus. He is a full-time book nerd, part-time music nerd, and all around geek.
One of the many library databases available free of charge to all members of the Bellevue University community is Ancestry Library edition, affiliated with Ancestry.com. Barbara Haney and Allie O’Connor moderated an autumn genealogy workshop, held in the library classroom the afternoon of October 29. The purpose of this workshop was to introduce the participants to some of the sources that are available on this database to aid individuals who are searching for military records of their ancestors.
We began by showing the Bellevue University faculty and staff members who attended where in the 1930 Census to verify whether or not your ancestor was a veteran, and in which war he served. The next step was to show how the more than 480 featured data collections on this topic can be alphabetized and made much easier to access. From the alphabetized list, we used soldiers from Allie’s family who served in four different wars to delve into some of the military data collections and see what information can be gathered on each individual.
Three of the data collections that contain a wealth of information are:
U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. The World War I registration cards are a treasure trove, for each one gives you the man’s complete birth date, address, whether he is a native-born or naturalized citizen, his closest relative, occupation, signature, and physical description (height, build, eye color, and hair color). Also, this is the one collection that gives you the information whether or not your ancestor served in the military. All male citizens between 16-40 needed to register with the local draft board, whether they served in World War I or not.
U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. For Union veterans of the Civil War, the pension index tells the dates applications were made, whether they were made by the veteran or his widow, and the widow’s name if she is the one who applied.
U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS (Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem) Death File (1850-2010). This data collection will verify the name, birth date, death date, branch of service, enlistment date, and release date of U.S. veterans who served in the past 160 years.
During the workshop we demonstrated at least six other locations where family military information can be found. Barbara and I welcome you to join us for the spring genealogy workshop, which will be in late April.
October 2013, was a very busy travel month for this librarian… Yes, I know I travel a lot; although, I usually do not take back-to-back trips and especially to the same place. However, there is a first time for everything…
My first trip to Las Vegas was for pleasure…and pleasurable it was!!! I went there to attend the wedding of a former library employee who is very special to me both professionally and personally since she used to take care of my precious cat whenever I traveled. After the festivities of the wedding subsided, the rest of the trip was spent with my family. Now this was not my first trip to Vegas (I was just there in February previously visited several times) so I did not have a firm agenda of activities lined up and pretty much played it by ear. As it turned out, time went very quickly once we started planning the days. One of the highlights of the trip was getting to spend quality time with friends from Aviano, Italy, a place we lived during my youth (and content for a later blog). I had never visited the “Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat” at the Mirage, and so my niece and nephew accompanied me. While there, we were selected to be a part of the show by getting up-close and personal with the dolphins. Another attraction that we visited was the “Shark Reef Aquarium” at Mandalay Bay. Lastly, Vegas just would not be Vegas without taking in a show; therefore, we enjoyed a comedy/magic act featuring Nathan Burton and several members of my family participated in the routines including myself.
As for my second trip a week later, it was for work. I was there to present at the annual AACE E-Learn Conference with two colleagues from the University and our presentation was well attended. In addition to our presentation on “Streaming Media for Each Student in Every Class: Interdepartmental Best Practices for Accessible, Legal, Affordable, and Effective Video Delivery to Online Students,” I was able to take in six sessions on various topics. Perhaps the most interesting session was the topic of “online cheating and plagiarism” since it is most closely related to my job as Turnitin administrator. I must say, I was a little disappointed that the paper I was most looking forward to titled “It’s MOOC or Die!! Impacts on Libraries and Learning Center” was canceled as this topic is very timely and MOOC’s are having a great impact on libraries. The conference hosted a reception one of the evenings which gave us an opportunity to meet and network with others from around the world since this is a global conference. We met people from Australia, Abu Dhabi, Sweden, California, just to name a few… By the way, I had to mention California as they had a connection to libraries…
Now, the question is… Will I be going back in Las Vegas anytime soon? Well, the answer is yes, in June 2014, the annual American Library Association Conference will be held there for the first time since 1973. So let me ask you this…Do you think it will be my last trip to Las Vegas? I would not suggest placing any bets on that one…Las Vegas is a lot of fun and you know the saying… “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!”
What?!? Don’t tell me that you’re getting rid of all the print journals! You can’t be going to online journals only!
Okay, take a deep breath. That is not what we are doing. We are in favor of all types of formats for journals: microfilm, microfiche, print, and online.
What we are doing is conducting an investigation to see if a pick of 15 journals are read and are of value to our patrons.
The “Journals in Jeopardy” are:
Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration
Employment Relations Today
Environmental Science & Technology
International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics
Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice
Journal of Human Capital
Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research
New England Journal of Medicine
Omega: Journal of Death & Dying
Organizational Psychology Review
USA Today: The Nation’s Newspaper
Wall Street Journal Newspaper
Western Historical Quarterly
If you are interested in casting your vote for or against the “Journals in Jeopardy,” then stop by the Library display shelves in the Periodical area or fill out a ballot here: http://bit.ly/journalsinjeopardy