Legislative History LibGuide

Legislative HistoryOn January 20, 2017, the United States of America swore a new president into office to lead the executive branch of its government.  With a new president from a different party than the previous, a brand new legislative agenda will be pursued on Capitol Hill.  A few weeks ago we witnessed a big dust up in Congress over how to replace the Affordable Care Act, a major legislative achievement for the former administration which the current administration would like to see changed drastically.  To access the history of the legislative measures the United States has debated since its founding, the best place to look is the LibGuide “Legislative History.” Continue reading

It’s Time to Relax!

Relaxation DayNational Relaxation Day is observed annually on August 15th.  It is a time to slow down, unwind, and relax!  Sundays used to be reserved for this day, but in today’s busy world, even that day is filled with sports activities and things we couldn’t fit in during the week. Continue reading

Book Lover’s Day

12019945_905239589554845_5897748802326188993_nToday is Book Lover’s Day! At last count (or estimate, really), I had about 500 books in my home, spread across six shelves, one cabinet, one table, and three rooms. Despite their pervasiveness I rarely get to spend as much time with them as I’d like to, and often have to purposefully set aside the time to do so–and what better time is there than today? Continue reading

National Lighthouse Day

Lonely Lighthouse

Why would someone born and raised in small-town Iowa develop a fascination with lighthouses?

After all, it isn’t something that was daily visible as I was growing up.

To the best of my knowledge, there are no sea captains or ocean fishermen among my ancestors.

I have come to the conclusion that I am a lighthouse aficionado because to me they symbolize two truths: Continue reading

Library Staff Honor Barbara Haney at Retirement Party

RetirementLively classical and patriotic tunes drifted through the Bellevue University Library on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 3:00pm, as the Bellevue University Library staff paid tribute to Barbara Haney, who after 25 years of dedicated service decided to officially retire.  Library staff members, Allie O’Connor (clarinet) and Lorraine Patrick (viola) kicked off the retirement party playing music by classical composers such as Mozart, as well as adding a few patriotic tunes.

As the crowd of Bellevue University employees gathered in the library, a surprise video was shown that was created by the Library staff and the Audio-Visual department thanking Barbara for her 25 years of service (23 of which were in the Library). One colleague, Allie O’Connor, summed up Barbara’s role as “positively impacting so many people she has no idea how much she will be missed.”  Barbara and her family were deeply touched.

A beautifully matted and framed date due card was gifted to Barbara with library staff signatures next to the day they began working with her.  Date due cards were once used in libraries and were placed in book pockets before computers. She was also given a humorous book written by Dr. Seuss and an Amazon gift card.

Barbara Haney originally thought no one would come to her retirement party.  However, she was overwhelmed by the large turnout and graciously shared how much she has enjoyed working in the Bellevue University Library as the Interlibrary Loan and Circulation Supervisor.

Barbara Haney is best known around the Bellevue University campus as being “the very nice lady with the lovely English accent.”  To the Library Staff, Barbara is best known for putting people at ease, having a keen eye for decorating and photography, and for making delicious English sausage rolls.  She is also known for her outgoing personality and for being a good listener.  As a way to remember her and her service, a section of the Library will be dedicated to her.

Barbara plans to spend her retirement traveling with her husband and spending more time with her grandchildren.  She will continue to stay in touch and will stop by for special events.

Congratulations Barbara- we wish you the best!

Ep. 24: Infinite Content

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 24 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. 24: Infinite Content

Description: In this episode, Joel and Colin discuss the challenges of being both a creator and a consumer in the Internet Age, and offer some advice on how to find entertainment that might appeal to you amidst the overwhelming (one might say infinite) amount of content that’s out there.

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

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Animal Science: Journal Review

Animal ScienceAnimal Science Journal is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal that contains original research and serves as the leading source of new knowledge and perspective in animal science. Published six times a year by Wiley-BlackwellAnimal Science Journal is the official English peer-reviewed publication of the Japanese Society of Animal Sciences. Articles in the Animal Science Journal pertain to animal and poultry science which include genetics, breeding, engineering, anatomy, nutrition, environment, behavior and reproduction. Continue reading