Ep. 25: Free Speech, Censorship, and the Internet

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 25 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. 25: Free Speech, Censorship, and the Internet

Description: Joel and Colin discuss free speech and censorship on the internet and how various platforms have managed policing their users. They probably raise more questions than they provide answers, but this is an uncommonly knotty topic. Hopefully they’ve raised some points that you’ve not considered before!

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Celebrate the Sesquicentennial with Nebraska 150 Books

NE 150 Books 2One way to celebrate the Nebraska Sesquicentennial during this banner year of 2017 is to add some titles from the Nebraska 150 Books initiative to your personal reading program. Nebraska 150 Books has been evolving for more than two years. In 2015, a book selection committee of teachers and librarians devised a list of literature that spans the time Nebraska has been a state, and is aimed at encouraging readers to learn more about our state and its authors.  Continue reading

A Discussion of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Lunch & Learn

GOT_Library-TVGame of Thrones, HBO’s hit show adapted from the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series by George R.R. Martin, recently wrapped up its seventh season a few weeks ago. The Bellevue University Library will be hosting a Lunch and Learn Game of Thrones discussion panel about the series on Tuesday, September 26th, moderated by library staff members Chrystal Dawson, Joel Hartung, and Colin Kehm. We will be discussing the entire series, including the books and latest season.

You can register for this event here!

Read on for a brief season seven review, and a preview of our upcoming event! Spoilers below…

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Remembering 9/11

9 11Where were you September 11, 2001?  Bet you will never forget, and as a result of that fateful day, every September 11th Americans observe this day as the National Day of Service and Remembrance.  The more common name is “Patriot Day,” not to be confused with Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, held the third Monday of April.  Continue reading

International Literacy Day 2017

LiteracyToday is International Literacy Day, first declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 52 years ago. Its principle purpose is to highlight the importance of literacy and its links to poverty and empowerment.

This year’s theme is ‘Literacy in a Digital World.’ Digital technology has obviously fundamentally changed every aspect of work, school, socialization, and personal life for billions of people around the planet, and has opened up numerous possibilities for information access.

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Books for a Successful School Year

Successful Books


Bellevue University Library and its staff is ready to welcome you to another school year.  To help you be successful, I have rounded up several books to get you on a great start.  There are even more books in our display case to help you make the most of this next year and are ready for you to check out.  Just ask a staff member at the Circulation Desk and they will be happy to get a book for you in the display case. Continue reading

All About Apps Summer 2017

All About Apps


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!


WunderlistWunderlist (IOS, Android): A general, all around great app for keeping and sharing to-do lists that can significantly help keep a busy student on the ball with their day-to-day activities. The app is very simple to use; you simply enter in the name of your list, and then enter each item separately. Once a task is completed, you can check off the task and it is stored in “completed tasks.” Simple, light, easy to use and share lists.

Hangouts HangoutsMeet (Android): Ever since Google has rebranded the chat app to “Hangouts,” Google has been looking to expand the functions of the device in order to allow for more powerful, business usage in order to meet the demands of the ever-shifting business world. Hangouts Meet can support up to 30 participants, include a 1-click join button for users, and integrate with all the other Google apps (Calendar, People, etc.) to facilitate scheduling the meeting. This can be a fantastic alternative to students who need to have virtual meetings who are already using Google.

MeteorMeteor (Android): When working on a shared network, it can be challenging to know if the connection is going to be fast enough to do what you want to get done. Now, with Meteor, you have a quick speed test for your connection that gives you a realistic idea for the kind of connection you can expect over long-term usage, as well as a score for six apps and how those apps will work with your current connection. The app is ad-free and has zero cost. You cannot ask much better than that.

ScanbotScanbot (Android): When working with documents, books, and sources in general, it can be difficult to try and copy down everything you need in the moment. Rather than kill your wrists, using an app like Scanbot can dramatically save you time. Scanbot is considered one of  the best PDF scanner apps and can turn documents, receipts, whiteboards, and even QR and Barcodes into a PDF document. With a simplified user interface, you will wonder why you ever typed anything into your phone again.

PigmentPigment (IOS, Android): Everyone needs a break from studying, and the hobby-fad of adult coloring books is still alive and well. For those of us who simply do not have the disposable income to throw at the multitude of adult coloring books out there, Pigment might be a great option. This coloring app provides all of the tools one would need in order to color and save a neat piece of art. While the app does have a paid subscription that gives access to a lot more illustrations, the free version still has plenty to chose from.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 3, Summer 2017 by Jacob Lee.

Women’s Equality Day

Womens equalityWHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as a symbol for the continued fight for equal rights.  We recognize the day as “Women’s Equality Day.” Continue reading