Getting to Know… Jessica Omer, Senior Circulation Assistant

Hi Jessica. What was your experience with libraries like before working in them? I started working in libraries when I was sixteen, so before that it was mostly participating in summer reading programs and hanging out at the public library looking for stuff to read.

Did you always want to work in libraries? Growing up I wanted to be an archaeologist. I wanted to travel the world discovering the past. It might have been because I had seen Indiana Jones one too many times. But I have always been obsessed with history, and archaeology was a way to get my hands on it. Continue reading

SAGE Business Cases

The Bellevue University Library possesses several excellent business related databases. Many students simply head over to Business Source Complete and receive some of the information in the business field of study, but this database may get you over the hump on your next research assignment: SAGE Business Cases. Continue reading

On Valentine’s Day Make It A Movie Night

It is officially Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. As you head out to buy cards, candy, or flowers, it might be a good idea to stop by the Bellevue University Library first and check out some of our great movies. From comedies to adventures to dramas, the Bellevue University Library offers a wide variety of movies that feature love stories that will win you over.  With that in mind, get a bowl of popcorn, your chocolate and one of the ten films below that can be borrowed from the Bellevue University Library for one week.

Casablanca DVD PN1995.9.F54 C35 1999  In December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Edge of Love DVD PN1995.9.M27 E34 2009 When legendary poet Dylan Thomas reconnects with Vera, his teenage sweetheart, a romantic rivalry begins between her and his wife Caitlin. As the   women begin to bond an unusual trio is formed. The threesome live in bliss until Vera’s husband, a handsome soldier, returns from fighting in the war and jealousy erupts, threatening the trio’s fragile happiness.

I Hate Valentine’s Day DVD PN 1995.9.M27 I338 2010 Genevieve Gernier has a strict philosophy on dating. Her rule: no more than five dates with a man to ensure that she will never get dumped. When Greg Gatlin buys a restaurant nearby her flower shop, they start dating.  However, after five dates, Genevieve is not happy with her rule and does not know how to meet Greg again. The rule that she swore to never break, could end up breaking her heart.

I Love You Beth Cooper DVD PN 1995.9.M27 I23 2009 When Denis, proclaims his love for super-popular Beth Cooper during his valedictorian speech, everyone is speechless. But the real shock comes that night when Beth shows up at Denis’s house with her two best friends to show him how the cool kids party. Beth decides to show him the best night of his life.

Like Crazy    DVD PN1995.9.M27 L55 2012 When a British college student falls for her American classmate, they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey–only to be separated by circumstances beyond their control.

Love Actually DVD PN1995.9.M27 L68 In Love Actually, the Prime Minister is smitten with his caterer; a widower’s young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother copes with her potentially unfaithful husband; and a lovelorn American is desperately attracted to a colleague.

Loving DVD PN1995.9.B55 L685 2017  This film is a true story about Richard and Mildred Loving, an inter-racial married couple living in Virginia during a turbulent time of racial tension.  Despite their legal marriage license, they were arrested by local police.  Their arrest ultimately led to a legal battle that ended at the United States Supreme Court.

Management DVD PN1995.9.M27 M36 2009- Mike Cranshaw has a chance meeting with Sue Claussen when she checks into the motel owned by Mike’s parents in Arizona. A bottle of wine jump starts a unique courtship between two different kinds of people who are both looking for the same thing: a sense of happiness.

The Notebook DVD PN1995.9.M27 N68 2005  Noah Calhoun regularly visits Allie Nelson who is in a nursing home  because of Alzheimer’s. He reads to her from an old, faded notebook containing the account of a young couple, how they met, fell in love and confronted obstacles to their happiness.

Singing in the Rain DVD PN1995.9.M86 S564 2000 Singin’ in the rain is a musical filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly’s fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain.

Please note that the DVD collection is now located in the compact shelving located in the back of the Library. Please ask a member of the Library staff if you need assistance locating them.

Plant Seeds of Greatness

February is Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month, a campaign designed to encourage everyone to take steps to “remove barriers and make a change in your life for the better.”  Reflect on how you can make a difference for yourself, your family, your business, or your community. Then acquire the tools and skills you need to act on your ideas and dreams.   Continue reading

Origami Social Media Library Contest

Do you have origami skills? Or, can you fold a piece of paper? Fantastic, we have a contest for you!

The Library would like you to submit a photo of your best origami creation AND either follow the Library’s Pinterest or Instagram accounts OR comment on this blog post to be entered into the contest to win a $15 Amazon gift card! It’s that simple!

Last week was the kick-off to this contest as we hosted an Origami and Afternoon Tea event on January 31. It was a lot of fun!  Here are a few pictures from the event, and you can find more on the Out of This World Origami Pinterest board.

So, what do you need to do? Here are the rules to be entered:

  1. Take a photo of your origami creation and email the photo to: With your photo submission, make sure to include your name, patron type, and if you followed our Instagram and/or Pinterest page or commented on the blog.
  2. Either follow the Library on social media OR comment on this blog post:
  3. Must be a current student, faculty, staff, or alumni to enter.
  4. Enter the contest by February 28, 2018 to be eligible.

If you need assistance with how to make an origami creation, please visit some of the links listed below. Step-by-step instructions are great, but YouTube videos are more helpful, as you can pause the video or slow it down to your speed. Also, here is a link to download some free origami paper templates.

We hope that this contest will bring awareness to the Library’s social media presence and that you will follow us! Since the Library markets so many of our events through our social media outlets, we want you to know what’s going on! We will even add your origami photos to our “Out of This World Origami” Pinterest board so you can share your masterpiece with your friends and family! You have until Wednesday, February 28, 2018, to enter so start folding now!

Helpful websites and videos used in the Origami & Afternoon Tea event: – Image instructions sorted by category such as: animals, toys, flowers, paper airplanes, birds, and boxes. – PDF Image instructions of various things. – Wiki How to make origami demonstrated through step-by-step slide images. – Origami videos – Cherry blossom – Ring – Cube – Crane – Fox – Throwing Star/Pinwheel – Butterfly – Elephant – Heart – Bird

Nexis Uni Database Review

The only constant in life is change, but that is not always a bad thing as evidenced by the new Lexis Nexis interface update, Nexis Uni.  Nexis Uni is more than just a new coat of paint for Lexis Nexis Academic Universe. It is actually a complete remaking of the classic platform with new search functionality and a dramatically improved user experience.

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The Day the Music Died

February 3, 1959, a snowy day in Clear Lake, Iowa, was the site of a terrible plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper, along with the inexperienced pilot who was hired to fly the single-engine plane.  This day has been immortalized through the 1971 hit song, “American Pie” by Don McLean, with lyrics such as “February made me shiver, with every paper I’d deliver, bad news on the doorstep…when I read about his widowed bride…the day the music died.”  In 2017, the original version was selected by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.”

Why is this day recognized as significant?  Could it be the popularity of Don McLean’s song?  Could it be because all three artists on the plane were up and coming rock stars?  Could it be the circumstances surrounding the tragedy?  We may never know the answers to these questions; however, we do know that Buddy Holly was 22–at the peak of his career; Ritchie Valens, was 17–just beginning his career; and The Big Bopper was 28—a talented, early rock star; were all too young to die.

Since that disastrous day, much has been written and memorialized through song, books, films, television, and museums.  One such tribute is the actual crash site located in Clear Lake, Iowa.  It is small and easily missed, but well worth the trip.  You know you will have arrived at the entrance when you see his infamous trademarked glasses.  From there it is about ½ mile walk to the actual location of the crash where one will find memorabilia left by fans along with a guitar/record monument.  For a more formal exhibit, the Surf Ballroom, where they had their last performance, is not too far away.

If you’re interested in learning more about this day in history, or about any of the artists, here are some resources you might find helpful:

Bellevue University Discovery Search

Biography:  The Day the Music Died:  Rock’s Great Tragedy

Buddy Holly Crash Site

Buddy Holly Story (1978)

The Day the Music Died Pinterest Page

La Bamba (1987)

Your Tea-Riffic Guide to National Hot Tea Month

The New Year comes with Resolutions for 2018, goals to better ourselves or find new determination in healthy diets. Unfortunately with the current temperatures still freezing us inside and out, it’s hard to keep warm and healthy. Trying to change an entire routine can be frustrating and often overbearing when we are still recovering from the holidays as well as colds and stubborn weather. Life catches up and soon one realizes resolutions have imploded and all energy has waned. Taking it little by little can help reduce stress – such as making small changes each month, creating habits that are easier to stick to. There’s a happy solution – Tea. It has many flavors and can be brewed in various ways that can be used not only to warm up your body and wake up your mind, but to help stave off those nasty winter cold woes. So, to January, there’s no better way to celebrate a cold beginning to 2018 than by having National Hot Tea Month!

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