Author Archives: Chrystal Dawson

Visual Data: How to Create an Infographic

Infogr.amWouldn’t you like to use an easy tool for quick infographics? On February 5th, I gave a presentation to our library on, a tool for creating infographics. If you have never heard of or even infographics, I have some great information to share with you. was founded in 2012 by newsroom people, Uldis Leiterts and Raimonds Kaze. They wanted to empower journalists with an easy infographic tool. This award winning company, headquartered in Latvia, touts that “ is the fastest growing data visualization community on the planet!” Continue reading

October Display Case

This month’s library display case is featuring Bellevue University’s Disability Services area.  This is only fitting as October has recently been proclaimed by President Barack Obama as National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, meaning that employers need to continue to recruit those talented and skilled individuals with disabilities to promote the right to equal employment opportunity for everyone.  With this being said, take a closer look at what our Disability Services department has to offer to the Bellevue University community.   Feel free to visit the library to see the display case in person or view more photos on the Library’s Pinterest board titled, “Library Displays.”   Also, visit the Disability Services website to read about more information and services that they have to offer.


April Display Case

April Resized

Now that April is here, it is time to check out the Library’s latest display case.  This month, the Bellevue University International Club has created a display featuring Africa called, African Connection.  Do you know what a “vuvuzela” or a “chipendani” is?  Well, you will have to either visit the Library or the Library’s Display Case Board on Pinterest to find out!

Chipendani Resized

Also, featured in the display is National Library Week, which occurs April 14 – 20, 2013.  Please be sure to stop by the Library that week to get a READ Poster made, shop at the book sale, enter yourself into a drawing to win an Amazon gift card or a USB drive, and much much more!  You also have a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD, by submitting your ideas on why communities matter at the Bellevue University Library to:  We hope to see you soon!

NLW Banner

Interest in Pinterest?

Pinterest, it’s one of the biggest social media crazes since Facebook.  And, lucky for the Bellevue University Library community, the Library is on board (see our page now)!  In fact, the Library launched its ant campaign to follow us beginning last July.  And, after 9 months of liking, pinning and re-pinning activity, we now have over 300 followers!  Now, just in case you are not following the Bellevue University Library yet, or perhaps you do not even know what Pinterest really is, let me explain.  Pinterest is a visual bulletin board to organize things that you like on the web.  Basically, you find and “pin” items (categories include but not limited to:  fashion, recipes, crafts, art, photography, technology, education, etc.,) online and organize these images into various boards that you create in your profile.


Recently, I had the opportunity to present on the topic of content management on Pinterest at the Nebraska Library Association’s Paraprofessional Section Spring Meeting.  Since our Library has been actively updating our page to keep it fresh and exciting, I wanted to share some of our tips and ideas with other libraries.  Therefore, please feel free to take a look at my PowerPoint presentation, Stuck with Pins!  Hope you find it Pinteresting!

Copyright Center Feature – Linking to the Library’s Resources

     Are you a faculty member who is trying to add course material from the Library’s databases onto Blackboard?  Or, perhaps you are a staff member trying to send an article to another employee.  Whichever the case, the latest Copyright Center feature is sure to give you answers on how to link to the Library’s resources through a new LibGuide – without violating copyright!  Click here to read the newest feature titled, “Linking to the Library’s Resources.”


March Display Case


March is National Craft Month!  This special month was created by the Craft & Hobby Association in 1994 to highlight various crafts and the joys and talents of creating them.  From knitting to jewelry making to woodcarving to scrap-booking, the craft possibilities are endless!  Feel free to swing by the Library or visit  the Library’s Pinterest page to check out the latest display case.

March Display Case

Top 5 Reasons to Craft:

5.   The more mistakes you make, the more you learn from them and know what to avoid in future.

4.   You will develop more credibility as an artist/skilled person.

3.   The more time you dedicate to developing your craft, the more you will learn about what you are capable of.

2.   Your exposure will increase.

1.   Your style can only continue to accentuate.

 What craft will you create this month?


Red Lemon Club blog, “15 Reasons to Stay Focused on Developing Your Craft” by Alex Mathers (

February Display Case

Now that it is February, we have another new display case to show you! In this month’s display case we are showcasing Presidents’ Day and Black History Month.

Presidents’ Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February, so this year it is on February 18.  Presidents’ Day became established in 1885 in honor of President George Washington, which is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.  This holiday was traditionally celebrated on February 22, Washington’s birthday, but was later changed and renamed in 1971 with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act as a way to create more 3-day weekends for workers.

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, was officially established in 1976 by President Gerald Ford.  However, this observance had not always lasted for the entire month.  In fact, Carter G. Woodson, prominent African American Harvard historian, started Negro History Week in 1925 during the third week of February.  As the appreciation for this week grew interest, it expanded throughout the month of February and it has been recognized by every U.S. President since.

Please be sure to visit the Library to see the display case or visit virtually through the Library’s Pinterest page!



See What’s New in the Library Display

Happy New Year!  With that being said, it is not only a new year, but also a new month which means that the Library has a new display case to showcase.  During the month of January you will find out that there are quite a few unusual days to celebrate.  For example, have you heard of National Puzzle Day?  This day, which occurs on January 29, honors puzzles of all kinds – Crossword puzzles, Sodokus, jigsaw puzzles, and puzzles for all ages and skills levels!

Another interesting day in January is National Popcorn Day.  This day is believed to be honored on January 19, although the exact date is not quite known.   Most people say it occurs at the end of the month and others say it occurs on the same day as the Super Bowl.  Whichever the day is, National Popcorn Day is a day to enjoy that favorite snack of yours whether you are watching the Super Bowl or not!


The next interesting day to mention is National Bird Day, which occurs on January 5.  National Bird Day is a day to bring awareness to the 9,800 bird species and the fact that many of these species are becoming extinct.


And, the last unusual holiday I would like to mention is National Handwriting Day on January 23.  Handwriting or penmanship is acknowledged on this day because it is John Hancock’s birthday.  You may remember seeing the famous John Hancock autograph on the Declaration of Independence.

Of course, the third Monday in January is also the federal holiday to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This year it occurs on January 21, which is around his birthday (January 15).   President Ronald Reagan signed this holiday into law in 1983 and it was first observed in 1986.

The last component of the January display case contains information about Bellevue University’s Test Center.  Since members of this team came up with the display they also wanted viewers to be informed of their services.  If you need to take a CLEP test or an exam from a class you may have missed, feel free to contact Bellevue University’s Test Center.  We hope to see you in the Library to view the display case or feel free to visit the Library’s Pinterest page!

‘Tis the Season

Now that December is here, it means the holidays are right around the corner.  It also means that it is time to mention the Library’s latest display case! 

December Display Case

In this display, we are featuring library staff member, Margie McCandless, and her fabulous gingerbread house creations.  Margie has spent several hours on the intricate details of each of the three gingerbread houses and is giving Bellevue University students and staff/faculty members a chance to win one of them!  Entry forms can be found at Circulation/Reference Desks.

Gingerbread House that Students, Faculty, or Staff can win!

Gingerbread Church that Students, Faculty, or Staff can win!

 Also in the display, you can read about the origins of the holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.   The following traditions and related symbols are also mentioned:   Candy Canes, Christmas Cards, Christmas Trees, Egg Nog, Mistletoe, Nativity Scenes, Poinsettias, Yule Log, and the English Traditions – Christmas Pudding and Nutcrackers.  You can also find a miniature Christmas village on the bottom shelf of the display.  And last, but not least, a snowman family handcrafted by Charlotte Bernstein (mother of Robin Bernstein, Senior Library Director) will be sure to catch your attention.

Snowman family created by Charlotte Bernstein.

We hope you enjoy the December display case.  Remember, if you cannot make it to the Library to see this, you can view this display on the Library’s Pinterest Board Display Case.