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Did You Know Winter 2019 Edition

The Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best.  Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library.  Here is the latest news from that newsletter:

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National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Championed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this observance highlights the importance of vaccines–not only those that should be taken early in life, but those that can be taken later in life, as well. Vaccines can prevent numerous diseases, including chickenpox, hepatitis A and B, HPV, measles, mumps, polio, and whooping cough. The National Immunization Awareness Month website contains numerous resources not only for patients and parents, but also for healthcare professionals.

It is vital to note that, while vaccines are not risk free, there is no link between them (specifically the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine) and autism and bowel diseases, like Crohn’s. This belief has its roots in the research and publications of Andrew Wakefield, and led to a decline in vaccinations, and accordingly, a rise in serious illness and death from preventable diseases. Wakefield’s findings have never been reproduced by other researchers in the field, and he was ultimately struck from the UK medial register for dishonesty, misconduct, and unethical behavior, after he was reported to have previously undisclosed financial conflicts of interests, alongside other breaches of ethics. (For more on Wakefield, see the links below under Further Reading.)

Getting vaccinated not only protects you, but also protects your community. Vaccines are not for everyone–those with vaccine allergies and those with compromised immune systems (for example, due to cancer or HIV) cannot take vaccines, and thus rely on the overwhelming majority of people living in their community to be vaccinated. This is a concept called herd immunity (or community immunity)–if a certain high percentage of people in a population are vaccinated than the population as a whole will be resistant to the spread of contagious diseases. Depending upon the disease in question, the herd immunity threshold varies from about 83% to 94%.

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How to Find Company and Industry Information LibGuide

The How to Find Company and Industry Information LibGuide should be the first place you visit on the Bellevue University Library website if you are looking for industry news or information on companies and their executives. This LibGuide offers tutorials on using the databases Business Source Complete, D&B Hoover’s Business Browser, Nexis Uni, Gale Business Insights Global, and Small Business Reference Center, and makes it easy to determine which databases will be best suited for the type of information you are looking for. Continue reading

A Brief History and Overview of Common Keyboard Layouts

Whatever you type on, whether a computer, smart phone, or even typewriter, chances are very slim that you’re using anything other than a QWERTY keyboard layout. Named after the first six letters that appear on the top letter row and invented by Christopher Latham Sholes, this keyboard layout has been around in a recognizable form since 1873, and had been iterated on for years prior. It was originally designed with the intent that it would prevent the mechanical printing arms of typewriters from clashing against one another or jamming, a design process that took years of trial-and-error to perfect. Continue reading

Getting to Know… Margie McCandless, Reference Support Specialist

Hi Margie! First question; why do you work in a library? I think I have just always felt at home in libraries. My first real job as a senior in high school was as a page in the children’s department at the newly opened Swanson Branch. It had only been open three weeks when I started and I worked my way through college there. So it just seemed natural to choose library science as a minor and area of certification for my education degree–the only type of library degree offered in Nebraska at the time. I was a school librarian in two schools in Houston, but mainly was a faithful weekly volunteer for many years at all my children’s grade schools and a sometimes substitute librarian. Continue reading

McDonald’s in our Archives!

Recently library staff discovered that we hold in our archives a video interview featuring McDonald’s co-founder Richard (Dick) McDonald, whom video footage of is rare. This interview existed in two copies, both VHS tapes dating from 1992, and was the work of student Tom Dolly and Dr. Judd Patton. In addition to the interview, the video includes background information on the history of McDonald’s, as well as a segment where Dick McDonald is informed that he will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Bellevue College.

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Getting to Know… Joel Hartung, Assistant Directory, Library Systems

Hi Joel–going to have to start at the same place we have for nearly everyone else thus far: why do you work in a library? I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather work than in a library. I love libraries. Growing up, I spent so much time every summer in the public library, voraciously devouring books (figuratively, not literally). I used to read so much in grade school that I would get in trouble for reading in class. My teacher would actually take books away from me. Imagine that. I worked part-time in a library all through college, never realizing it would eventually become my career. I’m very happy I had that opportunity. Continue reading

Salem Press Online

A miniature, digital reference section of sorts, Salem Press Online is a collection of mostly full-text electronic versions of popular Salem Press print books. It is best thought of as a collection of subject-specialized digital encyclopedias, and thus makes for an excellent starting point of research for many topics. Continue reading