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
Welcome to the first interview in the ‘Getting to Know…’ blog series, where I will be interviewing Library staff and learning a little bit more about what makes them tick. For the inaugural post in this series, I’ll be interviewing circulation clerk Brandi Bengtson.
Hi Brandi. Let’s jump right into things–why do you work in a library? I work in a library because I’ve wanted to be surrounded by books from a very early age. Also, I really enjoyed Evelyn in the The Mummy saying ‘I am a librarian!’ As I got older, the desire to help people came along with it. Continue reading
Today is Letter Writing Day. With the rise of internet communication letter writing has arguably become something of a lost art, or perhaps even an altogether obsolete one. Why take the time to compose a letter (handwritten or typed) and post it when you can send a quick text or email that the recipient will receive almost instantly? Continue reading
Today marks the tail end of Thanksgiving Week, and also of National Games and Puzzles Week. Working up the energy to do anything on the weekend after Thanksgiving can be difficult (those who are into shopping excepted), but one thing you might consider is playing tabletop games. Many families already have a tradition of playing games during Thanksgiving Week–for example, the older generations of my family plays the card games Up and Down the River (known by dozens of names, including Oh Hell, Contract Whist, Mormon Bridge, and Rats) and Hearts, whereas the younger generations, myself included, often play our own games, usually newer board games or card games we’ve discovered for ourselves. Continue reading
A new feature of the Library’s website which we have not yet made much note of is the re-designed Bellevue University Archives landing page and the new look of the archives themselves. You can find the new archives landing page from the Find drop-down menu on the Library’s homepage, where you can find links to all of the collections in our archives broken down by broader categories, as well as links to search and browse the archives. Continue reading
Today is World Egg Day! In the U.S., our eggs are generally unpreserved (other than being refrigerated) and unfertilized white chicken eggs and, if not used as one ingredient in another dish, are generally eaten fried, scrambled, or hard-boiled. Would it surprise you to learn that the kinds of eggs we eat and how we prepare them represent but a small fraction of what kinds of eggs are used and how they’re prepared worldwide? Continue reading
Today 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.
Today 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
‘Fake news’ is not a new phenomenon, but within the last two years its prevalence in the public consciousness has exploded as one of the primary contributing factors to the concept of the ‘post-truth’ society. In an age when most of us get our news from social media feeds we encounter fabricated news stories on a near daily basis, and the best way to avoid falling for them is to consistently exercise one’s critical thinking capabilities and to be unafraid to perform a little detective’s work whenever you encounter something questionable. Continue reading
The Bellevue University Archives are home to a small collection of quite unique documents, possibly the only ones of their type that are available for public viewing in the world. They are the work of Thomas Dolly, a one-time student at Bellevue University, and are the result of ten years’ worth of correspondence with Richard (Dick) McDonald, who, with his brother Maurice (Mac) developed and opened the first McDonald’s restaurant, and whose detail-oriented approach to fast-food restaurant design arguably still shapes the fast-food industry today. Continue reading