Author Archives: Jacob Lee

National Fruits and Vegetables Month

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In today’s western society, it’s hard to always make the right choices when it comes to meals. Families, jobs, obligations – these things put pressure on our lives and it’s so easy for us to take the simple solution and just pick something up. It doesn’t help that an entire fast food industry has been in full swing for the better part of sixty years here in the United States. With the veritable deluge of fattening food, some people rally against the onslaught of fast food and try to embrace more flora than fauna. So, in celebration of delectable plant life, June is National Fruits and Vegetables Month. I’ll be showcasing some items in the library collection that you can check out RIGHT NOW! Let’s get into it! Continue reading

National Inventors Day – Michael S. Hart

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When we think of inventions and inventors, we often think of Edison and his (non-original) light bulb, or Tesla and A/C electricity (at least I do). We forget that modern inventions are much more than “slap-chops” and “ostrich pillows” made to alleviate daily frustrations. Technological inventions that have no tangible creation can be kind of hard to call inventions; yet, there is one that has made an undeniable impact on libraries – eBooks! So, let’s learn something about their creator: Michael S. Hart. Continue reading

Database Data – My Heritage

My HeritageFor some of our younger patrons, researching your family history and compiling genealogical information may not necessarily be a hobby you enjoy or something that interests you; however, many of our older students and community users do take an interest in genealogy.  Thankfully, the Nebraska Library Commission has given us access to the MyHeritage database for libraries, aptly named MyHeritage Library Edition.   Continue reading

Jazz Appreciation Month: Diamonds in the Rough

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and there is nothing more that I love to write about than awesome Jazz music, of which there is a plethora. Last year, I gushed about my love of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, which is one of the first Jazz albums I owned as an undergrad in music education. Since that time, I’ve really tried to expand my horizons when it comes to Jazz. I give you five fairly unknown Jazz albums that I think anyone can enjoy. Continue reading

International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

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Happy International Women’s Day, everybody! There are so many women who have made not only a huge impact on my life, but on our society in general. While I could speak of powerful women in politics and business, I think it would be interesting to look at famous librarians. Much like many of us in the profession, we don’t always stay in the same position for our whole lives, nor did many of these individuals continue to work as librarians. That’s okay; once you’re a librarian, you’re in for life. Let’s get into it! Continue reading

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Happy MLK Jr. Day! This is a holiday that reminds us of the contributions and sacrifices of not only Dr. King, but all the others who helped contribute to the Civil Rights movement in the United States.  Dr. King’s passion in his message, belief in the greater ethics of mankind, and faith in non-violent protest are what make him such an important figure in American history. Today, I would like to highlight some of the best materials that the Freeman/Lozier library owns on Dr. King. Continue reading

Collection Mapping

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If you have been browsing our mathematics collections recently, which would be around the “QA’s” if you know the Library of Congress call numbers, you may have noticed a slight reduction in the number of books on the shelf. This is due to one of our new Strategic Planning initiatives to provide a better process for weeding materials and determining collection gaps and overlap. While the library never removes books from the collection in a hap-hazard fashion, there is a definite need in our collection to take a more objective approach when it comes to retaining or removing the books that we keep on the shelf. Continue reading