Author Archives: Joel Hartung

National Simplicity Day

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden

National Simplicity Day is celebrated annually on July 12, in honor of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday. The poet, philosopher, and author of Walden and “Civil Disobedience” was a fierce advocate of finding personal fulfillment in simplicity, independence, self-reliance and nature. His most famous work, Walden, is an account of time he spent living alone at Walden Pond, and is considered a classic of American literature.

On National Simplicity Day, take a page from Thoreau’s book and let go of the daily distractions and busyness of life. Turn off your phone, computer and television. Instead, go outside, take a walk and reflect on the harmony of nature. Sit by a pond, read a good book, and enjoy the simple things in life.

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Ep. 37: Movie Night!

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 37 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 37: Movie Night!

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin discuss some great films they’ve watched recently, all of which are available via the Kanopy database, and many of which are available on other platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and The Criterion Channel. Note that, while not mentioned in the podcast, Green Room is also available on Netflix. Below is a complete list of the films mentioned in this podcast, not all of which are available for streaming.

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Toolkit Aims to Introduce Faculty to Specialized Library Services

The goal of the Freeman/Lozier Library is to support the academic journey of Bellevue University students, as well as to provide support and assistance to university faculty. Because of this, the library is closely integrated with the academic mission at the core of Bellevue University. In order to support faculty in this mission, the Bellevue University Library recently launched a new Faculty Toolkit. This LibGuide sets out to introduce and explain a wide variety of specialized library services to faculty.

 

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Ep. 36: Open Access

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 36 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 36: Open Access

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin discuss the rise of open access academic publishing and what it means for universities and traditional publishing companies. Approached primarily from a library perspective, they also discuss the pros and cons associated with this rapidly growing publishing trend.

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Did You Know? Spring 2019

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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Ep. 35: Unique Digital Archives

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 35 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 35: Unique Digital Archives

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin scour the internet to bring you their favorite digital archives collections. Covering everything from playing cards and medieval manuscripts to war letters and video games, they also squeeze in time to talk about books bound in human skin and, on a lighter note, reminisce about Lego sets from the ’90s.

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Ep. 34: Tech Trends for 2019

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 34 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 34: Tech Trends for 2019

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin recap the good, the bad, and the ugly technology to come out of CES 2019. Tech discussed includes 5G, VR, over-the-air wireless charging, electric vehicles, ridiculous televisions, veggie burgers, robots, and smart-everything. What is their favorite thing to come out of the expo? Listen to find out!

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Ep. 33: Game Night: Board Games to Break up the Monopoly Monotony

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 33 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 33: Game Night – Board Games to Break up the Monopoly Monotony

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin discuss the new generation of board and party games that have been replacing tired-out classics like Monopoly at game nights and family gatherings the world over in recent years. Games discussed include CatanCarcassonneTicket to RidePandemicPandemic: Reign of CthulhuPandemic Legacy: Season 1MysteriumMonikers, the Jackbox Party Pack series, and Brass: Birmingham. Several role-playing games are also mentioned in quick succession, including Dungeons & DragonsFiasco (Coen brothers movie simulator), Apocalypse World (Mad Max simulator), Night Witches, and Tales from the Loop

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Ep. 32: Comicsgate, or: How I Learned to Stop Arguing Online and Love Constructive Criticism

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 31 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 32: Comicsgate, or: How I Learned to Stop Arguing Online and Love Constructive Criticism

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin gingerly approach the topic of the Comicsgate internet movement, the latest in a series of similar online cultural firestorms to do with diversity in entertainment and art. In an effort to not get too down at the prospect of having to discuss the sorry state that much online conversation exists in, they try to keep things positive by offering advice on how to be a reasonable, responsible, and respectful consumer of mass-market entertainment.

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Ep. 31: Summer Reading Club (Part 2)

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 31 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 31: Summer Reading Club (Part 2)

Description:  Joel and Colin continue talking about books they’ve read recently and what they might recommend others pick up, as well as some forthcoming publications that they are looking forward to. Included are discussions about the craziness of comic books, what makes the best horror so good, experimental literature and art, and unusual playing cards! 

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