Author Archives: Lorraine Patrick

BRUIN Thanksgiving

happy-thanksgivingThe Thanksgiving holiday is the one day of the year that is purely American.  Typically, families and friends gather together for a special meal with lots of delicious food (turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, vegetables, and a variety of delicious desserts).  Offices and retail stores are closed for the day and grocery stores typically close early.  The traditions on Thanksgiving are just as unique as every American family. Typically, families will watch football and parades on TV, but some families prefer to eat around midday and go to the movies. Continue reading

BRUIN Pride Walk/Run on 10/2/ 2016

bruin-walk-photo1On a cool, crisp fall morning at Bellevue University, 248 staff, faculty, and students banded together for the annual BRUIN Pride Walk/Run on Sunday, October 2, 2016.  The purpose of the event was to bring together the Bellevue University community and to support the Bellevue University Athletics Department.

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CINAHL: A Valuable Resource for Healthcare Courses

MedicalSince this week, (September 26-30 2016) is National Health and IT (Information Technology) Week, we are highlighting one of our newest and all-inclusive health-related databases, CINAHL Complete.  CINAHL Complete (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is offered through EBSCOhost , (one of our database vendors.)  It provides core nursing and allied health journal titles and complements some of the current nursing and health databases already available through the Bellevue University Library, such as ProQuest Family Health, ProQuest Health Management, and ProQuest Nursing/Allied Health Source. Continue reading

Reference Department Launches Skype Sessions

TheSkype Bellevue University Library’s Reference Department has always been on the cutting edge, but now more services are offered – more than ever before!  Current services include: Online and face-to-face library instruction, informative workshops, LibGuides (which are tailor-made to provide current sources on various subjects), a Personal Librarian Program, and a very popular 24/7 Librarian Chat service.  Now, the Bellevue University Library’s Reference Department has recently added Skype Reference to its suite of reference services. Continue reading

Video Review of “The Book Thief”

Book Thief

Do you like American war dramas?  If you do, the movie The Book Thief is for you.  Based on the bestselling book by Australian author Markus Zusak, The Book Thief caught the attention of Fox 2000 Pictures, and was made into a movie in 2013.

This moving story begins on a cold wintry day in Germany, 1939.  The movie centers around Lielsel Memoinger who is a 9-year old girl that is adopted by Hans and Rosa Hubermann after Liesel’s natural mother could no longer care for her.  Although she arrives illiterate, she learns to read with the help of Hans, her adoptive father.

As the political situation in Germany worsens, a 24 year old Jewish boxer named Max arrives at their home looking for shelter and food. Despite the risks involved, Hans and Rosa decide to hide Max in their home since Hans owed the fighter’s dead father a favor.

Liesel copes with the violent horrors of the war torn world around her by stealing books, mostly from one of the wealthier families in the area.  As she begins reading them, she writes new words on a chalkboard in the basement and her vocabulary improves. She reads to Max when he becomes seriously ill and later gets good enough to write her own stories. Ultimately, the power of words and imagination provide Max and Liesel an escape from the tragedies surrounding them.

This DVD is available in the Bellevue University Library and can be borrowed for one week.  The Bellevue University Library also owns the book on Kindle #4 and the kindle can be borrowed for three weeks.

 Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter,
More Than BooksV. 19 No. 1, Winter 2015.

Fun Facts Found

Fun Facts 3It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library.  Let’s see what fun facts Lorraine found when she browsed through the Reference stacks.

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Instagram and the Genius Hour

InstagramInstagram is a social media tool that is growing in popularity, especially in libraries.  It is similar to Facebook in that pictures and short videos are posted and viewers can ‘like’ different posts. I have been using Instagram for about a year and have learned new terminology such as dropbox, hashtags, reposts, liking, tagboard, following, and sharing.   Additionally, I have learned that Instagram is meant to be both educational and entertaining.  When researching the #LibrariesofInstagram during my Genius Hour, I noticed that there are common whimsical threads, such as #bookface and #shelfie.  A bookface is the combination of a unique bookcover image that is aligned to a human person.  A shelfie is a self-photo in the library’s book stacks. Continue reading

Dorm Librarians

IMG_0406xOn Friday, February 5, 2014, Reference Services Librarian Lorraine Patrick prepared and presented a thought-provoking presentation on dorm librarians for Professional Growth Day. In her presentation, she brought to light the push that academic libraries are facing to rethink their services in order to meet library users on their own terms. Continue reading