Author Archives: Lorraine Patrick

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

The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to eat, greet and tweet your way to success

Have you ever been to a social gathering where there was more texting than talking? Or have you ever received an e-mail that clearly was not intended for you?  If the answer is yes, and you are looking for guidance regarding the proper etiquette in specific situations, I would highly recommend “The Essentials of Business Etiquette:  How to Eat, Greet and Tweet Your Way to Success”  by Barbara Pachter.  Whether you are a seasoned or first-time professional, Pachter provides sound advice that will help build your confidence and gain the respect of your colleagues, customers and potential employers.  Here are a few of the many tips mentioned in her book:

  • In a social setting, if you are the host, the person in charge, or you know both parties, you need to introduce individuals who may not know each other.  These days, the name of the person of highest rank is said first, regardless of gender.  You could also add some information about each person to encourage conversation. (p. 8)
  • When adding accessories to your outfit, the general guideline for women is one ring per hand, and one bracelet per arm.  Some men can get away with earrings and bracelets, but not all men, and not in all professions.  Additionally, no baseball caps for men should be worn at work. (pgs. 83-85)
  • Say “Hello,” “Good Morning,” and “Hi” to people you know, and to those you may not know.  By greeting others, you will more likely be viewed as an approachable, friendly person (p. 12). Saying, “Yo,””Howdy” or “Hey” is too casual.
  • When going out to eat, look at the menu and quickly decide what you want.  Order what you know (avoid messy meals), order something in the mid-price range, close the menu so that the server knows you are ready to order (p. 112).

This book is divided into four sections and has 101 entries.  Throughout the book, information about the standards and expectations for professional dress, table manners, business communication, and social etiquette is provided. Also, in addition to reading the tips, there are “try this suggestion” sections and “points to ponder.”  This book can be found in the general collection at the Bellevue University Library and can be borrowed for 21 days.

Bellevue University Celebrates Constitution Day

Coming to America: Immigration and the 14th Amendment

Mark your calendars for Tuesday September 17, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. as Bellevue University celebrates Constitution Day in the Student Center.  This year, the theme is “Coming to America:  Immigration and the 14th Amendment.”  During this community building event, there will be three panelists who will speak on the United States Constitution, as well as immigration.  The three speakers include:  Dr. Clif Mason, Dr. Adrian Petrescu, and Senior U.S. District Judge Lyle E. Strom.  All Bellevue University students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.  This event is free and snacks will be provided.

On Thursday, September 19th,  Dennis Mihel from the Douglas County Historical Society will be speaking to the One Book – One University Club from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the development of the Omaha Stockyards and how the immigrant experience described in Sinclair’s book “The Jungle” echoed the development of Omaha. If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact:  Rick Galusha ( or Alaina Smith (