The 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
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 Books, V. 19 No. 1, Winter 2015.
Instagram 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
On 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
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alaina Smith (email@example.com).
-with additional input by Pauline Stacchini
Have you ever wanted to make your own video? Do you have great ideas, but need help knowing where to start?
On Thursday August 1, 2013, Reference Librarians Lorraine Patrick and Pauline Stacchini had the privilege of attending a Video Creation and Editing Workshop at the Sump Memorial Library in Papillion, Nebraska. The workshop was facilitated by Royce Kitts, Education Librarian at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Royce shared success stories of other library’s use of video to fundraise, advertise services, teach how to use new technologies, and engage patrons in library projects. You can visit Royce’s playlist of library created videos here: http://bit.ly/16D6zvW . As you can see, there is a wide range of videos from libraries all over the United States to help inspire your own video projects!
During the workshop, participants divided into groups of four to create a two-minute promotional library-related video. In this workshop, participants learned about the importance of proper lighting, framing, creating a storyboard, and storytelling. With the use of flip cameras and video software tools, each group was able to create a short video promoting an aspect of the library, be it its resources, its accommodations, its materials, its new children’s area, etc. Part of the fun was seeing what each group came up with in the short hour we were given to come up with, film, edit, and polish this video!
We also learned some excellent screencast tips, which we will be sure to apply to our own tutorials. Some tips include: speaking clearly, planning the presentation, editing, reviewing, and keeping it simple. These great clues are sure to be used when creating new and innovative videos for the Bellevue University Library!
Thanks to the Eastern Library System, Sump Memorial Library, and Sump Memorial Library Friends Group for making this event possible.
Author Visit and Book Signing, in conjunction with the Ph.D. Symposium, Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The One Book One University Committee and Bellevue University’s Doctoral Program in Human Capital Management are excited to present a special community building program to Bellevue University’s faculty and staff.
Come join One Book One University to read, discuss, and meet the author of Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte followed by a complimentary luncheon in the Garden Level of the ASB.
Book Discussion is Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in ESB 4103. Mr. Whyte will be attending the luncheon, following the book forum, in the Garden level of the ASB to sign copies of our books.
To participate, please give $5.00 (cash) to Lorraine Patrick in the Library on or before August 1, 2013. Book forum participation is encouraged as this is a community building event; we would like all participants to attend (even if you did not read the book, did not finish the book, or did not like the book).
And remember to visit the One Book One University Blog!
Have you heard that the Bellevue University Library has special APA formatting software just for students? The software, called NoodleBib, is a user-friendly resource that helps students create a references page. If it has been a while since you have used the Bellevue University Library, there is a revised NoodleBib video tutorial that lasts approximately 20 minutes. The tutorial is divided into 12 short segments. The segments are: Introduction, Accessing the Library, Creating a Project, Book Reference, Website Reference, Journal Reference, Converting references to a Word document, Creating a parenthetical reference (or in-text reference), Formatting your paper, Writing Center Information, Additional Information, and Conclusion. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think. Additionally, if you have any questions or comments regarding the tutorial, please contact the Bellevue University Library Reference Desk. The phone number is 402-557-7313 or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.