Who do you think you are? People have always been interested in tracing their roots and building family trees, but with the Internet at our fingertips and the digitalization of so many types of records, this has become more popular and easier to accomplish. Now from the comfort of your own home, you can be an armchair genealogist. Even so, it is a fascinating but complex undertaking, where pieces of the puzzle may stubbornly elude you or take you down the wrong path, or turn up completely unexpected results! Continue reading
Do you use windshield wipers, coffee filters, and square bottomed paper bags? How about a dishwasher, liquid paper, or a circular saw? All of these items were invented by women. Useful though they are, women inventors have improved our lives far beyond these everyday items. February is National Women Inventors Month, and a good time to honor these women and take a look at a few of their inventions. Continue reading
Gingerbread! The very word makes you smile. And who doesn’t love a gingerbread house? Of all the traditions of the season, perhaps none captures the imagination more than this one. Gingerbread houses originated hundreds of years ago in medieval Germany, but gingerbread itself has actually been around for thousands of years. Continue reading
Today, September 8, is International Literacy Day! Since 1965, on this day, schools, communities, and organizations around the world have participated in International Literacy Day activities to promote the importance of education. So it seems fitting that the Library celebrates literacy this month too with the ten year anniversary of BUILD IT, our information literacy tutorial. Continue reading
Finding statistics can be tedious and frustrating, but Statista, a new library database, takes the pain out of it. With 1,000,000 continuously updated statistics from over 600 areas, you are sure to find what you need. Statista draws from all manner of sources, including public, private, and government, and delivers all types of data. Continue reading
August is American Artist Appreciation Month and what better time to appreciate our own Nebraska artists! Most people can name at least a few famous American artists; maybe Jackson Pollack, Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, or Norman Rockwell come to mind, but how many Nebraska artists can you name? Continue reading
What do you picture when you think of a robot? If you are like most people, something vaguely human-like might come to mind; something that blinks and beeps, and rolls around performing simple tasks. In fact, robots can look like this, but most do not. Continue reading
The title alone should tell you that “Fire the Pretty Girl” is no ordinary dry business success story. Entertaining, engaging, and thoroughly readable from the first sentence, where John Morton laments, “If she wasn’t so pretty, I wouldn’t have fired her,” it follows his nontraditional and ultimately successful journey through the business world. Continue reading
If you are like most people the first time you encounter the library website, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Where are the scholarly journals? Where is company information? How can I find a book? How about an eBook? Can I access the online library from home? You can find the answers to all those questions and more in BUILD IT, the Bellevue University Information Literacy Development Interactive Tutorial and its new companion LibGuide BUILD IT Express. Continue reading
On February 5, 2014, the library staff members held their annual Professional Growth Day. We all heard a variety of wonderful information and felt we could not keep it to ourselves. So, we have decided to share the ideas from our presentations given on that day.
In this first post, Margie takes us through her process of remaking BUILD IT.
Change is good, so they say, but it can be exasperating too. Take BUILD IT, aka Bellevue University Information Literacy Development Interactive Tutorial, for instance.