Author Archives: Margie McCandless

Ready, Set, Grow!

Ntl Garden MonthThe weather has been unpredictable all across the country this year, but nothing says Spring like April!  Fittingly, April is National Garden Month – a perfect time to get back out to the soil and get things growing again. National Garden Month is a fairly new celebration. It began as a mere week in 1987 after the National Garden Bureau and 23 other national horticultural organizations worked together to designate a week in April as National Garden Week.  However, as any gardener will tell you, a week is simply not enough! So in 2003, The National Gardening Association took up the cause to extend that week to last the whole month of April.  Each year since, they have sponsored the month, encouraging everyone to get outside and grow something. Continue reading

Genealogy LibGuide Review

Genealogy LibGuideWho 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

February is National Women Inventors Month

Women InventorsDo 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 Houses – A Delicious History

gingerbread-houseGingerbread!  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

Super Statistics with Statista

StatistaFinding 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

Appreciating Nebraska Artists

SculptureAugust 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

Fire the Pretty Girl, Book Review

Fire the Pretty Girl

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

BUILD IT Express LibGuide

Build It logo 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