More Than Books Ep. 49: Makerspaces & Migrations

Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast Episode 49! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!  “More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 49: Makerspaces & Migrations 


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Description: We’re joined today by Jessica Omer, (Senior Circulation Assistant) and Joel Hartung (Assistant Director, Library Systems) as we delve into the topics of Makerspaces in Libraries, as well as our ILS Migration.

Music Attribution:
The Last Noel by Quincas Moreira



The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.


Bet Your Life


Set in Omaha, “the insurance capital of the Midwest,” Richard Dooling’s Bet Your Life follows insurance fraud investigator Carver Hartnett as he attempts to solve the sudden death of his friend and coworker, Lenny, after a wild night out and a mysterious online gaming session. He is aided in his search by another coworker, and unrequited love interest, Miranda. As they uncover the secrets of Lenny’s life, a macabre tale is revealed involving drug abuse, insurance fraud, and clandestine emails, with Miranda possibly playing a large role.

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Richard Dooling

Richard Dooling is an author, screenwriter, professor, and lawyer from Omaha, Nebraska. Born in 1954, he attended Creighton Prep High School and he received his B.A. from St. Louis University. Shortly after studying at UNMC, he began working as a respirational therapist in an intensive care unit in Clarkson Hospital. Returning from a year-long journey through Europe and Africa, Dooling enrolled in St. Louis University to receive his law degree. While there he was the editor in chief of their law journal.

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HBR Guide to Remote Work HD2336.H37 2021

In case you are still working from home or may have to at some point, this book provides a few tips to help you develop or improve the unique set of skills you will need for remote working. The book provides the best practices, tips, and insights from a variety of experts to help with these skills.

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More Than Books Podcast – Library on the Go Edition – Ep. 6: The Ineffable Power of Rasputin and the Romanov’s

Welcome to Episode 6 of the More Than Books Podcast: Library on the Go Edition!

Description: Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast: Library on the Go edition. Episode 6! In this episode Jessica, Allison, and guest cohost Sylvia Stevens discuss the lives, deaths and world impact of Rasputin and the Romanov’s.

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Censorship in Libraries


It seems like every week another news story comes across our TV screens or smartphone notifications declaring that another school or public library is contemplating banning a book because of public outcry.

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1st Appearance: Baron Mordo

Baron Mordo

Real Name/Alias: Baron Karl Amadeus Mordo

1st Appearance: Strange Tales #111, 1963

Place of Origin: Castle Mordo, Varf Mandra, Transylvania, Romania

Profession: Sorcerer

Affiliations: Servant of Dormammu, the Offenders, the Circle Sinister

Partnerships: None

Created by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko


  • Skilled martial artist
  • Extensive knowledge of magical lore
  • Astral projection
  • Teleportation
  • Hypnotism
  • Mesmerism
  • Thought and illusion casting
  • Force blast projection
  • Magical energy manipulation
  • Ability to conjure demons

Synopsis of First Appearance: “Face-to-Face with the Magic of Baron Mordo!”

Baron Mordo in his astral form makes his way to the home of the Ancient One deep in the mountains of Asia.  Once he arrives, he compels the servant of the Ancient One to put a poisonous drug in his master’s food.  Mordo hopes to obtain mystical secrets from the Ancient One by threatening him with the poison that will gradually kill him. Meanwhile, in New York City, Dr. Strange attempts to contact the Ancient One but is unable to.  Fearing something has befallen his master, Strange uses his astral form to check on the Ancient One.  Once Strange arrives, he and Mordo engage in battle. In order to save his master, Strange uses his amulet to transfer a fair amount of his energy to the Ancient One, which greatly weakens the future sorcerer supreme.  Now concerned about the safety of both himself and his master, Strange bluffs Mordo into thinking that he can keep the Baron from returning to his physical body.  Fear sets in, and Mordo flees in order to protect his physical body.  The servant he controlled is now in charge of his senses and Strange follows Mordo to make sure he knows his plot has failed.


Lee, S., & Ditko, S. (2018).  Doctor Strange Epic Collection: Master of the Mystic Arts.  Marvel Comics.

Natural Insect Repellents

It’s that time of year when the bugs are out and biting.  If you want to enjoy your time outside and not worry about pesky insects or harmful chemicals you may be putting on yourself or your children, then you need to read this!  There are natural insect repellents that work.  Continue reading

Schoolhouse Rock!

If you went to elementary school any time after 1973, you most likely have been greatly exposed to Schoolhouse Rock! Those catchy songs still play in many people’s heads when they multiply, recall the preamble of the constitution, how electricity works, or think of what a conjunction does.

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