Author Archives: Joel Hartung

New Library System Launches July 12

On Tuesday, July 12, the Library will officially go live with a new cloud-based Library Services Platform, Alma from Ex Libris. While most of the changes are internal and will only affect Library staff workflows, there will be some public-facing changes to the Library’s online services, including the launch of a new Discovery Search service capable of delivering all types of library content in a unified interface.

The new search system, Primo, will also be integrated with Bellevue University’s BRUIN Connect Single-Sign-On. This will allow students, staff, and faculty the ability to easily login and manage their library accounts, view current checkouts, place holds, renew items, create title lists and more with the same login they use for all other Bellevue University systems. All of this should create a more intuitive and unified user experience for all Library patrons and employees.

Primo will replace our current EBSCO Discovery Search system, eCatalog, A-Z Journal List, and ContentDM Digital Archives system. These services will no longer be accessible starting July 31. If you have any questions, please contact Joel Hartung, Assistant Director, Library Systems.

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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3 Days Left to Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Every year in May, the Library conducts a usability survey focusing on the online library. The purpose of this survey is to get data in order to prioritize and improve the Library’s online service offerings.

The survey will close at the end of this week, Friday, June 3rd, and the prize winner will be notified.

This brief survey is especially important this year, as there are a number of changes already planned for FY 2022 – FY 2023. This survey will provide us a baseline for comparison for these upcoming changes to discovery, search, and Library access.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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April is National Poetry Month

What is a poem, but a celebration of language and the written word? Poetry comes in many forms – from classical sonnets and rhyming couplets, to more modern beat and spoken word slam poetry. Regardless of its form, poetry, at its core, is about emotion, imagery, and breaking down the language and rebuilding it into something new, beautiful and emotionally resonant. April is National Poetry Month, and a great time to celebrate the art form.

Created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month was founded as a reflection and celebration of the art form and creative writers and performers. According to, the goals of National Poetry Month are to encourage reading and writing of poetry, and “highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets.”

How can you celebrate National Poetry Month? 

There are many ways to celebrate! The easiest thing to do is to take some time and read some classic and modern poetry. Here is a list of titles we have in our collection for checkout:

Another way to celebrate is to try writing your own poetry. Here are a few library resources to get you started with writing poetry:

Whatever form or style you prefer, poetry is a great creative outlet that can help you view and understand the world in new ways. Read and write something new during National Poetry Month!

More Than Books Podcast – Library on the Go Edition – Ep. 5 – A Character Born Out of Revenge

Welcome to Episode 5 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 5! In this episode Jessica and Allison discuss author Agatha Christie, her mysterious disappearance, and how she created her character of Miss Marple as a means for revenge.

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LibKey Nomad Now Available!

LibKey Nomad is a new browser extension designed to give fast one-click access to Library resources on Google Scholar, Wikipedia, and more. The extension is available to download here, and is available for Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Brave, and more.

The following video has more information about this resource.



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February is National Library Lover’s Month

love your libraryObserved annually in February, National Library Lover’s Month is a celebration of the supporters, contributors, and friends of libraries. Thank you for your patronage! As part of National Library Lover’s Month, it is important to highlight what a library can bring to the community. Here are a few upcoming workshops, events, and more to help you celebrate National Library Lover’s Month with the Bellevue University Library.

Story Walk: Women Inventors

Come into the Library this month to view our story walk display on women inventors! Each station highlights different inventors, and includes Library materials, posters, infographics, and more.

New Materials:

Are you looking for a good read? Browse our eCatalog for new arrivals! The rotating banner on the main page displays the latest books added to our collection.

Upcoming Workshops:

Coming Soon…

April 3-9, we will be celebrating National Library Week! Be on the lookout for upcoming information National Library Week activities and events.

January is National Mentoring Month

teammates mentoring logoJanuary is often known as a time of self-improvement, goal setting, and New Year’s Resolutions. It is also a great time to reach out and help others, and it just so happens that January is National Mentoring Month. According to, this annual celebration of mentors helps to “recruit new mentors, advance the mentoring field’s legislative priorities, and drive meaningful change for young people.”

If you are looking to become a mentor, there is a great local resource in Started in 1991 by former Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Coach Tom Osborne, Teammates is an organization that connects youth with volunteer mentors. Mentors spend an hour each week with a student, sharing a hobby or special interest, helping with homework, or just talking and providing a sounding board for the student.

There are many benefits to students with mentors. Mentors provide some stability and support, and students are with mentors are more likely to graduate high school. If you are interested in volunteering for Teammates, you can apply online at

Mentoring Resources:

Did You Know Winter 2022

The Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best.  Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library.  Here is the latest news from that newsletter:

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More Than Books Podcast – Library on the Go Edition – Ep. 3 – Miracle on 34th Street and Christmas in New York

Welcome to Episode 3 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 3! In this episode Jessica, Allison, and Sierra discuss the history of Christmas in New York, and how the Christmas Classic Miracle on 34th Street has become the classic that we all know and love today.

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