Author Archives: Joel Hartung

More Than Books Podcast – Library on the Go Edition – Ep. 8: Juan Pujol Garcia

Welcome to Episode 8 of the More Than Books Podcast: Library on the Go Edition!

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Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast: Library on the Go edition. Episode 8! In this episode Jessica, Allison, and Guest Cohost Kit Wells discuss the British Spy Juan Pujol Garcia, better known as Agent Garbo and how he used is amazing talents to troll the Nazis into believing that he was their greatest spy… when in fact he was working against them the whole time.

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Check your online security during Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

checklistIt is October, which means it is once again Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Sponsored by the United States Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, the annual campaign focuses on the importance of protecting yourself from online security threats. This year, the theme is “See Yourself in Cyber.” According to the CISA.gov website, the theme “demonstrates that while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, ultimately, it’s really all about people.”

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Bellevue University Unveils New Library Services Platform

 

On July 12, the Bellevue University Library officially went “live” with Alma, a Library Services Platform from the vendor ExLibris. This was more than a simple software update – it was a major change to the library’s entire digital infrastructure, and affected all staff work applications, patron databases, the library catalog, electronic resources index, search engine, digital archives, usage analytics, and much more.

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More Than Books Podcast – Library on the Go Edition – Ep. 7: Lizzie Borden

Welcome to Episode 7 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 7! In this episode Jessica, Allison, and Guest cohost Mary Barrett discuss the Lizzie Borden Murders, and the theories behind how, why and by whom these murders were committed.

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August is American Adventures Month!

While August often feels like the end of Summer, it is also a great time for one last summer vacation before the season changes to Fall. It also just so happens to be American Adventures Month! Founded by Peter Kulkkuka, American Adventures Month is a celebration of exploring the variety of destinations, landscapes, outdoor activities, and everything else American has to offer. Mountains, oceans, rain forests, deserts, tundra, lakes, and more are all found in the United States, and every corner of the country offers a new adventure.

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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 poets.org, 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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