Author Archives: Joel Hartung

Cloudsource Open Access

Accessing journal content can often be a confusing task, complicated by individual publishers differing subscription models, cumbersome paywalls and login screens, puzzling usage limits, and other copyright restrictions. The Open Access movement aims to change all that by making full-text journal content freely available on the web. Open Access Journals are published with no restrictions – they can be downloaded, shared, and accessed for free without the limits set by major journal publishers.

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March is Irish-American Heritage Month

Every March, the United States commemorates the contributions of Irish immigrants to America’s history and development by celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month. This celebration coincides with St. Patrick’s Day, a cultural and religious holiday dedicated to its namesake Saint Patrick, a 5th-Century Catholic Bishop and missionary who brought Christianity to Ireland. Following the mid-1800’s Irish Diaspora, St. Patrick’s Day became a cultural celebration around the world in countries like the U.S., Canada, Australia and other countries with a large number of Irish communities.

On March 1st, President Joe Biden signed a proclamation declaring the month of March as Irish-American Heritage Month. In the proclamation, President Biden highlighted “the story of the Irish.” The grandson of Irish immigrants himself, Biden explained “From often humble beginnings, Irish Americans became the farmers, servants, miners, factory workers, and laborers who fed our Nation, kept our homes, and built our industry and infrastructure.  They became the soldiers who won American independence, died to preserve our Union, and fought in every battle since to defend America and its values.”

To commemorate Irish-American Heritage Month, take the opportunity to learn more about Irish-American History and culture by checking out these links:







Black History Month

Every February, Black History Month is celebrated in the United States. Also called African American History Month, this annual celebration commemorates and honors African American achievement and sacrifice throughout the history of the country. 

On February 3, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the centuries of struggle that have brought us to this time of reckoning, redemption, and hope.”

Black History Month originated from Negro History Week, started in 1925 by historian Carter G. Woodson, who is known by the NAACP as the “Father of Black History”. Following the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the celebration was expanded to a full month in 1976. 

Tomorrow, February 17, 2021, the Bellevue University Library will be conducting a special presentation on an important moment in Omaha’s African American history. Scott Roth will be speaking about the 1969 riots in Omaha. This presentation will be available online via Zoom. You can register online at

Links to Resources on Black History Month: 

O’Reilly for Higher Education Now Available!

O’Reilly for Higher Education, a new database resource, is now available at the Bellevue University Library. This database contains e-books, videos, lessons, and case studies on a wide range of topics, including computer programming, business, health, security and more. All content is available online directly through the O’Reilly interface, or via the Library’s Discovery Search service.

Once logged into the O’Reilly platform, users can view curated playlists which combine video content and e-books on related topics. The database also gives users the option to browse or search by topic under the “Explore” section. The “Answers” section allows users to ask a question and find quick answers within O’Reilly content.

O’Reilly for Higher Education also has a mobile app for both iOS and Android devices. This app can be downloaded from the App Store or the Google Play store, and allows users to download e-books to their mobile device. To use the app, users must create a personal account on the O’Reilly platform by following these steps:

  • Go to
  • Under “Select Your Institution,” choose “Not listed? Click here.”
  • Login with your or e-mail address
  • You will receive an e-mail shortly, which will allow you to set up a password
  • With your Bellevue University e-mail address and new password, you can now login to the O’Reilly for Higher Education app.

Look for “O’Reilly for Higher Education” on the Library’s website. You can access it via the “Databases” landing page on the “Find” drop down menu.

Did You Know? Winter 2021 Edition

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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Commemorate Human Rights this December

On December 10, 1948, following the close of World War II the newly created United Nationals General Assembly officially adopted a Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This comprehensive declaration asserts that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Similar to the United States’ Bill of Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights lists a series of rights that should be afforded to all humans, “without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, properly, birth, or other status.” The declaration is an aspirational milestone in foreign policy and relationships between countries.

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November is National Novel Writing Month

Have you ever wanted to write a book, but did not know where or how to start? As luck would have it, November is National Novel Writing Month! This annual event, known colloquially as NaNoWriMo, seeks to give people the “tools, structure, community, and encouragement” to start and finish a novel draft in a single calendar month.

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Stay Cybersmart During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

With the ubiquity of smart home technology, always connected mobile devices, and online shopping and banking, it is more important than ever to stay cybersmart and protect yourself and your data. Because of this, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) designates October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The event, now in its 17th year, is designed to raise awareness of cybersecurity best practices to help keep you safe online.

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