Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Suping Lu’s Latest Book brings together Twenty Years of Research on Nanjing Massacre

When Professor Suping Lu, University Libraries, started his research on the Nanjing Massacre in January of 1997, he had two goals in mind -- to write a comprehensive overview of the tragic occupation of Nanjing, China by the Japanese military and to raise awareness of this human tragedy.

Twenty years later, Suping Lu’s thirteen book, The 1937-1938 Nanjing Atrocities, published by Springer Nature, finally achieves one of his goals. According to Lu, it took the culmination of twenty years of research collecting vast amounts of source materials from libraries, archives, and historical societies located on three continents.

“The scope of the topic is vast and my research journey uncovered an enormous amount of source materials. At the start of my career I had to break down the research focus into smaller chunks,” explained Lu.

His first published work, They Were in Nanjing: The Nanjing Massacre Witnessed by American and British Nationals, analyzed the eyewitness reports of American and British diplomats, then Lu worked on the papers and letters left by missionaries that were stationed in Nanjing at the time. Other published work tackled different aspects of the research or a different population of eyewitnesses. All of his work has been published in English and Chinese.

His current book, The 1937-1938 Nanjing Atrocities, based on the original sources in Chinese, English, German and Japanese, includes analysis of materials created by American, British, and German diplomats and military personnel, civilians, missionaries, soldiers, and contemporary Japanese and Chinese news media. This book also covers some of the controversies related to the Nanjing atrocities – including the killing contests, postwar tribunals, and Japanese revisionists. Lu also includes new information on burial records kept by charity organizations, wartime diaries of Japanese soldiers, and eyewitness accounts of German diplomats (which will be covered in more depth in his next book). No one else has detailed these materials in an English publication.

Lu’s work has shed light, not only on this historical tragedy, but on the human condition as well. The witnesses left a record of reports, letters, and diaries and as Lu says, it was the author’s way of relieving the stress and purging the feelings they were experiencing from what they had witnessed. Lu also explained that a variety of people both allies to and enemies of the Japanese shared the same details in their first-person accounts.

“The reports done by German officials and the letters written by thirteen American missionaries share similar details and corroborate each other,” explains Lu, “Apparently what they left behind are accurate and truthful accounts of that tragic incident, for it is unlikely that they would lie in unison in their respective private records.

Lu hopes we can learn the lessons of that time, so that we can learn to live together today.

“We need to live together in harmony.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Building Research Confidence: A series of Unworkshops

This six-part series of Zoom-based, participant-driven "unworkshops," scheduled to begin Sept 1, is aligned with stages of the research lifecycle and is targeted at graduate students in any discipline. Each unworkshop focuses on a broad theme, and discussions will be driven by the interests and needs of those in attendance. All unworkshops will be held at 3:00 p.m., and materials will also be made available asynchronously for students who cannot participate in real-time. The series runs from Sept 1 – Nov 10, 2020. Librarians from the University Libraries will facilitate.


Registration links, dates, and details on each of the sessions are available below:

The entire series at a glance:

Sept 1, Part I: Project managing your research

Sept 15, Part II: Imagining and developing your research topic

Sept 29, Part III: Discovering fundamental information

Oct 13, Part IV: Managing, storing, and organizing your research

Oct 27, Part V: Systematic approaches to reviewing the literature

Nov 10, Part VI: Preparing for sharing your research 

Then, in the three-week mini-session, we plan to reprise the “best of” the above (based on participant interest and demand), on Weds., Dec., 2, 9, and 16, time TBD.

Register to participate in the unworkshops.  We will require a minimum of 5 registrants at least 24 hours in advance for each session to run. Sponsored by the University Libraries.


Monday, August 17, 2020

Creating Informed Learners in the Classroom – Project Call Out

Do you have students who struggle to effectively use evidence in your class projects, efficiently use disciplinary processes to make decisions, or value and make use of different types of information in your course?

The Creating Informed Learners in the Classroom (CILC) project will help you create or enhance student projects and learning activities that teach your students information strategies to help them succeed in the course and beyond.

A collaboration of Purdue University, University of Arizona (UA), and University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL), in the CILC project you will pair up with a librarian from your institution to develop a student project that you will implement in one of your courses in Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.

CILC project meetings will be held online. Participants from all three institutions will attend four 75-minute Zoom meetings taking place on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. (EST), 1 p.m. (CST), or 11 a.m. (MST) starting the last week of September. Leveraging our collective wisdom, we will work together on the following topics:

  • September 29th - Overview & Identifying Learning Goals
  • October 6th  - Scaffolding Learning Activities & Assessments
  • October 13th - Assessment Rubric Working Session
  • October 20th - Student Project Presentation and Rubric Completion

To keep the project on track, all participants need to attend at least three of the meetings.

Upon completion of the CILC project, you will receive a $1000 stipend.

More information and the application form is available on the CILC project website at Applications are due by Tuesday, September 11th.

When you fill out the application, please mention if you have a specific librarian at your institution with whom you are interested in working.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact us at

This project (Academic Librarian Curriculum Developers: Building Capacity to Integrate Information Literacy across the University) was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services  (RE-13-19-0021-19).


Friday, August 7, 2020

UNL Libraries Reopens August 17

The University Libraries will reopen campus locations (Love Library, Architecture, CYT@Food, Engineering and Music) starting on August 17. All library locations, except Math and Geology libraries, will reopen with limited hours which will expand when in-person classes begin on August 24. To check the hours of operation of all library locations including the Adele Hall Learning Commons, visit:

The Libraries has put a number of safety measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by managing the density of library locations and adhering to social distancing protocols.  

In order to manage the density of library spaces, all locations will be open only to UNL students, faculty and staff with current NCards. Community users and non-UNL researchers can access the UNL Libraries by appointment only, for example if they have a need to access the Archives & Special Collections, to use subscription electronic resources on site, to use government documents, or to consult with a Libraries faculty or staff member. 

The reading rooms for the Library Depository Retrieval Facility (LDRF) and the Archives & Special Collections will be open by appointment only to all users. 

Other safety measures include:  

·       An average of 56% reduction in seating to manage density and promote proper social distancing

·       Plexiglass barriers and floor signs at ASKus service points

·       Prioritizing online collection access

·       Limiting access to physical materials

·       Continuing item/book/article delivery (you request, we retrieve)

·       Quarantining all materials for at least four days between uses

The Libraries will continue to offer HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) for the fall semester, as it provides access to almost half of our collections to users regardless of their location, an important consideration for providing equitable access to the students and faculty not returning to campus this semester. Maintaining ETAS requires the Libraries to restrict access to the physical collections of anything in our collections that is represented in HathiTrust. This means that book stacks in Love Library and all other library locations will be closed, and no in-library use or stacks browsing will be allowed.

The Libraries will continue to offer our robust digitize-on-demand services, primarily for journal articles, book chapters, or other excerpts needed for classroom use or research purposes. Use our document delivery forms to request any materials not available for immediate online access. We will pull the item for you and either deliver a chapter/journal article electronically or deliver the book to the nearest open campus library for you to pick up. 

There are many other ways Libraries faculty and staff can help users including:

·       Zoom- and phone-based research consultations and advanced research support

·       Teaching partnerships and collaborations for building students' research and information skills 

·       Research help through ASKus via phone, email, and chat-based  

As Claire Stewart, dean of libraries, explains the goal of the reopening plan is to provide the broadest possible access to expertise, collections, and spaces while prioritizing the safety of faculty, staff, and students.

“We understand some of the measures put into place may be difficult, especially limiting direct access to materials on our shelves, but limiting that access minimizes the risk of transmission. More importantly, it allows us to provide more equitable access, keeping the HathiTrust ETAS open for all users whether they are on campus or located in western Nebraska,” said Stewart.

Read the full proposal about the Libraries plan. 


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons reopens July 6

Starting on July 6, the Adele Hall Learning Commons will open to current UNL faculty, staff, and students from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Access to the Learning Commons building is by NCard access through the north doors (located on the North Plaza) and south doors (located under the Link). In observance of the Face Covering policy, all UNL faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear a facial covering at all times inside the building. 

The Libraries will begin offering the option to request, pick-up, and drop off of materials from the UNL Libraries collection. This includes books, journals, and media equipment.
How it works: search for the item in the Libraries online catalog and send a request using the Delivery/ILL form ( Once the item is available, you will receive an email with a link to schedule a time to pick up the item in the Adele Hall Learning Commons.

Media Services will also accept requests to pick up and drop-off media equipment in the Learning Commons starting on July 6. Students and faculty may schedule an appointment with Miranda McCown at

Seating and computer stations in the Learning Commons have been modified to meet state and local social distancing measures. Study room capacity has been adjusted. The four-person rooms now only seat one, and the 10-person rooms now seat 3. Study rooms are first come, first serve through the summer. 

Dunkin Donuts will continue to be closed at this time. All other library locations will remain closed to users at this time. The Law Library will remain closed to in-person visits by patrons. People in need of legal materials are encouraged to contact the law library faculty by emailing