Friday, November 17, 2017

New Life-Sized Replicas of Terracotta Soldiers in the Engineering Library!

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Confucius Institute has “stationed” life-sized replicas of two life-sized  figures in the Engineering Library! The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. For centuries, occasional reports mentioned pieces of terracotta figures and fragments of the Qin necropolis – roofing tiles, bricks and chunks of masonry. This discovery prompted Chinese archaeologists to investigate, revealing the largest pottery figurine group ever found in China. Be sure to stop by and see the replicas in the Engineering Library!! 

Monday, November 6, 2017

UNL Librarians Chosen For ATG Media’s Up & Comer Award

Congratulations to University of Nebraska–Lincoln librarians Kiyomi Deards and Jennifer Thoegersen for receiving the Up & Comer Award from Against the Grain Media and the organizers of the Charleston Conference. Twenty recipients of the brand-new award were nominated and selected from across the United States for being rising stars in the library and information profession.

A faculty member of University Libraries since 2010, Deards is an innovative thinker and creative who makes partnership a priority in order to benefit as many people as possible –students, faculty, community, and professional colleagues. Coming from a chemistry and environmental science background, she co-created the SciPop talks in the Adele Hall Learning Commons in 2014. Since then, the talks have evolved to supply speakers for the Nebraska State Science Olympiad. 

Deards credits her colleagues for their support in her endeavors. “You can’t do something like SciPop by yourself,” she said. “You need a great group of people and I’ve been fortunate enough to have dozens of great collaborators.” 

Thoegersen came to the University Libraries in 2014. Among many other things, she has since helped implement the Rosetta digital preservation system and developed workflows for depositing digital materials into Rosetta for long-term preservation. Thoegersen also worked to develop educational escape rooms at both the Nebraska City Public Library and at the C. Y. Thompson Library on UNL’s East Campus.

From showing people how to manage their digital information, to preserving and providing access to content in varied digital formats, to finding new ways to connect communities with vital information, Thoegersen is passionate about her career and optimistic for the future.  

“At their core, libraries are about access to information, and I'm excited about the possibilities and challenges that we are encountering,” said Thoegersen. “It's an energizing time to be working in libraries.”

The Charleston Conference is an annual gathering of professionals in the library industry created in 1980. Deards and Thoegersen will receive their awards at the conference, which will take place in Charleston, South Carolina from November 6-10.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

UNL Faculty Member to Hold Book Signing in Adele Hall Learning Commons

For many folks, a love of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln runs deep.
Kay Logan-Peters, the architecture librarian at UNL is one of them. Born in Lincoln and raised in Omaha, Logan-Peters always knew she would be a Husker.
“I didn’t consider anywhere else,” she said.
Logan-Peters graduated from UNL in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in English. During her freshman year at the university, she lived in Neihardt Hall and participated in an experimental living-learning community called the Centennial Program, where professors’ offices were in the dorms.
After graduating from the University of Missouri in 1981 with a master’s degree in librarian information science, Logan-Peters moved back to Lincoln and began working for the University in 1982.
In 1987, she began working at the Architecture Library. Over the years, Logan-Peters has seen students and library staff come and go, and has formed personal connections with many students in the 6-year architecture program.
“Having worked here all these years has more of an impact on me,” said Logan-Peters.
The most rewarding part of being at the university all these years has been working with students and faculty directly, impacting their work as students and scholars, she said.
“I still hear from students who worked for me in the library many, many years ago,” she said. “I also have enjoyed being a scholar and researcher and documenting the changes that have taken place on our campuses.”
Logan-Peters has a website devoted to documenting the history of campus buildings, The Nebraska Alumni Association contacted Logan-Peters asking her to write the book because of her work on the website.
The book consists of a chronological series of photographs with captions, telling the story of the university from its founding in 1869 to present day. Key topics include the rise of women at UNL, its growth in the early 1900s, student life, and the transition to becoming a major research university.
“The book is about everything,” Logan-Peters said. “The good times and the bad times.”
Logan-Peters said her main takeaway is that the book is a fun and educational experience.
“If nothing else, I hope people have fun reading it, and seeing and learning what the university was like 100 or 50 years ago,” she said. “I think it’s important for people to know how the institution has evolved and progressed. The photographs speak volumes and tell the story, and everyone enjoys a good picture book.”
Logan-Peters will hold a signing on Nov. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Adele Hall Learning Commons in Love Library North. Copies of the book are available through Arcadia Publishing online at local bookstores, including the University Bookstore and will be available for purchase at the signing.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Multiple UNL Organizations Unite to Celebrate Czech History at Love Library

Join us at 2 p.m. on October 26 at Love Library at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in celebration of National Czech Day. Presented by the Czech Program, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, UNL Czech Komensk√Ĺ Club, and UNL Archives & Special Collections, the event will feature a Czech Special Collection open house from 2-4 p.m. in Room 29, in Love Library South and a presentation by Dr. Bruce Garver at 4 p.m. in Room 221 in Love Library South. 
The open house will feature Czech heritage collections that illustrate the formation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. Afterwards, Dr. Garver will give a presentation on World War I and the establishment of an independent Czechoslovakia.
Garver earned his Ph.D. in history in 1971 from Yale University and began teaching at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1976. Additionally, he taught Czech and immigrant history at UNL between 1982 and 1990. Garver publishes extensively on Czechoslovakia and is a fellow for the Center for Great Plains Studies as well as eight professional organizations.

Coffee and cookies will be served in 221LS before the presentation begins.  Join us to learn more about the formation of Czechoslovakia!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sign up for the Geography Week Story Maps Workshop Today!

Love Library Geography Week Events
November 12-18 is National Geography Week. To celebrate, Love Library will host two free ESRI workshops for both the University and Lincoln communities on Nov. 14 and Nov. 16.

Explore Story Maps
Drop-in on Nov. 14 from 11:30-12 p.m. and learn about ESRI’s Story Maps, a software that you can use to tell your story, your projects, and your life through geography and maps. The workshop will take place in the Link area of Love Library.

Map your story: A Hands-on Workshop
Now that you know a little bit about Story Maps, drop by the Witt Room (Room 224) in Love Library on Nov. 16 from 3-5 p.m. to learn how to use the software! Space is limited to the first 20 people to sign up, so register before it’s too late!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Celebrate the Opening of the new East Campus Reading Room

Join us at the Library Depository Retrieval Facility (LDRF) on East Campus at 2055 N. 35th St., Thursday, Sept. 28 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. for the public opening of the new Reading Room! Refreshments and tours will be available.
The LDRF is home to an astonishing amount of books and library materials—serving as a high-density storage area for low-use and now archival materials —as well as government documents.  The construction of a second 900,000-volume module is complete along with a new reading room for use by researchers. Archival collections moving into the second module include the Clayton Yeutter papers, Clifford Hardin papers, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources records and the American Quilt Study Group, Research Files. The building provides a secure environment for little used yet permanent and important parts of the libraries' collections.

The LDRF's shelves extend so high, library staff must use a cherry-picker to retrieve the highest files!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Lincoln Comic Book Artist’s Work Featured in new Library Display

University Libraries is excited to announce the exhibition of comic book artist Bob Hall’s educational graphic novel, “Carnival of Contagion.” Created to raise awareness about the measles virus, a leading cause of death among children around the globe, Hall’s book is available nationwide through Nebraska Press.
Hall earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre, as well as his master’s degree at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Hall has illustrated many influential comic book series, including Batman and House of Mystery Tales for DC Comics, and The Avengers, Daredevil and The Amazing Spiderman for Marvel. Additionally, Hall served as the director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, as well as New Rude Mechanicals, a New York City-based off-Broadway and theatre company.

This Fall Semester, check out the Lincoln native’s display on the second floor of Love Library South!

Here is a small portion of Carnival of Contagion exhibit!
 Much of Hall's other work is on display as well.