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, historicbuildings.unl.edu. 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!

Click here to register: http://unl.libcal.com/event/3610608

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.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What dance was very popular in 1776?… Indepen-dance!



Whether you’re the most legally conscious person in your friend group or the state of the country inspires you to brush up on your rights, there’s not a better time than Constitution Week! During September 11-18th Nebraska Libraries invites you to celebrate with us.

We will have interactive constitution displays set up in the Love South Link and the CY Thompson library featuring pocket constitutions that will be free.

You can also check out the interactive constitution here: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution

If you want to test you constitutional knowledge, take this quiz: https://my.uscis.gov/prep/test/civics/new




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Save the Date: Make Some Noise for Big Red Ruckus!

Can you believe summer is almost over? That’s right, in less than three weeks, Fall Semester will be finally be underway. 
The first few weeks of the school year can be an overwhelming time for new students transitioning into a college environment. A great way for freshmen or transfer students to get to know Love Library, a place they will likely be spending a lot of their time, is the Big Red Ruckus. Hosted in the Adele Hall Learning Commons the Sunday after the first week of classes, the event will feature free Valentino’s Pizza and Dunkin' Donuts Coffee, educational games, and the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff. Basically, it’s the perfect time to ask any questions, and even meet other new students.

If you’re a new student interested in attending, save the date for August 27, 5-7 p.m. You won’t want to miss it! 


iThenticate - Evaluate Software that Helps Authors Avoid Copyright Infringement

The University Libraries, in partnership with the Office of Research & Economic Development, are offering the opportunity to evaluate iThenticate, beginning June 26, 2017. iThenticate is software created by iParadigms, also the creator of the student focused Turnitin plagiarism detection software. While Turnitin was created primarily to detect potential plagiarism in student papers, the value of iThenticate is meant to assist academic authors in avoiding plagiarism and copyright infringement when preparing items for publication.
  •        Submitted documents are compared to content found on the Internet, and to more than 40 million published research articles from 590+ global scientific, technical and medical publishers
  •        Examples of documents best served by iThenticate are articles for scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and other publications; research documents; proposals (for grants, government or non-profit); manuscripts; business reports & financial analyses
  •        Uploaded documents remain the proprietary property of the individual who submitted them for analysis and are not added to any other database.
Members of the University community wishing to participate in this pilot must agree to a confidential, mediated review of their submission with Library Faculty. Please fill out the iThenticate Request Form. Once the form is submitted, a Library Faculty member will contact you and work with you through the iThenticate evaluation process. Contact the University Libraries at ask-a-question@unl.edu for additional information or questions. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Checkout a Free Omnicharge Charger!

Every college student knows the feeling: your phone is at 1%, you’re about to head to class and you don’t have time to run back to your room to grab your charger. The only thing worse than your phone dying in the middle of the day is when your laptop dies in the middle of a lecture. What if we told you that you could ease that subliminal fear from your mind forever? Meet OmniCharge: the first premium portable charger with an AC outlet.
You may have already seen our awesome Oomf chargers in the library, but what makes OmniCharge even better is the fact you can plug any 2 or 3-pronged device in and charge away! That’s right, just pair it with a charger available for checkout from Huskertech and never worry about your laptop dying again!

Stop by the Adele Hall Learning Commons today and check out an Oomf or Omnicharge for free!


Friday, July 14, 2017

LexisNexis Changes to Nexis Uni


Exciting changes are coming to LexisNexis, a popular database that provides online content in the areas of news, business, and law. By the end of 2017, Lexis Nexis will become Nexis Uni and include new functions that can personalize and customize your researching experience. We will share more about Nexis Uni, so stay tuned.

Hours for the Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons


 The Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons will be open from 7:30 am to 2:00 a.m. seven days a week starting August 21, 2017. The Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons will operate on a 24-hour basis during the last week of classes and finals. The decision to change the hours was due to budget constraints and consistently low activity by students in the early morning hours.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Back to School: Help out a Fellow Husker in Need

With Fall Semester coming up right around the corner, it’s almost back to school shopping season. While waiting in the long convenience store lines for school supplies can feel like a chore for a lot of us, there are students in our very own University community that dread back to school shopping for a different reason: they can’t afford to get the basic items they need.

That’s where the Husker Pantry comes in. This summer when you’re out getting your everyday essentials, pick up an extra notebook or jar or peanut butter and drop it off in the collection tote outside the lobby in Love Library South. The pantry is currently collecting nonperishable food, personal hygiene supplies and cleaning supplies. Pantry personnel will collect supplies every two weeks. For a full list of items you can donate, or if you are a UNL student in need of food or basic supplies visit http://pantry.unl.edu for more information.


P.S. For the month of July, the most wanted item is BODY LOTION. 



Friday, June 23, 2017

Scholarship from the bepress Community Surpasses Half A Billion Downloads

                              To view world map of real-time readership of UNL's Digital Commons, visit
                               http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/




The bepress community, has just hit an exciting milestone: open access scholarship available in the DigitalCommons Network has been downloaded over half a billion times.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries’ Digital Commons is part of this network and as of June 23 contributed 43,018,437 total downloads to the milestone.
More than 500 institutions from around the world take credit for this achievement, from research universities and liberal arts colleges to health care networks, law schools, and research institutes.
Content in the Digital Commons Network is just as varied, and includes:
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Faculty’s working papers and other gray literature
  • Archives and special collections
  • Peer-reviewed journals
  • Student work, including theses and dissertations
  • Conference proceedings
  • Research datasets
In fact, the most frequently downloaded content comprises scholarship that is not freely available anywhere else. The bepress community, anticipating this trend, has expanded the definition of an institutional repository, which traditionally focused on previously published faculty articles.
This milestone affirms the value of showcasing scholarship widely and visibly, and makes clear the extent to which the broader community benefits.
About bepress
Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. bepress builds hosted solutions that let academic institutions showcase and share their works for maximum impact.
The bepress model is unlimited, cloud-based, and fully hosted, and includes dedicated consulting and support. bepress offers Digital Commons, the leading hosted institutional repository software platform and a comprehensive showcase for everything produced on campus. It is also the only repository that seamlessly integrates with the Expert Gallery Suite, a solution for highlighting faculty and research expertise. Together, Digital Commons and the Expert Gallery Suite let any academic community collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output and expertise.