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Happy Holidays!

Posted by sudrland on December 17, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

Another semester is in the books and the holiday season is upon us. To our December graduates, we extend our congratulations and best wishes on the next stage in life’s journey. Well done!

For some, their first semester is behind them, their time just beginning. For others, the end is just on the horizon. For everyone, our best wishes for the holiday season and for a peaceful and restful break.

Happy Holidays!

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Library Hours During Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted by sudrland on November 24, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

Happy Thanksgiving!

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony – held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest.  This event is generally regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving, although historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived since, as the event became a national holiday 151 years ago on October 3, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month.

The library will be open the following hours during the week of Thanksgiving break (November 25-30, 2014):

Tuesday, November 25 – 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26 – 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 27 – CLOSED
Friday, November 28 – CLOSED
Saturday, November 29 – CLOSED

Sunday, November 30 – Regular Fall semester hours resume

Research assistance is always available through the library’s Ask a Librarian chat service using an Internet-connected computer or smartphone.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by sudrland on November 24, 2014

Written by Laurinda Weisse, University Archivist

As Thanksgiving approaches, the UNK Archives encourages you to take time and look back at celebrations through the years. Gertrude Bloom, for example, kept a book detailing her experiences at Kearney State Normal School (KSNS) during the early 1910’s. hand-turkeyIncluded in her School-Girl Days: A Memory Book is a lovely invitation for pre-Thanksgiving festivities, complete with a hand-drawn turkey. She organized the event for the Saturday before Thanksgiving, presumably to allow those traveling over the holiday to participate. Some students stayed at school over the holiday; the 1917 Blue and Gold yearbook includes a picture of the turkeys roasted by the Boarding Department for those students and staff who remained at K.S.N.S.

KSNS also helped uphold the venerable tradition of football on Thanksgiving. The 1915 yearbook witnesses that Thanksgiving was a rather rowdy holiday:

“Pres. Wilson declares we can have day off. Kearney special goes to Hastings, Band, Team and Rooters. Score 20-13 accidentally in favor of Hastings. Notes on Trip:

  1. Essert sings “The Campbells are Coming.”
  2. Hastings goes wild about Cameron as he makes the mile run for a touch down.
  3. Hastings lifts her hands and turns her face to the sky and cries, “Take him away,” as Birkelbach breaks thru the line.
  4. Dining car well patronized. Menu: Crackers, apples, dates, peanuts and gum.
  5. Train has to back up because a coach is left behind.
  6. Dutch Heider nicknamed Kaiser Wilhelm.
  7. Hastings charmed with Kearney’s Doxology, “Play Ball.”

While the students didn’t get their gourmet dinner that day, they still had an entertaining holiday (and had a feast on the following Sunday).

To further enhance the festive spirit, Una Snidow Sawyer, the Director of Public School Music, set her 1922 First Year Harmony class the assignment of writing music for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You won’t find any forgotten masterpieces here, as the simple melodies and lyrics were designed primarily for schoolchildren. A digital version of the book is available. Share your rendition of these works on the Library’s Facebook page.

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Interlibrary Loan: End of Fall Semester Deadlines

Posted by Rochelle Krueger on November 18, 2014

Written by Sheryl Heidenreich, Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Librarian

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery (ILL/DD) obtains books and journal articles not available at the Calvin T. Ryan Library for UNK students, faculty, and staff. There is no charge for this service.

The following deadlines have been established for placing ILL/DD requests for the fall 2014 semester:

ILL/DD – End of Fall Semester 2014 Dates

Fall Semester 2014
Finals Week – 12.15 – 12.18.2014
Graduation – 12.19.2014

Last day to order books – undergrad and grad:     12.03.2014

Last day to order books – faculty and staff:     12.10.2014

Journal articles – all statuses:     we can continue to order through 12.17.2014

End-of-semester due-dates for Undergrads and Grads
Undergrads – 12.12.2014
Grads – 12.15.2014

ILL/DD may be accessed at, or from the library home page ( by selecting Borrowing from Other Libraries, under Services.

Questions and comments about UNK’s ILL/DD service may be directed to 308-865-8721 or

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Suffering from Assignment Stress?

Posted by sudrland on November 13, 2014

keepcalmWritten by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

Is the deadline you have to meet for an upcoming assignment creating stress for you? Are you having trouble finding the journal articles (or other resources) that you need? Perhaps you are having writers block and are not able to get started writing your paper? Or, perhaps you do not know where to even begin to find information on your topic?

Stress no further nor worry any longer, the library is here to help you! For example, you can contact or come into the Calvin T. Ryan Library and speak to a librarian who will help you find articles and other resources that you need for your assignment. The Writing Center in the Learning Commons can help you at any point in the writing process, from rough drafts, revising and editing, to properly incorporating sources into your paper. If you still feel pressured and you’re doing all you can to keep yourself from having a nervous breakdown, consider visiting Counseling & Health Care.

Remember, wherever you’re at, we’re here to help you and provide you with needed resources so that you can be successful.

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