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Independence Day Holiday

Posted by sudrland on June 25, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

The Calvin T. Ryan Library will be closed July 4-6, 2014, in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. Regular Summer session hours will resume on Monday, July 7th.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend!

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Memorial Day

Posted by sudrland on May 23, 2014

Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

Falling on the final Monday in May, Memorial Day honors all Americans who have died while in military service. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. Not to be confused with with Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day is a day to remember the courageous women and men who have died while serving, while Veteran’s Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. Memorial Day has been an official federal holiday since 1971.

It also typically marks the beginning of summer and many traditional events take place over the weekend, such as parades, concerts, and swimming pool openings. One longstanding tradition, for instance, is the running of the Indianapolis 500 on the preceding Sunday, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Many Americans visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died with wreath laying ceremonies and to mark grave sites with American flags, such as the wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, attended by ceremonial units from the uniformed services and sometimes the President or his designee.

In observance of Memorial Day, the Calvin T. Ryan Library will be closed for the weekend, May 24th through the 26th. The library will reopen Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30 a.m. for regular summer hours. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

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New Resource – Modern Genocide Database

Posted by sudrland on May 12, 2014

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

The Calvin T. Ryan Library has recently acquired a new online database, Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences, which explores ten genocide events in recent history. This resource features over 1,200 reference items, 300 primary source items, and hundreds of photographs, maps, and videos, all in an attempt to educate readers about the perpetration of these crimes against humanity (Jaeger, 2013).

Initial funding for this resource has been made possible by a grant from the Frances and Sam Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund, received through the efforts of Dr. Kurt Borchard of UNK’s Sociology Department. Access to this resource is available to all users on-campus, and to UNK students and employees off-campus.

“What sets this project apart from others is not only the quality of the writing but the willingness to address areas of controversy surrounding these various genocides, especially the question of denial,” said board member and contributing scholar Steven Leonard Jacobs (Vnuk, 2013).

This new database is listed in the alphabetical and subject listings of the “Articles & Databases” webpage:

  • Ethnic Studies
  • History (World)
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  •  Primary Sources
  •  Sociology

Additional resources on the history and concept of genocide may be found using the library’s LOPERSearch database, and research assistance is available all summer – online, by phone, and in person – by asking a librarian.

Jaeger, J. (2013, September). Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 51(1), 56+. Retrieved from

Vnuk, R. (2013). Modern Genocide. Booklist, 109(15), 40. Retrieved from

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Summer Library Hours

Posted by sudrland on May 6, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

Starting Today, May 12th, the library will change to summer hours as follows:

Regular Summer Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A full list of the library’s summer hours, including exceptions, is available at: We look forward to seeing you at the library! And, remember that many of our resources, such as e-books and online journals, are accessible anytime and from anywhere in the world.

Teaching this summer, on campus, or online? Library faculty are happy to work with you.

See the library liaison list at:
See services for faculty at:

Best wishes for a good summer – on campus, or off!

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Brewed Awakening in the Library

Posted by sudrland on April 30, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

keep calm and do not stressIf you’re in the library studying the next few nights, the Brewed Awakening will be set up outside the library café.  Hours will be from 7-11 p.m. on April 30, May 1 and May 4-5 with possible hours on May 6th. The Brewed Awakening will have coffee, Chai Tea, hot cocoa, Gatorade, and a variety of juices and energy drinks as well as snack items, such as pretzels, Chex mix, Pop Tarts, donuts, Honey Buns, and muffins.

You can also visit the library’s Stress Free Zone now through finals week with free beverages from Pepsi and other goodies.  We know that taking just a spare moment to sit back and relax is difficult to do with end-of-the-semester projects and papers due while studying for finals. So, if you’re studying in the library or if you’re on campus, stop at the library, and take a moment to grab a cup of coffee and de-stress. Good luck on your finals!


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