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President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, 1964

Posted by sudrland on April 9, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

April 11th 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.   Equality for all, especially in education, was one of the cornerstones of the civil rights movement.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 greatly expanded civil rights protections, outlawing racial segregation in public places and places of public accommodation, funding federal programs, and encouraging desegregation in public schools.  It also outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin and ended unequal application of voter registration requirements.

According to Robert Hutchings, dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas Austin, “Civil rights is a broader issue that not only encompasses racial equity but also includes other issues inherent to civil rights such as education, health care, affordable housing and clean air among many others.”

During this time, let us take a moment to pause and examine how far we have come as a nation in the struggle for equality and what we still need to do to meet the challenges of achieving equity and equality for all Americans and realize the full promise of that groundbreaking legislation signed fifty years ago.

For more information and library resources, please see our Ethnic Studies LibGuide.

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International Children’s Book Day

Posted by sudrland on April 2, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

icbdPosterInternational Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is observed on April 2, an event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBYP), coinciding with the birthday of children’s books author Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote fairy tale classics such as The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Pea. The day has been observed since 1967 all over the world, including in the Philippines, to help instill and inspire love of reading among children.

Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries.  Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children’s books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards.  This year, Ireland is hosting ICBD 2014, with the theme, “Imagine Nations Through Story.”

The Calvin T. Ryan Library has an extensive and growing Juvenile Literature Collection that provides support to the College of Education and the English Department in their courses instructing in the critical analysis of juvenile literature.

These items cover a wide variety of topics and all reading levels. The library has fiction, non-fiction, award winners, bestsellers, banned, challenged, censored and popular titles, including books such as  Goodnight Moon, works by Dr. Seuss, the Harry Potter series, Hunger Games, and more! Stop in the lower level of the library and check it out or rediscover your favorite childhood book! One of my favorites is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.


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Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Posted by sudrland on April 1, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

npmFor poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough) – they are experiences.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Inaugurated in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. The American Academy of Poets hopes to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.

National Poetry Month is not for writing papers or pleasing your professor with your research, although that too is important. It is really about you. It is about taking pleasure in the meaning and sound of words that are important to you. In fact, you are probably a lot more familiar with poetry than you think. Some consider music lyrics to be poetry and most of us listen to music daily. You do not need to analyze it, dig in deep, or even completely understand it all. So expand your reading by including some poetry and just enjoy it!

Poem of the day

National Poetry Association and Related Links

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First Ever Tweet

Posted by sudrland on March 21, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

This March we have not only seen the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web, but also eight years ago today on March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, posted the first ever tweet. “just setting up my twttr,” read the tweet from @jack.  It has been eight years and billions of tweets since that first seemingly insignificant tweet.  Twitter, along with other social networking applications, has come to play a major role in many communities throughout the world, ultimately playing an important role during modern-day activism, specifically as it pertains to the Arab Spring.

Today, news regarding Twitter is concerning as it pertains to free speech and intellectual freedom.  According to the news, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to eradicate Twitter and the country blocked access hours later.  This begs many questions, specifically, should the World Wide Web and social networking be free and open to everyone or is it, in some cases, permissible for countries to block access?  How does this impact freedom of speech and intellectual freedom? Does everyone in the world have the right to think and express their ideas as they choose?

The Turkish Government passed a controversial new internet law last month that allows the country’s telecommunications authority to order content removed within hours without a court order.  They claim that Twitter does not comply with the new law, meant to protect children and the privacy of individuals, and therefore, blocked access.

What do you think? Do you use twitter?

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Library Hours During Spring Break

Posted by Rochelle Krueger on March 17, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

The Calvin T. Ryan Library’s hours during March 22-29, 2014, which includes UNK’s Spring Break, are as follows:

Saturday, March 22 Closed
Sunday, March 23 Closed
Monday, March 24 -
Friday, March 28
Open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 Closed
Sunday, March 30 Open 2:00pm – midnight; Regular spring semester hours resume

Research assistance is always available through the Library’s Ask a Librarian chat service online.  For more information on library hours please visit our hours page.

Whatever you will be doing next week, we hope you have a fun and relaxing break!

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