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Homecoming Week – A Look to the Past

Posted by sudrland on September 17, 2014

Written by Laurinda Weisse, Special Projects Librarian

1957 Homecoming  ParadeAs UNK embarks on another year of Homecoming celebrations, we are excited to share some materials from years past. Check out our Pinterest page ( for photos of parades, games, and decorations from throughout our institution’s history. Want to find evidence of those awesome clothes you rocked in college or the best float your organization ever built? Take a look at the Blue and Gold yearbooks, either digitally ( or in person. My money for best float is on the smoke-breathing dragon from the 1957 Homecoming Parade. Copies of the Blue and Gold will be available in the library, along with refreshments, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20th. If you’d like to see materials outside of these hours, please contact Laurinda Weisse at or 865-8591. While the Archives tries to capture important campus events like Homecoming, we need your help! Donate your UNK related materials, and help document campus history.

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Banned Books Week September 21-27, 2014

Posted by sudrland on September 9, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.  Check out the display at the front entrance of the Calvin T. Ryan Library! The 2014 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 21-27.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, although many more likely go unreported.

For more information on banned and challenged books, go to:
• American Library Association (ALA) Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read.
• ALA Freedom to Read Foundation
Book Bans and Challenges Map

For information about frequently challenged books, see:
• ALA Frequently Challenged Books
• ALA Banned and Challenged Classics
• Google Books Explore Banned Books

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Welcome to UNK!

Posted by sudrland on August 26, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

A warm welcome to all returning and new UNK students!  We hope you find Calvin T. Ryan Library an excellent resource for your study and research needs during the fall semester.  Need assistance locating an article or book?  The librarians are here to help you out! You can reach us in a number of ways.  Are you on campus? Stop by the reference desk on the first floor of the Library.

If you would like some extra attention, you can make a one-on-one appointment with a librarian in your academic area.  Aren’t able to make it to the Library? No problem!  You can email us, call the reference desk at (308) 865-8586 or, new this summer, you can text us at (308) 210-3865.

Remember, we can’t help if you don’t ask and we love to help!


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Learn more about the new, online Statistical Abstract

Posted by sudrland on July 31, 2014

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

One method for enhancing your research papers and oral presentations is to use statistical data to raise awareness and build emotional investment. In other words, providing a “hook” that motivates a reader or listener to heed what will follow.

First published in 1879, the Statistical Abstract of the United States provides key demographic, economic, and sociological data for the United States. Although the Census Bureau discontinued this print publication in 2011, this data is now accessible online through the UNK Library’s Articles & Databases alphabetical and subject listings (e.g. “Statistics”).

Here are just a few of the many questions the Statistical Abstract can address:

  • How many hate crimes were reported in 2012, by race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability?
  • Where does Nebraska rank among the states in farm income from corn, soybeans, and cattle ranching?
  • What was the longest time period between increases in the minimum wage?
  • How do today’s current college tuition, residence hall, and board fees compare to 1989? To 1970?

More information about using Statistical Abstract is available at A free webinar will also be offered Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. This webinar will demonstrate how to search and browse for content, and how to personalize the spreadsheet files available for every single table.

To attend this free webinar from your home or office, please register at:

If you would like to join other librarians in attending this August 12 webinar, or if you have additional questions about Statistical Abstract, please contact Jon Ritterbush at or 308-865-8585.

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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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