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New Learning Commons Services

Posted by sudrland on February 16, 2015

Written by Patrick Hargon, Assistant Director, Learning Commons

The Learning Commons announces three new support services available this spring: The Writing Studio, Speech Tutoring, and PRAXIS Math Workshops. Students from any class and skill level are welcome to attend.

The Writing Studio is a peer-led workshop for students wanting to improve their writing style and gain confidence as a writer.

  • A tutor leads students through writing exercises, and the group discusses how the exercises apply to different types of writing.
  • Please click here for an overview of the activities covered each week.
  • The Writing Studio is held in the basement of the library in the Curriculum Classroom (just to the left of the big computer lab) from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday nights.

Speech Tutoring is an opportunity for individual students or groups to practice presentations in front of a peer audience and a tutor.

  • Students gain confidence practicing speeches/presentations in a low-stakes, supportive atmosphere.
  • Group Speech Tutoring is held in the library’s Curriculum Classroom from 7-9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday nights.
  • One-on-one speech tutoring is still available through the Writing Center by making an appointment at the Learning Commons Welcome Desk.

PRAXIS Core Math Workshops help build problem-solving skills and confidence through a series of topic-specific sessions.

  • Collaborative and individual review activities focus on identifying and using key information in math problems.
  • Online test resources will be used and shared to promote independent studying outside of the workshops.
  • Workshops are slated for the next four weeks: students can attend any of the four workshops offered or all of them for a comprehensive review. Click here for more details.

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2015 ‘State of E-Resources’ at UNK

Posted by sudrland on January 28, 2015

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

On January 20th, President Obama delivered his “State of the Union” address to a joint session of Congress. In the same spirit, the Calvin T. Ryan Library presents its annual “State of E-Resources at UNK” report:As of December 31, 2014, the library provides access to:

The most significant addition of 2014 was LOPERSearch, the library’s discovery resource that simplifies searching across dozens of databases and the library’s catalog simultaneously. During 2014, LOPERSearch users logged 164,841 searches. Kudos to UNK Library users for this impressive feat!

Please stay tuned as new additions to the library’s online collections are posted to In Brief Online. New e-resources have already been added in 2015, including Mergent Online and Business Expert Press ebooks, as well as Congressional Digest Debates. Librarians will be evaluating other new resources in the months ahead, but library users’ suggestions for new databases, books/ebooks, and journals are welcomed too! For questions or suggestions regarding e-resources and journal subscriptions, please contact Jon Ritterbush at 308-865-8585 or at

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Library Hours during Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Posted by sudrland on January 14, 2015

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

The library will be open limited hours this coming Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 19th.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister and civil rights leader dedicated to the principles of nonviolence.  The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.   It is now officially observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthdate, January 15th and serves multiple purposes: It celebrates the total legacy of Dr. King; focuses on the issue of civil rights; highlights the use of nonviolence to promote change; and calls people into service.

Dr. King is arguably one of the most quotable speakers of the the 20th century.  Many people know or are aware of the “I have a Dream” speech given on June 11, 1963 during the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”.  When Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, at the time the youngest recipient to ever win at the age of 35, his acceptance speech in Norway included the famous statement “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

The Calvin T. Ryan Library has several resources for those interested in studying Dr. King – online biographies covering the life and works of Dr. King include:

as well as books, e-books, government documents and curriculum materials listed in LOPERSearch by searching “Martin Luther King, Jr”.  For example:

Although the library will be closed Monday, don’t forget you have 24/7 access to our digital resources (such as e-books, many government documents, and our entire collection of subscription databases) through the library web site.

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A new year and new e-resources for business research

Posted by sudrland on January 13, 2015

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

In time for the new year and the spring semester, the Calvin T. Ryan Library is pleased to announce two new e-resources for business research:

Business Expert Press ebooks: This ebook collection includes nearly 300 titles on topics in management, marketing, information systems, and economics.  Unlike some other ebook collections, Business Expert Press ebooks may be easily downloaded as PDF files and read on e-readers or tablets, or embedded within Blackboard courses.  An Excel listing of titles is available online, and these titles will be added to the library’s catalog by the end of January under the search term: “Business Expert Press.”

Mergent Online: This database provides a wealth of information on public and private businesses:

  • Data and filings for 25,000 publicly-listed U.S. companies (active and inactive)
  • Data on 35,000 non-U.S. companies (active and inactive)
  • Data on 20 million private companies within the United States
  • Corporate annual reports and histories
  • Executive biographies
  • Industry reports from 30 sectors and specific to North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific
  • Country profiles for over 100 countries

View information about the Buckle, Inc. as an example of Mergent’s broad range of content.

If you have any questions about these new e-resources, please do not hesitate to ask a UNK Librarian!

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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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