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Library Hours During Spring Break 2015

Posted by sudrland on March 20, 2015

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 21 Closed
Sunday, March 22 Closed
Monday, March 23 –
Friday, March 27
CTR Library Reference
Open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – On-call
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 Closed
Sunday, March 29 Open 2:00pm – midnight; Regular spring semester hours resume

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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Women’s History Month via the UNK Archives

Posted by sudrland on March 8, 2015

Written by Laurinda Weisse, University Archivist

Happy Women’s History Month! To celebrate, the UNK Archives will be highlighting some of our women-focused collections on our Flickr and Pinterest pages. The UNK Archives holds a small collection of materials, primarily news clippings from the early 1910’s, on the struggle for woman suffrage. Unlike its neighboring states, Nebraska was not an early adopter of woman suffrage. Instead, although it had a few periods of vigorous activity, women only achieved full suffrage with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The Journal It's Risky to Want Things - You Wanted to Vote Star gives a good overview of the long suffrage movement in Nebraska.

Strong sentiment on both sides generated a wealth of political cartoons. James Montgomery Flagg, who attained fame a few years later for his Uncle Sam poster, created an ambivalent illustration for Sunday Magazine captioned “It’s Risky To Want Things – You Wanted to Vote”, shown here. Those in favor of women’s suffrage also deployed cartoons to illustrate their issue, including this pamphlet comparing government to housekeeping, produced by the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

Of our Nebraska-focused materials, I was particularly fascinated by the depth of the Nebraska Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA)’s report for 1909. The members involved themselves in many issues related to suffrage. I used their data to map the 1909 vote on suffrage:

1909 Nebraska House Vote on Suffrage

NWSA even conducted a survey of most libraries in the state, asking the librarians about holdings of suffrage-related materials (none, in most places).

The 1910-1921 Blue and Gold Yearbooks mention suffrage only once, suggesting either that there was little interest in the issue here in Kearney or that the yearbook had a no-politics policy. I leave you with the sole suffrage reference from the yearbooks, a gentle    parody of suffragettes, included in the 1917 edition:

A Transformation

As a roaring suffragette,
Bessie is a terror
Helped the dean and council, too,
Stage their chapel error.
Helped them slander all the boys,
Said they were conceited;
With brimstone, fire and sulphur, too.
Her arguments were heated.
Now she’s changed her tune a bit,
Nor says she likes not any, -
Spends her time and money, too,
Autoing with Benny.
Says tho boys are horrid things,
Hardly worth a penny,
She can never live in peace
Till she catches Benny.

scan of transformation text

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Academia’s seamier side: Lying, Cheating and Fraud

Posted by sudrland on March 4, 2015

Written by Janet Stoeger Wilke, Dean, Calvin T. Ryan Library

“Academia’s seamier side: Lying, Cheating and Fraud.” Fred Barbash, Washington Post, July 29, 2014.1

Now that I have your attention, following is a bit more information–

“Ethics Week” at UNK is a good time to point out the work of Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky’s Retraction Watch blog which seeks to track retracted papers. Lying and cheating does occur in scholarly publishing but most often the mistakes identified are just that — mistakes.

During the time of paper journals, a retraction note would appear in a later issue, often some months or years down the road. In today’s online world, editors may “retract” the article—removing it from the journal’s archives and making it seem as if the article was never published in the first place. A 2008 paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics found that “…citation analysis shows that they (retractions) are not being recognized by subsequent users of the work…more aggressive means of notification …appear to be necessary.”2 Biologist Jim Woodgett, writing in the journal Nature says that Retraction Watch “…shines light on problems with papers and, by doing so, educates and celebrates research ethics and good practice.”3

Marcus and Ornasky’s blog provides a sort of clearing house to gather information on retractions and how they are handled by various publications. The blog also provides a forum for the needed discussion on how best to deal with the critical issues involved.

See more at: where you can also subscribe to the blog.

2J Med Ethics 2008;34:807-809 doi:10.1136/jme.2007.023069 Research ethics, Empirical developments in retraction, B K Redman, H N Yarandi, J F Merz.
3Nature 2012; 489:7414 We must be open about our mistakes, J Woodgett

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Ethics Week at UNK

Posted by sudrland on March 3, 2015

eth·ics /ˈeTHiks/
1. moral principles that govern a person’s or group’s behavior.
synonyms: moral code, morals, morality, values, rights and wrongs, principles, ideals, standards (of behavior), value system, virtues, dictates of conscience
- the moral correctness of specified conduct
2. the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.

Ethics…what is morally good and bad, right and wrong, influences every aspect of society.  Librarians, for instance, are explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information. The American Library Association Code of Ethics states the values to which we are committed, and embodies the ethical responsibilities of the profession in this changing information environment. The Calvin T. Ryan Library has a number of resources that deal with the topic of ethics, such as books, scholarly articles and videos.

Additional resources can be found on the website maintained by The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Topics covered include: Bioethics, Business Ethics, Campus Ethics, Character Education, Government Ethics, Internet Ethics, Leadership Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Conscience, Global Ethics, Immigration Ethics, Legal Ethics, Journalism Ethics, Technology Ethics. Follow this link to access information on each of the topics listed –

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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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