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Calvin T. Ryan Library Celebrates Retiring Personnel

Posted by doubetsr on April 27, 2016

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From left to right Anthanett C. Mendoza, Jeanne D. Schultz, and Lavonne Fries are shown after a retirement
banquet honoring their years of service to Calvin T. Ryan Library and UNK.

Anthanett C. Mendoza

Anthanett joined the University of Nebraska at Kearney in September 2008 working in the Library as a Diversity Specialist/Lecturer.  When asked about her greatest accomplishment at UNK she says, “In coming to UNK I have regained a forgotten appreciation I had for our clearly-defined commitment to educate and support each new generation of students, scholars and talent, a commitment which is, in fact, an act of love.”  For advice Anthanett would give to new employees she says, “Enjoy the experience by actively engaging in part of what is your life of inquiry here at UNK.  Every one of us leaves a mark here – no matter what our position – so do not fail to enjoy your experience here and leave your mark.”  Retirement plans for Anthanett include reading the many works that she has promised to over the many decades – like Goethe’s works or Burke, Gibbons, Bill and Chris Buckley!  She hopes to reread many favorites that have acted as reliable guides from which Anthanett gleamed the exact wisdom needed at that juncture in time.  Education is an ongoing affair for Anthanett and she hopes to research topics of personal interests such as Zen or the Medici; take classes about the area and people of the Levant; travel and explore places such as the rest of Nebraska and the Rockies, Berlin, Prague and, of course, Dublin.  As a final thought to everyone, Anthanett would like to say, “Enjoy this moment at UNK and your life!”

Jeanne D. Schultz

Jeanne Schultz began working for Kearney State College on May 14, 1979 as an office Assistant II in the Calvin T. Ryan Library Cataloging Department.  She has worked in the same position for all 37 years receiving five job description changes advancing to a higher level each time.  Her most recent reclassification changed her title to Cataloging Associate.  Jeanne feels her greatest accomplishment was working with the students.  She says, “They helped me with several of the duties required in the Cataloging Department.  I try to make them feel comfortable and enjoy doing the tasks assigned to them.”  As for advice Jeanne would give to new employees just starting their career as UNK, Jeanne says, “Be patient and listen to what someone is trying to tell you.  Sometimes a student just needs someone that cares to listen to them.”  Jeanne’s immediate family includes two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.  She also has 2 very special sisters.  Jeanne says, “My family is my life and I have hopes of being able to visit all of them quite often – this means going to South Dakota, Iowa, Tennessee and Florida.”  Other plans for retirement include putting several years of family photographs into albums.  Her two inquisitive kitties will enjoy helping her with the project.  Jeanne says, “My family is my life and I have hopes of being able to visit all of them quite often – this means going to South Dakota, Iowa, Tennessee and Florida.”  Other plans for retirement include putting several years of family photographs into albums.  Her two inquisitive kitties will enjoy helping her with the project.  Jeanne says, “I am going to miss working at UNK.  My decision to retire was a hard one to make and I am going to miss the people I have worked with these many years.”

LaVonne Fries

LaVonne Fries started at Kearney State College in October of 1984 in the Cataloging Department of the Calvin T. Ryan Library as a Retrospective Conversion Assistant.  She also held positions in the Library as an Assistant in the Curriculum and Serials Departments.  LaVonne says her greatest accomplishments at UNK have been working with a variety of people; the ability to catalog DVDs and CDs; and recognizing photos from years ago for the Archive Department.  Advice LaVonne would give to new employees just starting at UNK include “Be open to learn new things every day.  Talk with people you meet – you’ll make a lot of friends!”  Lavonne also says she loved the international students who came to UNK.  Her plans for retirement include doing more traveling, quilting and spending time with her seven grandchildren.  A point of interest about LaVonne is that she has received her master gardener certificate.  So don’t be surprised if you don’t see LaVonne digging in the dirt!  She thinks she may have been a farmer in a former life.

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Calvin T. Ryan Library Research Award

Posted by doubetsr on April 19, 2016

Written by Julia Powell, Government Documents Librarian

The Calvin T. Ryan Library, in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, is pleased to announce Shelby Stultz as the winner of this year’s Calvin T. Ryan Library Research Award. This award recognizes and honors excellence in the use of library services, collections, and resources by undergraduate student researchers. Shelby’s project is “Developing Literature that Helps Improve Articulation of /r/ Sounds.”  She is mentored by Dr. Diane Loeb in the Department of Communication Disorders in the College of Education.

All undergraduate researchers are eligible to apply for this award.  All applicants are judged by a panel of UNK Library faculty in accordance with the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.  These criteria include demonstrating the ability to determine information needs to start research, effectively find information, critically evaluate information for relevancy, synthesize information, and ethically use information.

The Calvin T. Ryan Library supports the mission of the University of Nebraska-Kearney by acquiring and organizing resources, providing collaborative assistance and instruction, meeting information needs, and adhering to recognized standards of library practice.  We would like to again congratulate Shelby, and all of our student researchers, for their excellent work.

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Use Access Science for background information on scientific topics

Posted by Jon Ritterbush on April 12, 2016

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

Welcome to our Database Spotlight column, a monthly feature from the Calvin T. Ryan Library. This month’s featured database is Access Science.

Link:  Access is available off-campus to UNK students and employees using an EASI username and password.

Focus: Access Science provides access to 8,500 articles and research reviews from all major scientific disciplines.

Search: Access Science can be searched by keyword or browsed alphabetically by article title or by topic/subtopic. A brief video tour is available on its “About” page.

Why you should know this database:  Access Science includes entries from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and thousands of downloadable images and illustrations for key topics.

Sample results page: See these Access Science search results on the Zika virus.

Cost: The subscription to Access Science cost $2,557 for 2015-16. For more information about this resource, please contact a UNK librarian.

This concludes the Database Spotlight column for the 2015-16 academic year. Please check back in the Fall semester for the next featured database!

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Libraries Transform – We Are Difference Makers

Posted by doubetsr on April 11, 2016

Written by Rochelle Krueger, Curriculum Librarian

Every day Calvin T. Ryan Library strives to provide the resources and services that students, faculty, and researchers need to excel. This week (April 10-16, 2016) marks National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

“Today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people,” according to Sari Feldman, President of ALA. “The goal of the Libraries Transform campaign is to change the perception that ‘libraries are just quiet places to do research, find a book, and read’ to a shared understanding of libraries as dynamic centers for learning in the digital age. Libraries of all kinds foster individual opportunity that ultimately drives the success of our communities.”

For more information about Libraries Transform please visit As always, if you need assistance, please contact a UNK librarian.

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UNK Spring Break 2016

Posted by doubetsr on March 18, 2016

Written by Sam Doubet, Technology Coordinator

The Calvin T. Ryan Library’s hours during March 19-25, 2016, which includes UNK’s Spring Break, are as follows:

                                     CTR Library                             Reference

Saturday, March 19         Closed

Sunday, March 20           Closed

Monday, March 21 –        Open: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.         8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (On-call)
Friday, March 25

Saturday, March 26         Closed

Sunday, March 27           Regular spring semester hours resume.


For more information on library hours please visit our hours page.

On behalf of everyone at Calvin t Ryan library, have a safe and restful spring break.

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