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Independence Day Holiday

Posted by sudrland on July 1, 2015

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

The Calvin T. Ryan Library will be closed July 3-5, 2015, in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. Regular Summer session hours will resume on Monday, July 6th.

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country. Here are some interesting facts compiled by the United States Census Bureau.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend!

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Vintage VHS Brown Bag Lunch Series

Posted by sudrland on June 11, 2015

Written by Sally Sinor, Project Archivist

Join us for your lunch hour (lunch not provided) this summer every Thursday from 12 – 1 p.m. for Vintage VHS Brown Bag Lunch Series at the Calvin T. Ryan Library curriculum meeting room (lower level of the library).

  • June 18: Sexual Harassment from 9 to 5 (1992)
    From Being a Secretary to Being a Boss (1998)
  • June 25: Cutting Edge Business Ideas for the Nanosecond ’90s (1992)
    How to Listen and Double Your Influence (1997)
  • July 2: 9-5 Survival Guide (1993)
    Taking Customers Seriously (1990)

With More to come in July!

All viewings are open to the public.  For more information, please contact Sally @ 865-8591.

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Protecting student-athletes: Read about the debate

Posted by sudrland on May 26, 2015

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

The debate over protecting and compensating student-athletes has gained greater attraction since a 2014 government ruling found that collegiate football players, under scholarship, are employees under the National Labor Relations Act. Should student-athletes have the right to other compensation, or to form a union and bargain collectively? What protections should be afforded to student-athletes who sustain sports-related injuries?

The June 2015 issues of Congressional Digest provides several perspectives on these questions, as well as a summary of recent legislative and executive branch actions related to this topic. Congressional Digest and its sister publications, Supreme Court Debates and International Debates, are all listed and accessible online from the library’s Articles & Databases collections. Here is a sampling of recent topics also addressed in these publications:

Please see the Articles & Databases listing for “Current Events and Issues” for Congressional Digest Debates and other library databases providing current news content and/or viewpoints.

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Summer transitions for Criminal Justice databases

Posted by sudrland on May 14, 2015

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

With the launch of LOPERSearch in February 2014, UNK student and faculty researchers have enjoyed an improved search experience across dozens of article databases and the library’s catalog. As of this month, LOPERSearch results are now further enhanced with the addition of two criminal justice-related databases:

Criminal Justice Abstracts – Provides cover-to-cover indexing of over 580 journals related to criminal justice, criminology, corrections, and policing.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts – Thousands of summaries of important law enforcement and criminal justice publications including books, government reports, research reports, journals, and unpublished research.

These two databases – hosted by EBSCO – may be searched individually, together, or combined with other EBSCO databases such as PsycINFO and Academic Search Premier. LOPERSearch users will also see entries from these two criminal justice databases included within their search results. Due to overlapping coverage with these new EBSCO databases, the Library’s subscription to ProQuest’s Criminal Justice Periodicals will be allowed to expire June 30, 2015.

These new databases are linked from the “Articles & Databases” webpage under the alphabetical listings and under the subject of “Criminal Justice.” Please contact Jon Ritterbush, the librarian liaison to Criminal Justice, if you have any questions about this transition.

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Preservation Week 2015

Posted by sudrland on April 27, 2015

Written by Laurinda Weisse, University Archivist

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This week is the American Library Association sponsored Preservation Week. Preservation Week began in 2010 as a response to the huge number of items in collecting institutions, such as archives, museums, and libraries, which required immediate attention. The ALA estimated that, “some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan.”[1] As an archivist, part of my job includes choosing the most appropriate preservation methods for various types of materials. For some items, particularly newspaper and AV materials, digitization is the best way to conserve them. Their physical media suffer from inherent vice and are nearly impossible to preserve over long periods of time. Other, more stable, materials might only need storage in archival boxes, which help buffer them from changes in temperature in humidity.What you can do to preserve your own materials, physical and digital:

  1. Control the environment. Attics, garages, and basements do not make good storage areas because of their extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Stable temperature and humidity will increase the longevity of materials. Check out the Dew Point Calculator. After you input temperature and either dew point or relative humidity, it will give you a preservation evaluation, which can help guide your choice of storage area.
  2. Light is the enemy. It contributes to deterioration of items. If you want to display something, consider making a high quality copy and use that rather than the original. When you do display originals, try to pick somewhere that is out of direct light. Sunlight and fluorescents are particularly damaging to materials.
  3. Make multiple copies of items and store them in geographically distant locations. For digital files, this might include your main computer, a local backup to an external hard-drive, and a cloud service for backup, based outside your own city. For personal papers, consider giving copies to trusted friends or family members.
  4. Label, label, label. As best as possible, identify very specifically the who, what, where, and when around materials. For example, rather than writing “Mom” on a picture, use your mother’s full name.

Want to learn more? The Library of Congress offers guidance on preservation basics for a variety of formats, available on their digital preservation website. ALA also hosts a series of free webinars on specific preservation topics. While I am not able to appraise or conduct conservation treatments on personally owned items, I’m happy to point you to resources to help you care for your historical items. If you have further questions about preservation, I can be reached at or 308-865-8593.


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