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Library Hours During Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted by sudrland on November 20, 2015

Norman Rockwell Painting - Freedom from Want

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony – held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is generally regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving, although historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived since, as the event became a national holiday 151 years ago on October 3, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month.

The library will be open the following hours during the week of Thanksgiving break (November 24-29, 2015):

Tuesday, November 24 – 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25 – 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 26 – CLOSED
Friday, November 27 – CLOSED
Saturday, November 28 – CLOSED

Sunday, November 29 – Regular Fall semester hours resume

We hope everyone has a Happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

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JoVE features online videos of biology experiments

Posted by sudrland on November 17, 2015

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian
Journal of Visualized Experiments Database

Welcome to our Database Spotlight column, a monthly feature from the Calvin T. Ryan Library. This month’s featured database is JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments.

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

Focus: JoVE is a peer-reviewed journal that includes professionally-produced videos of science research. UNK currently subscribes to the Biology and Neuroscience modules.

Search: JoVE can be searched by keyword or browsed by subject.

Why you should know this database:  Each article in JoVE is accompanied by a 5- to 10-minute video describing experimental procedures and protocols. JoVE articles are indexed in PubMed and Google Scholar. Some articles outside the biology and neuroscience modules are available under open access terms.

Sample title: An Introduction to Worm Lab: from Culturing Worms to Mutagenesis

Cost: The subscription to JoVE cost $6,650 for 2015-16 and is paid by the library using Student Library Fees. For more information about this resource, please contact a UNK librarian.

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Celebrate Veteran’s Day at the Library

Posted by sudrland on November 11, 2015

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian
Veteran's Day 2015

World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Armistice Day, as November 11 became known, officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. military veterans for their patriotism, willingness to sacrifice, and love of their country.

As the nation reflects on the brave and heroic men and women whom we honor and celebrate on Veteran’s Day, you can enjoy some stories about America’s warriors in books and movies available at the Calvin T. Ryan Library. A simple search – ‘medal of honor’ – from the library home page provides the following, for example:

If you wish to learn more about Veteran’s Day, visit the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, History of Veteran’s Day.

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CTR Wishes all the Best to Lavonne Fries

Posted by sudrland on November 5, 2015

Written by Laurinda Weisse, University Archivist

Lavonne Johansen
Lavonne graduated from Kearney State College majoring in Family & Consumer Science (AKA Home Economics) in 1969. As a student, she was an R.A. in Martin Hall and worked in the Child Development Lab. LaVonne joined the Calvin T. Ryan staff on October 1, 1984. While she has worked in a number of departments over the years, her abiding passion is helping students. After 31 years, 1 month, and 4 days, Lavonne is retiring from UNK.

LaVonne was initially hired to work on retrospective conversion, gathering the information from the card catalogs and seeing what needed to be changed. The hours (12-9) didn’t fit her schedule well, so she transferred to the curriculum collection. Her time working in the curriculum collection was her favorite. As she told me during a recent interview, “We would help students find things…we could go and show them. A lot of students, including me when I was one, didn’t know what the curriculum department was, so I was learning right with everybody else.”

After curriculum, LaVonne moved to the serials department. Before the rise of databases and other online sources, print serials took a lot of time. Each month, LaVonne helped prepare all the recent serials for binding. Then, when the newly bound periodicals made their way back to the library, she checked the bindery’s work, because “sometimes they didn’t get glued as good as they should have or they got cut too close”.

Mostly recently, she has assisted in the Archives, sorting out a collection of photos and adding the names of the many people she recognizes.

LaVonne has weathered her share of library floods, changing work spaces, and drastically shifting technology, all with grace and humor. We will greatly miss her knowledge, but wish her a happy retirement!

1969 Blue & Gold Yearbook p.271
Lavonne Johansen

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Major Book Awards Season Begins

Posted by sudrland on October 29, 2015

Written by Susan Mueller, Coordinator of Collection Services

Pulitzer Prize winning book covers
Fall brings with it many things: the changing colors of leaves, cooler temperatures, heavy knit scarves, pumpkin spiced lattes, and most notably, major literary awards in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult literature.

The start of the season is marked by the Man Booker Prize’s announcement of their short list for fiction finalists, along with the National Book Foundation long list of candidates for the poetry and young adult literature categories in the National Book Awards.

The Calvin T. Ryan Library collects many of the major book awards and adds them to the library’s collection. The following list of winners from last year (2014) is just a sample of the titles added to the collection and may be checked out. The 2015 titles are just now being selected and ordered.

Pulitzer Prize




Biography or Autobiography


General Nonfiction


Man Booker Prize

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Nobel Prize in Literature

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