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Meet our New Librarians

Posted by sudrland on August 21, 2015

In October 2014, Laurinda Weisse joined the Calvin T. Ryan Library faculty as its first UniversityLaurinda Weisse Archivist. She is chiefly responsible for collecting, preserving and making available materials that document the history of UNK. Laurinda earned a master’s of science in information from the University of Michigan, with specialties in archives, records management, and preservation of information. She previously served as a Reference/Special Projects Librarian at UNK.
Sally Sinor
In November 2014, the faculty and staff of the Calvin T. Ryan Library were pleased to welcome Sally Sinor to the position of Project Archivist for the Alice Paine Room. In this position, Sally will be processing the Archives and Special Collections held by the University of Nebraska at Kearney in
order to provide students and researchers better access to the primary source materials. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Laurinda and Sally are the first professionally trained Archivists to hold positions at the Library. Their combined expertise will help in the collection, organization and preservation of the irreplaceable materials that tell the story of the institution that is now UNK. Their work will establish the UNK Archives and Special Collections as an accessible, working resource for UNK students, faculty and the broader community.

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Welcome to UNK!

Posted by sudrland on August 21, 2015

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

A warm welcome to all returning and new UNK students! We hope you find Calvin T. Ryan Library an excellent resource for your study and research needs during the fall semester. Need assistance locating an article or book? The librarians are here to help you out! You can reach us in a number of ways. Are you on campus? Stop by the reference desk on the first floor of the Library.

If you would like some extra attention, you can make a one-on-one appointment with a librarian in your academic area. Aren’t able to make it to the Library? No problem! You can email us, call the reference desk at (308) 865-8586 or you can text us at (308) 210-3865.

Remember, we can’t help if you don’t ask and we love to help!

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Hurricane on the Bayou

Posted by sudrland on August 17, 2015

Written by Sally Sinor, Project Archivist
Hurricane on the Bayou movie poster

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina roared into the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a 27 foot storm surge which devastated communities 12 miles inland. The city of New Orleans went to bed thinking they had escaped the brunt of the storm, but a man-made catastrophe was waiting for them the next morning. MacGillivray Freeman Films, known for their educational IMAX films, already on site creating a movie to sound the alarm about wetland destruction, was there when the storm hit. Join us on Tuesday, September 1 at 7pm in the UNK Planetarium at Bruner Hall for a free screening of Hurricane on the Bayou. The trailer can be viewed at Hurricane on the Bayou.

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MONA – Freda Spaulding

Posted by sudrland on July 9, 2015

Carlotta – oil on canvas

Freda Spaulding was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 30, 1893. She received her degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1915, attended the Parsons School of Design in New York, and studied under Roger Pearson in Chicago and Joseph Albers in North Carolina. Spaulding taught art in St. Paul, Minnesota and in Rochester, New York before joining the faculty at UNL in 1942. She received her MFA from the University of Colorado in 1952 and then retired Associate Professor of Art Emeritus in 1963 from UNL. Spaulding died December 27, 1974.

Spaulding enjoyed painting in oil and watercolor, yet her outstanding achievements were in the areas of graphics and printmaking. She was a charter member of Lincoln’s Artist’s Guild and active in the Associated Artist of Omaha. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections. Several sketches and paintings created by Spaulding between 1940 and 1960 make up a collection currently on display at the Calvin T. Ryan Library courtesy of the Museum of Nebraska Art.

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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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