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Buy a Book for the Library

Posted by sudrland on April 21, 2015

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

Looking for a gift idea for that special graduate?  Want to thank a professor, parents, friend for their help?  Want to let UNK know what a special place it is?Look no further — Buy a Book for the Library.

UNK’s Buy A Book program offers you a valuable way to honor or memorialize a relative, friend, professor or colleague by putting their name in a book in the collection.

There are three levels of giving:

  • $100 contribution – One book
  • $500 contribution – Six books
  • $1,000 contribution – Twelve books

When making the gift enter the name(s) of those you would like to honor and their name will be included both in the book and in the Library’s catalog.

For more information go to:   http://library.unk.edu/about/giving.php

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Poetry Reading – Professor Emeritus Don Welch

Posted by sudrland on April 20, 2015

Image of Don Welch

In honor of National Poetry Month
Calvin T. Ryan Library
is pleased to present
Professor Emeritus Don Welch
reading from his new collection of selected poems
Homing
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
3:00 p.m.
Main Floor, Calvin T. Ryan Library
Open to the public
with
light refreshments to follow.

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Celebrate National Library Week

Posted by sudrland on April 14, 2015

Written by Laurinda Weisse, University Archivist

This week is National Library Week. Sponsored by the American Library Association, it is “a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support”. Today, we highlight the first librarian here, Anna Jennings, for whom the Jennings Room on the second floor of the library is named.

Miss Jennings started the library at the Nebraska State Normal School. Over her 34 year tenure, she built a 43,000 volume collection from scratch worth more than $100,000 in 1939 dollars, $1.7 million in today’s terms. The library featured open, browsable stacks, which were rare in that era. Most other academic librarians allowed only librarians and assistants to access the book shelves. Under Miss Jennings’s reign, the college became one of the first to offer library instruction, long before the text books on the subject were available. By 1917, each junior was required to enroll in Library Methods, a one credit class in which “’the organization and care of the school library is discussed, and special helps for teachers are given”. While we no longer have such a course, the librarians at UNK continue to teach students how to effectively use available library resources, albeit emphasizing databases and online resources over memorization of call number ranges.

The UNK Archives has most of the booklets written by Miss Jennings for student instruction. These publications feature many gems but also highlight how the core aspect of librarianship has remained stable over time. The 1917 Handbook of the Library emphasizes, “If you cannot find the information wanted, do not hesitate to ask for help; the watchword of the library is SERVICE. Do not forget, however, that the best part of an education is the ability gained through self help”. Today, students can get help from librarians in a number of modalities, all linked from our Ask a Librarian page.

In addition to her guides for students, Jennings wrote extensively on books for rural school libraries. The bulletins are primers on basic librarianship. They include everything from book recommendations broken out by grade level to directions on caring for books and which suppliers are best. Beyond books, Jennings emphasized the importance of music, writing that “music is one of the great social forces in rural community life. Real community music means participation by everyone. Boys and girls singing with their fathers and mothers will establish a common bond and lessen the lure of city life”. To support this, she recommends the purchase of a Victrola along with records from her supplied list.

Throughout her career here, Anna Jennings provided loving service to the college and the community. She participated in the Nebraska Library Association, gave talks to the community about her travels, and influenced numerous students. We have several Special Collections books inscribed to Miss Jennings, describing “happy hours spent under her watchful eye”. She was a remarkable woman who gave the library a strong beginning. We strive to continue what she started.

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Buy a Book for the Library

Posted by sudrland on April 13, 2015

Looking for a gift idea for that special graduate?  Want to thank a professor, parents, friend for their help?  Want to let UNK know what a special place it is?

Look no further — Buy a Book for the Library.

UNK’s Buy A Book program offers you a valuable way to honor or memorialize a relative, friend, professor or colleague by putting their name in a book in the collection.

There are three levels of giving:

  • $100 contribution – One book
  • $500 contribution – Six books
  • $1,000 contribution – Twelve books

When making the gift enter the name(s) of those you would like to honor and their name will be included both in the book and in the Library’s catalog.

For more information go to:   http://library.unk.edu/about/giving.php

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Brewed Awakening in the Library

Posted by sudrland on April 5, 2015

Written by Kelsey Martinsen, Brewed Awakening

Brewed Awakening is a student-run coffee shop that was started by the UNK Enactus team over three years ago and officially opened two years ago in the Health and Sports Center.  We’re now on a mission to caffeinate​ the Learning Commons and the Library! This student-run coffee shop not only employs UNK students, but also provides an experiential learning experience regarding how to run a business.  Students are given the opportunity to see what it takes to run a successful business and express and implement new ideas and inspirations they may have in order to help the business succeed. Brewed Awakening strives to bring coffee and snacks to both students and faculty to help alleviate those early morning woes!

Brewed Awakening will be in the Learning Commons of the Library on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Our products and prices are listed below:

Large Coffee – 20 oz. $2.00
Small Coffee – 12 oz. $1.50
Hot Chocolate $1.00
Cider/Tea Bags $1.00
Chai Tea $2.00
Muffins $1.50
Pop-tarts $1.00

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