CTR Wishes all the Best to Lavonne Fries

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

Pamela Smith Hill

Pamela Smith Hill
The award-winning author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life, editor of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Bibliography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and three young adult novels, Pamela Smith Hill will give a lecture on October 6, 2015 in 142 Copeland Hall at 4:00 p.m. An interview she gave for Friday Live on NET Radio, September 25, 2015 starts at the 26:50 mark.

She will also make an appearance at 7:00 p.m. at the Kearney Public Library. Afterwards, The Sequel Bookstore will be on site with copies available for Hill to sign.

Hill grew up in the Missouri Ozarks, forty miles from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Rocky Ridge Farm, and moved to South Dakota, where she launched her professional writing career. She has taught creative and professional writing at universities in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado and currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to teach and write.

This event is a cooperative program between the Calvin T. Ryan Library, Kearney Public Library, UNK Women’s & Gender Studies Program, and NU Foundation, with a grant from the UNK Faculty Senate Artists & Lecturers Committee.

Homecoming 2015

1957 UNK Homecoming parade
As you prepare to participate in UNK’s homecoming activities, we thought you might be interested in materials from years past. You can visit our Pinterest page for some photos of parades, games, and decorations from throughout our institution’s history, or take a look at the Blue and Gold yearbooks online. Come into the library and browse the Blue and Gold in person near our homecoming display, courtesy of the UNK Archives. Refreshments will be available for visitors to the library on Saturday, September 26th.

You can help the University Archives to document campus history and capture important campus events like Homecoming by donating your UNK related materials (e.g. photos) to the Calvin T. Ryan Library. Please contact our Archivist, Laurinda Weisse, at weissell@unk.edu or 865-8593 if you have questions about the homecoming display, or if there is another part of UNK history that you want to learn more about!

Homecoming Kickoff Trivia Night

Written by Laurinda Weisse, University Archivist

Homecoming 1951 Football Program Cover
Homecoming is coming up! Kick off the festivities by joining the Kearney Public Library and UNK Library staff for a night of KSC/UNK-themed trivia. Trivia will be held at the Chicken Coop on Tuesday, September 15 from 8:30-9:30. Call KPL at 308-233-3282 to get one question in advance. If you’re looking to study up on university history beforehand, check out the resources available through the UNK Archives. Clues to trivia questions will be available in the Calvin T. Ryan Library Homecoming display.

Meet our New Librarians

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.

Vintage VHS Brown Bag Lunch Series

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.