Nebraska Libraries’ Partnership Highlights 50th Anniversary Merger


The online exhibit “All Together Now: The 50th Anniversary of the University of Nebraska System Merger, 1968-2018” located at chronicles the creation of the University of Nebraska system. The success of the 1968 merger of the University of Nebraska with the Municipal University of Omaha led to the creation of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 1991, Kearney State College merged with the University of Nebraska. “All Together Now” highlights the administrative and civic process through photographs, university publications, video, oral histories, and objects.
“All Together Now” highlights the first collaborative exhibit curated by archivists and librarians from across the University of Nebraska system and is a work of the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL) Archives and Special Collections Working Group. UNCL formed in the late 1970s to facilitate informal and formal cooperation and collaboration among the libraries of the different University of Nebraska campuses.
“This exhibit provides a great opportunity to discover more about our collections and to collaborate with peers across campuses. It provides a valuable way to showcase one aspect of archival work,” said Mary Ellen Ducey, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. “It also demonstrates how important it is for archives to capture stories about the university as they happen, so our view in the future includes both the official record and the experience of those who lived through it.” 
Angela Kroeger, Metadata Coordinator at University of Nebraska at Omaha, adds “This partnership was a major shift for higher education in Nebraska, resulting in greater opportunities for growth and partnerships in Omaha and Lincoln–and, joining in 1991, Kearney as well. Each university within the system has different strengths and specialties, allowing the University of Nebraska system to fill more educational niches within Nebraska than any of the campuses could support alone.”
UNCL leads the University of Nebraska libraries to create and sustain a rich, supportive, and diverse knowledge environment that furthers teaching, learning, and research through the sharing of collections, expertise, and programs. Each campus preserves the unique history of the University of Nebraska and offers unique collections that support the research needs of each campus and interests of the state of Nebraska. Our reading rooms are open to the public.

The Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series & CTR Library Faculty Profile Series

Todd KerstetterFlood on the Tracks: Living, Dying, and the Nature of Disaster in the Elkhorn River Basin

Dr. Todd Kerstetter
Professor of History
Texas Christian University

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

5:00 pm – Room 131 Copeland Hall
Free and open to the public

Book Cover Flood on the TracksTODD M. KERSTETTER earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and is Professor of History at Texas Christian University. Kerstetter specializes in the history of the American West. His books include Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West and God’s Country, Uncle Sam’s Land: Faith and Conflict in the American West. The latter examines religion’s role in conflicts between the United States and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lakota Ghost Dancers, and the Branch Davidians. His most recent book, Flood on the Tracks: Living, Dying, and the Nature of Disaster in the Elkhorn River Basin was published earlier this year by Texas Tech University Press. He is currently writing an environmental history of water in Fort Worth and Dallas.

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January 26th is Institutional Repository Day at UNK

Written by Susan Mueller, Coordinator of Collection Services, Professor

January 26 is IR Day at UNK. IR stands for Institutional Repository. Join your colleagues for an overview and discussion of bepress Digital Commons, a digital repository and publishing platform.
The Calvin T. Ryan Library wants everyone to become familiar with the possibilities of this great tool.

An IR is a system for gathering in one place all the valuable digital work being produced on campus, in order to showcase and disseminate it for maximum effect. Content in Digital Commons is optimized for discovery, access, and scholarly impact on the open web.
This is an opportunity to learn how Digital Commons might support research, teaching, and public engagement on campus. The presentations will explore the variety of content that would benefit from being showcased in a university repository:

Faculty research. This includes the full spectrum of faculty digital scholarship, from already published research articles to reports, working papers, data sets, video, creative works, and more. The platform showcases individual departments, centers, and programs, as well as individual faculty profile pages.
Student research. Possible examples include undergraduate research, theses and dissertations, honors projects, creative work, student events, and student-edited journals and publications.
Open Educational Resources. The platform’s multimedia capabilities allow the university to share with the world all the valuable curricular materials learning objects produced on campus, as well as to give faculty and instructors the opportunity to author and publish open access textbooks.
Scholarly publishing. Digital Commons is a professional publishing platform and supports online peer review and publishing, lowering the barriers to publish and manage digital journals, books, and conferences.
University publications and administrative documents, including annual reports,
marketing materials, an archive of press releases, and campus archival

Irene Kamotsky of bepress will be giving all of the presentations in the
Academic Affairs Conference Room, Room 2047, Founders Hall.
The various presentations will be at the following times:

8-8:30 – General Session
9-9:30 – Dean’s Council
10-10:30 – Focus on Undergraduate Work
11-11:30 – Focus on Faculty Research
1-1:30 – General Session (Repeat of morning session)
2-2:30 – Focus on Faculty Research (Repeat of morning session)
3-3:30 – Focus on Undergraduate Work (Repeat of morning session)
4-4:30 – Focus on Visibility and University Marketing

Each session will provide a good overview of IR’s, so if you have a time conflict with the session you most want to attend, feel free to drop-in on any of them. Hope to see you there!

Questions?? Send them to either Susan Mueller (8853) or Janet Wilke (8546)

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.

Celebrate National Library Week

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.