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.

2018 Undergraduate Research Awared

The Calvin T. Ryan Library Award for Undergraduate Research for 2018 was awarded to Shelby Hinrichs. Shelby’s research project is titled, “Screening Speech, Language, and Reading Abilities of Home-schooled Children.” Her Faculty Mentor is Dr. Whitney Schneider-Cline, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders.

The Calvin T. Ryan Library Award for Undergraduate Research, initiated in 2013, recognizes and honors undergraduate student researchers for excellence in the use of library services, collections and resources. Ms. Hinrichs was presented the award at the 2018 Student Research Day award ceremony on March 28, 2018.

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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)

Happy Holidays!

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

Another semester is in the books and the holiday season is upon us. To our December graduates, we extend our congratulations and best wishes on the next stage in life’s journey. Well done!

For some, their first semester will soon be behind them, their time at UNK just beginning. For others, the end is just on the horizon. For everyone, our best wishes for the holiday season and for a peaceful and restful break.

Happy Holidays!

Celebrate Veteran’s Day at the Library

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.

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

Open Access Week 2015

Open Access Week poster
October 19th through the 25th is Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year promoting open access as the new norm in scholarship and research.

According to, “ ‘Open Access’ to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.”

The visibility of UNK research can be raised to a global scale when digital scholarship is made freely available online at no cost to readers. Sharing UNK research and scholarship on the open web will broaden its impact and create a global readership. Providing access to everyone, not just institutions that can afford to purchase journal subscriptions, helps to inspire creativity, enable innovation and to accelerate the development of important new discoveries.

Digital repositories are widely used as a mechanism for making scholarly works freely accessible on the web. Academic libraries are often involved in the creation and management of institutional repositories that focus on preserving and disseminating the scholarship produced by their institution’s faculty and students. This can include article pre-prints and manuscripts, technical reports, conference proceedings, data sets, and software, as well as theses and dissertations.

Open Access Resources: