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In Light of Recent Events…

A Guest Post

By: Kathleen Finegan, Library Director

The recent protests at the MU campus in Columbia reminded me of an experience I had as an undergraduate at UMKC in the 1970s.

I had enrolled in a course called ‘Negro History.’ The course had not been taught for a while, thus the Negro rather than Black or African American history.

The course was taught by a Dr. Underwood and the class was full, every seat taken.

As the course developed and the members of the class engaged in discussion, two of my classmates stand out.

One was named Charles; he was a black man and we had several classes together and often shared our notes when one of us missed class. It was rumored that Charles had traveled to Haiti and returned with a more radical view on civil rights.

The second member of the class that stands out was nicknamed ‘Son of Norway.’ He  was interested in genealogy and his background was Scandinavian.  He didn’t shy away from comparing his investigation of his family history with that of Black Americans.

A class like Negro History being taught in the 1970s was bound to encourage critical inquiry and argument. Dr. Underwood to his credit demanded that all discussions remain civil and further the pursuit of understanding.

One day in class Charles and Son of Norway had an exchange about the comparability of the history of Blacks in America and the history of Scandinavians in America. Charles maintained that the history of Black Americans, because of slavery and the struggle for civil rights was more fraught than that of Scandinavians, who choose to immigrate and settle in America. He also referred not to this history of white men, but of pink men.

Charles substituted the pink race for the white race, and referred to Son of Norway as a pink man.

Son of Norway responded to begin called a pink man much as a Black man might respond to being called a N—–.

The class erupted. Everyone had something to say about the pink designation.

I learned a lot in the ruckus that followed that day. Words, and especially naming, is a powerful tool. Learning about history entails an understanding of that power..

Reading some of the responses of former MU President Tim Wolfe to the complaints of the MU minority community, I thought, Pink man.

Kathleen Finegan

 

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National Library Week!

The week of April 13 – April 19, 2014 is National Library Week!

One week each year, usually in April, since 1958, libraries throughout the nation have held celebrations ranging from simple posters to all out parties to celebrate all that they have to offer (staff, materials, “spaces”, etc.) as well as supporters and patrons. The celebration was developed by the National Book Committee, which was made up by members of the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers. In 1974 the National Book Committee was disbanded and ALA took over full sponsorship. The original committee created the celebration with the goals of: “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time”, “improving incomes and health”, and “developing a strong and happy family life”. The goals set forth by the ALA may have changed a bit in the ensuing decades since National Library Weeks’ birth, but the original goals still hold true.

As a part of the annual celebration the ALA assigns a  different theme to each year. Typically these themes deal with trends (library, community, global, political, etc.), promoting library services, reading, or literacy. The very first library week was themed “Wake Up and Read!”. This year the theme is “Lives change @ your library ®.”

Each library celebrates differently, of course. I’ve seen as little as a small poster on the circulation desk and as much as a week long, fun filled schedule of events all culminating with a party on Saturday (the last day) providing free food and drinks as well as games and prizes to any and all who wish to attend. Many libraries change their events to match the annual theme and frequently will gear their parties, games, etc. to children. In the last few years there has been a trend of promotions for teens and young adults, so I would expect to see more programs…particularly “maker” or “tinker” programs…aimed at that age group. On that note, the rise in popularity of the “maker” movement has prompted libraries, mostly public, to create “makerspaces” where patrons can basically work to create new things either from new bits & pieces (like a 3D printer) or by breaking apart old items (like toys, computers, fans, etc.) and using the salvageable bits. With these new spaces, there could be a variety of programs aimed to promote those spaces. This year, I expect to see a lot of programs asking patrons to share their life changing library stories or promoting using the library to help change lives (like creating an artificial hand with a 3D printer).

To promote this year’s theme, @YourLibrary (a library and literacy support community), has started a drawing for a Kindle Fire. Want to enter? Just take a selfie and share it with a story of how libraries have changed your life, or what libraries mean to you. Share your photo and story on Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr using the hasgtags “#LivesChange” and “#NLW14” before noon on Friday, April 19th. If you want more details or to use the funky speech bubble created just for National Library Week this year, click here! Here at Avila’s library, we have set out some copies for use!

Non-libraries get into the party as well. Different book publishers, library support groups, and technology companies will host online webinars, host events, or even offer some of their useful services for free! This year Oxford University Press has made their online resources free for the week! Just use “libraryweek” as both username and password and enjoy!

SO! Tell your story, take a selfie and remember to appreciate your library and librarians for all that they do and have done in your life. If you’d like to help your library celebrate, just stop by and see what programs they’ve got set up for the week! If you’d like to show your appreciation to your Avila University librarians, just stop by and say thanks…we also accept candy. 🙂 keep calm and library on

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Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes…

Have you stopped by the library lately?  Yes? It’s already starting to look a little different isn’t it?

For those of you who haven’t stopped by in the last couple weeks, we’ve begun the move and it’s in full swing again this week! By the end of the day today, the Archives will be almost completely moved over to Avila Hall. It already looks pretty bare in there! Throughout the week, this week, you’ll also notice the offices and desk areas clearing out or random pieces of furniture just chilling in the middle of the room. As the (rather cheesy) signs around campus will say “pardon our progress”. It’s going to be a little messy and a little noisy in here and Avila Hall this week as we make our final preparations for the “big move” next week.

So what, exactly is happening this week? Here is a peek at our schedule:

3/24-3/28:

  • Pack Circulation Desk & Offices

  • Complete Archives move. Clear Archives area and storage spaces

  • Pack up student DVD’s and Reserves

  • Begin pick up & delivery for furniture not traveling to Avila Hall

  • Organize all loose & current periodicals for move.

  • Move offices & circ. non-essentials to Avila Hall

3/27:

  • Library moving party!

3/28-3/30:

  • Pack up laptops, cases, DVD cameras, tripods, play scripts, etc.

3/31-4/6:

  • Library Closed

  • Movers move all storage materials to containers and St. Paul’s books to Avila Hall

  • Move computers to Avila Hall

4/7:

  • Library reopens in Avila Hall

That is our basic timeline. At this moment, the library staff are alternately doing their jobs and packing up their work life. It’s very weird to see these offices and spaces emptying out so quickly. It’s entirely possible that the cage “protecting” the Archives area will be coming down tomorrow! While we all work to make this transition as painless as possible, please bear with us, as we will still be making a little noise and one heck of a mess! You’ll notice that on the 27th we have a library moving party; this party is being “thrown” by Student Life and is (of course) open to the student body. We are waiting on official times, but I do believe it will begin around 5PM. We hope to see you there! We need all the support we can get 🙂

As always, if you need anything or have questions regarding the move or the library in general please feel free to get in touch with us on here, Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail at hooleybundschulib@gmail.com

OH!! Stay tuned for some pictures and video of the move so far!

 

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How librarians nab a valentine

In lieu of the typical post for this site, I’ve decided to honor Valentine’s Day in a purely librarian way: cheesy librarian pick-up lines. Prepare to be amazed by the tremendously creative use of library vernacular.

This Valentine’s Day, woo your future lover with any of these 10 fabulous lines:

  1. Mind if I check you out?

  1. Are you a librarian? Well, I really need to be shushed!

  1. No one believes I am a librarian, maybe you should try to check me out.

  1. You have the tightest hair bun in the place!

  1. Let’s play search engine: enter your search terms and see if you get positive results.

  1. I’d catalog you under “Desirable”!

  1. Dewey belong together, or is it just me?

  1. Can I have your call number?

  1. Wanna have 306.7?

  1. Hey girl, I like cats, Doctor Who, books, and that cardigan you’re wearing. (works best if you are Ryan Gosling)

I hope you’re not too scandalized. Librarians are an odd bunch. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! Celebrate wisely, and we’ll see you all on Monday!

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The Day We Fight Back

Today is the day we fight back.

Seriously.

Businesses, organizations, and individuals are banding together today to “fight” back against NSA surveillance. Reminiscent of the SOPA/PIPA protests from a few years ago, this will take place largely on the web, but there will be public events held all over the world. This movement is called…

“The Day We Fight Back”TDWFBAvatar

If you are unaware of the whole NSA scandal/debacle, I will try an explain it as clearly as possible (and wonder under which rock you have been living). Briefly, the NSA (National Security Agency for the U.S.) apparently was collecting data from phone calls, texts, emails, and general internet use of citizens around the world, including Americans. This was all brought to light by Edward Snowden, a NSA employee who is now very much on the run. Snowden, leaked documents and information detailing the government surveillance and data collection. Further documents have come forth, implying they were getting data from technology giants like Verizon, Google, and Yahoo. There have also been whispers of businesses and organizations being tapped for information being held to an NDA (non-disclosure ‘agreement’), effectively disallowing them to speak about any of their dealings with the NSA. The government has yet to truly clear the air, and it is evident that there are differing opinions as to what to do about the leaks as well as how to handle situations like this going forward.

What does this mean for us? Well, it could mean nothing…we still don’t know the amount of data collected or from whom it was collected. Nor do we know who was targeted, if anyone specific. Many believe this is an invasion of privacy. People are, apparently, not too keen on anyone (let alone their own government) possibly getting a view of their text conversations or what sites they visit online. There is, understandably, some moral and ethical outrage. There have been suggestions of a very 1984-esque “Big Brother” operation.

This whole catastrophe has an effect on everyone, though, not just individuals. Libraries could be “asked” to provide personal information about patrons and would have no recourse for refusing. Google may have to turn over e-mail account information for their millions of users. No one knows how far this surveillance has already gone, nor do they know how far it could go if not contained now.

As your friendly blogging librarian, I am not asking you to pick any sides, but i am asking you to be knowledgeable about what this NSA ‘thing’ is all about and the effects it could have on you and the institutions you are a part of.

If you would like to join the ‘fight’, please visit this site to learn how to help.

If you would like to learn more about the leaks, the NSA, and the whole catastrophe in general, please visit these sites:

https://thedaywefightback.org/

http://www.nsa.gov/

https://www.eff.org/nsa-spying

http://www.districtdispatch.org/2014/02/heads-day-fight-back-feb-11th-day-action-surveillance-privacy-reforms/

http://www.cbsnews.com/feature/nsa-surveillance-exposed/

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(not our) National Libraries Day!

Saturday is National Libraries Day…but in the United Kingdom. This is, of course, a bit of a bummer for United States libraries. No matter! We can still celebrate in our own way. 🙂

Across the UK libraries will be pulling out all the stops, showing their patrons just what they are capable of, as well as hosting a variety of events for all ages. Each library has it’s own plan for celebration. Some will host a party, others will have a “petting zoo” for new e-readers or incoming electronics, still others will have crafting events or story hours throughout the day. It’s not just public libraries, either. Academic and special libraries are welcome to showcase their goods as well. Nuffield College Library took the offer and ran with it, dedicating a blog post to a behind the scenes look at their archive collections.

Want to celebrate your libraries on UK’s National Libraries Day? What not stop in to Hooley-Bundschu Library and check out what we’ve got available? Or perhaps mosey down to one of the many public libraries in the area, get a library card, and check out a couple of cheesy romance novels for the weekend? Your friendly blogging librarian will be hitting up the Mid-Continent Library branch in Lees Summit to pick up a couple of graphic novels to plow through over the chilly weekend. Go Libraries!

If you want to show your Avila University library some love, hop over to our Facebook Page and give us a like, or perhaps follow us on Twitter!

Happy National Libraries Day to all the libraries in the UK and around the world!

Check out some of the festivities listed on the National Libraries Day Website or the Facebook Page!

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Brief Explanation of the Interlibrary-Loan Process

Do you have a big ‘ole research project due this semester? Already doing major research and found an article that will be useful to you, but we don’t have access to it? You’re in luck! Avila University’s Hooley-Bundschu Library participates in the OCLC community, and therefore can request books and articles from lending libraries across the nation.

If you wish to “request” a book or article which you’ve found, you’ll need to go here and perform a search for your book or article to ensure that at least one lending library in the U.S. has a copy available. Next, you will need to go here and fill out the request form. As you fill it out, be sure you have included your e-mail address, as this is how we will contact once the materials have arrived and how articles will be delivered (you will receive a PDF or similar document type).

If you have been searching in an Ebsco database and located a document which is not available in full text through any of our databases, click the link that looks like this:

Request this item through Interlibrary loan

Once there, fill out all relevant information and in the “Cost Not To Exceed” section, mark it as $0.00. Once again, it is essential that you provide your e-mail address, as this is how the majority of articles will be delivered. Your library card # is your student ID#. Once all information has been filled in, click submit and a generated request will be sent.

ILL is a great option for students working on large research projects, particularly those looking for obscure materials. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your request will be accepted, nor can we give you a specific time frame for delivery. ILL (Interlibrary Loan) articles could be delivered next day or over a week later; ILL books usually arrive within about a week, but could take longer depending on the location and speed of the lending library.

If you need help requesting materials, or with any step of the process, please feel free to ask any of your friendly neighborhood librarians. Also, you are welcome to ask me any questions in the blog comments or through our Facebook and Twitter (@HooleyBundschu) accounts.

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Net Neutrality and Libraries

I had not planned on posting today, but yesterday an event took place that I felt I should cover here on Library Things. Yesterday morning, word began spreading about the “end of net neutrality”. In a landmark, and perhaps damning, decision a federal district court struck down ‘net neutrality’ or the nondiscrimination rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In the case of Verizon v. FCC, the courts decided in favor of Verizon citing that the FCC does not currently have the authority to enact such rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals has sent the rules back to the FCC, who may attempt to rewrite or rework the rules.

I choose to share this with you because it is a troubling decision for people of all walks, including students, educators, librarians, businesses, almost everyone. The nondiscrimination rules acted to allow a free flow of information and kept companies from “picking favorites” from their users or contributors or restricting the natural flow of the web. With the rules struck down, large net providers (like Verizon) could restrict certain users or sites, direct the “flow” of information to specific channels, create tiered & price based internet service (fast lane/slow lane style), or completely block sites or users at will. I have your attention now, don’t I?

Wondering why this is a big deal for libraries too? Well, one of the core foundations of modern librarianship it the free flow of information. A belief that information should be easily available to all persons is part of the foundation of nearly all libraries. A restriction on our internet or a provider blocking whatever they deem appropriate could stop the information flow we’ve been enjoying for a while now. A restricted or tiered internet could prohibit small start ups and tinkerer’s from getting off the ground and creating masterpieces; imagine what would have happened to Facebook in it’s early days if every net provider channeled users to Myspace only. Not awesome.

What everyone in the library, information, technology, and really…well…everyone waits for now, is to see what exactly happens. We have an idea of all of the bad things that could come of this but we will only know the true impacts when the companies embrace the ruling. At the moment, all we can do is be aware of the problem and look for opportunities where we can help make a change.

If you would like more information about Net Neutrality, Verizon v. FCC, or the possible impacts please check out the following links:

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/telecom/netneutrality

http://ht.ly/sCXjf

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2014/01/killing-net-neutrality-means-killing-economic-equality-access/

http://www.infodocket.com/2014/01/14/verizon-wins-net-neutrality-court-ruling-against-fcc-full-text-of-decisio/

http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blog/troubling-decision-nixes-net-neutrality-rules

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/01/net_neutrality_d_c_circuit_court_ruling_the_battle_s_been_lost_but_we_can.html

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First!

Hooley Bundschu Library has a blog! Hooray!!

As this is the very first post I’ll keep it simple and just update you on some of the goings on here at the library.

First and foremost, we are rapidly approaching the end of the Fall 2013 semester, which means FINALS. Students are flocking to our computers and study spaces to finish projects, perfect papers, and get in those last few minutes of studying. For any students or faculty who are looking for information and/or help–don’t be afraid to ask your friendly neighborhood librarians! We can be found wandering all over the library and are happy to help. You are also welcome to ask questions via Twitter (@hooleybundschu) or Facebook. Also, it can get fairly noisy in here with this many people working, so those of you hoping for a “silent” study space, I suggest you investigate our quiet study area toward the back of the library. We also have a few small study rooms, which are first come-first serve (sorry, no reservations).

In an attempt to make your last week before finals a little less stressful, a variety of campus groups will be hosting events this week in the library and around the Avila campus. If you are in need of some stress relief, check the schedule of events on our Facebook page.

We recently hosted the ‘Free LaMar’s Donuts and Coffee’ event at the library as a part of Avila’s “Stress Relief Week.” This year we were able to take advantage of a special ‘BOGO’ deal with LaMar’s and received 50 dozen (600) donuts. We started serving at 8:00 A.M. and were still going strong when the evening shift came in at 5:00 P.M. A Huge thanks to LaMar’s Donuts and Avila Student Life for making this event a huge success.

With the advent of “Stress Relief Week” and the fast approach of Finals Week, the library will have extended hours. Check the image below for daily hours. The library will be closed December 14th & 15th and will re-open on the 16th with abbreviated hours until the official Christmas Break begins on December 23rd. Check back for details.

Finally, we are looking for donations! Specifically, we are looking for TOYS. As a part of a campus wide Toys for Tots drive, Hooley Bundschu Library will be collecting new and unopened toys to be delivered to needy children for Christmas. If you are interested in donating there are two collection bins inside the library, near the circulation desk. The bins should be available through the end of the school year and you are welcome to donate any time the library is open!

I will leave you with those thoughts for now. Check back soon for a new post and GOOD LUCK to all students preparing for Finals!!

Stress and Finals Weeks Schedule

Stress and Finals Weeks Schedule

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December 4, 2013 · 5:37 pm