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On display on the first floor of Criss Library is the new exhibit, "The Architectural Studies of H. A. Raapke," featuring works produced during H. A. Raapke's student years, circa 1899-1907. Many of these drawings were part of his coursework for two schools in Paris: Altier Préparatoire D'Architecture and École Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

Sixteen of Raapke's original drawings are on display in the windows of the Archives and Special Collections area of Criss Library. The exhibit will run through the end of April 2016. All 59 extant drawings in the library's collection may be viewed in the Criss Library Online Exhibit space at http://unomaha.omeka.net/exhibits/show/raapke.

On display in Archives and Special Collections at Criss Library is Charles Timothy Hagel: A Life in Photographs, a biographical exhibit spanning the life of U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. A more in-depth version of the exhibit with some different photographs can be viewed online at: http://hagel.omeka.net/exhibits/show/chuckhagelbiography.

This exhibit coincides with the opening of the first portion of the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives to the community. Researchers may now browse and search inventories of Hagel Photographs, Artifacts, Grant Files, and Schedules in the Archives and Speical Collections database at http://unomaha-public.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/4/resources/508.

Game Night at Criss Library will be onFebruary 21 from 6-9pm! Game Night will continue on the 3rd Sunday of each month throughout the rest of the semester! Bring your own board games, or use ours. Everyone is welcome, so mark your calendars, and bring a friend! If you have questions, contact Claire Chamley at cchamley@unomaha.edu.

International bestselling author of The Forgotten Girls, Sara Blaedel, will visit Omaha on her U.S. tour for her new book The Killing Forest with an event co-sponsored by UNO Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library and the Danish American Archive & Library. Blaedel will speak at UNO's Criss Library on Saturday, February 6th at 1pm. Light refreshments will be served. Sara Blaedel is the author of nine bestselling crime fiction novels published in twenty three countries, translated into over thirteen languages, and optioned for film rights.

Blaedel's latest thriller The Killing Forest takes readers on a journey back through detective Louise Rick’s past as she reconnects with the principal investigator at the Hobaek Police Department, her former in-laws, a fanatic religious cult, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she navigates through the small town’s cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken, and dangerous secrets. The book is full of fascinating details about ancient Nordic religions.

Criss Library recently purchased the JSTOR "full house", and UNO now has access to all fourteen Arts & Sciences collections, and the Life Science collection. The JSTOR collections stand among the most important archives of academic journals, and the "full house" brings over 2,100 additional journals to the library's JSTOR account.

As is standard with the JSTOR archives, a three-to-five year "moving wall" governs access to articles. Depending on the license negotiated with each journal publisher, articles are released into the archival collections three to five years after publication. More recent articles may be available through the library's current subscriptions, and researchers may check the All eJournals A-Z directory to confirm this. The library catalog also includes records for journal subscriptions and even many individual articles.

For more information about these new resources, please contact Jim Shaw at jshaw@unomaha.edu or (402)554-2225.

  

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Criss Library Strategic Plan Objectives

Collections

Maximize access to intellectual content by providing the most cost-effective blend of formats, considering that any format must meet minimum levels for reliability and usability.

Actively seek and add new intellectual content by considering resources in all appropriate formats, and matching acquisitions with the relative needs and merits of UNO research and instructional programs.

Connections

Pursue opportunities to better serve the community by developing relationships with cultural institutions (museums, galleries, archives) and not-for-profit organizations that go beyond inter-library cooperation.

Participate in recruitment efforts by promoting library services to area high school programs (dual enrollment, AP courses) and individual classes and students with advanced research needs and abilities.

Promote diverse thinking, intellectual exploration and social learning with a variety of exhibits and collections that will intrigue students, faculty and the community at large.

People

Focus on library users by identifying their needs through surveys and frequent personal interaction. Meet needs in ways that will enhance the research experience with elements of satisfaction and delight.

Make the library a learning organization, adaptable to changing user needs by continuously educating library staff and revising procedures to optimize electronic resources. Be early adopters of new technologies, and constant adopters of new work roles that match talents and interests with user needs.

Physical Space

Position the library as UNO's preferred "third place"[1], an environment encouraging creativity and discovery, by creating a comfortable environment that promotes productivity and social interaction. Provide facilities that are both welcoming and supportive of multiple types of learning experiences ranging from quiet study to group activity to organized programs and community cultural events.

Create a safe sanctuary for learning by maintaining physical security, comfort, and ease of use for as many open hours as possible.

Technology

Create a virtual "third space"[1], an environment encouraging creative and intellectual exploration and discovery, a place in the mind of the user. Gather relevant resources that will shape themselves to user preferences and connect to other campus, personal and professional services. Provide access to the latest technology for those who do not, or are unable to own it.

Make electronic resources more desirable by presenting the most seamless and easy-to-use access methods possible with advanced searching technology and "push" communications technology. Select software on the basis of intuitive functioning and integration with other services. Make online resources as self-service as possible by creating point-of-use help and tutorial features.

[1] "The Third Place" is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. In his influential book The Great, Good Place, Ray Oldenburg argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place. Michael Krassa argues along similar lines, looking at neighborhood design, social network formation, and civic involvement. Wikipedia, http://www.wikipedia.com/