Library News

Criss Library is extending hours for prep and finals week this semester. "We are pleased to offer students this additional time", said Dave Richards, Dean of Library Services. The library will stay open until 1:00am Monday-Thursday during prep week, and Sunday-Thursday during finals week to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

Extended hours dates are:

  • Monday-Thursday, April 25-28: 7:00am-1:00am
  • Sunday, May 1: Noon-1:00am
  • Monday-Wednesday, May 2-4: 7:00am-1:00am

The latest issue of the newsletter,Criss Chronicles, is now available!

The Criss Library's Creative Production Lab is now offering "mini" 3D Printing. Using our new SLA resin printer, watch your small 3D models print at a higher level of detail.

Resin printing costs $.20/mL, while standard plastic printing is still just $.15/gram.

Stop by to see how you can get printing, or go to the 3D Printing Page.

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.

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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/