Congratulations, Bucknell graduates!

Library and IT would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our 2015 Bucknell University graduates.  We’re proud of you and all of your accomplishments, and wish you success in your future endeavors!

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Celebrating Bucknell Faculty Scholarship

Each semester, Library and IT holds a reception celebrating faculty scholarship at Bucknell University.  If you weren’t able to attend the reception, here is a video of the ceremony.  Videography and Editing by Brianna Derr.

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Kent State Protests and Bucknell

As Americans went home on Monday May 4th, 1970, many were greeted not by the welcoming embrace of their families but instead by what was displayed on their television sets. Earlier that day, four students were shot by the Ohio Army National Guard at Kent State University, following protests by students against the continuing war in Vietnam.

While the horrors of friends standing over the bodies of fellow students captured the nation’s attention, Universities across the country – many of which were already witnessing protests of their own – attempted to reconcile what happened and move forward.

On the same day as the Kent State shootings – before anyone was even aware of the massacre – the Association of Bucknell Students (ABS) and faculty of the University each passed a resolution to request that classes be canceled the week of May 4th through the 9th. President Charles H. Watts II sent out a letter to students and parents on May 6th supporting this step due to “concerns…about recent and continuing developments in Southeast Asia.”

The protests at Kent State and Bucknell, as well as hundreds of schools across the nation, came following President Nixon’s announcement of the Cambodia Incursion – a proposed military operation along the Eastern border of Cambodia with Vietnam that would strike against Vietcong military installations and supply routes.

Acknowledging the dramatic ramifications that this proposal would have on the increasingly escalating war, the ABS adopted three major demands in their resolution:

1) The immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Cambodia and Laos

2) Permanent cessation of the bombing of N. Vietnam and

3) Withdrawal of troops from Southeast Asia by December of 1970.

The faculty adopted a resolution that voiced solidarity with the ABS and stated that they accepted “the concerns by Bucknell students in their slogan ‘On strike, open it up and keep it open'” and proposed canceling classes to address the “current national crisis.” Working with the students and the administration, the faculty scheduled a series of events meant to help educate and discuss the ongoing war in Southeast Asia, providing students access to information that might have otherwise been lost to them.

The atmosphere of protest and education grew to envelope the entire campus for that week in early May. From Tuesday until Friday, the Bucknellian published daily schedules of strike activities and open lectures that would be available to all students. This series featured prominent members of the faculty speaking upon their respective fields in relation to the crisis in Asia.

The concurrent protests at Bucknell and Kent State echoed the concerns of the population of young people at large. As the country pivoted towards an uncertain future, it became clear that the fate of thousands of young men hung in the balance.

The actions of the faculty and administrators at Bucknell University are commendable in that they made it clear that the future of the University was indelibly tied to the condition of their student population. As President Watts stated at the end of his letter, none of these actions were “construed or intended to be against the University.” The purpose of an education is to enlighten students on their position in society; this week took those abstract principles and connected it with the immediate lives of students.

What was shocking about the massacre of students at Kent State was not only that it was senseless killing; it was that it could have happened anywhere. The protests occurred because students were powerless to be heard or to have control over their own lives. Recognizing this, Bucknell sought to foster a critical and constructive environment where students could develop a sense of the world and their place in it. It was one of those rare moments in history where the value of a broad, liberal arts education asserts itself through the passion and determination of everyday students.

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Bucknell students attending anti-war protest and forums on the main academic quad, May 1970

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New Moodle Feature: Export Forum to PDF File

Discussion Board forums in Moodle allow students to discuss issues related to your course beyond the typical class period, and the discussions can provide an interesting (and occasionally surprising) window into how students are reacting to a particular assigned text. If you want to review those discussions later (or after a semester ends), you could just return to the course and click on the link for the forum. However, to make it easier to read the threaded conversations, we have added a new feature that allows you to export those forum discussions to a PDF file.

See these detailed instructions on how to add that new functionality to your Moodle course.

Please contact itec@bucknell.edu f you have any questions about that Export Forum feature or about using Moodle to support your teaching.

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Bertrand Library intersession hours start Friday 5/8

Bertrand Library’s hours for the intersession (5/8 – 6/7) will be as follows:

M-F: 8am – 5pm
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

Exceptions to this schedule for Commencement and Reunion Weekend can be found on the full schedule, here:  www.bucknell.edu/libraryhours

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Need help with your research?

Need help with your research or a course project?  Bucknell’s librarians are here to help you!

Visit our subject guides at http://researchbysubject.bucknell.edu to find appropriate research resources for every academic subject, or to make a research appointment with a subject librarian!

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Finals Study tips from Ben Hoover ’08, M’12!

Ask for help!  Librarians and professional staff members are here to assist you in finding resources for papers and projects, and to guide you in the research process.  During finals, the library will be open for 24 hours and the Library Services Desk will be continually staffed.  If you need help, just ask!

Don’t procrastinate!  Start studying now to avoid cramming at the last minute.  Use your time wisely and plan out your studying (Google Calendar is a great tool for this).  If you have papers to write, schedule a short meeting with a subject-librarian now to get a jump start on finding sources and get tips that can make your paper writing faster and easier.

Take study breaks.  Exercise, meditate, or just relax.  Building short breaks into your study routine can help energize, motivate, and keep you on task.  There are a myriad of study-break events on campus so pick what you want to do and add them to your study schedule.

Can’t find an open computer or study space?  Laptops are available at the equipment desk for short-term borrowing, and Lenovo and Mac computer chargers are available at the circulation desk.  The library has study spaces on all five floors – three of which have quiet study areas.  Be adventurous and find some new places to study!

Someone being loud in the quiet area?  Message a library staff member using the chat widget on the Research by Subject page and we will come SHUSH them!  Also, feel free to message us with any library or research related questions.

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