September 20th, 2017

From Special Collections/University Archives: The SS Bucknell Victory

Did you know that an armed cargo ship in service during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars was named after Bucknell University? Built in 1945 by the United States Government, the SS Bucknell Victory was one of 150 armed cargo ships named after outstanding American Universities. The SS Bucknell Victory was built by the Permanente Metals Cooperation at the Kaiser Yard in Richmond, California. At 455 ft. long, 10,800 tons, with a speed of 15 knots, the SS Bucknell Victory was christened on February 10th by Mrs. H. F. Walker with six other Bucknell Alumni in attendance: […]

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September 14th, 2017

From Special Collections/University Archives: Who is Ellen Clarke Bertrand?

In 1963, J. Olin Oliphant, professor of history at Bucknell and the first archivist of the University, referred to Ellen Clarke Bertrand as, “the greatest contributor to Bucknell in all its history.” Mrs. Bertrand’s charitable gifts are forever honored by all Bucknellians who have ever studied, discovered, or learned, within the walls of the beautiful library that bears her name. Born on September 11, 1892, Ellen was the daughter of Samuel J. Clarke and Agnes Robertson Clarke. A woman of considerable wealth, she attended the Gardiner School in New York City. In March of 1929, she married Herbert Bertrand, and […]

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September 12th, 2017

A Collaborative Project: Bucknell’s New Ticketing System

This summer, Library & IT worked with the Campus Box Office to implement a new ticketing system. The new system went live in early August, and offers many features designed to enhance the ticketing process and better meet the ticketing needs of the Bucknell community. ● Tickets can be purchased over the phone or online to be sent via email instantly or sent to a mobile phone. Tickets that are shown on a mobile phone will be able to be scanned for entry at events. ● Improved MyBucknell integration will provide easier access to Bucknell Community events and discounts. ● […]

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September 10th, 2017

Special Collections/University Archives Fall Exhibit: Straight Out of Booklyn

For more than a decade, Special Collections/University Archives has been working with the Booklyn Artists Alliance to purchase artists’ books representing collaborative work among artists, designers, and book binders, who often work independently from mainstream book publishers. As an art form, artists’ books are defined by the Smithsonian Libraries as “…a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as an inspiration… What truly makes an artist’s book is the artist’s intent, and artists have used the book as inspiration in a myriad of ways and techniques, from traditional to the experimental.” The Booklyn Artists Alliance, […]

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September 7th, 2017

Introducing Haley Stodart!

Hello everyone, my name is Haley Stodart. I am a junior at Bucknell University and am your new Special Collections/University Archives blogger! Before you read my fun and historical blog post every week for this fall semester, I would like to tell you a little more about myself. I am currently 20 years old and from Houtzdale, Pennsylvania, a quaint little town about an hour past State College.  I am currently double majoring in History and Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and I am very excited to pursue these majors further when I study abroad in Athens, Greece this upcoming […]

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September 5th, 2017

Featured Database: Global Issues in Context

Getting started with a paper/project topic in Political Science or International Relations?  Don’t know where to begin?  Try Global Issues in Context! “Global Issues In Context supports global awareness and provides a global perspective while tying together a wealth of authoritative content, empowering learners to critically analyze and understand the most important issues of the modern world. Integrating news, global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics, and more in a single search—Global Issues In Context is updated daily and offers 250 different country topic pages and more than 400 Issue pages. Exclusive to Global Issues In Context, Global Issues Viewpoints contains […]

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August 10th, 2017

Introducing the New and Improved Bertrand Library Website!

Bertrand Library is proud to present our new and improved website!  The new site features a brand new design, improved navigation, and full integration with the Research by Subject guides.  The new design elements will also be featured across the entire Research by Subject site. Here are a few close-ups of new design elements: -new dropdown menus:  -easy access to contact information and L&IT social media presence:  -easy navigation to the links you need, right up front!:  -quick links to library help:  -and more! We invite you to take the new site for a test drive, and to share any feedback […]

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August 9th, 2017

Coming soon: Updates on Major University Projects!

This summer, our own Lisa Veloz, Director of Project and Initiative Management, ran a workshop for L&IT staff on the principles of project management, and how we can apply them to our work. These principles are applied constantly on campus to a number of university-wide projects that affect the lives and work of everyone at Bucknell. Stay tuned to the L&IT blog for updates on such vital university projects as: Changes in the university ticketing system Document Imaging Blackbaud implementation Workday implementation and more!

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July 10th, 2017

Representing the Generations: Dianne Guffey Celebrates 40 Years of Service

When Dianne Guffey came to Bucknell 40 years ago, she was no stranger to campus.  Her father worked briefly as a custodian, and her grandfather was once the head of security.  Dianne joined the Bucknell staff as a mainframe systems operator; and when the mainframe was decommissioned, she transitioned to systems operator and then systems specialist.  Currently, Dianne is a systems integrator, a role she took on in 2005. Imagine the changes in 40 years!  When Dianne started here, there were typewriters and rotary phones in use.  There was no campus network, no email, and no desktop computers.  Computing involved […]

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July 10th, 2017

Bucknell’s Journey to the Cloud

In the Fall 2016 of The Next Page, Param Bedi, Bucknell’s Vice President for Library and Information Technology, discussed our enterprise information systems transformation. We are moving to numerous “best of breed” applications, all of which are Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings running in cloud environments. With so much of our data transitioning to these new systems, we’ve also had to rethink our data and business intelligence platforms. As we began to architect this solution, we asked ourselves if there were any advantages to running these platforms in the cloud as well. We eventually made the decision to build […]

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