March 21st, 2017

From Special Collections/University Archives: Jens Larson, Bucknell University’s Architect

Bucknell’s campus today bears a certain design, perfectly tucked into the town of Lewisburg. At its inception, the University was relegated to the meeting house of the Baptist Church in Lewisburg, where classes were small enough to fit into its basement, and the town of Lewisburg was little more than a patchwork of farms with a small main street running through it. The University at Lewisburg’s—Bucknell University’s name prior to 1886—original charter stated that, in order for the State of Pennsylvania to accredit it as an institution of higher education, it needed to purchase land from the surrounding area in […]

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March 13th, 2017

Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference Call for Proposals 2017

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its fourth annual digital scholarship conference (#BUDSC17). The theme of the conference is “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship.” What can different disciplines learn from each other when it comes to adopting or using digital tools? What is the role of innovation in digital scholarship?  Who is being innovative? How is digital scholarship rewarded in, or beyond, academia? How can we foster communication across intellectual disciplines and administrative units? How is digital scholarship made?  Who produces it?  Who is excluded and who is included? Where […]

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March 9th, 2017

Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Join The Bertrand Library in celebrating Women’s History Month! We’ve created a special subject guide that offers reading, listening, and viewing suggestions for the month of March:  http://researchbysubject.bucknell.edu/women Items from the guide can be found on our Women’s History Month display on the main level of the Bertrand Library.

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March 8th, 2017

The Packwood House Project: A Community Collaboration

Through support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Library and Information Technology has provided student-faculty research project grants over the past three summers.  Each project is supported by members of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship and Research Services.  One project undertaken this summer was by Professor Janice Mann (Art and Art History) and Rebecca Reeve ‘17, entitled The Packwood House Digital Archive of the Personal Papers, Ephemera and Photographs of Edith and John Fetherston.   The Packwood House Museum, located in downtown Lewisburg, is the former home of Edith (Class of 1905) and John Fetherston, and has operated as a public […]

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March 2nd, 2017

From Special Collections/University Archives: Bucknell Women in World War I

This blog has written several times about the impact that World War I had on the University and student life. As the centennial of the United States’ involvement in World War I comes upon us this year, it is hard to understate how profoundly it affected the minds of faculty and students and how much it upended life on campus during and in years since. One facet that we have overlooked, until now, is the role that women played during the war. While they were not conscripted or took part in the military training on campus in the way that […]

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February 28th, 2017

Should you depend on antivirus software?

We’re regularly asked at the Tech Desk about what anti-virus program we recommend. While we can’t recommend individual programs, this article from Slate gives an excellent overview of why the specific program that you use is only part of a larger strategy.   More importantly, the article provides a good set of guidelines for users to take regarding the security of their computer, and explains why an anti-virus is only a small part of an increasingly complex strategy. If you have any questions about any of these concerns, we’d be happy to discuss them further with you at the Tech […]

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February 27th, 2017

From Special Collections/University Archives: Bucknell’s Botany Building

Each building on campus becomes synonymous with a certain field or major throughout a student’s tenure at this school. Hidden behind the classroom layout of the present is a rich history of various academic departments, classes, and renovations that have changed these historic buildings to suit the needs of the students and the faculty at the time that they find themselves here. Taylor Hall, the first building constructed on campus in 1848, which now houses most Management classes, at one point, housed every single class that the school offered. Over the years, Taylor Hall saw a radical transformation from being […]

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February 16th, 2017

Comparing unlimited data plans

Several data carriers have recently announced new unlimited data plans, each with a variety of options. Is an unlimited data plan right for you? It can be confusing. Here are some places for you to start. The Washington Post has written an excellent summary for you here. CNET has also put together a good comparison.

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February 10th, 2017

From Special Collections/University Archives: Robert Lowry

Despite Bucknell’s size and its being tucked away in a small town in central Pennsylvania, there are still a host of famous graduates and faculty members that color its history. Robert Lowry, the famed Baptist minister and hymn-writer, was one such character—leaving an indelible mark on Bucknell University as well as the national religious psyche. As John Zeller ’41 stated in the spring 1975 issue of Bucknell World, the alumni magazine, Lowry was “undoubtedly the most famous faculty member the University has ever had.” Lowry graduated from the University at Lewisburg (former name of Bucknell University) in 1854 as valedictorian […]

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February 8th, 2017

G Suites makes it easier to use templates!

G Suites now makes it easier for users to create files from templates by granting access to templates directly from Drive. Instead of navigating to the Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms home pages, you can simply go to Drive > New > Google Docs/Sheets/Slides/Forms > From a template. From there, you’ll be directed to the applicable template gallery, where you can select the template of your choice.

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