May 23rd, 2017

Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference Call for Proposals 2017

Digital Scholarship

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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May 18th, 2017

From Special Collections/University Archives: Commencement at Bucknell

Every spring, all graduating students, their family and friends, as well as faculty and the administration gather in the front of Bertrand Library for commencement exercises —a multi-hour ceremony that is dedicated to each of the students that have met the requirements for receiving a degree from the University. The ceremony carries with it a long academic tradition, both from within and outside of Bucknell University. People from every walk of University life gather and reconfirm the principles that guide education at this institution. The first commencement was held on August, 20 1851, conferring Bachelor of Arts degrees on seven […]

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May 11th, 2017

From Special Collections/University Archives: The George Bernard Shaw Collection

George Bernard Shaw, an Irish writer and playwright, was one of the most prolific figures in 19th and 20th centuries. . Born 1856 in Dublin, he quickly gained a small literary following in Europe in his thirties after finding little success ghostwriting criticism after he left school. Having tried his hand at fiction with little success, Shaw later turned to playwriting, from which he became immensely famous. Shaw’s later life was marked by his unique public persona—often with contentious-flirtation with socialism and communism and fringe economic and political theories in his day. LaFayette Butler—a bibliophile and industrialist from Hazelton, PA […]

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May 1st, 2017

From Special Collections/University Archives: Horace Hildreth, Bucknell’s Ninth President

Over the hundred and seventy one years of Bucknell’s history, the University has had seventeen presidents. Each one has had a unique background—some in academia, some in the Baptist church, and many as administrators of other schools. Few, however, had the background that could rival the eclectic resume of Horace Hildreth, ninth President of Bucknell from 1949 until 1953. Hildreth had little experience in academia—nothing more than what he experienced as an undergraduate at Bowdoin College and at Harvard as a law student. His early career was almost entirely dominated by his experience in Maine politics, rising through the ranks […]

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April 21st, 2017

Summer Technology Tips for Students

Before you get on your way, here are some tips to help make your transitions to and from Bucknell a bit easier! Tip 1: Change your Password now – if you wait, it may expire over break, and that can be a hassle Tip 2: Plan for a needed upgrade – If your computer is 3+ years old, consider purchasing a laptop through our Bison Laptop Program over the summer months to be ready for the coming year. Tip 3: Keep back-ups going! – If you use an external hard drive to back-up your computer, make sure you continue your back-ups. […]

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April 20th, 2017

Summer Technology Tips for Faculty

Here are some tips to help ensure smooth sailing over the summer session and breaks: Tip 1: If your password is set to expire soon, here’s where to go for more information: http://ask.bucknell.edu/?p=1879 Tip 2: Keep the backups going! – If you use an external hard drive to back-up your computer, make sure you continue making backups of your files. If you use a software solution, such as Mozy Pro or Crash Plan, plan to connect to the internet periodically to allow it to back-up. Tip 3: Plan for what you’ll need – If you have work that is likely to require specialized […]

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April 18th, 2017

Check out the Spring 2017 Faculty Scholarship Reception Video!

Each Spring, Library and IT celebrates Bucknell faculty who have published scholarly articles, or other non-book projects. Featured faculty speakers include: Katharina Vollmayr-Lee (Physics and Astronomy), Mihai Banciu (Management), Mai-Linh Hong (English). Check out our video from this great event!  

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April 11th, 2017

From Special Collections/University Archives: Bucknell’s Observatory

Five years after William Bucknell donated $50,000 to the University at Lewisburg in 1881, saving the institution from financial ruin, he continued to play a large role on campus—one of the main reasons why the school was renamed Bucknell University in his honor in 1886. One of the conditions that came with William Bucknell’s donation was that the large, forested area of the campus below Roberts Hall , —the area now known as the Grove—remain untouched and maintained. William Bucknell’s hand in the shaping of the campus did not stop there. In 1887, Bucknell approached the Board of Trustees with […]

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April 11th, 2017

Internet Service Provider Privacy and You

In early April, legislation was passed that repealed some laws that were meant to prevent your ISP (Internet Service Provider) from selling data on your browsing habits. This has generated some concern about privacy on the Internet, and rightly so. To be fair however, we should also realize that this isn’t an actual person (or people) who are looking through everyone’s activities, but automated data analytics systems designed to discover correlation and meaning from big data. What can you do to help protect your browsing habits? While nothing will give you complete privacy, here are some steps you can take: Use […]

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