Category Archives: Collection

100 Websites Your Should Know and Use!

Back in 2007, Julie Wiedemann (the editor in charge at Taschen GmbH) gave a TED talk on the “100 websites you should know and use” (one of the most viewed TED blog posts ever).  Here is the updated version for 2013.  Enjoy!

The ones that are no longer functional have been “crossed out.”  But, because there are so many amazing resources available these days, please feel free to add your own ideas and/or compile your own list. Happy surfing!

Posted by Tom R.

New Artwork!

 Check out the new art!  This commissioned piece is hanging in the window of the Visitor’s Center Gallery in the Administrative Services building on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University.  The piece is titled “The Lighting of a Fire,” and it was created by Katie Pernu (her explanation of the piece is below).  Positively stunning (especially on a sunny day)! 

“The Lighting of a Fire”

I have been not only an artist, but a teacher and a learner for years… my whole life really. I think when a large piece of artwork is custom made for a university setting, such as the gallery at NSU BA, and when it will become a prominent feature of a university space, it is hard for it not to be about education, at least in the eyes of its viewers. In the case of this piece, it was designed with education in mind. Education changes lives, gives direction and guidance, points out strengths and weaknesses, and provides most of us with the means to make a living.

The image of the sunburst represents the light, the energy, the power and the opportunity we receive from a well-rounded and in-depth education. We not only receive these things from education but we can become these things to our communities through our education.

As we progress through each level of school, we become increasingly specialized in what we choose to study. We begin school together, learning the basics, taking the same classes. We gradually move outward from this tightly knit beginning, this central core, finding things that interest us, working with like-minded folks, finding out how our strengths can become more than just interests. As we specialize, we become more adept at using these strengths to support ourselves and our families and to contribute to our communities, giving back what we have taken in. Science, math, language, music, athletics, visual art and all of the many majors and careers stemming from these areas, make life better for all of us. We also know others will make choices in their own studies that fill in where we are weak. My daughter-in-law is a tax accountant. I know I couldn’t do that job but I am glad she and others like her are out there! We can all make life richer for each other and ourselves when all our strengths work together and when we all are able to receive a good education. All these areas are codependent. One is no more important than another. This is all represented by the spiral in the center of the circle and the “rays” extending outward from it.

I am not going to reveal every bit of the symbolism in this piece but I will tell you there are parts that represent civilization, nature and history. There are sections that stand for our mistakes and successes and pathways we have chosen because of them. Perhaps when it is finished, you can study it a while and see what is revealed to you…  Katie Pernu

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
William Butler Yeats

Posted by Tom R.

Did You Know . . . !

. . . that you can access many of the NSU Library’s resources from home? 

Here are the links to the library home pages . . .

Broken Arrow:

You may be asked to “sign in” using your NSU username and password, but once you authenticate that you are an NSU student, you will be able to search our catalog for books and other materials, search our databases for articles, complete interlibrary loans (ILLs), request books from other campuses, and have access to a wealth of other resources and subject guides.    And, while you may not be able to access the physical book collection via home, you are able to search for books and “hold” or request the books online from home (for this function to work, you must have already checked out books previously and have an account in our Millenium circulation module).   You can even renew your checked out books online. 

Happy researching!

Posted by Tom R.

Temperature Reaches Triple Digits

The temperature is supposed to reach 104 degree this afternoon and there is no sign of it cooling down soon.  So if you are sitting at home thinking of things to do to keep cool, why not come in and check-out a DVD. We have just received several new additions to our collection. Here are a few to preview:

The Trail of Tears


The trail of tears –explores America’s darkest period: President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee National died during the Trail of Tears, arriving in Indian Territory with few elders and even fewer children. Presented by Wes Studi and narrated by James Earl Jones.

We Shall Remain


“They were charismatic and forward thinking, imaginative and courageous, compassionate and resolute, and, at times, arrogant, vengeful and reckless. For hundreds of years, Native American leaders from Massasoit, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa, to Major Ridge, Geronimo, and Fools Crow valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture. Sometimes, their strategies were militaristic, but more often they were diplomatic, spiritual, legal and political … These five documentaries spanning almost four hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land”

As You Like It

Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick (who is younger brother to Duke Senior and took over his dukedom), with her cousin Celia (daughter to Duke Frederick). She falls in love with a young man named Orlando, but before she can even think twice about it, she is banished by Duke Frederick, who threatens death if she comes near the court again. Celia, being Rosalind’s best friend, goes with Rosalind (who is disguised as a boy, Ganymede) and Touchstone, the court’s fool, to the Forest of Arden. Upon their arrival in the forest, they happen upon Orlando and his manservant, who are fleeing the wrath of Orlando’s eldest brother. What follows is an elaborate scheme devised by the cross-dressing Rosalind to find out the verity of Orlando’s supposed passion for her, and to further capture his heart, through the witty and mischievous façade of Ganymede.

Trojan War


Wood started in Berlin where some artifacts from Troy remained after the devastation of World War II. From there he traveled to the Mediterranean, Turkey, and Wales to explore how much truth was in the oral story told by Homer in the Iliad. Even for non-archeology buffs, Wood brings to life the heartbreak and duplicity of Schliemann, the first to excavate (and possibly destroy portions of) Troy. This is followed by Wilhelm Dörpfeld, Schliemann’s heir, who explored further around the site, exposing what might be the Troy described by Homer. Thirdly discussed is the influential Britan, Arthur Evans, who unearthed Minos at Minos at Knossos. Lastly, we learn about Carl Blagan, an American who extracted further evidence from Troy.

Podcasting in the Classroom


Kids are especially heavy users of this technology. They love to hear their favorite songs everywhere they go. So if kids are already using the technology needed for Podcasting, why not use it to help students learn better? There are a lot of ways podcasts can be used to help improve learning in, and outside of the classroom. This title discusses the various ways in which podcasting can be used by educators to make learning more fun and relevant to students. It includes several strategies and techniques that will help improve literacy, verbal and social abilities, and creativity.

Blogging in the Classroom


In today’s technology-laden world, the public has an opportunity to respond to news and world events through the use of the internet, but also create news themselves. This can be done easily and at no cost through the use of blogs. Blogs are like internet newspapers or journals that we can update any time and post our thoughts about the world. But blogs are so much more than just newspapers. This title discusses the various ways in which blogging can be used by educators to make learning more fun and relevant to students. It includes several strategies and techniques that will help improve literacy, verbal and social abilities, and creativity.

A Class Divided


This PBS program looks at how discrimination affects both those who are treated unfairly and those who try to take advantage of people they do not feel deserve their respect. Shortly after Martin Luther King Jr., was killed, a teacher in Iowa decided to run an experiment to help her students learn more about how discrimination negatively affects everyone. She chose to treat some of her students far better than others, based solely on physical traits. This show looks at what this experiment taught the children and how they continue to be affected by it years later. The program received an Emmy Award, a Sidney Hillman Prize Award, and other honors for how it explored this unique lesson in ethics and humanity.

Brown eyes, Blue Eyes


The Facilitator Guide prepares you to handle the emotionally charged group dynamics that necessarily surface with the topic of biases, stereotypes, and assumptions. While the videos are powerful and informative, they are only the starting point. It is the discussion among participants before and after the video that solidifies learning and transfers new knowledge and insights back to the workplace. With twelve workshop options, a wealth of information on workplace diversity, tips on managing group dynamics, a full-color slide show and participant guides, this product is both flexible and comprehensive.



Rudy (Eric Schweig) and Mogie (Graham Greene) are two brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Located in the poorest county in the United States, joblessness and alcoholism are all-too-common facts of life in Pine Ridge, and Rudy and Mogie represent opposite ends of the scale of fortune. Mogie, a Vietnam veteran who came home emotionally scarred by the war, has a severe drinking problem and can’t relate to his teenage son Herbie (Noah Watts), while Mogie’s younger brother Rudy has struggled to better himself, and as a law enforcement officer is a respected member of the Pine Ridge community. But while Rudy is determined to do something positive for his town, he feels there’s only so much he can do as a lawman, and in his off-hours he’s become a vigilante, roughing up people whom he believes are helping to bring down Pine Ridge, and plotting to blow up a nearby liquor store that profits from the widespread alcoholism that has destroyed the lives of so many of his people, including his brother.

The Good German


Berlin, July, 1945. Journalist Jake Geismer arrives to cover the Potsdam conference, issued a captain’s uniform for easier passage. He also wants to find Lena, an old flame who’s now a prostitute desperate to get out of Berlin. He discovers that the driver he’s assigned, a cheerful down-home sadist named Corporal Tully, is Lena’s keeper. When the body of a murdered man washes up in Potsdam (within the Russian sector), Jake may be the only person who wants to solve the crime: U.S. personnel are busy finding Nazis to bring to trial, the Russians and the Americans are looking for German rocket scientists, and Lena has her own secrets.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Gov Docs Via Google!
GPO Launches ‘Google’ for Federal Docs
The Government Printing Office today launches Federal Digital System (FDsys),
the new online home for original federal documents.

Users will eventually be able to search for information from the government’s
50 different collections. The site currently hosts the eight most-popular
collections, including the Federal Register, the Congressional Record and
archive of Congressional hearings. The other collections will be added to the
site by this summer, according to GPO’s chief information officer Mike Wash.

The new site also marks the launch of the Federal Register’s new Daily
Compilation of Presidential Documents, an archive of executive orders,
speeches and other information released by the White House Press Office.
The daily online compilation replaces the printed Weekly Compilation of
Presidential Documents.

“In today’s world, where things are widely expected to be available
immediately and online, we need to have a really good repository of
information to maintain federal publications to get easy access to that
information,” Wash said.

Web users could just as easily use Google or other search engines to find
government information, but FDsys assures access to the original, authentic
versions of government documents.

Work on the site began in 2004 and GPO has spent roughly $20 million so far
on the project.

“What we use is a lot of standard software. We haven’t been doing much custom
software,” Wash said. “A lot of our research was focused on doing search and
content management. Lots of our time was spent on configuring standard tools
to meet our needs.”

Wash’s team consulted congressional staffers, librarians and the federal
agencies as the development process began. More recently, GPO has consulted
with members of the tech-savvy Obama transition and administration.

“I think we’ll be talking with them more, because what we’ve been doing here
is a good example of good open government,” Wash said.

Courtesy of Carol Koenig at NGIC.

Posted by Tom R.

Europeana Open to the Public!

Europeana, Europe’s multimedia online library has opened to the public. At, Internet users around the world can now access more than two million books, maps, recordings, photographs, archival documents, paintings and films from national libraries and cultural institutions of the EU’s 27 Member States. Europeana opens up new ways of exploring Europe’s heritage: anyone interested in literature, art, science, politics, history, architecture, music or cinema will have free and fast access to Europe’s greatest collections and masterpieces in a single virtual library through a web portal available in all EU languages. But this is just the beginning. In 2010, Europeana will give access to millions of items representing Europe’s rich cultural diversity and will have interactive zones such as communities for special interests. Between 2009 and 2011, some EUR2 million per year of EU funding will be dedicated to this.

Posted by Tom Rink

Virtual Browsing: It’s a LibraryThing

In 2005 web developer Tim Spalding  published LibraryThing, an open source cataloging software.  

LibraryThing offers many options the average online library catalog does not. For example, it allows a library’s collection to be browsed via book cover (visually comparable to a game of virtual solitaire); it allows the subject content of a library to be viewed via tag cloud; and it allows users to locate libraries similar to their own. 

Other options offered by LibraryThing include the ability to link to a personal blog or website, the ability to join or create discussion groups, and the ability to write and publish book reviews. 

If you’d like to get an idea of how this innovative cataloging/social software works, feel free to browse NSUBA’s Norton Critical Edition collection at