Monday, November 23, 2015

Ship Resources: ebook business collection

This year the Lehman Library has a new collection of ebooks on a wide range of business-related topics. 

Here is a description of this collection:

“EBooks are selected for this collection to assist students and scholars with various business research, special project and entrepreneurial needs, and to help students understand general business concepts. The eBook Business Collection encompasses a variety of business topics, such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship, with additional focus on career growth, personal development, communication and networking.”

This collection is provided by Ebsco, so the search interface looks very similar to that of Academic Search Complete and all of our other Ebsco databases.

Here are some highlighted ebooks from this collection:

To access this resource, visit the Databases A-Z link on the library website. 

If you need help using this or any other library databases, please feel free to contact a librarian. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

TBT in the Archives 11/19/15: Thanksgiving

The semester is almost over, which means there will only be one more Throwback Thursday after this week! There will not be a TBT post next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so this week we thought it would be appropriate to talk about Ship's old Thanksgiving plays and their connection to a short-lived student organization, the Sock and Buskin Club.

Students starring in the play, "Nothing but the Truth," 1920

The Sock and Buskin Club was formed in 1919 under the direction of Margaret Stroh, an instructor in the Reading and Public Speaking Department. The purpose of this club was to broaden the "students' minds along dramatic lines." The club provided its members with public speaking practice, an important skill for future teachers to learn. Programs were held throughout the school year and three major plays were performed, including the annual Thanksgiving play.

"Nothing but the Truth" program, 1920

The 1920-1921 school year play was called "Nothing but the Truth," a three act comedy by James Montgomery about a stock broker who was carefree with investors' money, betting $10,000 that he could tell the truth for twenty-four hours. The play was later adapted into a silent film that premiered on April 20, 1929, just six months before the crash of the stock market in October 1929. It appears that the Sock and Buskin Club disbanded by the 1923-1924 school year. With its end, the Thanksgiving plays stopped as well.

Want to learn more about Ship's history? No need to wait for the next Throwback Thursday! Contact Archives & Special Collections via e-mail: or phone: 717-477-1516.

Outside Sources:
"Nothing but the Truth." Richard Dix Website. Accessed November 19, 2015.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

TBT in the Archives 11/5/15: Mascot History

Many of you are familiar with Big Red, the red-tailed hawk that radiates school spirit at Shippensburg sporting events. But did you know that Big Red is a relatively new mascot? During the institution's first 80 years, Ship did not have a mascot. Sports teams were referred to as the "Red Raiders" because they wore red uniforms. That changed in the early 1950s when Coach Vinton Rambo began to correlate the "Red Raider" nickname with representations of Native American imagery. The Red Raider mascot that appeared at sporting events was an individual dressed in red face paint and a war bonnet (sometimes called a headdress).

Red Raider t-shirts at a 1983 football game

This window art shows the Red Raider logo alongside "Ship is it!" and "Go Bid Red" slogans (date unknown).

The use of the Red Raider mascot was discontinued in the early 1990s. In 1991, President Anthony Ceddia implemented a university-wide "Policy on Human Understanding," which was intended to "improve the university's climate in relationship to multiculturalism, diversity, and human understanding." In response, the university's logo was changed to a ship during the 1993-1994 academic year.

This plaque on the side of Heiges Field House was removed in the 1990s.

Many school and professional sports teams still use representations of Native American people and their cultures for their mascots and team names, and this continues to be a contentious issue. Just last month in California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 30 to establish the "California Racial Mascots Act," which prohibits the use of the term "Redskins" as a team name, mascot, or nickname in California public schools.

Secondary Sources Consulted:
Robledo, Roberto M. "Governor Signs Bill Banning Use of Redskins Mascot." The Californian. Accessed November 4, 2015.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What's New in the Library this Month?

There are several notable events happen during November month.

1. LibQual Survey Nov 1-20, 2015

In an effort to improve its services to Shippensburg University and to the broader Shippensburg and regional community, every few years the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library participates in an extensive national user satisfaction survey called LibQUAL+.

In order for the survey to be success, we need your help.
Please take the time to respond. 

As an added incentive, everyone completing the survey will have the option to be included in random drawing for prizes.

Tell us what you think of the library and you could win great prizes. We have more than 50 prizes to give   away.  Grand prize! Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (7-Inch, black).

2. Art Exhibition Nov 6-30, 2015

The Lehman Library is committed to broadening the educational experience of Shippensburg University
campus community by providing events and exhibits that are both educational and enlightening.
During Nov 6- 30 the library hosts an art exhibit of a local artist Jim Mackey.  

Mackey’s interest in art began at the age of 15 when he won a Golden Key Award. The “Final Ascent” is a series of works representing his examination of thoughts and feelings about the final stretch of life, be it long or short. 
Jim MacKey’s works will be on display in the library main gallery from November 6-30, 2015.

3. National Novel Writing Month, Special Lecture Nov 12, 2015

Novelist and  professor of English at Shippensburg University, NeilConnelly, whose latest book “The Pocket Guide to Divorce: A Self Help Work of Fiction”  was awarded the2014 Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction, will present a special lecture entitled “What I’ve Learned While Writing My First Seven Novels” on  November 12, 2015. 

Library Room 205
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

4.  The Grace B. Luhrs Library Book Fair

From November 17-20, 2015, the GBLUEs library will be hosting a fall
Book Fair. All proceeds benefit the Grace B. Luhrs Library. Cash, checks,and most major credit cards are gladly accepted. 

The hours will be

• Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Family night is Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. 

The theme for the book fair is

“Monster Book Fair: Reading is so Much Fun, You’ll Get Goosebumps®!” 

Everyone is invited to take advantage of this opportunity to shop for children’s books, teen novels,
cookbooks, adult books, and educational materials!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Rate Your Library: Tell Us How We're Doing!

Ship Library is looking to Level Up!

Ship Library is participating in a PASSHE-wide Library evaluation survey using LibQUAL+ (a nationally normed and validated survey instrument) which asks about three perceived "expectation levels" covering various library services and resources.
Respondents will be asked to indicate their minimum-acceptable service level, their desired service level, and their percieved service-received level.

I've tried the survey on a computer, tablet, and phone -- I like the mobile interface better Please click the link or scan the code  to Tell Us How We're Doing.

Survey Runs from November 1st to November 20th 2015

Here's the link:

Rate your Survey QR code image
Thanks for your participation and feedback!
For more information about this & about possible prizes, check the Library Survey page

Thursday, October 29, 2015

TBT in the Archives 10/29/15: Halloween 100 Years Ago

Halloween is just around the corner! Do you have your costume ready? These Ship students certainly did for their "Hallowe'en Social" in 1917. Students met in the chapel on campus and "formed a grand march to the dining room" where the dancing commenced. Life, however, was not all fun and games for these Ship students. What was ruining their good time? If you guessed World War I, you earn your history gold star for the day! Now think a little harder...what else? Let's look to the yearbook for some clues.

1919 Cumberland yearbook

The 1918 Hallowe'en Social was pushed to November 16 of that year due to a "vacation" students received that October thanks to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Also known as the Spanish Flu, the global outbreak killed tens of millions of people (estimates differ). From a local perspective, the Flu hit Ship's campus hard enough to cancel school and send forty people to the infirmary. Class of 1918 alumnus Harley Bleasdale Surface lost his life on this very day in 1918, after contracting the Spanish flu on October 4th. The Ship Archives has his memorial service pamphlet and copies of his poetry.

1918 "In Memoriam" pamphlet of Cumberland Valley State Normal School alumnus Harley Bleasdale Surface

The Spanish Flu wreaked havoc until 1920, leaving a legacy of devastation and postulation about its origins. The fact that students carried on with their Halloween dance amidst a World War and influenza epidemic shows that social events served as an escape during this difficult period. When you head out to your Halloween parties this weekend, just be glad you don't have a pandemic to worry about!

Want to learn more about Ship's history? No need to wait for the next Throwback Thursday! Contact Archives & Special Collections via e-mail: or phone: 717-477-1516.

Sources Consulted:
1919 Cumberland. Shippensburg University Archives & Special Collections. Shippensburg, PA.

Halloween Dance photograph. RG30.8. Folder 25. Shippensburg University Archives & Special Collections. Shippensburg, PA.

Harry Bleasdale Surface memorial pamphlet. Class of 1918. Memorabilia 1916-1920. Shippensburg University Archives & Special Collections. Shippensburg, PA.

US Department of Health and Human Services. "Influenza Strikes." Accessed 29 October 2015.

Vergano, Dan. "1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say." National Geographic. 24 January 2008.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ship Resources: Environment Complete

One of the new databases available this academic year through Lehman Library is Environment Complete. The search interface for this resource is very similar to many of the others provided by our library because it comes from one of our most used vendors, Ebsco.

According to Ebsco, “Environment Complete contains more than 2.4 million records from more than 2,200 domestic and international titles going back to 1888 (including over 1,350 active core titles) as well as more than 190 monographs. The database also contains full text for more than 920 journals.”

Here are some examples of subjects available to research in Environment Complete:

Ecosystem ecology
Environmental law
Environmental technology
Marine & freshwater science
Natural resources
Pollution & waste management
Public policy
Renewable energy sources
Social impacts
Urban planning
And many others...

To access this new database, click on the "Databases A to Z" list on the library website.

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