Monday, November 24, 2014

Google Scholar links to library (missing)

We just learned our "Full Text @ Your Library" links in Google Scholar search results pages will be unavailable through the first week of December.

Discovery Search Limiter Box
Left column of results screen
Using the Library Discovery Search on the Library Homepage can approximate Google Scholar results - just turn OFF the "Available in Library Collection" limiter by clicking the blue [X] on the left column of the results page.

We will, of course, post an update once our "Full Text @ Your Library" links return to the Google Scholar results pages.

Happy Thanksgiving Break Week!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Day: November 27, 2014

Find out more about Thanksgiving from the Census Bureau: Facts for the Features 

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation's first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag, the Indians in attendance, also played a lead role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Virginia in 1619. 

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 150 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

Where to Feast

115 million
Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2014’s second quarter — all potential stops for Thanksgiving dinner. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Vacancies and Homeownership, Table 8 <>

Number of places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey Creek, La., was the most populous in 2013, with 435 residents, followed by Turkey, Texas (410), Turkey, N.C. (291) and Turkey Creek, Ariz. (294). 

There are also two townships in Pennsylvania with “Turkey” in the name: Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot. (Please note that the Turkey Creek, Ariz., population total pertains to the 2010 Census).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 Population Estimates and American FactFinder, Table DP-1, 2010 Census Summary File 1


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Library Hours During Thanksgiving Break

Tues   Nov 25        7:30 am-10:00 pm
Wed   Nov 26        7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Thur   Nov 27        Closed
Fri      Nov 28        Closed
Sat     Nov 29        Closed
Sun    Nov 30        4:00 pm-1:00 am

Monday, November 17, 2014

Exhibit: The Impact of WWI @ Ship

Archives & Special Collections' new exhibit, The Impact of World War I on Shippensburg Campus, is now on display on the upper level of Ezra Lehman Memorial Library. We encourage you to check out the exhibit in the display cases at the top of the stairs the next time you visit the library!

Sheila Joy, Archives & Special Collections Graduate Assistant, curated the exhibit. Below, in a special library blog guest appearance, Sheila describes her experience researching and designing the exhibit. Archives & Special Collections thanks Sheila for her hard work! The exhibit will be on display through the Spring 2015 semester.


The United States' entrance into World War I in 1917 affected colleges and universities in many different ways. Commemoration of the war's centennial is currently underway across the country. Archives & Special Collections has just unveiled a new exhibit that examines the impact of the war on Shippensburg University (then Cumberland Valley State Normal School) and its students.

Early research of secondary sources offered a general atmosphere of the campus upon entrance into WWI: food conservation, a Red Cross chapter, changes in curriculum, and enrollment issues. Further research in the archives led me to excellent primary sources that revealed more intimate details: letters written by soldiers and President Ezra Lehman, newspaper clippings, photographs, and program documents.

From these materials I was able to interpret the impact of the war on different levels. President Lehman created effective recruitment strategies that kept enrollment up despite the loss of students. Letters from former students and newspaper clippings allowed soldiers' voices to tell their personal story and how it contributed to the overall picture of war in America. Photographs, yearbooks, and program documents revealed how students still enrolled at CVSNS maintained their day-to-day lives despite living amidst world war.

My goal with this exhibit was to provide a glance into how life operated for students at Shippensburg during America's involvement in WWI. Some young men enlisted and became soldiers, while other young men and women helped out through the Red Cross or left school to work for the war effort. Student activities such as the Halloween dance and Thanksgiving play went on as scheduled. I hope that my interpretation of the research I have gathered illustrates what life would have been like on campus nearly a century ago.

~Sheila Joy, Archives & Special Collections Graduate Assistant

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Learning from Ugandan Models of Education

A display of photographs and artifacts from Uganda will begin on Nov 17, 2014 t0 Dec 4th, 2014 in the library lower lobby.  A special presentation by Katie Frain will be held in the library room 106 on November 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm - 7 pm

Katherine Frain (Katie), a senior in elementary education major at Shippensburg University, took part in a four-week trip to Uganda during the summer 2014 to study the models of education in the African country.  She will share her learning experience through a display of artifacts and photographs taken during her study trip.

Dr. Margarita Rose, professor and chair of the economics department at King's College, led a team of 12 educators and college students during summer 2014 to study models of education in Uganda, Africa. The trip was called "Learning from Ugandan" and was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad Program.

Disabilities Cultural Connections

The Office of Housing and Residence Life is sponsoring a Disabilities Cultural Connections program
 – Monday, November 17 @ 8:00 pm in McLean 2 Hall MPR 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day 2014

Data from Census Bureau: Facts for Features

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.


19.6 million

Number of military veterans in the United States in 2013.
Source: 2013 American Community Survey

1.6 million

Number of female veterans in the United States in 2013.
Source: 2013 American Community Survey


Percent of veterans in 2013 who were black. Additionally, 79.3 percent were non-Hispanic white; 1.4 percent were Asian; 0.7 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native; 0.2 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; 1.2 percent were some other race. (The numbers for blacks, non-Hispanic whites, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and some other race cover only those reporting a single race.)
Source: 2013 American Community Survey


Percent of veterans in 2013 who were Hispanic.
Source: 2013 American Community Survey

9.3 million

Number of veterans 65 years and older in 2013. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.6 million were younger than 35.
Source: 2013 American Community Survey