Saturday, January 30, 2016

February is Black History Month (African American History Month)

Black History Month @ Lehman Library

The display is located in lower level lobby through the month of February.

Excerpted from the Library of Congress

"National African American History Month in February celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our Nation's history.
National African American History Month had its origins in 1915 when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This organization is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (“ASALH”). Through this organization Dr. Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926. Dr. Woodson selected the week in February that included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two key figures in the history of African Americans. 
In 1975, President Ford issued a Message on the Observance of Black History Week urging all Americans to "recognize the important contribution made to our nation's life and culture by black citizens." In 1976 this commemoration of black history in the United States was expanded by ASALH to Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, and President Ford issued the first Message on the Observance of Black History Month that year. In subsequent years, Presidents Carter and Reagan continued to issue Messages honoring African American History Month. 
In 1986 Congress passed Public Law 99-244 (PDF, 142KB) which designated February 1986 as "National Black (Afro-American) History Month.” This law noted that February 1, 1986 would “mark the beginning of the sixtieth annual public and private salute to Black History.” The law further called upon to President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe February 1986 as Black History Month with the appropriate ceremonies and activities. President Reagan issued Presidential Proclamation 5443 which proclaimed that “the foremost purpose of Black History Month is to make all Americans aware of this struggle for freedom and equal opportunity.” This proclamation stated further that this month was a time “to celebrate the many achievements of African Americans in every field from science and the arts to politics and religion."
In January 1996, President Clinton issued Presidential Proclamation 6863 for “National African American History Month." The proclamation emphasized the theme for that year, the achievements of black women from Sojourner Truth to Mary McLeod Bethune and Toni Morrison. In February 1996 the Senate passed Senate Resolution 229 commemorating Black History Month and the contributions of African American U.S. Senators.
Since 1996, Presidents have issued annual proclamations for National African American History Month. On February 1, 2011 President Obama issued a Proclamation reflecting on this year’s theme of “African Americans and the Civil War” as we commemorate the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Civil War."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

#TBT in the Archives 1/28/2016: Ship Snowstorms

This past weekend, Shippensburg was bombarded with over 30 inches of snow! Large amounts of snow falling on Shippensburg University's campus is nothing new. There have been many snow storms to rock campus throughout Ship's long history!

In January 1964 the campus was stunned when 18.29 inches fell over three days. Thankfully the grounds crew was able to remove the snow quickly over the weekend so life on campus could go back to normal.

Nearly 20 years later, in 1983, the campus was once again covered in a huge layer of snow. This snowfall, like the one we just experienced, also resulted in campus being closed for several days. Students took the opportunity to play in the snow and have some time for fun! Though they didn't have any sleds, some students borrowed milk crates or food trays from the cafeteria to glide down the hills. Others had snow ball fights or spent their time trying to free their vehicles from the copious amounts of snow.

Students enjoying a snow day, 1983
Students' cars buried in snow, 1983

After another 20 years had passed, the snowstorm of 2003 came through Shippensburg, once again closing campus and cancelling classes. These students, like those in 1983, knew how to spend a snow day! 24 inches of snow fell over a very short time and students took full advantage of being able to act like kids again.

How did you spend your time during Storm Jonas? Let us know in the comments below!

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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How was your weekend? We had some snow.

Our weekend was pretty intense here. Luckily the Empire missed the power station: 

Just a little old-school Star Wars humour there - I hope they don't take away my blog authoring permissions :)

Here's some library related shots from campus taken by our intrepid Human Communication Studies department chair, Dr. Laskowski, last Sunday:

Library Opens at 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Due to the current icy conditions, the library will open at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Library Closed Sunday, January 24, 2016

Due to the severe weather, Lehman Library will be CLOSED Sunday, January 24, 2016
Be safe and stay warm!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Library Closed Saturday, January 23, 2016

The library will be closed Saturday, January 23, 2016, due to severe weather.
The governor has declared a state of emergency, and the hours of warning issued by The National Weather Service include all of Saturday. Be safe and stay warm.

Online library resources will still be available!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Welcome back from Winter Break!

We hope your winter break went well - welcome back for Spring Semester.

Library Regular Hours resume Tuesday, January 19th:
Sundays: Noon to Midnight
Mon-Thu: 7:30 am to Midnight
Fridays: 7:30am to 6:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Remember the library provides research help and guidance for maximising your research time and effort:

Research Consultations
Librarians are available to meet with you individually for one-on-one research consultation appointments. If you want help broadening or narrowing a topic, finding appropriate sources, or citing sources correctly, please set up an appointment with a librarian. This service has been heavily used by your fellow students in upper level courses in previous semesters.

Course Reserves
Your professor(s) may make supplemental reading materials available to you through the course reserves system, Ares. If you have questions about library reserves, or have issues with Ares, use the Ask Us Anything service to get research help.

We hope you have a great semester, and we look forward to working with you!

We highlighted several other services in our welcome note to new students, if we missed one of your faves, please tweet us @shiplibrary or tweet it yourself and tag #shiplibrary so we can connect!

Thursday, January 14, 2016