Monday, February 29, 2016

Leaping Libraries! Happy Leap Year Day

Hurry in today!

It will be four years until you can visit the library on February 29th again.

Happy Leap Year's Day!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

#TBT in the Archives 2/25/16: Animals on Campus

During the 1960s and 1970s there were a lot of different animals on campus! Many of the fraternities had pet dogs that they kept in their houses. The animals served as their house mascots and would often get dressed up for special events. Fraternities were not the only ones who had furry friends, however. Some of the other student organizations and sports teams also kept their mascots as pets.

In 1962 the men of Sigma Pi had their goat mascot dressed up and ready for their yearbook photo.

The men of Theta Chi also included their pup mascot in their yearbook photo.

During Greek Week there were different events where the campus animals were brought out for support and to raise team spirits! There were donkey basketball games and pig chases during special event weeks. Fraternity mascots were also dressed up and brought out for these events.

A donkey who participated in the Greek Week donkey basketball game in 1975.

Here's the Sigma Pi mascot all dressed up for 1974 Greek Week events! He was ready to cheer on the men of Sigma Pi!

Just as the fraternities had pets, other student organizations also had animal mascots present at their events. In 1969, the women's golf team had a dog who they brought to nearly all their events. But the oddest pet was probably a raccoon, Ralph, who was raised by students in the Franklin Science Center.

While these golfers were practicing their swing, their furry mascot wandered around.

After being orphaned, this little raccoon and his sibling were raised by Connie Mauss and lived in the Franklin Science Center.

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.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

#TBT in the Archives 2/18/16: Black History Week

In the early 1970s, before Black History Month became a month-long celebration, the Afro-American Club on campus held events every February to celebrate Black History Week. The events ranged from speakers to talent shows to dinners.

Black History Week schedule of events, 1975

The events held throughout Black History Week allowed members of the campus community to connect with one another and celebrate black heritage. The week focused on raising awareness of African American culture and history. In 1976 for example, the Afro-American Club held a performance that showcased traditional African dance and music.

Black History Week performance, 1976

Black History Week performance, 1976

By sharing traditional African food, stories, and more with the Shippensburg State College community, the students of the Afro-American Club worked to raise cultural consciousness and promote an appreciation of diversity on campus.

Afro-American Club, 1973

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.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Free Streaming Popular Movies!

Check out our library's trial access to Swank Digital Campus - offering unlimited user streaming of their 300 most popular films. Includes everything from Drama, Comedy, Western, Thriller, War movies, documentaries, Mystery, Action, Romance, Children/Family movies, Horror, Sci/Fi, Crime and Musicals..

Access Swank here or from our library Databases A-Z list.

**For viewing on mobile devices, please download the free “Swank Media Player” App. This is available through the App Store and Google Play. Movies will be accessed through a mobile device browser and will automatically be played through the Swank App.

**These films are for individual or secured classroom use only. Public performance use is strictly prohibited.



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2/16/2016: Library Now Opens at 6:00 PM

Due to the continued icy conditions, Lehman Library will open at 6:00 PM, provided that night classes are not cancelled. Stay tuned, and please be careful out there!

2/16/2016: Library opens at 11:00 AM

Due to the icy weather conditions, Lehman Library will open today, Tuesday Feb. 16th, 2016, at 11:00 AM 6:00 PM. [UPDATED]
Be careful out there!

Monday, February 15, 2016

2/15/2016: Library Will Now Close at 8:00 PM

Due to increasingly severe weather, the library will close tonight at 8:00 PM.
Be safe and warm!

2/15/2016: Library Will Close at 10:00 PM

Good evening! Due to the severe weather, the library will be closing at 10:00 PM 8:00 PM this evening. [UPDATED]
Stay safe and warm!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

#TBT in the Archives 2/11/16: Dungeons & Dragons

Shippensburg University has played host to a lot of different conferences and campus over the years. Did you know that in the '80s Shippensburg held Dungeons & Dragons camps?

This clip from the Shippensburg News Chronicle describes the details of how the Adventure Game camp was organized.

The camps were called Adventure Game camps, and were held twice a summer for one week at a time. The camp ran for 5 years before the university discontinued the program.

Adventure Game campers, 1985

The camps were open to girls and boys aged 10-17 who wanted to learn in-depth character development and playing techniques in order to become Dungeons & Dragons masters. Students' knowledge of D&D concepts was tested throughout their week at camp.

Portion of a Dungeons & Dragons test, summer 1981

Despite the popularity of the camp, it was cancelled due to controversies surrounding Dungeons & Dragons and other live action role play games. Many media reports had suggested that the games had harmful effects on the young people playing the games.

Cancellation letter for the Shippensburg Adventure Game Camp

Even though the camp only lasted 5 years, it served as a unique opportunity to bring young people together on Ship's campus for a week of fun and learning.

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.

Minds@Work: Student Proposals Deadline

The annual Shippensburg University student research showcase, Minds @ Work, is your opportunity to show off your research and creative work!
Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines present their research and creative work.  Last year over 400 students participated in the conference with posters, oral presentations, panel discussions, and works of art. 

  • Registration open now
  • Registration Deadline: Feburary 23, 2016
  • There is no cost to present and no cost to attend.
Student Registration Form -  Students can sign up to present a poster, deliver an oral presentation, or present a work of art. If you are signing up to deliver an oral presentation, you should first check with your department to see if they are organizing a session for students speakers.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ship Resources: Swank Digital Campus Trial

Through a consortial membership Lehman Library is able to provide access this semester to a trial of Swank Digital Campus. This trial includes Swank's top 300 most popular streaming films.

To view films on a mobile device, download the free “Swank Media Player” App.  This is available through the App Store and Google Play.  The movies will be accessed through the mobile device browser and will automatically be played through the Swank App.

Licensing guidelines allow for individual or secured classroom use, public performance is strictly prohibited.

The collection includes films in a variety of genres including Drama, Crime, Comedy, Musicals, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Romance, War films, Children/Family, Adventure, Documentary, Action, Western, and more..

To access Swank Digital Campus, click here.

Please let us know what you think of this resource using the form found here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ship Resources: Business & Management Collection Trial

Lehman Library is pleased to partner with the John L. Grove College of Business to provide trial access to the Henry Stewart Talks Business & Management Collection of video lectures and case studies.

According to the HSTalks website "HSTalks provides access to world class lectures and case studies by leading experts from commerce, industry, the professions and academia, in one online resource - accessible wherever, whenever and as often as is wanted.” -

To access the Business & Management Collection, use the Databases A-Z list on the library website or click here.

There are several different search and browse features available.
For example, you can browse by lecture

or by subject

 Please remember to give us your feedback about this trial resource!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker

Alumna Ann Larrow will present “Leadership in Post-Soviet Moldova: Impressions from the Peace Corps” 

Larrow earned her master’s degree in organizational development and leadership in 2008. She later spent two years in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova. 

Her talk will discuss such topics as leadership, women, and representing the U.S. in the Peace Corps.

The event is co-sponsored by the departments of sociology/anthropology and political science, the International Studies Program, and the Organizational Development & Leadership Program.
For more information contact Dr. Barbara Denison at

Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Date: Feb. 11 Place: Lehman Library 205. The talk is free and open to the public.

Learn more about Peace Corps:


As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.

The Peace Corps' Mission

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
  • To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
  • To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  • To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#TBT in the Archives 2/4/16: WWII Air Raid Preparations

Even though Shippensburg University was never the target of World War II bombings, the college took all precautions necessary to ensure the safety of the student body. Throughout the war, Shippensburg used a couple of different techniques to get the word out about what to do in case of an enemy attack on campus, or elsewhere in the country.

This clip from the 1942 Campus Reflector shows that Shippensburg was helping the war effort not just by preparing students for crises, but by advertising war bonds. This war bond ad pictures Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller who left baseball from 1942-1944 to serve in the Navy.

During the war, Shippensburg would publish "Air Raid Precautions" in the student handbooks so that students would know what to do if an air raid ever did befall the campus. The university designated stations where students could go to be safe in the event that enemy bombing ever came through Shippensburg.

This section from the 1943-1944 Shippensburg State Teachers College student handbook explains how the campus was preparing for a potential attack.

To ensure that everyone on campus knew what to do and how to find the shelters, the university would hold regular training for students and faculty. This was imperative to the safety of everyone not only when they were on campus, but also when they were traveling, perhaps to areas more susceptible to enemy air attacks.

This clip from the Campus Reflector, released exactly 74 years ago, shows the importance of being prepared for enemy attacks.

The college made sure that every student had a detailed list of the locations of all the campus safety shelters. The handout also detailed what to bring to the shelter and how to act when there. If a raid were to happen, it would have been vital that everyone adhere to these rules to ensure their safety until the threat had subsided.

This is the "Air Raid Safety" handout given to students in the 1941-42 school year. It outlines all of the vital information which a student or faculty member would need to know in a time of crisis, including where to seek shelter on campus (particular corridors, locker rooms, and communal buildings such as the gym were designated as shelters).

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, February 2, 2016

Art Exhibit: Anne Finucane Etchings

Lehman Library proudly presents the etchings by Anne Finucane.
Feb 4-28, 2016 Main Gallery

About Anne Finucane:
Anne's work has been featured in solo shows throughout the Cumberland Valley, in juried national competitions and in membership exhibitions with the Franklin County Art Alliance and Penn's Woods Printmakers.  Her paintings and drawings are in the permanent collections of Summit Health, F&M Trust Company and Gettysburg College, and her work was the subject of a feature article in American Artist Magazine in April of 2004.

More broadly, Anne Finucane has been a strong advocate for the arts in south central Pennsylvania, especially through her work with the Council for the Arts of Chambersburg and the Franklin County Art Alliance.  She has served as guest curator and juror for art shows throughout the area and as a panelist for the PA Council on the Arts.  Anne's enthusiasm, commitment and keen aesthetic sense are essential aspects of her advocacy and her art.

Please join us at "conversation with the artist" event to learn more about the technique, the process of printmaking and the art in general.

Wednesday Feb 17th at 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Library Room 106

Monday, February 1, 2016

Ship Resources: Food Studies Online Database Trial

The library is partnering with the History Department to offer a trial of the database Food Studies Online from January 25 - February 25.

According to the company producing this resource, "Food Studies Online is a first-of-its-kind database, bringing together rare and hard-to-find archival content with visual ephemera, text, and video. Food studies is a relatively new field of study, and its importance is felt in many major disciplines. It has social, historical, economic, cultural, religious, and political implications that reach far beyond what is consumed at the dinner table." 

So, what is in it?

"Food Studies Online will include 80,000 pages of primary archival materials, images, and secondary works, plus 2200 hours of documentaries and series."

Search the collection using the search box, or try advanced search:

Or scroll down to browse collections or featured content:

To access the Food Studies Online Database Trial, check out the Lehman Library Databases A-Z list.

For more information about Food Studies Online, click here.

And don't forget to give us your feedback!