<![CDATA[Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center - HJF News]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:53:56 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Veterans Day]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:28:25 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/veterans-dayPicture
by Hunter Renn

The word “war,” to me, means the War on Terrorism in the Middle East. I think of dictatorships, oil and suffering. I think of the death of Osama Bin Laden, and that painful sting of 9/11—the day my, and most other American citizen’s realties, was shattered. But most importantly, I think of the veterans—veterans of all of the wars that America has experienced.

I think of all the liberties that I may take for granted, that veterans have worked for. I think of their sacrifices, commitment and love for their country. I think of the fact that I, a regular American civilian, will never truly understand what they went through, the hardships they endured, while fighting for my freedom. I think of the individuals currently serving in the United States Armed Forces and their endless devotion and hard work.

This Wednesday November 11th is the annual national holiday of Veterans Day. Veterans Day has been recognized since 1919, envisioned by former President Wilson as a day to reflect on the “solemn pride and heroism of those who died in the country’s service.” Eventually former President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the first “Veterans Day Proclamation,” leading to the formation of what is now the celebrated holiday.

Veterans Day has great patriotic and historical significance that families and veterans commemorate annually. Veterans Day, to me, fills my heart with a warm remembrance. It replaces those feelings of fear and darkness that are typically associated with war, with feelings of pride and patriotism. It is not just a holiday, it is a celebration of strength, resilience and freedom.

To learn more about the history of this holiday check out the links below:

Haerens, Margaret. Veterans. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2011. Print.
Call number: 362 V641 2011

Edelman, Bernard. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. New York: Pocket Books, 1986. Print.
Call number: 959.70438 D347

Crow, Tracy. Red, White, And True : Stories From Veterans And Families, World War II To Present. Dulles: Potomac Books Inc, 2014.eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 11 Nov. 2015.

Mettler, Suzanne, and Stephen R. Ortiz. Veterans' Policies, Veterans' Politics : New Perspectives On Veterans In The Modern United States. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 11 Nov. 2015.

"By The Numbers." Workforce 94.11 (2015): 11. Small Business Reference Center. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.
<![CDATA[National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)]]>Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:48:21 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/national-novel-writing-month-nanowrimoPicture
by Amber Kast

Have you ever wondered how long it would take to write a novel? Would you ever guess it could take only thirty days? Well, over at NaNoWriMo.org, you can make a novel, with a 50,000 word count goal, and find tips to help you succeed, people you can talk and share writing with, and so many other useful things to help you on your road to success and novel writing during the month of November.

According to their website, NaNoWriMo “is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel” (NaNoWriMo.org).

Throughout the month, you can earn badges based on word counts, meet other writers, find workshops around where you live, and so much more. NaNoWriMo is a fascinating program to get involved in and hey, you never know. You just might make a novel within a month’s time!
For more information, please check out:


Ross-Larson, Bruce Clifford. Effective Writing. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999.
Call number: 808.042 R733

Cheney, Theodore A. Rees. Writing Creative Nonfiction: How to Use Fiction Techniques to Make Your Nonfiction More Interesting, Dramatic, and Vivid. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 1991.
Call number: 808.02 C421 1990

Carr, Robyn. Practical Tips for Writing Popular Fiction. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer's Digest Books, 1992.
Call number: 808.3 C23p

Denman, Margaret-Love, and Barbara Shoup. 
Novel Ideas : Contemporary Authors Share The Creative Process. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 2 Nov. 2015.

Mertens, Nathan L. 
Writing : Processes, Tools And Techniques. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 2010. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 2 Nov. 2015.

<![CDATA[Top 5 Best Things To Do With Your Halloween Candy ]]>Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:59:36 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/top-5-best-things-to-do-with-your-halloween-candyPicture
by Brianna Martens

There it is- still in the large orange bowl on your kitchen counter days after the excitement and exhaustion of Halloween has come and passed. Mounds and piles of candy test and question your will power to stay strong. Enough sweets to potentially keep a handful of children on sugar rushes for days. Soon Hershey’s, Twix, Snickers, and Tootsie Rolls seem more like opposing players mocking you from the next room over, calling your name and taking its toll on your mental strength. But what is to be done with all the leftover candy? Fear no more. Here are the best top 5 things to do with your left over candy (as decided by me):
  1. Save it for Christmas holiday décor (*Gasp* How dare I mention Christmas so soon!): 

There are few things more fun than decorating a gingerbread house around Christmas time, but all that tends to come in those lousy pre-made kits are a few gumdrops, M&Ms, and tiny jawbreakers. Get creative, freeze some fun Halloween candy, and build beautiful houses for all the gingerbread people! 

   2. Care packages for the grandparents: 

Let's face it; your grandparents or your kids’ grandparents probably aren’t watching their figure as much as they once were. Show your love by giving grandpa and grandma some chocolate and hard candies. It might even just end up in that dish in the living room with hard candies, keys, and strangely a few buttons that all old people have. (Seriously what’s up with that bowl? Yikes!) But hey, at least it’s no longer in your house.

    3. Fruit Kabobs: 

If you eat fruit while you eat chocolate, it balances out, right? P.s. Who knew fruit kabobs could look so adorable and sophisticated. 

   4. Science! 

Create a cool reaction with some Mentos and coke or even add some pop rocks and sprite. Watch the reactions in awe! Yay science!

   5. And simply, give it away.
Bring your bowl of temptations to the office or classroom and it will disappear in no time! 

P.S. If any of you are science enthusiasts like me and have always wondered what that white haze over old chocolate was, check out this awesome article:

Sites, Elsbeth. "Structural Changes in Chocolate Blooming." scienceandfood. UCLA Division of Life Sciences and Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology, 6 October 2016. Web. 26 October 2016.

Check out these other great resources, too!

Locker, Melissa. "Is Your Kid Still Eating Halloween Candy? Read This." Time.Com (2014): N.PAG. Corporate ResourceNet. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.

Bannatyne, Lesley Pratt. Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co., 1998. Print.
Call number: 394.2646 B226 1998

Etzioni, Amitai. We Are What We Celebrate: Understanding Holidays and Rituals. New York: New York University Press, 2004. Print.
Call number: 394.2673 W369 2004

Palis, Courteney. "Cash For Candy." 
Scholastic Dynamath 34.2 (2015): 14. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.

Wagner, Krystle. "Teal Pumpkin Project raises food allergy awareness." Grand Haven Tribune (MI) 26 Oct. 2015: Newspaper Source Plus. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.
<![CDATA[Open Access Week]]>Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:59:25 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/open-access-week1Picture
by Bailey Finken

Open Access Week is October 19-25, 2015. This week is designed to bring awareness about research that is not publically accessible. This awareness week doesn’t just take place in the U.S. -- Open Access Week is global. You can even check out international event locations with this map!

Open Access Week is needed to for many reasons. For instance, universities don’t always have the money to pay the price required to access research. In some cases, tax-payer dollars are going towards this research, so why not show them where their money is going?

The events that take place worldwide during Open Access Week have caused change. For example, in 2011 the Royal Society in London decided to make known their digitized backfiles all the way from 1665 to 1941.

The theme this year's Open Access Week is "Open for Collaboration." To honor the theme, SPARC and Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Library are co-hosting a virtual edit-a-thon for Open Access Week.  By encouraging people to edit information related to open access, the public can have a more updated version and more information about Open Access Week. Check it out

For more information, check out these great resources:

Open Access Week Website

Suber, Peter. Open Access. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2012. Print.
Call number: Non Fic 070.5 Su15 2012

Buter-Adam, John, and Susan Veldsman. "Opening up Access to Research and Information Isn't a Luxury – It's a Necessity." - Open Access Week. N.p., 20 Oct. 2015. Web. 20 Oct. 2015. 

Glushko, Bobby, and Rex Shoyama. "Unpacking Open Access: A Theoretical Framework For Understanding Open Access Initiatives." Feliciter 61.1 (2015): 8. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.

Sweeney, David. "Working Together More Constructively Towards Open Access." Information Services & Use 34.3/4 (2014): 181-184. Business Source Premier. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.

<![CDATA[National Friends of the Library Week]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:01:20 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/national-friends-of-the-library-weekPicture
by Cat Boyle

Do you ever wonder where all the books in libraries come from? Did you ever stop to think where does the money derive from? One would have to thank the friends of the library. Who are these friends? These friends are the people, who help fund their local libraries with their generous donations. We are celebrating the National Friends of the Libraries week on October 18th-24th. We dedicate this week to the wonderful people who donate to their local library. 

The Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center was benefited from their donors with their recent remodel in the summer of 2014. They took down the wall on the second floor to put in windows for the excellent view of the campus. The second floor was opened up to create an effective area for students to collaborate in small groups. Also, the reference desk was moved up to the second floor making it more accessible to the reference books section.

The renovations of the library would not have been possible without these kind donors. Students of Morningside College thank these generous people, who are dedicated in helping create spaces where future leaders can learn and grow.

If you are interested in knowing more about what a friend of the library is or would like to become a friend to your local library, here are some references to check out!

ALA's Libraries Need Friends

Morningside College HJF Building History

Give back to Morningside

Sioux City Public Library - Friends of the Library

Dolnick, Sandy. The Essential Friends Of Libraries : Fast Facts, Forms, And Tips. Chicago: ALA Editions of the American Library Association, 2005. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

Stauffer, Suzanne M. "In Their Own Image: The Public Library Collection As A Reflection Of Its Donors."Libraries And The Cultural Record 4 (2007): 387. Literature Resource Center. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

Rutland, Meredith. "Friends of libraries make difference; Volunteers raise funds,file books, label CDs - and help guinea pigs." The Florida Times Union 2014: Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

<![CDATA[Indigenous Peoples Day]]>Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:33:44 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/indigenous-peoples-dayPicture
by Brianna Martens

Many people often think of Christopher Columbus for his bravery as a navigator to uncharted areas, an explorer of new worlds and a leader of new people. Others, however, think of Columbus as the “domino” that set off centuries of colonization, oppression, and genocide.  Lately, Columbus Day has been a large controversy among the people of the United States. 

 Some argue that Columbus Day is a celebration to honor our ancestors and where we came from. However, many people believe that honoring Columbus on Columbus Day is quite disrespectful. A somewhat recent discussion of changing the celebration has caught the attention of many Americans, causing protests and demands of a new holiday called Indigenous Peoples Day.

Indigenous Peoples Day is not to ruin the celebration of Italian pride and festivals, but instead recognize the indigenous peoples’ legacy that was here long before Columbus. In 1992, Berkley, California was the first city in America to officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. A few years after, cities like Seattle, Pittsburg, and Minneapolis followed in Berkley’s footsteps. Other alternatives such as Native American Day also exist. South Dakota has recognized that holiday since 1990. You go, South Dakota! 

For more information on this topic, please check out the links and books below! 

Feeney, Nolan. "How Indigenous Peoples Day Came to Be." Time. Time Mag., 13 Oct. 2014. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.

Andrew Goldstein, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "READY TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY?; ITALIAN ADVENTURER LAUDED, LOATHED." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) 14 Oct. 2014: NewsBank. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

"Instead of Columbus Day, some U.S. cities celebrate Indigenous People's Day." CNN Wire 2014: Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

Hultkrantz, Åke.  Soul and Native Americans. Woodstock, CT: Spring Publications, 1997. Print.
Call number: 299.74 H879

Shaffer, Lynda. Native Americans before 1492: the Moundbuilding Centers of the Eastern Woodlands. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1992. Print.
Call number: 974.01 Sh13

Jones, Mary Ellen. Christopher Columbus and His Legacy: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1992. Print.
Call number: 970.015 C466

<![CDATA[World Space Week]]>Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:40:31 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/world-space-weekPicture
by Hunter Renn

Students huddled and crouched, knees in the grass, snuggling on blankets—a sense of wonder and excitement filled the air as the September 27th Supermoon-Bloodmoon Eclipse shined its crimson dynamic face across the Morningside College campus. College students and society alike take a surprising interest in celestial events such as this, due to ineffable feelings of discovery and wonder that looms in the darkest recess of space. 

This celestial event served as a great reminder to the public, occurring exactly one week earlier, of the upcoming United Nations declared World Space Week. World Space Week, “the largest public space event on Earth,” occurs annually in the first full week of October, putting 2015’s World Space Week from October 4-10th. The theme for this year’s world space week is “Discovery.”

During World Space Week, events to raise awareness for space exploration and discovery, such as moon watching parties like the one that took place on Morningside’s Campus, are encouraged. Anyone can be involved in this celebratory week! Other suggested events to celebrate World Space Week across various organizations, businesses, campuses, churches and schools include activities like “Build Your Own Spacecraft” model creation, space themed gaming night, science fiction costume party, space scavenger hunts, etc. The possibility for creative and fun events to celebrate and raise awareness for space related “Discovery” are endless.

To put it more eloquently, World Space Week is an “international celebration of science and technology, and [a] contribution to the betterment of the human condition” (WorldSpaceWeek.org). Even educating oneself on the science of space is a celebration of World Space Week. To learn more about the Supermoon-Bloodmoon Eclipse of September 27th, general space knowledge and World Space Week, the following sites are excellent resources for such information. Information like this, and much more can also be accessed via the Morningside College Library Website:

World Space Week website

POWELL, COREY S. "Pluto Comes Into Focus." Discover 36.6 (2015): 7-9. Academic Search Premier. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.

Esparza, Raphael. "Mars The Scientific Companion." Popular Mechanics (2015): 78. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.

"Nasa Challenges Designers To Construct Habitat For Deep Space Exploration." Appliance Design 63.8 (2015): 8. Small Business Reference Center. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.

Sage, Daniel. How Outer Space Made America : Geography, Organization And The Cosmic Sublime. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 5 Oct. 2015.

Weeks, Edythe. Outer Space Development, International Relations And Space Law : A Method For Elucidating Seeds. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 5 Oct. 2015.
<![CDATA[Banned Websites Awareness Day]]>Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:01:16 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/banned-websites-awareness-dayPicture
by Bailey Finken

Along with banned books week comes a day in the middle: Banned Websites Awareness Day. Celebrated on September 30, 2015, this awareness day, brought to you by American Association of School Librarians or AASL, “promote[s] an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning.”

AASL Board of Directors, Michelle Luhtala says that other school librarians have taken action. One example is, “in New York City, students sent letters of protest to their board of education members pleading for more access to Web content.”

As students, becoming aware of what’s online gives us a sense of taking charge of our own learning. When these sites are banned, that freedom is taken away. What they want students, teachers, and even parents to get out of this day is to be aware that this is happening, but also do something about it.

Follow this link to access a video on how to get involved: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/bwad15. The following QR code also has a list of banned websites.
To learn more about Banned Websites Awareness Day, check out some of the following resources available through our library:
<![CDATA[Banned Books Week]]>Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:33:51 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/banned-books-weekPicture
by Amber Kast

We all remember high school, where we were forced to read books for our English classes. Some of these titles included To Kill a Mockingbird, The Jungle, The Scarlet Letter, The Red Badge of Courage, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, and many more. But even though most of us were forced to read those books in school, we take it for granted; in schools across the nation (and across the world) every book that I listed above had been banned at one time or another. I know I count my lucky stars that I was allowed to read these books. One of my all time favorite books is The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and I read it for a class.

But fear not my fellow readers and book enthusiasts, for there is a week just to celebrate and spread the word about banned books. Banned Books Week "is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information" (ALA). This celebration of magnificent books that were wrongfully banned helps by "focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, [and] draw[ing] national attention to the harms of censorship" (ALA).

This year, the celebration runs from September 27 - October 3, with events all across the country ranging from discussing banned books to readouts to speeches. Anyone can get involved with this great celebration!

Visit the ALA Banned Books website for more information, the banned books list for 2015, and much more. Also pop into the library and check out the Banned Books Week display on the second floor!

Here are some additional resources available in our library:

Karolides, Nicholas J., Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova. 100 Banned Books : Censorship Histories Of World Literature. New York : Checkmark Books, 1999. Print.
Call number: 363.31 K147

Ballard, Susan. "The Challenged The Banned & The Filtered." Knowledge Quest 43.5 (2015): 32-37. Education Research Complete. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.

"Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word." Weekend Edition Saturday (2014): Literature Resource Center. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.

PR, Newswire. "Adults Are More Likely To Believe There Are Books That Should Be Banned Than Movies, Television Shows, or Video Games." PR Newswire US 08 July 2015: Regional Business News. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.
<![CDATA[Student Study Strategies Virtual Lecture Sept. 29th]]>Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:13:47 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/student-study-strategies-virtual-lecture-sept-29thPicture
Dr. Kiewra will offer a talk on an integrated study strategy system called SOAR, which is an acronym for the systems following four components: Select, Organize, Associate, and Regulate. Dr. Kiewra developed the study system in 2005, and it has been tested in the contexts of both traditional and computer-based learning. Dr. Kiewra will illustrate how to use the system and discuss why it is shown to be more effective compared to students' preferred study strategies. The event will be held on September 29th at 3:00 pm in UPS Auditorium.