<![CDATA[Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center - HJF News]]>Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:37:15 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Mardi Gras]]>Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:12:32 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/mardi-gras1Picture
by Cat Boyle

It may surprise you to know that Mardi Gras did not originate from New Orleans, but rather the French brought the holiday over to the United States. We can thank the French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville for calling New Orleans, “Pointe du Mardi Gras”, when his men realized that they arrived in the land on the eve of the holiday.

The Feast of the Epiphany or carnival season starts on January 6th, while Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras is on February 9th this year. Every year the date of Mardi Gras changes since it’s connected with Easter and the date of Easter changes every year. Private, non-profit organizations make up the “krewes” that put on the different parades in New Orleans. The individual krewes are privately funded and get together year round to plan for the next year’s festivites.

The King Cake is a tradition that stems from the Epiphany on January 6th. The cake commemorates the three wise men meeting the infant baby Jesus. The King Cake contains a small plastic baby inside of it, which people have to find. The person who finds the baby is the “King” and has to make the cake for the next King Cake party.

You can join in on the celebration of Mardi Gras by going to a parade in your own city, attending a King Cake party, or just eating a lot of food on Fat Tuesday. Anyway you decide to celebrate, remember to be safe and have fun!

Here are some quick, fun facts to know about the holiday:
*Beads aren’t the only things thrown from a float, cups, doubloons, and stuffed animals are also thrown.
*By law, float riders must always have a mask on.
*The Mardi Gras celebration generates close to $1 billion dollars a year.
*The colors of Mardi Gras signify different things. Purple represents justice. Gold represents power. Green represents faith.

To learn more, check out these great resources!

Mardi Gras New Orleans Website

Sioux City Mardi Gras Website

Ross, Philip. "Mardi Gras History and Facts: The Real Meaning Behind These 5 'Fat Tuesday' Traditions." International Business Times: Media & Culture. International Business Times, 2 March 2014. Web.

Mitchell, Reid. 
All On A Mardi Gras Day : Episodes In The History Of New Orleans Carnival. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1995. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 8 Feb. 2016.

Mossman, Kate. "The Secret History Of Mardi Gras." 
New Statesman 144.5268 (2015): 14. Corporate ResourceNet. Web. 8 Feb. 2016.

<![CDATA["First in the Nation" Caucus Display in HJF]]>Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:57:36 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/first-in-the-nation-caucus-display-in-hjfThis year the HJF Learning Center will be hosting the State Historical Museum of Iowa's traveling display "First in the Nation: Shaping Presidential Politics Since 1972.". It will be on Morningside's campus January 30th through February 13th on the first floor of the HJF. The display covers a great deal of history involving Iowa's involvement in the political process starting in 1972 and going through 2012. Come check it out!]]><![CDATA[Graphic Novel Collection]]>Thu, 07 Jan 2016 18:40:45 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/graphic-novel-collectionDid you know that Morningside College's library has a graphic novel collection? It can be found on the third floor, next to the children's literature. You will know if a book is part of the collection because the call numbers for the graphic novel collection begin with "GN."
Graphic novels have become increasingly popular in recent years.  It is important to remember that a graphic novel is a format--not a genre. You can have fiction graphic novels, as well as non-fiction graphic novels. Graphic novels may be considered mystery, fantasy, personal narratives, historical, or anything in-between.
If you have never read a graphic novel or are just beginning to explore the format, we encourage you to experiment with different novels from our collection. You may discover something you love! If you are a graphic novel buff, you may recognize some of the titles in our collection! Re-read favorites or try a title you may not have considered before.

If you need help searching our catalog for graphic novels or locating the physical collection, please do not hesitate to ask a librarian for assistance! We can be found either on the first floor at the circulation desk or on the second floor at the reference desk.
<![CDATA[Christmas 2015]]>Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:26:40 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/christmas-2015Picture
by Elba Mendoza

Christmas is more than a day in December
It’s all of those things that we love to remember
It’s carolers singing familiar refrains
Bright colored stockings and shiny toy trains
Streamers of tinsel and glass satin balls
Laughter that rings through the house and its halls
Christmas is more than a day in December
It’s the magic and the love
That we’ll always remember

​M.E. Miro

Stress--what we are all feeling this week due to finals being around the corner; however, there are many things to look forward to after the semester is over, such as Christmas! The time of the year when we all get together with our families and enjoy a good meal. There is no definite definition of Christmas, since many celebrate it differently based on their culture and religion.

For many, a tradition is to get around the table and have a great dinner, listen and dance to some music, and open their gifts on the 25th of December. Christmas is a day in which everyone is happy and spends quality time with their loved ones.

For those who live only a hundred or thousands of miles away from home, they feel the excitement of reuniting with their families again. Christmas is a day full of joy and happiness. Good luck on your finals, and Happy Holidays!
For more information on the Christmas holiday, here are some resources to look at:

Forbes, Bruce David. Christmas : A Candid History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 14 Dec. 2015.
Call number: 394.2663 F741 2007

Duffy, Jill. "Organize Your Holiday Shopping." PC Magazine (2015): 119-122. Academic Search Premier. Web. 13 Dec. 2015.

RICHARDSON, SARAH. "20 Ways To COZY UP YOUR HOME For The Holidays. (Cover Story)." Good Housekeeping 261.6 (2015): 56. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 13 Dec. 2015.

Van Dyke, Henry. The Spirit Of Christmas. Waiheke Island: The Floating Press, 2009. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 14 Dec. 2015.

Brown, Simon. "Religious Right Claims Of A 'War On Christmas' A Re Thinner Than Cheap Wrapping Paper."Church & State 68.11 (2015): 6. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 14 Dec. 2015.
<![CDATA[Human Rights Day]]>Tue, 08 Dec 2015 16:26:40 GMThttp://library.morningside.edu/hjf-news/human-rights-dayPicture
by Cat Boyle

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced,” said Malala Yousafzai in I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.
December 10th was adopted as Human Rights Day in 1950 after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) stating an invitation to all States and interested organizations. This day commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The United Nations Human Rights has a High Commissioner, who is a representative for the world’s dedication to universal ideals of human dignity and continues the celebration of this day.

What are human rights? Human rights are rights that are built-in to all humans, not excluding a person just because of nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. The countries with either stand-alone or regional offices will monitor, do public reporting, have a provision of technical assistance, and develop long-term national capacities to address human rights issues.
There are 13 stand-alone offices around the world including Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Guinea, Mauritania, Mexico, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Kosovo (Serbia), Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Yemen. There are also 12 regional offices that cover East Africa (Addis Ababa), Southern Africa (Pretoria), West Africa (Dakar) Central America (Panama City), South America (Santiago de Chile), Europe (Brussels), Central Asia (Bishkek), South East Asia (Bangkok), Pacific (Suva) and the Middle East and North Africa (Beirut). The countries that are occupied with offices must accept the terms and conditions of having human rights protection and promotion.  
Human Rights Day is about celebrating the most basic right in a person’s life. Join the celebration from around the world and join the conversation!
Want to join the conversation on December 10th?
Use the hashtags #VoiceCount #HumanRightsDay to see what everyone is talking about!
For more information on human rights, check out the following links:

UN Human Rights Day

Human Rights Campaign

Haugen, David M. and Susan Musser, eds. Human Rights. Detroit : Greenhaven Press, 2013. Print.
Call number: 323 H880 2013

Orend, Brian. 
Human Rights : Concept And Context. Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, 2002. Print.
Call number: 323 Or345 2002

Lutz-Bachmann, Matthias, and Amós Nascimento. 
Human Rights, Human Dignity, And Cosmopolitan Ideals : Essays On Critical Theory And Human Rights. Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2014. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 8 Dec. 2015.

Plevak, David J. 
Human Rights : Theory, Developments, And Ethical Issues. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 2013. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 8 Dec. 2015.

Klug, Francesca. "A Magna Carta For All Humanity: Homing In On Human Rights: The Defence Of Human Rights Is A Crucial Part Of Contemporary Politics." 
Soundings 60 (2015): 130. Literature Resource Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.

Little, David. "The Justification Of Human Rights." Brigham Young University Law Review 2014.3 (2015): 585-603. Corporate ResourceNet. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.
<![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.