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Criss Library will be undergoing a limited remodel that will last through approximately Mid-November. Remodeling will occur on the 1st and 2nd floor. When all the noise is finished and the dust settled Criss Library will have three new spaces for patrons to enjoy. Archives & Special Collections will have an updated space on first floor. Second floor will be home to a New Classroom and the expanded Creative Production Lab. The library will be open during construction, so please pardon this temporary inconvenience.


UNO Criss Library will be displaying entries from Through Our Words: Fifth Annual Creative Writing Contest in Spanish on the lower level from September 15 - October 1.

    

O Pioneers! (Kindle or ePub) Willa Cather's first great novel, is a work in which triumph is inseparably entangled with tragedy, a story of people who do not claim a land so much as they submit to it and, in the process, become greater than they were. ...Or, Herman Melville's tale of corporate discontent, Bartleby, the Scrivener (Kindle or ePub), tells the story of a quiet, hardworking legal copyist who works in an office in the Wall Street area of New York City.  One day, Bartleby declines an assignment with the inscrutable "I would prefer not," the  utterance of this remark sets off a confounding set of actions and behavior, making the unsettling character of Bartleby one of Melville's most enigmatic and unforgettable creations.

 

 

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About the Dean
Dean Steven Shorb

Stephen R. Shorb

Steve Shorb is Dean of the Criss Library at University of Nebraska at Omaha.  His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa, an MA in Library and Information Science (earned with Distinction) also from Iowa, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Florida.  Shorb began his career with 14 years of experience in computer systems marketing, including time at IBM and Hewlett Packard.  His experience in library administration covers more than 20 years and includes work at large and small academic libraries in the US and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  After serving as a reference librarian at Southwest Minnesota State University , he managed educational technology and multiple libraries for the Higher Colleges of Technology, a network of colleges supported by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education based in Abu Dhabi.  Shorb was University Librarian at the American University of Sharjah during that institution’s formative years and served as Associate Director of the University of Florida Libraries for five years prior to coming to UNO in 2005 as Dean of the Library.  In 2011, he returned from an extended leave of absence, during which he founded a new library for New York University’s Abu Dhabi Campus.  Shorb has completed consultancies in and has special interest in technology for teaching and learning, international library development, and the design and construction of library facilities.  He serves on the board of directors of SCOLA, a global non-profit organization promoting peace and mutual understanding through the study of language and culture.    

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