Library News

Criss Library hours for Wednesday, November 25th will be 7:00am - 5:00pm. The library will be closed, Thursday through Saturday, November 26-28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Regular hours resume Sunday, November 29, at noon.

The University Library Friends will be holding a Book Sale November 30-December 4 on the main floor of the Library.

Paperbacks & media will be $1, and hardcover books will be $2. Proceeds from the sale benefit the UNO Criss Library via donation to the University Library friends. All book sale items are gift donations to the library.

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Criss Library recently purchased the JSTOR "full house", and UNO now has access to all fourteen Arts & Sciences collections, and the Life Science collection. The JSTOR collections stand among the most important archives of academic journals, and the "full house" brings over 2,100 additional journals to the library's JSTOR account.

As is standard with the JSTOR archives, a three-to-five year "moving wall" governs access to articles. Depending on the license negotiated with each journal publisher, articles are released into the archival collections three to five years after publication. More recent articles may be available through the library's current subscriptions, and researchers may check the All eJournals A-Z directory to confirm this. The library catalog also includes records for journal subscriptions and even many individual articles.

For more information about these new resources, please contact Jim Shaw at or (402)554-2225.


Relive the excitement of UNO Hockey in Criss Library Archives & Special Collections! UNO began its NCAA Division I hockey program in the fall of 1997. The first Maverick hockey contest was on October 17, 1997 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium – a 3-2 loss to the University of Manitoba Bisons. The display includes memorabilia from the first game including a game-worn jersey from the first Maverick to score a goal, programs, tickets, and photographs along with a signed puck, cowbell, and programs signed by the 2015 Frozen Four Mavericks Hockey team. Video clips from the game can also be viewed in the lobby of Archives & Special Collections.


For your reading enjoyment, the current issue of the library newsletter, Criss Chronicles, is available. Click here to read the latest!

On display on the 1st floor of Criss Library is the new exhibit "In Service to His Country: Chuck Hagel and Vietnam." The exhibit of photographs and memorabilia from the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives focuses on his military service in Vietnam and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The memorabilia includes a shovel used at the 1982 groundbreaking ceremony for The Wall, a replica of the Three Soldiers Statue, and certificates for his Purple Heart awards. Among the pictures are Hagel during his Vietnam tour, at The Wall in 1982, and with the other U.S. Senators who served in Vietnam.


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Community Engagement and Service Learning


Criss Library supports and contributes to the University's outreach and partnership efforts to improve local, urban, regional, national and global life. The library contributes through a number of support, outreach, community engagement, and service learning projects.  For more information on current or recent projects or how to partner with Criss Library, please contact the Dean’s office.

Current Projects

Girl's Inc. of Omaha
Girls, Inc is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls and serving in high-risk, underserved areas. Girls, Inc. of Omaha has two locations in the Omaha area serving girls from ages 5 - 18 with educational and recreational programs that address math and science education, pregnancy, drug abuse and violence prevention, and many other issues that confront young people today.

The two Girls, Inc. locations each contain a room of books which are available for the girls to use and read. The books are organized by age group and are not available for checkout. As a community engagement project, the librarians at UNO's Criss Library are working with the Girls, Inc. Director of Programs and the Teacher’s Education, Library Science Department faculty to organize and develop projects to create a working and sustainable library and both locations. Our goal is to have a library with books which are easy to find, check out and be read by any girl in the organization.

The UNO/UMC (University of Missouri - Columbia) Library Science Department is incorporating the work that needs to be accomplished at Girls, Inc. into Library Science classes. For example, the library management class will work on the floor layout and organization of shelving, books and computers. The cataloging class will catalog and label the books and the collection class will work on building a collection relevant for the patron audience. Ultimately, we will all work toward assisting Girls, Inc. in taking over the day-to-day operation of their future libraries.

Recent Projects

Sibling Institution UNAN, Leon, Nicaragua
In the summer of 2008, The Criss Library initiated a unique opportunity to extend electronic library services to the faculty researchers/UNO adjunct faculty from the Department of English at Universidad Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua (UNAN/León). From July 5-13, 2008, Marvel Maring, Fine Arts and Humanities Librarian trained 13 faculty for fours hours each of five days on how to access the Criss Library electronic resources. She continues to provide research assistance to UNAN researchers from a distance using LibGuides and email reference.

LibraryThing Tagging of Multicultural Literature in the Criss Catalog
To increase student accessibility to the Juvenile and Young Adult collections, the library collaborated with three literacy faculty from the College of Education on a service learning project to incorporate more relevant and education-appropriate subject identifiers for the children's and young adult literature. The faculty members teach young adult literature, Spanish language arts and multicultural literature. Each assigned their students to read select books from the two collections and then add educationally and culturally relevant social tags to titles in the social networking site, LibraryThing. The faculty were very enthusiastic and realized that discussion on social tagging could facilitate their students' understanding of the books and how they could be used in an educational setting.

The education librarian met with each class early in the semester. At each session, a demonstration of the library catalog was given with a description of the service need. Next LibraryThing was demonstrated and instructions given on adding social tags to the relevant books. Students in the young adult literature class were intrigued to be asked to contribute using a new technology. The students in the Spanish language class were appreciative of the fact that they could contribute culturally relevant terminology to the library catalog and created bilingual tagging.

The number of books read and described by each student varied according to their class. Students in the young adult literature class were assigned two books each as they were reading longer texts. The Spanish language arts class was reading mostly picture books so they read sixteen each. The professors required some books to be read by more than one person as a way of using the social tags to generate discussion. See sample record with library thing tags.

Proceeds from Semi-Annual Scholastic Book Fair provides books for

  • Liberty Elementary School, Omaha, NE
  • Open Door Mission, Omaha NE
  • Douglas County Correctional Facility