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On display on the first floor of Criss Library is the new exhibit, "The Architectural Studies of H. A. Raapke," featuring works produced during H. A. Raapke's student years, circa 1899-1907. Many of these drawings were part of his coursework for two schools in Paris: Altier Préparatoire D'Architecture and École Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

Sixteen of Raapke's original drawings are on display in the windows of the Archives and Special Collections area of Criss Library. The exhibit will run through the end of April 2016. All 59 extant drawings in the library's collection may be viewed in the Criss Library Online Exhibit space at http://unomaha.omeka.net/exhibits/show/raapke.

On display in Archives and Special Collections at Criss Library is Charles Timothy Hagel: A Life in Photographs, a biographical exhibit spanning the life of U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. A more in-depth version of the exhibit with some different photographs can be viewed online at: http://hagel.omeka.net/exhibits/show/chuckhagelbiography.

This exhibit coincides with the opening of the first portion of the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives to the community. Researchers may now browse and search inventories of Hagel Photographs, Artifacts, Grant Files, and Schedules in the Archives and Speical Collections database at http://unomaha-public.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/4/resources/508.

Game Night at Criss Library will be onFebruary 21 from 6-9pm! Game Night will continue on the 3rd Sunday of each month throughout the rest of the semester! Bring your own board games, or use ours. Everyone is welcome, so mark your calendars, and bring a friend! If you have questions, contact Claire Chamley at cchamley@unomaha.edu.

International bestselling author of The Forgotten Girls, Sara Blaedel, will visit Omaha on her U.S. tour for her new book The Killing Forest with an event co-sponsored by UNO Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library and the Danish American Archive & Library. Blaedel will speak at UNO's Criss Library on Saturday, February 6th at 1pm. Light refreshments will be served. Sara Blaedel is the author of nine bestselling crime fiction novels published in twenty three countries, translated into over thirteen languages, and optioned for film rights.

Blaedel's latest thriller The Killing Forest takes readers on a journey back through detective Louise Rick’s past as she reconnects with the principal investigator at the Hobaek Police Department, her former in-laws, a fanatic religious cult, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she navigates through the small town’s cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken, and dangerous secrets. The book is full of fascinating details about ancient Nordic religions.

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 jshaw@unomaha.edu or (402)554-2225.

  

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The SCOLA / Language Learning Center is a unique, barrier-free language learning center featuring live SCOLA programming from around the world. The SCOLA broadcasts are available on the second (main) floor of the library. The Criss Library has expanded the language learning software available through Transparent Language. The new Languages of the World software supports language learning in 76 languages. Transparent Language also provides Before You Know It and Learn Language Now.

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SCOLA is a non-profit educational organization that receives and re-transmits television programming from around the world in native languages. Programming includes "Insta-classes" with each lesson combining video and audio clips with transcription and translation, quizzes, and vocabulary; live videostreams; world radio; photographs; and other cultural enrichment. Over Sixty-five languages are available through Streaming Video Broadcasts and/or Insta-Classes.

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Web-Based Language Learning Resources

Live Mocha is a free, web based language learning solution integrating online instructional content with a global community of language learners. English, Spanish, French, Hindi, German, and Mandarin Chinese languages are available.

FSI Language Courses are developed by the Foreign Service Institute and are freely available in the public domain. These are courses created by the US government and are not affiliated with any government entity. Their purpose is to foster language learning and users may select thirty-four languages.

The Language Learning Library is a language learning portal offering highly relevant and useful language learning related resources for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish languages. The Language Learning Library was created to meet the needs of both teachers and students alike with grammar, alphabets, pronunciation guides, cultural resources and much more.

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The Transparent Language software programs described below are accessible only in the library.

Languages of the World, a product of Transparent Language, now provides self-paced immersion experiences to develop vocabulary skills as well as reading and listening skills in seventy-six languages.

Before You Know It is a product of Transparent Language and it is designed to provide engaging and effective vocabulary building exercises—a fundamental first step in language acquisition. Fifteen Languages are available.

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