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"Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism," a traveling poster exhibition highlighting historical boycott movements from the 1950s to the present, will be on Display August 20 - September 20 at University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery.


The University of Nebraska at Omaha yearbook or annual went by several names, beginning as the Gateway in 1915 and then becoming the Omahan, Tomahawk, and Breakaway before ending as the Maverick in 1973-1975. Through the yearbooks themselves, the exhibit highlights the university’s response to World War II; images of the growing and changing campus, especially Arts & Sciences Hall; and changes in the content and appearance of the yearbook. The exhibit in Archives & Special Collections marks 100 years since the publication of the university's first yearbook and the free online access to UNO’s yearbook first available in 2015 from Criss Library.

The current exhibit in Archives and Special Collections has a display of Afghan Art dating from the 1st century B.C.E. to the present. Items on display reveal information on Greco-Bactrian art, contemporary art, popular art, and miniature paintings by Bihzad, a famous Afghan painter from late 15th and early 16th centuries. Also included in the display are handmade pottery works from Afghanistan, produced in Istalif, a small town north of Kabul during the mid-twentieth century.


The newest exhibit in Archives & Special Collections at Criss Library gives visitors a glimpse into the life of Chuck Hagel on the campaign trail in Nebraska in 1996 and 2002. When Hagel decided to run for U.S. Senate in 1996 he was virtually unknown to most Nebraskans. As such, Hagel needed to reach out to communities across the state if he intended to win the election. One way Hagel gained support was through local parades and events. This approach helped Hagel win the election and maintain his seat when he ran again in 2002. The photos on display provide a look into the many events, parades, and other local activities that Hagel, his family, his campaign staff, and his volunteers participated in across Nebraska to garner support for Hagel in his two runs for public office.


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General Reserve Guidelines

  • Items in the both the traditional and electronic reserve system can be searched by instructor's name or course.
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  • All materials will be removed from the traditional and electronic reserve system at the end of the semester. Faculty wishing to renew reserve materials must submit a request to renew materials before the end of the semester.
  • Faculty will receive a packet at the end of semester detailing their reserve item usage and cost of copyright fees paid by library on their behalf.
  • Access to electronic reserve materials is restricted to the instructor and students for each course and is password protected.
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  • Faculty should submit a completed Reserve Request Form. There are separate web forms for Journal Articles and Books/Media. You may also download and print or email a pdf form for all material types.
  • Requests must include accompanying materials:
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    • Requests must include a class syllabus or statement of use submitted with the request form. Requests will not be processed until the class syllabus or statement of use is received.
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  • Copyrighted materials should be submitted well in advance of the date they are needed. If copyright permission must be requested, it may take four to six weeks or longer to obtain and will affect item availability.
  • Articles downloaded from online databases will not be posted due to copyright restrictions. Library staff will provide a direct link to the article, when possible, or post a full citation, provided by the instructor, for the article and provide a link to the Research Database page on the Library's website.
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    • Multiple articles from the same journal are needed;
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    • Multiple chapters of a book are needed;
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