Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Try Out Data-Planet Statistical Datasets

Data-Planet is a web-based research solutions tool that provides fast and easy access to data from licensed and public domain datasets within an easy-to-use interface. With this dynamic tool, you can scan the contents of the collection, select subjects and variables of interest, and view your data in side-by-side tables and charts.

Try out the Data-Planet Statistical Datasets directly:

Try out the Data-Planet Ready Reference interface, which is a simpler but less powerful version of the Statistical Datasets:

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Q & A with a Library Student Worker: Loc Luong

Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam
Communications Major, Class of 2017

What drew you to Concordia?
The class sizes and the distance from home. I’m from Brooklyn Park, so it’s far away enough from my mom that she won’t drive up and see me, but close enough so that when I lived on campus I could go home for the weekend. I like the community here, and the diversity is great. I just love how Concordia has a bunch of different races here. Everybody here's very welcoming, even the Caucasian people. It makes my experience richer because I get to learn about new cultures and experience what different people go through everyday.

Tell me about your family’s journey.
I was born in Vietnam. I moved to the U.S. when I was five. My older sister was 10 and my mom was like 28, and we three moved over here and left my little sister behind because we didn't have enough money to take her with. When we got over, we lived with my uncle in Minnesota for two and a half years and then he kicked us out. Then we lived with this American lady for about two and a half years because we didn't have a house to go to. So she took us in, and she helped us find a house, helped my mom find a steady job, and then we moved out in like 2003. Then we finally got my sister in like 2006. When she was about 6. We left her when she was only a baby. Pretty sad, pretty sad.

What do you like most about working in the library?
I love how it gives me knowledge of what our resources are. If I have to access them for a paper, I can access them easily because I work at the library. And I get to meet new people and see new faces everyday. And all the wonderful librarians I have here. And Amber, my supervisor.

Is there anything about yourself that you want to share?
I am a pretty big LeBron James fan. So if you come at me saying Michael Jordan or Kobe’s better, then we’re gonna have an argument. I know everything about everything about LeBron James. The most interesting thing about LeBron James would be that he moved seven times before he got to high school. Seven different apartments. That’s pretty interesting, right? And then he finally settled down when he was a freshman in high school at this apartment in Akron, Ohio. His mom was a single mother, and he never knew who his dad was until like a few years ago. He’s a pretty cool dude. The thing I admire most about LeBron James is that he’s not cocky. He’s very humble about his achievements. You know he kinda resembles me - I’m not very cocky, I’m very humble about my achievements! I just like the way he acts, the way he portrays himself in the media. He’s my role model, next to my mom.

What do you look up to in your mom?
How she’s such a hard worker and that she gave up everything for her kids. She’s always looking out for others before herself. She works two jobs just to support us financially. I love my mom. I’m here at college for her, not for myself.

What are you hoping to accomplish in the coming years?
I hope to finish this semester and sophomore year strong, and hopefully find an internship by next year. And just keep working hard in school until graduation (hopefully with a good enough G.P.A.). I want to do something with sales, so I want to find an internship with a corporate company. Or a sports agent internship. I think that would be so fun.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Give it to my mom. I’d keep a thousand for myself, and give the rest to her.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Q & A with a Library Student Worker: Kamaya Bogar

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Psychology Major, Family Studies Minor, Class of 2015

How long have you worked in the library, and what's been your favorite part?
I started in December of 2011, so for three-ish years. My favorite part is just getting to see all the student body. I've made a lot of friends working in the library. Some of the people here, I see their faces every day, and establish relationships with them that way. I love seeing my friends, getting to say hi, and helping customers out. Before I started working in the library, I used to come here every night. When I’m getting down to the wire, the library is my safety net. I know that I can come here and get stuff done.

The library is a really fun place, with a lot of fun people, so don’t be scared to come in and ask a lot of questions, because we love questions!

What is your ideal job after graduation?
In the future I would like to be a Family and Marriage Therapist. I want to work with families who are going through divorce or do premarital counseling. I’m really big on relationships. I am just so interested in them! And then also with the divorce aspect, I've gone through it, so I want to learn more about it and see how I can be a help with it, see how it’s an issue in the world.

Do you have a book recommendation for us?
One of my favorite books that actually just got turned into a movie is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. That’s been a long time coming - I didn't even know it was going to be a movie until it came out. My mom has a lot of the Alexander books, and she collects a lot of picture books - Peef: the Christmas Bear, Elmer the Colorful Elephant, stuff like that.

Looking back on the past four years, what is the thing you are most proud of accomplishing here at Concordia?
Being involved in everything that I've been involved in. Being on cheer, getting a leadership role in psychology club, those are things that I think will help me in the future and they’re also things I can look back on and be proud of doing. And I'm also proud of working hard, getting my degree. Being able to see success afterwards. It’s pretty nice.

What advice would you give yourself as a first-year?
To pace myself and to enjoy a little more. As a freshman, I didn't get too much involved. I was kind of nervous and shy, and now I would tell myself to just embrace everything and be open to everything. Take it one step at a time. It flies by very fast. I can’t believe that this is my senior year. It doesn't even feel like it - it feels like I just got accepted here. It flies by really fast, so make the most of it.

What are you going to miss most about Concordia?
I’m going to miss seeing people. And being close to people, being part of this community and all the activities that go on. I feel like once you get into the real world, it’s harder to stay connected to the people you've built relationships with, and it’s harder to have that community you get from campus events, meeting new people, and socializing. I’ll miss that. I will miss everyone that I've met at the library. It’s going to be sad. Most of these people I've known since my freshman year, so it’ll be weird not coming into the library and not seeing everyone everyday.

Tell me one weird fact about yourself.
I can wiggle my ears. Can you wiggle your ears?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Faculty Spotlight: A Conversation with Eric Dregni

As part of the library's new Faculty Spotlight program, it's our pleasure to feature Eric Dregni, Associate Professor of English. Visit the library to see the full display and page through Dregni's books, including his newest, By the Waters of Minnetonka

What’s the most bizarre story you have to tell about Minnesota? One I've been thinking a lot about recently is Carver’s Cave in St. Paul. With all the talk about the stunning prehistoric cave drawings in Lascaux, France (and elsewhere in that area), we should know that Minnesota had similar petroglyphs here that Jonathan Carver wrote about. Unfortunately, the cave was chopped up by the railroads and only a portion of it survives.

What sparked the idea for your newest book, By the Waters ofMinnetonka? I grew up in Minnetonka and slowly learned some of the unusual history of the lake. I wished that the trolleys still made it out there. I freelanced historical articles about the lake for Lake Minnetonka Magazine – everything from pastors allegedly shooting saloonkeepers to dredging up streetcar boats stuck in the muck at the bottom of the lake for 70 years.

I hear you speak Italian. How did you become interested in
Italy?  I went to Italy in high school at 17 years of age as an exchange student. I didn't know a word of Italian (spaghetti and ravioli don’t really count) and stayed with a family for a year that didn't speak a word of English (hamburger and Elvis Presley don’t count). I kept going back because I love the Italian lifestyle.

How did you first become interested in Scandinavian culture? My dad would make a monthly “Norwegian dinner” with everything white and bland. As a kid, though, taste-free food is good. Only when my wife and I lived in Norway for a year did I learn how potent many of the dishes truly are. Try salt licorice or fermented fish (rakfisk) and you’ll never say Scandinavian food is flavorless. We have much to learn from Norway with its universal health care, free student tuition for college, and love of winter. I’d love to go back someday. 
What advice do you have for Concordia students who want to write books some day? Read! We have this idea that inspiration always comes from within, but it’s crucial to know what others are writing. Then get to work writing by setting aside some time each week to put down your thoughts. Even if you are a creative writer, don’t forget about journalism. Freelance writing for magazines, newspapers, or websites will help hone your skills.  

Anything else you’d like to share with us? I’d encourage students to study abroad for a semester, even if it doesn't “fit into the schedule.” Believe it or not, it’s much easier to live abroad now than it will be once you graduate.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Q & A with a Library Student Worker: Priscilla Rivera

Hometown: Hatillo, Puerto Rico
Major: Child Psychology, Class of 2018

What drew you to work in the library?
My first couple days here I was really lost. I came into the library and asked a student worker for help. They were really friendly and open, and I realized I wasn't alone. They gave me directions to where I needed to go, but they also made me feel okay. They reassured me. I realized I wanted to be helping people too.

I also really enjoy books! And I love organizing. I thought, this is the best thing ever - I get paid for doing my OCD!

What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love the paging list. It’s like going on a scavenger hunt in the library! So satisfying.

What surprised you most about moving to Minnesota?
How much snow you got in so little time! And you have a lot of squirrels here. They’re EVERYWHERE. The squirrels in Puerto Rico are more sad looking. They’re white and look like rats. Don’t look at them. The ones here are cute - they have fluffy tails!

What do you miss most about Puerto Rico?
Sitting on my front porch in my hammock watching the sun go down, with the ocean right there. It was part of my ritual each day.

What makes you most excited about being at Concordia?
Getting to take classes for my major, child psychology. I want to work in special education. I know that there’s not that many people out there that can help them. I’ve had friends with special needs and it’s not fair the way they are treated in school and it’s not fair for them to not get the resources they need. For example, someone might want to join the marching band, but they have trouble walking so they aren’t allowed to. But they should be able to! I want to help because special needs students are capable of succeeding.

What’s one of your favorite books? How about a favorite author?
One of my favorite books is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m a very imaginative person, and it takes my imagination to a different world. And one of my favorite authors is John Green. He just plays with your heart. It’s evil and maniacal of him, but it’s also amazing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Try Out the PBS Video Collection For a Limited Time

The PBS Video Collection includes hundreds of documentary films and series from the history of the Public Broadcasting Service into one convenient online interface. A core of 245 titles, selected for their high quality and relevance to academic curricula, covers many educational disciplines, including history, science and technology, diversity studies, business, and current events. This collection provides access to the films and series users already know, including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Trial of Emerald Education eJournal Collection

We are running a trial of the Emerald Education eJournal Collection for the next month, which includes 21 full-text journals. This collection presents global coverage of highly topical areas, including administration, technology, social justice and diversity, and includes key titles like Education + Training and Journal of  Educational Administration. Access this trial at the following URL:

Trail ends: October 8th, 2014.

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1. To see only the content we have access to at the journal title level, go to

Depending on the browser being used, the user may then have to check the box "Show: Only content I have access to", shown below:

​ 2. To see only content we have access to after performing a search, first go to this URL to perform a search:
Perform the search, and then check the box in the right sidebar under Include which says "Only content I have access to" and then click Search to rerun the search.

3. To limit to only content we have access to before searching, go to Advanced Search and check the box under Include which says "Only content I have access to" before submitting your search: