KU Conversations!

Good morning KU Students! Welcome to the first KU Conversations! Our first topic of conversation is Holocaust reparations. Here are a couple interesting sources that discuss the many complexities of how the Holocaust reparations were handled and how they are  still being handled today. Most of the links may require a current KU student login unless stated otherwise.


What do you know about Holocaust Reparations? This article from CQ Researcher will give you a great overview of the topic and provides a very fascinating testimony by a victim who survived the Holocaust but ran into trouble with the banks. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum also provides a very detailed explanation about the Luxemburg agreements and how the interest in Holocaust reparations rose in the 90’s. The website is accessible to anyone and also provides multiple book suggestions from their library on the various aspects of this issue, including Imperfect Justice: looted assets, slave labor, and the unfinished business of World War II by Stuart Eizenstat and Nazi gold : the full story of the fifty-year Swiss-Nazi conspiracy to steal billions from Europe’s Jews and Holocaust survivors by Tom Bower (both of which can be found in our library catalog). We also recommend Some Measure of Justice by Michael Robert Marrus.

For those of you who are interested in the law aspectslawindicator1 of the Reparations here is a brief overview from ProQuest discussing the faults involved with the legal involvement and provides a historian perspective about the morality involved with the situation. A dual point of view for the moral aspects of the situation can be found in this section of a journal provided by EBSCOhost. Here is also a more in-depth look at the legacy and consequences of the topic within a section from Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America’s Courts by Michael J. Bazyler. We can also provide an international point of view of the litigation involved with the reparations as well.

While slightly less of a discussed issue compared to the 90’s Holocaust reparations are currently still going on. One of the main driving forces defending Holocaust victims is the Claims Conference. An organization that works to help victim obtain what is legally theirs.

Do you think there could have been more done for Holocaust Reparations? Feel free to comment about the topic in the comments section here or at our Facebook page!


Get Ready for the 2016 READ Posters

By Danielle Gentile

Attention all Kutztown students, staff, and faculty: Come participate in the Rohrbach Library’s annual tradition – The READ Posters!

In honor of National Library Week, come to the library with your favorite book and have your photo taken. We will take your photo and create a personalized poster that will be displayed in the library. Get your photo taken by yourself or with your club, organization, or staff.

Starting February 2nd – March 4th, stop by at the follow times and locations:

Monday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm RL 100
Tuesday: 9:00am-11:00am & 12:00pm-3:00pm RL 24
Wednesday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm RL 100
Thursday: 9:00am-11:00am & 12:00pm-3:00pm RL 24
Friday: 10:00 am-11:00 am & 3:00pm-4:00pm RL18

If these times do not work for you or if you need us to come to your location for a group photo of clubs, departments, or teams, please email Danielle Gentile at Dgent845@live.kutztown.edu to make an appointment.

Check out last year’s READ posters for some inspiration!

Note: Due to limited staff to create the posters, children will only be included with a KU student or personnel member this year.


Celebrate Black History Month With Kanopy

By Danielle Gentile

Kanopy, an on-demand video streaming service, is celebrating Black History Month by releasing a collection of critically acclaimed African American films. There are 197 videos regarding African American History that can be accessed here.

If you have any questions, comments, or issues with the Kanopy database, please contact Bob Flatley at flatley@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4168.


Shawdow Sighting on Rohrbach Balcony

By Danielle Gentile

Join the Rohrbach Library on Tuesday, February 2nd at 11:00am for the opening of the library’s new balcony seating area. Located on the first level near Java City, come and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Compete in fun contests and win prizes!

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300-Title Promotion From Swank Motion Pictures

By Danielle Gentile

Thanks to the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), the Rohrbach Library can now offer Swank’s 300 most requested film titles through our Swank Motion Pictures database.  From February 1st – June 30th, students, faculty, and staff can enjoy these titles in an addition to the 70-title license purchased by Kutztown.

For more information on the Swank Motion Picture database, check out the original post here or the Rohrbach’s Swank Libguide.

If you have any questions, comments, or issues with the Swank Motion Picture database, please contact Bob Flatley at flatley@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4168.



Full Access to The Wall Street Journal is Now Avaliable


By Danielle Gentile

Based on multiple requests, the Rohrbach Library now provides access to The Wall Street Journal. The database features full-text access of the newspaper from 1984-present via ProQuest. Click here for direct access or search the library’s alphabetical list of databases under”w”.


Kutztown University Subscribes to BrowZine

By Danielle Gentile

After a successful semester-long trial, Kutztown University has decided to renew their BrowZine subscription until June 30th, 2017. BrowZine is a research source that allows users to view academic journals and articles in the format of an online bookshelf.

For more information on how this source can change the way you access online research journals, check out the original post here. Download the app and access academic resources from any location.

If you have any questions, comments, or issues with BrowZine, please contact Bob Flatley at flatley@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4168.


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