Open House Winners Announced!

pirateboothby Sarah ‘Buccaneer’ Berry

Fer’ ye scallywags who came to port for Rohrbach Library’s Open House and turned in yer’ orientation form by September 26, 2016 at 4 p.m., ye’ earned yourselves a chance at the library’s treasure chest.

If the anticipation be makin’ yer bones shiver, ye’ be happy to hear the captain and crew have drawn the names of the winners.

Keep readin’ to see if ye’ won yourself a prize.


Open House Winners

If yer’ name be on the list, report to Rohrbach Library to set sail with yer’ winnings.

Special thanks from the Rohrbach Library crew to Camillo’s and TommyBoy’s fer’ servin’ many a scallywag with fresh pizza, and to all our treasure chest contributors: SupercutsGiantOzgood’sDomino’sTommyBoy’sFirefly BookstoreGiannotti’sPaisley and CompanySecond Nature.



Read a Banned Book! Banned Books Week Kicks Off

by Sarah Berry

bannedbook2.pngBanned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read any and all literature, without restriction. Books featured during the week-long event have been targeted to be removed from libraries and/or schools. While some have been banned or restricted successfully, the majority have remained available due to the efforts of readers, educators, and librarians.

To celebrate our freedom to read, head over to the Rohrbach Library and read one (or more!) of the books that have been banned or challenged.

Here’s a quick list of some of the banned books available at the Rohrbach Library:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
    Call Number: PR6029.R8 N49 1992
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    Call Number: PS3551.N464 Z466 1970
  3. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    Call Number: HV6533.K3 C3 2002
  4. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    Call Number: PR6045.A97 B7 1993
  5. Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
    Call Number: BP223.Z8 L5716 1996eb
  6. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
    Call Number PS3572.O5 C35 1963
  7. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    Call Number: F Dahl
  8. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story of Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
    Call Number: 371.82 W734n, 2009
  9. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Georgia Nicolson
    Call Number: F Rennis
  10. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam, illustrations by Lane Smith
    Call Number: 811 M551h

Banned Books Week runs from September 25, 2016 to October 1, 2016. For more information, head to the American Library Association’s website.

Also on campus this week is a Banned Books Fair organized by the students in Alpha Beta Alpha. This event takes place from Sept. 28 – Oct. 1st at the KU Book Store. You can buy your favorite banned book, learn about censorship, and also get a mugshot taken of you reading a banned book. For more information about this event, go to ABA’s Facebook event page.


Free Trial of Ebrary’s Academic Collection – Available Now Through Dec. 31!

by Sarah Berry

Take advantage of Rohrbach Library’s semester-long trial of Ebrary’s Academic Collection. Now through December 31, 2016, students and faculty can access and download over 170,000 ebooks, most of which are scholarly, from leading publishers. With the trial, users have unlimited, multi-user access to the collection’s ebooks.

With its expansive catalog, users can download and read texts on learning another language, teaching techniques for educators, or to read a classic novel. Additionally, Ebrary’s advanced searches make it easy to find texts, allowing users to search by ISBN number, subject, document type, and more.


To start browsing the collection, head to

Remember, this trial is only available until December 31, 2016. Don’t miss out!

Library to open at 7AM!

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Starting October 3rd the
Rohrbach Library will open at
7am Monday – Friday!

Sail fer’ Rohrbach Library on Sept. 22nd!

by Sarah ‘Buccaneer’ Berry 2016Bookmarkfront

Avast me hearties! The Rohrbach Library’s doors will open fer’ th’ annual open house come this September 22, 2016. From 10 in the mornin’ till four in the afternoon they be ripe for plunderin’ – think of the treasure!

Their treasure chest be holdin’ tight to another GoPro Hero camera, amongst other prizes from the locals. But if ye’ lookin’ to grab it, ye’ best complete the Rohrbach Library crew’s orientation form fer’ their open house by September 26, 2016 at 4 p.m. And if yer’ not a student of that there university, then ye’ll be walkin’ the plank before ye’ get ahold of that chest.

They also be servin’ free pizza from TommyBoy’s and Camillo’s, startin’ at 11:30 in the mornin’ till 2:30 in the afternoon.

So if ye’ seeking treasure and fresh grub, then start raisin’ the standard and settin’ course fer’ Rohrbach Library. And if yer’ not, then ye’ can set to scrubbin’ the decks with the rest of the hands, ye’ scallywag.

Additional loot in the mighty chest includes:

If ye’ lookin’ fer’ more information or hath questions, ask the Captain and First Mate.

Capt. Dan Stafford:

First Mate Karen Wanamaker:


Pirate Captain image source:


EBSCOhost and You

by Sarah Berry

EBSCOhost is a familiar name to many college students; it is a go-to source when preparing papers or projects. However, it also has additional features that are often overlooked by users.

One particular feature is its Personal User Authentication service. Personal User Authentication allows students to bypass the library’s authentication process through their own EBSCOhost account. Thus, instead of going through the Rohrbach Library website, students can head directly to the database’s website, whether through a quick Google search for “ESBCOhost login” or through a saved bookmark for the site, and login with their personal account information.

Folder list

Users create a shared folder by selecting to share a Custom folder.

With an EBSCOhost account students can save reference material for future use. EBSCOhost organizes saved documents by file type, but also allows users to create custom folders, thereby organizing their documents by class or project.

Additionally, if working within a group, students can create shareable folders. Similar to sharing documents on Google Drive, shareable folders on EBSCOhost allow users to share and access database documents in the same location, cutting out unnecessary emailing or link pasting between parties.

An EBSCOhost account also allows students to save their search preferences, making for faster and more efficient search results. For example, users can check to have only “Full Text” or “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” in their results. As well, students can select various account preferences, such as their preferred citation style.

In short, the Personal User Authentication feature simplifies the process of gathering, citing, and sharing research by allowing individual accounts for a subscriber’s users.

To start reaping the benefits of an EBSCOhost account, click here (on-campus) and select “Sign In” on the top toolbar and then, “Create New Account.”

EBSCOhost account creation

The “Sign In” button to begin account creation can be found above the search field.

If accessing EBSCOhost off-campus, you will need to login first with your campus credentials or library barcode before creating an EBSCOhost account. For more information on accessing EBSCOhost and other databases off-campus, click here.

Free Trial of Britannica Original Sources – Available Now Through Sept. 30!

by Sarah Berry

Take advantage of the Rohrbach Library’s month-long trial of Britannica’s Original Sources Database. Starting September 1, KU students and faculty can access the multitude of primary source documents available on the electronic database, which include works by classic authors, such as Jane Austen and Frederick Douglass, as well as the journals of explorers, like Christopher Columbus. Additional resources include documents pertaining to a variety of topics and events, including the Affordable Health Care Act, the Viking invasions, the Civil Rights Movement, and more.

To take advantage of this trial, head to and enter the following (all lowercase): Username: backto    Password: school

Britannica Original Sources

Remember, this trial is only available from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. Don’t miss out!

Note, Britannica’s Original Sources database can be found and accessed through the library’s A-Z database list under “O.”

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