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The end of Daylight Savings Time leads to a rise in pedestrian deaths

by Sarah Berry

The beloved (albeit temporary) end of Daylight Savings Time will take place this Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2 a.m. With an additional hour seemingly in the day, there’s a variety of things to do, such as taking a walk around the neighborhood.

However, according to The Huffington Post, you may want to rethink going for a walk after November 6. In a study published on Science Direct (a database available through the Rohrbach Library), scientists discovered that the transition from Daylight Savings Time to Daylight Standard Time correlates to the highest percentage of pedestrian deaths by cars.

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In New York alone, 40 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred between October and December. Scientists believe the higher death rate is due to the nights becoming darker earlier, while the roads are still filled with drivers commuting to and from work.

Additionally, scientists found that the shift to Daylight Standard Time leads to people staying up later (with the idea of “gaining” an hour back) and can lead to drivers being less aware of their surroundings due to sleep deprivation.

Specifically, the study found on Sunday, the day immediately after the shift to Daylight Standard Time, that fatal accidents increased from an average of 126 to 139. Fortunately, the study did find that instead of increasing over the years, the amount of fatal accidents has decreased for the Sunday following the conclusion of Daylight Savings Time.

To be safe though, maybe opt for a Sunday morning of Netflix this year.

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Conducted by Stanford University, the study analyzed 21 years of fatal automobile accidents in the U.S. For more information, click here. Select the full-text link in the upper-right corner to be taken to Science Direct to view the full study and article.

If you are accessing the database off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

The Keystone News highlights the Rohrbach Library’s zine display

by Sarah Berry

Check out the article by Gabriela Laracca at The Keystone News on the Rohrbach Library’s Zine display!

The Keystone Newspaper

By Gabriela Laracca

On Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m., the Rohrbach Library hosted the opening of KU’s Zine Library with a zine debut by senior Shannon McCarthy. The Zine Library, which is displayed across from the library’s café on the main floor, was created by KU senior, Jesse Warner.

McCarthy’s zine was an interpretation of Wolfgang Borchert’s German play, ‘The Man Outside,’ originally known as ‘Draußen vor der Tür.’ McCarthy created her zine for German professor Lynn Kutch’s German graphic novel class.

This zine was one of many hosted at the Zine Library. By definition, a zine (pronounced zeen,) is a DIY publication that is self-published and released on a small scale with usually less than 100 copies created.

Due to the nature of a zine’s publication, authors/artists are free to explore the vast possibilities of what their zine can be about, what it could look like and the tone…

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National Career Development Month Begins!

by Sarah Berry

November marks 47th annual National Career Development Month. Here at KU, the Career Development Center will be hosting a series of events from November 15, 2016 to November 18, 2016.

Check out the list of events below and considering attending a few, such as Finding Internships or the CDC Mini Workshop Marathon for improving your interview skills.

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Movie Monday: Halloween Treats

by Sarah Berry

In celebration of Halloween, today’s feature will instead highlight a variety of episodes or films involving Halloween or offshoots of the October holiday.

From witches and vampires, to the pumpkin market, the streaming databases of the Rohrbach Library offers a variety of Halloween-themed choices. Check out our picks below.

Kanopy Streaming: Heroes and Legends: Dracula – The Allure of a Monster

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Focusing on the literary character of Dracula, this 33-minute episode analyzes Bram Stoker’s motivations behind creating Dracula and his brides, as well as the continued impact of Dracula on audiences today.

Kanopy Streaming: I Married a Witch

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This 1940s romantic comedy classic centers on a vengeful sorceress from the Salem witch trials who has cursed the male descendants of the man who sent her to the stake, which is fine and dandy until she finds herself falling for one of them.

Films on Demand: Witches in Exile

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Swerving away from the comedic charm of “I Married a Witch,” is the above documentary, which brings to light the belief of witchcraft in countries across Africa, such as Ghana, and the punishment afforded to those accused of witchcraft.

Films On Demand: Autumn: Supermarket Secrets

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This BBC documentary takes a look at the methods used by British supermarkets to get shoppers in an autumn mood. Highlights include the purchasing and shipping of pumpkins, as well as the mass-production of pumpkin pies.

Swank Digital Campus: Psycho

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Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller has a premise and a shower scene that many viewers are familiar with already. So, take time to relive (or experience for the first time), on-the-run secretary Marion Crane’s stay at the Bates Motel.

Swank Digital Campus: The Cabin in the Woods

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A supernatural horror film with a touch of comedy, this film follows five friends who uncover not only a cabin, but an ancient ritual.

Aside from “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Psycho,” Swank Digital Campus hosts several horror and thriller films, such as

#Throwback Thursday: The History of Halloween

by Sarah Berry

With Halloween around the corner, here’s some history on the origins of Halloween in a post by C.S.

The More You Know...

Halloween is almost here. People will soon be carving pumpkins, dressing up, trick-or-treating, and getting more candy than they can eat. And in the midst of all the Halloween celebrations, many people will be telling ghost stories.

While the traditions of dressing up and trick-or-treating have a few possible origins, the origins of Halloween ghost stories are rather consistent. Halloween began in ancient Britain and Ireland with Samhain, a Celtic festival. Samhain was observed on October 31, at the end of summer. According to CBN.com (information taken from Encyclopaedia Britannica):

“The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats, fairies and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, Halloween was thought to be…

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“Plum Prints” added to EBSCOhost databases

by Sarah Berry

Recent users of EBSCOhost databases may have noticed a new addition to their search results – a so-called “Plum Print.”

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Plum Prints are displayed in search results, allowing users to compare and contrast resources.

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A close-up of the analytical information provided by the Plum Print

Developed by Plum Analytics these prints are icons that provide valuable viewing information to users, such as the number of views, shares, or cross references of the book or article. As a result, viewers are able to visualize the impact or use of a specific resource in the academic world.

To learn more about Plum Prints check out these Plum Analytics articles: “The Plum Print: Coming to a Result List Near You,” “See the Plum Print Altmetrics…In More than Just Articles,” and “Visualizing Impact: The Plum Print.” 

Discovery Education provides a series of spooky lesson plans for Halloween

by Sarah Berry

Discovery Education, a database of the Rohrbach Library aimed towards education majors, has compiled a list of available resources for lessons on Halloween.

“Scare Up Some Learning This Halloween,” includes a variety of secondary and elementary resources, from audiobooks and videos to entire content collections. Content collections include lesson starters and complementary resources for teaching elementary, middle, and high school students.

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Users can easily add a resource collection to a personal content list, a classroom, a student, or to their personal builder for lesson plans, quizzes, and more.

Note, accessing these collections through Discovery Education’s blog will require login information. To utilize Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com. KU students, faculty, and staff should select “Login” and then “Passcode/Create New User” to enter KU’s eight-character passcode, 8727-6ee3.

Afterwards, you will be asked to create a personal username and password and then login with those credentials. Once logged in, you will be free to explore the site and take advantage of all of its offerings.

So head on over to Discovery Education and scare up some learning!


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