Primetime Fall Season Begins with Election Shock Therapy

election shock therapy podcastThe Fall Primetime series kicked off with a live recording of the second episode of the Election Shock Therapy podcast.  Political Science professors, Chris Moore, Andy Bramsen, and Mitchell Krumm, and History professor Sam Mulberry discussed the upcoming presidential election and took questions from the audience. The questions ranged from the chances of third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein to what to expect from the first presidential debate.

This Thursday, September 29, the Library’s Copyright Liaison Librarian, Scott Kaihoi, will help educators make sense of the sometimes complicated Copyright and Fair Use climate in the digital age. His Talk About Teaching presentation, Do I Have to Pay to Put This in Moodle? Copyright for Higher Ed in 40 Minutes will clarify some copyright exemptions that exist for educators and explain some recent court decisions that give us more information on how to use items in courses wisely.

Is there a presentation you wanted to see but were unable to attend? You can revisit some of the previous year’s presentations by looking at these series in the Bethel Community Video Collection:

Get a Jump Start on Your Year with the Library’s eBooks and Videos

Did you know?

  • You now have access to over 150,000 eBooks through the Bethel Library?
  • The library’s streaming video collection includes over 40,000 videos?

What does this mean for you? It means you can search for information easily within a book instead of flipping pages. It means you can access library books without even leaving your dorm. It means you might be able to use an eBook or video that your tuition has already paid for instead of purchasing another expensive textbook (you may even see them already linked as a part of the Moodle site for your course!)

You can find all these great resources in Summon, the main library search box on our website, or on the eBooks or Video “Find Something Specific” pages on our website.

Search for eBooks or Videos on Library Home Page

Want to know more? Your friendly librarians, who specialize in different academic subjects, would love to help. We call them Liaison Librarians.

Each collection of ebooks or videos have different strengths and features. Make an appointment with a librarian to get a jump start or explore them on your own:


ebrary Academic

Over 130,000 ebooks covering a diverse array of subject areas. These books are unlimited user access, meaning you can read them anytime without waiting for someone else. 

EBSCO Ebooks

A collection of over 18,000 ebooks featuring Bible eCommentaries, Nursing History and Midwifery ebooks, and a broad range of other subjects.

ACLS Humanities eBook Collection

Includes 4,680 e-books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching.

Ebooks Minnesota

An online ebook collection for all Minnesotans. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from our state’s independent publishers, including the University of Minnesota Press, providing access to some of Minnesota’s best literature and nonfiction.


Kanopy Streaming Video

More than 26,000 films – including leading producers such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, New Day Films, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, BBC, First Run Features, The Video Project, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Education Resources – on every topic imaginable. Post clips, make playlists, view transcripts.

Films on Demand

A great, multidisciplinary collection of educational videos where you can find clips, make playlists, and view transcripts.

Comfortable Spaces and Curious Minds: An Invitation

My Alma Mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
 (Malcolm X)

There are at least two things about this blog post that are unusual, if not unique:

  1. It involves furniture (rather than scholarship, research, resources, ideas, etc.)
  2. It concerns money.

Allow me to explain …

Every year the library earmarks a modest segment of its budget to “Improvements,” a general category, which is spent thoughtfully on making and keeping our library spaces as serviceable and as welcoming as possible.

In the past, these funds (amounting to about 1% of our overall budget) have been invested in improving network access, in adding more power outlets, in adding flat screen displays for marketing library services, and many other projects.

This past year we’ve decided that the time has come to address the aging and increasingly shopworn furniture in some of our library spaces.Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 3.02.46 PM

It is such a delight to see our students using the library as a place that is hospitable, welcoming, and so on. From my own office chair I enjoy watching how students make themselves at home and find their own version of “comfort” (there are many!) and get down to whatever work brought them into the library.

It’s important (isn’t it?) that what they sit on, and where they place their study resources, be comfortable, presentable, attractive, and so on.

And this year in particular Bethel’s Friends of the Library group (you can join here!) has taken up the challenge of trying to raise some supplementary money in order to move this important project forward.

As someone who knows and appreciates how much hospitality and excellent service matter to BUL, I’m inviting you to do what you can in donating to this worthy endeavor. What we’ve done already has made a difference; we’d like to do even more. And it’s simple to make whatever donation you are able to right here: (between now and July 15)

Thanks for your interest in BUL and how it serves this community. And thanks also for considering giving – every gift makes a difference.