Faculty End of Year Book Return

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Money Smart Week 2017 – Free Events

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Sharpen your financial literacy skills and attend free sessions being offered as part of Money Smart Week 2017, April 27 & 28 in the Anderson Academic Commons.

Events include

  • Salary & Offer Negotiation*
  • The Financial Reality Experience
  • HERStory Panel of Empowerment*
  • Financial Investing – A Simple Road to Wealth*

Full details can be found on the library’s Money Smart Week website.

Chance to win one $50 gift card to the DU Bookstore at 3 events (must be present to win). Provided by: usbank

Enjoy snacks at each session!
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All events are FREE and open to all DU undergraduate and graduate students.

Unless otherwise indicated, all events are in the Anderson Academic Commons. Full details can be found on the library’s Money Smart Week website.

University Libraries, Daniels College of Business, DU Bursar’s Office, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, and US Bank have joined to bring free financial literacy events to campus from April 27 to April 28.

Hope to see you there!

Money Smart Week is a national initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and American Library Association. More about this program can be found at www.moneysmartweek.org.

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AAC Student Services Fair – 4/25

Explore the World of AAC Student Services

Buckle up for the Spring Quarter and join us to navigate your way through the Research, Technology, and Learning Support resources available at Anderson Academic Commons. Grab a snack at each station as you explore which services can help your quarter be a success. Whether you need tutoring, assistance with technology, or help with your upcoming research paper, we’re here to help.

Who: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

When: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 3-5pm

Where: Anderson Academic Commons

What: A showcase of student-centered services offered in the areas of Research, Technology, and Learning Support.

There are plenty of resources available to students in the AAC, from math and science tutoring to computer help to research assistance. No matter where you are as a student, from expert to novice, we’re here to support you!

Participating Service Centers include:

  • Research
    • Special Collections and Archives
    • Research Center
    • Writing Center
  • Technology
    • Digital Media Center
    • Lending Desk
    • University Technology Services
  • Learning Support
    • Math Center
    • Science and Engineering Center
    • Language Center
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Extraordinary Jewish Colorado Women

Since the inception of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985, 152 women have been inducted into the exclusive circle.  Four of these trail-blazing women are represented in the Beck Archives collection and will also be featured in an exhibit  that celebrates all of the inductees of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.  Spread across three locations on the University of Denver campus, the exhibit will run until June 26, 2017 in the Anderson Academic CommonsBonfils Stanton Music Library & Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women.


Frances Wisebart Jacobs

Frances Wisebart Jabobs

Featured in the Anderson Academic Commons

Frances Wisebart Jacobs earned the appellation of “ Denver’s Mother of Charities” for her extensive work with local charities, and she established the first free kindergarten in Denver for children of the working poor. The National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives sanatorium, today’s National Jewish Health facility, was originally named after her in recognition of the pivotal role she played in its founding. Frances was also one of the initial three founders of the Denver Charity Organization Society, which became the United Way. Her many philanthropic contributions were recognized in the Colorado State Capitol rotunda, where her portrait in stained-glass is featured among ten of our state pioneers, and she is the only woman so honored. She is also represented in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.


Fannie Lorber

Fannie Lorber

Featured in the Anderson Academic Commons

Fannie Lorber co-founded The Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish Children in 1907 to care for children whose parents were victims of tuberculosis. These children, whose parents were ill, were often left to fend for themselves. As needs changed, the focus of the institution did as well, and it evolved into a facility for caring for children with respiratory illnesses. The Denver Sheltering Home later was renamed the National Home for Asthmatic Children and eventually merged with National Jewish Hospital. “The Mother of Hundreds” was the president of the organization until her death in 1958.


Golda Meir (standing) with her sister Shana, niece Judy and brother-in-law Sam Korngol

Golda Meir

Featured in the Bonfils Stanton Music Library

Golda Meir immigrated to the US from Russia, and settled with her family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When her parents attempted to stop Golda from attending high school and tried to marry her off instead, Golda ran away from home to live with her married sister in Denver, where she could continue her education. Golda attended North Denver High School and helped with her brother-in-law’s business, the Wisconsin Cleaning and Processing Works. In 1914, she returned to her parents’ home in Milwaukee on the promise she would be allowed to continue her education. A Democratic Socialist and Zionist, after she married, she and her husband, whom she had met in Denver, moved to Tel Aviv. There she became very politically prominent, and she eventually becoming the 4th prime minister of Israel.


From left to right: Minnie S. Harris, Miriam Goldberg, Amelia Shepco and Dorothy Lee Goldberg (front).

Miriam Goldberg

Featured in the Anderson Academic Commons

Miriam (Harris) Goldberg was born May 18, 1916, in Chicago, but she was raised in Colorado and graduated from Denver East High School. Her father immigrated to Colorado in the late 19th century, served as postmaster in Cripple Creek in the 1890s, and owned a coal company after moving to Denver. On Feb. 12, 1936, Miriam married Max Goldberg in Denver at the Beth HaMedrosh Hagodol Synagogue. Max Goldberg purchased the Intermountain Jewish News in 1943 and upon his death in 1972, Miriam Goldberg capably succeeded her late husband at the helm of the IJN as publisher. The paper continues to bring national news to the local population even after her death earlier this year.

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Colorado Open Scholarship Series


University Libraries presents a series on open access, open data, and open educational resources. Heather Joseph and Nicole Allen of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) will be speaking on enabling, supporting, and increasing open access resources on university campuses.  Join us in the Anderson Academic Commons for these sessions:

  • Leading the Call for Open Data – Heather Joseph
    April 11, 10am-12pm – Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290
    Light refreshments will be provided!
  • Tackling the Textbook Crisis: The Role of Open Educational Resources & Affordable Course Materials – Nicole Allen
    April 12, 2pm-3pm – Anderson Academic Commons
    Live streamed from University of Colorado, Boulder, University Libraries
    Seating limited: Please RSVP to Jennifer.Cox@du.edu

Additional sessions in the series will be presented at these campuses:

  • Building Campus Support for Open Access – Heather Joseph
    April 10, 10am-11am – University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library
  • Open Educational Resources: Reducing Costs, Expanding Access, Improving Quality – Nicole Allen
    April 13, 11a-12p – Colorado School of Mines, Arthur Lakes Library
  • Promotion, Tenure & Open Access – Heather Joseph
    April 13, 12p-1p – Colorado School of Mines, Arthur Lakes Library

About the Speakers


Heather Joseph is the Executive Director of SPARC and a strong advocate of open access.  She has developed and supported new models for open access articles, data, and educational resources.
Read more on Heather here!

NicoleAllenNicole Allen is the Director of Open Education at SPARC.  She is an expert in and proponent of open education, leading nationwide advocacy efforts.
Read more on Nicole here!

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable  the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on investment in research and education.  For more information about SPARC, visit sparcopen.org.

The Colorado Open Scholarship Series is sponsored by:
University Libraries | University of Denver
Arthur Lakes Libraries | Colorado School of Mines
Auraria Library | Serving University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver & Community College of Denver
Health Sciences Library | University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
Kraemer Family Library | University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
University Libraries | University of Colorado, Boulder

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Stress Relief and Music in the Library!

Hello University of Denver community! Today, March 8th, the University Libraries and the Health and Counseling center are hosting a Stress Relief Event in the Anderson Academic Commons RM 290 from 10AM-3PM. We will have therapy dogs, massage therapists, an acupuncturist, crafts, and snacks. We can’t wait to see you there!

This evening at 7PM the University Libraries will be hosting an hour of Chamber Music from the Lamont Music School. Please stop in and have some coffee (if you need it!) and listen to lovely music from our talented music students. We hope you will stop by before you hit the books or for a much needed break!

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Barbie’s Eastern European Jewish Roots


Ruth (Mosko) Handler poses in patriotic WWI nurses garb with her mother, Ida, and her three other Denver born siblings Aaron, Maurice, and Joseph (left to right). Circa 1917.

Though introduced in 1959, Barbie’s story begins much earlier in turn-of-the-20th century Poland.  Life in Eastern Europe had become increasingly challenging for people of Jewish faith because of religious persecution and the economic restrictions.  It was in 1905 that Jacob Mosko decided to come to America in search of a better life.  By then, Denver had a sizable Jewish population, and Mosko settled into the community working as a blacksmith. He had left behind his wife, Ida, and their six children in Poland, but within a few years he was successful enough to pay for their passage to America. Once reunited, the family grew by four more children.  The youngest Mosko child, Ruth Marianna, was born on November 4, 1916 in Denver, Colorado.

Ruth grew up in Denver and married her high school sweetheart Elliot Handler.  The two were drawn in by the allure of 1930s Hollywood and moved to California. They had two children, Barbara and Kenneth, and ran their own plastics business. In 1945, they embarked on a new business endeavor with a family friend, Harold “Matt” Matson, founding Mattel Creations. The name Mattel stemmed from the founders names, Matt and Elliot. Though Ruth may not have received mention in the company name, it was really Ruth that put Mattel on the map with the Barbie doll.

Ruth’s daughter, Barbara, didn’t care much for baby dolls so Ruth looked for a more grown up doll Barbara could play with. While on a European vacation in 1956, Ruth saw something that caught her eye. The German Lilli doll was similar to what Ruth envisioned so she bought a few to bring home with her.  Though, Lilli was a bit scandalous since the doll was meant as a cigar store gag-gift for men modeled after a comic strip with a voluptuous and sexually uninhibited leading lady.  Ruth made changes to the design and soon created what would be the highest grossing toy of all time.


The first Barbie doll, designed to look like a Hollywood starlet, was available in both blonde and brunette.

On March 9, 1959, the Barbie doll, named for Ruth’s daughter, was first introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. Barbie’s quick success led to the release of the Ken doll in 1961, named, of course, for Barbara’s son.

So, while the first thing that pops into your mind when you picture Barbie likely isn’t turn-of-the-century Jewish Polish immigrants, it is none the less where her roots lie.  Barbie is an indirect product of the American Dream.

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