Team Profiles: Melissa Moore


Featured Poet: Rita Dove



In 1993, Rita Dove became the youngest person and the first African American to be appointed Poet Laureate of the United States.

According to the Poetry Foundation, Dove studied vigorously throughout her early career, earning her a Fulbright scholarship in Germany. Dove received her MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and soon began to establish herself as a noteworthy poet:

Dove made her formal literary debut in 1980 with the poetry collection The Yellow House on the Corner, which received praise for its sense of history combined with individual detail. The book heralded the start of long and productive career, and it also announced the distinctive style that Dove continues to develop.

Dove writes about language, history, the arts, and her own experiences as a black woman in the United States. Here in full is an example of her poetry, “Heart to Heart:”

Heart to Heart
It’s neither red
nor sweet.
It doesn’t melt
or turn over,
break or harden,
so it can’t feel
It doesn’t have
a tip to spin on,
it isn’t even
just a thick clutch
of muscle,
mute. Still,
I feel it inside
its cage sounding
a dull tattoo:
I want, I want
but I can’t open it:
there’s no key.
I can’t wear it
on my sleeve,
or tell you from
the bottom of it
how I feel. Here,
it’s all yours, now—
but you’ll have
to take me,


Several of Dove’s works are included in the library’s collection, such as On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Thomas and Beulah. Check them out today!

How to Use Films on Demand in Moodle Rooms


Are you a Union faculty member trying to embed Films on Demand in your Moodle Rooms page? With our current proxy server setup, you cannot embed titles or segments with the UU proxy authentication. We are in conversations with Films on Demand and Moodle Rooms, and hope that a more transparent, less clunky process will be in place in the next 2-3 weeks; when that happens, we will notify all faculty of the new process.

For now, here are two options for using titles or segments.

  • Option 1: Simply link to the video rather than embedding it.

Step 1: In the Films on Demand page of the video you wish to share, go to the share tab below the video.

The first option is Direct Links.

Step 2: Highlight and copy the URL you need. The Title URL will link to the beginning of the full video. The Segment URL will link to the current segment.

Step 3: Paste that URL in Moodle Rooms and that’s it! If your students are accessing the content off campus, they will be directed through the normal login for library resources where they can use their UU username and password.

  • Option 2: Embed a Films on Demand video or segment without the UU proxy authentication. This will require that your students first create a Films on Demand user account.

Step 1: Use this link to your student login to Films on Demand and create a user account. Under the My Films drop down is an option to create an account.

Step 2: Embedding your video: In the Films on Demand page of the video you wish to share, go to the share tab below the video.

Step 3: The third option on the Share menu is Embed Code. Highlight and copy the Embed Code.

Step 4: In Moodle, you will paste this code in an html content box. First click on the More Buttons icon.

Then click on the html icon.

Paste the Embed Code copied from Films on Demand

Your saved page should show the Films on Demand Login screen and your students can login with their FOD account.

Team Profiles: Savannah Patterson


Let Your Voice Be Heard


The library is conducting a student survey this week to learn how we can improve our library services.  If you are an undergraduate student on the Jackson campus, you should have received an email today, but you can also click on the link right here to take it!  It should take you less than 10 minutes. This will give you an opportunity to let your voice be heard!


Team Profiles: Beth Lynn


Library Workshops

The library will be hosting several academic workshops in February and March. Now is the time to improve on research, comprehension, and grades! Come take advantage of all the library has to offer and learn valuable skills from our staff.


Sign up here: Library Workshops

Team Profiles: Margaret Duncan


Matching Monday

Today happened to be an accidental “Matching Monday.” Evening Circulation Supervisor Olivia Skelton and student workers Teri, Seth, Esther, and Jordan all showed up wearing maroon. All of them are happy to help you at the Circulation Desk tonight!

For more fun photos and library events, be sure to follow the library’s social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Valentine Story Time


Are you a Union University faculty or staff member? If yes, do you have kids who love stories? The children of Union faculty and staff are invited to a special Valentine Story Time on February 4th. Library Associate Rachel Powers will be reading and providing crafts for the children in the library’s Family Room. *Parents are asked to stay in the room for the duration of the event.