New Library Selection Focuses on Military

All Globe University-Wausau students will be pleased with the new additions to the campus library, but one special population will find some of these resources of particular interest.

“I wanted to provide resources to the students, staff and faculty that serve in the military,” said Nora Craven, the Wausau campus librarian.  “Our campus makes a special effort to serve those who serve our country.  I wanted the library to be a part of that effort.”

Having never served in the military herself, Nora consulted with Financial Aid Administrator Chris Carlson, GySgt USMC (Ret.), and Business Program Chair Phillip Handrick, 1SG, US Army (Ret.). She also reached out to Mike Hughes, Director of Military Student Services, to assemble a list of suggestions of films and books about a variety of topics that will be of interest to this group.

“In collection development, one of the primary considerations is the needs of the population you are serving,” Nora explained.  “In this case, our active military and veteran students, staff and faculty, or their friends and family, have a unique set of needs and interests.  Working with Chris, Phil and Mike has given me some welcome insight into what those needs and interests are. Their input was extremely valuable.”

With that input, the library’s collection now includes these titles and many others among it’s resources:

Globe University-Wausau Films such as “Restrepo,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Black Hawk Down,” and the book “Lone Survivor”provide a more realistic portrayal of the experiences of our military.  These may help our military population or their friends and family gain a deeper understanding of their experiences.

 Films like “In the Valley of Elah,” “Memorial Day,” “Dear John” and “Forrest Gump” touch on some of the issues and difficulties our veterans may experience as they re-enter civilian life.  Veterans who may have experienced trauma during their service may find “The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook” helpful.

 Films like “The Patriot,” “Glory,” “Letters from Iwo Jima,” and the film and book “Flags of Our Fathers” give a historical perspective of military service.

 Books such as “Semper Fi: Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way,” “Sun Tzu and the Art of War for Business” and “Sun Tzu and the Art of War for Managers” will help veterans adjust to business life. 

Other books that many will find interesting are “The Letter” and “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman” about Pat Tillman, the NFL player who died in Afghanistan; and “Among the Heroes and Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes” about the events of 9/11 for a perspective on the origins of our current conflicts.

These resources and more can be found on the mobile display cart near the entrance of the Globe University-Wausau library.  All are welcome to examine these resources.   Most of these items can be checked out for three weeks.  

Phil Handrick found the experience of working on collection development with this population in mind to be rewarding, observing, “The members of Globe University that have served in the military have made personal sacrifices for our country; building our library resources to include their demographic is a small token we can do to show our appreciation to them.”

By Nora Craven, Librarian, Globe University-Wausau