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Volume 1, Issue 1

Spring 2010

THIS IS OUR LIBRARY McKee Library is taking the future by the hand and leading students to success.


re campus libraries still relevant? With the World Wide Web at my fingertips, why do I need to go to the library for research? These questions are being asked by a society that is increasingly technology based. Here on Southern Adventist University’s campus McKee Library is growing by meeting the needs of a technologically savvy and mobile student community (see “Technology on the Move,” p. 3). Historically, libraries have functioned as repositories of information. Today,

its traditional functions, the library of the future will be home to myriad informational experiences, where great ideas happen and people have the tools and facilities Lee Hope, children’s librarian at the Chattanooga Hamilton County Public Library, presented a story at the recitation to act on them.” during Alumni Weekend 2009. McKee Library houses information is available at the technological tools that the click of a mouse, and students use every day, and navigating the information the librarians at Southern highway is becoming more provide the hands-on help that difficult. Futurist Thomas students need. This creates a Frey wrote in his article Future learning commons, merging Libraries: Nerve Center of the technology and library Community, “While retaining ser vices. ■

In the Library

SCHOLARS RETURN TO THE LIBRARY Visit the Southern Scholars Wall located in the reference section of the library.

Last semester, the Southern Scholars Wall moved from Brock Hall to McKee Library. History Professor Mark Peach, director of Southern Scholars, proposed the move because Southern Scholars is an interdisciplinary honors program. Students enroll in challenging honors courses and maintain a high GPA; they also produce a significant research

project. As the university’s learning commons, the library plays a key role in the success of these students. Since 1984, 174 students have graduated from the program. McKee Library’s Katie McGrath, a reference/instruction librarian, graduated as a Southern Scholar. Some Southern Scholars have also received the Fulbright Scholarship and participated in Teach for

America. Southern Scholars continues to grow and is now a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council. According to Peach, Southern is “working to enhance the educational experience of outstanding students who want to go beyond the syllabus.” ■

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CALENDAR of EVENTS CHATTANOOGA’S CIVIL WAR HISTORY February 10, 7pm Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden shared Lincoln, Tennessee, and Chattanooa’s Civil War Importance.

SHERRY’S TESTIMONY March 21, 4-6 To celebrate her art exhibit “Capturing Individuality”, on display in the library through May, portrait artist Sherry Boettcher will share her testimony, followed by a reception.

RECITATION II March 22, 7 p.m. Join us for the second recitation here in the library. Listen as students, faculty, and community members recite favorite passages.

ASK THE ANIMALS April 21, 7 p.m. An evening with Bruce Coston, author of Ask the

Animals: A Vet’s-Eye View of Pets and the People They Love. Coston’s veterinary practice in Virginia has provided the touching stories in his book, reminiscent of James Herriot’s work. Convocation Credit.

BOOK SALE April 18-30 The library has started Spring cleaning! Come by and find a book to put on your bookshelf. For more information about events at the library or to subscribe to this newsletter: call:



In the Library, Continued

GOOD FRIENDS Friends of McKee Library offers expanded cultural events and library service opportunities to the local community.

To support the expanding role of McKee Library on Southern’s campus, Friends of McKee Library has been formed. The American Library Association states “no one has a stronger voice for libraries in the community and on campus than those who use and love libraries.” At McKee Library, Friends promote the development of the library through voluntary contributions and participation. Friends also ser ve as a bridge of goodwill between the library and the local community. If you used the library as a student at Southern, Friends is looking for you. If you worked in the library, we want to know your name. It is through you that McKee Library can grow. Two activities last semester highlighted what Friends is all about. In October, Friends hosted a Recitation at the library during Alumni Weekend. Conjuring up an image of Anne of Green Gables reading The Highwayman, local alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members recited favorite passages. A highlight of the event was Mika Carey, age 8, reciting Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech.

Library director Joe Mocnik, his family, and student workers at the library set up and decorated the two story Christmas Tree for Friends of the Library’s Christmas Tree Campaign.

Friends also planned a community ser vice event during the Christmas holidays that brought in over 100 warm winter items. The Collegedale Church provided a two story Christmas tree that was set up on the main f loor of the library. Students “decorated” the tree with hats, scar ves, and gloves that the Samaritan Center will use in their free Christmas Toy Shop. It is our hope that both the Christmas Tree Campaign and the Recitation will become annual events. Take advantage of the many events and experiences that are available at the library every day. Come and visit the library this year and see what we have to offer. ■

Mika Carey, age 8, recites a portion of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Fall Recitation.


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On the Shelf

TECHNOLOGY ON THE MOVE The library offers up-to-date services that meet an ever-increasing demand for technology.

Whether by computer, mobile device, or in-person, patrons can log-in, up-load, or stop by for a visit. Our new technology includes:

Mobile Access The library website has gone mobile. Patrons are able to view our web pages on mobile devices.

Facebook This group keeps students informed about library events.

Digital Archive A brand-new digital publication archive that contains old yearbooks (1923-44), Columns, and Legacy is now available. Go to the library website to get in touch with Southern’s past.

OPAC Services have been improved with an updated version of the Online Public Access Catalog.

Laptop Check-Out In addition to the 50 computer stations available throughout the library, an additional 20 laptop computers can be checked out for use in the library. We hope to expand this popular service soon.

Coming Soon: Kindle We are excited to offer a Kindle for check-out at the library. The Kindle will contain public domain titles. ■

Students make daily use of the 50+ computers available at the library.

Director’s Letter

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS We are delighted to bring you the latest for teaching, learning, and research. issue of McKee Library’s newsletter. This Library services are enhanced as newsletter was on hiatus for almost 10 years library staff focus on accountability and but now is back as Bookmark, a biannual transparency. The Hands Project, introduced McKee Library publication. The purpose of as a part of the library’s involvement with Bookmark is to promote library services and Southern Connections, gives all incoming resources to Southern’s freshmen the opportunity to community, encourage leave their handprint in the FOR THE LAST student and faculty library as they receive their involvement, promote FOUR DECADES, initial information literacy Friends of McKee Library, instruction. Librarians are MCKEE LIBRARY teaching—during the current solicit donations, and increase library awareness. academic year, the number HAS SERVED AS For the last four THE ACADEMIC of library instruction sessions decades, McKee Library increased by one-third HEART OF THIS has served as the academic and collaboration with heart of this campus. The departments is strengthening CAMPUS. library was opened in to improve information September of 1970, and literacy across the curriculum. we are proud to celebrate 40 years of service. Through a recent collaboration with a During this time, the physical collections digital archiving service, McKee Library have more than tripled and the introduction digitized early yearbooks and other university of electronic resources ushered in a new era publications. Recent remodeling has made

Joe Mocnik, Director of McKee Library.

the library a prime social space—gate count has increased around 30 percent! As we anticipate the future, McKee Library will continue a lecture series, art exhibits, and other programming to celebrate 40 years of service. Our ultimate goal is to emulate our Lord in everything we do and to see the lives of the students transformed in accordance with the gospel promise: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). ■

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Bookmark Newsletter Editor: Marcella Morales

Library Staff

Joe Mocnik Patricia Beaman Shirley Bennett Genevieve Cottrell Stanley Cottrell Frank Di Memmo Carol Harrison Jennifer Huck Daniel Maxwell Katie McGrath Ron Miller Marge Seifert




Hands: A Southern Connection Project


“A Day Through Time” Emily Ford Art Exhibit

Freshmen leave handprints on a permanent art display.

October 6


The American Civil War: Myths, Legends, and True Tales

“Form, Mass, Plane, and Space” Frank Mirande Art Exhibit

Storyteller Richard Hensley

Sunday 12 p.m.–11 p.m.

Friday 7:45 a.m.–12 p.m. Saturday Closed


“Order and Chaos” Loren Howard Art Exhibit

Contact Info

McKee Library Southern Adventist University P.O. Box 629 Collegedale, TN 37315 Phone: 423.236.2788

Websites Facebook: McKee Library


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See article page 2

October 31 Southern Scholars Wall See page 1.

Library Hours Monday–Thursday 7:45 a.m.–11 p.m.

October 30

December 1

Painting Unveiling

Melissa Hefferlin donates first painting to the library’s art collection.

November 4

Issues in Native American Identity in Tennessee

Current Display

“Seashells of the Philippines” Edwin Reynolds

Tom Kunish Tennessee State Commissioner for Indian Affairs

December 1-16

Christmas Tree Campaign See page 2.

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