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Volume 3, Issue 1
ALUMNI WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS Alumni Homecoming Weekend: Photography, Southern Scholars, and Storytime in the library.
cKee Library was a very tograph Young Mother, were available ter, giving our community time to busy place over alumni to be enjoyed throughout the fall thoroughly enjoy their beauty. homecoming weekend! semester. Friday afternoon found South The excitement kicked off with The interest in photography ern Scholars students, faculty, and a Wednesday evening lecture by continued on Friday morning with alumni gathered in the library to acclaimed photojournalist Billy the official opening of the photog share a delicious meal and listen to Weeks. Weeks has received a num raphy exhibition Southern Exposures. Southern Scholars alumnus Zane Yi ber of awards, including an award Professional photographer Garrett discuss the ways in which an honors of excellence for editorial photogra Nudd gave a touching presenta education has shaped his life. Cur phy in the 2006 rent scholars Communication were able to Arts Photog participate in a raphy Annual questionandan and the 2011 swer forum with Gordon Parks Yi and spend International time connecting Photography with each other The Southern Exposures exhibit featured photography from alumni, faculty, and students. Award. Over 130 and with South people gathered to listen as Weeks tion entitled The Search for 1,000 ern Scholars alumni and faculty. presented an engaging lecture Words: Exploring Society’s LoveAffair Sabbath afternoon the focus about his work as a photographer with Photography. Attendees to the turned to the children visiting and what goes into making a good lecture were able to tour the exhibi campus for the weekend. Nearly photograph. His photography tion, which featured photographs 80 people turned out to enjoy Story displays The Baseball Factory and taken by Southern students and Hour for Kids of All Ages presented Central America, which included his alumni. These works also remained by master storytellers Bruce Hop Gordon Parks awardwinning pho on display for the entire fall semes Story continues on page 2
In the Library
CELEBRATING MARK TWAIN
Lecture featured life sketch of Mark Twain. Photos of Twain and his travels were highlighted.
McKee Library hosted its second annual Celebrate Twain event on September 22nd. This year’s featured speaker was Dr. Allison Ensor, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of TennesseeKnoxville and author of Mark Twain and the Bible. Dr. Ensor offered an overview of Mark Twain’s importance in American literature and his continuing popularity with the American public. His presentation included descriptions of the various facets of Twain and pictures relating to his life. This year’s event held special significance because Dr. Duane Bietz, codonor of the Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection and
the library’s honorary curator, flew in from Oregon to be a part of it and to introduce some of his newly donated items. The donated collection features several firstedition novels, signed copies of published works, and many other valuable Twain items. Additional materials will be received from the donors over the next few years. For more information on the collection, please visit the library website. ■
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CALENDAR of EVENTS KNOWLEDGE COMMONS MCKEE LIBRARY ADVENTIST VICTORY February 1, 7p.m. Convocation Credit
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son, John Martin, and Katie McGrath. The stories covered a wide range of interests and topics, including Bible stories, miracle stories, characterbuilding stories, and tales of grow ing up on a farm in Georgia. The fun concluded on Sunday morning when the library joined many other campus departments for the Grand Event, designed to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the university. The library’s booth included materials from the Duane and Eunice Bietz collection of Mark Twain
materials, the Nathan Greene painting In the Darkest Hour Lincoln at Antietam, recently donated by Dan and Danny Houghton, and a technology corner where event attendees could play with the library’s Kindle, iPad, lap tops, and even become friends with Melville Dewey, the library’s Facebook mascot. Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2011 was an exciting time for the campus, and the li brary is pleased to have been able to be deeply involved in the weekend’s activities. ■ See more Alumni Weekend photos on page 3
Dr. David Trim, Director of Archives, Statistics and Research at the General Conference of Seventhday Adventist, will be giving a lecture entitled “Struggles . . .defeats and victories: Adventist history and Adventist mission.”
ROSES ARE RED . . . February 8-14 Stop by the library and create a handmade valentine card for that special someone in your life!
GILDED AGE AMERICA February 20, 7 p.m. Celebrate President’s Day at the library! Learn from Dr. Robert Barnett, Professor of History at Lee University, who will present a lecture entitled “The Gilded Age: Literary Reflections of an America in Transition.”
ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES April 10, All Day Stop by McKee Library, leave your footprint, and enter the TOMS shoes drawing. Go without shoes, so kids don’t have to!
USED BOOK SALE April 22 - May 6, 2012
On the Shelf: by Clint Anderson
PAPER OR PLASTIC? PART 2 In part 1 of this article, Anderson explored the future of libraries in the face of our ever-evolving electronic era.
Kindle is the brand name of only one of the ereaders that are now available in the marketplace. Will these electronic gadgets supplant the library as a source for reading for pleasure and knowledge, or will they assist in broadening the scope of library use? I suppose only time will tell. But just what are the advantages and disadvantages of these electronic ereaders that are invading
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You will miss the feel of a book or magazine and the smell of a tome that has an aroma all of its own.
You don’t need a library card to check out books.
You will be limited to the kinds and amount of books available on the ereader.
You won’t have to spend money for gas to go to the library.
You will have to buy an ereader (around $100) and replace it when it becomes outmoded.
There will be no late or overdue fees.
There may be a fee for replacement parts and you would want to buy books to keep permanently on the ereader.
You can read from them in the dark or bright light quite easily.
It is yet unknown how the constant light from the ereader affects the eyes.
No more carrying an armful of books You might drop or lose an ereader, across campus, and no more being and it costs a great deal more than fearful that you might lose a library most books to replace. book. You can take notes on the ereader without damaging the pages of a library book.
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Ereaders are handy. You can hold them in your hand and take them with you wherever you go.
Looking for a good deal? Buy a used book at the library. All books only twenty-five cents!
households and campuses across America? Although I have chosen the Kindle as an example, I think the following advantages and disadvantages apply to all brands of ereaders. There is something interesting and novel about the Kindle, and once you learn how to use it, it could prove handy and helpful at times, but whether or not it will ever replace the library has yet to be determined.
It might not be easy to locate notes on the ereader at a moment’s notice, but, in time, you could get used to it.
ALUMNI WEEKEND EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY
Bruce Hopson entertained kids of all ages with his storytelling during Alumni Homecoming Weekend.
Billy Weeks’ lecture on telling stories through photography brought more than 130 visitors to the library.
Baseball Factory , an exhibit by Billy Weeks, highlighted the importance of the game in the Dominican Republic.
At the Library: by Clint Anderson
HOW MAY WE HELP YOU? What do students like about the library and what improvements do they want?
To many, the library is the hub of a university campus. We would like to believe that McKee Library is a center that draws in students, faculty, staff, and community patrons to seek answers, information,
What do you like most about McKee Library? Hours 5%
Study Rooms 41%
knowledge, and enjoyment. I created an opinion poll to get an idea of what the students like the most about McKee Library, what they would change if they could, and what they feel is the library’s main goal.
What changes would you like to see? More Hours 15%
More Computers 15%
Vending Machine or Snack Bar 32%
Less Noise 23%
We can learn a lot from our students and we appreciate their willingness to share their opinions with us. Here are the results:
I feel that the main goal of the library is . . .
For Research 39%
Good Study Environment 31%
FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIPS McKee Library is a busy place. Many students continue to choose the library as their desired place for research, study, and even socialization, while others rely on our online resources. Many students enjoy a facilitated relationship with the library. They spend time
in the library and maintain direct interaction with library staff, who help them with their assignments and projects. By attending instruction sessions and following up with a librarian, they are being equipped with the strategies and resources needed to excel. Some students prefer an unfacilitated relationship with the library. They rely on online resources, but have only a limited oneonone relationship with library staff members. They go straight to the databases
or rely on research guides that provide a summary of the most important discipline specific resources. Regardless of a student’s preference, the library provides essential support for instruction and learning. “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.” (Proverbs 9:9, NIV) ■
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Bookmark Newsletter Executive Editor: Joe Mocnik Managing Editor: Deyse Bravo Rivera Layout: Marcella Morales
Library Staff Joe Mocnik Deyse Bravo Rivera Genevieve Cottrell Stanley Cottrell Frank Di Memmo Carol Harrison Jennifer Huck Daniel Maxwell Katie McGrath Ron Miller Sara Mirucki Marcella Morales Marge Seifert
New at the Library
BOOKS AND ART Enjoy new displays and acquisitions at the library!
Lincoln by Greene In the Darkest Hour Lincoln at Antietam, a Nathan Greene print depicting Abraham Lincoln reading his Bible, was donated to the library last fall. Stop by the library director’s office and check it out!
Baby Bonds A new collection of Civil War bonds and notes are currently on display on the first floor.
Books on Display
Our new book display features books from the library’s collection by subject matter and recommended picks by our staff. Check one out today!
Sunday 12 p.m.–11 p.m. Monday–Thursday 7:45 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday 7:45 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday Closed
Contact Info McKee Library Southern Adventist University P.O. Box 629 Collegedale, TN 37315 Phone: 423.236.2788
Websites www.southern.edu/library Facebook: Melville Dewey Twitter: McKeeLibrary
Tea Time Inspired by her daughter’s desire to have a tea party, Southern employee Brenda FloresLopez started collecting teacups and saucers six years ago. Her collection boasts over 40 items, some of which are on display in the library through April.
Consider becoming a Friend of McKee Library. Visit the library website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friends were busy last semester! !" They volunteered 16 hours a week to keep the Lincoln Library open for queit study. !" Raised $119 for library projects during the fall Used Book Sale. !" Sponsored the framing of the library’s new Nathan Greene print (See story above). !" Collected hats, scarves, and gloves during their annual Giving Tree campaign, donating needed items to the Samaritan Center. ■
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Photographer Alan Orrison’s collection entitled Natural Wonder is currently showcased on the first floor of the library through April. Orrison is a Southern alum (‘06) who recently graduated with a MFA degree in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. ■
CAR DISPLAY WINNER!
During the Fall semester 2011, students were challenged to name all the model cars in a sizeable collection lent to us by retired Southern professor, John T. Durichek, for display in McKee Library. The results are in and the winner is Joshua Farnsworth! Hats off to this nursing student for his in-depth research and considerable car knowledge!
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