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Volume 3, Issue 1

Spring 2012

ALUMNI WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS Alumni Homecoming Weekend: Photography, Southern Scholars, and Storytime in the library.

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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 

ADVANTAGES

Proceeds benefit Friends of McKee Library.

For more information call 423.236.2791.

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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DISADVANTAGES

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%

Atmosphere 25%

Study Rooms 41%

Resources 29%

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%

Textbooks 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 . . .

Assistance 30%

For Research 39%

Good Study  Environment 31%

Director’s Letter

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

Library Hours

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

Naturally Wonderful

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.  

Friends News

FRIENDS

Consider becoming a Friend of McKee Library. Visit the library website or email library.friends@southern.edu 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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