There’s a new face in Transitional Studies. Zane Hesting started as part-time clerical staff on March 4, but he is no stranger to the LLC. Zane’s love of reading has made him a familiar face to many of the library staff. He finished all of his CSC coursework in December, and is looking forward to graduating in Spring 2019 with a Literature degree and a creative writing minor. He is excited to be working for the college that he attended for the past three years. Zane remarked, “As a student, I always knew the staff and faculty were helpful, friendly, and hardworking. Being able to learn as an employee from the same people I learned from as a student is great. It’s nice to be on this side of things.”
Chadron State College has been a great fit for Zane because it feels small but offers real world experience. As an out of state student, he greatly appreciated the Eagle Rate because of its affordable tuition. Zane came to us from Kansas, and as you can expect from that state’s reputation, he is an avid baseball and basketball fan. He can name every World Series winner from 1960-present and every March Madness champion since 1998.
Zane is also an outdoor enthusiast, and Chadron has been a great place to explore. Being within two hours of three National Grasslands and numerous other public lands has presented plenty of great fly fishing and hiking spots. Zane is obsessed with place, and he has enjoyed being in a western locale for the past 3 years. Anyone who has heard or read Zane’s poetry can testify to how much place permeates his work. We are happy to have Zane take his place in the Library Learning Commons.
This is an interesting time for Zane to start, as it is a time of transition for Transitional Studies. Tamara Toomey shifted to Director of Market Development on March 25. Along with her role overseeing START, she is now in charge of registration days, orientation events, and move in, and she handles enrollments of various populations (i.e. professional development, dual entry, non-credit degree seeking). Tamara is still managing Transitional Studies on an interim basis and is working closely with Zane to make sure that students’ needs are met.
If you get a chance to stop by and see Zane, ask what he’s reading. He’s always got an interesting answer, so make sure to allow yourself extra time to browse the stacks. Zane’s love of reading is infectious!
The Library is expanding our Better World Books collection operation. Approximately three years ago, the Library took over an initiative originally championed by Student Senate. They wanted to find a solution for students who wanted to donate their books and worked with Better World Books to place collection boxes around campus. Given the LLC’s preexisting relationship with Better World Books, it made sense for us to take over the project. We already have a solid process for dealing with donations, so we were able to easily fold this into our operations. This freed up the new members of Student Senate to concentrate on new projects.
As of the beginning of Spring semester, the only Better World Books collection boxes on campus were in Old Admin. After receiving requests from other buildings for collection boxes, we decided to expand the project to all academic buildings and a few other buildings that have heavy student use. After consulting with the Building Managers for all of the relevant buildings, we have placed new Better World Books boxes for collection throughout campus.
This is a great time for us to expand our collection operation, as the textbook reserves are really gaining steam. Books that are placed in the Better World Books boxes will first be checked to see if they are required textbooks for any CSC classes. If so, they will be added to the growing textbook reserves collection. Donated books that aren’t being used as textbooks will also be evaluated for whether they would be a good fit for the LLC’s general collection. Books that don’t meet either of these criteria will be shipped to Better World Books, where they will either be sold, recycled, or donated to Third World countries.
If you have students that no longer need their books at the end of the semester, please encourage them to donate to one of the green Better World Books boxes spread throughout campus. Locations of the boxes are:
- Memorial Hall
- Old Admin
- Miller Hall
- King Library
- Student Center
- Chicoine Center
- Math and Science
- Rangeland Complex
On Tuesday, April 2nd, local Chadron High School Seniors were on campus for Transition Day – a day packed with presentations and discussions focused on college preparation. The event kicked off at 8:30am on the upper level of the Library Learning Commons.
Shawn Hartman, Outreach Librarian, opened the event with a brief talk about the importance of utilizing the library and the significant relationships between the library, student learning, and success.
Other morning presentations included:
- Tamara Toomey, Director of Market Development – “How to be Academically Prepared for College”
- Deena Kennell, Director of Career and Academic Services – “8 Things all 18 Year Olds Should Know”
- Nichole Pourier, Nurse Practitioner at Chadron Community Hospital – “Physical Wellness in College”
- Ted Tewahade, Title IX Coordinator – “Title IX Awareness”
During the morning breaks, the students were encouraged to explore the library and the resources available, including the Virtual Reality Room and the Media Lab. After lunch at the dining hall, the students reported back to the Library and heard presentations from community businessmen about:
- Randy Bauer, State Farm Insurance – Insurance
- Jason Carnahan, Security 1st Bank – Banking and Loans
- Bob Ferguson – Rentals
During and after each presentations, students were encouraged to ask any questions they had about the topic being presented. The event concluded at 3pm. It was incredibly well received and enjoyed by both the presenters and the students.
Two to three times a year our Adult Rotating collection selectors go through the titles we have had in the library for a year or so and decide which titles to keep and which titles to send back. In March our selectors had 85 titles to review. The library gets to keep one out of every five titles so the selectors could keep seventeen books. There were 25 books that the selectors wanted to keep for the permanent collection so we will need to pay for the additional eight titles; they are $3.00 each.
Here is a list of titles that have been added to our collection:
An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan
An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery by Rachael May
Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir
Blood Profits: How American Consumers Unwittingly Fund Terrorists by Vanessa Neumann
Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
Clean Meat: How Growing Meat without Animals will Revolutionize Dinner and the World by Paul Shapiro
Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build their Business and Influence—and how you can too by Gary Vaynerchuk
End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and how to stop it by Jonathan D. Quick with Bronwyn Fryer
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt
It Occurs to me that I am America: New Stories and Art edited by Jonathan Santlofer
Jane on the Brain: Exploring the Science of Social Intelligence with Jane Austen by Wendy Jones
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
The Meaning of Birds by Simon Barnes
Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief: Beginners Welcome by Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner
A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis
The Museum of Broken Relationships by Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
Return to Glory: The Story of Ford’s revival and victory at the toughest race in the world by Matthew DeBord
Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle your way to a more successful and rewarding Life by Daymond John with Daniel Paisner
Should the Tent be Burning Like That?: A Professional Amateur’s Guide to the Outdoors by Bill Heavey
Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge
Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P.D. James
Timekeepers by Simon Garfield
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
After spotlighting our new lighting system in the newsletter last month, we realized that we hadn’t yet written about one of the essential personnel for the Library Learning Commons. Kim Clark started at CSC in December 2011, and has been the LLC’s custodian since July 2017. Prior to coming to the LLC, she worked in the PAC, then shifted to Math and Science and Burkhiser, then Old Admin and the Sandoz Center. After years of splitting time between multiple buildings, Kim really likes the ownership of being in control of her own building. And, she greatly enjoys the camaraderie she has with LLC staff and students. For Halloween, she and the entire staff of The Office of Academic Success dressed up as dominoes (see photo).
Kim has deep roots at CSC. She attended classes here in the late 1970s and all three of her children graduated from CSC. Dezarae (Galey) Brandt is a probation officer, Christina (Galey) Winters is a counselor, and Chance Galey, who was an All-American football player during the Danny Woodhead era, is a consultant in the oil industry. Her great-uncle, Bill Lindeken, was a generous donor for CSC. He and his wife Frances donated money for the Student Center’s clock tower, contributed to the construction of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, and funded numerous fine arts and humanities scholarships.
Kim has called the Panhandle home her entire life and has lived in Crawford, Chadron, Alliance, and Scottsbluff/Gering. Kim has held a variety of jobs, including group home instructor, cleaner for the railroad, and housecleaner. She worked for the Office of Human Development for 13 years. She sought out this opportunity because she wanted to work with people with special needs, and she found it very rewarding. She has also enjoyed working in flower shops, where she did lots of arrangements for funerals and weddings. She enjoyed the creativity of flower arranging and being surrounded by beauty every day.
The library presents some unique challenges for cleaning because of the huge number of books. The student workers assist Kim with Keep the Library Clean (KLC). Student workers are tasked with dusting the books, so Kim has time to focus on more technical cleaning responsibilities. She really enjoys having the opportunity to interact with the students and guiding them with their tasks.
In addition to her normal cleaning tasks, Kim assists with snow and ice removal. The grounds crew takes care of much of the snow removal on campus, but custodial staff is in charge of removing snow in areas the machines can’t navigate. After the recent blizzard, Kim is definitely looking forward to spring! The whole maintenance and grounds crew worked together and tackled the storm and she’s proud to be part of a well-functioning team.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys doing craft projects and decorating her apartment for different holidays and seasons. Being surrounded by books all day has rubbed off on her, and she has recently started journaling again, which brings her great joy. She loves pampering herself at spas, spending time with friends, walking outside in fresh air and, of course, she loves spending time with her kids and six grandkids at every opportunity.
In two words – Catch Up!
During breaks the library is open until 4:30 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m. That means that Cindy Hill, who usually works nights, is available to work during the day giving the rest of the library staff and the librarians more time to catch up on work and projects that need to get done.
Christine Fullerton and Whitney Hensley (who both organized an incredibly successful History Day March 1) had the time to clean-up and organize information and materials for next year. Shawn Hartman had the time to work out the final details of the Spring 2019 Graves Lecture Series and write an article about it for the newsletter. (See it here!)
A lot of stuff happens that most people don’t ever see. Jenn Butler, our book repair wizard, had twelve extra hours to repair books over Midterm Break. Whitney Hensley went through hundreds of books that were donated to determine which ones would be added to our collection as well as thousands of microfiche to see which were duplicates and could be recycled.
I, along with the help of IT, went through the lists of those who had library holds and those students who owed the library $5.00 or more. I deleted the hold on those who had paid their fines (or returned overdue books) and added holds to those who had crossed the $5.00 threshold.
Speaking of books, nothing is worse than not finding a book that the catalog says is on the shelf. Making sure that the catalog is correct is another job that needs to be done regularly but sometimes takes a backseat to other things. During the break it was discovered that some of our holdings were set incorrectly in the catalog and in OCLC. It has been fixed and I’m sure nobody noticed.
We do keep busy during breaks. Breaks offer us the long expanses of time to think and work on complicated processes without interruption.
Dr. Todd Jamison will kick off the Spring 2019 Graves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th.
Jamison, Assistant Professor of Business, completed a study on students’ feelings of connectedness in online graduate business programs as part of his doctoral studies. During his presentation, he will discuss the findings of his study and provide insight on how colleges can improve connectedness in online programs. The title of his talk is “Feelings of Connectedness of Students in Online Graduate Business Programs.”
Other Spring 2019 speakers include:
- Eric Rapp– April 16
- Aaron Field– April 23
The second speaker in the series will be Eric Rapp. After spending 5 years in Norway, Dr. Rapp returned to the States with a desire to continue a career in education. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Education at Chadron State College. Rapp will discuss his Scandinavian background, the differences between the Scandinavian and the Nordic countries, the immigration process, Norwegian holidays, and if time allows, he will share some pictures that illustrate the natural beauty found in Norway. The title of his talk is “Immigration: An American Swede returns to Norway.”
We will wrap up the Spring 2019 series with Dr. Aaron Field. He will talk about black-tailed prairie dogs and how they offer a unique challenge to conservationists and land managers. He will also discuss the historical and current ecological roles of prairie dogs, their relationship to livestock production and how conflicting policies add to the controversy around these animals. Dr. Field is an Assistant Professor of Applied Sciences at Chadron State College and teaches courses in rangeland ecology and management. The title of his talk is “Prairie Dogs and Grazing Ecology.”
The Graves Lecture presentations begin at 7 p.m. in the Sandoz Atrium. If you have any questions or if you are interested in being a featured speaker, please contact the Outreach Librarian, Shawn Hartman at 308.432.7059 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendance is free and the community is welcome.
If you’ve spent any time in the Library Learning Commons over the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a fair amount of renovations. One of the major changes is a completely updated lighting system. This change has largely flown under the radar because it isn’t as immediately noticeable as new furniture and other layout changes. However, the new system has been quietly and efficiently making positive changes over the last half year.
The new lighting system is the culmination of a two year research project by CSC’s Master Electrician Casey Roberts and Electrician Jarrod Allen. The update was financed by the 309 Task Force, which means CSC funds were not used to pay for the new lighting system. The Task Force for Building Renewal is a division of Nebraska Administrative Services, with oversight provided by the Committee on Building Maintenance. The Task Force is responsible for Deferred Repair, Fire/Life Safety, ADA, and Energy Conservation projects for state non-revenue producing buildings. This project was funded under the energy conservation portion, whose funding is generated through taxes on cigarettes. CSC’s Director of Facilities, Harold Mowry, stressed how important this fund is for continued improvements on campus. Without this fund, we simply would not have been able to update the antiquated system.
The old system presented some difficult challenges for both the electricians and custodial staff, so they sought out solutions to address these issues. The main problems were related to time and cost. In January 2012, federal legislation prohibited manufacture of certain types of lamps; unfortunately, many of the lighting fixtures in the library relied on these lamps. As the remaining supply dwindled, prices continued to increase. Compounding the problem was that the ballasts were wearing out and needed to be replaced quite frequently. This meant a huge amount of staff time for both the electricians and custodial staff was devoted to changing out lights and ballasts.
Fortunately, at the same time as fluorescent light prices were rising, LED lights were making huge improvements, both in function and cost. LED lights are generally billed as lasting 3 times as long as fluorescent lights. Depending on the fixture and the manufacturer, you will easily get even better life than that estimate. Our electricians anticipate that we won’t need to touch our new lights for 10-15 years. Considering that the electricians had to change ballasts 5 times a year, and the custodial staff would have to change out lights once a month, this is a huge improvement in efficiency.
After researching numerous options, the campus Electricians made a recommendation to go with RAB Lighting’s LightCloud system. One of the selling points of this system is that unlike other advanced lighting solutions, LightCloud is not added to the local wireless system. Rather, it uses a cellular link. The campus Electricians coordinated with CIO Ann Burk and the IT Department to find the right fit for campus IT protocols.
One of the other benefits of this system is that RAB Lighting paid to send CSC’s Master Electrician Casey Roberts to their headquarters in New Jersey for a two-day training to learn all the intricacies of the system. The system allows for lots of customization, and this training has proved invaluable as Casey and Jarrod fine-tune the system. Quite simply, they can do things with this system that would otherwise require intensive wiring that would be financially impossible in terms of materials and labor.
The system gives precise scheduling and control by using a wireless mesh network to communicate lighting schemes – it’s the same idea as smart home technology, but it has more bells and whistles because it’s a commercial lighting control system.
The LightCloud system utilizes a cellular signal for commissioning and support (including software updates from RAB). It handles the storage of the LLC’s scenes (lighting levels) and schedules (lights on/off and dimming). The LLC staff can control it with local wired devices (dimming switches and the touchscreen tablet command center) or the Electricians can access it via the LightCloud app. This capability of the LightCloud app means the Electricians can access the building’s lighting remotely. So, for example, if campus had a snow day, they could turn off the schedule from the comfort of their own home.
The system is equipped with lots of fantastic extra features. Some of the highlights include:
- The lights now turn on and off automatically. The Electricians worked with the library staff to schedule the lights according to library hours. Casey was able to program in Spring Break hours, weekend hours, etc. It really is a set it (at the beginning of the academic year) and forget it (for the next 12 months) system.
- The outdoor lighting is set to an astronomical clock, which accounts for change of seasons, daylight savings, etc. Before this system, the Electricians had to do this manually. Now it is automatic and saves lots of time, and they don’t have to climb on rooftops unless something malfunctions.
- The perimeter zones along the windows on 2nd and 3rd floor utilize daylight harvesting. This solar powered daylight harvester tells the system to dim to preset values based on natural light levels. On a sunny day (above 100 footcandles), it dims to 50%. On a cloudy day, or at night (under 100 footcandles), it goes back to 100%. This ensures we are making the most of our natural light.
- Ceiling sensors, set to detect motion and sound, monitor the basement hallway and turn on and dim accordingly. This is especially noticeable on Friday afternoons and other times when the library doesn’t get much traffic. If you hang out it a classroom or office long enough during one of these slow times, the hallway will literally welcome you with a gradually increasing glow.
On a personal level, one of the most exciting new features are the new office controls. The LLC’s personal workspaces, classrooms, and meeting rooms are now outfitted with individual light controls. This means that individuals can adjust the lights to their comfort level. This improvement has efficiency built in, because people generally prefer lower lighting than the old fluorescent lights provided.
It took a little bit of time to calibrate all of these features correctly, but the small hiccups were all resolved quickly. The system has been functioning great for the past half year. In order to measure LightCloud’s impact, the Electricians did a series of spot-checks before and after the update to gauge the efficiency of the change. The average value to light the inside of the building went from 55,000 watts to 15,000 watts. The difference outside was even more impressive. The large rooftop flood lights now use 200 watts, whereas they were using 1,250 watts previously. Casey colorfully describes the old system’s energy usage as “basically a microwave oven sitting outside running all night long.”
Next time you’re in the LLC, make sure to look up! You’ll see one of the unsung heroes of the LLC.
A hearty kudos to Facilities and the Electricians for a job well done!
Each year, hundreds of librarians across the country have the special honor to serve on committees to read and select the best in juvenile literature. Each committee focuses on a specific award which has its own guidelines for award winners and honors. For more information on the Youth Media Awards go to http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/browse/yma?showfilter=no
The King Library plans to purchase all of these titles this summer. In the meantime, two of the title are in the YA Rotating Collection. They are: A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 written by Claire Hartfield (Coretta Scott King Author Book Award Winner) and The Poet X written by Elizabeth Acevedo (Michael L. Printz Award Winner).
John Newbery Medal
Winner – Merci Suarez Changes Gears written by Meg Medina
Honors – The Night Diary written by Veera Hiranandani
The Book of Boy written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Randolph Caldecott Medal
Winner – Hello Lighthouse illustrated and written by Sophie Blackwell
Honors – Alma and How She Got her Name illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal
A Big Mooncake for Little Star illustrated and written by Grace Lin
The Rough Patch illustrated and written by Brian Lies
Thank You, Omu! illustrated and written by Oge Mora
Coretta Scott King (Author) Award
Winner – A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 written by Claire Hartfield
Honors – Finding Langston written by Lesa Cline-Ransome
The Parker Inheritance written by Varian Johnson
The Season of Styx Malone written by Kekla Mogoon
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award
Winner – The Stuff of Stars illustrated by Ekua Holmes; written by Marion Dane Bauer
Honors – Hidden Figures illustrated by Laura Freeman; written by Margot Lee Shetterly
Let the Children March illustrated by Frank Morrison; written by Monica Clark-Robinson
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop illustrated by R. Gregory Christie; written by Alice Faye Duncan
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award
Winner – Thank You Omu! Illustrated and written by Oge Mora
Michael L. Printz Award
Winner – The Poet X written by Elizabeth Acevedo
Honors – Damsel written by Elana K. Arnold
A Heart In Body World written by Deb Caletti
I, Claudia written by Mary McCoy
Schneider Family Book Award
Winner – Rescue and Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship written by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
Honor – The Remember Balloons written by Jessie Oliveros
Winner – The Truth as Told by Mason Butte written by Leslie Connor
Honor – The Collectors written by Jacqueline West
Winner – Anger is a Gift written by Mark Oshiro
Honor – (Don’t) Drive Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen
Pura Belpre Awards
Winner – Dreamers illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales
Honors – Islandborn illustrated by Leo Espinosa; written by Junot Diaz
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana illustrated by Jose Ramirez; written by Michael Mahin
Winner – The Poet X written by Elizabeth Acevedo
Honor – They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid’s Poems written by David Bowles
Robert F Sibert Informational Book Award
Winner – The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science written by Joyce Sidman
Honors – Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild written by Catherine Thimmesh
Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America written by Gail Jarrow
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees written and illustrated by Don Brown
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga written by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frane Lessac
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana written by Michael Mahin, illustrated by Jose Ramirez
Stonewall Book Award
Children’s Book Winner – Julian is a Mermaid written by Jessica Love
Young Adult Book Winner – Hurricane Child written by Kheryn Callendar
Honors – Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World written by Ashley Herring Blake
Picture Us in the Light written by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Winner – Fox the Tiger written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
Honors – The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap written and illustrated by David Milgrim
Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth written by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers
Tiger vs. Nightmare written and illustrated by Emily Tetri
With the exception of The Chadron Record, the Library has decided to discontinue subscriptions to print newspapers due to budget constraints. However, if students or staff need an article from a local newspaper, the Chadron Public Library subscribes to several local and regional newspapers including:
- The Wall Street Journal
- The Omaha World Herald
- The Rapid City Journal
- The Scottsbluff Star Herald
- Chadron Record
Although we will not be renewing our print newspaper subscriptions, we will continue to provide our users with countless online resources. We subscribe to several periodical databases which provide content of approximately 45,000 journal titles as well as databases specialized by subject and/or title (e.g., reference materials, art and music journals, education journals, etc.). In addition, we will continue to subscribe to the online version of The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
If you have any questions or concerns, or need assistance navigating our electronic resources, please feel free to call the Library during normal work hours and any of the library staff will be happy to assist you.