One of the articles in the October 2016 blog introduced the upcoming Textbook Reserve Program – an initiative intended to reduce the burden of the rising textbook costs encumbered by our student population (Map Priority 3 and Map Priority 6). The Textbook Reserve Program was launched in early January 2017 (the beginning of the Spring semester); and, according to the usage statistics, it was well received by our students.
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My Own Words were used against me. In a Nutshell, my nieces were expecting me to show them How to Make a Spaceship. It was all Mad Enchantment but did I have the Courage to Walk Away and forget what I promised them?
See it all started Beyond Earth in the Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom. You know the place—right by the Black Square. My nieces and I were having ice cream with the Island People (who were telling us about this Most Improbable Journey) when the Other Einstein comes up and starts telling my nieces about the Spaceman, Time Travel, StarTalk and how she visualizes the Earth as part of a great Glass Universe. She was Killing It as far as keeping their attention and I was getting jealous. Between Breaths I butted in telling everyone about a new book we had gotten in at the library about making spaceships. The Other Einstein commented that she had read that book and that the instructions were so simple that even an adult could make it without a child’s help.
Has the stress of finals week got you feeling like a hound dog, crying all the time? Project Strive/TRiO and the Residence Life Association (RLA) are here to help. Paws-a-tively Stress Free Pet Therapy will be held Tuesday, May 2, Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, from 1-4 pm in the Library Fishbowl (upper level of the library). The event is open to everyone who is feeling the strain of Finals Week. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to stop in to the fishbowl to meet and pet some dogs.
Daniel Binkard was recently the featured speaker at the Graves Lecture Series. The title of his presentation was “Multi-exposure Photography.” As a companion to his lecture, he is exhibiting eight photographs in the library’s faculty multi-use room. This exhibit will be available until May 8, and is open during normal library hours. Shortly after his presentation, I asked him to share some of his thoughts and knowledge on photography.
The Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT) staff members are pleased to welcome Dr. David Kendrick as the new Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies. Dr. Kendrick will take over as head of the TLT on July 1st.
Dr. Kendrick comes to Chadron State College with a strong background in pedagogy and educational technology. He was the inaugural director of University of Northern Colorado’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CETL) and served in that position for 10 years. He has taught in a variety of environments, including K-12, community college, undergraduate, graduate, and adult learners (both domestically and overseas). He is eager to bring these experiences to CSC and to begin collaborating with faculty and staff in efforts to support teaching and learning on our campus.
As the Rotating Collection shelves have reached their maximum capacity, it’s time again to weed through the titles that have been on our shelves the longest to determine which ones will be getting a permanent home in the Reta E. King Library. For nine of the eighty-six titles under review the decision to keep them wasn’t hard. These titles are listed in Resources for College Libraries which is considered to be a core listing of titles for a library of our size. The remaining seventy-seven titles were reviewed by the Rotating Collection selection group, known as the Buyer’s Club, who recommended another forty-three titles to keep in the permanent collection. The titles joining our collection are:
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In the early days of children’s book awards there were two: the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children and the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. The Newbery Medal was first awarded in 1922 and the Caldecott Medal in 1938.
Did you know that the basement of the LLC is home to a book hospital? The LLC is thrilled to have a book repair specialist on staff. Part-time staff member Jenn Butler works to ensure that the LLC’s books are in good shape.
One of the main focuses of the book hospital is surgery. Jenn specializes in mending books that are losing pages or that have weak joints. Whenever a student worker or library staff member notices a book that is in poor condition, that book is sent to Jenn.
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The Library Learning Commons has an excellent line-up planned for the Spring 2017 Graves Lecture Series. Charith Kapukotuwa will kick off the series at 6 PM on Tuesday, February 21st.
Kapukotuwa, Assistant Coordinator for the Office of International Education, will describe his native country of Sri Lanka and other countries he has visited. He will also address the difficulties international students bump into while assimilating to the U.S. culture. The title of his talk is “Cultural Assimilation: From Sri Lanka to CSC.”
Other Spring 2017 Graves speakers include:
- Daniel Binkard – March 14
- Dr. Tara Wilson – March 28
With the assistance of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, more than a dozen prints have recently been added to the LLC Rotating Art Gallery. These prints are part of the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition that were designed to market the organization and also to spread the word about the beauty of Nebraska (and the wider Great Plains). The images are modeled after the Works Progress Administration’s National Parks posters of the 1930’s; and, they were created to show Americans the beauty of their country.