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.
Over the past four years, the LLC has been hard at work systematically removing outdated and unused materials from our collection, a process called weeding. Dr. George Griffith, the recently retired, longtime CSC English Professor with a wonderful way with words, preferred to call it “Gardening.” When done properly, weeding/gardening allows a library to cultivate a collection that is relevant and well-suited to their patrons’ needs.
The Library Learning Commons is temporarily down one librarian. Matthew Perrie recently accepted a position in New York, and his last day at CSC was December 23. A search committee has been formed, and we are hoping to hire a new Electronics Resources Librarian in late spring. Unless the new Electronic Resources librarian has an artistic hand and quick wit (not in the required qualifications for the position), the LLC cartoons may be no longer. For a look back at some of Matt’s best work, check out the cartoons page.
For more than 50 years, Legal Aid of Nebraska has provided dignity, hope, self-sufficiency and justice through quality civil legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn. The fundamental goal of Legal Aid’s services is simple—to provide free legal representation to underprivileged citizens and rural communities to cultivate self-sufficiency among clients.
Any Minute Now, the Pets on the Couch will hear The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo put her key in the door and open it. As she does they all dance around her looking for food; Real Food/Fake Food, they don’t care. She pulls at her clothing mumbling under her breath, “I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places from digging up those Seven Skeletons” and she heads toward the shower. Before she can get there, a raucous chorus of barks and growls starts and then quickly ends. She returns to the living room to find The Gardener and the Carpenter petting her happy pack. “Sorry”, they say, “but the Crash Override and the Cyber Effect have Damaged the wireless routers but there was no Fire This Time”.