Over the past four years, the LLC has been hard at work systematically removing outdated and unused materials from our collection, a process called weeding.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”.
The Library Learning Commons is thrilled to have an exciting new space on the lower level. The Richards Media Lab boasts a wide range of software and equipment for artistic and musical pursuits. This new room was made possible through a generous donation by Frances Hess Richards. Mrs. Richards and her husband Wilbur “Eby” Richards have long been generous donors to Chadron State College.
During the academic year the library employs 12-15 student workers to help keep everything running smoothly. Our student assistants are critical and valuable members of the library staff and are a great boon to the functioning of the day-to day operations – especially when the library is open extended hours. Their participation in library work allows them to gain practical experience which contributes to their personal and academic success.
But I Don’t Know How to Read a Map! : Navigating “MAP Support” on The Library Learning Commons Webpage
If you have been on campus the last three years you have undoubtedly heard about “The MAP.” It’s been MAP this and MAP that. You might have even taken a look at the MAP display in the library’s atrium. With the upcoming HLC visit, the MAP has gotten even more important.
The Library Learning Commons is a student-centered, student-driven environment. Our primary goal is to provide our students with the necessary tools they need to attain academic success. To understand how our students utilize our resources and to anticipate their changing needs, we carefully listen to comments and suggestions voiced by the student body.
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USB drawing tablets are now available for use in the LLC—Richards’s Media Lab room 107. These tablets complement many features found in the graphic design programs already loaded on Media Lab computers, such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Sketchup, by allowing users to “draw” on the screen using a stylus instead of the mouse. Like a pencil, the stylus has pressure sensitivity—the more you push down, the thicker the line—and comes with a variety of nibs to customize line shape and density, as well as stylus feel on the tablet itself. As a result, detail-editing, retouching, blending, and adding effects is greatly simplified.
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Angela Merkel, Bobby Kennedy, and the Vinegar Girl were at an outdoor café discussing the most recent round of TED Talks focusing on everything from Politicians and the Egalitarians and Valiant Ambition to Paper and The Inevitable. There were questions posed such as Who Rules the World?, But What If We’re Wrong, and Imagine Me Gone. At the next table the Makers and Takers were reveling in the fate of Everybody’s Fool and his One in a Billion chance at landing a spouse. Love Wins!
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