Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Not So Frequently Asked Questions with Cathy Bell!

Cathy Bell is the library's secretary, another one of our behind-the-scenes people. Although
Cathy Bell, Secretary

you don't find her behind the Public Services desk too often, she's the one making sure things run smoothly around here. She's in charge of ordering supplies, keeping an eye on the budget, organizing many of our social events, assisting the library dean, and so much more. We'd be lost without her!

1. Where did you go on your last vacation?
It has always been on my bucket list to visit Disney World at Christmas time and I was finally able to go in December 2013. People had always told me it was beautiful and they were right. I saw a life-size gingerbread house, gorgeous themed Christmas trees everywhere, and beautiful lights and fireworks. My trip was everything I envisioned and certainly one that I will never forget.

2. How do you spend a normal day off?
Most of the time I am catching up on the never ending things that need to be done around the house like laundry, cleaning or yard work. Whenever I get the chance, I scrapbook, cook or read a good book. Of course spending time with my 3 year old granddaughter is always fun and she never fails to entertain me.

3. Dogs or cats?

Oh definitely cats. Cats totally rule!!! Cats are very intelligent, loving when they want to be and yet don’t require constant attention. This past year, my cat Logan died and I’ve still not gotten used to him being gone. I think I’m almost ready to get another cat. I look forward to having a new fur baby to love.

4. List something about your job that most people don’t know about.
I am the unofficial social director of the library. I try to schedule parties throughout the year which gives staff an opportunity to wind down and catch up with not only library staff but also with others on campus. We are well known for our “soup” parties. Unfortunately this past year with our renovation, we were not able to have our regular events. So with that being said and now that the renovation is over….I think it’s time to schedule a party!!!

5. Something you don’t leave home without?
I don’t go anywhere without my purse. It contains all the essential items needed for not only myself, but also my family and friends. My purse normally carries makeup, gum, medicine, and of course a variety of coupons for when I go out to eat. Got to save a little money….right?

6. You find a magic lamp and a genie gives you three wishes. What would you wish for?
1) Wisdom to always make good decisions, 2) good health, and 3) financial freedom to be able to live comfortably.

7. Who is your favorite author?
It’s impossible to narrow my favorite author down to just one. I love Danielle Steel, John Grisham, Iris Johansen, Karen Kingsbury and Sue Grafton.

8. What is the biggest change you’ve witnessed at Chattanooga State?
Being able to register online. When I attended back in the 80’s, we were given computer punch-out cards for each class that we wanted to register for and there were only a limited number of cards for each class. Then we would stand in a long line for hours waiting for these cards to be manually inputted into a computer. We’ve come a loooonnnggg way!!!

9. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
I love the character Mulan. Her willingness to sacrifice herself in order to save her father showed tremendous love and courage while facing the unknown. I also loved that she never gave up when things seemed hopeless or difficult. She showed that the actions of one person can make all the difference in the world.

10. If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?
1) Billy Graham - would be awesome to talk and listen to about his many travels, all the different people he has met, and his experiences with God.

2) Tim McGraw – is a good singer plus he is so good looking. I’m impressed with his views about how men should treat women and think he is a great example to not only his daughters, but also other women.

3) My mother – unfortunately my mother passed away when I was seven years old. My memories of her have faded and I would love the opportunity to just be able to sit and talk with her about so many things.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 National Library Week

Hi all:
  This week is National Library Week!  This is a week set aside to celebrate the wonderful services that libraries all around the country provide for the public, students and higher education.  Please join with me in celebrating this week!  A big thanks goes to our staff at Kolwyck Library & Information Commons!!  We have an amazing bunch of folks that are dedicated to teaching and learning.  And, if you see a librarian, please pat him/her on the back and thank them for their dedication to providing excellent services to all of our campus community and the public at large.
Stay tuned for other activities this week in celebration of National Library Week!  Until then, please enjoy this “commercial break.”
Susan L. Jennings
Dean of Library Services

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jill McCorkle and Chatt State Writers@Work

Southern fiction writer Jill McCorkle will be on campus and in Chattanooga venues this week! Chatt State students in English 1020 classes from the summer 2013 term, fall 2013 term, and this term, spring 2014, have read selected stories from McCorkle's Creatures of Habit and written essays using the stories. McCorkle is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and has five of her eight books named New York Times notable books.

One of the public events this week will be held in the Chatt State Library!

Public events for this year's Chatt State Writers@Work, featuring Jill McCorkle, are:
  • Monday, April 14, 6 - 7:30 PM, Chattanooga Public Library, 4th Floor.
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2 - 4 PM, KLIC - @ Your Chatt State Library, "Casual Q and A with Jill McCorkle"
  • Wednesday, April 16, 7 - 8:30 PM, Chatt State Humanities Auditorium, "Behind the Writer" Interview
  •  Thursday, April 17, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Tennessee Aquarium, Seahorse Gallery
Please view the pictures of Chattanooga STEM student depictions of McCorkle's writings located near the current fiction/newspaper area, and pictured below.

Chatt State Writers@Work has previously presented with Ishmael Reed and Terry Kay and brought both authors to the Chatt State campus. This year, Writers@Work has been selected as the exemplary program in the category of Enhancing Literature and Cultural Arts. The program is supported by annual funding from the Chattanooga State Foundation. Chatt State Writers@Work can be found on Twitter @CSWritersatWork and on Facebook.

There are also two scheduled book signings in the Chatt State Library on Thursday, April 17 from 10:45 to 11:45 AM and on Friday, April 18, from 11:00 AM to Noon.

Please take the opportunity to be involved in the award-winning Chatt State Writers@Work program featuring this year's author, Jill McCorkle.

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Not So Frequently Asked Questions with Barbara Sorrow!

    Barbara Sorrow, Assistant Librarian

    Got questions? Barbara Sorrow has answers! She's has a lifetime of experience helping students with research, so go ahead and try to stump her! Barbara is another one of our amazing librarians who dabbles in circulation and reference. She does it all!

    1. List one thing about you that few people know. 

    I love to observe and study eagles.
    2. Who has the best cup of coffee in Chattanooga?

    3. Where did you go on your last vacation? 

    Cape Breton, Canada

    4. Something you hope to accomplish by the end of the year?  
    Become more familiar with the latest technology which can benefit our users. 
    5. Coke or Pepsi? 


    6. Who is your favorite author?
    Willa Cather 

    7. What’s the number one thing on your bucket list? 

    Learn to sail

    8. Name a movie that you think is better than the book.  
    All the King's Men (2006 film) 
    9. Who’s your favorite movie/tv librarian? 

    Bunny Watson in " Desk Set."

    10. What is the worst book you've read?
    I can't say...I usually put a book down if I am not enjoying it. I find something useful in books which have been required readings.