Monday, September 15, 2014

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Roy and Silo are Chinstrap penguins living in the Central Park Zoo. They aren't noticed much by the girl penguins, but they don't mind because they have each other. They like to swim together, sing to each other, and even build a nest together. One day Mr. Gramzay, the zookeeper, brings them an egg in need of nurturing. Roy and Silo are faithful parents, keeping their egg warm and trading off on sleeping and sitting duties. Their perseverance pays off when the egg hatches and out peeps little Tango! Parenting is hard work, but Roy, Silo, and Tango are one happy family and are cheered on by the children who visit the zoo.

Based on a true story, this children's book has been banned routinely since its debut in 2005. Read more about why and where in the New York Public Library's article, Banned Books Week: And Tango Makes Three

Find And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell in our Children's collection.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Constitution Week 2014: September 15 - 19

Check out the book display in the library!

 September 17 is Constitution Day!

This is our annual celebration of the U.S. Constitution. Students look for campus event announcements for Wednesday the 17th.

Take some fun quizzes and learn more about the Constitution from the Constitution Week Guide:

There are four links to constitution-related quizzes in the guide. Also, there is information about voting and voter registration.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Dwight's Recommended Reads

Fall semester is in full swing and we're happy to meet students from Chattanooga State's Class of 2016! Be sure to stop by KLIC to study, checkout books, and meet your librarians. Each academic division at Chattanooga State has a liaison, i.e. subject specialist, who is here to help professors and students. Professors, your library liaison is your direct connection to library services. They'll create custom designed library instruction classes for your course and assignments. Students, these librarians are familiar with your major and your assignment requirements. Your liaison is a great asset when you're feeling lost or overwhelmed.  

To promote this great resource, we're starting a new series where our library liaisons recommend some good reads to faculty and students. Our first highlighted liaison librarian is Dwight Hunter!

Hi everyone at Chatt State and beyond!

I am Dwight Hunter, and I’ve been a part of the Chatt State community since 1992 – a long time! I believe in the mission and the purpose of Chatt State – that is why I am here. My library liaison areas are the Math and Science Division (biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, veterinary technology); and these departments: paralegal, accounting, political science.

About Dwight:
You can find out more about me from the “Not So Frequently Asked Questions” blog series introducing each library staff person; find out which rock ‘n roll band influenced my poetry writing and more.

I was introduced to the world of advanced mapping in a summer class at UTK. For my final project in that class, I chose a few sports books from the Chatt State Library (KLIC) and mapped a location for each book with links to the library catalog. 

Popular Guides:
Copyright and Fair Use for Students (co-editor with Pam Temple)
Copyright and Fair Use for Faculty (co-editor with Pam Temple)
Parks and Recreation Month
Constitution Week
Native Americans

Dwight's Recommended Reads:

1. Seeing Southeastern Geology Through Chattanooga by Habte Giorgis Churnet

My son has a geology degree, and now, I have awareness of our surroundings here in Chattanooga. Did you know that a layer of shale is called Chattanooga Shale? Or that Lookout Mountain is actually an anticline slope for a much taller mountain, long washed away?

2. America’s Public Lands by Randall K. Wilson

One of my favorite guides is Parks and Recreation Month. The guide focuses on America’s public lands – for our preservation and enjoyment.

3. O Pioneers by Willa Cather
Willa Cather wrote many novels based on the Plains. Cather lived in the Red Cloud, Nebraska area. Red Cloud is a city named after a proud Native American leader and is a city within 25 miles from my teenage-years church/parsonage.

4. R. H. Hunt – Master Architect of Chattanooga by Gavin Edward Townsend

Seen some beautiful, old buildings in downtown Chattanooga? It is likely those buildings were designed by R. H. Hunt.

5. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
A rare science-fiction book I actually like. The mixing of a post-apocalyptic nuclear winter with spiritual values and human discovery is applicable to sociocultural human understanding.

6. Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape

I played sports as a Redman; I’m a graduate of Smith Center high school. I donated this book to the library. The author, Joe Drape, is a sports writer for the New York Times – excellent writing.

7. The Boys of Winter by Wayne R. Coffey

I became a hockey fanatic after one of the greatest moments in American sports history: the 1980 U.S. hockey Olympic gold-medal team. Also, I love to say, “Go Preds!!” (Nashville Predators)

8. Chattanooga Landmarks by Jennifer Crutchfield

One of those books that helps you understand the Chattanooga area. Written by a well-known Chattanooga resident and writer.

9. What’s the Matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank

A book that explains the selling of values despite a lack of contextual development.

10. Dakota: A spiritual geography by Kathleen Norris
If you grew up in the Plains, having a deep spiritual root in the land and the sky would be a necessity for understanding day-to-day life.

11. The Black Towns by Norman L. Crockett
One of the first all-black towns mentioned in this book is Nicodemus, Kansas. So much of my diversity attitude came about from Nicodemus. I grew up in my elementary school childhood near Nicodemus. The memories of going to Nicodemus church revivals and barbeque picnics are etched into my mind, still even now.

12. Chasing Shadows by Ken Hughes
The whole perceived anxiety expressed by the Nixon Administration permeates this book. Watergate affected my altruistic faith in government leaders.

13. The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird
Why did Robert Ames die before he could complete his mission? We’ll never know but this book written by Kai Bird gives the “what ifs” a life in the early death of a CIA agent extraordinaire. Remember Robert Ames. Could we be enjoying Mideast peace now if he wasn’t killed in Beirut?

14. Rez Life by David Treuer
To me, our Native Americans tribes and their people have received the worst treatment possible for as long as we have been a nation. This book explains in graphic details how that worst treatment has manifested in today’s sorry situation on the reservations.

15. Walking the Trail by Jerry Ellis

Because my wife’s family, and therefore our children, have a Cherokee heritage; I find any book about the Trail of Tears chilling. This book is autographed by the author to the Chatt State Library.

16. Liberty's Exiles by Maya Jasanoff

In the fall of 1783, the United States post-Revolutionary War population went through global diaspora – one out of every 40 Americans left America behind for India, for Canada, for Jamaica, and for other British lands. These Americans did not feel comfortable staying in America with their loyalty to the British Crown. The author focuses on the fascinating tales of some of these families. 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

College Tips - How to Be Successful in College

"Amy Blazek created these tips for our Collegiate High students, but these tips can be useful for any college student." - Library Staff

Mrs. Blazek’s Tips for How to BE Successful in College, 2014

Being SELF-MOTIVATED is the biggest predictor of success as a Collegiate High and as an Early College student.
  • Read your course syllabus for each class.
  • Keep track of assignment/test deadlines.
  • If you have a lab, you MUST attend (It is NOT optional!) It counts towards your course grade.

Your college transcript starts NOW!

  1. The sooner you ask for help from your professor the better off you’ll be. Communication is vital!
  2. Utilize the library for assistants with navigating eLearn, MyLabs Plus, TigerWeb, and the library databases. Schedule RAD-research assistances for one-on-one help.
  3. Go to class every day. Make sure to sign-in with instructor so he can keep attendance.
  4. If you have questions with class websites or computer software then ask questions and get technical help first thing. Do not wait until an assignment is due.
  5. Check your eLearn account and your personal email accounts regularly for correspondence from professors and from the Chattanooga State campus.
  6. Have all materials when you show up to class. If the professor asks you to buy a book or computer software, then they expect you to do that. Put in the effort! Actually READ the book!
  7. If a professor takes the time to make a study guide for an exam, you should definitely utilize it.
  8. Pace your assignments/test deadlines. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! Even if all the class assignments are not due until the day of the exam).HINT-some math exams are not accessible on the computer until all of your coursework is done for that unit!
  9. If your personal computer is not working, there are computer labs on campus. This is NOT a good excuse.
  10. As you prepare for class, write down questions you have to ask your professors in class the next day or by email.
  11. Use your free time WISELY!
  12. If you need help with note taking and study skills, Chatt State offers several free workshops on these topics. Stop by the Reading and Writing Center on the 2nd floor of the IMC building for dates and times.
  13. If you are taking a foreign language, the workbook is REQUIRED!
  14. If a professor tells you that you can turn in a rough draft of a paper, then do that. It may not be required but they’re offering you extra help.
  15. Take advantage of extra credit opportunities!!!!