Wednesday, August 15, 2018

From the KLIC Shelf Elf - Starting on a Positive Note

For help with study skills, making the most of your classes, and being successful, let the KLIC (Kolwyck Library and Information Commons) Shelf Elf provide some helpful titles listed below.  For assistance in finding or borrowing them, please stop by the Service Desk or call 423-697-4448 

Freshman Survival Guide
Call Number LB2343.32 .F74 2016

For those beginning college, find out from other students how to best get through your first year.  From students’ own experiences, find out about how to study, create a responsible online presence, and perhaps most importantly where to get quality help.  Also helpful is the ability to skip around the book using the table of contents to read sections that are most applicable.

Hackiversity: The Secrets to Achieving More by Doing Less in College
Call Number LB2343.32 .W453 2017

Gain more tips in efficient studying and achieving success beyond college by studying in less time, skills future employers want, and identifying good employers. The solutions here are written by and written for students.

Secrets of College Success
Call Number LB2343.32 .J35 2013

While this book is a few years old, it has over 800 tips to study, take a test, save money, and to know where to find quality help as well as ways to receive more training.  Each chapter can be read individually so while the book has many tips, it can be read in short sections.

College Rules!  How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College 
Call Number LB2343.32  .N57 2016

Whether you are just starting college or returning to college, this book provides lists and time-saving tips for studying, taking notes, and working well with the course instructor.  As with most of the books in this list, one does not have to begin and read through the entire book; rather, it can be read in short sections based on the topic.  

Study Smarter, Not Harder
Call Number LB1049 .P38 2014 

An update to a popular guide about studying efficiently without distractions as well as a short emergency cramming plan (those occasions do happen when there’s a short time to study for a major exam).  The book includes positive quotes and some exercises to practice the techniques.

You can put any of these titles on hold.  To discover more new books, go to the Library’s New Books Blog:  sign up with your email to receive regular updates of new items to the KLIC collection.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Not So Frequently Asked Questions with Kyle Simons!

Kyle Simons
Laboratory Technician
You've probably seen Kyle around the library working on all of our tech equipment. He's our new Laboratory Technician and he's here to put out any fires (hopefully just figuratively) for the library's IT Team. He keeps things running smoothly for our 117+ computers as well as our printers, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. If you have tech questions, he's another great staff person to go to. You can contact him at or 423.697.2573.

1. Favorite local restaurant?
I’m not much of a foodie, but my wife always loves trying out new places; our current go-to in Chattanooga has to be Rain Thai Bistro.

2. What do you like to do in your free time?
Whenever I have time to myself, I’m either drawing or playing video games. I also spend a lot of time watching movies or TV shows, and otherwise, just spending time with family. I’m very much a homebody.

3. What sort of movies do you like?
I have an appreciation for most films; though, I'd say I have a particular affinity for adventure/fantasy, sci-fi, and horror/comedy.

4. Favorite cartoon?
This is a difficult question since I’m a cartoon fanatic; if it’s animated, I probably love it. That being said, one series does come to mind immediately, Avatar: The Last Airbender. That was pretty phenomenal.
5. What was your favorite class in high school?
My favorite classes in high school were just about any of the computer tech classes, primarily PC Repair and Programming, but also, Web Design and Electronics. If it had anything to do with technology, I enjoyed it.

6. What are your favorite podcasts?
In no particular order, my current top five: Your Art Sucks, The DIY Animation Show, Animation Ninja, The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast, and The Art of Manliness.

7. Who’s your favorite movie/TV librarian?
I can’t say that I know of many, but Evelyn Carnahan from The Mummy is a sure favorite.

8. Who shot first, Han or Greedo?
I’m way more of a Trekkie, but Han shot first, no question.

9. Coke or Pepsi?
10. Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Part Three - Videos on Park and Recreation Guide

Find this video and other embedded videos on the video tab of the Park and Recreation Guide!

On the video main landing page, you will find videos about TVA Raccoon Mountain that includes a video around the TVA lake and includes a video about a fast-paced, downhill bicycle ride on a Raccoon Mountain bike trail!

Other videos on the main landing page include Russell Cave, Fall Creek Falls, and former presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Barack Obama on the importance of national parks.

In addition to the main landing page under the video tab, there are four sub-tabs. The sub-tabs are North Chick, Old Stone Fort, More Chattanooga and Tennessee Videos and Enterprise South.

The North Chick tab has the video seen above plus kayaking videos - one in calm water and one in rough water.
The Old Stone Fort Park tab describes the enclosure found in Manchester. The park is bounded by the Duck River on one side and the Little Duck River on the other side before the two rivers merge. Videos on this tab include the Duck River, waterfalls, and the importance of summer solstice at the park
The More Chattanooga and Tennessee Videos and Library Film Playlist tab includes more local and regional embedded videos.  The tab also has a link to the library database Films on Demand playlist. Videos include Signal Mountain's Rainbow Lake and Sparta's Virgin Falls.

The Enterprise South tab includes bicycle videos on paths found inside the park.

Peruse the videos on the video tab in the Park and Recreation Guide and enjoy! 

Monday, July 09, 2018

Not So Frequently Asked Questions with Andrea Kincaid

Andrea Kincaid
Coordinator of Public Services

You're likely to find Andrea Kincaid manning the reference desk, teaching a class, or heading to a meeting. As Coordinator of Public Services she's a jack of all trades! In addition to ensuring that our patrons get excellent library service, she's the subject liaison for the Social & Behavioral Sciences Division and for the Culinary Arts program. Some of her guides include Psychology, Sociology, and Archives. So bring all your tough questions to her; she's prepared! You can contact Andrea at or visit her in IMC-112. But before she gets to answer your questions she has to answer of few of our unique inquiries.

1.What is the last book you read?
I just finished Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule, about Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer. True crime is one of my favorite genres!

2. What advice do you have for students?
Get to know your fellow students in your degree program and classes – they can be your greatest resource (besides the library, of course). Form a study group or work with a classmate and come use one of the library's study rooms. No one knows the challenges you are facing better than your classmates! You can motivate and learn from one another.

3. What sort of movies do you like?
I like comedy, science fiction, and fantasy, but horror is my absolute favorite genre. My favorite movies as a child were The Exorcist and Amityville Horror. My more recent favorites are The Conjuring, Sinister, and It Follows, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming remake of Suspiria.

4.Top 5 bands?
I'm from Charleston, SC, so Hootie and the Blowfish has always been one of my favorites. I like a variety of genres (except country and bluegrass), but some of my top bands/artists are Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Sam Cooke, and Dr. Dre. 

5. Favorite thing to do in Chattanooga?
I've only been here since February and it's already hard to choose my favorite! I love the Chattanooga Market, it's a good way for a newcomer to experience some of the local businesses. 

6. What’s your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving! I like to cook and bake, and Thanksgiving is just all about food, family, and football. 

7. Where are you going on your next vacation?
My husband and I are visiting Seattle in a couple of weeks! I'm looking forward to the Capitol Hill True Crime tour, Underground tour, the Seattle Center, and visiting the REI and Kavu flagship stores. 

8. Do you have any pets?
We have a chihuahua/rat terrier mix named Cody Burrito and a Hemingway tabby cat named Zissou. 

9. Name one thing you think Chatt State students should know about the library.
You can get one-on-one, personalized research help with a librarian via our Research Advisory Discussions – just make an appointment! 

10. What do you like to do in your free time?
Reading, kayaking, hiking, cooking and baking, live music, and travel.