Monday, February 12, 2018

February 15 Chautauqua Discussion on Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
Come to the KLIC Mobile Classroom on Thursday, February 15 at 4:00 pm for the latest installment in the Chattanooga State Chautauqua Series! Chattanooga State Professor and 2018 Maxine Smith Fellow Rachel Falu will discuss Zora Neale Hurston and her influence on African American Vernacular English.

Want to learn more about Zora Neale Hurston? Delve into these selections from the KLIC collection!

Their Eyes Were Watching God

  Audio CD


Moses, Man of the Mountain

Dust Tracks on a Road

Spunk: The Selected Stories

Folklore and Autobiography

Submitted by Andy Foskey

Monday, February 05, 2018

Not So Frequently Asked Questions with Andy Foskey

Andy Foskey shows off his broom levitating skills
in front of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, UK.
Andy Foskey is our new Coordinator of Instruction and Assessment and we're thrilled to have him join our team. Look for him in our library classrooms or around campus teaching students about information literacy. He's also our new English (and Speech) Liaison, so if you're looking for a good book recommendation, he's your guy. He has some great LibGuides that you need to check out when it's time to start writing your English papers: Literature and Research
Contact Andy at 423.697.2623 or for research help or questions about scheduling instruction. Since Andy is new, we wanted to interview him with some Not So Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about him.

1. Who has the best cup of coffee in Chattanooga?
While technically not in Chattanooga, Wired Coffee Bar in Ooltewah is simply the best!

2. What was the last job you had before coming to ChattState?
I worked as the Learning Systems and Services Librarian at Cleveland State Community College for 7.5 years.

3. What is something you hope to accomplish by the end of the year?
I hope to establish a daily meditation practice.

4. What’s your favorite holiday?
A toss-up between Halloween and Christmas—Really I love the whole time of year between those two holidays.

5. What was the last book you read?
The Half-Mammals of Dixie by George Singleton was the last book I read. The last book I read that I couldn’t put down was The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. It was such a lush and strange novel, but at over 400 pages, it is hard to convince people to read it!

6. Where are you going on your next vacation?
I haven’t made any reservations yet, but I dream about visiting Iceland. However, something a little closer to home is more likely, maybe Chicago or Washington, DC!

7. Do you have any pets?
My lovely kitty Maisy— She looks like a kitten although she is 7 years old.

8. Name one thing you think ChattState students should know about the library.
Students should know that we are a very non-judgmental space where they can seek help with research and technology.

9. What is your favorite sport?
I generally don’t like sports, but I will watch anything during the Olympics, especially Winter Olympics. Figure skating, bobsledding, ski jumping, whatever!

10. If you could be an animal for a day, what would you be?
I’d be a bird so I could learn what it feels like to fly. But I’d be a cute bird, like a finch.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Pam Temple's Retirement Party Pictures

January 31, 2018 is Pam Temple's last day as Coordinator of Technical Services at Chattanooga State. The KLIC staff held a retirement party for Pam on January 25th. Here are a few pictures from the party and the friends who visited!

Witty signs like this one were posted around the room.

Mini-candy bars were wrapped with tiny book covers.

This table had a tree with printed book covers as ornaments, check out cards to be used as a note for Pam, and a sign about Pam's 38 years at Chattanooga State.

Several retired library staff members came back to honor Pam and to visit with us. It was great to connect with past staff members!
Front row-Wiki, Pam, Sharon. Back Row-Sandra, Vicky, Bill, Tisa.

And a picture of the past staff and current staff 

Pam, we hope to see you around! Thank you for all of your years of dedication to your profession and to Chattanooga State!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pam Temple - Goodbye Questions

With Pam Temple retiring, we wanted to ask her a few questions about Chattanooga State and the library before she left!

1. When did you begin working at Chattanooga State?

Temporary, September 1979; full time, January 1980.

2. What were the biggest changes in your library job over the years?

o   One big change for me was moving from a 9 month to a 12 month position.

o   One big change for the library was moving from a paper card catalog and shelflist to a digital library management system.

o   RDA is starting to become a major change as well.

3. What’s the most noticeable change at Chatt State from your first day in 1980 to now: What change affected the institution the most?

The most noticeable change is the campus landscape. When I came, there were the following buildings: the Omniplex, Student Center, IMC, Humanities, and a big air bubble building for the gym.

The Vocation School and the PBS TV station were here, but not part of the campus. There was no pond, no amphitheater, no Riverwalk, no Productivity Center, no Health Sciences Bldg., no Energy Plant, no Business Division addition, or expanded Library space.  Now we have added new buildings on campus as well as those we purchased such as the CBIH Bldg., the TV station, the old Olan Mills plant, and the off campus sites on Lee Highway and in Kimball.

I think the Vocational School/Chattanooga State merger started a period of growth that has continued through the years with new partnerships with Volkswagen, Wacker, and other businesses in the area. That growth and expansion probably affected the institution the most. 

4. What changes in the Library were the most noticeable or affected the library the most?

I think going to a digital library management system with 24/7 access to information resources has had a major impact on how the Library is used and perceived.  Two major renovations have kept the Library a pleasant place to study, do research, and get technology assistance.

5. How many library directors/deans have you worked with at Chatt State?

I have worked with three library directors/deans: Richard Harris (4 years), Vicky Leather (28 years), and Susan Jennings (5 1/2 years).  They are all dedicated librarians and able administrators and I have learned a lot from them over the last 38 years.  There was not a bad one in the bunch!

6. Are you retiring here – still going to be around for library meals?

Oh yes! I will always be up for a meal with my library buds.  We will be retiring right here, with many side trips to see friends, family, and the good ole USA.

And finally, a message from Pam:

I have been fortunate to work with wonderful, caring people here at Chattanooga State and especially in the Library. I cannot praise these people enough! For sure, I will not miss doing bulk imports and exports, or troubleshooting Alma and Analytics; but, I will most definitely miss the people.  I will miss the work in the sense that I feel it I has value that enhances the lives and studies of our students and faculty; thus making my time and efforts worthwhile.  Who can ask for more than that!