Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sarah Copeland - The Stars at KLIC: Journey Story of our Staff

By Sarah Copeland
I wanted to be a teacher even as a little kid. This aspiration took many shapes over the years. When I entered college, I hoped to eventually become a high school foreign language teacher. I ended up majoring in history (after exploring several other majors) when I decided that I really wanted to teach history to college students.

The main thing that I learned about myself while pursuing my master’s degree in history is that I do not have the patience to focus on one subject for my whole career. The deep dive into history was fun for a while, but I did not want to spend the rest of my life with the deceased instead of the living!

While working toward the master’s in history, I found work in a library at a small college. There, my job entailed purchasing books and media and preparing them for circulation to the campus. The work was interesting to me and opened my eyes to the possibility of working in an academic library. No two days are ever the same in a library! I was excited about working with technology, especially since the internet had become an essential information tool by this time. I was also interested to learn that many academic librarians spend a lot of time teaching students how to use different information tools. Best of all, I learned that most librarians are expected to be generalists, as opposed to specializing in one subject area.

I became convinced that I was better suited to librarianship than becoming a historian, so I earned a master’s in library and information science. I’ve never looked back! I found a career that I love that allows me to teach students how to access information about many different subjects. My current focus at Chattanooga State is assisting students and faculty in the nursing and allied health programs, which is particularly rewarding because the health sciences are such dynamic subject areas that makes extensive use of information technologies.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Day of Service - MLK Day

KLIC and Chattanooga State will be closed Monday, January 15th for the King Holiday. The holiday first observed in 1986 was changed in 1994 as a National Day of Service. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized the power of service. He famously said, “Everyone can be great, because everybody can serve.”

Think about the King Holiday as a day of service to your local neighborhood or to your community. For more information about service ideas or service projects, visit the King Day of Service website at:

City of Chattanooga Service Projects

Join the City of Chattanooga - Government Office of Multicultural Affairs to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community service. There are over 50 service projects for the Chattanooga multicultural affairs office's fifth year organizing "A Day on, Not a Day Off" in honor of Dr. King's Legacy.

This year the kickoff event will be on the east end of Chamberlain Field at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and service projects will be spread out over the entire city!

Schedule for City of Chattanooga Service Projects
Volunteer Check In 8 - 9 AM
Service Projects Begin 9 AM
Kickoff Location: UTC Chamberlain Pavilion
Projects will last until 12:30 PM or earlier as tasks are completed.

This year’s service projects include not only beautification, but also education and outreach. Volunteers will canvass multiple apartments and homes to equip Chattanooga residents with info on their rights under fair housing law.

Point Park Entrance Fee Waived
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is waiving the entrance fee to Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain, on January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This would be a great opportunity to visit and contemplate the reasons soldiers struggled along the mountain slopes during the “Battle Above the Clouds” in 1863 and why 100 years later, in 1963, Dr. King reminded us to “let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Library Special Hours

The library will have extended hours from Monday, December 4 through Thursday, December 7. The pre-final-exams week extended hours for the 4th through the 7th will be 7:30 am to 10:00 pm.

Friday, December 8 will also have extended hours from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.

Normal hours resume after Friday the 8th (Saturday closed, Sunday the 10th, 1 pm to 6 pm, and regular hours December 11 - 15.

After December 15, intersession hours will begin. The library will be closed from December 16 through January 7th. 

Please check the hours link on the library's website for the interim hours in January.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Native American Heritage Month

Hixson Mound (TVA, 1936)
Every year, our nation pauses to reflect on the profound ways the First Americans have shaped our country's character and culture. The first stewards of our environment, early voices for the values that define our nation, and models of government to our Founding Fathers -- American Indians and Alaska Natives helped build the very fabric of America. Today, their spirit and many contributions continue to enrich our communities and strengthen our country. During National Native American Heritage Month, we honor their legacy.

Read the Native American Heritage Month Guide to find links. (

Links to to Native American tribes, sites, and literature (

Links to the Alcatraz occupation videos and to Films on Demand code talkers documentary

Selected Native American sites near Chattanooga

Selected images of burial mounds in Hixson and Dallas before TVA built Chickamauga Lake. (Navigation tip: After clicking on individual image, close window to return back to portfolio.)