Thursday, August 28, 2014

KLIC Reference Librarian Elected to Tennessee PTA Post

Dwight Hunter, reference librarian, was elected vice president of child and youth advocacy for the Tennessee PTA.

As vice president of advocacy for Tennessee PTA, Dwight will lead Tennessee PTA's Day on the Hill - Students Storm the Hill in Nashville, as well as, representing Tennessee PTA in the halls of Congress during National PTA's legislative day at Capitol Hill. Tennessee PTA has over 400 chartered local units throughout the state from Memphis to Bristol. The Child and Youth Advocacy division focuses on enactment, implementation, and enforcement of legislation to improve the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

Read the article about the Tennessee PTA announcement.

Dwight is also the president of the Hamilton County Council of PTAs. One of the community projects for the county council is the Teacher Supply Depot - providing free school supplies to public K - 12 teachers in Hamilton County.  The county council partners with United Way Chattanooga each year for Stuff the Bus. United Way's Stuff the Bus promotes school-supply donations from area businesses and individuals. Last year, over $26,000 in school supplies were given to the Teacher Supply Depot through United Way's Stuff the Bus.

The county council was mentioned on the front page of the Sunday, March 16 issue of the Chattanooga Times Free Press in the article "Police power surprises parents." Dwight is mentioned in the beginning of the article.

Dwight received the lifetime volunteer service award from the Corporation for National & Community Service and the USA Freedom Corps in 2006. The lifetime award is given to individuals with at least 4,000 certified volunteer hours to the community.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kolwyck Library's Information Literacy Program Listed as Exemplary Best Practice

The Chattanooga State Kolwyck Library and Information Commons was listed in the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) exemplary programs for information literacy best practices. KLIC was noted for its exemplary best practice in the outreach category. KLIC is the only community college library on the list in any of the ten categories.

ACRL lists libraries that best embody the characteristics of information literacy best practices.
The ACRL Instruction Section Committee solicits program applications in the spring and fall. Information literacy programs apply in one or more of the ten best practice categories. Both U.S. and non-U.S. programs are welcome to apply. Applications are judged by members of the Information Literacy Best Practices Committee. ACRL is a division of the American Library Association.

Here is the link to the "Outreach" best practice characteristic. Below is the KLIC listing as an exemplary best practice in information literacy.

Chattanooga State Community College: Kolwyck Library & Information Commons
Brittany Richardson, Coordinator of Library Instruction

Librarians at Chattanooga State Community College participate actively and creatively in information literacy outreach efforts both within the institutional curriculum and with outside partners. Librarians participate extensively in their college's faculty training series, the Teaching and Learning Academy, and in the Writers at Work curriculum which brings a studied author to campus, among other projects. Beyond the institution, librarians reach out to work with middle-school students and high school STEM students. These exemplary outreach projects clearly demonstrate the value of information literacy education to their targeted audiences and
 to the institution and community as a whole.

Congratulations to the Chatt State Kolwyck library instructors!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Closed August 30 - September 1 for the Labor Day Holiday

After the first week of the 2014 fall semester classes here at Chatt State: students, faculty and staff receive a nice, long weekend with the Labor Day holiday.  Enjoy the holiday weekend! The library will be closed Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1. Normal hours return on Tuesday, September 2nd.

The Labor Day holiday has now become the signal that the summer season is nearing the end and the beginning of football season.

But Labor Day had its beginnings in the late 1800s and was originally a day to celebrate the American worker. Labor unions were among the early supporters of a Labor Day holiday. In 1894, Congress made Labor Day an official holiday.

Find out more about the history of Labor Day:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Not So Frequently Asked Questions with Hilary Jones!

Hilary Jones, Library Assistant

Hilary is the latest addition to the library team, but you may have seen her around before. She used to be a student worker, so she's had no problem jumping back on the Public Services desk. She's mostly in the back processing new books and training student assistants, but keep your eye out. You never know where you'll find her! Welcome to the team (again)!

1. What is the last book you read?
I just finished reading the books Looking for Alaska by John Green and O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton

2. Favorite thing to do indoors in Chattanooga?
I love to bowl! I have been bowling since I was 5 years old and even had a high enough average to qualify as a professional bowler (My average was 210). However, due to a knee injury, I have had to take some time off, so I don’t end up damaging it even further.

3. What is the last picture you took with your phone?
The last picture I took on my phone was of my three year old daughter and Gus the Pug. My dog, Gus, is great with Addison. She is constantly getting in his face, pulling his tail, trying to ride him like a horse, etc. but he never tries to bite her! (Poor Gus) ha-ha

4. Favorite sport?
Other than bowling, my favorite sport would hands down be FOOTBALL! TN football!! I am a die-hard Tennessee Vol fan. My husband, however, is an Auburn fan. Not everyone can be perfect, right?

5. Favorite local restaurant?
This is tough one! There are so many great places to eat around Chattanooga. If I had to choose my top 5, they would be: Food Works, The Boathouse, Totto Sushi Bar and Grill, Blue Water Grille, and Lupi’s Pizza.

6. Coke of Pepsi?
Neither. I don’t usually drink soft drinks, but if I do its ginger ale. I try to drink water more than anything. 

7. Do you have a nickname?
My nickname in high school was Hila-B. My best friend and I were on the bowling team and since both of our last names started with the letter B, she became Mega-B and I was Hila-B. We are very creative! Ha-ha 

8. What was one of your most memorable vacations?
In the summer of 2007 my family and I went to Buffalo, NY so I could bowl in the Junior Gold National Bowling Tournament. We got to go across the Canadian border and see Niagara Falls, which was beautiful! Unfortunately that and the bowling were the highlight of the trip. Never in my life have I encountered such rudeness, than when we were in New York (no offense to anyone). We could not wait to be back in the south! I’m pretty sure my mom was tempted to get out and kiss the ground once we crossed over the Kentucky state line. 

9. What advice do you have for students?
Don’t ever give up! School and learning are very important! 

10. You find a magic lamp and a genie gives you three wishes. What do you wish for? 

My first wish would be that I could spend more time with my grandparents that passed away when I was in middle school. I love and miss them very much.

My second wish would be for world peace. There is too much hatred in the world!

My last wish would be to unlimited wishes for the rest of my life.