Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2018 Spring Meacham Writers' Workshop begins March 22 at Chatt State

The Meacham Writers' Workshop is again providing free public readings from authors and reviews of local writers' submissions. The Meacham is held two times each year on the campuses of Chattanooga State and UTC. The readings begin at 7 pm on Thursday, March 22nd at Chattanooga State's Health Science Center, room 1087.

Derrick Hariell, Russell Helms, Kris Whorton, and Earl Braggs will read selections from their works in HSC 1087. The readings are free and open to the public.

The Meacham will continue Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th at UTC. For a full schedule and bios and sample works of all of the visiting writers, visit the Meacham web site at http://www.meachamwriters.org and click on schedule.

Read our 2014 blog post Meacham Writers’ Workshop FAQ with Bill Stifler for some great background information about the Meacham workshops.

From the Meacham website, bios of the authors who will be at Chattanooga State on March 22nd:

Derrick Harriell directs the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Mississippi and teaches in the English and African American Studies programs. He is the author of three collections of poems: Cotton (2010), Ropes (winner of the 2014 Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Poetry Book of the Year award, 2013), and Stripper in Wonderland (2017). His essays have been published in numerous publications.

Russell Helms has had stories in Sand, Temenos, Drunken Boat, Litro, Versal, Bewildering Stories, The Moth, and other journals. He holds a lectureship in English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Kris Whorton's (UTC Faculty) poetry has appeared in Eye-Rhyme, American Muse, Facets-magazine, and other journals.

Earl Sherman Braggs is a Herman H. Battle and UC Foundation Professor of English at the University of TN at Chattanooga. His teaching awards include two SGA Outstanding Teaching Awards and a UTNAA Outstanding Professor of the Year Award.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

2018 Annual Library Survey

It is time once again for our Library’s annual Spring Survey.  Please fill out our survey for a chance to win “fabulous prizes"! The survey will be open until March 31st but why wait?  Fill it out today!  We want another great response to our annual survey!

Access the survey at http://chattanoogastate.libsurveys.com/Sp18surv

If you want, stop by the library and fill out a paper form and receive a piece of candy for your troubles!

Friday, March 16, 2018

New process: To access library databases from off campus

If you access library resources from off-campus, you may notice that things look a little bit different. If you have a Chattanooga State email address, click on the link "Log in with your Chattanooga State email" and enter your full email address and password exactly the same as you would to get to your email.

Specific details on this process from our Tigerpedia FAQ:

Chattanooga State's library provides access to many online databases, including Artstor, CINAHL Complete, EBSCOHOST, JSTOR, Literature Resource Center, Nexis Uni, STAT!Ref, and many others.

If you are a current Chattanooga State student or employee, you should click on the link for "Chattanooga State login." You will be taken to another page where you will log in with your full Chattanooga State email address and your TigerWeb password.

Student format:      tigerID@my.chattanoogastate.edu
Employee format:  firstname.lastname@chattanoogastate.edu

If you are in TN eCampus, SAILS, and STEM or other program with permissions to use our library databases, you should click the second link. You will log in with the User ID and password given to you by your instructor. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Andy Foskey - The Stars at KLIC: Journey Story of our Staff

For several years, I would pass right by the entrance to Chattanooga State on my way to work.  Every day I would think, “If I worked there, I’d be at work by now!” Instead, I would drive another 30-40 minutes (depending on traffic) to arrive at my desk at a different library in a different town.  I worked at that library for over 7 years, honing my craft as an instruction librarian, and doing the best I could at managing the library’s electronic resources.  I never set out to be a systems librarian, and I’m glad to let other people do that work!

I never set out to be a librarian, period, until I was already out of college and working at an upscale grocery store.  As I spent my days bagging groceries, I wondered what else was out there for me in the world.  Would I be peddling organic quinoa and dried beans forever? I think you, dear reader, can answer that question.  I quickly realized that I’d have to start thinking about going back to school. After all, my bachelor’s degree in Humanities (with a concentration in Philosophy and an undeclared French minor, to boot!) wasn’t getting me very far.

I looked at the graduate programs that were available locally, and narrowed it down to Community College Teaching or Library and Information Studies.  I would say I flipped a coin, but in reality I decided on librarianship because I thought I knew what libraries were about.  I used my library all the time as an undergrad.  I was pretty good at finding things, and I’m constantly curious about the world around me.  When I got into my program at UNC-Greensboro, I quickly learned that I knew nothing about libraries.  I panicked and thought I had made a terrible mistake.  It was a librarian who saved me, and inspired me to become an instruction librarian.  I hardly knew what a database was, and he offered a workshop for anyone who wanted to come learn about the library.  This was my first real introduction to information literacy!

After that, it all started to click.  I got a job working at the reference desk at the library, and met even more awesome librarians that would later become my mentors and friends.  I also did a practicum at the local community college and realized that was exactly the environment I wanted to be in.  And here I am, 10 years later, serving the students, faculty, and staff at Chattanooga State! 

Selected Professional Service:
“Over the Rainbow” Book List Committee, GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association, 2012-2013

Chattanooga Area Library Association (CALA) Vice President, 2012-2013
CALA President, 2013-2014

Staff Senate President, Cleveland State Community College, 2016-2017