Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dwight Hunter - The Stars at KLIC: Journey Story of our Staff

By Dwight Hunter

The journey I want to tell the world began three years ago. It is a journey that lives in this realm: no matter where you are in life or how old you are, obtaining the necessary education and degree is not a pipe dream.

Since the mid-1990s, in my mind, I was a librarian. I worked in the reference department, answered reference questions, and worked with faculty about getting library resources. I thought to myself: I am a librarian. After all, I held a (non-library) master’s degree from the great Kansas University. What else mattered?

Then, a new dean of library services came into town. I was told I was performing professional work without the appropriate title or degree. Because, alas, to truly be a librarian, one must have an ALA-accredited master’s degree. So, I was promoted to a full-time librarian position, and I signed a contract with the college that I would get my ALA-accredited master’s in a specified amount of time or else.  No pressure or anything.

And as I began my journey as a graduate student in information science – I realized my errors. There were things I had no clue about in my profession. Information science is a malleable degree. Everything has information content.

I researched micro-finance and micro-credit, digital divide, marketing plans, leadership theory, Twitter, information science theories and applications, bibliographic control, metadata, information schemas, information technology applications, religion and the American South, project management and PMBOK, data management plans, ArcGIS and map-making layers, and so much more. Wow, just wow!

What a tremendous learning experience! And I learned what information science theory I used to answer reference questions. I didn’t know before; I do now.

I am a much better librarian; a much stronger library instructor, and a more knowledgeable contributor to KLIC discussions.

As my UTK graduate school journey comes full circle, and a new journey begins for me, I need to thank people (profusely). First and foremost, my parents, my wife and children: without their support this journey would never have left the starting gate.  And to Dean Susan L. Jennings; Drs. Fannie Hewlett, Kim McCormick, Mosunmola George-Taylor; everyone on the KLIC staff; my UTK classmates and professors; and my friends far and near – thank you!

Dwight’s passions, community service, awards, and presentations:
Avid sports fan (debunking the myth that male librarians don’t like sports)
Volunteer advocate for children and youth
Supporting my family and their life work

Community Service
President, Hamilton County Council of PTAs
Executive Officer, Tennessee Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.
Member of Tennessee Library Association, American Library Association, Geoscience Information Society, and Project Management Institute

2015 HW Wilson Fellow, University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences
USA Freedom Corps Call to Service Award for certified 4,000+ individual volunteer hours
Hamilton County Commission Certificate of Appreciation
National PTA Honorary Life Member

Hunter, D. and J. Fuentes. "Nonprofits, 501c3's, and Elections", Chattanooga, 2015.
Hunter, D. and W. Brown. "Engaging Men in Education" Chattanooga, 2015.
Warren, L., D. Hunter, and C. Robichaud. "Campus Collaboration through Marketing and Outreach" ROCC Summer Academy, 2014.
Hunter, D. "Social Media and Non-profits" Nashville, 2013
Hunter, D. "Parenting and Social Media" Nashville-Memphis-Knoxville-Johnson City, 2011

University of Tennessee-Knoxville, School of Information Science
MSIS Candidate for Graduation, May 12, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pam Temple - Stars at KLIC: Journey Story of our Staff

By Pam Temple

I never heard any kid say, "When I grow up I'M going to be a librarian," and I never expect to hear it. I was going to be a teacher or a nurse, but "librarian" just wasn't on the radar. What I did love to do was read.  On a rainy day, I was content to pull off a volume of the World Book Encyclopedia and browse, stopping to read an article when something caught my interest. In high school, my home room was the library, and it was great. I found and read all kinds of interesting books on biology, archaeology, history, and geography, to name a few.  It was like a smorgasbord of knowledge. That's the other thing about me, I want to KNOW things, how something gets made, how something works, why people are the way they are, how to survive a natural disaster, etc., etc. Many times as a reference librarian, I would help a student find some information they needed for a speech, a paper, whatever. They would leave, but I'd still be researching because, now, I wanted to know. That's the third thing about me, I like to help people find answers to their questions. Choosing librarianship as a lifetime career turned out to be a lucky choice because it is a perfect fit for me.

I went to college at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in history and minoring in English, French, and secondary education. After college, I wasn't sure that teaching was for me and someone suggested, "Well, since you love to read so much, why don't you go to Library School." I applied to the School of Library Science at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, it's now part of Vanderbilt, and was accepted. Luckily, I was awarded a Title IIB grant that paid my way so I could actually attend. While there, we were asked to select an area of concentration and I chose college and university libraries.  The rest, as they say, is history. I worked at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and Converse College, a liberal arts college for women, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but, the bulk of my working career has been here at Chattanooga State Community College. I've seen a lot of changes in the 36 years I've spent here; and, in many respects, it has been a wild ride. I've loved every minute of it.

We all have many roles in our lives.  I have been, or still am, a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Methodist, potter, Sunday School teacher, volunteer, leader, teacher, and librarian. Being a librarian has been one of the most defining roles for my life allowing me to: help my family, help other people, continue to learn, and understand and have compassion for the needs of other people. I have been very fortunate in my life work, and I hope all of you are as fortunate in yours.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

2016 Edible Book Festival Winners

KLIC's 3rd Annual Edible Book Festival was a success! Dr. Flora Tydings, Kathy Ebel, and Pam Temple were our judges this year and they awarded prizes in two of our three categories. Most Creative went to Kellie Graves' Bon Appetit Baby! based on Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal. Best Overall went to Sabra Marshall's Monstrous Emotions based on The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone. People's Choice was decided by the public and they picked Goodnight Moon (Pie) by the Kimball Campus Staff.

Best Overall Winner: Monstrous Emotions

Most Creative Winner: Bon Appetit Baby!

People's Choice Winner: Goodnight Moon (Pie)

Honorable Mention: Game of Thrones

Honorable Mention: Sounds a Little Fishy to Me!

Our Winners

More pictures are available on our Facebook page and the EBF guide. Thank you all who participated in this event!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Elisabeth Ferguson - The Stars at KLIC: Journey Story of our Staff

By Elisabeth Ferguson

A word of advice to current college students: don’t be like me! Somehow I went through my whole college career without really considering that I would have to get a job at the end of those four years. I majored in history with a concentration in Latin American studies, which did not lead me directly to a particular career path. I knew I didn’t want to be a teacher, and I quickly realized that pursuing graduate work in history was not practical for me.

After graduation I worked at several part-time jobs that helped me figure out a few more things that I didn’t want to do, but I was no closer to a career path. When I saw a job opening at the public library, I thought, “I can do that!” I have always liked to read, and I had the skills in research, technology, and customer service the job required. I soon learned that while liking books is helpful, a successful public librarian also needs flexibility, empathy, good problem solving skills, and a sense of humor. I have often thought that being a librarian is a little like being a bartender—you meet all kinds of people (from the coolest to the craziest) and listen to their problems and stresses. Sometimes you are able to help them work through their problems, which makes it a very rewarding job.

Pursuing my Masters in Information Science and taking on different position within libraries has helped me to grow and progress in my career in ways I wouldn’t have envisioned as an undergrad student. For example, although I never wanted to be a teacher, teaching is an integral part of my job here at Chattanooga State, and I enjoy it. The library plays a crucial role in helping students achieve academic and personal success, and I’m thankful to be a part of it. I would have saved myself some stress if I had thought more seriously about career options as a college student, but I don’t regret the path I took—I’m happy I ended up here!