Thursday, December 17, 2020

Library Newsletter: Holiday Edition!


We are very excited to announce that all library staff have made Santa's nice list! Dean Susan Jennings told Santa, "I want to brag on my amazing librarians and staff during Covid. Despite all the uncertainty and fear of the unknown, library services to our students went on, both virtually and physically. My folks didn’t miss a beat and adjusted as necessary to meet the needs of our students. I couldn’t ask for a more amazing staff!”

Here are some highlights from Susan's letter to Santa:

Library Instruction
  • Dwight Hunter virtually led 20 Chatt State paralegal students to the world of electronic legal research through our database NexisUni. In addition, he created and curated the library's Native American Heritage LibGuide.
  • Andy Foskey transformed the library's popular Goosechase for College Success students into an online scavenger hunt. Overall, the new format received 1,789 entries!
  • Andrea Kincaid partnered with Dr. Emily Dunlap and they produced an interactive research project that students enjoyed. Check out the PSYC 1030 LibGuide and the wonderful infographics created by these amazing students.
  • Lori Warren built Virtual Offices, created a Best Practices Guide for Virtual Offices, and participated in online VO instruction with Susan Jennings.  
  • Carla Fulgham, Marie Cullis, Dwight Hunter, and Betsy Fronk continued to maintain and update our campus Green LibGuide
  • Amanda Roper worked with Julie Barcroft's composition students to create zines based on their research projects. You can learn more about zines on this LibGuide.
Technical Services
  • Danielle and her tech services team worked with Enrollment Services and Technology Division to transfer Student Tech Support and make sure student's questions get answered. 
  • Tech Services recently contracted with OverDrive to provide ebooks and e-audiobooks to students, faculty, and staff, all available in an easy-to-use app.
  • In addition, Tech Services subscribed to Copyright Clearance Center. CCC is for faculty and instructors to find content and ILL articles to share with their students and classes and is like having a copyright blanket over the articles that we use rather than having to worry about the “fair use" doctrine. This will help supplement readings without fear of copyright infringement and help keep the cost down for students purchasing supplemental text, course packs, etc.
  • Cassie Novak supervised the completion of a full inventory, including the newly integrated K section and the DVD section, to make information more readily accessible to students, staff, and faculty.
In addition, 
  • Betsy Fronk wrote two book reviews for Journal of Web Librarianship. 
  • Andy Foskey and Amanda Roper published an article for College & Research Libraries News
  • Dwight Hunter published the fall newsletter for TLA by gathering news from all types of libraries across the state! He also presented the best guidebook awards for the GeoInformation Society - a global society of earth science librarians! He is the only community college librarian on the membership list.
  • Amanda Roper and Andrea Kincaid developed a LibGuide for the Student Research and Creative Showcase 
  • Library staff served in various leadership roles and committees in multiple professional groups such as the American Library Association, Tennessee Library Association, and the Association for College and Research Libraries. 
While we're pleased to have made the nice list, the true gift has been serving our students, faculty, and staff. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. We'll see you in January! 


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