#FlashbackFriday: Librarian Robert Foster’s Recap from @ALAAnnual Conference (7.25.2014)

I attended the 2014 Annual ALA Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 27th through June 30th. The absolute highlight of the conference was being able to rub shoulders with librarians all over the world. We were able to hold informal discussions on everything library related. It is delightful to be able to meet these people who are addressing the same obstacles and rewards of the profession. I attended sessions at the conference that allows me to better understand ways to serve our patrons from the best practices used by professional librarians. The value of the conference is being able to network, learn, and conceive ideas. This is truly a rejuvenating exercise for those who attend.


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#ThrowbackThursday: From Archives + Special Collections – Homecoming ’88 Funeral Service for JCSU (7.24.2014)

This week we have a fun Throwback Thursday courtesy of Archives Assistant, Amber Covington. During the course of her work a few weeks ago, Amber stumbled upon this hilarious program from a Homecoming 1988 event. The event preceded the football game versus Johnson C. Smith University. The funeral service was nearly 25 years ago, but it’s all love now! You can view the 1989 digitized yearbook via DigitalNC here.

Take a look at the video of Amber talking about the funeral session via our Instagram.





Book Talk by FSU Alum Iris Killens Cheeks on July 17, 2014 at 10:30am in Chesnutt Library (7.14.2014)

The Charles W. Chesnutt Library will host a book talk on I Sing the Blues and Cry: For the Little Girls of the World by Iris Killens Cheeks, an FSU alumna.  It will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the J.C. Jones Board of Trustees Room on the 2nd floor of the Charles W. Chesnutt Library.


Many of us go through life feeling isolated and alone in a world full of family, friends, and gods. In I Sing the Blues and Cry, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse expresses through both poetry and prose the shared fear, confusion, anger, hope, and faith needed to accomplish joy in a world infused with pain. One out of every four little girls is sexually abused, and the majority of the abusers are family members or close friends of the family in America today. They are trapped in a cage of shame, guilt, and secrecy. Bodies grow, minds mature, yet there still remains a broken little girl within each victim. Author Iris Killens Cheeks shares conversations, verse, and vital resources to open a door into the thoughts, perceptions, and soul of a survivor of sexual, mental, and emotional abuse. This little girl found a way to survive, mature, and conquer many of the battles she faced due to traumatic experiences that no child should have to endure. Hers is a story that is poignant, revealing, and uplifting-a story of light, acceptance, forgiveness, and growth. I Sing the Blues and Cry is an inspiring look beyond the surface into the eyes of a child, a woman, and a survivor.

The book talk is free and open to the campus and public.

Selected Book List, Walter Dean Myers (1937 – 2014) Award-Winning Young Adult Author (7.8.2014)

Walter Dean Myers passed away last week on Tuesday July 1st. Myers was a prolific author, publishing an array of children’s and young adult books.

Myers often painted portraits of young African-Americans who battled troubles in the streets, in school and at home. (…) “He wrote about disenfranchised black kids, particularly boys, and he wrote about them with extraordinary honesty and also with compassion,” Avi, a children’s book author and a longtime friend of Mr. Myers, said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “Besides his books, his legacy is his compassionate identity with these young people.” (New York Times)

Walter Dean Myers (1937 - 2014) , Selected Book List, Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University (7.8.2014)


Fallen Angels PZ7.M992 Fal 1988
Game PZ7.M992 Gam 2008
Now is Your Time E185 .M96 1991
Presenting Walter Dean Myers PS3563.Y48 Z57 1990
Street Love PS3563.Y48 S77 2008
The Journal of Biddy Owens: The Negro Leagues PZ7.M992 Ji 2001
Toussaint L’Overture: The Fight for Haiti’s Freedom F1923.T69 M94 1996
What They Found: Love on 145th Street PS3563.Y48 W43 2007
Won’t Know Till I Get There PZ7.M992 Wo 1988

#ChesnuttLibrarian Presented at ALA Annual 2014 Conference Conference #ALAAC14 on June 29th (6.30.2014)

Mr. Velappan Velappan, Access Services Librarian at Charles W. Chesnutt Library, participated in a presentation with six librarians from other universities at the “American Library Association (ALA) Annual 2014 Conference” on Sunday, June 29th 2014 at 3:00PM in Las Vegas, NV.  The theme of the presentation was “FEAST: Future & Emerging Access Services Trends” and Mr. Velappan’s particular topic was “How to Incorporate Social Media Tools and Other Web 2.0 Technologies to Improve the Academic Library’s Public Service.”  Approximately 220 people attended his presentation yesterday. Click here for more details on the FEAST presentations.

Velappan Velappan Presented at 2014 ALA Annual | 2014 FEAST: Future & Emerging Access Services Trends, June 29th, 2014 3-4pm
The 2014 (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition is in Las Vegas from June 26 – July 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds its Annual Conference & Exhibition each summer. The largest such convention in the world is attended by more than 25,000 librarians, library supporters, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of Libraries, trustees and special guests. The conference includes more than 2,000 meetings, discussion groups and programs on various topics affecting libraries and librarians.  Approximately 850 exhibiting companies feature the latest in books, online services, automation software, furniture and other materials vital to today’s libraries and librarians. ALA units display professional exhibits highlighting the various aspects of the profession.

#ChesnuttArchives Needs Your Help: Can You Identify These People, Places, and Events? (6.24.2014)

Who are these people, what are they doing, where are they at?  Help Chesnutt Archives identify these people, places, and events. Read more about the unidentified photos project.

View more unidentified photos from this set on our Tumblr here.

#ChesnuttArchives - Unidentified Photos - Archives and Special Collections, Chesnutt Library (6.24.2014) (2nd Set) (7)

Who are they and what are they doing?

Librarian Blogs: #REPOST “Carolina Connection: Supporting HBCUs In Their Quest Toward Innovation” (6.25.2014)

I read this article from “Carolina Connection” – news from the office of Senator Kay Hagan.  It looks interesting to me, as they talk about our University.  So I would like to share this article to our community through our Library Blog and other social Media tools.  Our MILE program is mentioned by our Senator.

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From Senator Hagan’s Carolina Connection:

North Carolina is home to 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities that provide students with a quality education. I’ve visited many of these campuses myself, and seen firsthand the exceptional work they’re doing to prepare students for the world ahead. (…) And Fayetteville State University could further develop initiatives that are helping to increase retention and completion rates among African American males, who have the lowest college completion rates in the country. At a recent Education Committee hearing I chaired in Washington, Assistant Vice Chancellor Dr. Jason DeSousa told my colleagues and me about the Male Initiative on Leadership and Excellence, or MILE program.

The MILE program takes students out of the classroom and exposes them to places they might not experience otherwise such as Wall Street, the White House and the U.S. Congress. On one of these trips to Wall Street in New York City, a young man named William turned to Dr. DeSousa and told him that he was going to graduate from Fayetteville State University and become a Wall Street banker.

Dr. DeSousa said that after that trip to New York, William’s GPA rose from a 2.3 to a 3.7 – all because he was able to set his sights on a goal that he had never known was available to him.

Read Senator’s Hagan’s full article here.


#REPOST via @Chronicle: “From Twitter to Tumblr: On Student Loans, Obama Seeks an Audience” (6.10.2014)

Yesterday on Instagram, we saw several #FSUBroncos students who questioned news announcements regarding the state and future of student loan debt. Well, today, Tuesday June 10th, Mr. Obama will host a student-loan Q&A on Tumblr. The Q&A starts at 4 p.m., here.

Be sure to tune-in to #CollegeOpportunity and #ObamaIRL.

"A higher education is the single best investment that you can make in yourself and your future." —President Obama

From Twitter to Tumblr: On Student Loans, Obama Seeks an Audience

When President Obama wants to send a message to America’s 20-somethings, he often speaks through their preferred channel—online media. For example, when Mr. Obama sought to urge younger adults to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, he sat for an interview on the cult, Internet-only talk-show parody Between Two Ferns.

A topic that has taken up a large portion of the administration’s social-media activity is, predictably, one that disproportionately affects young Americans: student-loan debt. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama will host a student-loan Q&A on the blogging site Tumblr. It’s the latest in a long line of tweets, Google hangouts, and Reddit AMAs. Here’s a brief history:

Like many politicians today, Mr. Obama has used social media primarily for their broadcasting power. In 2012, as interest rates on Stafford loans were set to double, Mr. Obama told students to tweet with the hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate in an effort to spur Congressional action. It resulted in tweets like this:

Read more from The Chronicle here.

#ChesnuttArchives Needs Your Help: Can You Identify These People, Places, and Events? (6.5.2014)

The Archives and Special Collections Department has a host of photos that need to be identified. Each week, we will share a different set of photos that need to be accounted for and categorized. The bulk of the photos will be shared on our Tumblr, which primarily features #ChesnuttArchives materials.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Do you recognize anybody or anything—the locations, events, occasions?
  • Who are these people and how were they known in the community?
  • Please help us reveal more of the narratives associated with these photos!
  • We are also looking to date these photos.

Let us know what clues and information you have in the comments here. Or you can email the University Archivist, Craig Tuttle (ctuttle@uncfsu.edu).

  View more photos from this set on our Tumblr here.

#ChesnuttArchives - Unidentified Photos - Archives and Special Collections, Chesnutt Library (6.5.2014) (6824 set)

What and when was this event? Do you recognize anyone in the photo? Why are they unveiling the Bronco figurine…what is it commemorating?

#ChesnuttArchives: Rudolph Jones Scrapbooks Now Digitized and Viewable via DigitalNC (5.30.2014)

Dr. Rudolph Jones scrapbooks can now be viewed via NC Digital Heritage. FSU Archivist, Craig Tuttle, University Archivist, wrote the metadata presently being used to facilitate their retrieval.

Dr Jones’ scrapbooks go back to the late 1930s, before he came to FSU. I cannot say with absolute certainty, but based on the information [that we have] and records, it would appear that Seabrook brought [Dr. Jones] in with the intention of Jones becoming his replacement.

Craig Tuttle

Rudolph Jones Scrapbooks - Digitized and accessible via DigitalNC | #ChesnuttArchives, Archives and Special Collections, Fayetteville State University (5.30.2014)

Rudolph Jones Scrapbooks - Digitized and accessible via DigitalNC | #ChesnuttArchives, Archives and Special Collections, Fayetteville State University (5.30.2014)




In 1956, Dr. Jones, who had been serving as the school’s dean, succeeded Dr. Seabrook as President. During Dr. Jones’ administration, the curriculum was expanded to include majors in secondary education and programs leading to degrees outside the teaching field. The name of the school was changed to Fayetteville State College in 1963. Also, under Dr. Jones’ leadership, six additions were made to the physical plant to accommodate a rapidly expanding enrollment. Dr. Jones was the sixth president of what is now Fayetteville State University.



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