#ThrowbackThursday: FSU History – Campus Buildings (8.28.2014)

The Rudolph Jones Student Center was originally erected in 1973 and has recently received several renovations.

Dr. Rudolph Jones was the sixth President of Fayetteville State University. Born in Winton, North Carolina, Dr. Jones later earned degrees from Shaw University and Catholic University of America. He held several positions before leading the FSU in 1952. He served as a teacher, principal, and administrator in North Carolina. Dr. Jones’ legacy is most notably recognized across campus through buildings constructed during his time and the curriculum expansion to include degree programs. These buildings include Vance Hall, Bryant Hall, Rosenthal Building, Science Annex, the Helen T. Chick Building, and the Women’s Physical Education Building. (“History of Fayetteville State University, 1867-2003” by Dr. Bertha Miller)

In 1973, the Student Center is described as “a modern, highly complex and specialized kind of building” that houses a “barbershop, a beauty parlor, bowling lanes, billiard tables, table tennis, a TV lounge, a ballroom, a post office, a student supply store, a conference room, 4 meeting rooms, 2 music listening or literature rooms, a main lounge, an informational booth, a cloak room, 2 patios, a snack bar, and a multitude of offices all under one roof.” (Fayetteville State University Catalog, 1973-1975, pg.20)

Today, the Student Center includes several offices and meeting spaces, a fireplace, a post office, movie theater, recreational area, food service areas, multipurpose rooms, and many other spaces.

Here are a few images of the previous looks of the Rudolph Jones Student Center.




Rudolph Jones Student Center

Rudolph Jones Memorial Scholarship

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Archives and Special Collections

#ChesnuttArchives: NC Department of Cultural Resources is Seeking a Diverse Workforce (8.27.2014)

Diverse Workforce - NC Dept of Cultural Resources - Chesnutt Library @ FSU (8.27.2014)

Interested in becoming a librarian, historic interpreter, artist, museum educator, archivist, historic site manager, archaeologist, or historic preservation specialist?

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has several divisions that include careers focusing on providing arts and culture across the state through organizations such as the North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Symphony, State Library of North Carolina, North Carolina Arts Council, State Historic Sites, and the State Archives.

The list of possible places to work includes various locations throughout the state of North Carolina. Here in Fayetteville, North Carolina we have the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex which is a history museum that interprets the history of southeastern North Carolina and the Cape Fear region. On the property of the museum is the Poe House, built in 1897 as a Victorian style home, and the Arsenal Park which was constructed to serve as a defensive structure after the war of 1812.

There are several videos on the YouTube channel ncculture that have been created and posted by various North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources employees describing their jobs. Below is a short video of the Youth Services Consultant at the State Library of North Carolina providing insight of her job duties.

If you are interested in learning more about the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, please visit their website www.ncdcr.gov or use the libraries database NC LIVE.

On NCLIVE website select Everything NC! tab, and scroll to NCPedia which is an online encyclopedia that has entries for many things about North Carolina including the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Sources: N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

Contact: Amber Covington   |   Archives Assistant   |   Chesnutt Library

New Library Catalog: Reminder to Faculty, Update Blackboard + Syllabi Links

Chesnutt Library launched a new online catalog this summer. While you may still be able to access the old catalog (for now), please be reminded to update any Blackboard or syllabi content that links to the Library’s Catalog, book titles, e-Reserves, etc.

The new  url is http://uncfsu.worldcat.org/.


You will need to replace all the old catalog links that still have “uncclc.coast.uncwil.edu” within their url. Find the items (books, eBooks, course reserves) within the new catalog and be sure your new links include “uncfsu.worldcat.org/ in their url.



#ThrowbackThursday: From Archives + Special Collections – ‘Welcome to FSU’ 1st Floor Exhibit (8.14.2014)

Welcome to FSU!

The Archives department, located on the fourth floor in the Library, has several items on display in the library lobby. In the exhibit, viewers are able to get a glance at previous fall semester programs held on campus. Visit the Archives Department, if you have an interest in viewing past programs and events such as Fall Convocation and Homecoming, or Freshman Orientation booklets and academic catalogs.


Fall 2014 - 1st Floor Exhibit, Archives and Special Collections, Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University



#ThrowbackThursday: From Archives + Special Collections – Cost of Attendance 89 Years Ago (8.7.2014)

Interested in comparing the cost of attending Fayetteville State University to previous years? Read more on the Chesnutt Library Tumblr here.


Cover - Catalog of the State Normal School (1925-1926), Scanned by Amber Covington. Archives and Special Collection, Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University - TBT, 8.7.2014

The cover of the 1925-1926 academic catalog.

5 Things Thursday: Rare Materials, Archivists and Archives, OCLC

Originally posted on MOD LIBRARIAN:

Here are five more things:

  1. OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights (Issue 13) is now available and features interesting articles on digital preservation and Rangananthan as well as scholarly records.
  2. Archivally Correct talks about changes for visitors at the National Archives.
  3. Some great presentations from the Women Archivists Roundtable.
  4. Standard Citation Forms for Rare Materials Cataloging are references to bibliographies and catalogs (printed or electronic) used by rare book catalogers, dealers, collectors, and researchers that can be used to verify or identify a work or provide a detailed physical description. Read more here.
  5. Here is a cataloging manual for archival moving images.


PS – anyone know of any good articles or resources on providing reference service, especially the challenges of staying calm, friendly and upbeat during relentless shifts? Much appreciated!

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#ThrowbackThursday: From Archives + Special Collections – Hammocks Beach Project (7.31.2014)

In 1950 the North Carolina Teachers Association, Incorporated was deeded land on Hammocks Beach in Onslow County, North Carolina from Dr. William Sharpe and his wife Josephine W. Sharpe of New York. The North Carolina Teachers Association organized the Hammocks Beach Corporation to operate the property. Dr. J. W. Seabrook, a previous President of Fayetteville State University, served as the secretary for the Hammocks Beach Corporation.

Read more on the Chesnutt Library Tumblr.

TBT - Chesnutt Archives - Hammock Beach, Charles W. Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University (7.31.2014)

#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.