Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week 2017 @ Chesnutt Library

Chesnutt Library proudly observes the week of October 15-21, 2017, as the 12th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

The Friends of the Chesnutt W. Chesnutt Library was re-launched in 2015 and have raised over $6000 to support library programming since coming together.

Friends of the Charles W. Chesnutt Library have been active sponsors in a variety of programming efforts, such as noted author series, writing workshops and library banquets.  They have also sponsored programs on trending topics such as “Alternative Facts”.  The Friends most recent program includes the sponsoring of a series of exhibits to celebrate FSU’s Sesquicentennial. As avid supporters of the Chesnutt Library and Fayetteville State University, the group celebrates this milestone with pride by showcasing the history of the university and the library through this classic exhibit.


Julian Stackhouse, President

Friends President, Mr. Julian Stackhouse, notes that the friends are “a group of community members, students, faculty and staff who care about the library and work to support library services.  They are dedicated to promoting the continued growth, programs and cultural activities of the library.”

Other Board of Trustee members are Dr. Sidney Brooks, Dr. Sandra Carr; Ms. Gloria Garner; Mr. Earl Jones,  Mr. Al Kerr; Ms. Suzetta Perkins; Dr. Gregory Rich; Dr. Carole Boston Weatherford; Mrs. Eloise Vowotor and Ms. Linda Whitfield.

Please contact the library director, Mr. Bobby Wynn for more information about joining the Friends of the Charles W. Chesnutt Library.

National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ala.org/united.



Shamella Cromartie is Head of Public Services at Chesnutt Library

Cromartie Pic for BlogShamella Cromartie returns to Chesnutt Library as the Head of Public Services.

Cromartie, who began in July 2017,  was previously a member of the Chesnutt Library staff from 2010-2012 as an interlibrary loan and reference assistant.

Cromartie is an alumna of Fayetteville State University, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the university.  She received her Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University.

As Head of Public Services, Cromartie will be supervising Access Services, Archives, Bibliographic Instruction, the Reference Department and the Media Center.  She is also active in the North Carolina Library Association, currently serving as Chair of the Roundtable for Ethnic Minority Concerns (2015-2017).

Fran Dixon is the Interlibrary Loan and Reference Assistant at Chesnutt Library

FDixonMrs. Fran Dixon, is Chesnutt Library’s Interlibrary Loan and Reference Assistant.

Mrs. Dixon began at Chesnutt Library in 2016 after relocating from Norwalk, Connecticut.  She has worked several years in special libraries in Stamford, Connecticut, as well as, public libraries in Connecticut and South Carolina.

Mrs. Dixon enjoys inspiring others to “Just Be!”

Rebecca Tatum is the new Cataloging Librarian at Chesnutt Library

DSC05158Rebecca Tatum joins Chesnutt Library as  Cataloging Librarian.  A native of Raeford, NC, Rebecca completed her undergraduate degree at UNC-Wilmington. There she earned a BA in Middle Grades Education and a BFA in Creative Writing.

Rebecca has a professional background in teaching, mostly in elementary special education and recently completed the Masters of Science in Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. While a library student, Rebecca completed several internships in the libraries of the Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, Lakewood Montessori Middle School, and NoveList.

Rebecca enjoys traveling, writing, reading, and helping others.

Ophelia Chapman is the Information Technology Librarian @ Chesnutt Library

DSC05165Ophelia Chapman joins the Charles W. Chesnutt Library as the Information Technology Librarian responsible for maximizing the effectiveness of technologies through the use of the WMS ILS, the Ezproxy web proxy server and the Link Resolver to provide the best possible experience for our library users.  In addition she will provide ongoing support for a variety of library systems and oversee library wide technology systems.  She will also serve as a liaison to ITTS.
Prior to Chesnutt Library Ophelia worked as the Systems Librarian for Morehead State University.
She has a B. Sc. in Computer Information Management from Life University, a Masters in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and an MBA from Morehead State University.  Ophelia is originally from Ghana, West Africa.  She is married with three kids and loves to travel.

Friends of the Charles W. Chesnutt Library sponsor Sesquicentennial exhibit: “150 Years of Fayetteville State University History with Chesnutt Library”

As Fayetteville State University celebrates its sesquicentennial year, the Charles W. Chesnutt Library re-visits the university’s history with an exhibit sponsored by its Friends group.  The rotating exhibit “150 Years of Fayetteville State University with Chesnutt Library” showcases four distinct exhibits:

“Playing Sports: From B to T: Baseball to Tennis”

“Retro Zone: A Look at the Library as Place in Students’ Lives”

“Special Collections Signature Series: Chesnutt, Smith, Seabrook and Jones”

“Stepping Through Time: Student Clubs and Organizations”

The exhibit, which opened on September 18th, is located in the reading area behind the serials and reference departments. The first featured exhibit, located in the lobby area of the library is:

From B to T: Baseball to Tennis

Open from September 14, 2017-October 12, 2017

Original photos from the exhibit are taken from University Archives. In preserving the history of the university over time, University Archives holds the official records and other historically significant materials relative to Fayetteville State University. If you are interested in learning more about the history of Fayetteville State University, be sure to visit University Archives on the fourth floor of Chesnutt Library.


For more information about the Friends of Chesnutt Library, contact Mr. Bobby Wynn, Library Director. 


Mr. Velappan Velappan attends Lilly Conference Series


Mr. Velappan Velappan, Head of Access Services, Bronco STAR(Supporting Transition, Access, and Retention: A UNC System Project Supporting Students with Learning Differences) Champion and Universal Design Learning (UDL)’s Lecture Capture Tools’ Coach for Component B was attending the Lilly Conference Series on College and University for “Making Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning” with seven other Bronco STAR’s Component B Faculty Members from August 6-9, 2017 in Asheville, NC.

For more information about the Lilly Conference, click here: http://lillyconferences.com/

For more information Bronco STAR, click here: http://www.uncfsu.edu/bronco-star

For more information College STAR, click here: https://www.collegestar.org/

Velappan Velappan presents speech at 26th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference in Chapel Hill

Velappan Velappan

Mr. Velappan Velappan

Mr. Velappan Velappan (Head of Access Services) recently presented at “Being Data-Informed: Taking Control and Connecting Users to Content” the highly selective 26th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Velappan Presentation

Mr. Velappan’s workshop presentation

Velappan hosted a workshop titled “Click It, No More Tick It: Using “Gimlet” Desk Statistics to Improve Services at the Charles W. Chesnutt Library.”  The workshop offered to more than 100+ attendees the opportunity to learn the benefits of using the desk statistics software Gimlet, which is an easy statistics tracker and knowledge based tool that allows libraries to staff their public services’ desks wisely.  This presentation detailed the special features of Gimlet, tagging the questions, tracking questions and answers, building and exporting reports, improving library services based on the questions and answers(35,398 patrons’ questions answered for 2 years & 8 months since August 6, 2014 – 1,106 questions on average per month), pros and cons of Gimlet and finally the best practices of Gimlet. Below is the slideshow used during the presentation. Velappan Velappan can be followed on Twitter as well.

Happy 149th Anniversary Fayetteville State University!

Hello dear readers my name is Nicholle Young and I work in the Archives & Special Collections of Chesnutt Library. I would like to take a moment to share with you the importance of today within the history of the university. On November 29th, 1867 a meeting was held at Evans Metropolitan AME Church to focus on the plan to build a permanent school for the black children of Fayetteville. This school would be known as The Howard School, later known as Fayetteville State University.

Let us take a closer look at an excerpt in the image below:


Indenture Deed for Howard School of Fayetteville

It states that:

Whereas the colored citizens of the town of Fayetteville have agreed to establish a school…for the benefit of the colored children of said town.

The colored citizens also designated seven men, who were well regarded in the community to act as “trustees” to oversee the building and maintaining of the school. Their names are Andrew Jackson (A.J.) Chesnutt, George W. Grange Sr., Matthew N. Leary Jr., Robert Simmons, Nelson Carter, Thomas Lomack, and David A. Bryant.


The Howard School of Fayetteville

Next year, FSU will be celebrating the grand 150th anniversary also known as the Sesquicentennial. Please stay tuned here as well as the homepage for FSU for details as they come.

For more information about FSU’s history, feel free to visit the page with the timeline.


2016 Bronco Kickoff Closings + Hours (8.9.2016)


Chesntt Library will be closed today, Tuesday, August 9th, all day due to Bronco Kickoff Meetings: Academic Affairs, 9a.m.-10a.m. in Seabrook; Departmental Meetings in Chesnutt in the morning and the Library Staff Meeting in Chesnutt in the afternoon.

We will also be closed on Wednesday morning, August 10th, from 7:45a.m.-1:30p.m. due to the Bronco Kickoff All-Employees Meeting from 10a.m.-12p.m. and lunch on your own from 12p.m.-1:30p.m. 

The Library will open to the public at 1:30 p.m.