Chesnutt Library approved to participate in Traveling Archivist Program

Chesnutt Library has been approved to participate  in the Traveling Archivist Program from the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The Traveling Archivist Program was created with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and is now administered by the State Archives of North Carolina.

The purpose of TAP is to help repositories improve the preservation of and access to archival collections. Repositories include historical and genealogical societies; public libraries; the archives of colleges, hospitals, and other organizations; historic houses and sites, museums; and other publicly-accessible institutions that hold materials documenting the state’s history and culture.

As an institution, FSU has a storied history. The Archives at Chesnutt Library serve as the repository for the official records of Fayetteville State University and actively participates in the acquisition, arrangement and preservation of materials that document the socio-economic, political and cultural development of African-Americans in the local community, southeastern region and the State of North Carolina. Participation in the TAP program will ensure that we are doing our best to continue to preserve the valuable collections that will tell our story to future generations.


Congratulations Nicholle!

degreeCongratulations to Ms. Nicholle Young,  Archives Technician at Charles W. Chesnutt Library.  Ms. Young recently graduated from Central Carolina Community College with her Associate in Applied Science Degree in Library and Information Technology.

Ms. Young has been the Archives Technician at Chesnutt Library since June 2015. She has been instrumental in the digitization of historical material and organizing the important artifacts that document Fayetteville State University’s history and the surrounding Fayetteville community.

Celebrating Women’s History Month 2018 with “Women in Leadership: FSU Edition”, March 29th @ 2:00 pm

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Chesnutt Library presents “Women in Leadership: FSU Edition” .

This moderated panel discussion will feature distinguished women in leadership at Fayetteville State University sharing their experiences and insights into ascending into leadership and the challenges of being a woman in the 21st century  workforce. Hear how these women harnessed their leadership abilities into rewarding careers at FSU and became exceptional leaders in their respective fields.   

Exceptional panelists for the event are: Dr. Afua Arhin, Associate Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing, Dr. Marion Gillis Olion, Dean of the College of Education, Terri Tibbs, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Sandra Williams, Executive Director for Academic Budgeting and Administration.

Join us as we learn from and celebrate these accomplished women who help to lead FSU every day. The program will be held on March 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm on the first floor of Chesnutt Library.

Chesnutt Library represented at North Carolina Library Association’s, 62nd Biennial Conference


Whitfield 1Jan Whitfield, Chesnutt Library’s Associate Director for Collection Development, presented the session “Collaboration Among Faculty and Librarians in Revising Class Syllabi to Reflect Information Literacy Standards and Framework” during the NCLA Conference in Winston Salem.

Whitfield’s presentation focused on the popular Chesnutt Fellows Information Literacy program which produced nine consecutive cohorts of faculty and librarian collaborations through the years. Chesnutt Fellows, which was modeled after a similar program from Winston Salem State University grew into a noteworthy program in which librarians and faculty members worked in a concerted manner to target specific classes in which to revise the syllabus to incorporate the ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education in assignments and class goals.

The “Fellows” grew in high demand among the faculty, to eventually be recognized by the university’s administration and incorporated into a campus-wide, making evidence based decisions pathway on information literacy.



Chesnutt Library Staff Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Chesnutt Library Staff observed Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Wednesday, October 25th by wearing pink.

Breast Cancer Awareness Pic
Bottom left to right: Fran Dixon, Angela Rich, Bobby Wynn and Maggie Chan Standing left to right: Robert Foster, Jinong Sun, Carlos, Lazaro, Vera Hooks and Ophelia Chapman

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

Many health organizations note that the good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.  The National Breast Cancer Foundation notes that “a mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.”

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

FSU Professor Carole Boston Weatherford and son Jeffery Weatherford present at 62nd North Carolina Library Association Conference…

Carole Boston Weatherford and son
The Weatherfords

FSU Professor and New York Times best selling author Carole Boston Weatherford and son, Jeffery Weatherford were the featured guests at the REMCO Author Luncheon in Winston Salem, last week during the North Carolina Library Association’s 62nd Biennial Conference.

On Thursday, October 19th, the mother-son duo presented to the Round Table of Ethnic Minority Concerns, a lively poetic exchange from their first collaborative effort, You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen.

An award winning writer,  Boston Weatherford welcomed the opportunity to collaborate on the program with Chesnutt Library’s Head of Public Services, Shamella Cromartie, outgoing chair of REMCo, as well as, REMCo’s incoming Chair, Jewel Davis. Professor Weatherford is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Charles W. Chesnutt Library.

Notably, “The Weatherfords” was one of the most popular events at the conference, resulting in a dining hall filled to capacity.  The audience remained enthralled as the two traded verses from the book, and then answered questions after the performance.


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


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.