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.
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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

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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

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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)

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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.

Chesnutt Library Hosting NAMI Book Discussion on 7/12/16 for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (7.7.2016)

A reminder!

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Cumberland, Harnett, and Lee Counties will host its Annual Book Discussion on Benilde Little‘s book, Welcome to My Breakdown on Tuesday July 12, 2016 from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. in the Charles W. Chesnutt Library, Third Floor Conference Room.

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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Cumberland, Harnett and Lee Counties will host its Annual Book Discussion on the book entitled Welcome to My Breakdown by Benilde Little, on July 12, 2016 from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. in the Charles W. Chesnutt Library, Third Floor Conference Room at Fayetteville State University

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Cumberland, Harnett, and Lee Counties will host its Annual Book Discussion on Benilde Little‘s book, Welcome to My Breakdownon Tuesday July 12, 2016 from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. in the Charles W. Chesnutt Library, Third Floor Conference Room.

In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives established July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority  Mental Health Awareness Month.  This observance  aims to improve access  to mental health treatment and services for multicultural  communities through increased public awareness.  Copies of the book have been provided by the organization for checkout at Chesnutt Library.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grass roots organization on mental illness, often considered the voice on mental illness.  Membership in NAMI automatically  gives membership at the local, state, and national levels.  They are a nonprofit dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life for all those whose lives…

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Chesnutt Library Hosting NAMI Book Discussion on 7/12/16 for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (7.7.2016)

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Cumberland, Harnett and Lee Counties will host its Annual Book Discussion on the book entitled Welcome to My Breakdown by Benilde Little, on July 12, 2016 from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. in the Charles W. Chesnutt Library, Third Floor Conference Room at Fayetteville State University

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Cumberland, Harnett, and Lee Counties will host its Annual Book Discussion on Benilde Little‘s book, Welcome to My Breakdown on Tuesday July 12, 2016 from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. in the Charles W. Chesnutt Library, Third Floor Conference Room.

In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives established July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority  Mental Health Awareness Month.  This observance  aims to improve access  to mental health treatment and services for multicultural  communities through increased public awareness.  Copies of the book have been provided by the organization for checkout at Chesnutt Library.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grass roots organization on mental illness, often considered the voice on mental illness.  Membership in NAMI automatically  gives membership at the local, state, and national levels.  They are a nonprofit dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life for all those whose lives are affected by brain disorders.  They do this by educating, advocating, supporting, and offering information.

If you would like more information about NAMI, you can go to their national site www.nami.org, state site www.naminc.org, or local affiliate site www.namchl.org.

[Repost via US Dept of Education]: Obama Administration Announces New Regulations to Strengthen Employment and Training Opportunities for Millions of Americans (7.1.2016)

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Find more information about the WIOA via Chesnutt Library here.


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June 30, 2016
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Obama Administration Announces New Regulations to Strengthen Employment and Training Opportunities for Millions of Americans

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education today made publicly available the final rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), an historic expansion of opportunity for the nation’s job seekers, workers and employers. The regulations deliver on need to modernize the nation’s workforce system and represent a more integrated, job-driven approach to support communities and expand job growth.

The rules reflect input from stakeholders including employers and community leaders and details what the goals of a modern, agile and effective workforce should be and how partners can work to achieve those goals. These rules aim to spur growth in local and regional economies; streamline and improve the coordination of employment and training services across federal agencies; and strengthen collaboration between the federal government  employers, states, and municipalities. The WIOA Final Rules include reforms that will affect more than a dozen programs receiving $10 billion in annual training and education funding and programs that serve approximately 20 million Americans each year.

President Obama signed WIOA on July 22, 2014, after it received bipartisan Congressional support. The law provides a long-term vision for American job growth and builds on previous milestones.

“Together with our partners and stakeholders, we’re carrying out the vision of revitalizing and transforming the public workforce system to reflect the realities of the 21st century economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Today, we have a stronger foundation to connect Americans of all walks of life to in-demand careers and ensure that businesses have access to the skilled talent that will help grow their business and the U.S. economy.”

“These new rules are an important step forward to improve and streamline the current workforce system and a real opportunity to meet the growing needs of workers and job seekers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “I am especially pleased that these rules strengthen education and workforce partnerships to reinforce the importance of postsecondary education and training in promoting better jobs for students, as well as removing barriers to employment.  I am proud of the work we have done on behalf of the nation’s job-seekers and employers, representing a critical refresh of systems to support communities and encourage development.  I am appreciative of the partnership with Secretary Perez and the Department of Labor in this work to continue to provide Americans opportunities for a better tomorrow.”

In 1933 the Wagner-Peyser Act established the United States’ public workforce development system. A federal, state and local partnership, the system provides support for the ever-evolving needs of the nation and prepares our workforce for success.

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 was a major modernization of this system – authorizing public investments in training and workforce development that suited the demands of the time. After 2003, when funding under WIA expired, funding for the core programs of the workforce system continued Appropriation laws budget actions – until the enactment of WIOA.

The new regulations strengthen accountability and transparency; increase access to work-based learning tools, such as apprenticeships; improve relationships with employers, including through sector partnerships; and foster more cohesive planning within economic regions. They also improve access to education and workforce services for individuals with significant barriers to employment – individuals with disabilities, certain veterans, disconnected youth and other populations – to help them find good work.

The final regulations  include: a joint rule, issued by the Departments of Labor and Education – in collaboration with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Housing and Urban Development – implementing jointly-administered state planning, performance accountability, and one-stop delivery system requirements; a Department of Labor rule implementing activities under Titles I (WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Job Corps, and WIOA National Programs) and III (which amends the Wagner-Peyser Act); and three Department of Education rules implementing the requirements of Titles II (the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act) and IV (which amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973).

The five proposed rules generated more than 2,800 public comments, representing a commendable level of engagement from the many stakeholders whose contributions inform these final regulations.

The final WIOA regulations, along with accompanying resources, are available at the following links:

Note: These versions of the regulations may vary slightly from the published document if minor technical or formatting changes are made during review by the Office of the Federal Register. Only the version published in the Federal Register is the official regulation

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#ChesnuttLibrarian Presented at ALA Annual Conference 2016 #ALAAC16 on 6/25/16 in Orlando, FL (6.30.2016)

Velappan Velappan, #ChesnuttLibrarian Presented at ALA Annual Conference 2016 #ALAAC16 on 6/25/16 in Orlando, FL (6.30.2016) - Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State UniversityMr. Velappan Velappan, Head of Access Services at Charles W. Chesnutt Library, participated in a presentation with five other librarians from other universities at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference on Saturday, June 25th 2016 at 1:00PM-2:30 PM in Orlando, FL.  The theme of the presentation was “FEAST: Future & Emerging Access Services Trends” and Mr. Velappan’s particular topic was “Click It, No More Tick It: Using “Gimlet” Desk Statistics to Improve Services at the Charles W. Chesnutt Library.”  Approximately 150 people attended his presentation.  Click here for more details on Mr. Velappan’s presentation.

The ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition was held in Orlando, FL from June 23 – June 28, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).  The American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds its Annual Conference & Exhibition each summer in different places around this country.  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 from all over the world.  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.   

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