#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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#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.

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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.

Librarian Blogs: Archives and Special Collections Exhibit Honors the Class of 1963 (11.5.2013)

On Friday October 25th, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the graduating class of 1963 was celebrated in the Lily Gym. Alumni from other graduating classes also attended to support their classmates. As alumni entered the gym, they were encouraged to view the exhibit panels produced in honor of their 50th anniversary. These panels were the creation of Ladajah Davis and Zoraida Younger, student assistants in the Archives Department.

Diana Amerson, Government Documents Librarian, was also invited to the reunion celebration. Mrs. Amerson was responsible for the creation of exhibits for past class reunions.

Alumni were also presented with a number of gifts including a 48 page color booklet filled with photos of graduation, sports, Greek fraternities and sororities, and other student activities. The booklet also included a “Facts and Stats,” which contained a myriad of pop culture facts and new events.

Afterwards, the members of the Class of 1963 were inducted into Senior Academy. It was a wonderful event in which, by all accounts, everyone enjoyed themselves.

(View archived and digitized FSU yearbooks via DigitalNC here.) 

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Librarian Blogs: Summer Visit to University Archives, Remembering the Rev. James Gordon Smith and His Son (10.15.2013)

This summer, Mrs. Pearl Parker (researcher and family member) visited the University Archives at Fayetteville State University. In addition to conducting research, Mrs. Parker sent us a seven page vitae on John Milton Smith which also includes information about his father, Rev. James Gordon Smith, who signed the deed for the property on which the Howard School was built.

An excerpt from Mrs. Parker’s correspondence* sent to University Archivist, Craig Tuttle:

(…) I would like to visit your archives and request time to view items within the collection that were written by my grandmother Ella J. Smith, and grandfather Rev. J.G. Smith (James Gordon Smith).  They worked for the institution during the late 1800s/early 1990s.

Also, my father Dr. John Milton Smith graduated from the Fayetteville State Normal School in 1928.  I would like to search for any items you may have on his graduating class, and possibly my uncles Arlando Cooper Smith and Alva Gordon Smith.

Librarian Blogs: Summer Visit to the University Archives Special Collections, Remembering the Rev. James Gordon Smith and His Son

Standing: left to right – Alva Smith, John Smith, Arlando Smith; seated: James Gordon Smith

The Rev. James Gordon Smith was born in Chatham County, North Carolina near the town of Haywood. His son, Dr. John Milton Smith, was born in Fayetteville in 1910 and attended Fayetteville State Normal where he graduated in 1927. Dr. Smith continued his education at Lincoln University where he earned a B.A. in 1931 and a second Bachelors in 1934. He obtained his first Masters in 1936. Dr. Smith earned a second Masters from Western Presbyterian Seminary/University of Pittsburgh and then a PhD in Religion from the University of Iowa in 1941.

Librarian Blogs: Summer Visit to the University Archives Special Collections, Remembering the Rev. James Gordon Smith and His Son

Craig Tuttle, University Archivist and Mrs. Pearl Parker

*Published with permission.

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Librarian Blogs: PEW Research Center Public Library Report

Recently, the PEW Research Center released another new public library report as part of the Internet & American Life Project, “Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations.” I read this interesting report  and I think it will be very expedient for all the library staff, faculty members, and students especially at this time. So I would like to share this with everyone here at the campus.

Abstract of the report: Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.

Read the full report here.

Editor’s Note: Chesnutt Library tweeted about this report this summer:

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Librarian Blogs: Fun + Games with Geoguessr Makes You Think About the World

Geoguessr, Yekaterinburg Duma with Lenin statue (Chesnutt Librarian Blogs, Chesnutt Library) Geoguessr is a geography game where you get a Google street view somewhere in the world. Then you have to guess where you are by putting a pin on the map of the world. Everything you see is a clue. Are there hills? People wearing coats? Cars driving on the left? If you are lucky, you might spot a sign and be able to guess the language or script, which will help you to narrow your guess down.

 

Looking at a place in the world can be full of surprises (even if your guess is close). One source of surprise is how quickly the world is changing. All kinds of things that might not make it into the books you have read or even your memories of travel can show up in Google street view and interact with fragments that you do remember.  Take a street view look at the places you think you remember, especially if you last learned about these places ten or twenty years ago.

I am reminded of a TEDTalk about economics (Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty) that gave me a similar feeling. My ideas [of the world] were simply out of date.

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Librarian Blogs: Trends and Technologies – Intro to Calculus via iTunes U

Who wants to learn “Introduction to Calculus” for free and get ready for the Fall Semester?

The Ohio State University introduced a new course, Calculus One. The course was published on June 11, 2013 through iTunes U (190 Videos, 7 Documents, 1 Web Link).

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You can access the Calculus One course here via iTunes U on your Apple device or desktop, to use these videos, documents, and web links. It’s free!

 

If you need any help to access the link or if you have any questions, please contact:

     Mr. Velappan Velappan

Access Services Librarian

Library Liaison – Mathematics and Computer Science

Charles W. Chesnutt Library

e: vvelappa@uncfsu.edu

p: 910-672-1236

Enjoy Learning in a New Way!!!

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Librarian Blogs: Database Review – Oxford African American Studies Center

For those looking for scholarly articles on Black history culture, the Oxford African American Studies Center (AASC)is a great place to start. The Oxford AASC combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.

The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 10,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes:

The Oxford AASC can be accessed via Chesnutt Library’s Articles and Databases.

(SourceOxford AASC)

Chesnutt Librarian Blogs, Jan Whitfield

Librarian Blogs: Database Review – Reference USA


Reference USA

Reference USA has, for years, been a source that students could turn to to find information on businesses. Sitting at the reference desk, I have seen it used for research papers (in business and economics) and job searches. But in the last few years they have added a graphical, geographical search mode.

Here is how to use the database to find the businesses within a radius of any point on the map:

One can also draw a shape on the map with your cursor and capture any businesses within that shape and Reference USA’s vast database. This could be useful for research in sociology, health disparities, or many other fields.

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