#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.   



Meet Our Newest Staff Member: Shelton Richardson in Information Technology Services (5.18.2015)

Shelton Richardson joined Chesnutt Library’s IT Department in April as a Technical Support Technician. He is from Enfield, North Carolina, and graduated from Southeast Halifax High School. Shelton studied Computer Science at Fayetteville State University and is currently pursuing a second degree in Management Information Systems.

Prior to graduating from Fayetteville State, Shelton worked as a student employee in the School of Business and Economics 214 for ITTS as a Support Technician. He started working in Student Affairs as a student employee making sure the student center was clean, safe, and setup for various functions.

Shelton successfully gained full-time employment after graduation and accepted an administrative position with Student Affairs, which he had been working in since 2008 prior to joining Chesnutt Library. Students may recognize Shelton after having seen him around campus during various functions like homecoming week, rodeo week, and orientation. Shelton enjoy movies, video games, and technology; he is #TeamAndroid. Shelton is also a member of AITP.

Welcome, Shelton!

Shelton Richardson - IT Meme via 'Diamond State Romance Authors Blog'

(Except, Shelton does know what he’s doing!)

Librarian Diana Amerson Selected as Scholarship Coordinator, 2016-17 NCCIIE Model UN Conference (1.12.2016)

Librarian Diana Amerson Selected as Scholarship Coordinator, 2016-17 NCCIIE Model UN Conference (1.12.2016) - [DACOR logo]The DACOR Bacon House Foundation will to renew its offer of a Metro scholarship for a student from the NCCIIE for the Academic Year 2016-2017. Librarian Diana Amerson will be the coordinator for each NCCIIE member institution.

The NCCIIE, North Carolina Consortium for International and Intercultural Education, Model United Nations Conference is comprised of the following schools:

  • Fayetteville State University
  • Shaw University
  • North Carolina Central. University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Bennett College
  • Johnson C Smith University
  • Winston-Salem State University

The Consortium was developed to serve and provide member intuitions opportunities for learning in international and intercultural contexts. Specifically, the Consortium was formed to:

  • Provide international and intercultural learning experiences for students enrolled in the member colleges and universities.
  • Encourage interest in graduate studies and in international careers.
  • Offer opportunities for professional development of member institution.
  • Increase financial resources through cooperative efforts.
  • Leverage these resources through independent and matching grants.
  • Create and maintain a common catalog of information concerning international and intercultural courses, programs and activities.
  • Engage in constructive efforts to inter-instructional transfer of course credits.
  • Sustain efforts to increase awareness of international and intercultural education.
  • Serve as a liaison agency among national organizations and other consortia.
  • Establish an effective means for sharing international and intercultural expertise
  • Hold workshops, special seminars and special programs to focus on international and intercultural topics.

The DACOR Bacon House Foundation Metro scholarships are awarded for the purpose of encouraging American students to pursue majors and careers in international affairs. It is the Foundation’s intent that undergraduate scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic worthiness and demonstrated need.

Questions? Contact Diana Amerson.

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#REPOST via @WHI_HBCUs: How HBCUs Can Get Federal Sponsorship from the U.S. Dept of Justice (5.4.2015)

As a highly-rated, military-friendly institution, FSU is uniquely situated to take advantage of Department of Justice research grants with. FSU provides long-established degree programs in education, social work, criminal justice, and intelligence studies among many others that are connected to law and justice.

Read the excerpt below or click through to access the full blog post to learn more about what findings and progress the leadership of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) has made since its inception in 1981 and during the Obama Administration.


By: Ivory A. Toldson & Amanda Washington

Over more than 150 years, HBCUs have provided students with the tools to meet the challenges of a changing world.  These institutions are hubs of opportunity that lift up Americans and instill in their students a sense of who they are and what they can become.  Their campuses are engines of economic growth and community service and proven ladders of intergenerational advancement. – President Barack Obama, 2014 Proclamation

Recent high profile interactions between the Black community and law enforcement officials underscore the need for criminal justice research, programs and advocacy at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) awards over $40 million to institutes of higher education, but HBCUs receive only a small percentage of this revenue. The reasons for HBCUs receiving less money are complex. Many contend that HBCUs are smaller institutions with less university personnel to deliver high quality proposals, while others identify systemic biases that may influence raters’ judgments of HBCU’s proposals.

Despite the challenges, some HBCUs have produced successful proposals to the DOJ. As an assistant professor at Southern University A & M in Baton Rouge, Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, the co-author of this article, received a grant from DOJ to study police misconduct. More recently, Howard University, Lincoln University and Elizabeth City State University received grants to address sexual violence. The purpose of this article is to provide information relevant to HBCUs who are interested in securing federal sponsorship for their research and programs through the DOJ.


The process of obtaining a grant from the Federal Government can be daunting, but there’s only one way to guarantee that a proposal will not be funding – not to apply. Currently, the DOJ funds HBCUs at a level that is less than the average for all Federal agencies. However, this is partially attributed to the low numbers of HBCUs, which have applied. Nationally, 6 HBCUs have law schools, most have criminal justice programs and all offer classes that are relevant to law and justice. In addition, HBCUs have students and faculty members should take leadership in shaping justice-relevant research, policy and practice. In partnership, government officials and HBCUs can expand support to HBCUs through the DOJ.

Specially, the WHIHBCUs should regularly produce reports such as this, which has information regarding the agency’s HBCU liaison, background facts, funding trends, existing HBCU relationships, and agency emphasis. The WHIHBCUs should also work with Federal partners to provide technical assistance to HBCUs who are interested in applying for funding.

Read the full @WHI_HBCUs blog post here.


Links We Loved this Week | Roundup of Interesting Stuff on the Internet (10.3.2014)




 Library Blogs

Before Danielle Thomson was our TED Prize researcher, she wrote trivia for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and spent years finding difficult-to-source info for The Late Show with David Letterman. And she has quickly established herself as our staff secret weapon. When one of us can’t get our hands on a piece of information that we need, we turn to Danielle and — voila! — there it is.

 We asked Danielle to share some of her best research tips to help you in those “why can’t I find this?” moments. Here’s what she had to say:

When I thought about the American Library Association’s Spectrum Scholarship, I considered it in terms of promoting librarians from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. However, a Spectrum Scholar and former colleague of mine, Tanya Brown-Wirth, wrote this:

 US Department of Education

All of our students deserve equal access to educational resources like academic and extracurricular programs, strong teaching, facilities, technology, and instructional materials, no matter their race, color, or national origin.

Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH), will discuss the importance of STEM education for Latinas at the Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit on Friday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. PT at Google’s campus in Silicon Valley, California.

In February of this year, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to ensure that all youth, including boys and young men of color, have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success. The initiative aims to bring together government, law enforcement, business, non-profit, philanthropic, faith, and community leaders around shared goals for young people in this country.

“Over the next few years, I believe Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will in many respects become more essential, not less so, to meeting our nation’s educational and economic goals,” Secretary Arne Duncan told those gathered at the 2014 National HBCU Week Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Secretary affirmed the necessity and vitality of HBCUs, and pledged to help ensure that all 105 of these unique and historic American institutions continue to thrive.

 FSU News

Have you voted for your favorite HBCU yet?

 The 2014 Tom Joyner Foundation Allstate Quotes for Education Program is waiting for you to vote.  There are only 59 days left for your HBCU to possibly win $50,000!  That’s right. Go online to TomJoynerFoundation.orgto make sure your voice and vote is cast.  At publication time, the top three vote-getters are Grambling State University (last year’s winner), Southern University University, and Tennessee State University.  We need everybody to step it up, especially students, alumni and supporters at my beloved HBCUs in Texas!

Don’t forget. Make a donation to the Foundation today.

#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