Thursday, December 13, 2012

Student Expressions

This week was a dreaded one at Trevecca....exam week! Waggoner Library hosted a 3 night event called WAKE THE DEAD to help the students cope. One of the most popular attractions at the library was an 'express yourself' board where students of any kind could vent their feelings onto paper for all to see! Some students had positive encouragements for others, some were obviously stressed out, and a few were just having fun! We are glad to be a place where students can not only learn but also have a voice themselves! Here aer a few of the expressions we found on the wall...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Finals Events

The library has stayed open until 2:00AM on many evenings recently to help students who like to study late. Also, the Wake the Dead event, December 10th, 11th and 12th invites students to spend some time with six local therapy dogs and their people between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM each night.   Hot chocolate will be made available during the event and students can participate in other creative activities to help them unwind.     

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Each year Christmas trees symbolizing various cultures and countries are decorated and placed on the balcony on the upper level of Waggoner. Decorating the trees is an assignment for the U.S. Cultural and Ethnic Diversity class taught this semester by Dr. Laurie Woods. For the assignment, students work in groups of threes and they may choose any country they want. They then work together to decide what ornaments they can make that will symbolize that country.  They make 8-10 different designs and then duplicate those designs a number of times.  They decorate the trees and then also give an oral presentation in class the following week, describing the ornaments and also providing interesting facts about the country. They also talk about the experiences of immigrants from those countries as they assimilate into U.S. culture. The countries represented this year are Brazil, Madagascar, Uganda, Iraq, Scotland, China, the Netherlands, and Sudan. This year the librarians were asked to serve as judges, and we chose the Madagascar tree. The group who decorated Madagascar (Jeanette Whatley, Nikki Brechtel, Kimmy Hobaugh) won Regal movie passes.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

World AIDS Day - December 01, 2012

HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus. The virus can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. The center for disease control (CDC) estimates that about 56,000 people in the United States  contracted HIV in 2006.
HIV most often spreads through unprotected sex with an infected person. It may also spread by sharing drug needles or through contact with the blood of an infected person.
You can find AIDS academic resources on the Library Website.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Thrasher Archives Displays: Guess Who?

There are new archival displays both in the archives reading room on the ground level of the library and in the upstairs display case outside the conference room. One of the displays features pictures of current faculty and administrators while they were undergraduate students at Trevecca. These current faculty and administrators were very involved in the life of the college throughout their college days. Several of the pictures in the display were taken from Who's Who, student government, and various music groups and sports teams. Guess who is in the photo to the left and stop by the archives to see more photos and displays.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

I am Thankful for . . . .

The Pilgrims, who in 1621 invited their friends, the Wampanoag tribe, to share in a celebration of a successful harvest.  If you are American, you probably know that the Pilgrims arrived in the prior year and nearly died that first winter from starvation, cold, and disease.  The Wampanoag and Squanto, a native who had been kidnapped earlier by an English sea captain and knew English, helped the settlers adjust to their new environment, plant crops,and use the local plants and game for food. 

Since that first Thanksgiving, states and local governments recognized the holiday. But it wasn't until 242 years later that President Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday.  During the height of the Civil War, he asked the nation to ask God to remember those widowed, orphaned, grieving, or suffering due to the war.

Today, there are many blogs and Facebook posts about what we are thankful for.  Many people are noting one thing for each day of November, producing a list of 30 things.  Haven't thought about it lately?  Why not take a few minutes today (or every day) to make note of something for which you are thankful.

Let's see, besides the Pilgrims, I'm thankful for . . . .

(Information about the history of Thanksgiving came from

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Email Overload!

Can you believe that email is over 40?  No over the hill parties here as it is alive and well!

A blog article written by Erin Dorney and Lindsay Sarin entitled, This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Reclaim Your Inbox has great strategies to help you keep your inbox uncluttered.  The authors discuss the impact email has on productivity and stress first noting that a 2011 report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 92% of adults in the United States use email, with 49% of those surveyed checking their email on a daily basis (p. 2).

     "Feeling the need to check email constantly stresses us out. Fulfilling that need by actually checking the email constantly then causes even more stress. The Barley, S., Meyerson, D.E., & Grodal, S. (2011) study demonstrated that although email interruptions during the work day can make us less productive, we continue to respond in order to avoid the resulting guilt when we cannot answer or process emails quickly (p. 895). The same study revealed “…e-mail’s material properties entwined with social norms and interpretations in a way that led informants to single out e-mail as a cultural symbol of the overload they experience in their lives” (p.887). Additional findings suggest email “diverts attention from tasks at hand” and “causes people to shift gears and add new tasks to their current stack” (p. 888). Email both interrupts the ability to complete tasks and adds to workload stress."  Read the full article for strategies to make Email work for you! 

Friday, November 9, 2012

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Sunday, November 11th will be observed as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. This day is set aside each year to remind us that there are many around the world who must worship in secret or live with the knowledge that they may be caused to suffer because of their belief in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.  To find out more about Christian persecution around the world visit this interactive map from Voice of the Martyrs.

According to the organization Open Doors, prayer support is the #1 request of persecuted Christians.  This organization has created a 60 Day prayer calendar that provides information on specific needs.  Pray for others today and also give thanks for the freedom that we enjoy. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Libraries and Elections, a long history...

"As icons of civic engagement in America, libraries are perfectly positioned to host voter registration drives and, as local statutes permit, be venues for early voting and Election Day polls. In this particularly spirited election year, libraries may be playing their largest role yet in such efforts. Consequently, they have also been drawn into the national debate over how best to protect voter rights and election integrity" so begins an informative article by Beverly Goldberg published in American Libraries about the significance of libraries and elections in the United States.   Read more about how your public library photo card could be used as a piece of identification when you go to vote and other ways libraries are involved with the election process. Read the full article here.
In line to vote, Nov. 4, 1924

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a large selection of primary source materials associated with presidential elections, including manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, prints, photographs, sheet music, sound recordings, films, and newspaper articles.  Check out archives of Presidential elections from 1800 up to 1912 from the Library of Congress

Friday, October 26, 2012

Print to Digital - Shifts in Journal Formats

Last week the icon news magazine, Newsweek announced that it would end it's print edition in December.  It will be accessed in a digital form on tablet devices such as the iPad, on the web and some limited content appearing in the online news aggregator, the Daily Beast.   Newsweek joins another icon news magazine - U. S. News & World Report which ceased it print format in Dec. 2010.  U.S. News is now only accessible online.  Read more about this from the Wall Street Journal.

What does that mean for you as a Trevecca student?  You'll still have the content as we'll continue to make that available through our electronic resources but there will no longer be a print copy kept in the library.  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Clergy Appreciation Month

October is Clergy (or Pastor) Appreciation Month.  The following description is taken from  Thriving Pastor was established by Focus on the Family to support clergy and their families.

"Clergy Appreciation Month is a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings provided by these special people. It is typically scheduled in October, but can be held at any time that is convenient for the church and the community. It is also important to remember that appreciation, affirmation and prayer support of our spiritual leaders is appropriate throughout the entire year."

Waggoner Library has many resources for pastors. We have sermon or study helps as well as a variety of materials covering topics such as clergy burnout, leading worship, connecting with parents, and personal spiritual formation.  We have books, DVDs, print journals, and databases for searching for journal articles in the area of religion.

Here is just a sample of some of the materials available at Waggoner Library:

The first 100 days : a pastor's guide
Quantum ministry: how pastors can make the leap
Clergy burnout: recovering from the 70-hour work week
The new pastor's guide to leading worship
Parents and pastors
The pastor's guide to personal spiritual formation
The pastor's guide to effective preaching
Children's ministry (Journal)
Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling (Journal)
Journal of Youth Ministry (Journal)
Preacher's Magazine (Journal)
ATLA Religion Database

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Poem for Fall

In honor of the memory of Dr. Elva McAllaster (Dr. Mac), one of my favorite professors at my alma mater Greenville College, I am quoting from memory a poem she wrote. Two of our professors set this poem to music and the GC choir and band performed it my freshman year:

This morning!

This morning!

This stained-glass-glory morning!

Light sings –

Calls –


Cries in anthem

Great organ chords made visible

And amen

And amen

Light scattered all across this stained-glass-glory morning

Light that He made

Light that He is


On beautiful fall mornings such as this, I remember Dr. Mac and this poem.

Does poetry inspire you? If so, you might want to explore some poetry journals in Waggoner Library. Here’s a list of some of the journals we have in print:

Beloit Poetry Journal

Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review

Tar River Poetry


Tin Horse

Or you can look at these electronic journals; just search on the Trevecca Library web site ( under "Journal Title":

Crazy horse

The Paris Review

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Life Magazine

 Many of you may recognize the young girl who sits second to the left in this photograph by her smile.  This is a picture of Anne Frank taken in 1937 by the mother of one her playmates.  An article in the Oct. 12, 1959 issue of Life Magazine entitled The Sequel to a Sandbox Snapshot relays what happened to the other girls in the picture.

Included in the periodicals collection of Waggoner Library you will find bound issues of Life Magazine 1937-2009.  Stop by and browse the volumes which are rich with photographs and stories which emphasize the publication's motto "to see Life; see the World". 

Image provided by Anne Frank Foundation/Anne Frank House via Getty Images

Monday, October 8, 2012

Trevecca’s Thrasher Archives, located on the ground floor of Waggoner Library, houses documents and artifacts of historical significance to the university. Currently on display in the archives’ reading room are Eleanor Hardy Burrows’ Trevecca diplomas and several photographs taken while she was a student. Burrows, a career educator in Nashville public schools, graduated from Trevecca Demonstration School (1933), Trevecca High School (1937), and Trevecca Nazarene College (1939). Chester E. Hardy, M.D., Burrows’ uncle, became president of Trevecca following the death of its founder, J. O. McClurkan, and served three different terms as president, 1915-1919, 1920-1925, and 1928-1936. Nathan and Ozella Hardy, Burrows’ parents, managed Trevecca’s farm, which employed students and supplied food to the school.  Because of her loyalty to Trevecca and generous financial contribution, Trevecca Nazarene University’s Hardy Alumni Center, which was completed in March 2011, was named after Burrows and members of her family.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Films on Demand

Did you know that as a Trevecca student, staff member, or faculty/administrator, you have 24/7 access to thousands of  videos and video segments produced by quality educational producers?  Waggoner Library's subscription to Films on Demand offers streaming video of over 7,000 full-length videos and over 78,000 video segments by publishers such as Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, PBS and the BBC.  Closed captioning is available for hundreds of these titles.  To access Films on Demand:
  • Go to the library web site:
  • On the right-hand side, select the link which says "Electronic Resources."
  • Here you can select the link that says, "Looking for databases by name: Click Here"
  • Select F and click on Films on Demand - Films Media Group
  • Once in Films on Demand, you can type a keyword, phrase, or program name in the search box at the top of the screen. 
  • Use the drop-down menu to select "By Segments" to search by segments within a video or use the default search "By Titles" to search by video title.
  • Many, but not all, of the Films on Demand titles can also be searched from the "Search Library" box on the library's home page.
You can also include a link to a Films on Demand title into a Power Point or into a course management system such as Connect.
  • To link to an individual title, copy the link as plain text as opposed to setting it as a web link
  • Use the Title URL or Segment URL located on the View Video page below the video player and NOT the URL displayed in your web browser's address bar

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month(NBCAM) organization is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services. Since its inception a quarter century ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issue.

Here at Waggoner Library we celebrate with two of our librarians who are breast cancer survivors.  Judy Bivens, IRC librarian, is 30 years cancer free and Ruth Kinnersley, our library director, is  5 years cancer free!
The Breast Cancer Site provides a feel-good way to help promote awareness of breast cancer and provide free mammograms for women in need every day — click here to give a free mammogram...
The Susan G. Komen Foundation provides up-to-the-minute information about breast cancer research, local outreach programs and volunteer opportunities, public policy initiatives, events, including Race for the Cure® and Komen programs and partners. Learn about ways to interact and connect with others through our Message Boards, connect with us through our Helpline, get information en EspaƱol and find out how Komen is fighting to end breast cancer through Our Global Reach. Even the NFL is involved with their own campaign- Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives-

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week celebrated Sept. 24-Oct.1, was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries which in some cases resulted in the book(s) being removed or banned. 

What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials.  Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.  

Why are books challenged?

Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:
  1. the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
  2. the material contained "offensive language"
  3. the materials was "unsuited to any age group"
More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Click here to see statistics about bans and challenges in the US from 1990 to 2010. BBW is sponsored by the American Library Association.

Waggoner Library has on display books that have been challenged along with information about why it was challenged. The display will be viewable through October 15th.  Come on by!