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