Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry Christmas from Waggoner Library!

We hope you have a blessed Christmas.  We will be with our family and friends celebrating the birth of our perfect gift Jesus, and pray you see God's grace and goodness this Christmas season.  

Throughout the break (Dec. 21-Jan. 1) all electronic resources continue to be available.  We will be monitoring the email regularly during this time so please email us if you need assistance. See you next year!    
                          The Waggoner library team

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Introducing the TNU Ladies Book Club

The librarians at Waggoner Library have organized a monthly lunch-time book club for all the interested women of Trevecca. The first meeting was today, Thursday Dec 5th and the group that assembled had a great time!

 This book club is different from most in that as a group we are NOT all reading the same book. Instead, each participant simply comes to our brown-bag bring-your-own lunch meeting and talks about what books they are currently reading.  It gives everyone the chance to talk about the books they love, and to get recommendations for new books! This also keeps our membership constantly open, so be sure to join us in January if you are a Trevecca woman who loves to read!

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Sounds of Christmas

 One enjoyable part of Christmas is the wonderful sounds of the season: so many beautiful Christmas songs and carols.   Most everyone has a favorite or two. Some of the Waggoner Library favorites are O Little Town of Bethlehem; I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day; Of the Father's Love Begotten; O Come All Ye Faithful; Come and Worship; O Holy Night; Mary, Did You Know?; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel;Mary's Little Boy Child; and Silver Bells.

We'd love to know about your favorites if you'd like to share a comment below.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

  Waggoner Library has been preparing for Christmas.  
Come check out our decorations!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Board Games Aren't Boring

November 16 was the 6th annual International Games Day @ Your Library! Basically this is a date that  libraries all over the world have agreed to set aside time to play games and show a spirit of co-operation and fun . How great is that? Waggoner Library participated in this event a few hours early. On Friday night November 15th we opened our doors back up after normal closing time and from 7-10pm we had a free Board Game Night! We have tons of games, tons of food....and tons of fun! Though our turn-out was fairly small, all agreed it was well worth it and this is an event we hope to make a more regular happening at Waggoner! A big thanks to all who joined us! 

Click HERE to see more pictures from our Flickr Account

Thursday, November 14, 2013

150 Years ago: The Gettysburg Address

The Library of Congress will display the Nicolay copy of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in the spectacular Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building for 10 days, before the top treasure is placed in the Library’s exhibition "The Civil War in America."  The Nicolay copy, presumed to be the first draft of the Gettysburg Address, will be displayed in the Great Hall on the first floor of the Jefferson Building from Veteran’s Day weekend, Friday, Nov. 8, through Tuesday, Nov. 19, which is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the speech at the dedication of a national cemetery at the Gettysburg battlefield (Nov. 19, 1863). The Great Hall display and Civil War exhibition are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - from the LOC Blog

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech. The collection of recordings housed on this site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to LEARN THE ADDRESS.  Above is the mashup video that includes all five living U.S. Presidents reciting the Gettysburg Address.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

Eleven a.m. on November 11, 1918 marked the beginning of an armistice (ceasing fighting) between the Allied nations and Germany. World War I officially ended in June of the following year when the Treaty of Versailles was signed. On the one year anniversary of the armistice, President Wilson commemorated the day by saying: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..." In 1926,
Today's Google doodle, 11/11/2013
Congress declared that Armistice Day should be recognized as a day of honor and celebration. In 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday, and in 1954, after World War II, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars and all branches of the military. Since that time, the day has been celebrated in many ways always with the desire to be a day honoring American veterans for their service, patriotism, and sacrifice.

To read more about Veterans Day and US Veterans, check out these links:

Thank you to all veterans! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Homecoming Library Art Display

Visit the 2nd floor of the library while on campus for Trevecca Homecoming 
to see a wonderful display of Trevecca talent.  

                                                                          Randy Carden

Submissions were made by faculty, students and alumni. 

                                                                                      Anna Laura Green

Monday, October 28, 2013

The DMCA and You

In 1998 on this date (October 28),  President Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) into law.  Copyright has always been a bit of a tricky issue, and never more so as technology continues to evolve and people are able to access and share more information than ever.  The DMCA amended the US Copyright Act, adding some provisions in favor of copyright holders.  A fairly concise summary of the DMCA is given in this PDF document available from the U.S. Copyright Office.

Picture courtesy of Copyright Authority website

For some answers to commonly asked questions about copyright, take the Copyright Quiz available from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Following are just a couple of examples of some of the resources on copyright available at Waggoner Library:

Copyright law for librarians and educators: creative strategies & practical solutions

Copyright in cyberspace 2

Copyright 101: an introduction to copyright

Friday, October 25, 2013

Libraries and Horror Movies

Most of the time I enjoy it when a library or librarian is a key player in a movie such as The Librarian films with Noah Wylie or the classic Desk Set with Katherine Hepburn.   Scary movies are not my favorite movie genre and personally I don't like the idea of a librarian as a serial killer or that a library may be haunted.  But since its October and close to Halloween, how about a list of some horror movies that feature libraries or librarians?  Below are a few library horror movies compiled by blogger

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Teen Read Week

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) created an initiative in 1998 to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. It is called Teen Read Week. This year's theme is Seek the Unknown at your library. The focus is on exploring and learning about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi and fantasy books.
The IRC at Waggoner Library has many of these types of Young Adult Literature books. It is never to late to Seek the Unknown!! Celebrate Teen Read Week by reading some yourself!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, the 2013 Nina Griggs Gunter Servant-Leadership Award

Dr. Lyon talking with several student leadership award nominees
Today Waggoner Library was privileged to host a reception honoring Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, the recipient of the 2013 Nina Griggs Gunter Servant-Leader Award.  This award recognizes the significant impact of a notable female servant-leader who serves as role model for all women leaders.  Dr. Lyon is the General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church. She is also the founder, former CEO and current member of the Board of Directors of World Hope International, a faith based relief and development organization, alleviating suffering and injustice in 30 countries. Additionally Dr. Lyon has written several articles including the recent book, Ultimate Blessing.  She also is an adjunct professor of church and society at Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary.

In addition to recognizing Dr. Lyon, a female Trevecca student servant-leader received a $1000 scholarship award.  Twelve women were nominated for this award.  A committee of faculty, administrators, and a member of the Gunter family reviewed resumes and selected Ashley Hoffner as the 2013 Nina Griggs Gunter Leadership scholarship recipient.  Congratulations to these two wonderful women servant leaders!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Dig Pink!

Every year Trevecca's Women's Volleyball Team hosts a 'Dig Pink' night in October to honor breast cancer survivors as well as raise money for breast cancer research. Two of our librarians are breast cancer survivors and were honored at the event.  Judy Bivens  a survivor of more than 30 years is our IRC Librarian and Coordinator for the Graduate Library Science Program.  Ruth Kinnersley, Director of Library Services at Trevecca is a six year survivor. We are blessed and honored to work with these strong and courageous women.  For more information about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month click here.

Monday, September 30, 2013

What is an Archives? 

An archives is a place where people go to find information. But rather than gathering information from books as you would in a library, people who do research in archives often gather firsthand facts, data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other primary sources.

Archives - and the professional archivists who work in them - make sure that all important records will be available for research by generations to come. To help preserve materials, archivists store archived records in acid-free folders within acid-free boxes that are placed in dark spaces with consistent temperature and humidity.

Archives come in all shapes and sizes. There are national archives, state archives, city archives,  community archives, business archives, and university archives. Trevecca's archives is located on the ground level of Waggoner Library and stores documents and artifacts of significance in Trevecca's history and the Church of the Nazarene in the Southeast. The main display room is open on weekdays, but to access other materials, contact Andrea Fowler at or ext. 1798.

*Information adapted from "What is an Archives?" document available at  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Banned Books

Every year libraries across the world celebrate and highlight banned books. The American Library Association says this about it:

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Waggoner Library supports the freedom to read! Stop by the library for displays at the Reference desk and in the IRC. You might be surprised to find what kind of books have been challenged or banned!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Rolling Out the Super Scavenger Hunt!

A creative DaVinci team
Newsflash! New Trevecca undergraduate students participated in the first ever Waggoner Library Super Scavenger Hunt.  This super scavenger hunt is an interactive, technology-rich introduction to Waggoner library during the fall freshman orientation activities.
Hanging with librarian Beth Purtee
Students came with their LEAP groups and followed clues using a smart phone as well as library computers to answer questions that were then sent to InstaGram, posted on this blog, and the library email account. Librarians led groups, monitored responses in real time and baked chocolate chip cookies to give to the over 200 students who completed the hunt.  Students are ready to take advantage of Waggoner's super hours - Check out the amazing and fun pictures students uploaded to InstaGram - use #waggonersuper and  #waggonerdavinci.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

19th Amendment

 This week commemorates the anniversary of the 19th amendment.  This amendment, formally adopted on August 26, 1920 into the Constitution of the United States, granted women the right to vote.  The woman suffrage movement had begun to flourish the previous century, however, through efforts of women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony.  For additional information, visit the This Day in History website. 

Information on the 19th amendment, the woman suffrage movement, and related topics can be found in Waggoner Library, for example:

Films on Demand streaming video:
Susan B. Anthony
Jeanette Rankin

African American women and the vote, 1837-1965
With courage and cloth: winning the fight for a woman's right to vote

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Trevecca Archives

Trevecca's Thrasher Archives are located on the ground floor of the Library and are available for use by appointment.  Materials housed in the Archives include university documents of historical significance and special collections. Trevecca's Archives joins with the School of Religion and the Alumni department in hosting the annual Trevecca Heritage Series. Former Trevecca Presidents Millard Reed and Homer Adams have been recent honorees. Many of the documents and artifacts from their presidential administrations are kept in the archives.  If you want to view or use documents or photos we recommend you set an appointment with the Archivist Andrea Fowler prior to visiting the library. Come by and take a look around!

Friday, August 16, 2013

See You OUTSIDE the library!

Waggoner Library is excited to now offer two large picnic tables for your use on the front porch of the library building.
So join us for a picnic lunch, or just hang out in this beautiful weather we have been having! Either way we hope you will love our new seating area as much as we do!

Monday, August 5, 2013

School Days

It's "Back to School" time!  Maybe not for most Trevecca students but for thousands of children across Middle Tennessee.  And some of our Trevecca students are right there with them, as student teachers in many of our public schools.  Waggoner Library has some great resources for teachers, whether just beginning their career or a seasoned veteran.   In our Instructional Resources Center there are materials for organizing and decorating the classroom, books with lesson plan ideas, and many fiction and non-fiction books for the school-age child.  In our main collection on the 3rd floor, we have books covering a variety of important topics in education, including classroom management, curriculum and instruction, and first-year teaching.  Waggoner Library's Undergraduate Education LibGuide is a helpful resource especially for our "teachers-to-be."

Monday, July 29, 2013

Let’s Get Serious (or Not)!

Waggoner Library has a great collection of materials that facilitate 
education and research. 

Leisure Reading Shelves
Did you know that we also have a Leisure Reading Collection?   Next time you are ready for some not so serious reading, just stop by the reference desk and we will send you in the right direction.   

Monday, July 22, 2013

Civil Rights Archival Collection

Freedom Summer Project

Archival collections are a good primary source for writing research papers and preparing presentations, and many valuable collections are available or partially available online. For example, the Wisconsin Historical Society recently released an online collection documenting the Mississippi Freedom Summer project, which was a campaign that took place in the summer of 1964 to register as many African Americans in Mississippi to vote as possible. The online collection is freely accessible at 

In addition to thousands of archival documents and materials from dozens of individual civil rights activists, the site also includes a downloadable PowerPoint about Freedom Summer and a PDF Sourcebook of key documents for teachers. The collection is focused on 1964 but also contains other civil rights materials from the 1950s and 1960s. According to Michael Edmonds, the Deputy Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Library-Archives Division, “as the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer approaches, we want teachers, students, historians, librarians, museum curators, the media, and anyone else to use these primary sources.” The Wisconsin Historical Society plans to continue adding materials to the online collection over the coming months.
For more resources on the Civil Rights Movement and Freedom Summer, visit Waggoner Library’s catalog at