Thursday, June 27, 2013

American Library Association Annual Conference

Thousands of librarians have traveled to Chicago to attend the American Library Association 2013 Annual Conference, June 27-July 2.  Two of our own librarians, director Ruth Kinnersley and Judy Bivens, are both attending.  These few days are full of opportunities to learn through workshops, be informed and entertained by various keynote speakers, and to network.

Below, from ALA, is a preview of some of the programming and speakers

"The conference theme, “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves,” plays out in programs from the Networking Uncommons and Maker Monday to presenters including Dan Cohen of the Digital Public Library of America and Rich Harwood of the Harwood Institute. The incredible lineup of speakers throughout the conference includes Steven Levitt, Jaron Lanier, Khaled Hosseini, Ping Fu, Congressman John Lewis, Temple Grandin, Giada De Laurentiis, Ann Patchett, Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, Alice Walker, and Octavia Spencer.
We’ll also be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal with high-profile experts and children’s book illustrators including Paul O. Zelinsky, Brian Selznick, Jerry Pinkney, Erin Stead, Chris Raschka, and Eric Rohmann."

For more information, visit

Monday, June 24, 2013

Inside Out with the Freshmen

Every year Trevecca hosts an event during the summer Freshman Orientation weekend called Inside Out . It is a chance for all the departments on campus to put themselves on display for the incoming students (and parents) to show them what they have to offer! The library participated in this event (as we have for many years past) and enjoyed meeting our new students! Our "booth" was a bit non-traditional and sought to give a taste of what the library is like. Students enjoyed taking a break from the hustle of the event in our chairs and partaking of our goodies! We can't wait to serve our new freshman in the "real" library soon!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Grateful for our Terrific ITS Team!

In the daily operation of our library and Website we call on our IT staff regularly.  From helping students reset network accounts to troubleshooting printer problems to big issues like working with us on our migration to a new library system - our ITS staff members are always there for us!  They work tirelessly and always with grace and kindness.  These folks know the meaning of customer service!  As a small (but tasty) gesture of our gratitude we treated our ITS staff to breakfast this week. Don't they look great?!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Copyright Matters

Librarians are interested in matters of copyright not only for assisting those who want to use sources legally but also for protecting creator's rights.  A recent lawsuit proves the complexities that can be involved with copyright.  A not so well known fact is that the song "Happy Birthday" is protected under copyright.  Last week a filmmaker challenged the rights of Warner/Chappell to collect compensation for the use of this song.  Watch this PBS video and learn more about copyright and "Happy Birthday"!

If the video is not visible above click the following link:  Should "Happy Birthday" be Protected by Copyright? on PBS. See more from Idea Channel.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Drink Machine!

For several years now Waggoner Library has requested a soft drink vending machine for the library.  Well last week that request was filled!  These wonderful guys installed our first ever soft drink vending machine in the community room on the main floor. That may not be a big deal in the overall scheme of things but to many of our students having the option of soft drinks when spending time studying, researching or working in groups is great news! 

They no longer have to leave Waggoner to get the much needed energy pick up and stay hydrated.

Thank you to our CFO David Caldwell and the guys at Coca-Cola!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library

Great news!

Thanks to the efforts of the Nazarene Publishing House, Nazarene University Librarians, and many others, the Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library has launched.  You can see it at

This library is a free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives initiated by the global Church of the Nazarene to provide international access to resources for education, lifelong learning, and especially ministerial preparation.

Why did we do it?  In many countries, it's really hard to have access books, articles, and other materials for Christian education.  This is the beginning of what we hope will become a huge repository of material in many languages.

So what can you find? Some examples:

  • Publications from the Nazarene Publishing House - both new and classic works
  • Older materials such as digital copies of Preacher's Magazine
  • Archival material from some of the Nazarene Universities

Come back often and see it grow!