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.