Vol. XX, no. 2 THE THOMAS J. GARLAND LIBRARY Nov.-Dec.  2009

 

     

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years

Library Hours:

The Greeneville campus is open until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday.  Friday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, we operate from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and on Sunday we open at 6 p.m.

At the Knoxville Regional Center library hours are:  Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ; Friday 12 noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sunday CLOSED

Any changes to the library regular hours, including breaks, holidays and  other activities, are posted on the library website http://library.tusculum.edu under “Library News.”  Please check to confirm open hours during these times.

 

Anne’s absence:

 

  Anne Reever Osborne, Assistant Library Director for Distance Learning, will be on maternity leave from Dec. 1, 2009 through the end of March 2010.  During that time, Ms. Marsha Griffith, Public Services Librarian, will handle her library orientation and instruction sessions in the Northeast GPS region. She may be reached at mgriffith@tusculum.edu or ext. 5122. She and the remaining members of the library staff will assume Anne’s other responsibilities.

 

 

New Book/DVD Recommendations 2009-2010:

 

Faculty wishing to recommend new titles for the circulating collections of the Greeneville or Knoxville libraries may do so at any time. In order that they might be entered into the institutional approval process, suggestions need to be sent online employing the form located on the library’s home page under "Request Forms" or by clicking the following link:   http://library.tusculum.edu/facpurchaserecommend.html

 

The library staff is beginning the process of circulating to faculty and staff by listserv,  small lists of suggested collection development titles in disciplines across the curriculum as recommended by the reviewing media. The purpose of the lists is to gain input on individual title usefulness and whether or not to add given items before the acquisition process for them is advanced. Everyone is invited to comment.

 

 Library Online Orientation:

 

The response has been very positive to the  new online orientation resource available to all students and faculty.   The Library Online Orientation is a set of interactive modules, created by Jonathan Ballinger,  Coordinator for Technical Services at Garland Library Knoxville. It assists users in learning basic information on using the library online catalog, the library electronic book collections and its research databases. To access and view the online orientation, choose the Research Guides and Tutorials link on the library homepage and select “Garland Library Online Orientation Modules”. 

 

Residential IL Growth:

 

The Information Literacy program in support of the Residential College has now reached,  in terms of volume and effectiveness, that in place for GPS since 2003. Through October (latest figures available at this writing), Mrs. Hipps and Mr. Tunstall, our Residential Information Team, have presented 39 class sessions in the Greeneville Federal Bank Information Literacy Room.

 

Record Number of Online Visits in a Month:

 

 As noted in our statistics section below,  electronic visits to the Thomas J. Garland Library in October 2009 exceeded 100,000 in a month for the first time: 103,224.

 

New Instructional Support Committee:

 

The new  faculty Instructional Support Committee is up and running under the leadership of  Will Lewis. Other members of the group include Amy Lyttle, Jack Smith, Allen Archer, Anne Osborne, and B.J. Roberts. If you have issues, concerns, or questions that you wish the group to ponder, please pass them to Prof. Lewis.

 

Database Update:

 

The library has recently received notice of continued access to the following  free database through  Ebscohost.  Regional Business News contains citations and full text news articles from regional, metropolitan and city publications related to economics, business, travel, tourism as well as law.  Users will find a variety of publications from around the United States addressing local and regional issues with archives of up to 10 years.  Access to this database is free and is available under the “Ebscohost” link on the Library’s Research Databases webpage:  http://library.tusculum.edu/researchdata.htm.     If you have further questions or would like further information about this resource, please contact members of the library staff.

Free Databases:

Our friends at Tenn-Share bring these to our attention:

 

DestinationRX aims to simplify the world of health insurance and prescription drugs with a number of handy online tools, like a pricing calculator for figuring out what your medications should cost.  It also provides a Medicare Plan D comparison tool. http://www.destinationrx.com/

 

 

Smarthistory.org is a free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker began smARThistory in 2005. Now supported by the Kress Foundation, it is keyword searchable or browseable by time period, artist, or style.  http://www.smarthistory.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citation guides:

 

EasyBib helps students properly cite research sources.  Examples of MLA, APA, and Chicago style are freely available.  Students can also enter citation elements (title, date, author, etc.) and have them formatted into MLA style for free. APA and Chicago style formatting require a subscription. 
http://www.easybib.com/

 

There has been some discussion of late concerning the recent 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. It is recapped by Jennifer Epstein in Inside Higher Ed

http://www.insidehighered.com/layout/set/print/news/2009/10/13/apa

 

 

Faculty/Staff Lounge:

 

A faculty/staff lounge (Room 319), dedicated to that purpose during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, remains set aside from the suite of study rooms on the second floor of the Greeneville library.  The room may also be booked for committee meetings.

 

Coffee in Tech Services:

 When visiting in the Greeneville library (8-5 weekdays), faculty and staff are invited to drop by the Technical Services office where a coffee pot is maintained. We hope as many folks who have time will swing by for a cup.  

 

Public Events Programming, 0910: “And Now For Something Completely Different”

 

Garland Library has initiated a series of public events programming, with the goal of offering at least one presentation monthly that is not-strictly-speaking, library oriented. In the words of Monty Python, “Something Completely Different.”

 

Past Events:

 

September: School textbook exhibit:

 

The Thomas J. Garland Library hosted the Tennessee Dept. of Education public school textbook review collection. Teachers from county schools were able to view the titles under consideration for adoption in the areas of science, home economics, and mathematics. A closing reception was held on September 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the library’s second floor.  Along with Greene County educators and citizenry, the TC community was invited especially all Education faculty  and student education majors.

 

October: Ghosts in the library?:

 

 

Jack Smith, Charles Tunstall, and Kathy Hipps, with a cast of additional friends and staff, including Elmer the Library Gremlin, presented the program “Haints and Boogers: Conversations on Ghosts and Spirits at Tusculum College and Upper East Tennessee” in the Library’s Information Commons (reference room) on Tuesday evening, October 27 at 6 p.m. Illustrated stories concerning paranormal activities on campus and in the surrounding community were explored in a darkened room on a stormy night.  The audience, the largest in the building for a non-academic program since its dedication, enjoyed the event and refreshments that followed.

 

October: The Wyalusing Bell:

 

  As part of the Homecoming festivities, an illustrated lecture on the history of the McCormick Hall bell was offered by Jack Smith on Friday, October 30, in Room 206 of the Garland Library at 1:30 p.m. A number of  alumni, students, faculty, and staff attended this free event.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

November: Children’s Story Hour:

 

Come  join the Garland library staff and Bonner leaders for a children’s story hour in the library on Thursday, November 19 from 6-7 p.m.  The event is free and open to all Tusculum College family members  ages 8 and under.   TC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. for a fun night of stories, crafts and refreshments.    Please R.S.V.P to Mrs. Hipps at ext. 5123 by Tuesday, November 17. 

 

December: Lessons and Carols:

 

   In co-operation with College Chaplain Dr. Steve Weisz, the festively-decorated lobby of Garland Library will once more be the scene for our annual Christmas tradition, the festival of Lessons and Carols. This year’s event will occur on Wednesday, December 9 at 11: 30 a.m.

 

 

Staff news:

 

West Virginia veterans publish Smith book:

 

  The USS West Virginia Association recently published an updated edition of the Tusculum librarian’s1981 battleship history. The organization, according to  its curator, Mike Mullins, wanted Smith’s 79th volume, and first paperback, “made available for those who were not able to obtain copies of the original hardcover.”

 

 

Monthly Statistics:

 

 In every number of the Reel & Page published through the school year, we will provide our most recent usage statistics, occasionally catching up for months unavailable  (lag time for the latest is usually a month or so). Comparison figures between the current school year and that preceding are published in either the April issue or a special May issue.  The 2008-09 comparison is in the May special edition, found at  http://library.tusculum.edu/archivesrnp/reelnpageMayextra2009.htm

 

 

 Use Statistics (September 2009): 

 

Greeneville

Knoxville

 Physical Use

 

 

In House Patrons

6,433

1,759

Days Open

29

25

Average Daily Attendance

221.83

70.36

Circulation

 

 

Books

215

136

Periodicals

na

76

Reserves

15

70

Media (video/DVD/CD)

88

11

Ebooks

netlibrary 186
Ebrary 304

 G-K e-bks combined

Reference

 

 

In House

300

166

Phone

DE  5
Residential:  68

47

Email

DE 3

Residential 1

12

TOTAL

377

225

Library Instruction Sessions

 

 

DE

19

17

Residential

19

 

        

Website (library only) Visits: 6.145; Subscription database searches (total): 60,562; Total electronic visits to  the Thomas J. Garland  Library : 66,707.

 

Interlibrary Loans:

Greeneville to Knoxville, 2;  Knoxville to Greeneville, 3; via OCLC from other libraries for both campuses, 7; Books by mail, 1.

 

 

Use Statistics (October 2009): 

 

Greeneville

Knoxville

 Physical Use

 

 

In House Patrons

5,173

2,062

Days Open

30

27

Average Daily Attendance

172.43

76.37

Circulation

 

 

Books

161

301

Periodicals

na

157

Reserves

0

133

Media

28

9

Ebooks

netlibrary 126
Ebrary 217

 G-K e-bks combined

Reference

 

 

In House

198

214

Phone

DE  5
Residential:  72

49

Email

DE 2

Residential 4

15

TOTAL

281

278

Library Instruction Sessions

 

 

DE

4

14

Residential

5

 

        

Website (library only) Visits: 6,715; Subscription database searches (total): 96,509; Total electronic visits to  the Thomas J. Garland  Library : 103,224.

 

Interlibrary Loans:

Greeneville to Knoxville, 4; Via OCLC from other libraries for both campuses, 12; Books by mail, 8.

  

 


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