Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Help wanted!

ATTENTION:  LaGrange College Graduate Students

The Lewis Library at LaGrange College is pleased to announce a graduate assistantship for students enrolled in a graduate program at LaGrange College.  This position requires at least a 14 month commitment that encompasses two summers and an academic year.  A graduate assistant is expected to work 24 hours per week in the library.  A stipend of $4,800 is available for the 14-month period as well as tuition remission.  Position starts Summer 2014.

·      Facilitating use of technology in the library
·      Readying library spaces in advance of expected use
·      Assisting students and members of the faculty in use of technology appropriate for presentations, lectures, films, etc.
·      Providing service at the Circulation & Reserves Desk (checking materials in and out, assisting with printing, scanning, word processing, and information access).  Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
·      Supervising student workers
·      Collaborating with librarians on special projects
·      Performing other duties as may be assigned

·      Bachelor’s Degree
·      Demonstrated technology skills and aptitude
·      Working knowledge of MS Word, EXCEL, and PowerPoint
·      Familiarity with basic computer operations and troubleshooting
·      Strong oral and written communication skills
·      Ability to work collegially with others
·      Must be attentive to detail

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Submit a letter of application and resume including three references to Mr. Loren L. Pinkerman, Lewis Library Director, LaGrange College, 601 Broad Street, LaGrange, GA 30240.  Review of applications will commence on May 8, 2014 and the position will remain open until filled.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

National Poetry Month 2014

It's that time of year!

April is National Poetry Month! The Academy of American Poets established this celebration in 1996, and it's still going strong! According to Poets.org

"National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated."

In celebration of National Poetry Month 2014, the faculty and staff at Lewis Library want to get YOU involved! Here's how:

For the entire month of April, Lewis Library will be displaying a Poet-tree. What is a Poet-tree? Glad you asked.

The Poet-Tree is looking a little sad right now! Need more poems!

All month long we will be displaying student, alumni, faculty, and staff poems on our Poet-tree for anyone to enjoy. We encourage you to stop by and see what poems current and former students and faculty have created! On this tree, you might find sonnets, nursery rhymes, haikus, and free-verse of all shapes, sizes, and topics. You never know whose poetry you may find on the Poet-tree!

Poetry by Carrie Fall Benson, LaGrange College's first full-time librarian. Come read four of her poems and a brief bio about her on this cool poetry cube!

A poem by Michael Bishop, LaGrange College Writer-in-Residence from 1996-2012.

If you are a student, faculty member, staff member, or alumni and would like to have your poetry displayed on Lewis Library's Poet-tree, here are some brief instructions:

1. Write an original poem (or use one you've already written)
2. Print it out (not TOO big please!)
3. Make a hanger for it (yarn and a hole punch will work, but we encourage you to get creative if you are making your own)
4. Bring it to the circulation desk at Lewis Library (we will give you a hanger if you don't want to make one) and we'll display it on the tree!

The tree will be coming down at the end of April, so don't delay! If you're not a poet, just come by and see what other students, faculty, and staff have written!

So bring by a poem or two and help us bring our tree to life. We hope to see you and your poetry soon!

Before we sign off, here is a fun poem to kick off the celebration!


“If you are a dreamer come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hop-er, a pray-er, a magic-bean-buyer...
If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in! 
Come in!”

                                      -Shel Silverstein

*This post was written by Lindsey Lowry

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Remembering the Holocaust"-Library Lecture Series

Last Tuesday, Dr. Steve Gowler of Berea College gave a great lecture on Holocaust memorials to students, faculty, staff, and community members!

Dr. Gowler's lecture was not your typical seminar on the history of the Holocaust or Nazi resolutions, but rather an examination of the memorials that have been placed all over Europe in honor of the millions of people who lost their lives in concentration camps, Jewish ghettos, and death camps, including Jews, the Roma, POWs, and the disabled. He showed a great number of photos from his trips to Germany, Belarus, The Netherlands, France etc.

In his lecture Dr. Gowler noted that some of the memorials have been restored in recent years
Site of Belzec Concentration Camp ca. 2000*

New monuments on the site of Belzec ca. 2012*

While other sites and monuments have remained popular destinations for travelers for a long time.

A gravestone for Anne Frank and her sister placed at a mass grave at Bergen-Belsen*
Auschwitz-Birkenau entrance.*

The personal stories from his trips to Europe in search of these monuments included a tale of searching through the countryside of Belarus with a student for Holocaust memorials. They asked family, friends, and strangers to point them in the direction of a Holocaust memorial, but few people actually knew where to look!
Belarus Stolbsty Memorial*
Dr. Gowler has a great webpage filled with stories and photographs from his travels. Check out Remembering Catastrophe: Holocaust Sites Today to see more pictures like these and read more information about each location!

We are so glad to have had Dr. Gowler with us at LaGrange College for our Library Lecture Series!

*Rights to these photos are owned by Dr. Steve Gowler http://faculty.berea.edu/gowlers/remembering/
**This post was written by Lindsey Lowry

Friday, February 28, 2014

Cornerstone Library Instruction

We've been busy bees here at Lewis Library!

     Last semester, our librarians gave our Cornerstone students a library instruction session to help our freshman with library and research skills, which will come in handy for their studies over the next four years. The topics we covered included:

  • Library geography (Wait, so the 1st floor is really the 2nd floor?)
  • Database navigation (How do I search for articles on "global engagement"?)
  • How to identify a scholarly source (Is The Economist a scholarly source?)
  • LibGuides (You mean there is a webpage for help with research?)
  • How do I navigate around the GALILEO Discovery Service? (Is there a manual for this?)
  • How to perform a good search (What do I type in to get the results I am looking for?)
Fast Forward to Spring!    

This semester, as our freshman finish up Cornerstone, professors assigned a library learning worksheet for the students to complete. The worksheet was designed by our librarians, and it quizzes the students on the information they learned in the fall semester library instruction session. 

We chose 5 key points and created 6 questions to assess what skills they have learned. So far, our Cornerstone students seem to have really hit the ground running with this assignment.

Dr. Arthur Robinson helping a Cornerstone student with our library skills worksheet

Learning library and research skills is not just for freshman!

      No matter if you are a freshman, a senior, or a Graduate student, finding what you need in the library and in the library's databases can sometimes feel like rocket science (I mean, there are graduate degrees dedicated to mastering the art of information retrieval!).  However, just a solid foundation of knowledge of what Lewis Library has to offer and how best to use our resources will help you out tremendously with any projects you may be assigned at any level. No Master's Degree in Library Science needed!

(For those complicated research questions (or even just a refresher on something), ask a librarian. After all, we went to school for this! Finding stuff is our forte!)

Charlene Baxter and a Cornerstone student working diligently on the library skills worksheet

Perhaps one of the most complicated concepts we covered in our fall semester library instruction was how to identify a scholarly source.

It can get very tricky, but here are a few things to keep in mind when determining if the item you are looking at is or is not a scholarly source:

Non-Scholarly Sources (or popular sources):

  1. Include magazines and newspapers
  2. Covers are typically glossy and eye-catching
  3. Typically contain advertisements and pictures
  4. Geared toward a general audience
  5. Written by journalists and revised by editors
  6. Examples:  National Geographic, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time
Scholarly Sources:

  1. Are published in academic journals or books from university presses
  2. Examples of research which prove new theories about academic disciplines(such as Science, Literature, Medicine and History)
  3. Includes graphs, charts and diagrams; very few illustrations or photos
  4. Geared towards scholars and experts in a particular subject
  5. Written by people with advanced degrees in that field
  6. Research is reviewed by scholars in that field, a.k.a. "Peer-reviewed"
  7. Includes a list of references or notes at the end

Check out the Cornerstone LibGuide Evaluating Sources page to find out more on how to differentiate between a popular source and a scholarly source as well as for citation help and information on copyright and plagiarism.

Another tricky topic that we covered in our library instruction was how to navigate to a specific database in GALILEO. 

Here is how it's done!

After navigating to the Library's homepage (http://www.lagrange.edu/library) click on the GALILEO Discovery Service and you will see the screen below.

Then click on the "Databases A-Z" link (we highlighted it for you with the big arrow) that you see above and search for the database of your choice.

We have asked our Cornerstone students to navigate to a database called Academic Search Complete, which is a very comprehensive database that contains articles on a wide range of topics. In order to navigate to Academic Search Complete, simply click on "Databases A-Z" as we have shown above, and then either search for Academic Search Complete in the search box or click on the letter "A" which displays all databases that begin with that letter.

Here we clicked on the letter "A" to show us all of the databases that begin with that letter.

And that's all you have to do! Once you have successfully navigated to Academic Search Complete, remember to put quotation marks around phrases in order to search for the whole phrase. Also, make sure to put the word AND (all capitals) in between two different search terms. (i.e. "global engagement" AND sustainability)

Thanks for joining us! And as always, ask a librarian for any help with these or other research skills!

Here is the video we showed to our freshman during their first few weeks in Cornerstone! It has a lot of good information about what the library has to offer and how to access all of it, including our databases, our GALILEO Discovery Service, and LibGuides (especially the Cornerstone LibGuide). Check it out if you need a refresher on how to navigate through all of the resources we have to offer!

*This post was written by Lindsey Lowry

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Library Lecture Series: Dr. Charles Evans presents "The Civil War in LaGrange's Backyard"

On Tuesday, February 18th, LaGrange College professor emeritus of psychology, Dr. Charles Evans, gave a lecture on the Civil War entitled "The Civil War in LaGrange's Backyard."

Dr. Evans came prepared with hundreds of pictures and documents that he has gathered while studying the Civil War in Georgia. He showed a number of them on the projector as told how the Battle at Brown's Mill, (which took place near Newnan, GA) unfolded.

Between two sessions, we had almost 100 attendees, included Faculty, Staff, Community Members, and students! The Corn Auditorium was packed at both 11:15 and 7:30.

Dr. Evans (left) with Library Director, Loren Pinkerman

The sight of the Battle at Brown's mill is just about a 20 minute drive from LaGrange, and Dr. Evans spoke about the July 2013 Grand Opening of the historic civil war site on Millard Farmer Road in Newnan, GA.

According to the Brown's Mill Battlefield Association's web page, the newly renovated Battlefield site opened "almost 149 Years to the day that Union Soldiers under General Edward M. McCook, marching from Atlanta toward Macon, were defeated by General Joseph Wheeler's Confederate cavalry that had ridden south from Decatur."

You can now step back in time and visit the newly restored historic Civil War site. 
Read more about the Battlefield site at http://www.friendsofbrownsmillbattlefield.com/

*This post was written by Lindsey Lowry