Chesnutt Library Blog

“Because it’s all about ‘U,’” the Chesnutt Library Blog is designed to promptly and efficiently provide timely news, inform of library events, books, databases and more for our students, staff and faculty. In our effort to enhance communication, the Chesnutt Library Blog will bring academic resources together in one place, with one click, with one purpose in mind - Educational Excellence - designed to enhance learning, guarantee access and promote scholarship.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Meet Denise Bosselman - Instruction & Distance Education Librarian

Denise Bosselman joined the Chesnutt Library staff on March 8, 2007 as the Instruction and Distance Education Librarian. Denise has previously worked as a librarian at Sandhills Community College and Methodist University. As Instruction and Distance Education Librarian, Denise provides classroom instruction on the use of the library’s print and online resources. She will gladly work with instructors to design customized library instruction sessions for their classes. Denise is currently working on designing a comprehensive information literacy program for the Freshman Seminar program. Denise is also the primary contact librarian for distance education students at Fayetteville State University’s main campus and satellite campuses. She can assist distance education students with all of their research needs including identifying resources, locating books, searching the library’s databases from off campus, and using local libraries. Denise’s office is located on the second floor of the library in the media center. You also can contact Denise by email or by telephone 910-672-1242.

Denise’s research interests include information literacy, outreach initiatives, and incorporating web 2.0 technologies in the library. She received a master’s degree in Library Science from North Carolina Central University in 2003 and a B.S. in English Education from the State University of New York College at Oneonta in 1999. When she has time off, Denise enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Four Habits of Highly Effective Librarians

Last October we posted an article by Todd Gilman, academic librarian at Yale University, titled Show Your Librarian Some Love. In his follow up article, he discusses how we librarians can improve “our lives and those of our colleagues.” Although the audience is mainly librarians, the four "traits" can be applied to practically any position in any work environment. Click on the link below for the entire article.

The Four Habits of Highly Effective Librarians
Chronicle of Higher Education
May 23, 2007

Monday, May 21, 2007


Tomorrow, May 22, 2007, is the first day of classes for the 2007 Summer Session. This is just a reminder to students who have yet to get a new Bronco card to please go by the Bronco Card Office and get one. If you do not have a NEW ID CARD, you will not be allowed to use the computers or check out material from the library. We will no longer look you up by your banner (83#-###-###).

The Bronco Card Office Hours of Operation are
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Student Center Room 242
Telephone Number (910) 672-1762/1735
Fax Number (910) 672-1798

Faculty and staff will continue to use the old id cards until further notice.

Database of the Week - Learning Express Library

This database is part of the NC Live Consortium of databases, which are accessible throughout North Carolina school, public, special and academic libraries. The “Learning Express Library is a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons—students and adult learners—succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.” This database of materials is helpful because it offers a wide variety of titles that are often in reference collections and can not be checked out. If you need to brush up on your math, reading and writing skills, this database offers a wide choice of materials from 4th grade to college. Popular titles, such as the SAT, ACT, ASVAB, and GREare included in its content. A person can login, create their own account, and choose a product (course, tutorial, or practice test) that they want to work on. If you are not finished, you can logout and still have that product available to you when you log back in. For Fayetteville State University (FSU) patrons, when you create your username, use your FSU email account name (i.e. By using your email account, you have let the database know you are affiliated with FSU.

The courses and tests offered cover a wide range of topics. Click on the following categories and you will be able to access the titles and topics available:

Jan S. Whitfield, Head of Reference and Public Services

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Interesting Article - "Remedial Civility Training"

An associate professor of English wrote an interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education lamenting the lack of courtesy in today's students:

"I am an English professor, but I teach a lot of general-education courses, including a large, required survey of Western civilization.

Every morning, after setting up all the multimedia components I'm going to need, I stand at the door of my 8:30 a.m. classroom in my jacket and tie and say, "Good morning" to each entering student.

Only a few will say "Hi" or "Good morning" in return. About half will give me a somewhat confused nod, not quite making eye contact. The rest will not even look at me; they look at their shoes and keep walking, exuding a vaguely suspicious and hostile air."

Benton, Thomas H. "Remedial Civility Training." The Chronicle of Higher Education.

To read the entire article click here.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Database Update : IEEE Computer Society Digital Library

The IEEE Computer Society Digital Library provides online access to 25 society magazines and transactions, and more than 1,700 selected conference proceedings. It has recently enhanced its services to provide quick citation download for use in your personal bibliography and reference management tools. The IEEE Computer Society Digital Library now supports ASCII text, BibTex, RefWorks, Procite, Endnote, and Reference Manager.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Database of the Week - CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher Online

Do you need access to reliable, high quality reference material fast? If so, Chesnutt Library has a solution to your last minute research needs. CQ Researcher provides balanced, comprehensive coverage of important current events. Each issue of CQ Researcher contains background information, viewpoint articles, charts and graphs, and a source list for further research. CQ Researcher’s "In the News," section provides up-to-date information on issues covered in recent reports. Frequently covered topics include public policy, public opinion, economics, education, environment, government and law. CQ Researcher publishes 44 reports per year and provides access to reports from 1991 to the present. Reports can be browsed by date or topic. The CiteNow feature provides customized APA, Bluebook, Chicago, or MLA citations. This database also has a feature that allows you to save reports and searches.

The most helpful section of the CQ Researcher report is the bibliography. The bibliography contains an extensive list of citations and abstracts for magazine and newspaper articles. The full text for the majority of the articles listed in the bibliography can be retrieved from Academic Search Premier or Lexis Nexis.

Denise Bosselman
Instruction & Distance Education Librarian

New Database : United Nations Statistics Division - Common Database

The United Nations Common Database provides a global centre for data on international trade, national accounts, energy, industry, environment, transport and demographic and social statistics gathered from many national and international sources and promotes international standards of methods, classifications and definitions used by national agencies.

You can access this database through Chesnutt Library's Database Finder or click on the image above.

Friday, May 04, 2007

New Reference Books at Chesnutt Library

The following new books can be found on the first floor of the Chesnutt Library in the Reference Department:

Native Americans in Sports Vol. 1 & 2
[REF GV 583 .N34 2004]

From the publisher:

Designed to be systematic and holistic, this unique two-volume reference offers full coverage of Native American athletes and athletics from historical, cultural, and indigenous perspectives. Covering sporting experience in all regions of the United States and Canada from before European contact to the twenty-first century, entries include overviews of indigenous and modern sports, profiles of Native American athletes and teams, discussions of social institutions and organizations, and entries devoted to broader cultural themes and how these affect and are influenced by athletics.

The World's Easiest Guide to Using the MLA: A User-Friendly Manual for Formatting Research Papers According to the Modern Language Association Style Guide
[REF LB 2369 .A62 1999]

Brahm's and His World: A Biographical Dictionary
[REF ML 410 .B8 C54 2006]

From the preface -

This biographical dictionary provides information on more than 430 persons associated with Johannes Brahms: relatives; friends and acquaintances; physicians; fellow musicians; composers whom Brahms particularly admired and in the editions of whose works he was involved; certain conductors, instrumentalists, and singers who took part in notable (especially first) performances of his compositions; poets whose texts he set to music; publishers; artists; and also the rulers of certain German states with whom he had significant contact.

African American Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests
[REF PS 153 .N5 A33642004]

From the publisher -

This is the first readers' advisory guide to focus specifically on African American literature. It is designed to help book professionals better serve not only African American readers, but all readers who enjoy works by African American authors. Like other titles in the series, the book organizes titles by genres--crime and detective fiction, frontier literature, historical fiction, inspirational literature, speculative fiction, romance, and mainstream fiction. In addition to novels, the authors include a chapter on Life Stories--diaries, memoirs, and autobiographies--since African American literature was born of these forms, which share many appeals with fiction and continue to play an important role in literary tradition.

Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6 (8th edition)
[REF Z 1037 .G48 2006]

From the publisher -

This new edition of this classic guide to children's books includes more than 25,000 in-print titles recommended for children in grades K-6. More than 5,000 entries are new to this volume, which updates both Best Books for Children, 7th Edition (2002), and the Supplement to that volume (2003). The thematic organization, concise annotations, and complete bibliographic data plus review citations make this volume equally useful for reader's advisory, research, and collection development. Books in series and award winners are noted. Grades K-6.

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