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, October 30, 2008

LinkedIn Applications

I know several faculty & staff are members of LinkedIn, the professional social networking site. Well, you can now add applications to your LinkedIn profile. Yeah!

"LinkedIn Applications enable you to enrich your profile, share and collaborate with your network, and get the key insights that help you be more effective. Applications are added to your homepage and profile enabling you to control who gets access to what information."

Applications include Amazon Reading Lists, Slideshare, and Wordpress. So get your reading lists together and share it with your colleagues!

For the complete article visit BusinessWeek Online.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Homecoming Hours

The Chesnutt Library will be closed this Saturday, October 18th in celebration of FSU Homecoming 2008. We will resume regular hours on Sunday, October 19th from 2:00-11:00pm.

Meet Our Newest Staff Member:

Velappan Velappan (VV) joined the Chesnutt Library staff on September 02, 2008 as a Reference Librarian. He holds a B.Tech., in Textile Engineering from P.S.G. College of Technology, Bharathiar University, India. To continue his Engineering and professional interest of Information Science, he obtained his Masters Degrees in “Computer Information Systems” from Rivier College, Nashua, NH and “Library Information Science” from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.

Velappan has previously worked as a Technical Services Librarian/Reference Librarian/Technical Systems Librarian/Access Services Supervisor at Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH for 5 years. He also worked in Educational Resource Center as a Cataloging/Circulation Asst., at Rivier College in Nashua, NH for more than a year. Velappan served as a Textile Engineer in the Textile Manufacturing Industries in India for several years.

He's been married since 1994 to his wife Uma Ramanathan, who for the last 16 years has worked for different software companies and is currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at Fidelity Investments in RTP, Durham. He is living in Cary with his wife and their two beautiful daughters; Keerthana age 13 and Krithika age 7.

As a Reference Librarian, Velappan assists students, staffs, and faculties with all of their research needs including identifying resources, locating books, searching the library’s databases in person, by online, and by phone. In addition to that Velappan assists students for trouble shooting of hardware and software at the reference desk computers. And also Velappan assists technical services staffs with their troubleshooting of cataloging software and its future enhancements.

His office is located in room # 104 on the first floor of the library. You also can contact him at 672-1230 or

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Online Lectures: What Students Want?

Last month a study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that “an overwhelming 82 percent of students said they would prefer courses that offer online lectures over traditional classes that do not include an online lecture component.” The study included about 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students. This article from Campus Technology points out that although this seems to be what students want, it isn’t necessarily what they’re getting. The article goes on to state, “about 60 percent of institutions do not routinely make captured lectures available to students online.” So FSU faculty, are you making your lectures available online?