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, September 16, 2010

Chancellor’s Reading Club 2010: There Are No Children Here

There Are No Children Here: the Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz

Chancellor’s Reading Club Website

Chesnutt Library’s Subject Guide

Author’s Visit to Fayetteville State University on September 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Book Signing in FSU Bookstore and 2:00 p.m. Presentation in Seabrook Auditorium

“Alex Kotlowitz is perhaps best known for the bestselling There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. The book, which was published in 1991 and has since sold over half-a-million copies, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Helen B. Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Carl Sandburg Award and a Christopher Award. The New York Public Library selected There Are No Children Here as one of the 150 most important books of the century. In the fall of 1993, it was adapted for television as an ABC Movie-of-the-Week starring Oprah Winfrey.” From: AlexKotlowitz.Com:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, September 12 - 18, 2010

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 10, 2010
Presidential Proclamation--Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week


Early in our Nation's history, higher education was not possible for most African Americans, and simple lessons in reading and writing were often conducted in secret. With a unique mission to meet the educational needs of African Americans, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been valued resources for our country since their inception before the Civil War. Historically Black Colleges and Universities have opened doors and cultivated dreams, and the contributions of their founders, faculty, students, and graduates have shaped our growth and progress as a Nation. During National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, we honor these pillars of higher education in America, and we pay tribute to those who have worked to realize their promise.

Bastions of heritage and scholarship, HBCUs have produced African American medical professionals, lawyers, educators, and public officials throughout their history. Countless individuals have worked tirelessly to cultivate HBCUs, and their legacy is seen in graduates whose achievements adorn the pages of American history. From Booker T. Washington to Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. W.E.B. DuBois to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., HBCU visionaries and graduates have set powerful examples of leadership, built our middle class, strengthened our economy, served in our Armed Forces, and secured their place in the American story.

HBCUs are important engines of economic growth and community service and will continue to play a vital role in helping America achieve our goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. This year, I was proud to sign an Executive Order to strengthen the White House Initiative on HBCUs, which will collaborate with government agencies, educational associations, philanthropic organizations, the private sector, and other partners to increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to a greater number of students. Together, we will ensure HBCUs continue fostering determination in their students, instilling pride in their alumni, and adding rungs to our Nation's ladder of opportunity for future generations.

During National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, we celebrate the immeasurable contributions these crucibles of learning have made to our Nation. As we continue strengthening the capacity of HBCUs, let us also recommit to preserving and enriching their long tradition of hope and success, and to sustaining our collective effort to meet and exceed America's goals for educational excellence.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 12 through September 18, 2010, as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. I call upon all public officials, educators, librarians, and Americans to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that acknowledge the tremendous achievements HBCUs and their graduates have made to our country.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


Thursday, September 02, 2010

New Liaison Program at Chesnutt Library

Dear FSU Faculty:

Welcome back to another busy and exciting school year at Fayetteville State University. We trust that you are in agreement that 2010-2011 will be an unparalleled year of excellence and unprecedented accomplishments for FSU.

As a vital resource of the institution, Chesnutt Library is initiating its liaison program to academic departments in order to better collaborate with faculty to provide enhanced services and quality educational materials for our students. The objective of the liaison program is to provide faculty with a voice in library collection development as it relates to their particular departments and subjects.

To supplement the many academic programs FSU offers, the library provides a wide array of services and resources. Each of these services will serve to enhance the quality of learning for students here at Fayetteville State University. Those services include, but are not limited to:

  • An impressive collection of databases that can be accessed on and off campus
  • A shared online catalog with UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Pembroke in which their book materials can be sent to FSU for student pick-up
  • Interlibrary loan services that offers access to materials that Chesnutt Library does not own. This service includes materials that can be accessed through DocLine.
  • Custom bibliographic instruction sessions for your classes
  • Media collection with sources in multiple formats and on many disciplines with viewing areas and a production facility
  • Statistical information from numerous government agencies available within the Government Documents department
  • Archives and Special Collections, which maintains and develops a collection of official records and materials of significant historical value related to Fayetteville State University
  • Thousands of academic journal and periodical titles in current and back issues.

We look forward to working you throughout the semester. Again, please note that your library liaison is available to attend departmental meetings, to relay purchase requests to the library’s collection development department, to serve as a first contact for faculty and students in your department, to arrange training in the use of electronic information resources, as well as bibliographic instruction, and to keep you informed about new Library resources and programs.

Library liaisons will be reaching out to you in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact Jan Whitfield, Head of Public Services,, 910-672-1750.