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“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, April 26, 2012

Librarian Diana Amerson Assists In Model UN Win for FSU Students

Eric Jones, President of NCCIIE Model United Nations (left); and Diana Amerson, Government Documents Librarian (right)

Diana Amerson, Government Documents Librarian at the Charles W. Chesnutt library, received an award from the members of the FSU Sociology Club for her outstanding dedication in the development of LibGuides for the Fayetteville State University’s annual, North Carolina Consortium for International and Intercultural Education (NCCIIE) Model United Nations Conference. FSU's 2012 participants attended the conference, which was held from March 22 - 25, 2012 in Greensboro, NC. The Model United Nations is an academic simulation involving students in role playing as UN Ambassadors who debate a wide range of issues on the United Nations agenda. Students select a country to represent and participate in debating such issues as current events, topics in international relations and diplomacy on the United Nations agenda. LibGuides integrate multimedia content into library services by promoting library resources to their users. By creating subject or course guides, librarians can make available information portals and research assistance pages for finding academic resources. LibGuides are quickly becoming the standard way to share research information with our students, faculty and staff and the community.  
Pictured: Fayetteville State University’s NCCIIE Model United Nations Conference 2012 award participants: Margo Howard; Brandon Howard; Olumuylwa Baker; Dr. Jilly Ngwainmbi, Faculty Advisor; Christopher Cochran, Model UN Vice President; and Wesley Fountain. Additional Faculty Advisors for the Model UN that are not pictured are: Dr. Roger Klomegah, Dr. Kofi Johnson, Dr. Joseph Osei and Dr. Kwame Sarpong.

Pictured: FSU's NCCIIE Model United Nations 2012 Conference Attendees. Congratulations to FSU Students for a job well done!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Preservation Week Program April 25, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

Please join us as the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Charles W. Chesnutt Library presents a special program on Preservation conducted by University Archivist, Craig Tuttle, on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library's Conference Room on the third floor. Light refreshments will be provided. Please see flyer below for further information.

Preservation Week will be celebrated from April 22nd through April 28th This week highlights the importance of preserving documents, photographic materials, ephemera and artifacts. It also highlights the various measures, both simple and complicated, that are used to enhance the longevity of these items. There is a link to the Society of American Archivists(SAA)Preservation Week website which includes links to other interesting and related sites. Society of American Archivists' Preservation Web Site

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chancellor's Reading Club Selection for 2012: The Wealth Cure : Putting Money in Its Place by Hill Harper

The Charles W. Chesnutt Library has obtained four copies of Chancellor Anderson's Reading Club Selection for the Freshman Class of 2012, The Wealth Cure : Putting Money in Its Place by Hill Harper. Call Number: HN 25 .H37 2011.

Two copies will circulate, one from the New Books area and one from the Main Stacks; one copy will be on Reserve; and one copy will be located in the Archives and Special Collections Department in the "By and About African Americans" Collection.

The perennial New York Times bestselling author helps readers discover how to put money in its place and use wealth-building as a tool for joy and fulfillment.

Hill Harper is uniquely poised to guide readers through tough times and offers bestselling advice for reaping the rewards of a truly happy life. With The Wealth Cure, he does more than that: He presents a revolutionary new definition of wealth, motivating readers to not only build financial security but to also achieve wealth in every aspect of their lives.

Using his own journey as a parable, Harper inspires the reader to evaluate their values while explaining the importance of laying a sound financial foundation and how to recognize the worth of your relationships and increase the value of your interactions with the people in your life. Drawing on his personal recollections and true stories from family and friends, Harper helps readers begin to see money not as a goal but as a tool that provides freedom for following their passions. The keys include investing in yourself, tapping the resources you need, and taking responsibility for how those resources are used. Far from a get-rich-quick primer, The Wealth Cure brims with inspired wisdom for building a lasting bounty from the experiences, loved ones, and achievements that really matter.

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Source: Kirkus Reviews; 8/15/2011, Vol. 79 Issue 16, p1432-1432, 1/3p.

Simple, inspirational pointers on how to manage money and discover the true meaning of wealth.

After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Harper (Letters to a Young Brother, 2007, etc.) boarded a train for a meditative, cross-country journey. Along the way, he encountered a number of fellow passengers who inspired him. Here he recounts their stories, alongside his own journey and a few resonant history lessons. All this combines to provide readers insight into what it means to be wealthy in contemporary America. Despite adding his own practical tips on how to manage finances, from prioritizing spending to the pitfalls of credit cards, the author encourages others to seek out wealth beyond money--in relationships, in health and in pursuing one's passions. He defers to his uncle on this point: "If you are making any decision solely based on money, then it's the wrong decision." It's a motto Harper has applied to his own life; the author, who earned a law degree from Harvard and stars in the TV series CSI:NY, writes extensively about his decision to act instead of practice law. Although much of the advice is useful and has practical applications, his writing abounds with clichés and often feels stilted--but it's not without its merits. The strongest parts are the historical biographies, including those of Pullman Porters and the "Real McCoy." In the end, the author underwent a successful surgery and remains cancer-free.

Money helps, but it's not a panacea. Harper demonstrates how redefining wealth can make readers all the richer.
Source: Library Journal; 8/1/2011, Vol. 136 Issue 13, p106-106, 1/6p.

When personal health is compromised, it naturally prompts a reevaluation of life goals. This is the impetus and concept behind CSI: NY actor Harper's ( Letters to a Young Brother ) latest work. With happiness as a new priority, he investigates how to free oneself from the chains of materialism and the quest for wealth to focus on more important objectives such as personal satisfaction. To cure the sometimes frenetic pursuit of wealth, Harper successfully applies the regimen that was used to treat his illness: diagnose, treat, comply, maintain, thrive. He provides tangible ways for people to prioritize their own goals and refocus their lives. VERDICT While some of the author's anecdotes make one wonder whether he truly comprehends the position of privilege from which he speaks, his pragmatic advice would be generally beneficial to society. A comparable work is Laura Rowley's Money and Happiness: A Guide To Living the Good Life . This is an inspirational read for those interested in financial self-help and freedom, with a little celebrity autobiography sprinkled in. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/11.]


By Poppy Johnson-Renvall, Central New Mexico Community Coll. Lib., Albuquerque
Source: Booklist; 7/1/2011, Vol. 107 Issue 21, p22, 1p.

We are programmed to believe that money and acquisition are our keys to happiness, success,and well-being. But the national debt crisis has exposed how the detrimental effects of materialism and the pursuit of money have caused us to have unbalanced relationships with ourselves and others. Harper, an NAACP Award winner, best-selling author, and star of CSI: NY, was forced to reevaluate his ideas
about wealth after the shock of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Through a series of stories about family, friends, and his experience in coming to terms with his diagnosis, he takes the reader on a journey to examine the sources of true happiness while giving practical advice for getting one’s financial house in order and achieving greater peace of mind and a commitment to higher goals. While most books on finance treat the subject as simply a set of rules to follow, Harper looks more deeply into how to build a healthy financial foundation while maintaining greater perspective on the values and relationships that are really important in
—David Siegfried
Source: USA Today; 10/24/2011.

In his new book, The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place, Hill Harper takes you on several journeys -- a train ride from Los Angeles to Chicago, an introspective look at life as he deals with a cancer diagnosis, and a spiritual quest to explore the true meaning of wealth. Along the way, the CSI: NY star offers advice about money management -- and life -- seducing readers with raw, even painful, honesty about himself.

This combination of personal reflection and practical information is part of what has earned Harper a spot on The New York Times Best Sellers list with three previous books.

Early in The Wealth Cure, he hangs out with a friend who spends so much at a nightclub that the author thinks of "how many school uniforms, musical instruments, or computers that money could have provided. This type of conspicuous consumption bothers me especially when it's obvious that a lot of this floss is more than likely covering up a deeper insecurity that spending money isn't about to fix."

That quote is our first cue that this is a different kind of financial book, one that not only urges us to look at how we use our money but also at how we define wealth. It's as much about personal philosophy as about advice on building a solid financial future.

A pensive three-day train ride from Los Angeles to Chicago comes after an endocrinologist's proclamation: "Hill, we believe you have thyroid cancer the worst kind." On the journey he works on this book, mixing his research and advice from financial experts with real life experiences of people he meets on the train.

"True happiness," says Harper, "is having our life balanced and organized so we are free to pursue any dream."

He approaches building wealth using the same method he believes he must use to rebuild his health. Readers are led through a series of questions to help them diagnose their financial situation, then offered treatment options. To help readers stick with the plan, Harper delves into our habits and his. He offers advice such as how to clean up your credit score and the importance of shifting your attitude from one in which decisions are made based on fear to one where the focus is on gratefulness.

Harper has a knack for showing his humanity and thus making our mistakes seem normal and surmountable. Like many people, he uses affirmations and he gives us examples: "I am a great investor of my time and my money; I am confident that I will reach my goals."

He arrives in Chicago to discover life's circumstances have improved greatly for the friend he had come to check on. On the trip, Harper has taken inventory of his own life.

"I realized that the two biggest happiness stealers in my life are the areas of health and debt," he notes. To give happiness a better chance, Harper lives by certain "Wealth Factors," including being credit-card debt-free and continuing to act in and create projects that uplift, inspire and entertain.

The epilogue assures us that Harper's thyroid was successfully removed. There was no lasting damage to his voice, and his journey inside himself seems to have led him to a brighter plateau.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Digital Commons @ Fayetteville State University - Latest Statistics

In March 2012, Faculty Working Papers from the School of Education had 895 full-text downloads, retaining their position as the top accessed collection of papers in the Digital Commons @ Fayetteville State University.

The most popular papers were:

High School to College Transition: A Profile of the Stressors, Physical and Psychological Health Issues That Affect the First-Year On-Campus College Student (168 downloads)
Authors: Terence Hicks and Samuel Heastie

The Evolution of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (136 downloads)
Author: C Barnabas Charles

College Life Styles, Life Stressors and Health Status: Differences Along Gender Lines (125 downloads)
Authors: Terence Hicks and Eboni Miller

Faculty Working Papers from the School of Education now holds 25 records, which have been downloaded a total of 28177 times.


The Digital Commons @ Fayetteville State University - Most Recent Additions

It makes a difference to be able to share your research with the world! The DigitalCommons@Fayetteville State University provides a way for faculty, staff and student research to be shared on campus, across the state, nationally and internationally. The repository is a service of the Fayetteville State University Library. Research and scholarly output included here has been selected and deposited by the individual university departments and centers on campus.

The Most Recent Additions to the DigitalCommons@Fayetteville State University in April 2012

Roots and Branches: Towards an Aesthetic and an Acceptance of Urban/Street Literature
Joyce Russell

A Study of Pattern and Variation of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in A Predominantly Black College
Akbar Aghajanian

A Relationship Study on Retention Among Traditional and Non-traditional Students in Select North Carolina Community Colleges
J Michael Harpe

Characteristic Profiles of Low and High Achieving African American Males in Selected North Carolina Middle Schools
Shanessa Fenner

An Analysis of the Perceptions of Faculty at Public Historically Black Colleges & Uiversities in North Carolina Regarding Their Awareness of and Involvement in PK-16 Collaboration Initiatives
Teresa Thompson-Pinckney

An Investigation of Professional Learning Communities in North Carolina School Systems
Kelly Elizabeth Higgins

False Consensus and Its Effect on Reactance
Nicole Marie Gillenwater

An Analysis of Teachers' and Principals' Perceptions of Leadership in Selected North Carolina Middle Schools and Their Impact on Student Achievement
Jonathan Williams

Calibration of the Egret Gamma Ray Telescope With a Back-Scattered Laser Beam
John Richard Mattox

On the Origin of Biological Functions
Alexander Umantsev

Thermodynamic Stability of Transition States in Nanosystems
Alexander Umantsev

Correlations of Physiological Activities in Nocturnal Cheyne–Stokes respiration
Alexander Umantsev and Alexander Golbin

Continuum Theory of Carbon Phases
Alexander Umantsev and Zinoviy Akkerman

Identification of Material Parameters for Continuum Modeling of Phase Transformations In Multicomponent Systems
Alexander Umantsev

Modeling of Intermediate Phase Growth
Alexander Umantsev

Thermal Effects of Phase Transformations: A Review
Alexander Umantsev

Growth from a Hypercooled Melt Near Absolute Stability
Alexander Umantsev and S. H. Davis

Adaptive Chaos: Mild Disorder May Help
Alexander Golbin and Alexander Umantsev

Thermal Effects in Dynamics of Interfaces
Alexander Umantsev

Adiabatic Phase Transformations in Confinement
Alexander Umantsev

*Updated as of 04/16/12.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Did You Know About Our Online Streaming Video Collections Through Alexander Street Press?

Alexander Street Press offers several databases of streaming videos across several disciplines. You can stream video to your mobile device. All video is now supported for iPhone operating on 3G network or better and Android. Click on the mobile phone icon next to each video in the database to stream directly to your mobile device. You are also able to make clips from the content and embed links. Please check out these quite useful, informative and entertaining videos through our Database Finder Page. You can access each one individually or all of them through Academic Video Online.

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release now provides 5,858 titles, equaling approximately 1517 hours.

Counseling and Therapy in Video provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of counseling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. The collection's wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study counseling in ways never before possible.

Dance in Video will contain five hundred hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. This release includes 644 works, equaling 610 hours.

Education in Video is the first online collection of streaming video developed specifically for training and developing teachers. Upon completion, the collection will contain more than 3,000 video titles totaling 1,300 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. It will give education faculty, students, and in-service teachers a single source for the best research-based professional development video resources available. This release now provides 3,777 titles, equaling approximately 987 hours.

Ethnographic Video Online provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more. The collection covers every region of the world. You can access 803 videos totalling roughly 548 hours.

Opera in Video contains five hundred hours of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. This release includes 288 works, equaling 500 hours.

Theatre In Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. This release includes 360 videos, equaling approximately 402 hours.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

National Library Week, April 8 - 14, 2012

National Library Week's theme this year is "You Belong at Your Library." The Charles W. Chesnutt Library has many resources that are available within our walls and electronically through our web site. We invite you to come in to the Library or visit Chesnutt Library's Home Page to find out more about us.

Within the Library we have a over 324,000 books that support our academic programs and titles that are on the bestsellers' lists. We have over 2,700 periodical subscriptions in print and of those 990 are electronically accessible journals. Through our e-book collections there are over 25,000 titles through Ebrary and over 23,500 titles through EBSCO's E-book collection of NetLibrary. DVDs and CDs are also available for checking out of our Media Center.

We have over eighty computers available in the Library, with most concentrated in our computer lab on the first floor. They have Microsoft Office 2010 and other software available. There are six printers througout the Library with one color printer on the first floor. There are also five Apple computers available in the Media Center.

There is also a laptop checkout program in the Library and there are large screen televisions in the group study rooms to facilitate group viewing and collaboration. Group study rooms are available on a first come basis.

At the Reference Desk on the first floor, librarians are available to assist you with your research needs. There are over 300 databases that provide full text-journal articles, streaming media content, biographical information, research and statistics and all kinds of information on different disciplines, subjects and topics.

"You Belong at the Charles W. Chesnutt Library!" We look forward to seeing you and assisting you.