Plagiarism Workshop a Success
On Monday, April 9th, Seth hosted a plagiarism workshop for NLTS students. While feasting on Dunkin doughnuts and coffee, students learned how to avoid common pitfalls in citing their sources in research papers. Students were quick to learn the concepts covered in the workshop, asked in-depth questions, and answered the assessment questions at the end of the workshop with little difficulty. This workshop hopefully facilitated our mission of “educating men and women of integrity.” An outline of the workshop is available as a PowerPoint presentation.
To liquidate our collection of duplicates and discarded books, the library has extended its buy one, get one free book sale. If you are in the vicinity of New Life, please stop by the library to purchase some books (and chat with the library staff). We have quite a selection of books in theology and religion. Paperbacks are only .50 and hardbacks are $1.
Library Volunteer Honored at Annual Fund Banquet
On April 19th, a faithful library volunteer, A’Drienne Butler, was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Annual Fund Banquet. In addition to her studies at New Life, Adrienne Butler has donated entire workdays to help the library staff to catalog and shelve books. Thanks to her assistance, the library staff have been able to expedite the processing of new books. Ms. Butler brightens the library with her presence and is willing to assist students with research questions just as a staff member would. Thank you Adrienne for all that you do!
End of another Successful Semester
I (Seth) would like to thank all the students, faculty, and staff for another fruitful semester in the library. Thanks to the assistance of a faculty member, we have been donated many valuable titles in our reference collection. Thanks to wise counsel of this anonymous faculty member, the reference collection nearly doubled. We added many commentaries and bible encyclopedias that will assist New Life in paving the way for more graduate-level theology classes.
In addition, I am happy to report that the total number of circulation transactions for the Spring 2012 semester was 1,094! This includes check-outs and in-house uses of library resources. The record student population has made good use of the library this semester. On many Tuesdays, it was common to see 20+ students in the library. The library staff feels quite validated to see so many students using library facilities.
Being in All Places at All Times
As I’ve shared in past newsletters, it is challenging (in a good way) to wear multiple hats. Given the exponential growth of the student body and the preparations for distance learning, I have devised a number of ways to offer library instruction and assistance with research. Three additional videos on using the library catalog were added to NLTS’s YouTube channel and a narrated Power Point presentation was added to the website to cover the basics of using the library. This semester, students will be able to ‘tune in’ to receive basic library instruction on the website and on YouTube asynchronously, a service that has not offered until now. This will help busy part-time students and graduate students who do not receive in-class library instruction to learn how to make the most of New Life Library.
Seth says Farewell, Antoinette Becomes Assistant Librarian
I would like to end the newsletter on a bittersweet note. I am resigning at the end of June to return to graduate school. After several years of prayer and contemplation, I have discerned the Lord’s call to teach Sociology. I recently been accepted to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and will pursue an M.A. in Sociology. I will reside in Greensboro while pursuing this degree. I greatly appreciate the opportunity serve New Life in the capacity of Head Librarian. It has been challenging and stressful at times, but I have been afforded opportunities that few librarians my age have experienced. Thank you Dr. Grigg and Bob Yost for giving me this opportunity.
I would also like to report that Antoinette Johnson will be promoted to Assistant Librarian in the new school year. She has served New Life faithfully for nearly three years as a student assistant. In her tenure at New Life, she has learned to catalog books, assist students with database research, and is an awfully meticulous proofer of anything I write! Thank you Antoinette for two years of loyal service, I wish you the best!