January / February 2011

nota bene: the newsletter of the Bryan College Library
Jan / Feb 2011 Volume 3, Issue 5

In This Edition:

The Department of Education

The next time you stop by the library, be sure to take in the latest Bring Your World Into Our World* display (across from the helpdesk). We're currently showcasing the Education Department.

Dept of Education Display

We've got everything from tools of the trade (see photo) to student portfolios and projects to local and national news featuring recent alumni. Set aside some time to read our interviews of your colleagues in Education or great article (there are several!) by our faculty about educating the next generation of teachers. And just for fun, we've set out the die cut machine and some colored paper so you can make a valentine, a bunny mask, or a 3D basket. Bring the kids!

*An ongoing collaborative effort between academic divisions/ departments and the library, Bring Your World Into Our World aims to pique students' curiosity about the various disciplines represented at the college with a two-pronged approach: by describing a particular discipline (including its fundamental principles, how it does research, the latest trends in the field, etc.) and by showcasing what the students who take classes in that discipline produce.

Book Club: Radical

A book discussion group will meet on Sundays, beginning Feb. 6, from 7 - 8 p.m. in the Humanities Room on the second floor of the library. The book being discussed is Radical: Taking back your faith from the American dream by David Platt.  Mrs. Connie Sanders will lead the discussion, which is open to all faculty, staff, and students.  Don't worry if you missed the first week; make plans to join us for this coming Sunday when we discuss chapter 2. A copy of the book is available for 2-hour check out at the front desk.



It's being called the Facebook or the LinkedIn for Academics. Academia.edu allows researchers to post their papers and talks and follow colleagues in the field. Make your work accessible to a broader audience (it's indexed in Google), and you'll be notified when your papers are viewed or downloaded.

What's New
in the Collection

Here are just a few of the items we added to our collections this past month:

Main Collection

Turner, Kenneth J. Death of deaths in the death of Israel: Deuteronomy's theology of exile. 222.15 T851d

Bradley, Anthony B. Liberating Black theology: The Bible and the Black experience in America. 230.089 B782L 

Gay, Craig M. Dialogue, catalogue & monologue: Personal, impersonal and depersonalizing ways to use words. 248 G25d   

Mathewes-Green, Frederica. Gender: Men, women, sex, feminism. 305.3 G820g 

Fontova, Humberto. Exposing the real Che Guevara: And the useful idiots who idolize him. 355.425 F783e

Fisher, Christopher. Teaching piano in groups. 786.2071 F531t

Rea, Peter W. Producing and directing the short film and video. 791.4302 R220p 


Shirer, Priscilla Evans. Anointed, transformed, redeemed: A study of David. AV 241.4 M781a 

Moore, Beth. Breaking free: Making liberty in Christ a reality in life. AV 241.4 M781b


Statistical Abstract of the United States: The National Data Book 2011. REF 317.3 Un3s


Day of Prayer, February 17: The library will be closed until 1pm.

Mrs. Polly Revis attended an online course "Maximize the Value of Your OCLC Cataloging Subscription" on January 20.

Evening of Readings:
Student Works

Our third evening of readings (Monday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m.) features students reading their own creative works of fiction and non-fiction. Please encourage your promising writers to participate!

Those interested should contact Keri-Lynn Paulson by Tuesday, February 15.

"Here comes February, a little girl with her first valentine, a red bow in her wind-blown hair, a kiss waiting on her lips, a tantrum just back of her laughter." 

                     -Hal Borland


Being gone most of January has sure given this semester an exciting start! Between going to the American Library Association Midwinter Conference, participating on a SACS Substantive Change Committee onsite visit, and spending the last week in the hospital, I only spent three and a half days on campus during the month. In the midst of each day-to-day mini crisis, my excellent staff continues to keep the library going and even moving forward without missing a beat and they deserve big kudos.

I did a little inventory of my projects list and found that over the two years that I have been here, the library staff have managed to complete eight major projects, establish 32 new ongoing services or functions, and are currently (this spring) working on another 27 projects! These range in complexity from projects requiring a few days to ones requiring months or even years to complete or establish as ongoing services.

Our successes haven’t been without failures. For one reason or another we have abandoned three projects and put another on indefinite hold. But failure is a sure sign that someone is doing something. Library services may look static to the casual observer, but the Bryan College Library staff is working constantly to improve the Bryan College experience for each one of our physical and virtual patrons. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve your experience with library services, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone:

library@bryan.edu or 423-775-7307

Gary.Fitsimmons@bryan.edu  423-775-7196  
                                                    -Dr. Gary Fitsimmons

© 2011 Bryan College Library
Please direct your comments or questions to
Dr. Gary Fitsimmons (Library Director) or Keri-Lynn Paulson (editor)

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