December 5: Listen to This! to Feature Acclaimed Area Authors

KB BallentineBruce MajorsJohn C. Mannone

The Library welcomes special guest readers KB Ballentine, Bruce Majors, and John C. Mannone to a special edition of our Listen to This! series on Monday, December 5, from 7:00 -  8:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Library.  Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to take in the traveling CIVA Art Exhibit (sponsored by the Office of Worldview Formation and Art Fellow Elaine Davis) while you are here.

About Our Guests:

KB Ballentine
A graduate of Bryan College, KB Ballentine has a M.A. in Writing and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and publications, including Bent Pin, MO: Writings from the River, Apocalypse and Touchstone. In 2006, she was a finalist for the Joy Harjo Poetry Award and was awarded the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize in 2006 and 2007.  Fragments of Light (2009) and Gathering Stones (2008) were published by Celtic Cat Publishing. In 2011, two anthologies published her work: Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets and A Tapestry of Voices. Visit her web site at
Bruce Majors
Bruce Majors is an active member of the Chattanooga Writers Guild. He has published poems or publication is forthcoming in Pirene’s Fountain, Ontologica, Wordgathering, Arts and Letters, Pinesong, The Distillery, River Poets Journal, Number One, and other literary journals. His collection, The Fields of Owl Roost, was named first finalist in the 2005 Indie Excellence Book Awards.  A chapbook, Small Patches of Light, published by Pudding House press is coming winter or spring.

John C. Mannone
John C. Mannone has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry (2009 and 2010). His work appears (or is forthcoming) in The Pedestal, Glass, Lucid Rhythms, Prime Mincer, Mobius, Apollo’s Lyre, Pirene’s Fountain, The Medulla Review, Rose & Thorn Journal, Magnapoets, Hinchas de Poesía, Earthspeak, Skive and many others. He is the poetry editor for Silver Blade, an adjunct professor of physics at Bryan College and serves as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. His first collection of poetry and prose, A Breath of Darkness, will come out in 2012. Visit The Art of Poetry: http://jcmannone.

Images from the Library's 2nd Annual Celebration of National Gaming Day (Nov 12)

Students playing a gamestudent removing a game piecestaff and student playing a card game

From the Director

As Christmas draws near, we in the library are turning our thoughts to…migrating to our new integrated (library) management system, or ILS. No, it’s not an annual Christmas event, but it is something that we will be working on more in earnest, since the sample file of 5000 of our bibliographic and item records, location mapping translation table, and fixed field mapping are all due at our software vendor shortly after we return from the Christmas break. Naturally, we want to think of all of that now so that we won’t have to think about it all during break.
So what will this migration mean for you, our library users? After an initial learning period the library staff will be able to wield the system as a powerful tool to serve our users more efficiently. The records in our system should be upgraded along with the search engine, so that it will be easier to actually find all of the books (both physical and electronic) and AV materials we have on any given subject before the search times out. In fact, users will be able to search any or all of the 27 other libraries who share the system to see what they have. We will be better able to analyze our collections to find gaps and suggest subject areas in which faculty might want to request additions. Managing your personal library accounts should be easier, with functions like renewing items online (which is currently possible, but very complicated). With the new system, we will have better tech support from our vendor which will mean that issues will be fixed when they are broken, and the library staff will spend less of our time trying to remedy negative impacts on our users and more time adding to positive impacts.
To be honest, we do not currently have the full picture of all that the new ILS will allow us to do for you, and that picture will not be completed until we are able to work with the new system and explore its intricacies. But we do know that, compared to our current system, it will be like moving up from single dull blade to a multi-function Swiss army knife. We will pull out our first new blade in March when we receive our initial startup training. Then in May we will have more training that will allow us to use a few more of the tools. By next summer’s end we hope to be using all of the functions with at least some level of proficiency.
I guess we might be thinking of the new system over Christmas break after all. We just might be dreaming of our new multi-function tool, and when we will get to unwrap the box next spring…maybe. It is not exactly “visions of sugar plums” dancing in our heads, but it beats a “Nightmare Before Christmas.”
--Dr. Gary Fitsimmons
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