On Display: Exercise and Health Science Department
The library is proud to feature the Exercise and Health Science (EHS) department in its latest Bring Your World Into Our World display. From playground balls to CPR mannequins to videos of stage movement and arthroscopic knee surgery (not concurrent, mind you), this display has it all! Interviews with professors Dave Perron and Dana Wilson offer insights into the broad range of material (anatomy & physiology, exercise prescription, coaching, first aid, archery and other sports electives, etc.) studied in EHS classes as well as what graduates can do with an EHS major. Scott Landis (Head Athletic Trainer), Allison Hall (Stage Movement Instructor), Matt Dillard (Assistant Athletic Trainer), and Taylor Hasty (Head Baseball Coach) represent a number of EHS adjuncts that lend valuable practitioners' viewpoints to classroom instruction.
First Listen to This! Event a SuccessOur first Listen to This! event, featuring BC faculty/ staff members Doug Schott, Bethany Smith, Danielle Rebman, Phil Lestmann, and Jason Glen, was enjoyed by reader and listener alike. Readings ranged from a humorous essay on logic to a portion of Conrad's Heart of Darkness to a chapter from Herriott's All Things Wise and Wonderful. There were both silent tears and peals of laughter.
Our next Listen to This! event will be Monday, December 5, and will feature area authors KB Ballentine, Bruce Majors, and John Mannone. Make plans now join us!
You're Invited: National Gaming Day
The Library will celebrate National Gaming Day on Saturday, November 12, from 6-11pm, with pizza and drinks provided. This event is for faculty, staff, and students. Last year's National Gaming Day was a hit with students! Make plans now to join us!
Right now, we're in the process of gathering games, and we'd appreciate your help. Last year we had an impressive array of board, card, and video games made available by generous faculty and staff. Please consider allowing us to use your games and/ or gaming equipment. Contact Keri-Lynn Paulson by Monday, November 7.
From the Director
Last time I discussed how librarians are often widely interested in broad areas of the liberal arts & sciences. It got me to thinking: are librarians the intellectual nomads on the information landscape? Nahh. We are more like signposts. Signposts are not particularly endearing to most people, though, which would explain why librarians are often ignored. (You know the maxim: an individual sign’s tendency to be ignored is directly proportional to 1) the number of other signs in the vicinity, and 2) the number of words on the sign.) Not that we have an overabundance of librarians anywhere except an American Library Association Conference (last summer’s Annual conference drew 20,186). So why is such a rare, useful commodity so often taken for granted?
Think of us as mobile technology. You take your cell phone for granted until you need it to call for help because you locked your keys in the car and find that you left it on the nightstand next to your bed this morning. It’s not that there isn’t another solution (wire hangers or slim jims to unlock the door, walking home, breaking the window, etc.). It’s just that these are not the best solutions. You need your cell phone because it puts you in immediate contact with help. Librarians are like that. They put you in immediate (or at least faster) contact with the information you need. The problem is that librarians are not perceived as being cool. The Internet is cool. It seems as if people think, “Why should I bother a librarian to help me look something up in a reference book in ten minutes when I can spend 4 hours on the Internet looking for the same information?”
Now, lest you think that the reason for these musings is that we are feeling underappreciated, nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, I have felt more appreciated here than at any other position at which I have ever worked. But I did want to introduce you to another way that your friendly librarians can be of help to you faculty members in particular. Read about it in this brief article from the Faculty Focus Oct. 17th newsletter: "For Better Research Assignments, Ask a Librarian." We want to help you help our students learn how to really do good research, so take advantage of us. (How often do you get an invitation like that from anyone?)
Come to think of it, perhaps we in the Bryan College Library are nomads, considering that we are “migrating” to a new integrated library management system, and will be in the process for at least the next several months. We will be giving more details on that as we go along. “Just a-searchin’ for a home, a new system home…”
--Dr. Gary Fitsimmons