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A season of Lent

First we CONGRATULATE Shane Ratzell, Information Services Librarian, on being promoted to Associate Librarian faculty rank.  Shane, we are proud of you and this is much deserved!

We are in Lent starting February 14.  It feels a bit odd with Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day falling on the same Day.  May you have a meaningful 40 day season of Lent!

The library celebrates the publishing work of the CCU faculty with our slide show coming soon.  Research and publication of that research, producing a new score, writing a book or contributing a chapter in a book is a critical scholarly activity for an institution.  Congratulations, faculty!

We will soon announce a new library faculty person who will join our team in March.


Happy New Year! Welcome back, students and faculty!

It’s a new year!  With the departure of Karen Neville to be the Director at the Red Rocks Community College Library this month, the library faculty evaluated the library needs and made several changes in areas of responsibility.  Shane Ratzell will now manage the systems and webpage content and Oliver Schulz has added cataloging to his area.  We are in the hiring process for a Research and Instruction Librarian who will manage the Book A Librarian service and classroom instruction.

Gayle welcomed JoAnn Jacoby, Library Director at Colorado College, as a mentee (I am the mentor) through the College Library Director Mentoring Program.  JoAnn is a new library director and is in the newly remodeled, beautiful Tutt library.  She can mentor me about a new library!

Psalm 33 starts Monday, January 22nd, at a new time, 3 pm!  This fun, creative, collaborative time is for everyone!

For the New Year!

Congratulations to students who completed the fall semester 2017!  As we head into a new year and a new semester, the Library congratulates Karen Neville who will be leaving us to be the Library Director at Red Rocks Community College Library.  We’re very sad to lose Karen but we’re excited for this terrific opportunity for her.  Best wishes, Karen!

Shane, Oliver and Gayle have done some reorganizing of responsibilities and we will be hiring a Research and Instruction librarian to join our team. Please see the job posted here.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

We share our staff’s special Christmas traditions above and invite you to also come in to see the Christmas train in motion, the Christmas tree and the Santa Claus House!

Congratulations to Karen Neville, Cataloging and Tech Services Librarian, who has accepted a library director position at Red Rocks Community College!  Karen has been at CCU for 9 years and brought wonderful enhancements to the library; we’re very sorry to lose her but we’re excited for her opportunity.

Check out Psalm 33 held each Thursday afternoon at 2:30 pm and which offers a time of creativity, interactivity, collaboration and fun.  Each Psalm 33 is different and we build with Legos, play board games, play role-playing games, learn ukuleles, take history walks, color and “who knows?”

LNSH or Late Night Study Hall is coming soon on Mon, Dec 4 and Tues, Dec 5, when the library stays open to 2 am to encourage students to study hard, have some fun and finish well.  On the 4th is a special LNSH event – the Trivia contest!  Food and  ukulele classes will also be offered.

Karen Neville Award! Fall events in the Library!

Congratulations to Karen Neville!  Karen is our Cataloging and Technical Services Library faculty and she received the Colorado Association of Librarian’s “Unsung Hero” award on October 20th.  This award celebrates those people behind the scenes who give unselfishly to their libraries or library community. It is meant to honor those persons who don’t receive recognition or thanks because their work is unseen or goes unnoticed.  Karen does terrific “magic” all behind the scenes in the library catalog, network and webpage!

Fall 2017 events in the Library include “The Great Ideas of the Reformation”, a presentation and discussion by a panel of History and Theology faculty.  This is Tuesday, Oct 17, 4:30 pm.  This is a Reformation 500 commemoration event and offers extra credit for Chapel.

On Thursday, November 2nd, at 2:30 pm, we celebrate two faculty’s publication success at our Psalm 33.3 time.  Dr. Mary Boardman and Dr. Mellani Day recently published the Handbook of Research Methodologies and Design in Neuroentrepreneurship with the Edward Elgar Publishing company!  Come find out more about neuroentrepreneurship and celebrate with a brief presentation, a reception and some “brain games”!

Every Thursday at 2:30 a librarian or Michael offers Psalm 33, a time of creativity, interactivity, collaboration and fun.  Each Psalm 33 is different and we build with Legos, play board games, play role-playing games, learn ukuleles, take history walks, color and “who knows?”

LNSH or Late Night Study Hall is Mon, Dec 4 and Tues, Dec 5, when the library stays open to 2 am to encourage students to study hard, have some fun and finish well.

Introducing Psalm 33!

Introducing Psalm 33, Thursdays at 2:30 in the Library!
This year we’re excited to launch Psalm 33, a weekly outreach and creativity-sparking series of sessions managed by Outreach and Instruction Librarian, Shane Ratzell and with each librarian and our Library Assistant taking turns to lead. Psalm 33 uses
Creativity  =  “Creativity is associated with unpredictability, using one’s imagination, original thinking, doing something in a way that has never been done, and taking initiative.” (Kirkendall & Krishen, 2015, p. 341)
Collaboration  = A gathering of people that together “can also break routines and introduce fresh thinking,” a Wisdom of Crowds (Klieger, 2016, p. 128).
Creativity and Collaboration are two ways that boost the educational potential of anyone. Psalm 33 aims to bring these two concepts together and foster an environment that allows for people to do just that, be creative and collaborate.
Psalm 33 will include activities such as board games, trains, instrument playing, role playing, STEM programs, Legos and more. We want you to come and bring your ideas and help us shape Psalm 33 into something that you find enjoyable and profitable.
Psalm 33 is every Thursday, 2:30 pm – 5 pm, starting August 31st!!!
Kirkendall, A., & Krishen, A. S. (2015). Encouraging creativity in the social work classroom: Insights from a qualitative exploration. Social Work Education, 34(3), 341-354. doi:10.1080/02615479.2014.986089
Klieger, A. (2016). The Use of Social Networks to Employ the Wisdom of Crowds for Teaching. Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice To Improve Learning, 60(2), 124-128. doi:10.1007/s11528-016-0020-0

Welcome, Oliver Schulz!

Oliver Schulz will join the library faculty in July as the Collection Management Librarian! Oliver comes to us from the Master’s Seminary Library in California and brings considerable knowledge and experience in collection management and library administration.  Welcome, Oliver!
Summer travels of our group include North Dakota, New Mexico, Seattle area and northern Europe.  Enjoy your own travels and summer experiences; soon enough it’ll be August and time to start the semester!

What do you think of our website?

Karen and Shane are conducting website usability surveys with several students and faculty to determine if our webpage is serving you as best it can.  These surveys involve a patron’s in-person or via Zoom visit to the Library’s home page along with Karen and Shane.  Karen gives the patron some prompts and the patron narrates their decision-making process as to how they’re moving through our webpage. We are learning a lot and making some changes.  You can look forward to improvements based on your feedback, and we solicite your comments on our webpage in our comment box below!

Congratulations, Shane Ratzell!

Congratulations to Shane Ratzell, Outreach and Instruction Librarian, for presenting “Student Success By Partnering with the Library” about his development and experience of the CCU Library’s Book A Librarian research model.  Shane presented at the John N. Gardner Gateway Course Experience Conference late February.  Click here to view student, faculty and librarian testimonials about the Book A Librarian.

January 2017 updates

The library congratulates Karen Neville, Technical Services Librarian, for having an article published in the Special Issue on Library Discovery Systems of the Annals of Library and Information Studies (vol. 63,  no. 4, 2016).  This journal is a “leading quarterly journal in Library and Information Studies publishing original papers, survey reports, reviews, short communications, and letters pertaining to library science, information science and computer applications in these fields”.  For all you librarians, this is the journal that S.R. Ranganathan started!

The article is about our online catalog, Pika, and titled,

Usability in the Pika discovery layer: an academic and public library case study

by Elizabeth Gallinger and Karen Neville.