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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!!!
References:
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
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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.

Merry Christmas from all of us in the Library!

As it always does, the semester careens to a halt and things get very quiet for a couple of weeks.  Charlene left CCU for California and we wish her the best but we will miss her very much.

We’ll be open reduced hours through the 23rd, then close for the Christmas break, and then return on Tuesday, January 3rd, for reduced hours until everyone returns to start up again on January 16th.

Be safe in your travels and enjoy special time with your family and friends. Read a good book over break!

On behalf of Karen, Shane and Alfredo,  … Gayle

Join us for our fall events

  • Please join us Thursday, Nov. 10, 9:30 am, for Story Time, always a fun event for “kids” of all ages.
  • On Friday, Nov. 11, all day (8a-5p) we honor all Veterans with a video and webpage slide show as well as a free donut.  Thank you for your service to our country!
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings right after the Thanksgiving break, Nov 29-30, we offer LNSH (Late Night Study Hall)!  We’re open to 2 am and offer research help, study breaks and food inducements to keep you going and finish well.
  • On Thursday, Dec. 1, 4:30 pm, we have English major seniors presenting special readings and snacks, too.

Please help us out, friend of the library!

Please help us out, friend of the library!  The library team is writing an application for the Association of College and Research Libraries award, Excellence in Academic Libraries.  Would you write a letter of reference on our behalf?  Did we assist you in a special way or make a difference for you at CCU?  Do you appreciate the librarians, Charlene and student staff?  Please describe your experience with the CCU Library as a part of our application.  Write what you’re comfortable saying or see the criteria from their guidelines.  Please send your letter to me by November 15, Gayle, at ggunderson@ccu.edu.  Many thanks!

Aaannnnd…..we’re off!  Welcome back all students, faculty and staff!  We’re energized for the semester ahead and look forward to interacting with you.  This semester take full advantage of all we offer;  IM chat with us; set up a Book A Librarian for research help; place holds on our books, request Prospector and Mobius items; use the databases, use Reserves; reserve a conference from for your group; use the computer lab; print wirelessly; and enjoy your library this semester!

Summer update

The library launches summertime projects and travel to conferences, mission trips and vacations. It’s more quiet but still busy – we have our list of projects for sure!  One librarian is joining a CCU2THEWORLD mission trip to Equador and I will attend the “Snezek Library Leadership Institute”, a Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Library Directors institute and named after Wheaton librarian, Paul Snezek, who was a mentor to several of our group. Additionally we will enjoy family travels, hosting visitors and Colorado summer activities.  Have a great summer!
Gayle Gunderson