Wessels Library Newsletter
May 2023 /June 2023: Volume 4, Issue 5
Greetings from Wessels Library
On March 24th Russ Conrath & Steffi Hiltgen Presented on AI Chat At the SCASL Conference
The session presented at the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) conference was titled Artificial Intelligence (AI): The Advantages, The Advancements, and the Apprehensions.
Chat GPT and other AI apps have advanced at an incredible rate in recent months, and AI technology is quickly changing the way we interact through social media and in business. Librarians and other educators learned about AI advancements and the impact it is having on the education environment. Attendees also learned about the possible benefits and ways it can be integrated in positive and meaningful ways.
It's important to note that while Chat GPT can be a valuable tool, it's not a substitute for critical thinking, independent research, and academic integrity. As a responsible college student, you should always verify the accuracy of the information you receive from Chat GPT and use it as a starting point for further research and analysis. Additionally, you should always cite your sources and avoid plagiarism in your academic work.
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"The first space in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry, the Poetry Foundation building realizes Harriet Monroe’s dream, set out in her very first editorial, that the magazine would help poets pursue their art, increase public interest in poetry, and raise the profile of poetry in our culture. It also is Poetry magazine’s first permanent home in its 100-year history. Designed by the Chicago firm John Ronan Architects, the building helps the Foundation to carry out its mission: to discover and celebrate the best poetry and place it before the largest possible audience. Since its opening in June 2011, it has been praised widely; the November 2011 issue of Architectural Record notes, 'In keeping with the art form it serves, the new Poetry Foundation is a respectful, restrained building that employs an economy of means and methods, just as a good poem employs an economy of language.' The building complies with the Silver Level of the US Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System."
Here's the link to The Poetry Foundation's Poems for Summer
Source: Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/visit.
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Wessels Scoop.it: Useful Tools, Information, & Resources
Dr. Conrath's Scoop.it List: Check It out!
This "Scoop" shares a list of trending library-related topics and information.
Top Scoops of Interest for today's on the go professor:
Newberry College Building Focus: Speers Street
By Brooke Berry
Newberry College has shown its commitment to student success in many ways. One way is by partnering with the rich history of the surrounding community. In 2012, Newberry College’s Teacher Education Program was given new life when the college bought Speers Street Elementary School. By 2015, the building was becoming the new home of the Teacher Education Program.
The college’s Teacher Education program has been an immense success. Many of the graduates have gone on to have careers in various levels of education. Some have become Teacher-of-the-Year, and some have received National Board Certifications. The program majors range from early childcare management to secondary education with a variety of concentrations. There are also specialized majors in physical education and music. The program also boasts many societies meant to encourage involvement in the world of education, those being the RETAIN Center of Excellence for Mentoring and Induction of Teachers, the Newberry Education Society, and Call Me MISTER. With such an outstanding reputation, it makes sense that the program would have a building to match.
Speers Street School has long been a fixture in Newberry. The school was once known as Pope School and originally served as a high school. After one year, it became an elementary school. Given its many years in Newberry, its history is storied. In 2012, community members gathered to honor the past of the school and its new life. People associated with the school were invited to bring photos and other mementoes. There was also an opportunity to get a look at the projected renovations of the building, which were drawn up by a former Speers Street student. In 2016, the college hosted a Hard Hat Party. This occasion saw many associated with the school and college. One former student of Speers, Carol Foster, found this even more special, as her daughter was studying to be a teacher. She hoped that this building would become her home for her studies.
The groundbreaking was held in May 2015 and renovations started in September. This project was part of the college’s Scaling the Summit Campaign. As part of the first renovations, the college planned for new roofing and windows to be installed. From there, the interior would be revamped to allow for classrooms, learning labs, offices, and more. In addition to these renovations, upgraded furniture and classroom technology were also provided. These renovations were fueled by generous fundraising, with donator Mike Reid calling the building “a must” and saying, “It’s proximity to campus and original purpose as a school make it ideal as the new home for Teacher Education.” The project came along at an ideal time, with the program boasting its highest enrollment in Newberry’s history.
The project was met with much enthusiasm. Then-vice president for Academic Affairs Timothy Elston said, “The Speers Street space provides for an expansion of services that will allow the College to be the epicenter of leadership development in primary and secondary teacher education.” Mayor Foster Senn noted the important role that this project would have in encouraging people throughout the state to invest in Newberry. Donator Jean Haggard called it “an ideal way for Newberry to continue its legacy of preparing quality teachers for South Carolina.”
In the fall of 2016, the building was ready to go. The building had many great innovations. In addition to the renovations, the building became home to several notable rooms. Gnaan Conference Room has played host to many different events and workshops. The Dufford Diversity Lab has a selection of archives and an exhibit on Dr. William Dufford. There is also a lounge for the students. As recently as 2021, Speers Street School is still making history. During Dufford Diversity Week in October, room 127 became the Nancy Lou Anderson-Glasgow Classroom. Anderson-Glasgow is the college’s first African American graduate and has been very active in the community and in education. She once served as a teacher at Speers Street School.
Speers Street School is just one example of how Newberry College invests in its students. This building has become a testament to the success of the program and the graduates of it. Many great careers in education have started at Speers Street School and many more are sure to come.
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Favorite Free Summer Book Reading: Check It OUT!
Read for Speed. The Fastest Way to a Good Book is To Discover Free Online eBooks!
Our summer Book Club will feature a free read from books in the public domain. There are lots of great websites and apps that can lead you to some fantastic classics and new cutting-edge stories. Just to name a few such access avenues, take a look at these:
Again, this summer's book club will be read independently, and two to three meetings will be held throughout the summer to discuss it together. This opportunity is open to anyone interested, so whether you are a student, faculty member, or staff member, you are welcome to join us. If you are interested in joining us, we have virtual, in-person, and even discussion board opportunities for participation, and would love to have you join! If you are interested, please fill out this form.
As an additional way to participate for the summer, we are also offering your own option to just create a book podcast commercial about the summer book you've recently read. To create your free podcast, simple create an account with Spotify for Podcasters, which was originally known as Anchor. Try to record a two-to-five-minute talk about the book and add some neat music for the background. We look forward to hearing from you!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
We are looking forward to discussing more banned books, and we hope you will consider joining us.
Steffi Hiltgen, Public Services Librarian & Russ Conrath, Outreach Librarian
Wessels Library Statistics
Update: Over 100 students received primary research skills instruction from Dr. Conrath and Mrs. Hiltgen for the month of February.
Thirty classes with over 463 students received library instruction during the fall semester.
Total Physical Items 39,641
Total Physical books 35,693:
Music Scores 852
eBooks available 273, 740
Wessels Library employs 16 student workers.
Citation Tools & Information
Plagiarism is using someone's words, thoughts, or ideas without giving credit to the author. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense, and it can easily be avoided. Here are some helpful resources to help you better understand plagiarism. When in doubt about how to cite a source, ask for help.
- A Student's Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism
This short video will help you get a better understanding of plagiarism and citations.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Purdue's Online Writing Lab is an excellent resource for writing papers, using sources, and citing sources.
Easybib.com: EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note-taking, and research tools that are easy to use; it's accurate, fast, and comprehensive,
In addition, Wessels has citation books on reserve at the circulation desk and through our circulation manager, Carl Lominick.
Wessels' Trivia Question
TRIVIA QUESTION AND PRIZE
Here's the Wessels Library trivia question: In connection with textbooks, what are OERs? What does OER stand for?
If you can answer this question you'll win a $10 gift card.
Wessels' Contact Information
WESSELS LIBRARY STAFF
Wessels Library Staff:
- Mr. Reid Austin, Library Director
- Mrs. Steffi Hiltgen, Public Services Librarian
- Dr. Russ Conrath, Outreach Librarian
- Mr. Carl Lominick, Circulation Manager
- Mrs. Janice Hudson, Technical Services Specialist
- Ms. Brooke Berry, Library Intern