Wessels Library Newsletter

Volume I, Issue I : Oct/Nov 2021

About Wessels Library

Wessels Library is the focal point at Newberry College for accessing, evaluating, and using research materials that support learning and teaching. Wessels Library, through its services, collections, and staff, enhances the student learning experience at Newberry College by providing a welcoming, inclusive environment that promotes lifelong learning and fosters equity and diversity.

Wessels Library is committed to the American Library Association (ALA) Library Bill of Rights and the core values of the ALA and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Wessels Library will provide:

  • Current, relevant print and electronic resources that support the curriculum of the College and the research interests of the faculty
  • Recreational reading that fosters intellectual growth and lifelong learning
  • Assistance in accessing, evaluating, and using provided materials
  • Access to materials for online and commuting students utilizing current technology
  • Information Literacy instruction through classroom visits, online tutorials, and one-on-one interactions
  • Access to materials at other colleges via the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL) and other avenues
  • A staff that meets ACRL standards, in number and qualifications, to fulfill these obligations

Wessels' Top Three Checkouts So Far This Semester:

World History, Volume II Since 1500 11 checkouts

Out of the Shadows: Women and Politics in the French Revolution 9 checkouts

Basic Business Law 7 checkouts

Wessels' Library Recent Statistics

Russ Conrath, Wessels' New OutReach Librarian

Russ Conrath is the new OutReach Librarian for Wessels Library. He comes to Newberry College with a little over 28 years of experience in education from the public school system to the higher education environment.

In connection with teaching, he has taught secondary English, undergraduate English classes, curriculum theory classes for masters and doctoral students, and undergraduate and graduate library classes for over 12 years. As a librarian, he has worked as a middle school librarian, a high school librarian, and as a school district chairperson for 10 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in communications from The College of Charleston, a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in English from The Citadel, a Master of Library and Information Science from The University of South Carolina, and an Educational Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Higher Education Administration.

On a personal level, Russ Conrath likes spending family time with his daughter who is a sophomore at The College of Charleston. He has two cats and a loyal 19-year-old Shih Tzu named Potter. As for hobbies, he enjoys photography, classic vinyl records, and writing.

As Wessels' Outreach Librarian, he is looking forward to working with his fellow librarians and faculty members as well as serving Newberry College's students and community constituents.

DISCUS, S.C.'s Online Library From S.C.'s State Library

DISCUS provides all South Carolinians with access to an electronic library of essential information resources. This set of core resources is made available to every citizen through South Carolina's school, college and public libraries. Discus ensures equal access to information and learning resources regardless of race or socio-economic status. DISCUS is an acronym that stands for Digital Information for South Carolina USers.


What does Discus provide?
Discus provides a variety of organized resources, called databases, for individuals of all ages, educational levels and interests. The databases include:

  • magazines
  • professional journals
  • newspapers
  • encyclopedias
  • e-books
  • reference material
  • student and teacher resources
  • maps
  • pictures
  • recommended Web links
  • multimedia
  • and much more!

For the username and password to access DISCUS, please contact the Wessels Library. DISCUS is free for all residents and students in South Carolina.

Recreational Reads & More!

Wessels Library offers a great selection of Recreational Reads. On your next visit to Wessels, be sure to check it out!

Plenty of great reads are waiting, including:

· The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, a Good Morning America Book Club Pick, USA Today Bestseller and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller

· New York Times Bestsellers Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

· USA Today Bestseller The Boy, The Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

· USA Today Bestseller We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

· Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Anxious People by Frederik Bachman

· …And many more!

***When entering Wessels, look for the shelf to the right of the front desk.***


Other Related Links To Check Out:

Paperback Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - Books (nytimes.com)

USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books List

Publishers Weekly Bestseller Lists

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One of Our Many Very Neat Resources: "Pascal Delivers"

PASCAL Delivers is a service that allows Newberry College students, faculty, and staff to borrow books from other South Carolina academic libraries. You may say, "How Do I Request a Book?" To find a book, simply go to the Wessels' library webpage and click on "PASCAL." Once you're on the PASCAL page, scroll about halfway down and select, PASCAL Delivers; it's a rapid print delivery service that provides access to over 12 million print volumes in academic libraries around South Carolina. (It's bigger than Netflix! Check it out!)

Our DEI Book Club News


New to Wessels's library as of Spring 2020, the DEI Book Club is meeting once every few weeks virtually or in-person to discuss books of a diverse nature. The Fall title we are discussing is No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox. A virtual discussion board is available to add thoughts to periodically as well. We are in the process of choosing Spring's choice, so be on the lookout for that announcement and feel free to join us!


For more information on how to join and participate, please contact either Steffie Hiltgen or Reid Austin.

Trivia Question and Prize

Here's the Wessels Library trivia question: Where can you go online through the Wessels Library to conduct research that pulls in all of Wessels resources? (The first correct answer will win a $10 Chik-fil -A gift card.)
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Newberry College’s Diversity Reading Challenge

By Steffi Hiltgen

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are noteworthy buzzwords these days. As such, many libraries are offering reading challenges around these hot-button topics. For example, the University of Wisconsin Eu Clair has created a DEI recommended Readings List and Brandeis University a Diverse Voices Book Challenge. Newberry College’s Diversity Reading Challenge is one such example.

Newberry College’s collection, located in the lobby on the main floor of Wessels Library, began seeing use almost immediately and gets the most use from faculty and staff though titles are available to students to check out and use for civic engagement projects as well.

The idea was presented and well received by the head Librarian, Reid Austin, who later emailed, ‘For my part, I would like to divert $5,000 of the materials budget for the coming fiscal year to seed a fund that would support this initiative going forward to fund student selections. It is my hopes that Dr. Dufford or another generous donor might match that sum.’

Members of the college community are challenged to buy and read a title from the aforementioned list (located on the Library’s website). Suggestions and donations of resources beyond the list on other diverse topics from other locations are also accepted to help build the DEI collection. Further details along with a list of donated titles complete with links to Goodreads write-ups and book art can also be found on Wessels’ website.

It is our hope that this initiative catches on with other SC academic libraries allowing faculty, staff, and students all over the state access to a wide variety of books on such a popular and necessary topic in this day and time. Such a reading challenge provides a wonderful opportunity for partnership between departments and for everyone to keep reading and educating themselves on these important issues.

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Wessels Library Staff

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