Wessels' Library Newsletter

January 2022: Volume 1, Issue 2

Wessels' Library Intern Focus for December: Brooke Berry

My name is Brooke Berry, and I am the Library Services Intern at Wessels. I am a Newberry College alumnus, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology in December 2020. I started working in the library in May 2021 and have been enjoying it thoroughly. While a student at Newberry, it was always my goal to work at the college after graduating. Through my internship at Wessels, I have been able to achieve this goal as well as learn more about the field of Library and Information Systems.

My responsibilities at the library are broad, which has allowed me to learn about many facets of the field. Whether I am processing and shelving books or doing research on the latest book club title, I always find myself learning something new. I have really enjoyed getting to know students and faculty through my internship, as well as bonding with my work family.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, reading, word puzzles, nature walks, and yoga. In the coming years, I hope to attend graduate school and pursue a degree in either Library and Information Systems or Experimental Psychology while obtaining work experience in both of these fields.

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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 Chick-fil -A gift card.)

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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 left of the front desk.***


Best Seller Links:

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

USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books List

Publishers Weekly Bestseller Lists

DISCUS Feature: African-American History by Infobase

The African-American database covers more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the home page to find an entryway into the database, or dig deep into a subject or era through the Topic Centers. Read about key figures and events, examine famous speeches and other primary sources, and get context from the in-depth timelines. An important feature is the full cross-searchability across all the Infobase history databases for an even more comprehensive view of history. For the current DISCUS username and password, please contact Wessels' Library

Source:“African-American History.” Infobase, 12 Jan. 2022, https://www.infobase.com/products/african-american-history/.

Historical building of the Month: Wessels Library

By Brooke Berry

Wessels Library has had a long journey to where it is today. At Newberry College’s beginning, Wessels as we know it did not exist. The library was to be found in Keller Hall, where most now attend classes. In 1951, with the advent of The Christian Higher Education Year Appeal of the United Lutheran Church in America, the Lutherans and Other Friends in the Synods of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi made it possible for the creation of the building that is Wessels Library.

Wessels Library is named for Frederick Wessels, Sr., LL.D., who passed away just before Wessels was constructed. A plaque in his memory is located in Wessels, given by his wife and son. He is remembered for his work in the Church, business, and civics. He is also remembered for the contributions that he made as a trustee of Newberry College.

Since its beginning, Wessels has evolved into a lifeline for faculty, staff, and students. Whether providing books or electronic resources for papers or practicing outreach through virtual instruction or materials for online and commuting students, Wessels can help with any academic and personal interests. As a building, Wessels has evolved greatly. The Commons, which serves as a study space on the main floor of the library, was renovated in 2011 and got its start as the Reference Room. Also in 2011, the Center for Student Success moved to Wessels Library, in the room that once was the Curriculum Room and the location of the Juvenile Collection. Currently, the basement is being renovated to provide even more study spaces for students.

Wessels' Library Book Club Update

By Steffi Hiltgen

Wessels' book club will start back up first thing in February. We will be discussing two Native American titles-an anthology edited by Joy Harjo(and others) and her memoir Crazy Brave as well. It will take place over the course of the spring semester and will include 3 virtual meetings, an optional discussion board, and a sprinkling of emails. Books are provided, while supplies last, so if you are interested in joining, please pick your copies up from Wessels or contact Steffi Hiltgen at Steffi.Hiltgen@newberry.edu.
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In June 2020, the PASCAL Delivers union catalog and your campus library catalog moved to a new discovery platform called Primo VE. Primo VE discovery provides a single, intuitive search interface for a wide variety of scholarly resources including print materials, electronic journal articles, e-books, and local digital collections. Patrons can also search and request books from other PASCAL libraries.

Please Wessels Library if you have questions or need more information about the Primo VE catalog. Choose your library from the dropdown list below to search your institution's catalog.

About PASCAL Delivers

PASCAL Delivers is a rapid book-delivery service provided by the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries which enables students, faculty and staff across the state to request and receive books from academic libraries in South Carolina. Over 12 million print items are available and books usually arrive within a few days! Users also have instant access to over 300,000 PASCAL provided e-books.

User FAQs

What items are available through PASCAL Delivers?

Over 12 million items owned by PASCAL member-libraries are available to borrow, including books, PASCAL e-books, journals and periodicals, audiovisual materials, sound recordings, electronic resources, government documents, archives and manuscripts, maps, and music scores.

Who can borrow books using PASCAL Delivers?

Current students, faculty, and staff at participating libraries have access to PASCAL Delivers. Books that are not available locally can be requested from other member libraries. Patrons must be “in good standing” at their home library (no overdue books or fines) in order to use the service. PASCAL patrons can also go to other libraries to borrow materials in person using the Visiting Patron service.

How long can I keep a book I get through PASCAL Delivers?

PASCAL Delivers items can be checked out by patrons for up to 6 weeks and renewed for an additional 6 weeks.

How many books can I get?

All PASCAL Delivers users are allowed to have a maximum of 25 items requested from and loaned from a member library.

Can I use PASCAL Delivers to get articles, videos, or items other than print books?

PASCAL Delivers provides request and delivery of print books from participating libraries and instant access to over 300,000 PASCAL provided e-books. PASCAL Delivers does not currently include request or delivery of articles, videos, or other items.

How is PASCAL Delivers different from Interlibrary Loan?

For users, PASCAL Delivers is faster. PASCAL Delivers is a patron-initiated system; the patron sends a lending request directly to a lending library without involving the patron’s home institution. The book will be sent to the patron’s home institution, at which point the patron's home library becomes involved with the process. By cutting out the library “middle man,” this system is faster and cheaper for libraries to use.


"Pascal Delivers.” PASCAL LibGuides, South Carolina General Assembly, PASCAL Member Libraries, and Grants, 2021, https://pascalsc.libguides.com/pascaldelivers.

Free Audio Books In the Public Domain Through LibriVox

About LibriVox

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then they release the audio files back onto the net for free. All the audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish.

Volunteering for LibriVox is easy and does not require any experience with recording or audio engineering or acting or public speaking. All you need is a computer, a microphone, some free recording software, and your own voice. We accept all volunteers in all languages, with all kinds of accents. You’re welcome to volunteer to read any language you speak, as long as you can make yourself understood in it. You don’t need to audition, but we do suggest a 1-Minute Test recording just to check your setup. We’ll accept you no matter what you sound like.

LibriVox operates almost exclusively through Internet communications on their forum, where all your questions will be answered by their friendly community.

For more detailed information, see our FAQ.

LibriVox welcomes your help. Click to learn about volunteering for LibriVox.

Resources and Partners

Most of LibriVox's texts from Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Archive hosts the audio files (for free!).


“About Librivox.” LibriVox, https://librivox.org/pages/about-librivox/.

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