In the spirit of tbt check out these pictures from the Digital Commons Southeastern Users Group (DCSEUG) meeting held here at Winthrop on June 5th, 2015. The conference provided an opportunity for users and non-users of Digital Commons to come together to discuss issues related to managing an institutional repository. For a more in-depth and technical look at the conference and Digital Commons check out the June blog post written by Dean of Library Services, Mark Herring. Interested in posting to Digital Commons @ Winthrop? Hosting a conference or event? Interested in starting an open access journal? Contact DeAnn Brame, our Digital Services and Systems Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Congratulations are in order! One of Dacus Library’s own, Brenda Knox, was named the Winthrop University Staff Employee of the Month for June 2015. It was announced at the Staff Assembly Meeting on July 21st. As Library Technical Assistant in the Electronic and Continuing Resources Department, Brenda is responsible for ordering all print serials and electronic resources and then paying the appropriate invoices. In addition, Brenda voluntarily took on the role of troubleshooting all technology issues for the library and is the liaison between the library and Winthrop’s IT Department. She took on this role without any formal title change or pay raise because she has a selfless passion for helping others.
Those who nominated her have said, “Always welcoming with a cheerful “hello” and smile, Brenda is a bright spot in the library. She always goes above and beyond her work duties to help her coworkers and students. Brenda will immediately tackle any problem and work through it until resolved.” “Because of her commitment and willingness to help, Brenda promotes a better work environment, a smoother work flow, and respect that inspires others.”
Originally from Rock Hill, Brenda has worked at Dacus Library for 31 years. When asked what drives her to make a big difference every day, she responded, “I have a passion and love for helping people, and one aspect of my job (IT portion) gives me the opportunity to do that on a daily basis. If I can make just one person smile, then I feel like I have accomplished my goal for that day!”
It’s safe to say that Brenda makes many of us smile and certainly makes it easier for us to do our jobs at Dacus Library. She takes a lot of stress out of our days by helping us and our students with technology issues and by voluntarily taking on additional projects to help out where needed. She is more than deserving of this recognition and we wish her a warm-felt thank you and congratulations!
Does the word ‘research’ strike fear into your heart? Take a look at the results from the Project Information Literacy study below. Do these results resonate with you? Well it doesn’t have to be this way! There are librarians at Dacus Library who can help! We can show you how to:
search the library’s databases for articles, news and reference information
use the library’s catalog to locate print and electronic books, periodicals, and media
navigate our stacks
evaluate a website
find citation style guides
All you have to do is: 1. Come to the Information Commons desk and 2. Ask us to help.
The Federal Depository Library Program just announced that the Digitization Projects Registry is now available! “The what?” you may ask. The Digitization Projects Registry is an inventory of digitization projects undertaken by libraries, U. S. Government agencies, and non-profit institutions. What this means is that Historical U.S. Government publications that were previously only available in print format are now freely available online to anyone!
Just a few examples of what you can find through this registry:
MARGARET MAE BRYANT PAPERS, 1943-1975 (Accession 21)
Dr. Margaret Mae Bryant was a retired English professor and author. She was a past president of the International Linguistic Association, American Society of Geolinguistics, the American Name Society and New York City chapter of the American Association of University Women. She was also a former chairwoman of the Present Day English Section of the Modern Language Association.
She served on the editorial advisory boards of the World Book Encyclopedia and the Thorndike-Barnhart and Funk & Wagnalls dictionaries.
Her books include “A Functional English Grammar,” “Current American Usage,” “Proverbs and How to Collect Them,” “Modern English and Its Heritage,” “A Dictionary of American Proverbs” and “Psychology of English.”
Dr. Bryant was born in 1900 in the town of Trenton in Edgefield County, S.C. After graduating from Winthrop College in 1921, she earned a master’s degree and doctorate in English at Columbia University.
She taught for more than 40 years at Brooklyn College and served as chairwoman of its English department. She also was a teacher and principal at several public and private schools in Kansas, West Virginia, New York, and South Carolina. She taught at Columbia University, Hunter College, the University of Vermont, the University of Colorado, the University of Utah, the University of Arkansas and the New School for Social Research.
Bryant retired to the Clemson, S.C. area and passed away in 1993.
The Margaret Mae Bryant Papers consist of Dr. Bryant’s professional and organizational files, biographical data, correspondence, and speeches. Most of the material relates to her publishing efforts, her work as a faculty member at Brooklyn College, and her involvement with professional organizations, especially the New York branch of the American Association of University Women. Most of the material extends form 1950-1975. A list of the more prominent individuals who corresponded with Margaret Bryant has been included as an appendix to the inventory. (For more extensive and comprehensive list of correspondents, see the list included in the collection control file.)