Library to Hold APA and MLA Workshops the Last Week of October

APA Manual CoverMLA Manual CoverIt’s getting to be that time in the semester when assignments and papers are coming due:   Instructors’ reminders to students to make sure that the formatting of papers and citations are in “correct APA Style” or “correct MLA Style” are ringing out in classes across campus with increasing frequency.

Students, if you’re scratching your head trying to figure out what your instructors mean and what the fuss is all about (and how it affects you), then two upcoming workshops in Hackney Library are designed just for you:

  • The first workshop will address APA Style on Tuesday, October 28, 11 am-12:00 noon in the library’s Technology Classroom.
  • The second workshop will address MLA Style on Thursday, October 30, 11 am-12:00 noon, also in the library’s Technology Classroom.

In each workshop, we’ll go over some basics about the style we’re discussing that day, talk briefly about why we need to cite sources properly, the development and purpose of different styles (of which APA and MLA are just two), but most importantly, we’ll give you a chance to bring to the respective workshops the papers and other assignments you’re working on (as well as the sources you’re trying to cite) for some hands-on personalized assistance to help you create your citations and make sure your formatting is up to snuff.

The Technology Classroom can accommodate 24 students in each workshop, so guarantee your spot by coming early with your papers/assignments-in-progress on the appropriate day for the style you need help with (or on both days, if you need help with both APA and MLA styles!).

If you can’t make the workshop, or it fills up before you can claim a seat, don’t worry—there is additional help available:

Librarians on duty at the reference/research assistance desk will continue to help students individually learn how to cite their sources appropriately in both APA and MLA styles.

  • Assistance is also available online through a Citation Help LibGuide as well as through the library web page’s Citation Tools and Guides.
  • In addition, instructors, if you would like to arrange sessions for your individual classes on the various citation styles when your students are far enough along in their research to have sources that need documentation, we’ll be happy to work with you on scheduling those as well—just contact Ann Dolman at 252-399-6502 or to set up a time.

So there’s no excuse for not getting your citations right—take advantage of any or all of the above, and sharpen your APA and MLA Style skills!

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Friends’ Fall 2014 Dinner/Lecture to Feature Poet James Applewhite

Poet James Applewhite (Photo Credit:  Les Todd/Duke University Photography)

Poet James Applewhite (Photo Credit: Les Todd/Duke University Photography)

Renowned poet James Applewhite, Wilson County native and Professor Emeritus of English at Duke University, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of Hackney Library’s Fall 2014 Book Signing, Dinner, and Lecture.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in Barton College’s Hardy Alumni Hall.  A wine reception and book signing will be held from 6-6:45 pm, with the dinner and lecture following at 7:00 pm.  Copies of Applewhite’s works will be available for purchase during the book signing and following the dinner/program.

Referred to by the North Carolina Literary Review’s editors as “the Dean of North Carolina Poetry,” Applewhite has numerous volumes of poetry, literary critiques, and articles to his credit and is the recipient of a variety of literary honors and awards.  Moreover, he has had a poetry competition named in his honor—“The James Applewhite Poetry Prize Competition”—established in 2011 and administered by the North Carolina Literary Review to recognize the accomplished work of North Carolina poets.

Applewhite was raised on a tobacco farm in Stantonsburg in Wilson County.  He received his bachelor of arts, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in English, all from Duke University.  He served as an instructor and later as an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and for over thirty years at Duke University as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, and presently as professor emeritus.

He has published numerous poetry collections—including the following:

  • Statues of the Grass (1975), his first collection;
  • Following Gravity (1980), which won the Associated Writing Programs award in poetry;
  • Foreseeing the Journey (1983);
  • Ode to the Chinaberry Tree and Other Poems, A History of the River, and Selected Poems, which received the Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Award in 1986, 1993, and 2005, respectively;
  • River Writing:  An Eno Journal, recipient of the 1987 Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets publication award;
  • Lessons in Soaring, recipient of the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Zoe Kincaid Brockman Memorial Award, (1990);
  • Daytime and Starlight, recipient of  the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Brockman-Campbell Award, (1998)
  • Quartet for Three Voices, (2002)

His latest is Cosmos: A Poem, slated for release by LSU Press in April 2014.

In addition to his own poetry collections, he has also published poems in anthologies, essays and articles in literary journals, book chapters and introductions to books, and volumes of critical essays. 

According to Richard Flynn’s article on Applewhite in the Dictionary of Literary Biography’s American Poets Since World War II, Second Series, Applewhite’s poetry

concerns the tension implicit in the relationships between language and landscape, past and present, childhood and maturity, and the rewards and limitations of his love for the narrative and family traditions of the South.  Applewhite works within and against these dualities, writing in both traditional meters and free verse.  An accomplished critic as well as a poet, he notes that his work is influenced by such diverse figures as William Wordsworth and Jackson Pollock (vol. 105, p. 11).

Applewhite says of his work, “I have been concerned for some time with the interaction of my own native southern American speech and the literary tradition of poetry in English. . . . I suppose I am working to assimilate literary English and southern reality to one another” (Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, vol. 199, p. 10).  Yet despite the intense sense of the South reflected in his work, appreciation of Applewhite’s poetry extends far beyond the region:  Southern Cultures author Robert M. West is quoted in the same Contemporary Authors article as saying that in Applewhite’s poetry, especially in his Selected Poems, “we see a poet who deserves acclaim not just across the South, but across the nation” (p. 10). 

And not only across the nation; indeed, when British author V. S. Naipaul visited the American South in the late 1980s and documented his insights gleaned during that visit in his book A Turn in the South, Naipaul “selected a certain quiet, unassuming man [James Applewhite] to take him around North Carolina.  Naipaul wanted someone who could show him the farms, churches, graveyards, and universities, and explain the history of the land,” says Jynne Dilling Martin in her article about Applewhite in Duke Magazine’s Nov/Dec 2002 issue.  She continues, “Naipaul repeatedly marvels at how much he and Applewhite have in common, though they come from such different worlds. . . . Toward the end of A Turn in the South, Naipaul calls his conversations with Applewhite ‘extraordinary.’”

Richard Flynn remarks on the subtle but enduring importance of Applewhite’s poetry: 

James Applewhite’s work has received little critical attention.  In the era of the literary carnival, his poetry develops a quiet engagement with personal history that must be proclaimed almost tentatively.  Yet his remarkable growth as a poet since 1983 and his increasing critical acumen promise him a valued place among contemporary poets. . . . Applewhite’s resolute affirmation of [what V. S. Naipaul characterizes as Applewhite’s “sanctity of the smallest gestures”] may not call great attention to itself, but it may well be more enduring than the pyrotechnical displays of more fashionable contemporaries (American Poets Since World War II, p. 18).

Attesting to the high esteem in which Applewhite is held are the numerous fellowships and honors he has been awarded over the years, among them Duke University’s Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award in 1974; a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1974-75; a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, 1976-77; the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Jean Stein Award in Poetry, 1993; the R. Hunt Parker Memorial Award, 1994; the North Carolina Award in Literature, 1995; election to the Fellowship of Southern Writers, 1995; and induction into the North Carolina Literary hall of Fame, 2008.

Please join us for an enjoyable evening with this native son turned poetic master.


Tickets are $30 for Friends members and Barton faculty/staff, students, and spouses, and $35 for all others.

For more information about invitations for the dinner, please contact Luann Clark at (252) 399-6329, or email the Friends at  Space is limited, and after invitations have been issued, reservations for the dinner must be received by September 30, 2014.

This event is sponsored in part by BB&T.

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Hackney Library Celebrates ‘Banned Books Week’ September 21-27

BBW14_Poster_200x300When we think of censorship, we often think of such dystopian societies as those depicted in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and other futuristic societies.  But unfortunately, censorship attempts are alive and well in the year 2014, even in our own state of North Carolina.

In September 2014, the Greensboro News & Record reported that the Watauga County School Board earlier in the year considered but then ultimately rejected a ban of Chilean author Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits, prompted by inclusion in the book of graphic scenes of rape and executions in the book.  The book is one of those included in honors English and AP curricula.  Other recent challenges in the state to books include the efforts of Randolph County to ban Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Brunswick County’s attempt to ban Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.  Both of these attempts were also overturned.

Some of the most frequently-cited reasons for books to be challenged or banned are the following:  Sexually explicit content, offensive language, content unsuited to the targeted age group, violence, homosexuality, expression of religious viewpoint, and depiction of drug use.

These recent attempts to censor or ban books are just the latest in a long history of such assaults on the freedom to read what one chooses.  To counter such censorship attempts, the American Library Association sponsors “Banned Book Week” each year.  This year’s observance takes place this week, from September 21 through September 27.  In honor of this event to encourage the reading of books that have been challenged, Hackney Library has put together a display of books we own in our collections that have appeared in the past—and often continue to appear—on the challenged books list somewhere in the United States, including in North Carolina (you may be surprised by some of the titles that are on someone’s hit list!).

This year’s Banned Books Week focuses on attempts to ban comics and graphic novels (some of which are in our display), but many of the “usual suspects” that have headed up previous years’ lists have made it once again onto the 2013-14 banned/challenged book lists, including Ellison’s Invisible Man.

The Banned Books display is located on the back counter of the library’s circulation desk (you’ll spot it easily by the yellow “caution” tape surrounding the display).  (To see lists of previously and currently challenged books, see the ALA’s web site.)

We encourage you to support the freedom to read by checking out one of these “banned books” and make up your own mind about its worth, content, and value.  These books will remain on display through September, after which they’ll return to their regular homes on our shelves.

BBW14_Poster_200x300So check out a banned book, this week and always!

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Grand Opening of the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room in Hackney Library Scheduled for September 25

The much anticipated grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room in the Willis N. Hackney Library at Barton College will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The ceremony will include a reception and a lecture featuring Dr. Patrick Scott, Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus, at the University of South Carolina, and the former director of the University’s Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections. Dr. Scott’s lecture will focus on Scottish rare books and how they can be used to stimulate undergraduate research. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the library. The event is open to the public, and the community is invited to attend.

“The opening of the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room will be a wonderful event that highlights the College’s rich and growing collections in Scottish Literature, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) materials, and the historical and cultural record of Eastern North Carolina,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “Even more importantly, it provides powerful opportunities for our students to have direct contact with these rare items, and to develop critical thinking and communication skills through working with these materials.”

The K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room is named for Dr. K.D. Kennedy, Jr., trustee emeritus and former chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees. A longtime trustee and friend of the College, Dr. Kennedy’s many interests have supported capital campaigns and a number of project campaigns across campus throughout the last two decades.  The addition of the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room to the College’s library honors Dr. Kennedy’s most recent gift to the College.

“Materials in the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room will give context and background to teaching and research at Barton College,” shared George Loveland, director of Hackney Library. “The collection will focus primarily on Scottish literature, history, and culture, which has numerous connections to the history and tradition of Barton College. Alexander and Thomas Campbell, and Barton Stone, for whom the College is named, were ministers in the Scottish Presbyterian Church before leaving that denomination to lead the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) movement (Barton’s denominational affiliation).

“Dr. Kennedy has been an avid collector of Robert Burns material for more than 15 years,” Loveland continued. “He first became interested in Burns while doing genealogical research on his branch of the Kennedy family in Scotland. In an old family Bible, he discovered a link between the eastern North Carolina Kennedys and the family of the Marquis of Ailsa, near Ayrshire, Scotland. Dr. Kennedy described how this discovery led to his passion for Robert Burns.”

“I noticed that Robert Burns trod all the same roads and knew all the same people as did my Kennedys in the late 1700s,” Dr. Kennedy explained. “I thought by studying Robert Burns’ poems letters, histories, and way of thinking, I could get closer to my family’s mindset, way of making decisions, feelings on matters from everyday life to politics to settling disputes to religion. So I paralleled my search for Kennedys with a search for Robert Burns’ intellect.”

In addition to establishing the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room in Hackney Library, Dr. Kennedy has seeded the College’s collection with rare books from the British Isles. Among these selections are Robert Burns’ “Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect,” a First Edinburgh edition of the poet’s work, published in 1787, and a first edition of Charles Dickens’s novel “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” published in 1870. Dr. Kennedy has also donated a number of supplemental materials related to Robert Burns and literature of the British Isles to Hackney Library.

As the collection grows, it will also include rare books that influenced the thinking of Scottish poets, essayists, theologians, and educators. The College has consulted with Dr. Scott; Dr. Newell Williams, president of Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University; and the Reverend John Richardson, regional minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina. These scholars have helped the library compile a list of authors whose work created the intellectual climate that Barton Stone, the Campbells, and Burns moved in. That list includes: James Boswell, Samuel Johnson, James and Robert Haldane, Thomas Reid, George Jardine, John Locke, George Campbell, Hugh Blair, Adam Smith, Francis Hutcheson, James Beattie, Dugald Stewart, Henry Home (Lord Kames), and David Hume (the leading opponent of the Scottish scholars).

Also on display for the opening of the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room will be the silver communion chalice, paten, and flagon that the Disciples of Christ founder Barton Stone used at the historic Cane Ridge Church in Kentucky shortly before his death in 1844. These items, on brief loan from the Disciples Center at the Indianapolis headquarters of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), are being delivered to the College by the Reverend Richardson, specifically for this special occasion. They provide the College with a direct connection to the rich Stone-Campbell heritage of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), with whom the College is affiliated.

About the Speaker:

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Dr. Patrick Scott

In addition to his serving as a Distinguished Professor of English at USC, Dr. Scott served for 15 years in his role as Director of the University’s directing the Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections.

During this period, the Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections added more than 100 distinct collections, largely through gift, and, in 2010, it moved into a new building, the Hollings Special Collections Library.

The department also developed the use of special collections in education and outreach, with an expanded exhibition program, special events and conferences, pioneer digital projects, and regular undergraduate courses in book history giving students hands-on experience with rare materials.

Before moving to South Carolina in 1976, he taught at the secondary level in Nigeria and Britain, and at the college level in Leicester, Edinburgh, and at the College of William & Mary. While at South Carolina, Dr. Scott taught more than 35 different courses in British literature, writing, African literature, historical bibliography, and rare book librarianship. Since 2012, he has edited the journal “Studies in Scottish Literature”; he is an honorary research fellow in Scottish literature at the University of Glasgow, and he currently has NEH support for research relating to Robert Burns. Dr. Scott has Master of Arts degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Leicester and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh.


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Hackney Library Art Display Features Barton Students’ Interpretations of Wiley Cash’s ‘A Land More Kind Than Home’

Student Land More Kind Than Home Art DisplayHackney Library is experiencing a wealth of new art (see our recent post about the faculty exhibit in the library’s new art gallery) on display!

The newest addition is the work of Barton students, hanging in the original gallery area near the elevator on the first floor.

The Barton College Art League invited students to submit work based on Wiley Cash’s A Land More Kind Than Home, the 2014 FYS summer reader.  Students from all different majors, ranging from art to nursing, submitted work for the show, including assistant art professor Maureen O’Neill’s FYS students.

The student artists featured in the second exhibit include:

  • Kay Forden
  • Shannon Casto
  • Edwin Ignacio
  • Courtney Moore
  • Jose Simpre
  • Quentin King
  • James Berry
  • Nicolaus Seegal
  • Lizzie Salyers
  • Jasmine Cox
  • Teresa Hilton
  • Candice Bunch
  • Kate Barnes
  • Benjamin Hawley
  • Jacinda Aytch

Please come by when you can and see how Cash’s fictional work has been explored in art by some of our very own Barton students.

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Faculty Art Exhibition Now on Display in New Library Art Gallery

New library art galleryCome feast your eyes on the latest addition of art to Hackney Library!

An exhibition featuring works by Barton College Art and Design faculty is now on display in the new “Art Gallery” in the library, located on the first floor between the side wall of the Office of Student Success and the side glassed-in wall of the Library Technology Classroom.  (You’ll be able to recognize it by the new “Art Gallery” sign suspended from the ceiling.)

The new gallery allows us to augment our ability to showcase art in addition to the already-existing art display area near the elevator on the first floor.

This current exhibition features the following pieces of faculty art:

  • Susan Fecho, Chair of Barton’s Department of Art and Design, has a new series of prints on display that she created at Penland School of Crafts this summer. The work is based on her response to the immediate landscape environment.
  • Mark Gordon, Associate Professor of Art, has a selection of ceramic pieces on display.
  • Gerard Lange, Associate Professor of Art, has two photographs from his series of Wilson County on exhibit.
  • Maureen O’Neill, Visiting Professor of Art and Director of Exhibitions and Education Programming, has on display a pastel drawing of the Barton College Ceramic Studio, which was done this summer as part of a series.

This exhibit is the first of many planned for this new “Art Gallery” in the library.  Please come by at your leisure and enjoy these creative works by some of our very own Barton colleagues.

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Dr. Troy Kickler to Speak at September 17 Constitution Day Program


Dr. Troy Kickler

On Wednesday, September 17, Hackney Library will be hosting a celebration of Constitution Day with a program and reception from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served at the event, which is open free of charge to the public as well as to the Barton community.  (Constitution Day is held each September 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on that date in 1787.)

Troy Kickler will be the featured speaker at the event. Dr. Kickler is the author of The King’s Trouble Makers: Edenton’s Role in Creating a Nation and State (2013).  In the book, Dr. Kickler explores an often overlooked history of northeastern North Carolina and the founding of America, including, among other things, that many passages of the U.S. Constitution originated from townsmen of Edenton, North Carolina.  His talk will also be titled “The King’s Trouble Makers” and will address eastern North Carolina’s role in the Founding Era, including the development of the Constitution.

Kings Trouble Makers Cover ImageKickler has also published numerous introductions and forwards to scholarly works, written articles and reviews for a variety of scholarly historical journals and publications, edited or co-edited anthologies, and more.  Other recent publications include “Why the Constitution is Essential for Liberty” as part of the State Policy Network’s We the People series, and “Caught in the Crossfire: African American Children and the Ideological Battle for Education in Reconstruction Tennessee” (in Children and Youth During the Civil War Era, New York University Press, 2012, James Marten, ed.).

In addition to being a frequently published author, Kickler is also founding director of the North Carolina History Project and editor of its web site,  According to its web site, the North Carolina History Project, which is a special project of the John Locke Foundation (a non-profit, non-partisan think tank in Raleigh, North Carolina), aims

not only to encourage a wide variety of historical questions and provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas but also to emphasize overlooked or forgotten historical themes. Such themes include entrepreneurship, private sector problem solving, the importance of individuals and ideas, and the positive role of free markets.

The Project’s site is a free online encyclopedia of North Carolina and also includes commentaries, lesson plans, and a community calendar.

Kickler holds an M.S. in Social Studies Education from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Tennessee.  He has taught at Barton College, at the University of Tennessee, and at North Carolina State University, and he serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board of The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection (a collaborative project of Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University).

Please join us for an interesting program reflecting on the link between eastern North Carolinians and the Constitution as we commemorate the signing of that enduring document 227 years ago this year.

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