NCLIVE Resources Now Accessible from Their Site Using Your Barton Login!

NCLIVE logo-dark-stroke-200x100 (2)With the abundance of online passwords dancing around in our heads like sugarplums (albeit far less tasty—think banking sites, online vendors, social media, the Barton network login, and much more), it’s no wonder we’re all experiencing password overload.

But now, the folks at NCLIVE* have made a convenient change that will lighten our password load just a little bit.  Now, for those folks who use NCLIVE databases directly from the NCLIVE site itself (, you will no longer need to remember a unique NCLIVE password for off-campus access; instead, all you have to remember is your Barton password—just like when you use NCLIVE and other databases from off campus via links from Hackney Library’s web page.  You will still be prompted on the NCLIVE site to select your library/institution (Barton College) from the drop-down menu as before (but that won’t require drawing on your memory bank).

This change in off-campus login procedure from the NCLIVE site won’t affect those in the Barton community who routinely access those resources from the library’s web pages (and we recommend that option because we subscribe to many more e-resources than those available through NCLIVE alone), but there are occasions when it’s necessary to go through the NCLIVE site instead—for example, if our server is down.  But for those who do go straight to, you can now cross one password off your mental checklist!

*NCLIVE is the statewide consortium of libraries through which we obtain many, but not all, of our electronic articles, e-books, and other online resources.  All NCLIVE resources are available to Barton students, faculty, and staff from the library’s web site as well as through the NCLIVE site.

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NCLIVE’s Newest Resource Helps You Learn a Foreign Language (or Speak Your Own Even Better!)

“You say tomPronunciator logoato, I say tomahto,” sang Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, bemoaning their differences in the old Gershwin classic song, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”  It’s a shame those two lovebirds didn’t have access to Pronunciator, NCLIVE’s* latest language learning resource—they could have saved themselves a lot of heartache and trouble.

It’s not only Fred and Ginger who could benefit from this newest NCLIVE electronic offering.  Pronunciator, which provides language learning for 80 languages and ESL for 50 non-English languages, is designed to help native English-speaking students studying foreign languages (as well as non-native English speakers learning English) improve their pronunciation of a language other than that which they grew up speaking.  Even students and faculty preparing to study or travel abroad could benefit from this resource as well.

The program includes audio lessons, interactive textbooks, quizzes, phrasebooks, pronunciation analysis, virtual coaches, and interactive dialogs, among other things.  Native speakers, not computer voices, are used for translation as well as voiceovers in the program, providing real-world conversation in a safe and supportive environment.

First-time users may want to view the overview videos in either English or Spanish on Pronunciator’s opening  screen, which also provides instructions for requesting a Pronunciator username and password (you must create a personal account to use this resource).

Pronunciator requires a web browser with JavaScript enabled and Flash version 10.0 or higher. Users can also access the resource with an iOS or Android tablet or phone. User manuals are available within the resource.

Access Pronunciator in one of two ways on the library’s web site:  1) Type Pronunciator in the OneSearch box on the library web page (a link to it will show up in the “Databases” section of the results on the lower right hand side), or 2) Hover over the “Search” link on the top left of the library home page and click on A-Z list, then click on P and scroll down until you see Pronunciator in the alphabetical listing on the “P” page. You can also access it from the NCLIVE page as well.

Questions?  Contact the reference desk at 252-399-6502 or

*NCLIVE is the consortium of libraries in North Carolina to which Hackney Library belongs and from which we get access to many of our electronic databases and other resources.



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Hackney Library Hosts Unplugged Game Night 2nd and 4th Tuesdays

Board game game nightCards crystals game nightDid you know that it’s possible to indulge in fun and games in Hackney Library?  It’s true–the Library’s Technology Classroom is the site of  “Unplugged Game Night” every second and fourth Tuesday from 6:30 until 11:00 pm.  Students, employees, and the public are invited to attend.

According to organizer Ken Dozier (who by day is Barton College’s Web Services Manager), “‘Unplugged Game Night’ offers a variety of uncommon board and card games for a diverse array of gamers. Whether you enjoy plotting stratagems over a game board or just shooting the breeze while playing a hand of cards, there is a game to fit your tastes.”  Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own games to share during the evening, if they wish, or play some of the games available in the library’s Learning Cafe.

He invites non-electronic gamers of all stripes to “join us on Tuesday night, and discover a world of games you never knew existed.”

All photos courtesy of Ken Dozier.






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APA/MLA Citation Workshop II: Lab To Be Held Thursday, November 6

APA & MLA Covers DiagonalThe APA and MLA Citation Workshops that were held on October 28 and 30 in the Library Technology Classroom were such a success that Hackney Library is having another one!  On Thursday, November 6, from 11 am to noon in the Library Technology Classroom, we will be conducting a Lab session for students to bring the sources they need to cite in either APA or MLA style; Hackney librarians will be on hand to individually help each attendee craft citations in either style.

So if you didn’t have a chance to attend the previous workshops in October, or if you attended and didn’t have the opportunity to finish formulating your citations, this November 6 workshop will pick up where the previous workshops left off.  We can accommodate 24 students in the classroom, so come early to guarantee a seat!

If you’re not able to attend the Workshop II: Lab on November 6, as always, reference librarians on duty will be happy to help you individually at the reference/research assistance desk in the library when they are on duty as well.  In addition, the library’s newly-created Citation Help:  APA and MLA Styles LibGuide offers tips and examples in both styles that will help you formulate citations on your own.

Take advantage of this opportunity to knock those citations off your to-do list.  We look forward to seeing you on November 6 at 11 am in the Technology Classroom!

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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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