New Student Art to be Exhibited in Hackney Library

shutter-clipart-camera-shutter-icon-pngTwo Barton students–junior art education major Megan Brinkley and senior art and design major Aaron Ellis–will soon be exhibiting their work in the student gallery area in Hackney Library near the elevator on the first floor.  Gerard Lange, Barton associate professor of art, explains the exhibition in this way:

What is a Photograph?

Beginning with the thought of what are the definitions of the word “photograph,” works in this exhibition have been created to either play towards these descriptions or intentionally against them. This is an interesting construct from which to examine what constitutes photography.  Is it specifically the capturing of images with a camera, or is it the reaction of light on photosensitive surfaces?

For each of these works, students Megan Brinkley and Aaron Ellis employed this kind of critical inquiry. Many of these images were made using a nineteenth-century photographic process where chemicals were hand-mixed from raw materials. This is how the particular hues and tonality in some images were created.

However, other works shown here follow the notion of scrutinizing definitions, then accepting or denying what appears in print.   This more conceptual way of working is reflected in Brinkley’s use of seawater to make images of the ocean and moonlight to craft pictures of earth’s satellite.  Likewise, this is seen in Ellis’ abstract compositions created from fading pieces of cardboard and a computer monitor displaying the alphanumeric code that is, in essence, the digital existence of an image.

Essentially, each of these artists is stretching the boundary of lens-based image-making by asking the simple question, what is a photograph?

The exhibit will be installed on Tuesday, December 6, so come by at your leisure (or when you need a break from studying!) to see these students’ exploration of the definition of photography.

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“Study ‘Round the Clock” Returns on Dec. 8 to Hackney Library

pocketwatchCalling all night owls!  Do you need a place to study in comfort and safety into the wee hours during reading period/exams?  If so, Hackney Library is just the place you’re looking for!

Once again, our popular “Study ‘Round the Clock” will return during final exams beginning Thursday, December 8 (Reading Day).  As always, over four nights of this exam period, the library will remain open 24/7.

The library will be open the following hours during Fall 2016 Reading Day and Exams:

  • Thursday, Dec. 8 (Reading Day) through Friday, Dec. 9: Open 8 am Thursday, remaining open continuously until closing at 8 pm Friday
  • Saturday, Dec. 10: 10 am – 7 pm (regular hours)
  • Sunday, Dec. 11 through Wednesday, Dec. 14: Open 2 pm Sunday, remaining open continuously until closing at 6 pm Wednesday
  • Thursday & Friday, Dec. 15 & 16: 8 am – 5 pm

“Study ‘Round the Clock” provides an additional 32 hours that the library will be open during exam period compared to the regular semester. In addition, during exams, free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available while supplies last to Barton students, faculty, and staff.

During these 24/7 periods, library services will be available from 8 am until midnight only. From midnight until 8 am the following morning, no library services will be available, but a police officer will be on hand providing security during that time. (Access will be limited to Barton students only during the midnight to 8 am time slots.  Barton ID will be required for admission from midnight until 8 am).

So plan to visit Hackney Library during exams (remember to bring your ID for admission after midnight!) to get some extra study time in, and get your favorite hot beverage for free!

“Study ‘Round the Clock” is sponsored by Hackney Library, the Friends of Hackney Library, the Barton College Office of Student Affairs, and the Barton Student Government Association.

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Bye-Bye to Hackney Library’s Worn Out Carpet!

Update:  We have now learned that the College’s administration has authorized the re-carpeting of the second floor of Hackney library as well as the first floor over the 2016 Christmas break, so please be patient with some additional disarray as we prepare for the re-carpeting of the ENTIRE library–it will be well worth the temporary mess!

However, this will necessitate the closure of the library from December 15 through January 8 (regular hours will resume on Jan. 9).  As always, online resources will be available to the Barton community, and from off campus with a Barton login.

Original Post:
new-carpet-image-carouselPlease pardon our mess as Hackney Library prepares for the installation of brand new carpet on the first floor and stairs over the Christmas Break!  Our current green carpet has served us well past its expiration date, and it’s time for a change.

The remaining first-floor shelving ranges (which housed the pared-down reference collection, some print periodicals, and our audiovisual collection) are being dismantled as the items on them are either being relocated upstairs (audiovisuals) and elsewhere downstairs (reference), or are being discarded (print periodicals).

The installation of the new carpet is scheduled to begin following Fall Semester exams and to be completed by the start of Spring Semester classes in January, barring any unforeseen obstacles.  The carpet will consist of a series of patterned squares rather than the current broadloom style, which will make it possible to replace worn and stained sections without having to resort to a complete carpet overhaul.  Installation of new carpeting on the second floor is scheduled for a later date.

The project represents the first step in Barton’s commitment to renovate the library, as called for in the institution’s Strategic Plan. Guidance with the selection of the carpet has been graciously afforded by Friends of Hackney Library board members Eliza Stephenson and Leta Grey Williams, interior designers with ESP Interior Design and James Grey & Company, respectively.

Every effort will be made to keep disruptions to our service as minimal as possible during the project (which is one reason it will be undertaken during Christmas break when classes are not in session).  As always, our online resources will be available 24/7 both from on and off campus.

We look forward to welcoming you into our refurbished first-floor space come January!

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Rare Book Room Symposium Coming Oct. 20 to the Hackney Library Learning Commons

rbr-and-studentsHackney Library is pleased to host the third annual K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room Symposium on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 3 to 6 pm.  

Titled  From Burns and Bibles to Barton Bulldogs: Using Rare Books for Teaching and Learning at Barton College, the event will take place in the library’s Learning Commons, and refreshments will be served.  The Barton community as well as the general public are encouraged to attend.

The schedule for the afternoon is as follows:

3-3:30 p.m. Reception, Hackney Library Learning Commons

3:30-4:00 Keynote address: Mr. John Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence is the Head of the North Collection at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library. He will speak on a program that ECU did for several years, in which all freshman English composition students (over 70 sections) used special collections  materials for their final research papers. He will speak to successes and challenges, and offer suggestions about how such a program can be successful.

4:00-5:00 Faculty/Student panel discussions (Panel participants will describe their work with these materials, and take questions from the attendees).

  • Rare Books–Professors Shawn McCauley, George Loveland and at least one student (student not yet confirmed).
  • Discipliana Materials–Mr. Shannon Wilson, Barton College Archivist, and two students: Nieimah Moore and Patricia Holliday.
  • College Archives–Dr. Susan Bane (Director of Barton’s Honors Program and Associate Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies) and two or three students (student names not yet confirmed)

5:00-5:30 Ms. Elizabeth Sudduth, Director of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina. Ms. Sudduth will speak on effective ways to promote rare books and special collections to increase undergraduate use of these materials.

5:30-6:00 Plenary Panel Discussion, with Q & A.

Special Collections at Barton College is divided into three distinctive divisions:

  • Rare Books
  • College Archives 
  • the Discipliana Collection  

These important and distinguished collections combine rare printed volumes; manuscripts; correspondence and personal papers; as well as sound and visual materials. Rare books focus on the works of Robert Burns and other volumes published in the British Isles in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  College archives document the history of Barton College.  Discipliana materials contain published works dating back to the founding of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and primary documents related to church founders, such as Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone.

The primary purpose of our special collections is to support the academic mission of Barton College.  The materials provide a great depth and richness to Hackney Library’s ongoing teaching mission. Students using special collections materials have presented their findings at Barton’s Day of Scholarship and other professional seminars and workshops.

The purpose of the October 20 symposium is to highlight this student research, and to invite input from the Barton and Wilson communities as to how special collections might be used even more extensively to stimulate undergraduate student research.

It is unique for a school the size of Barton to have a facility like the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room. It is also important to understand that our rare book room is NOT a museum, where patrons view priceless objects through protective glass, but a learning laboratory, where students examine rare books to explore history,  theology, art, and cultural and political values in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century.

We hope you will join us October 20 for a fascinating exploration of how special collections can be used to jumpstart and facilitate undergraduate research.

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Hackney Library Celebrates Challenged/Banned Books During “Banned Books Week,” September 25-October 1, 2016

bbw2016_poster_300-1What could E. L. James’s erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, the Holy Bible, and Susan Kuklin’s nonfiction Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out possibly have in common?

Surprisingly enough, they all share the dubious distinction of being among the top 10 most frequently challenged or banned books in the United States in 2015.

At #6, The Holy Bible makes its first appearance ever on an annual ALA list of challenged titles.  According to Alison Flood in a recent article in the Guardian, James La Rue, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, theorizes that users object to the Bible’s presence in libraries because of its “religious viewpoint. . . . people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it’s a violation of church and state.”  La Rue explains further that “sometimes there’s a retaliatory action, where a religious group has objected to a book and a parent might respond by objecting to the Bible.”

What is a “challenged” or “banned book,” you may ask?  Here’s how the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom defines both in paragraph 4 of its Banned and Challenged Books page:

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

To counteract these threats amounting to censorship, The American Library Association (ALA) sponsors Banned Books Week every year to encourage readers to check out challenged or banned books and make their own decisions about the books they read.  This year Banned Books Week is being celebrated from September 25 through October 1, 2016, and is focused on diversity. 

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Hackney Library will display copies of print books in our collection (just look for the bright yellow “Caution!” tape around the display near the library’s Technology Classroom on the first floor) that have made Banned Books lists in the past, including numbers 5, 6, and 7 on the list below for 2015.  All the books in the display are meant to be read, so please feel free to grab a title or more off the display to check out and read for yourself!

The ALA, which tracks challenges to various books in libraries and school curricula each year, recorded 275 challenges to books in 2015, the most recent year for available data.  The top ten “banned” or challenged books for 2015 make for strange bedfellows (so to speak); here are the titles on that list, and the reasons cited for their challenges:

  1. Looking for Alaska by popular Young Adult genre author John Green (Reasons cited: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James (Reasons cited: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, poorly written, etc.)
  3. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (Reasons cited: inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group)
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin (Reasons cited: anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, etc.)
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Reasons cited: offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, profanity, atheism)
  6. The Holy Bible (Reasons cited: religious viewpoint)
  7. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Reasons cited: violence, graphic images)
  8. Habibi by Craig Thompson (Reasons cited: nudity, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter (Reasons cited: religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, violence)
  10. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (Reasons cited: homosexuality, condones public displays of affection, etc.)

As you can see from the 2015 top-ten list, challenges to books run the gamut, coming from both the liberal and the conservative ends of the cultural spectrum; ironically, sometimes the same reason is cited by both extremes but in relation to completely different books.   It’s not unusual for books we now consider classics to have been challenged or banned. The most frequently-cited reasons for book challenges include the following:

  • Sexually explicit content
  • Offensive language
  • Content unsuited to the targeted age group
  • Violence
  • Homosexuality
  • Expression of religious viewpoint
  • Drug use

Feel free to come by to check out and read as many “banned books” from our Banned Books display as you’d like, and defend first amendment rights by being willing to Stand Up for Your [And Everyone Else’s] Right to Read!

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“Unplugged Game Night” Changes Meetings to Every other Tuesday, Beginning September 13

Board game game night

Photo credit: Ken Dozier

Starting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, “Unplugged Game Nights” in Hackney Library will be (slightly) changing location  and meeting days.

The new location is still in the Hackney Library building, but instead of meeting in the Technology Classroom, the group will now gather at tables in the Learning Commons area on the library’s first floor.  (Look for the green signs on the tabletops!)

And instead of meeting each second and fourth Tuesday of each month during the semester, “Unplugged Game Nights” will now be held every other Tuesday from 7 pm to midnight.  The first session in this new schedule begins on September 13, and will alternate every other Tuesday thereafter during the semester.  (During exam periods and breaks, the group will not meet.)

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.  Students, employees, and the public are welcome to attend.  Gaming lasts until the last gamer leaves or the library closes — whichever comes first!

He invites non-electronic gamers of all stripes to “join us every other Tuesday night, and discover a world of games you never knew existed.”  Just remember to adjust your calendar to the new meeting schedule!

Please join us!



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Two ‘Friends of the Library’ Groups Join Forces to Bring Author Michael Parker to Wilson for a Dinner/Lecture Program on October 4, 2016

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Author Michael Parker

The Friends of Hackney Library and Friends of the Wilson County Public Library are pleased to welcome short story writer, novelist, and journalist Michael Parker as guest speaker of a jointly-sponsored dinner/lecture on October 4, 2016, in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College.

The event will begin with a book signing and wine reception at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm, and the program immediately afterward.   Titled “A Man Came Up From Wilmington Carrying A Bag of Snakes” after one of his essays,  Parker’s presentation will address the relationship between his work and his having grown  up in Eastern North Carolina.

Michael Parker, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, is the author of six novels – Hello Down There, Towns Without Rivers, Virginia Lovers, If You Want Me To Stay, The Watery Part of the World, and his latest, All I Have In This World–and two collections of stories, The Geographical Cure and Don’t Make Me Stop Now.

His latest work, All I Have In This World, is “a tender novel about our desire to reconcileCover--Parker All I Have In This World past mistakes, and the ways we must learn to forgive others, and perhaps even ourselves, if we are ever to move on,” Parker’s web site explains.  The plot centers around two troubled but appealing characters, Marcus and Maria:  “Two strangers meet on a windswept car lot in West Texas. Marcus is fleeing the disastrous fallout of chasing a lifelong dream; Maria is returning to the hometown she fled years ago, to make amends. They begin to argue over the car that they both desperately want–a low-slung sky-blue twenty-year-old Buick Electra.”  And thus begins an unlikely partnership, not just in their impulsive decision to purchase and share jointly the car Marcus affectionately dubs “Her Lowness,” but also in their mutual struggle toward absolution for their respective life missteps.

The novel has garnered much acclaim.  Mark Richard, author of House of Prayer No. 2, characterizes Parker’s latest work in this way:  “’Car as crucible’ might be the thesis for Michael Parker’s best novel yet.  In front seats and back seats we conjure love and contemplate ruin, as do the wonderful characters in All I Have in This World.  Parker again extends his geographical and emotional ranges here in this layered and nuanced story of heartbroken, debt-ridden and atonement-seeking creatures much like many of us. So get in and drive on. Or as they say in North Carolina, ‘Let’s go to ride.’”

A Denver Post critique praises the authenticity of the novel and its characters as expressed through the use of humor:  “But what makes ‘All I Have in this World’ memorable is this:  While any number of disasters can (and do) take place along the way, and while some are heartbreaking, the watershed moments happen not with sadness or blood or pain, but with cascades of laughter.  It’s through moments of unabashed humor, when Marcus and Maria let go and laugh, that his characters finally, and completely, connect.  Which feels a lot like real life.”

Parker’s short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals including Five Points, the Georgia Review, The Southwest Review, Epoch, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Shenandoah, The Black Warrior Review, Trail Runner, Runner’s World and Men’s Journal.

Parker has received fellowships in fiction from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Hobson Award for Arts and Letters, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His work has been anthologized in the Pushcart, New Stories from the South and O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies.  He is the Vacc Distinguished Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and since 2009 has been on the faculty of the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.  He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina and Austin, Texas.

Critics have lavished prodigious praise on the memorable characters and descriptive language in Parker’s entire body of work.  The Washington Post characterizes his appeal in this way:  “In prose languid and mysterious. . . . Parker writes descriptions as precise as line engravings, more revealing than recordings or photographs.”  Frederick Busch of The New York Times Book Review offers his assessment of the allure of Parker’s work:   “What makes Mr. Parker so satisfying a writer: his bone-deep affection for his characters; his love of clear, crisp, pungent language. . . his confidence in the possibility of redemption.” And as author Lee K. Abbott puts it in the flyleaf of Parker’s novel If You Want Me to Stay, “Only Michael Parker can tell a story you don’t want to quit about folks you don’t want to leave. . . . He has us all in mind—all of us who are needy and scared and running fast from the past, all of us who believe in magic and miracles, all of us beleaguered and bewitched by love.”

Books by the author will be sold at the event both during the book signing/wine reception prior to the program and following dinner; Parker will be on hand to sign books at those times as well.

Admission to the event is $30 each for Friends of Hackney Library members; for Barton faculty/staff, students, and spouses; and for Friends of the Wilson County Public Library members.  For all other guests, admission is $35 each.

For more information about invitations for the dinner, please contact Luann Clark at (252) 399-6329, or email the Friends of Hackney Library at  Space is limited, and after invitations have been issued, reservations for the dinner must be received by September 27, 2016.

This event is sponsored in part by BB&T.






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