Hackney Library’s Web Site Gets a Makeover!

The librarians at Hackney Library have been working hard on a variety of changes to our electronic resources during the summer, and none more so than Technology Librarian Josh Newport.

A sample screen shot of the web site’s new look.

One of the changes you’ll notice from last semester is that our web page has a whole new look and feel than in the past, but no worries—everything on the old page has been transferred to the new, albeit in perhaps a slightly different place (plus some new things have been added).  One of the biggest enhancements is the scalability of the new page; the new design makes it much more usable on a variety of devices (mobile as well as desktop).  It’s still a work in progress, so you may yet see changes before it’s finalized in time for fall classes.

The new look to one of our course guides is illustrated above.

Also over the summer, we have been making navigational changes to our online helps, called LibGuides, moving from top (tab) navigation to side navigation, which will make it easier to find the tools and information you’re looking for more intuitively.   These changes affect both Course Guides, which are geared to specific courses, and our Subject Guides, which gather tools for each specific discipline major together in one place.

Another change is that we are removing our ebooks from our online catalog and redirecting you to search for ebooks in the individual databases in which they’ve always resided.  This change has occurred because the content of the ebook databases is modified so frequently (some books are dropped while others are added) that it makes it difficult to keep our catalog up to date.  (If you’ve ever located an ebook through our catalog only to discover it was no longer available in the database the catalog pointed you toward, you’ll know how frustrating an experience that can be!  Removing the ebooks from our catalog will eliminate that frustration.)  Ebooks will still be discoverable, however, through our OneSearch function.

In addition to these modifications, Josh Newport has also been doing considerable modifications “under the hood” to make sure that everything is running as smoothly as possible.  You may see evidence of that in the change in the proxy login screen you will now see when accessing our subscription databases from off campus with your Barton login.

After you get acclimated to all the modifications, we hope you will find Hackney Library’s web site and other online tools easier to navigate and use.  If you run into dead links or have other kinds of problems, please contact Josh Newport (jcnewport@barton.edu; 252-399-6509).



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Hackney Library to Mark the Start of the New Academic Year with its “Charmed” 13th Annual Open House!

Preview of the front of the Open House T-Shirt

Some claim that 13 is an unlucky number, but not Hackney Library!

That’s because we will be hosting our 13th Annual OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, August 23, from 4-6 pm, on the first floor of Hackney Library, and we feel sure that good luck will abound on that auspicious day–how could it not when we will be giving away loads of prizes, food, t-shirts and other goodies to attendees?!

During the event, we will be introducing new students, faculty, and staff to the services offered by the Library, the Office of Student Success, Information Technology (IT), and the Ragan Writing Center, and we will be welcoming back returning students and employees.  The event is also open to the Wilson community.

The annual Open House is sponsored by Hackney Library and the Friends of Hackney Library.

Carrying on our tradition, we will have plenty of freebies for attendees to enjoy:

  • Preview of the back of the Open House T-Shirt

    Those who complete a brief online survey at the event will once again receive a highly-prized Library Open House t-shirt, designed this year by new Barton alumna Aimee Nicole West (B.A., Art & Design, Spring 2018), featuring a theme relating to the library (see the preview above!).

  • In addition, other giveaways will be available to attendees visiting eight “stations” around the library.  Each is designed to introduce new Barton community members to the Library’s, OSS’s, IT’s, and the Ragan Writing Center’s faculty/staff/tutors and services, as well as to refresh the memory of returnees.  (Students must visit all eight to be eligible for door prizes [see below].)
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth by partaking of our “build-your-own” scrumptious ice cream sundae again this year in the library’s foyer (with the help of Tony Tilley, Michelle Casale, and their amazing Aramark crew).

And last but not least, a door prize drawing for some really stupendous prizes will be held at 5:30 pm, so plan to hang around until then, as you must be present to win! 

Feeling lucky?  Here’s a list of door prizes you could score (if you’re present!) during the drawing at 5:30:

  • Google Home Mini (hands-free help powered by the Google Assistant)
  • Single K-Cup Coffee Maker (+ 5 free K-cups of coffee!)
  • Bluetooth Waterproof, Sweat-Proof, Noise-Cancelling Wireless Earbuds (2 sets!)
  • Jackery Giant+ External Battery Charger with Emergency Flashlight for iPhone, Samsung and Others
  • Mophie Portable Bluetooth Charging Case (A wireless charging case for Bluetooth devices)
  • Colored Sticky Notes Set (with holder)
  • OontZ Angle Plus Portable Wireless Speaker
  • $25 Gift Card for Papa John’s Pizza
  • $25 Gift Card for Starbucks
  • $25 Gift Card for Panera Bread

An opportunity to join the Friends of Hackney Library will be also be available at a table at the event for those who’d like to support the work of the library while reaping the benefits of membership.

So come check us out on Thursday, August 23rd from 4-6 pm and see what Lady Luck has in store for you at this 13th Annual Hackney Library Open House!

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Exams are Right Around the Corner, and so is “Study ‘Round the Clock,” coming Friday, May 4!

  • A quiet, safe space to study, collaborate, and complete assignments.  Check.
  • 4 days of 24-hour library availability.  Check.
  • Free hot beverages.  Check.

There’s all this and more during the return to Hackney Library of “Study ‘Round the Clock” during exam period!  It all begins on Reading Day, May 4, 2018 and carries through to the end of final exams on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  As always, for much of this exam period, the library will remain open 24/7.

The library will be open the following hours during Spring 2017 Reading Day and Exams:

  • Friday, May 4 (Reading Day) through Saturday, May 5: Open 8 am Friday, remaining open continuously until closing at 7 pm Saturday
  • Sunday, May 6 through Wednesday, May 9: Open 2 pm Sunday, remaining open continuously until closing at 6 pm Wednesday
  • Thursday-Friday, May 10-11: 8 am – 5 pm

“Study ‘Round the Clock” provides an additional 34 hours that the library will be open during exam period compared to the regular semester. In addition, during exams, free coffee, tea, apple cider, 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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Sir Walter Scott Symposium on April 9 at Barton College’s Hackney Library

K . D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room

Barton College’s Willis N. Hackney Library is pleased to present the Sir Walter Scott Symposium as part of the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room / Special Collections annual programming on Monday, April 9, at 5 p.m.

The featured keynote speaker will be 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. The symposium will be held in the Willis N. Hackney Library and is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend.

An afternoon reception at 5 p.m. will open the symposium, providing an opportunity for all attendees to meet the featured speakers and to participate in a free Rare Book Drawing that will be ongoing throughout the symposium. At 5:30 p.m., the official program will begin with Barton trustee emeritus Dr. K.D. Kennedy, Jr., providing a brief overview of the Rare Book Room and Special Collections. Shawn McCauley, assistant professor of English in the School of Humanities, will lead a lively discussion about Sir Walter Scott’s poetry books. And, Dr. Scott will focus his keynote address on the novels of Sir Walter Scott. 

This distinguished event will raise awareness of the importance of rare books in academic and personal collections as well as showcasing how they are used in teaching to support the development of undergraduates’ critical thinking skills and to inspire innovative student research.

“Barton College and the Willis N. Hackney Library are most appreciative of Dr. Kennedy’s ongoing generous support for the rare book room and its special collections,” shared Robert Cagna, dean of the Willis N. Hackney Library. “His genuine interest for research and special collections has ignited a similar passion for original inquiry and historical research within our current students. It’s truly inspiring to witness their enthusiasm as students are introduced to rare documents and books that they may otherwise have never had the opportunity to hold and read.”

About the Keynote Speaker:

In addition to his serving as a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, 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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New Student Art from the Barton Art League on Display in Hackney Library

Barton’s student art lovers and creators have been hard at work, as evidenced by a new exhibition of student art on display in Hackney Library’s student art gallery area on the first floor near the elevator.

Featured in the exhibit is the work of several Barton students:

  • Nicola Macdonald (Freshman):  “Final Still Life” (charcoal on paper) and “Limited palette Still Life 1” (oil on canvas)
  • Abigail Wade (Freshman):  “Graphic Jellyfish” (graphite on paper)
  • Reina Abruzzo (Sophomore):  “Untitled” and “Blue Monochromatic” (oil on canvas)
  • Amy Wahl (Sophomore):  “Isolation” (photography)
  • Angel Webb (Junior):  “Still Life” (charcoal on paper) and “Gray Day” (ink on paper)
  • Brittany Moore (Senior):  “Slip Experiment,” “Slip Applied Pair,” and “Spotted Vessel” (ceramics)

According to Barton Art League president Nicola Macdonald, “one of our ongoing projects is to keep the Hackney Library Art Board continuously occupied with new projects.  As a collective, we decided the appropriate first exhibition we run would be to display various student artworks.”  The works on display represent a variety of media.

“We often get messages and comments on how the campus needs more student artwork displayed,” Macdonald says.  “Barton College is filled with very artistically talented students….We want to be able to create an opportunity for students to have their artwork exhibited as much as possible,” which helps both the campus and art students, for whom having their work displayed is “a great experience,” says Macdonald.  “We hope this can be the start of a growing habit of having student artwork on show, not only in the Hackney Library, but all around campus.”

Macdonald invites others with a “genuine passion for art and all the creative fields” to join forces with the BAL.  She says that the group is not limited to just art students, nor to only the visual arts.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Nicola at nlmacdonald@bulldogs.barton.edu.

Stop by Hackney Library when you get a moment and witness for yourself the creative student talent on display.

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Testing & Education Reference Center Comes to Hackney Library via NCLIVE

Need help looking for graduate programs?  Working on creating a new resumé?  Preparing yourself for the requirements of a specific career?

One of Hackney Library’s new resources through NCLIVE can help with all of these and more:  It’s called Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC).  Published by Gale, it is now available here, on the Career Exploration LibGuide, and on the library’s web site under “T” in our “A-Z List” of all our resources.

TERC is a testing and education preparation resource that includes in-depth information on college, graduate, and professional programs, professional training, scholarships, and entrance tests alongside practice tests for entrance exams, certifications, and licensing exams for various occupations and programs.

You can begin to explore by choosing what type of student you are under “What type of student are you?” (College, Grad School, International, etc.), and then following up the options associated with each kind of student; or you can choose to explore the various tutorials, practice tests, etc., by category using the links across the top of the page.  You will need to create an account on the site to be able to save your work to and return to it at another time.

If you want some guided practice in using this new tool, try your hand at a tutorial that will walk you quickly through the resources available through TERC and how best to use them.    

TERC is just another utensil to add to your toolbox for preparing for life during and beyond college.  Try it out today!


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Author Drew Perry to be Featured Speaker at Friends of Hackney Library’s Spring 2018 Dinner/Lecture

Author Drew Perry

The Friends of Hackney Library association is pleased to welcome writer Drew Perry as featured speaker at its Spring 2018 Dinner/Lecture program on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.  The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College.

A book signing and wine reception will be held from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm with the program commencing immediately afterward.   Perry will be on hand to sign copies of his books at the event, which will be available for purchase both at the book signing and following the program.

Perry is the author of two humorous novels as well as several short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction works, and he is a regular contributor to Our State magazine.  An Associate Professor of English at Elon University, he is described on its web site  as “a family man . . . [who] writes about relatable challenges and fears involving fatherhood, parenting, marriage, love, and life in general.”

Perry’s first novel, This Is Just Exactly Like You, was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and a SIBA Okra pick.  It has proven to be a favorite of critics and fellow novelists alike.  Author Jill McCorkle summarizes it this way:


Drew Perry’s wonderful debut will hold readers spellbound from beginning to end—think A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in a small college town, plus a dog named Yul Brynner.  The estranged grownups switch partners and dance back and forth with some of the liveliest dialogue I’ve read in years, all while struggling to come face to face with reality.  And at the center of this often comical, sometimes tragic chaos is that reality—a child, Hendrick, brilliant and autistic—with the power to ultimately pull this cast of memorable characters back into the light of day, and give them new perspective on what is most important.  Perry is a gifted writer, and this novel, with its wit and warmth and wisdom, is an absolute winner.

Kids These Days, Perry’s second novel, is also highly acclaimed:  It was an Amazon Best-of-the-Month pick and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Winter’s Best Bets” and “Books So Funny You’re Guaranteed to Laugh” lists.  Author Dave Barry has this to say about it:  “A terrific writer, Perry has written a wonderful book about a man dealing with—among other things—the angst of impending fatherhood.  It’s sweet, soulful, smart, and funny as hell.  A great read.”  A Library Journal review calls the book “[a] timely look at contemporary America, with its unexpected economic setbacks and the bargains made to surmount them.  Readers of Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers, and Jonathan Tropper should enjoy this compelling novel, the story of a man in transition that might lure a few Florida fiction fans as well.”  Matt Simmons of Southern Literary Review says Perry’s Kids “can be read as the strongest statement yet about the new middle-American ‘normal’ . . . . An entertaining and very emotionally satisfying story . . . . Drew Perry might have written the perfect novel for our times.”

While his first two novels each feature a contemporary setting, a single narrator, and cover a relatively short span of time, Perry’s third effort is a bit more complex.  According to Elon University, his current work-in-progress is “more ambitious in size and scope.”  Titled Dear Firecracker, this third novel, “situated around two Space Shuttle disasters of 1986 and 2003, is historical, with multiple narrators.  It aims to be a Big American Novel, a book that asks big questions and seeks to comment on the American Experiment in more direct ways than his other two.”

Perry is a native of Jacksonville, Florida but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.  He attended the University of Georgia, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Journalism (because “he discovered creative writing too late to major in it,” according to a February 23, 2014 interview with Isaac Groves of Times-News).  He then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He has been teaching at Elon University since 1999.

He is married to Tita Ramirez, fellow writer and Associate Professor of English at Elon University; they have two young sons and live in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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

For more information about invitations for the event, please contact Ann Dolman at (252) 399-6507, or email the Friends of Hackney Library at fohl@barton.edu.  Space is limited, and after invitations have been issued in late February/early March, the deadline for reservations is Monday, March 26, 2018.

 Please join us for a humorous evening with this entertaining author and speaker.

Update:  To see a video of Drew Perry’s presentation, click here.

Coming Fall 2018–Vivian Howard, renowned chef, author, restaurateur, and TV personality will be coming to Barton College on October 9–stay tuned for more details!


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