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

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  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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“Mango” Your Way to Learning a Foreign Language via a New NCLIVE Software Program

If you have a yen to learn a new language (or to become better at English if it’s your second language), the new language-learning software now available from NCLIVE–Mango Languages–may be just the ticket.  And it’s available now from Hackney Library’s site at

Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.  It offers over 17 ESL/ELL courses and features an engaging user interface, voice comparison, fresh design, foreign language films, cultural anecdotes, and a user-friendly mobile app.

Mango is available via Hackney Library’s English/Spanish Subject Guide under “Language Resources” on the “Other Resources” tab, and from the M page on our A-Z List on our home page (hover over Search, then click on A to Z List, then click M and scroll down the alphabetical listing to find Mango).

How does Mango work?  Here’s an explanation from Mango’s FAQ page:

Mango utilizes its proprietary methodology, engaging interface, and easy, intuitive interactive tools to deliver practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for new languages. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises, which help them to intuitively understand the language and adapt it to similar conversations. 

 Mango is available now from both on and off campus (if you’re accessing it from off campus, you’ll be prompted for your Barton login).  Once in the software, you will need to create a Mango profile in order to track your progress.

Give it a try and let us know what you think (perhaps even using a newly-acquired language to do so!).

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“Chronicle of Higher Education” Now Available Online to the Barton Community

As promised, Hackney Library as of January 1, 2018 has been providing the Barton community access to the electronic version of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s premium articles and resources.  Access is available from anywhere, whether on campus or off, and from both your computer and your mobile device(s).

A variety of features are included in this subscription:

  • Unlimited access to all premium content at
  • Access to daily updates through newsletters like Academe Today and daily or weekly updates to 11 more e-newsletters
  • Special reports and data such as the The Almanac of Higher Education and The Trends Report
  • Archived issues back to 1989
  • Emailed job alerts

There are a couple of ways to access the Chronicle:

  • From on or from off campus, you may go directly to chronicle. com or
  • On the library’s home page, hover over the “Search” link and then click on the “A-Z List” link, and choose “C”; then scroll down in the alphabetical listing to find the Chronicle link and click on it from there.

The Chronicle subscription through Barton allows you to set up an individual customizable account on the site by using your Barton email address as your username and creating a password specific to the Chronicle site.  (If you use an address other than your Barton email, the site will not be able to authenticate you as a Barton patron and you will not be able to take advantage of the access our subscription provides). 

Creating a Account

Creating your own account allows you to access additional premium content that you cannot see otherwise, as well as to set up various alerts and more.

  • To create a account from your computer:
    • Go to
    • Click on the “Log In” link on the top right of the Chronicle web page.
    • Choose the “Create an account now” option.
    • Enter and confirm your Barton email address.
    • Continue to follow the directions as they appear on the screen to complete the setup for your account.
  • To create a account from mobile device(s):
    • Go to
    • If you’re in mobile view, scroll down to click on the “Log In” link. Enter and confirm your Barton email address and follow the instructions on the setup pages.
    • If you’re in the standard view: Follow the “If you’re off campus: computer” steps.

When you have successfully authenticated on the Chronicle site (automatic when you access it from on campus, or through logging into your Chronicle account from off campus), you will see the following message in the top right of your screen:


Have fun exploring, and let us know if you have any problems accessing the content!


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New Career Resource Now Available from Hackney Library via NCLIVE

It’s a given–everyone wants to find a job when they graduate from college.   A recent Hackney Library acquisition may make the task of preparing for a career and finding a job in a particular field that much easier—and it’s now available as part of a batch of  newly-acquired NCLIVE resources!

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive electronic resource that enables users to explore industries and careers, plan their education, and research best practices for résumés, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and salaries/benefits. The database includes articles, career advice blogs, and streaming video.

Ferguson’s is available in our A-Z list on the library’s home page, and from the Career Exploration LibGuide on our library page as well.  You can access it from on campus with no password, and it is accessible from off campus to Barton students, faculty, and staff by logging in with your Barton username and password.

Once you have accessed Ferguson’s, it’s recommended that you set up an account within the database to customize your search results and save them to a folder, among other things.  (To do so, click on the “Create an Account” link on the right-hand side of the blue banner at the top of the screen, and follow the instructions.)

Ferguson’s complements several other employment resources—both print and electronic—available through Hackney Library.

So when you’re looking for a job or preparing for a career, remember to try out this new resource (and don’t forget to visit Barton’s Career Services office as well, located in the Office of Student Success in the library)!

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