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A Reminder to Faculty for 2014

November 6th, 2013 by Amee Odom in Announcements, From the Director

As the  Ethel K. Smith Library is preparing for Spring 2014 and Summer 2014, please note the following  regarding course reserves and departmental charges as you prepare for the approaching  spring semester and summer sessions.  Should you have any questions, please let us know. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Never too Early to Prepare the Spring Semester

December 11th, 2012 by Amee Odom in Announcements, From the Director

Even though fall exams are only beginning, we’re ready for Spring!

Ashley Shealy is accepting reservations for Library Instruction sessions for Spring 2013.  If you need to book the Reference Computer Commons for student research, reservations are available.  Questions?  Contact her at or 8099.

Working on your Spring syllabi?  Certain that your students will need access specific materials to complete their research?  Course Reserves are always an option.  Alison Simpson is accepting materials for Spring 2013 Course Reserves now.  Questions?  Contact her at or 8093.

Happy Exams and Happy Holidays from the EKS Library.

They’re Back . . . Christmas is Upon Us

November 9th, 2011 by Amee Odom in Features, From the Director


Conference Kudos

October 21st, 2011 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, From the Director

Amee Odom (Director of the Library) and Kevin Winchester (Director of the Writing Center) recently presented a panel discussion with Greta Wood (Assistant Professor/Instructional Services Librarian at Mississippi State University) at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in Savannah, Georgia.  The title of the presentation was No More Zombies: A Game Plan for Stopping the One-Shot Instruction Stupor.

Policy Manual Updates

June 1st, 2011 by Amee Odom in Announcements, From the Director

The staff of the EKS Library has made several updates and revisions to the Policy Manual, including the Mission Statement.  All changes have been approved by the Faculty Assembly Library and Instructional Services Committee.   We invite you to visit the updated Policy Manual website at the following link:  For questions, please contact Amee Odom (  Thank you.

Friends of the Library Faculty Award 2011

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the Wingate University Employee Service Awards Banquet, the Friends of the Library (FOL) Faculty Award for the 2010-2011 academic year was presented to Dr. Abigail Dondanville, Assistant Professor of Sport Sciences.

The Friends of the Library Faculty Award is presented to a full-time Wingate University faculty member who is selected by the Ethel K. Smith Library staff. The criteria for nomination includes that the faculty member is an avid user of the Wingate University Library, encourages his/her students to make strong use of the Library’s resources through his/her syllabus, assignments, and bibliographic instruction requests, and makes allocation requests that develop the curricular strength of circulating collections.

Winners of the award receive a total of $500 from the FOL. $400 of the total is used for the winner to purchase resources in his/her academic area for the EKS Library collections. The recipient is allowed to take $100 of the winnings in order purchase materials for his/her own personal library.

For a list of previous FOL Faculty Award recipients, click here.

EKS Library and Efird Tours

August 23rd, 2010 by Amee Odom in Announcements, From the Director

CHECK IT OUT!  The Ethel K. Smith Library and the Efird Memorial Building, which houses the University Archives, will host brief, optional drop-in tours and informational sessions today (Monday, August 23) between the hours of 2:00pm–5:00pm.  Stop by before or after your visit to this afternoon’s Street Fair.  “It’s a Great Day at the Ethel K.!”

EKS Library Hard at Work on the 9th Annual FOL Author Luncheon

February 22nd, 2010 by Amee Odom in Friends of the Library, From the Director

The staff of the EKS Library and the FOL Board are busy preparing for our next event:  the 9th Annual FOL Author’s Luncheon.  This year we welcome author Elissa Schappell, author of the novel Use Me which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, a Borders Original Voice selection, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year selection, and a New York Times Notable Book selection. Click here for a reading guide from HarperCollins.

Please join us for the event on Tuesday, March 16th. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the La Verne Dining Hall on the campus of Wingate University with a book signing to follow. Ticket prices are $20 for faculty/staff and $15 for WU students.

For reservations and/or more information, please contact Luanne Barbee at or 704-233-8093. See you there!

Library Director Invited to Attend Van Dyke Book Club Meeting

February 22nd, 2010 by Amee Odom in From the Director

Just last week I had the opportunity to be the guest of a Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library (FOL) Board member at one of her book club meetings. I attended the Van Dyke Book Club meeting with Mrs. Elizabeth Gibson (Van Dyke Book Club President and EKS FOL Board Vice-Chairperson).

The Van Dyke Book Club is one of the oldest in Monroe – the club has been active for over one hundred years. The members allowed me opportunity to chat about the EKS FOL and Wingate University’s upcoming common reading author scheduled for September 2010 (keep checking EKS Libris for more details).

The guest speaker was Hugh Howey, a Monroe native and author of the Molly Fyde book series. I always consider hearing an author read and talk about his work a wonderful opportunity.

Friends of the Library Event to Air on WUTV

February 22nd, 2010 by Amee Odom in Friends of the Library, From the Director

We recently celebrated the publication of Dr. Jerry Surratt’s book, The History of Wingate Baptist Church 1810-2009. Dr. Surratt, Wingate University Emeritus Faculty – History, is author of Part II (1985-2009).  The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library (FOL) hosted a book signing and reception with Dr. Surratt in the Efird Memorial Library, Wingate University Academic Quadrangle on February 9th.

The staff of WUTV was present and conducted interviews with Dr. Surratt and Dr. Derrill Smith, pastor of Wingate Baptist Church and Co-Chairperson of the 09-10 FOL Board.  Be sure to look for the segment on WUTV, Cable Channel 22.

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