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Welcome Back To A New Online Catalog

December 30th, 2009 by Amee Odom in From the Director

While the Holidays bring a welcome break from the hectic schedule of classes, it is a busy time in the EKS Library as we prepare for the return of students and faculty.  Over the 2009 Holiday break the staff has been working on a vendor upgrade of the online catalog.

The layout of the search platform is different, but we believe it will facilitate faster, more effective search strategies for all users.  Take some time to “check out” all the options available on the Basic search screen.  There you will find specific tabs for quick searching of materials by author or title and a tab just for new books.  Changes have also been made to the view of the results screen that provide more data manipulation options such as exporting your results list to your e-mail account.  In my own searches of the catalog, I have found the enhancements intuitive and user-friendly.  I hope that your search experience is the same.

Should you have any questions about the upgraded system, do not hesitate to contact the Reference Desk at extension 8097 or Ask Ethel for assistance with your research.  We look forward to working with you in your research endeavors in the 2010 Spring semester .  Happy New Year and happy searching!

SeniorFest 2009

November 1st, 2009 by Amee Odom in From the Director

Though Tuesday, October 13, 2009 was the last day of Fall Break for the undergraduate students, the Wingate University campus was busy with activity.  A total of 90 senior adults came to campus to participate in SeniorFest 2009, a day of concurrent workshops.

It was my privilege to present one of the seminars, “North Carolina is my Home:  A Librarian’s Literary Sampler.”  The focus of SeniorFest 2009 was North Carolina.  In that vein, my talk focused on twelve authors affiliated with North Carolina.  This was a wonderful opportunity to spend the afternoon with University friends who are engaged and excited readers.  Given that North Carolina’s geography so easily divides into the three regions of the Mountains, the Piedmont, and the Coast, that is how I divided our discussion.  In the Mountain region we discussed the works of Carl Sandburg, Thomas Wolfe, Lee Smith, and Ron Rash.  While covering the Piedmont region, we talked about the writings of Fred Chappell, Clyde Edgerton, Robert Morgan, and Kay Gibbons.  Our literary journey concluded on the Coast in a chat about Nan Graham, Reynolds Price, Tim McLaurin, and Nicholas Sparks.

North Carolina’s literary history is a certainly a rich one.  We addressed all these authors via the following themes:  home place, heritage, story, and tragedy.  I had a wonderful afternoon discussing North Carolina’s authors and literature with new friends.

Welcome Back to Wingate

August 21st, 2009 by Amee Odom in From the Director

Welcome to, or welcome back to, Wingate University! Summer 2009 has been quite a busy time in the EKS Library.

We would like to introduce a new staff member: Marla Pressley, Access Services Assistant. As a member of the Access Services Team, Ms. Pressley is responsible for InterLibrary Loan Services, assisting with print periodicals, and bookkeeping. Her office is located on the first floor of the Library. Please stop by and welcome her to Wingate University.

Additionally, you will notice significant modifications to the EKS Library website, especially if you have found this article. Welcome to our online newsletter, or BLOG! Here, you will find important announcements, database news, and our Baker & Taylor (popular reading collection) book reviews from the Library Staff, Reading EKScursions. We look forward to communicating with you via this technological tool. Take this opportunity to read our posts and comment on our interactive book reviews.

We wish you the best of luck in your 2009-2010 academic endeavors. Happy reading!

Graduation Fair Surveys

February 4th, 2007 by Amee Odom in Features, From the Director

Wingate University held its Spring Graduation Fair February 12 and 13, 2007. The Ethel K. Smith Library participates in this Fair in order to conduct exit surveys of the graduating class. The survey provides data that includes the following: major, reasons for coming to the Library, frequency of visits, and rating the level of assistance the student received. This is an excellent opportunity for assessment and review.

Odoms Oddities: From the Desk of the Director

November 9th, 2006 by Amee Odom in From the Director

Mr. Kevin Winchester was a great success at the FOL Author’s Coffee Talk!

On Saturday, October 28, 2006, the Friends of the Library Board Members were most pleased to host Mr. Kevin Winchester, Wingate University Author’s Coffee Talk on the Library’s Mezzanine. Mr. Winchester spoke to one of the largest turnouts for this event in its history! Twelve students were included in the audience members! Throughout the morning Mr. Winchester shared excerpts from his published works and some materials that are still in the writing process, answered questions from the audience, signed books and visited with guests. A signed copy of his latest book, Everything but the Baby was donated to the Library’s special collection. Check out the FOL website ( for announcements regarding upcoming events.

Odom’s Oddities: From the Desk of the Director

October 10th, 2006 by Amee Odom in From the Director
Photo: Luanne Barbee

Photo: Luanne Barbee

The 2005-2006 Friends of the Library Board, led by Chairperson Susan Shaw, chose to make two gifts to the Ethel K. Smith Library during the fiscal year. The first gift, pictured at the right, was a choice to renovate an existing group study room. This renovation included a mural, designed and painted by artist Linda White of Liberty, North Carolina, a study table accompanied by four, three-position rock study chairs, two soft- seating chairs with laptop tables, and an occasional table. Completed in the Summer of 2006, the room has been embraced by student study groups and faculty for a warm, inviting location to meet, study, and enjoy a coffee from the Ethel K. Cafe. The room has been appropriately renamed the FOL Study Room.

Secondly, the FOL Board agreed to upgrade the presentation technology components for the Library’s Reference Department. The enhancements, which include a new screen, LCD projection system and cart, and room divider screens, have been crucial in providing superior Bibliographic Instruction sessions.

NCLA 56th Biennial Conference

October 21st, 2005 by Amee Odom in From the Director

Amee Odom, Debbie Hargett and Marilyn Brown attended the North Carolina Library Association 56th Biennial Conference last month at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

The theme of the conference was Your Library: The Place to Be. The opening session included retired football coach and guest speaker Herman Boone. Mr. Boone is the award winning coach, best known for his story in the film “Remember the Titans.” He now tours the country as a motivational speaker. The focus of his session included team work, community involvement, and the importance of character, all of which can be reflected and connected to the mission of libraries.

Other sessions at the conference included various topics that affect the academic libraries today.

The conference reception was hosted by Wake Forest University providing attendees the opportunity to network ideas and enjoy the newly renovated Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

From the Director: NCLive

October 11th, 2004 by Amee Odom in From the Director

by Amee Odom, Director of the EKS Library

NCLive LogoNCLive has recently added some significant vendors and databases to its already extensive collection. In order to effectively illustrate the interdisciplinary possibilities of NCLive, the Reference Department will highlight a database monthly in EKSLibris. Of the newest additions to the NCLive databases is the North American Women’s Letters and Diaries. This database can be accessed by selecting the Alphabetic List and choosing the N category.

The collection is a set of transcribed, primary correspondence from first ladies, housewives, business women, and more. A compilation of 1325 authors, the database can be searched by authors, sources, years, places, historical events, and personal events. The letters range throughout various centuries and address topics such as personal relationships, wars, Prohibition, and the Great Depression…to select only a few topics of interest.

Should you require any assistance in searching this database, please contact a Reference Librarian at 704-233-8097.

Accreditation Visits from NCATE and State Department of Public Instruction

October 27th, 2003 by Amee Odom in From the Director

NCATE and the State Department of Public Instruction will be making their accreditation visits October 31-November 5 of 2003. During that time, the Cornwell Room, CMC, Haskins Room, and Children’s Library will be reserved for those visiting groups to review evidence, conduct interviews, and write reports. If you should require any of the resources from the reserved rooms, please contact a member of the Library Staff. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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