In celebration of Women’s History Month, Friends of Huie Library will be sponsoring a book discussion of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book discussion will take place in the Huie Library second floor classroom on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:00 PM. This event is open to the public.
On March 17, Friends of Huie Library will be hosting a used book sale from 8 AM – 5 PM in the the Huie Library classroom. There will be an early access sale for members of Friends of Huie Library on March 16 from 5-8 PM. Membership dues are $10 a year. Membership may be purchased at the door.
This book sale is made possible by a generous donation from the estate of Dr. Stuart Shaw. The donation included a large number of high quality items including, new and used DVDs; DVD sets; and hardcover and paperback books.
Prices will start at $1 for DVDs, $3 for DVD sets, $2 hardcover books, and $1 paperback books.
Proceeds of the book sale will go to Friends of the Library to fund library outreach events such as our summer reading programs.
For more information contact David Sesser.
Will Eisner Week is held yearly on the week of March 6th – Will Eisner’s birthday. This week is a celebration that promotes graphic novels, literacy, and the legacy of Will Eisner.
To celebrate, Huie Library has two exhibits on display. First, there is an informative display on the first floor on the female characters in Will Eisner’s life and fiction. This display was created in conjunction with Dr. Randy Duncan’s class – Graphic Novel Seminar: Women in Comics. In the Greene Room (which houses our graphic novel collection), you can find some of Huie Library librarians’ favorite comics and graphic novels written by women.
In addition to the display, you can enter to win a comics bundle by answering a piece of Will Eisner trivia at the library circulation desk.
For more information on Will Eisner Week, please feel free to contact Dr. Randy Duncan.
The month of March is National Women’s History Month. Henderson State University is celebrating with a variety of women’s history themed events that are free and open to the public.
Huie Library and Friends of Huie Library will be hosting a few of those events.
Throughout the month, Huie Library will feature book displays on topics such as women in labor and business, women in comics, women in science, and more. Those can be found on the first floor of Huie Library.
On March 7, there will be a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn with Mary Jo Mann, where she will discuss Henderson Women and Heart and Key. This will take place at noon in the Huie Library classroom.
On March 14, there will be a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn with Dr, Allison Vetter, where she will discuss the history of Title IX. This will take place at noon in the Huie Library classroom.
On March 28, there will be a book discussion on Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe at 6 PM in the Huie Library Classroom.
For a full list of Women’s History Month events taking place on campus visit hsu.edu/womenshistory.
n celebration of Black History Month, Dr. Vernon Miles will be hosting a book discussion of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. The book discussion will take place in the Huie Library second floor classroom on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 PM.
For more information, please contact Dr. Vernon Miles.
On February 1, the Henderson State University Marketing and Communications team hosted their first student casting call. Tonya Oaks Smith, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications stated that the main goals of this event were to “establish a roster of students we can call on for future projects; find a diverse pool of student faces and stories for use across every medium; and generate usable materials for all marketing channels right from the event.” Attending students participated in an interview, portrait session, and a screen test.
Huie Library was represented at this event by librarian Lacy Wolfe and library technician Susie Kirk. Students answered library related questions for an audio interview and had an additional library themed photo session. The library will use the content for future social media content and promotional material.
The event was attended by over 70 students and over 60 of those students participated in the library section of the casting call.
Improvements are under way in Henderson State University’s Huie Library building. Powers of Arkansas is in the process of installing thermostats, which should bring better climate control to the library.
On Jan. 16, the second floor will close for an estimated 12 days for the installation of new carpet. Classes begin on Jan. 18.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” said library director Lea Ann Alexander. “We are setting up a system to retrieve second floor materials our patrons may need.”
Follow Huie Library on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for progress updates on these projects.
With the new year Huie Library welcomed a new member to our team, Brian George is our new Electronic Resources and Web Services Librarian.
Brian comes to Huie from Midland County Public Library in Midland, Texas, after serving as Adult Services Supervisor. Brian received his Master’s of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas in 2014.
Lacy Wolfe, who formerly filled the position of Electronic resources and Web Services Librarian is now our Information Literacy and Reference Services Librarian.
After 28 years of service to Henderson State, librarian John Ragni will be retiring at the end of the year. On December 2, we hosted a retirement reception in the Greene Room. It was well attended. Ragni spoke on his long career at Henderson State University.
I started at HSU in January 1988 as the Reference Librarian. In those days we still used the card catalog to locate books, and periodical articles were located by using print indexes. We did have access to two online databases, Dialog and BRS, but those cost money, usually in the $5 to $15 range, paid for by the user. In the late 80s I would do a few searches per month, mainly for faculty and graduate students, but by 1990 I only did two or three per year. We had one automated index when I started and that was Infotrac, which was primitive by today’s standards, and it was on just one computer. Within a few years we started to get indexes, such as ERIC, on CD-ROM, and they were loaded onto certain computers. I remember we had one personal computer for staff and we had to load the program (Word perfect or dBaseIII+) from a 5 inch floppy disc onto the computer. When Netscape became available in late 1994, that changed everything. We had a couple of computers with internet access and in those pre-Google days, AltaVista was the premier search engine. As time passed, web-based databases became available, but even in 2001 we were still getting some databases on CD-ROM.
In 1998 the Henderson Seminar program started and I taught my first of 17 classes. In 2000 the library introduced the Library Research Methods class, which was team-taught the first three years. Lea Ann Alexander, Marielle McFarland, Linda Wen, and I taught the class the first three years, and then in 2003 I became the sole instructor. Only six students took the class the first three years it was offered, but in 2003 the Sociology department allowed the class to satisfy one of their requirements for a degree, and in 2004 the new General Studies degree included the class in its critical thinking component. I set the enrollment cap at 15 students and the cap has been reached 10 out of the last 12 years, including the last 7 years.
As a former collegiate tennis player, I was interested in getting involved with the Henderson team, and it wasn’t long before I was working with the men’s team in my spare time. During the first year I was the de facto coach, and in 1989 I became the official coach of the team. I coached the team until 1996. In 2005 I started working with the HSU women’s team and in recent years I have been instrumental not only in recruiting the top players, but establishing a pipeline to recruit top players every year.