Power to the mobile devices!

Ed.D. student Sharon Gardner (right) and guest scholars make full use of the new electrical and USB ports.

Ed.D. student Sharon Gardner (right) and guest scholars make full use of the new electrical and USB ports.

When the University Library Building opened in 1983, no one imagined we would need electrical outlets and USB ports (which were not invented until 1994) all over the place. For several years we have noticed an increase in comments on our Customer Satisfaction Survey about the lack of electrical outlets, such as these:

  • “More plugs for laptops near desks on 2nd floor would be great!” (2013)
  • “There are hardly any available plugs. This makes it difficult to find study places.” (2014)

Library visitors frequently see extension cords snaking across the floors and people sitting in each other’s personal space huddled around outlets, reminiscent of airport travel. Fear the snakes and outlet sharing no more! The University Library has invested in over 100 surge protectors with both electrical outlets and USB ports. You will see some of these attached to tables and others in the study carrels. So, study away with the confidence that your laptops will have power, your notebooks won’t die, and your smart phones will remain charged.

Library faculty present at professional conferences in June

by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University Library

Library faculty at conferences in June (clockwise from top left: Dorothy Hargett, Sandy Yaegle, Georgi Bordner, Melody Detar, Sara Baron)

Library faculty at conferences in June (clockwise from top left: Dorothy Hargett, Sandy Yaegle, Georgi Bordner, Melody Detar, Sara Baron)

Five University Library faculty presented at professional conferences in June. As a component of both scholarship and service expectations of faculty, presenting at professional conferences is a way to share research, case studies, and best practices. Attending professional conferences is important for learning about cutting-edge research, expanding one’s knowledge, speaking with book publishers and library service providers, and networking with colleagues at other institutions. Furthermore, Library faculty represent Regent University wherever they go.

Dorothy Hargett spoke at the State University of New York Libraries (SUNYLA) Conference in Purchase, NY on the topic of leadership: “Stand Up and Lead or Sit Down.” Georgi Bordner and Sandy Yaegle co-presented at the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) Conference in Jefferson City, TN on the topic of the recent migration to electronic dissertations and theses: “Blazing a Trail from Print to Electronic Theses: It Takes Teamwork.” Sara Baron and Melody Diehl Detar co-presented at the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Conference in Denver, CO on the development of online training and marketing products: “Marketing Library Services & Training Library Users with Five Star Video Products.” Dean Baron also served on a panel titled “Other Duties as Assigned: Library Directors and Balancing the Other Duties of an All-Purpose Administrator.”

Congratulations to our colleagues for contributing to national conversations about library services in higher education.

University Librarian & Associate Dean Leanne Strum to retire at the end of June

Library Dean Sara Baron (right) presents the certificate of Librarian Emeritus to Leanne.

Library Dean Sara Baron (right) presents the certificate of Librarian Emeritus to Leanne.

At the end of June a long-time faculty member and valued colleague of the Library will retire after 32 years of dedicated service. Associate Dean and Head of Systems Dr. Leanne Strum arrived at then CBN University in January 1984. Here in her own words, Dr. Strum describes the confluence of the early years of the University Library with the beginning of her career as an academic librarian:

At 19 I realized that I wanted to be a librarian. I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1977 with a BS degree in business administration and in 1980 with a Master of Library Information and Science. On January 3, 1984 I joined the faculty of CBN University. The Library building was in the final phase of construction. In March 1984 the Library staff, faculty, students and facility services moved all of the books and other resources into the building. It was and still is an amazing Library.

During her years at Regent, Leanne has served in nearly every area of the Library including leadership positions as Head of Technical Services, Head of Systems, Coordinator of the Information Research and Resources course, and Associate Dean of the University Library.

An important part of Leanne’s vocation has been teaching information literacy and preparing the next generation of librarians. In 1992 she earned an MBA at Regent and in 2005 a Ph.D. in Information Science from Nova Southeastern University. She has developed and taught business research courses at Regent and Averett University and library science courses for Catholic University and San Jose State University.

Leanne’s husband, Colonel Daniel Strum recently retired from the U.S. Army, where he served as a medical doctor at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC. Leanne says that they have several trips planned and are looking forward to sailing the Chesapeake Bay on their catamaran Vitamin Sea. When not traveling or on the water, the Strums are likely to be found at their home in Suffolk watching dolphins swim up and down the Nansemond River or working in Col. Strum’s extraordinary vegetable garden. Leanne will also continue the work she has just started for Quilts of Valor Foundation, an organization made up of 10,000 volunteers who sew healing “quilts of valor” for combat service members and veterans touched by war.

For more than three decades of devoted service to Regent University and the library profession, the Regent Board of Trustees voted in April of this year to confer on Dr. Strum the title Librarian Emeritus. Although the faculty and staff of the Library will miss our colleague and friend upon her retirement, we rejoice with Leanne as she begins a new chapter in her life. Well done, thou good and faithful servant!

The Encyclopedia of Christian Education

by Sandra Yaegle, Head of Public Services

The Library has just acquired an important new encyclopedia from Rowman & Littlefield. The Encyclopedia of Christian Education contains over 1,200 entries by 400 contributors from 75 countries. The three-volume work covers a vast range of topics, including:

  • History spanning the early Church to the present.
  • Denominational and institutional profiles.
  • Intellectual traditions in Christian education.
  • Biblical and theological frameworks, curricula, missions, adolescent and higher education, theological training, and Christian pedagogy.
  • Biographies of distinguished Christian educators.

One noteworthy detail is that over nine of the contributors are affiliated with Regent University, either as current faculty, former faculty, or alumni. This work exemplifies the high level of scholarship produced at Regent.

The Encyclopedia of Christian Education is available from the Library in both print and online formats.

What are you reading this summer?

Calling all Regent readers!

Fenced pathway leading down to the Atlantic Ocean, Carolina Beach, North Carolina, USAAlthough the University is over a month into the term, astronomically speaking, summer officially arrives this Sunday. So if you haven’t started on the reading list you made last winter, time to get going!

For the third straight summer, the Library wants to know what the Regent community is reading or recommending. Simply send the book titles that you will be reading or would like to recommend to harohen@regent.edu. Please include your position or status at Regent and a few sentences on why you are recommending the book.

All suggestions will be added to the Library website as we receive them. For a guide to what we have in mind, see our 2013 and 2014 Summer Reading Recommendations.

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