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National Library Week Roundup

Written by Georgianne Bordner, Harold Henkel, and Amber Wood

Booker T. Mattison reads from "Snitch"
Tuesday, April 12th was National Library Workers Day, and this year the Library faculty chose this day to kick off Regent’s National Library Week observance by cooking a special breakfast for the Library staff and student assistants. That evening, the Library held its first public event for National Library Week with a book talk by Booker T. Mattison, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema-Television, whose new novel Snitch has just been released. Fifty-three people gathered in the Library Gallery to hear Prof. Mattison discuss and read from his book.

Snitch adds a positive Christian message to the genre of “street lit.” Over the course of the evening, Mattison emphasized the ways in which God had worked to make the writing, publication, and promotion of the book possible by putting all the pieces together at the right time.  Aptly, the main theme of Snitch is God’s sovereignty, along with the very real community problems surrounding silence and “snitching.”

Audience members who have already read the book said that they were very impressed with the character development and the readability, commenting “It’s just like watching a movie,” and “It’s a real page turner.” Librarian Bob Sivigny added:  “Mattison is a creative dynamo; listening to him is like catching up with a fast-moving train. I am so glad I went last night. Can’t wait to read Snitch.”

Plans are being made to adapt both Snitch and his first novel, Unsigned Hype, into films, with Mattison as writer/director. Mattison will tour with Snitch through the summer.

On Wednesday, immediately following chapel, the Library helped four more Regent scholars launch monographs at a luncheon and book talk. Dr. Susannah Clements, Chair of the Department of Language and Literature, told the audience how the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer had sparked her curiosity about the treatment of vampires in literature and film, from Dracula through The Twilight Saga, leading to her writing of The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero. Dr. Clements described how increasing secularization explains the transformation of an embodiment of sin and evil in Dracula to an innocuous or even romantic figure in recent popular treatments.

Librarian Bob Sivigny and Dr. Graham Twelftree
Dr. Graham Twelftree, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, discussed the five-year genesis of The Cambridge Companion to Miracles, which involved collaboration with specialists around the world. With characteristic wit, Dr. Twelftree remarked that the experience had taught him humility and the falsity of the quip in academia that “if you can’t write, you can always edit.” At the end of his presentation, he presented an advance copy to divinity librarian Bob Sivigny, to whom the book is dedicated with the words, “To Bob Sivigny and all the other librarians who support our work.”

In the final segment, Dr. Alan Arroyo, Dean, and Dr. Hope Jordan, Professor, from the School of Education discussed their newly published The Secret Kingdom for Educators, which demonstrates how teachers can improve student learning by applying the principals developed by Dr. Pat Robertson in The Secret Kingdom. In their remarks, the authors thanked Dr. Robertson for his support of the project and the ten professors of the School of Education who contributed chapters.

Both book talk events ended with an opportunity for attendees to purchase the books and have them signed by the authors.  The Library staff is glad to have had a part in connecting some of Regent’s authors with their readers.

Video of “Snitch” launch

Video of luncheon and faculty publication celebration

Customer Satisfaction Survey Prize Announced

Charity & Rory
Charity & Rory
The Winner of the 2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey is Charity Mack! Charity serves on staff as the Administrative Records Coordinator for the School of Education. Charity is going to have to fill up her new Nook with a lot of Dr. Seuss and other titles for children since she just had a baby. Charity and her husband Chris welcomed Aurora Kent Mack on Tuesday, April 12th at 10:11 AM.

Fun facts about our newest (and littlest!) library patron: 6lb 13 oz, 19 1/2 inches.

Congratulations, Charity!

Regent University Library Seeks Assistant Librarian

Information Literacy and Outreach Librarian

Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia

August 31, 2010

Job Description: Regent University Library is seeking a library faculty member to plan, implement, and assess library instruction, information literacy training, and educational programming. Salary range: $38,000 to $42,000.

Duties: Develop and implement information literacy training and educational programming on campus and online. Oversee the required Information Research and Resources course. Reference and research assistance, along with other professional librarian duties, as assigned. For a complete job description see http://www.regent.edu/admin/hr/faculty_jobs.cfm.

Required: ALA-accredited degree. Experience and/or training in information literacy instruction in an academic setting. Proficiency with instructional technologies, social media, and library assessment tools related to instruction.

Preferred: Second Master’s degree in subject area taught at Regent.

About Regent: Regent University is an academic center for Christian thought and action with over 70 undergraduate and graduate programs available worldwide. Our mission is to provide an excellent education from a biblical perspective and global context in pivotal professions to equip Christian leaders to change the world.

To apply:

Please complete the official Regent University Application www.regent.edu/jobs_faculty and submit with your cover letter, vita, Statement of Christian Faith, and copy of transcripts to:

Bonnie McDowell
Regent University
1000 Regent University Drive, ADM 111
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Email:  bonnmcd@regent.edu

Qualified prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, color, gender, age, national origin, or disability.

Review of Applications begins October 15, 2010.

“Can We All Get Along?”

Access Services Supervisor Dorothy Hargett with Graduate Assistant Tanya Brooks and Student Worker Kathryn Swanson
Regent University Library joined other members of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education (VTC) to ask and answer that question July 26. Forty-eight faculty, staff, and students converged on Christopher Newport University’s Trible Library to discuss the topic “Can We All Get Along? Communication & Customer Service 4 Libraries 2 Day.” The training was sponsored by the VTC Library Director’s Committee in response to a library employee training needs survey, which ranked both communication and customer service high in requests. To meet those needs, VTC utilized existing employees with expertise in both areas.

Regent University Library Access Services Supervisor Dorothy Hargett led the way with practical tips for effective customer service, focusing on presentation, respect and the value of each patron. Hargett has presented nationally at an INNOVATIVE User’s Group. Christopher Newport University librarians Amy Boykin and Alicia Willson-Metzger were up second, offering a guide to navigating the waters of professional communication and the importance of a positive attitude in the work environment. Boykin and Willson-Metzger have also presented their findings at the Virginia Library Association conference.

An evaluation conducted following the session revealed that the third and final portion was the most highly rated. A student panel comprised of six students from Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, and Regent University (Tanya Brooks and Kathryn Swanson),  rounded out the training with a very informative discussion of their expectations regarding library customer service. Students spoke of their individual experiences and fielded questions about emerging technologies and the importance of existing resources. RUL student worker Kathryn Swanson noted that attendees, “were very interested in my opinion. You could tell that everyone there was looking for the best and most up-to-date ways to meet the needs of their students.” Indeed, hearing student voices is instrumental in moving forward with programs and services offered by academic libraries.

VTC Regent participants from left: Dorothy Hargett, Kathryn Swanson, Sandy Yaegle, Georgi Bordner, Tanya Brooks, Patty Hughson, Sara Baron, Paulette Thompson, Ellen Cox, Amber Wood, Pearl Combs, and Angela Masden.

For information on the mission and scope of VTC, visit http://www.vtc.odu.edu/.