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National Library Week events at Regent

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

“Freedom is found through the portals of our nation’s libraries.”
—David McCullough, American historian

Next week (April 13 – 19) is the 56th annual celebration of National Library Week, a yearly observance sponsored by the American Library Association. The purpose of National Library Week is to draw attention to the contribution libraries make in the cultural and civic life of our country.

To mark this special week, the Library has planned four events:

1. Monday: Student Appreciation Day
We love and appreciate our students! Join us for a fun day at the library—games, snacks, surprises, and a chance to win a bookstore or Ordinary gift certificate.

2. Monday – Thursday: NLW Essay & Video Contest Announcements
Regent students were invited to submit essays and videos on the 2014 National Library Week theme, “Lives Change @ Your Library.” Winning essays will be announced daily, followed by the winning video.

Essay & Video Contests deadline extended!

Libraries are where it all begins.
-Rita Dove, United States Poet Laureate, 1993-1995

National Library Week will be celebrated from April 13 to April 19, and the nationwide theme for 2014 is “Lives change @ your library.” This year, our most important observance will be essay and video contests open to all current Regent students. Simply tell us, in words or video, how libraries change lives, and you may win a cash prize*:

Library presents National Library Week essay contest awards

Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

As part of the Library’s finale event for National Library Week (see article) on April 15th, the Library announced the winners of the essay contest on the same topic as the debate: Scholarly Research in Higher Education: What should be the role of Wikipedia?

Dr. Carlos Campo presented certificates and prizes ($100, $50, and $25) to the first, second and third place winners:

Library to sponsor Community Bible Read for National Library Week

Beginning of Genesis, The Wenceslas Bible c. 1389

Written by Leanne Hillery, Associate Librarian

Help the Regent Community read the entire Bible in one week. For National Library Week, April 11-17, the University Library will sponsor a Community Bible Read to enhance the spiritual community of our campus. Scriptures will be distributed after chapel on April 7 and in other locations around campus throughout the rest of the week. The readings will be placed on business card size slips. Participants will be asked to pick a card and read the passages on it during the week of April 11-17. By the end of the week, the Regent Community will have read the entire Bible.

To get your passages, look for Library staff on campus April 7-9. We will be coming around to university buildings and offices so everyone on campus will have a chance to participate. A basket with cards will also be placed at the Library circulation desk. Faculty are encouraged to contact Leanne Hillery at lhillery@regent.edu if they would like a set of scriptures for their students. Online students and faculty who would like to participate may also contact Leanne to receive a scripture passage.

More National Library Week Events

Library to sponsor essay contest on Scholarly Research in Higher Education and the role of Wikipedia as part of National Library Week 2010

Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

From April 11th to the 17th, the University and Law Libraries will join libraries across America in celebrating National Library Week, an annual observance sponsored by the American Library Association since 1958. The purpose of National Library Week is to draw attention to the contribution libraries make in the cultural and civic life of our country. This year the national theme for the celebration is “Communities Thrive @ Your Library.” In keeping with this theme, the Library will sponsor a series of events focused on the educational and spiritual aspects of the Regent University community.

As part of our celebration of Regent’s academic community, the Library is sponsoring an essay contest on a topic that continues to provoke debate in the academic world:

Wikipedia, “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit,” has always been controversial as a reliable source. A 2005 study by the journal Nature found Wikipedia’s accuracy across scientific disciplines comparable to Britannica, but the lack of verifiable credentials and peer review continues to make Wikipedia’s reliability suspect by many scholars.

Beyond the question of factual reliability there is considerable controversy about the larger implications of Wikipedia, as the following quotes illustrate:

Frankly, and let me be blunt, Wikipedia as a readable product is not for us. It’s for them. It’s for that girl in Africa who can save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around her, but only if she’s empowered with the knowledge to do so.

-Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, Wikipedia-l mailing list (23 October 2005)

To control the reference sources that people use is to control the way people comprehend the world. Wikipedia may have a benign, even trivial face, but underneath may lie a more sinister and subtle threat to freedom of thought.

-Martin Cohen, philosopher, The Times Higher Educational Supplement (28 August 2008)

Is Wikipedia a revolutionary tool for empowerment through knowledge, as its founder claims, or is philosopher Martin Cohen on to something when he calls Wikipedia an unauthoritative work displaying “all the prejudices and ignorance of its creators”?

The Library invites all interested Regent students, staff, and faculty to submit essays of 500 words or less on the question:

Scholarly Research in Higher Education:
What should be the role of Wikipedia?

The following rules will apply: