Thursday, September 22, 2016

Greetings from your new Library Director!

I thought you might want to know a little bit about me, since I'm neither a BSC alum nor from Alabama.

I was born in Richmond, Virginia, and finished high school in Charleston, South Carolina, before completing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College of William and Mary. From there I taught all subjects of third and fourth grade at a private school in Hinesville, Georgia, for two years. Several years of being a student worker in a medical library led me to complete a library degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

I worked at the LSU Libraries, beginning in the reference department and interlibrary loan, then moved into and managed the library systems division. After 24 years of service, I left as Assistant Dean of Libraries. While at LSU, I was very active in collaborative campus IT projects and with the statewide academic library consortium.

I was an Associate Director in a 21-branch county-wide public library system for two years, then decided to return to beloved academia. I was Director of the Library for Southern Polytechnic State University until its consolidation with Kennesaw State University in 2015, where I was Director of Special Projects for the KSU Library System.

My research, publication, and service are mostly around library technologies. 
My latest hobbies are photography, listening to all genres and ages of music, and cooking.

I'm very happy to have found a new home at BSC. Come by and say hello!

Nancy Colyar

Monday, August 22, 2016

Welcome Back to the Hilltop!

We at your BSC Library are thrilled to welcome both first-year and returning students back home to BSC. We look forward to helping you with all your library needs: materials of all kinds for checkout; space to study, meet, or watch films for class; help creating or finding answers to research questions; interlibrary loan for materials we don't have in the library at BSC; and computers to help you create or print your work (or any other reason), all provided by the friendliest staff around.

Poster announcing: Attention (you, too, returning students!) A food policy reminder: Food that drips, stinks, stains, sticks; including all caf food, subway, pizza delivery creates mess in your library *and is not allowed. Tables have been provided in the lobby, or take a break and enjoy your meal outside. Your library staff & fellow patrons thank you for your cooperation.
We do want to remind you of our policies in the library, especially with regard to food and drink. While the policy hasn't changed from previous years, we will be enforcing the policy completely going forward. We certainly don't want to be food police, but we also want to keep the library a clean, bug free, and pleasant environment for everyone, and stinky, drippy, sticky, staining food causes messes and inconvenience for everyone. So, as a reminder, covered drinks and packaged snacks are OK, but caf takeout, Subway, pizzas, or any other meals are not. Please comply with the policy and don't make us turn into meanies!

We also want to remind you of the library schedule for the fall semester. Regular hours begin August 28:

  • Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Special hours will be posted on the library website.

Thanks for checking out the blog and we wish you the best year possible at BSC, whether it's your first, middle, or last!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

The library will be closed this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for the July 4th weekend (that's July 2-4). We will reopen at 8am on Tuesday, July 5th.

We hope everyone has a happy (and safe!) Independence Day!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Congratulations, BSC Library Award Winners!

Each year, the BSC Library sponsors two awards: the Library Research Award and the Library Art Purchase Award.  This year, the winners are Sophie Cheng and Timothy McOmber.

The Library Research Award is a cash prize recognizing the paper written by any current first- or second-year student that best demonstrates an advanced understanding and appropriate use of the Library's services and collections.  The paper must be submitted to the Southern Academic Review, BSC's journal of student scholarship, and must be approved by its editors for publication.  Sophie Cheng is the winner of the 2016 award for her excellent paper titled "Creating Play Spaces: Exploring the Use of Space and Place in Play Spaces." Congratulations, Sophie!

The Library Art Purchase Award goes to a student whose work is selected from the annual BSC Juried Student Art Exhibition, for acquisition and display in the Library building.  Proceeds from the Library's used book sale fund this award.  Timothy McOmber is the winner of the 2016 award for his inspired piece, "Origin."  Congratulations, Timothy!

Kudos to all the BSC students who've worked so hard on publications, presentations, performances, and creations this past year.  Your work makes BSC, and the world, a better place!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Final exams and library hours

The end of the term is almost upon us. For many of you, this means long nights and marathon study sessions fueled by copious amounts of caffeine. Luckily for everyone, the library is here to help with group seminar rooms and extended hours for the BSC community. 

We have several rooms available for checkout for those of you keen on studying in groups. All of them have a whiteboard, and a few of them contain A/V equipment for those of you who need to practice presentations or watch a movie for a class. Click here to check out the room availability, and you can follow the link on that page if you would like submit a reservation request.  

Please note, there is a 3-hour time limit on the room checkouts, and if you would like to make a reservation on short notice, please call the Circulation Desk directly (205-226-4740)!

Also, beginning on Thursday, May 12, the library will have extended hours, as follows:

Thursday, May 12: 8am-open all night*
Friday, May 13: open until 10pm
Saturday, May 14: 9am-midnight
Sunday, May 15: 2pm-open all night*
Monday, May 16: open 24 hours*
Tuesday, May 17: open 24 hours*
Wednesday, May 18: open 24 hours*
Thursday, May 19: open until 10pm
Friday, May 20: 8am-5pm
Saturday, May 21: CLOSED
Sunday, May 22: CLOSED
Monday-Friday, May 23-27: 8am-5pm
*The Circulation Desk will be closing at 1am on these nights, and will reopen at 8am the following morning.

The library will be open only to BSC students, faculty, and staff during exams (beginning Thursday, May 12th). Community patrons will be welcome again on Friday, May 20.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Join us for Honors Day, May 5th

Honors Day is fast approaching!

As described in the press release from BSC's Communications Department:
Honors Day, a celebrated annual tradition in which seniors demonstrate the results of their studies on the Hilltop, is free and open to the public. During the Convocation, BSC students from all classes will be recognized for outstanding academic achievements and leadership roles; honors will also be bestowed on faculty and staff.
Image of Rev. Caitlin E. Harper '09, Honors Day Convocation Speaker
Rev. Caitlin E. Harper '09 
Convocation, which includes a processional of graduating seniors and faculty in regalia, begins at 10 a.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium on the campus and is followed by a full day of student presentations, musical performances, and other demonstrations of scholarly and creative work.
This year's Convocation will feature an address from Rev. Caitlin E. Harper '09, "Staying Animated in an Anesthetized World," about rejecting traditional narratives about adulthood in favor of incorporating liberal arts education.

Harper is a 2009 graduate of the College with a major in religion and received her masters of divinity from Emory University in 2012.

A schedule of events can be found here.