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Northeastern State University’s Center for Teaching & Learning will host two screenings of the documentary Waiting for Superman in early March. All those interested in the education of American students are invited to attend and join in a discussion of the issues it brings up.

NSU President Don Betz suggests that this film (and one shown last month–Race to Nowhere) would be excellent vehicles to begin a collaborative campus/community conversation about the future of education and our role in it. Thus far, he has been correct in his assessment, as the first film was well attended and has resulted in positive community conversations and collaborations.

Each event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

The first screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7th in the Webb Auditorium on the Tahlequah campus.

The second screening will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10th in the Broken Arrow Auditorium on the Broken Arrow campus.

Following the 102-minute movie, administrators and educators will join in a discussion of the realities and potential reform of contemporary education.

According to the director, Waiting for Superman is a “deeply personal exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S. and how it is affecting our children.” The film has been nominated for and won numerous awards for best documentary, including the Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice, and Sundance.

For more information about Waiting for Superman, visit http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/

For more information about the NSU screenings and discussions contact Linda Summers (summerla@nsuok.edu or x6455) or Chuck Ziehr (ziehr@nsuok.edu or x2065).

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This morning, I attended a University Assembly meeting via ITV on the NSU-Broken Arrow campus.

Here’s an image of what I saw:


Here’s a synopsis of what I overheard:

from NSU President Dr. Don Betz

  • State mandated budget cuts increased from 5% to 10% in December & will continue at 10% for the remainder of the fiscal year – this equates $2.2 million total
  • An increase in enrollment, equating approximately $800,000, is helping to offset this financial challenge – this reveals the growing importance of recruitment and retention
  • Travel among faculty will be more restricted, as we must determine the “wisest use of travel monies”
  • NSU is currently under a “Hiring Chill” – this is different from a Hiring Freeze in that NSU is still hiring, but the “scrutiny of who and when we hire” has been increased
  • NSU needs to find new methods of funding, e.g., private foundations and federal grants.
  • The College of Science & Health Professions, headed by Dean Dr. Martin Venneman, just received a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation – which “shows the government sees something at NSU worth investing in” [Congratulations, Dr. Venneman!]
  • NSU is seeking $200,000 to continue the Oklahoma Center for Rural Development , which is “important to the future of the state”
  • NSU is experiencing a “New Normal,” i.e., decreased financial support and increased accountability from the State
  • NSU intends to offer more online and blended courses, along with more flexible scheduling, to accomodate the needs and expectations of today’s modern student
  • NSU will move to a “4-day schedule” during the summer
  • NSU will focus on a “new definition of literacy” – including Web literacy in the foreseeable future [suggestive that the expertise of information specialists, aka librarians, is needed…]
  • Global communication and networking is becoming more important to the continued success of academic institutuions
  • It is possible for us to exceed our expectations, especially if we “raise the bar together” in order to give the citizens of our community what they deserve
  • It is important to work with, rather than against, others – to assist, rather than to create roadblocks
  • 3 Keys to Success: passion, talent (“getting better at what we do”), and “10,000 hours” (which is what it takes “to become really, really good at what you do”) [attributed to Malcolm Gladwell]
  • Each student who walks across the stage to receive his/her diploma wears a hard-earned smile of achievement that was obtained because they did not have “to walk alone.” We are here to walk beside them.

from a plethora of significant others:

  • I intend to work closely with everyone on all three campuses to move NSU forward
  • I’d like to invite external collaboration and networking
  • I intend to be transparent, to listen, to honor and to respect my colleagues
  • I intend to take risks & to encourage others to do the same
  • I intend to be accountable for my decisions
  • I intend to make students democratic partners in their education & to put them at the core of all decisions
  • I intend to find ways to maximize the current budget resources
  • I intend to ensure we have the tools and technology we need to be both efficient and effective
  • According to recent branding surveys, NSU is known for affordability, producing teachers, its connection with the Cherokee Nation, a caring faculty and staff, having distinct needs among campuses
  • 85% of all prospective students get university information from a school’s website
  • NSU intends to increase its visibility in radio, TV, and in social media – Tulsa and NW Arkansas will be the primary focus
  • NSU launched a new branding campaign this morning; its new logo is “Gather Here, Go Far”
  • We are here to motivate NSU students to “make a [positive]difference in the world”
  • NSU will begin both its Fall 10 & Spring 11 semesters on a Monday

Several new faculty members were announced during this nearly 2-hour meeting. The only one I can remember?:

Linda Summers
Instructor of Library Services
College of Education

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I work in a library – Northeastern State University Broken Arrow Library, to be exact.

Definition of library =
a collection of manuscripts, publications, and other materials for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference

I also work at a local community college.
The sign over the door of this library reads Tulsa Community College Learning Resource Center.

Definition of learning resource center =
not listed on Dictionary.com

  • Learning: the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill
  • Resource: a source of supply, support, or aid
  • Center: a facility providing a specific service

Improvised definition of learning resource center =
a source that facilitates the act of acquiring knowledge.

Not too far in the distant past, I spent countless hours volunteering at a local elementary school. Charles A. Lindbergh Elementary School Media Center is the name of its library.

Definition of media center =
a library, usually in school, that contains and encourages the use of audiovisual media and associated equipment as well as books, periodicals, and the like

The two schools my children currently attend also each has a library.
One is called Library/Resource Center, the other Library/Media Center.

Definition of library/resource center =
a collection of manuscripts, publications, and other materials for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference/not on Dictionary.com

  • Resource = a source of supply, support, or aid
  • Center = a facility providing a specific service

Improvised definition of resource center =
a facility that serves as a source for aid and support

Definition of library/media center =
a collection of manuscripts, publications, and other materials for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference/ a library, usually in school, that contains and encourages the use of audiovisual media and associated equipment as well as books, periodicals, and the like

This afternoon, I received a letter from a university library requesting that I find, lasso, and demand the overdue material they so generously lent to one of NSUBA’s library patrons (paraphrase ;-). The return address read Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center.

Definition of Library, Research, and Information Technology Center =
not listed on Dictionary.com

  • Library = a collection of manuscripts, publications, and other materials for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference.
  • Research = diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications
  • Information Technology = the development, implementation, and maintenance of computer hardware and software systems to organize and communicate information electronically
  • Center = a facility providing a specific service

Improvised definition of library, research, and information technology center =
a source facility that stores, organizes, maintains, and assists with access to and use of reference materials and technological equipment

Revision of intro:

I work in a library, media, research, and information technology resource center.

(And I give pretty good directions, in case you ever get lost . . . ;-)

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Just over a month ago, on September 4th, I launched this (my first) blog. As my initial post revealed I was (and continue to be) quite the novice in online journal writing. Despite my amateur ability however, I chose to launch a second blog to fulfill the term project aspect of Doc Martens’s Design and Implementation of Web-based Information Services.

Therefore, on September 7th nsubalibrary entered the blogosphere. An hour or so after I launched this liblog, Doc Martens suggested it would be a good idea to inform the library’s director, Tom Messner.

Being that Tom is such an optimistic soul, he not only approved the project but proceeded to link it to the library’s homepage – despite the fact that the liblog was barely past the “choose a template” stage.

It’s an interesting experience to serve as maladroit writer, editor, and administrator of two publications in such an exposed environment. One might equate the experience with attempting to walk a straight line after spinning in circles.


Fast forward to September 27th when Doc Martens further suggested that I apply to be a presenter at the forthcoming ACRL-OK workshop (albeit during a 30-minute poster session just after a brief lunch break). Despite the fact that the liblog had been in existence for less than three weeks, it took me less than 24 hours to decide that this was indeed a good idea. I have since applied and been accepted.

So, if you’re in the neighborhood on November 5th, come by my booth and watch me “walk.”

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