Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Celebrating Olympic Greats

Black History Month: 
Celebrating Black Olympians

With the Summer Olympics occurring in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, this summer, the library staff is celebrating black Olympians during Black History Month.

In 1904, George Poage was the first black athlete from the United States to participate in the modern Olympic Games, and he won a bronze medal in the 400 meter hurdles.

In the library there are images and information cards that highlight Mr. Poage and other memorable athletes and Olympic games, from Jesse Owens and Muhammad Ali to Gabby Douglas and former University of Kentucky basketball player, Anthony Davis.

Gabby Douglas
Anthony Davis

The official Olympics website has a wealth of information about each athlete and the games themselves  too if you want to know more. For instance, did you know that the 1936 Olympics in Berlin were the first to be televised?

We leave you with this clip of the 100 meter dash from the Berlin Olympics.

Image credits: Gabrielle Douglas photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.
Anthony Davis photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images Europe, July 28, 2012.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ready for Snow?

Be Sure You Are Signed Up for RAVE Alerts

This way, you won't miss being notified if school is closed or delayed.

Follow These Instructions to Enroll:

  1. To get started, go to 
  2. Click on the “Register” button.  
  3. Complete the form. Your “registration e-mail” is your Sullivan e-mail address and the password is any password of your choosing.  Then check the box next to “I have read and agree to the Rave Terms of Use” at the bottom. 
  4. Click the green “Proceed to Next Step” button. 
  5. Confirm that your correct mobile phone carrier is listed then click “Proceed to Next Step.” 
  6. The next screen should say that an email confirmation has been sent. 
  7. Check your email for the RAVE confirmation. 
  8. Click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. 
  9. The page will ask you to then confirm your mobile number. 
  10. Check your cell phone for a text message with a four-digit code. Enter the code in the correct box on the RAVE webpage (this is NOT the 5-digit number your received the text from). 
  11. Click “Finish.” This will take you to your account screen where you can send a test message to your phone and/or email. 
  12. In order to receive messages, you need to subscribe to the correct group. 
  13. Click on the “Groups” tab at the top of the page. 
  14. Click on “Find Groups.” 
  15. Under “Groups (click for details) click on Sullivan University Lexington – Students. 
  16. Click on the “Join” link by the words “Group Status” 
  17. You will now receive messages from Sullivan University Lexington.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Good housekeeping and some fine cooking

Welcome to the winter 2016 quarter. Whether this is your first quarter at Sullivan University or your tenth quarter, the librarians at the Lexington campus want to welcome you.

Now, on to the good housekeeping (great information about the library that can save you lots of heartache as you work on class projects and research papers) and the fine cooking (the library has excellent print and online resources, including cookbooks, available for you to use).

  • Library Staff:
    • Kandace Rogers, Library Director
    • Wendell Barnett, Collection Management librarian
    • Hilary Writt, Reference librarian  
Kandace, Wendell, or Hilary will be glad to assist you with any research or library-related questions. We are here to help you as best we can. 

  • Library hours: 
**Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day**

Monday-Thursday: 8am-9pm
Friday: 8am-6pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm

During weeks 1, 5, and 8, the library will have extended weekend hours. Please see a librarian for details.

  • Social Media @ Your Library: 

Through the library's social media sites there are several ways to keep up with what is going on at the library. 

You may follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, or our blog. Check out any or all of these sites and let us know what you think. We really do value your input and feedback. 

  • Research Guides

If you have a question about how to format your paper using the APA format, where to go to find flash cards and/or other study apps, or how to do great research select this link to see library guides designed to help you be a successful student.

The library even has specific guides for programs like culinary, finance, and early childhood education.

*Image credit: ITM University Gwalior Human Smiley Face.jpg. Creative Commons CC0 1.0.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Finals Week as Told by Buddy the Elf, Day 4

You finish the last final. You feel as if you've been beaten up.


Sometime in the next couple of weeks you receive your grades. You see that you got a B in the class you were sure that you flunked. Booyah!


Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Finals Week as Told by Buddy the Elf, Day 3

You go to sit for your first final. The instructor says, "Before we begin the exam, please turn in your paper that was assigned at the beginning of the quarter." You suddenly realize that you have no paper, because you immediately forgot about it; because, well, it was the beginning of the quarter and, after all, you had plenty of time.

To make matters worse, once you've taken the exam, and later on as you are going over in your mind your answers, you realized you flubbed a very basic question.

That evening, you reflect on you poor performance during the day's exams. Especially when you realize that you could have gone to the library and gotten help from the friendly and resourceful library staff.

Better luck tomorrow. Though we hope that you didn't have a day like this at all!

Finals Week as Told by Buddy the Elf, Day 2

Before final exams start you decide that maybe it's time to do some SERIOUS studying.

Caffeine becomes your best friend.

You get to the point that coffee becomes almost impossible to drink, but you struggle through it because you MUST STAY AWAKE.

Stress-eating also kicks in.

You may find yourself getting a little grouchy and your friends tread very lightly around you.

 But you persevere because you know there will be joy at the end of another successfully completed quarter.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Finals Week as Told by Buddy the Elf, Day 1

Finals week has arrived. You sit down and take a look at the schedule.

Finals Schedule 12/14-12/19 2015


You realize how much you have to do, and you're in a state of disbelief.

You may say a little prayer.

Your professors all say that if you have studied and kept up with your work, the exam will be easy. But you know better.
You sit on a throne of lies

You're not alone. Remember, the library staff are pulling for you. We're all in this together.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

No more stress. We Need Desserts.

The end of the quarter is nigh, and your Sullivan University librarians know that the end of the quarter is stressful. 

To help relieve stress and anxiety, why not take a study break and laugh a little? The librarians have selected the following books and DVDs, all of which are available at the Lexington library, so stop by the library and check out one of these or something else to take your mind off of the pending papers, projects, and presentations. 

                                                          Ben and Jerry's; DVD 381.4174 B456bio
Big Night; DVD 791.43 B592

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Gobble, Gobble

"Gobble, Gobble"
 Let’s Talk Turkey
How to Cook a Turkey
 Low & Slow

Let’s Talk Turkey: The Stories Behind America’s Favorite Expressions by Rosemarie Ostler; R 427.973 O85l
What do the phrases, “talk turkey,” and “go cold turkey,” mean, and how long have these phrases been in our vernacular? Common sayings like these and others, like, “wheel and deal,” and “jump the shark,” and their meanings can be found in this book. 

How to Cook a Turkey: and All the Other Trimmings by the editors of Fine Cooking magazine; 641.6659 H847
The Butterball hotline may have some stiff competition with this how-to guide that has tips for purchasing and cooking a turkey and for fixing all of the sides and desserts. This book is available in the library.

Roasting: A Simple Art by Barbara Kafka; 641.71 K11r
While turkey certainly serves as the centerpiece at most Thanksgiving dinners, other meats and vegetables fill out the table, and Ms. Kafka tells readers how to roast everything from artichokes to zucchini. 

Low & Slow: The Art and Technique of Braising, BBQ, and Slow Roasting by Robert Briggs; 641.76 B854l
The Culinary Institute of America shares the secret for cooking meat low and slow. Recipes for side dishes, sauces, and rubs are included.

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins; JF C
Artist Lucy Cousins creates dynamic, brightly-colored illustrations for these eight classic fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Enormous Turnip, Henny Penny, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs, The Musicians of Bremen.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Think Pink!

Our Collection Management Librarian, Wendell Barnett, and the rest of the library staff encourage you to think pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

In addition to the door decorating contest that is going on this week (please stop by and see the library's door!), read below to find out about other campus activities that are planned throughout the month of October.

October 19-23: Jeans Week for Breast Cancer Fundraiser-Spencerian students and Spencerian faculty and staff can pay $10 for the whole week to wear jeans, or they can pay $3 a day. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

October 21: Sullivan Student Professional Dress Down Wednesday-Stop by the Sullivan University Student Life Office (room 147) from 8am-12pm to pay $1 to bypass the professional dress Wednesday requirements. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

October 24: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk hosted by the American Cancer Society-Sullivan Lexington and Spencerian Lexington will be teaming up for this walk held at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark (Lexington Legends field) at 9am, on October 24, 2015. If you want to walk or donate, please click on the link in your Spencerian or Sullivan email.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Did an autobiography really get challenged?


Yes, since it was published posthumously in 1965, The Autobiography of Malcolm X,  has been challenged for ‘anti-white’ statements and references to criminal activity. The book contains information about the life of slain activist, Malcolm X.

Source: Banned Books that Shaped America. (2013). Banned Books Week. Retrieved from:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Big Brother Is Watching


No, we are not talking about a popular CBS reality show. Instead, today's post is about George Orwell’s novel 1984. It was challenged in Florida in the early 1980s for being pro-Communist and having explicit sexual references.

Source: “Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century”;

New Banned Book Reader

Michelle Knickerbocker reads Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
You can have your picture taken with your favorite Banned Book too! Just come by from 7:30 am-6 pm and tell one of the librarians. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Challenging a baseball story

Today's highlighted banned or challenged book is Baseball Saved Us. Published in 1993, it tells the story of life in a Japanese internment camp.

The children's book was challenged at a school system in Connecticut because it contained derogatory language.

Source: R. Doyle. Books Challenged or Banned in 2006-2007.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Silencing a Mockingbird

For the next couple of weeks the library will highlight a banned or challenged book to increase awareness. Today's featured title is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was banned from a Canadian classroom in 2009 because of racial slurs and offensive language found in the book.

Source: R. Doyle. Books Challenged or Banned in 2009-2010.

To learn more about banned or challenged books, stop by the library or go to the American Library Association's website