Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Cure

This week's book spine poem is:

The Cure

The emperor of all maladies
White coat, black hat
deadly choices
Seeking the cure
Lotions, potions, pills and magic

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee; 616.994 M953e
Mukerherjee’s book is for those who want an in-depth, back to ancient history look at the history of cancer.

White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine by Carl Elliot; 174.2951 E46w
“Physician Carl Elliott traces for the first time the evolutionary path of the new direction in health care, revealing the dangerous underbelly of the beast that has emerged--a beast that sacrifices old-style doctoring to fit the values of consumer capitalism.” Provided by publisher.

Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All by Paul Offit; 614.47 O32d
Those who are skeptical about vaccinating their children need to read this book that is a cautionary look at what can happen if vaccinations are stopped.

Seeking the Cure: A History of Medicine in America by Ira Rutkow; 610 R977s
People like Cotton Mather, Benjamin Franklin, James Garfield, and Joseph Lister are some of the famous people included in this comprehensive history of medicine in the United States.

Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic: Health Care in Early America by Elaine Breslaw; 362.109 B842l
Like the title Seeking the Cure, this book contains a history of medicine in the United States; this title, however, focuses on medicine during the fledgling years of the new nation.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

National Library Week @ the Sullivan Lexington Library

From the American Library Association:
National Library Week will be observed April 10-16, 2016 with the theme, "Libraries Transform."
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
Help us celebrate by coming in to the library and sharing how libraries (hopefully this one!) has transformed your life, or simply why you like our library.
You'll receive a blank sheet similar to this:

You'll be loaned a marker to fill in the blank. You may say something like this:
Really, you can say anything complimentary about the library that you want.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Book Spine Poetry Returns

In honor of April being National Poetry Month, we bring back our series of book spine poems. Today's installment is:

It Doesn't Add Up!

You don't say!
Show me the numbers

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi. JF O
Otoshi cleverly covers issues like bullying and accepting oneself while (painlessly) introducing children to the concept of numbers.

Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business by Nancy Lublin. 658 L929z
The CEO of the non-profit agency Do Something shares her insights on how businesses, both for-profit and non-profit, can thrive by doing more with less.

Mumford, a consultant who assists failing companies, advises corporate leaders about how transforming their companies can restore the U.S. economy.

You Don't Say: Navigating Nonverbal Communication Between the Sexes by Audrey Nelson, with Susan K. Golant.  302.222 N424y
According to the authors, 90% of our communication is translated through non-verbal cues. That means we need to watch what we say and how we say it.

Mr. Few has some tips and tricks to help novice and proficient presenters convey data graphically without distorting the information or confusing the audience.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Is it the right foot or the best foot?

The old saying of "starting out on the right foot," or "putting one's best foot forward," means to, "try for the best possible impression, or to make a good start".* People sometimes say this phrase when talking about a job interview, but it also applies to how one begins a new quarter at school.

Kandace Rogers, Wendell Barnett, and Hilary Writt, the librarians at the Lexington campus, welcome Spencerian and Sullivan students, whether this is your first quarter or your eleventh, and we want to share some tips and tricks to help you put your best foot forward this quarter.

Library Hours for Spring 2016

Monday-Thursday, 8am-9pm
Friday, 8am-6pm *
Saturday, 8am-12pm*
*(There are extended hours during weeks 1, 5, and 8)

Online resources:

The following library pages are designed to help you with the APA citation format, studying and
test preparation, and conducting research. Click on the link to go to the page of interest.

APA @ Sullivan University

How to Do Research

Scholarly and Peer Reviewed Articles

Study Skills and Test Preparation

Book resources: 

101 Ways to Make Studying Easier and Faster for College Students by Susan Roubidoux; 371.3028 R853o

The Adult Student's Guide to Survival and Success by Al Seibert;  378.198 S571a

If you have a question, please ask. We are here to help you as best we can, and you can reach us several ways.

In person: We are here during the hours listed above.
Phone: 859-514-3359

*Source: Ammer, C. (2013). The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms: American English Idiomatic Expressions and Phrases. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 365.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Women's History Month-Reading Recommendation

The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives. Theresa Brown, RN, author. 2015. 616.028 B881s

Brown, a former English professor and a current contributor to the New York Times, is drawn to the nursing profession after the birth of her twins, and she uses her command of the English language to tell five compelling stories, her own and those of her four oncology patients. Framing the book within the confines of her shift, Brown articulates each facet of her work day without being tedious. Whether it involves contacting housekeeping for a new shower curtain in a patient’s room or talking with a surgeon about a patient’s treatment, she articulates the complexities nurses face in an engaging way. She interlaces her own self-doubts and frustrations with details about each patient’s care, and readers come away with a sense that they know Candace, Dorothy, Sheila, and Mr. Hampton as if they had spent time with each of them in person. This well-written book humanizes an already sympathetic profession, and it needs to be shared with health-care professionals.

If you are interested in reading more books like The Shift here are other recommendations.

Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon by Kathy Magliato, MD; 617.412 M195h. You can check out our blog post on Healing Hearts to find out what we think about the book. 

Even though his book isn’t related to women or women’s history, Dr. Damon Tweedy tells a compelling story about what it is like to be an African-American doctor in Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflection on Race and Medicine; 610.92 T971b. 

Please ask one of the librarians if you need help locating any of the featured books or if you want any other recommendations.We will be glad to help you!

Monday, February 22, 2016

They Too Were Olympians

The following Olympians may not receive as much press or notoriety as other Olympic athletes, but these men and women are no less deserving of recognition.

Dominique Dawes and Elizabeth Okino- These two spunky athletes were the first African Americans to compete on a U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. They went to the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain, and one of them was on the 1996 Olympic gymnastics team that won a gold medal for the first time in U.S. history. Elizabeth, now known as Betty, is an actress who has appeared on television shows like The District, Moesha, and Z Games.

 Anita Luceete DeFrantz- She was the first African American elected to the International Olympic Committee, and she also won a bronze medal in the Montreal Olympics in 1976, as the first African American to compete in the rowing competition for the U.S.

DeHart Hubbard- Mr. Hubbard was the first African American to win a gold medal in an individual event long jump.

Wilma Rudolph- As a polio survivor who would have guessed that this Olympic athlete would win three gold medals at the 1960 Olympic games, becoming the first American woman to achieve this feat.

Some of the people featured here are included in a Black History Month display that is in the Sullivan Lexington library. The display will be up through Thursday, February 25, and the library staff encourages you to come by the library and browse through it.
Sources: Editors. (22 February 2016). Wilma Rudolph Biography. Retrieved from:

Minerva Collier Associates, Ltd. (2016). Betty Okino: Biography. Retrieved from:

Smith, J.C. (2003). Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events. Visible Ink: Detroit.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Kentucky's Olympians

Muhammad Ali
The winners of the 1960 Olympic medals for light heavyweight boxing on the winners' podium at Rome: Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali) (C), gold; Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland (R), silver; and Giulio Saraudi (Italy) and Anthony Madigan (Australia), joint bronze. Image credit:(Photo by Central Press/Getty Images) 05/09/1960

Though they are from different decades, Muhammad Ali and Anthony Davis made their mark on the Summer Olympic games. 

Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, hailed from Louisville, KY, and he won the gold medal for light heavyweight boxing at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. He returned to the Olympics in 1996 as the torch bearer that lit the Olympic cauldron. 

Anthony Davis
Image credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images Europe; July 28, 2012
Anthony Davis, a native of Chicago, IL, played basketball for the University of Kentucky. Davis made history with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the first number one and number two draft picks to come from the same school. Davis went on to play for the gold-medal winning U.S. Men's Basketball team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. 

Passion Richardson
Image credit: Getty Images
Passion Richardson, a track star at the University of Kentucky, was a member of the 4x100 relay team that won the bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She won other honors, including third place in the SEC and a World University Games gold medal. 

These are just a few of the Olympians who have Kentucky connections. Others Kentucky Olympians include: former men's basketball coach Tubby Smith and former men's basketball player Tayshaun Prince.

Ali, M. (2004). What I Know Now. People, 61(14), 90.

Barker, B. (2012, June 29). Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky make history as top two picks. Newsday, (Melville, NY).

Huffman, F., ed. (2006), Clark's Kentucky Almanac. Lexington, KY: The Clark Group

USA Track & Field. (21 February 2001). Passion Richardson. Retrieved from:

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.