News & Notes: December 2021 – BCULibrary

News & Notes: December 2021 – BCULibrary

The Official Newsletter of Carl S. Swisher Library

The Christmas Waltz from A JOHNNYSWIM Christmas

This time of year is by far my favorite and undoubtedly for some of you reading this – the final newsletter of the academic and calendar year – it is yours, too. I start with the Christmas tree on (or as close to) Halloween as possible. Trick-or-Treaters leave with candy and many adult males leave me that look (whyyyyyyyyyy are you doing this to me) as their spouses eye the decorations, shimmering lights and tree and then… them. The kids’ eyes sparkle with their mouths ajar as the Motown Christmas mix on Spotify plays in the background. This is my time of year. I am in a zone. However, keeping the spirit of Christ all year when many of today’s headlines make you cringe can be challenging. What do you do when your career, livelihood rests in trauma? Teaching students semester in and semester out of slavery, conditions and mistreatment of brown and Black bodies, the plight of many women in the world, the excess of a few at the expense of so many. Librarians are also impacted by what they peddle – information. There is so much information to track that there are sites like Internet Live Stats to help quantify how many emails are sent a day or the number of internet users. The numbers are staggering.

So what to do? How do you practice self care? I plan to unplug and strengthen my immunity against the plagues and harbingers of life that come to kill, steal and destroy. If you don’t have a system, start with a simple plan. When I was younger, I read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and was struck by her self-imposed silence as a response to trauma, so I began my own ritual of not speaking. At first, it was for a few hours here and there. Then, longer periods. This was not difficult as an only child. The older I became, the longer these bouts of silence lasted. I found that silence is not a bad companion. It can be a relief to be left with just your thoughts, and I learned to meditate for long periods of time, in my own world, moving through spaces and places unseen and unmolested. It was quite freeing. I don’t get to do it as often as I would like now, but there are moments when I have to steal away. This tactic might not work for you, but it is imperative that you find something that does. Whatever your routine is, maintain it. If you don’t have one, get one. Create your own “#mixtape” to nurture your wellbeing and mental health. I have several. Some consist of songs of old, gospel greats, some are readings, poems, excerpts from my favorite novels or short stories.

Time waits for no one. You blink and it’s gone. So you either blink less or keep your eyes wide open.

Let us savor the time we have and cherish the memories. This time of year is not kind to all. Some struggle with housing and food security, depression, chronic fatigue, and countless social ills. However, we are reminded to keep pressing forward, that light blots darkness and that in our weakest moments, we can lean on Jesus Christ for strength, hope and peace. If you find that you or a classmate are in need of an expert ear, please reach out to counselors on campus:

Mrs. Terry Turner James
[email protected]

Mr. George Ramsey
[email protected]

December is also home to some pretty nifty awareness campaigns: car donation month, write a business plan, food service safety, safe toys and gifts and it asks us to celebrate pears, the birth of bingo, ties, root vegetables and exotic fruits, and spiritual literacy.

It is also National Human Rights Month and Universal Month for Human Rights, which started in 1948 when the United Nations wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document stating the fundamental rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. These rights include freedom from discrimination, the right to equality, and the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small they they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Let us also not forget that December is also National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month, which serves as a reminder to never drive impaired. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is described by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals as “One of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in impaired driving.” If you have been drinking or are under the influence of drugs, do not operate a vehicle. Remember, you are committing the crime of impaired driving whenever your ability to operate a vehicle is impaired by the effects of illegal drugs, prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, or a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher.

by Annie Galvin Teich

This break between semesters is a good opportunity to reflect on new practices that promise flexibility in how instructors teach and assess their students. Questions to consider include:

Are there frequent opportunities for students to collaborate and learn from one another?Are feedback loops between students and faculty open and productive?Is course content and pedagogy still relevant after all this change?Have new practices to stimulate student engagement been implemented?Are equity and student success embedded in new practices?Has the focus shifted from instructor-led to student-centered learning?Do students have agency in how they manage their own learning process?Have students been given choice and flexibility in how they are assessed and demonstrate their knowledge and abilities?Have digital tools been optimized to create seamless transitions between online and in-person learning for effective blended learning?Are courses and topics connecting to students’ personal and career goals?

Read the full article from Fierce Education HERE.


Our need will be the real creator. – Plato, Republic

As a nurse, Marie Van Brittan Brown worked long hours and would return home late at night. Her husband, too, had irregular hours so she was often alone. Fearful of being vulnerable, Brown decided to figure out a way to see who was at her door if she heard knocking.  In 1966, Brown, with the assistance of her husband, invented a security system which consisted of four peepholes, a sliding camera, television monitors, and two-way microphones. These items created a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system for surveillance. 

Read more and view a rendering of her invention HERE.

ICPSR invites submissions for the ICPSR 2022 Research Paper Competitions for undergraduates and master’s students. The competitions award first place cash prizes of $1,000! Deadline for entry: January 31, 2022.

Save the date!

Data is for everyone! Wait … data are for everyone? Either way, Love Data Week 2022 is about how different folks use data. If you haven’t participated before, Love Data Week is the international celebration of data. This year we’re focused on the people side of data. What does data look like in different disciplines? How about biases in data … who is “in” the data and who is invisible? Visit us to learn about events and get involved in Love Data Week 2022!


ResearchGate started in 2008 to address how science is created and shared. Their “mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all.” The 20 million researchers in our community come from diverse sectors in over 190 countries, and use ResearchGate to connect, collaborate, and share their work. The database appears to provide access to thousands of publications in different fields such as journalism, biology, chemistry, engineering, etc.  The sources are listed under different topics that pertain to different fields. A click on any one of the topics listed on the first page of the database yields a clearly-visible list of items such as articles, books, research proposals, conference papers, etc. Many of the items are available for users to download in full-text versions. The database is very neatly organized by letter of the alphabet.  Also, the variety of topics or academic fields of study within the database is huge.

The database offers a home to the scientist, the clinician, the student, the engineer, the public health worker, the lab technician, the computer scientist.

Visit a Museum

You can now visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture from the comfort of your home. The just-launched Searchable Museum offers digital access to the museum’s Slavery and Freedom exhibit.

Need a laugh?

These prize-winners from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards might make your day. The images include a young elephant taking a mud bath and a blowing leaf that caught on the face of the pigeon. See the rest.

I worked for a program director who asked your birth order second only to asking how you were. Once he knew, he adjusted his assessment of the individual and responded accordingly forevermore. He devoted considerable time to studying the topic, reading several books each year, and firmly believed that a person’s birth order predicted their behavior, beliefs, etc. After reviewing this guide, perhaps it is a question you can incorporate into initial conversations with those you meet.

Terms S

Scholarly: See Peer reviewed.

Search statement/Search Query: “Words entered into the search box of a database or search engine when looking for information. Words relating to an information source’s author, editor, title, subject heading or keyword serve as search terms. Search terms can be combined by using Boolean operators and can also be used with limits/limiters.”

Serial: “Publications such as journals, magazines and newspapers that are generally published multiple times per year, month, or week. Serials usually have number volumes and issues. The words journal, magazine, periodical, and serial may be used interchangeably.”

Software: “The programs installed on and used by the components of a computer system (or, hardware).”

Stacks: See Book stacks.

Style manual: “An information source providing guidelines for people who are writing research papers. A style manual outlines specific formats for arranging research papers and citing the sources that are used in writing the paper.” See Citation.  Also see our Citation Guide.

Subject heading: “Descriptions of an information source’s content assigned to make finding information easier.” See also: Controlled vocabulary, Descriptors.

INTERNET – The C.A.R.S. Checklist for Evaluating Internet Sources Novice

When you’re doing research online, or just reading an interesting article, how do you know if the content is reputable and accurate?

The Internet is full of blogs, websites, posts … with information that anyone can publish. How can you determine if it is credible before you share or cite the content?

Before you assume that “since it’s on the Internet, it must be true” take a few minutes to evaluate the source to make sure that it’s not bogus. How do you do this? One tool that is especially useful is the C.A.R.S. Checklist. It was developed by Dr. Robert Harris, a writer and educator with more than 25 years of teaching experience at the college and university level.

The C.A.R.S. Checklist is a way to evaluate online information. It asks you to look for Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, and Support before deciding to use or trust an information source.


Check out your favorite streaming service to find a few black Christmas movies to enjoy this holiday season! These original movies offer unique stories you won’t find on any other app. Try these great choices HERE.

You can also check out TV Guide’s The Best Christmas Movies for The Best Christmas Movies to Watch on Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, and More by clicking HERE for the list.

Looking for a good book to read over the break? Click HERE to review a list of Christmas-themed works of interest. A few include:

Christmas Songs, Who Sang It?

The songs of Christmas seem to be engrained in our minds and spirits.  Some, especially the pop songs, even become “ear worms” clinging to you for days.

See if you know who sang these songs.  Some may have been sung by many other singers.  [Answers follow the list with hyperlink to video.]

Sleigh RideThis Christmas8 Days of ChristmasWhat do the Lonely Do at Christmas?All I Want For Christmas is YouLet it SnowEvery Year, Every ChristmasSomeday at ChristmasSanta BabySanta Claus Go Straight to the GhettoSilent NightChristmas Just Ain’t Christmas Without the One You Love.Santa Claus is Coming to TownNo Happy HolidaysSoul Holidays

( 1. TLC.   2. Donny Hathaway.   3.Destiny’s Child.    4. The Emotions.   5. Mariah Carey.    6. Boyz II Men.   7. Luther Vandross. 8.  Stevie Wonder, Andra Day   9. Eartha Kitt.  10. James Brown. 11.Temptations 12. The O’Jay’s. 13. The Jackson 5 14. Mary J. Blige. 15. Sounds of Blackness.) 

Bonus! Ebony‘s 19 of the Blackest Christmas Songs Ever!

A Requiem

The Honorable Carrie Meek

Carrie Meek was born Carrie Pittman on April 29, 1926, in Tallahassee, Florida, the daughter of Willie and Carrie Pittman, and the granddaughter of a woman who had been born enslaved. Meek’s parents were sharecroppers; her father later became a caretaker and her mother a laundress and the owner of a boarding house. Nicknamed “Tot” by her siblings, Meek was the youngest of 12 children and lived with her family near the old Florida capitol in a neighborhood called the “Bottom.” As a young girl, Meek participated in the Girl Scouts. When the group went to deliver brownies to the state capitol, Meek was barred from entering because of her race. She waited on the sidewalk while her white peers walked in the front door.1

Meek was a graduate of Lincoln High School. She remained in North Florida for college and graduated from Florida A&M University (then known as Florida A&M College for Negroes) in 1946, where she also lettered in track and field.  Florida banned Black students from attending state graduate schools, so Meek enrolled at the University of Michigan. The state government would pay her out-of-state tuition “if we agreed to get out of Dodge,” she later recalled.2 She graduated in 1948 with a master’s degree in public health and physical education.

Representative Meek worked at Bethune Cookman University where she coached basketball and taught biology and physical education. [Read tribute from BCU Athletics] She later taught at Florida A&M. In 1961, as a single mother with two young children, Meek accepted a position at Miami-Dade Community College, where she spent the next three decades teaching and working in college administration.

Items above are courtesy of The B-Cean 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957; Bethune-Cookman College, Summer Session, 1947 & 1948, 1955-56, 1957-58; The Advocate, Catalog, 1949-50, 1951-52

In 1992 Carrie P. Meek won election to the United States House of Representatives becoming one of the first African-American lawmakers to represent Florida in Congress since Reconstruction. Focusing on economic development and immigration issues important to her district, Meek secured a coveted seat on the House Appropriations Committee as a first-term lawmaker. In the House, Meek worked across the aisle on health care reform and sharply resisted welfare reform efforts during the mid-1990s.

Complete biography.

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