Five Years of Therapy Dog visits to Welshimer Library

Since December 2013, the Welshimer Library has played host to visits from local therapy dogs and their owner/trainers to provide some much needed stress relief to students during Finals Week. “It is hard to believe that this last week marked the fifth year since we began inviting therapy dogs into the library,” noted Library Director Gary Daught. The tradition began after Daught was approached by retired biology professor Dr. Julie Wade who offered to bring her certified therapy dog, a Golden Retriever named “Jake”, to the library. In the years since, the library has had several dogs and owners come to visit. A couple times, we have also had “Kitten Cuddle Puddles” set up in the library by students from Milligan’s Occupational Therapy department.

This semester the library would like to extend “Thank Yous!” to retired Julie Wade with her Golden Retriever “Burton”, Bill Powley with his Golden Retriever “Will”, Mr. Lou Pesch with his twin Weimaraners “Indy” and “Lily”, and Lou’s sister-in-law, Ms. Molly Smolko with her Toy Fox Terrier “Rudy”.

Archives Intern mounts exhibit on the Stone-Campbell Movement

Kristen Williams, Class of ’18, completed the Holloway Archives Internship at Milligan College this past Spring semester. One of the highlights of Kristen’s internship was curating and installing the “Legacy of Christian Unity: The Stone-Campbell Movement” archive exhibit at P. H. Welshimer Memorial Library. Starting in January, Kristen began researching primary resources of prominent Stone-Campbell figures in the Holloway Archives collections. With the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference being hosted at Milligan in April 2018, Kristen prepared to curate an exhibit to showcase Milligan’s connection with the Stone-Campbell Movement.

When asked about her research, Kristen replied, “I didn’t have any real knowledge about the Stone-Campbell Movement. Learning about the Stone-Campbell Movement and seeing it reflected by prominent people at Milligan was really interesting. Taking the time to research and learn about the movement has helped me better understand what it’s all about and see the impact it has had on Milligan College.”

How does one select from so many historical items for an exhibit? “When I was deciding on which items to place in the exhibit, I looked for books, pictures, and scholarly papers. I found interesting papers that dealt with the theme of Christian unity, which made it really easy to make the connections between the different items.”

“I displayed the exhibit in chronological order. I started with an excerpt from Beside the Waters of the Buffalo: A History of Milligan College to 1941 by Cynthia Ann Cornwell. The excerpt showcased how the division of one church led to the creation of a new church that would later become Hopwood Memorial Church and later a part of Milligan College. I then focused on major figures related to Milligan College: Robert Milligan, Frederick D. Kershner, P.H. Welshimer, B.D. Phillips, Mildred Welshimer Phillips, and Henry Webb.”

When asked to reflect on her internship experience, Kristen shared, “The archives internship has been so fun and interesting! I have enjoyed researching and being in the Archives. I loved finding pieces like Mildred Welshimer Phillips’ badge from the 1950 International Convention of Disciples of Christ. This little badge was tucked away in her folder. It was also really neat to have the exhibit be a part of the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference that was hosted here at Milligan.”

Kristen Williams graduates from Milligan in May with a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minors in Multimedia Journalism and Women’s and Gender Study. Kristen received the Get Real Ministries “Love God. Love People” Scholarship and was the recipient of Milligan Women’s Soccer Scholarship. Kristen actively served as Assistant Editor for The Stampede, Milligan’s student newspaper. Kristen will attend graduate school in East Tennessee State University’s library science program starting this fall.

Milligan’s Archive Internship opportunity
Each fall semester, students are invited to apply for one volunteer Archive Internship opportunity at The Holloway Archives at Milligan College. The internship begins the following spring semester. All majors are welcome to apply. Please stay tuned for announcements coming this fall.

Have a Milligan history question? Contact library@milligan.edu.
Find out more about Milligan’s archives here.
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A Farewell and an Introduction at Milligan Libraries

“We lost out to love. Though I can’t think of a better reason to lose, right?” So mused Milligan Libraries Director Gary Daught when he learned that Information Resources Librarian & College Archivist Lindsay Kenderes would be resigning her position at the end of May to join her fiancé in Austin, Texas. “You work really hard to build a great team of librarians, and you want to keep the team together indefinitely, especially when everyone is working together so well. Still, you have to be prepared for changes as folks continue to grow in their personal and professional lives. We will miss Lindsay, of course. But otherwise it’s all good.”

As it happens, “it’s all good” extends to the person we were able to get to fill Lindsay’s position. “Search processes can be very stressful. They take a lot of time, energy, and expense,” notes Daught. “But we were very blessed to have found a local librarian ideal for the position — 2015 Milligan alumna, Katherine ‘Katie’ (Siebenaler) Banks.” Katie has been shadowing Lindsay as a volunteer intern since mid-March, so by the time she assumes the position full-time on June 1 she will be thoroughly familiar with her duties. “This has been the most wonderfully smooth search process I could have ever possibly imagined!”

Gary Daught asked Lindsay to share some of her highlight moments as Information Resources Librarian & College Archivist since coming to Milligan College in 2014. He then asked Katie Banks to share what she is most looking forward to as she prepares to step into the position.

Farewell Lindsay

One of the aspects that I am going to miss most about Milligan College are the people. While working as Information Resources Librarian & College Archivist I have been allowed to collaborate with our library staff, students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni, and the public to the degree I never thought possible in just four years. I am so appreciative of Gary Daught’s direction and mission for the Milligan Libraries, which has allowed me to learn, thrive, and serve in a user-focused academic library environment. I have had the opportunity to collaborate on projects with all of our library staff, including especially:

MCStor, Milligan’s Digital Repository
Starting in 2012, Gary Daught and Meredith Sommers pursued establishing an institutional repository at Milligan College. I entered this project in 2014 and worked collaboratively with David Baker and Gary Daught to implement MCStor, Milligan’s digital repository, which went live in July 2015. MCStor provides digital access to student and faculty scholarly work as well as digitized archive materials, including photographs, manuscripts, and audio recordings. I am extremely proud of this initiative. To date, we have been able to archive over 100 undergraduate and graduate scholarly work submissions, with close to 3,000 digital archive images digitized from the Holloway Archives at Milligan College. I am also extremely grateful for Amanda Bristol and Milligan’s Information Technology Department for hosting MCStor server space and for supporting this mission.

Milligan’s Sesquicentennial 150th Anniversary
One of my major capstones was serving on the History and Research subcommittee while managing digitization projects, researching a high volume of archive reference requests, and curating physical and digital archive exhibits for Milligan’s 150th Sesquicentennial Anniversary in 2016. This event and my involvement proved to be great for promoting the Holloway Archives and Helsabeck Archives. I am extremely grateful that I could serve Milligan College during its 150th anniversary.

Primary Sources Instruction
Collaborating with Mary Jackson and Milligan faculty, Mary and I led instruction on primary sources from the Holloway Archives at Milligan College for the COMM 431 Narrative Journalism and HUMN 250 Interdisciplinary Research Methods courses. Mary is a stellar instruction librarian. I learned so much about instructing students both inside and outside of the archives. I am excited and most appreciative for our faculty’s continued interest to utilize our archive primary sources to enrich their students’ learning experience.

Book Chapter Co-Author
Jude Morrissey invited me to co-author a book chapter titled “Building Bridges with No Trolls: The Practical Ethics of Open Access Institutional Repositories and Digital Archives,” published in Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Tips and Techniques for Advancing within Your Mission (ACRL, 2018). I am grateful for Jude’s innovative vision for user services and open access at Milligan Libraries and for suggesting to contribute to this publication!

Promoting the Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement
With the time and dedication from David Kiger, Katie Banks, John Mark Wade, and David Baker, the Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement now has an online presence on the Milligan Libraries’ Archive page and serves as a research destination for researchers of the Stone-Campbell Movement.

Archive Internship at the Holloway Archives at Milligan College
During my time at Milligan, I initiated a volunteer archive internship opportunity to be offered each spring semester in the Holloway Archives at Milligan College. Students who complete this internship curate an archival exhibit; arrange, describe and process an archive collection; digitize manuscripts and photos; and analyze primary sources. The skills gained from this internship include: training in appraisal, preservation, arrangement, description, and processing procedures; learning best practices for preservation, care and handling of archive materials; experience with digitization equipment and software; and curation design and exhibit installation. My interns have been Katie (Siebenaler) Banks (2015), Blake Stanley (2017), and Kristen Williams (2018). I have fully enjoyed serving as a mentor with each of my interns and I am extremely proud of all of their accomplishments.

Thank you Gary, Mary, Jude, David B., David K., and Katie for making the Milligan Libraries a wonderful place to work and serve each day. I appreciate all that you do and will miss you all.

Welcome Katie (Siebenaler) Banks

Katie (Siebenaler) Banks graduated from Milligan College in 2015 with a double major in History and Humanities. Her experience in libraries and archives began in high school, when she volunteered at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library. “As someone who loved history, I was initially thinking of pursing a public history or museum studies degree after Milligan. But then I began to discover how much I like archives.” During her final semester at Milligan, Katie completed an internship in the College Archives with Lindsay Kenderes. The experience was capped by mounting an exhibit on student clubs and traditions. “As a second-generation Buffalo, I had grown up always hearing about Milligan, so it was especially fun to work in the college archives on an exhibit like this.”

Katie went on to Indiana University to pursue a Master of Library Science degree with a concentration in Archives and Records Management (2017). She worked in the University Archives, where she processed archival collections and transcribed handwritten board of trustees’ minutes, including a set of minutes when Robert Milligan was hired as a professor at the university in the 1800s. She also worked in the political papers archives, processing the congressional papers of a former congressmen from Indiana. Her internship was at the home of the first president of Indiana University, where she contributed to an interactive exhibit on women at the university and assisted with library instruction. “My time at Indiana University was invaluable in preparing me for working in an academic library and archives,” she says. Most recently, Katie has been working as a cataloger for the Washington County Public Library, and assisting with reference work at the Welshimer Library.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the Milligan community,” says Katie. “I am thrilled and honored to become Milligan College’s archivist. I hope to continue to bring awareness to both archives within Milligan Libraries, and to use them as resources for research and learning.”

 

8th Annual Edible Books Festival: From 20,000 Leagues to Sonic the Hedgehog

Now in it’s eighth year and billed as “A Spring Tradition,” Milligan Libraries’ annual Edible Books Festival continues to provide creative, fun, and tasty library engagement with the Milligan College community.

Edible Books is held in the Welshimer Room on the main floor of the P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library. This year, sixteen entries from Milligan students, faculty, staff, and family members elicited robust voting (145 votes were cast) on Monday for the Most Creative, Funniest/Punniest, and Overall Favorite. On Tuesday morning, library staff awarded the Tastiest entry before opening the festival to everyone to sample the entries during the rest of the day.

The winners will each receive a Dunkin Donuts gift card. Here is the list and photos of this year’s winning entries:

Tastiest20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Katherine Burns and Rebecca Ritter

Funniest/PunniestThings Fall Apart by Averie Vines

Most Creative (and this year also) Overall FavoriteThe History of Sonic the Hedgehog by Gary Daught [Library Director Gary Daught passed his prizes on to other winners and runner-ups.]

Overall Favorite Runner-UpThe Lorax by Lisa, Ella, Micaiah, and Ethan Edmundson

This year’s Edible Books Festival received some great press coverage from the Elizabethton Star and Johnson City Press.

Stone-Campbell Journal Conference Comes to Town

This past week was quite busy for the library staff! On April 6th and 7th, the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference was held at Milligan College for the first time in its 17 year history. The occasion provided an excellent venue for the re-opening of the Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement (SCM). In preparation for the event, former Theological Librarian John Mark Wade, Archives Intern Katherine Banks, College Archivist Lindsay Kenderes, and myself (Theological Librarian David Kiger) organized the third floor of the Seminary Library to house a display honoring the legacy of preaching in the Stone-Campbell Movement. We displayed the saddlebag of Dennis Helsabeck Sr.’s father, several books that focus on preaching in the SCM, a video of Marshall Leggett acting as Barton Stone, as well as many photos from our collection.

The Helsabeck Archives were moved to the third floor of Seminary Library in early 2017, but were not set up in a way that made them accessible for researchers. Through the generous donation (of time and shelving units) from John Mark Wade, we were able to store and organize many of the unprocessed boxes in a secure part of the archives. This move created space to set up a display of pictures, books, and more. Perhaps more importantly, we were able to use the available space to create room for scholars to use the archives as a research location.

The Thursday before the conference, Dr. Loretta Hunnicutt of Pepperdine University came to the Helsabeck Archives to research for her book project on the history of women’s leadership in the Stone-Campbell Movement. By accessing our online catalog she was able to locate several books and journals that were relevant to her research. She sent a bibliography of works that she would like to use prior to her visit and we had these sources ready for her upon her arrival. While the books were important, what truly impressed Dr. Hunnicutt was our collection of vertical files. The Helsabeck Archives houses 40 vertical files with a wide assortment of papers, unpublished manuscripts, correspondences and missionary newsletters. It was from this collection that Dr. Hunnicutt discovered a 1,500 page autobiography from Maude Whitmore Madden, a missionary to Japan for 43 years. This rich resource was a delight to Professor Hunnicutt and directly related to her research. At the end of her time she said that the Helsabeck Archives is the best collection of Christian Church/Churches of Christ materials she had come across.

The fun did not stop with Dr. Hunnicutt’s visit. On the first evening of the conference there was a tour of the Helsabeck Archives. Around 30 people were present for the tour, and all left with the knowledge that there is a lot of primary source research to be done here. Many people were impressed with the quality of the archives and the potential for innovative research it presents.

Our goals for the archives going forward are to create finding aids and contents lists for our vertical files, to process more of our Dean E. Walker collection, and to work toward building a more robust online presence with digitization. We would also love to see classes on Stone-Campbell history come and use our archives for class sessions, research, and more.