Text Your Librarian: Here to Help

So it’s November already, which means you are probably tired and wishing the semester would hurry up and finish. Don’t stop. You’ve got to push through. The ability to refocus and keep going when tired is the key characteristic of a successful student.

The good news is you’re not alone. You have friends in the library. Students who use the library learn more, make better grades and enjoy a less stressful research process.

We are making it even easier to get help. Try our text-a-librarian service for help with your research problems: (865) 888-7880.

Don’t want to text? No worries. You can still visit, call, email or chat. So many ways to get in touch.

Don’t stay stuck. Your library friends are ready to help.

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Book Signing: David Puckett’s One Step Away on Tuesday, 11/17 @ 3:30pm

Roane State Library is hosting a book signing on Tuesday, November 17 at 3:30pm in the City Room on the Oak Ridge Branch Campus for David Puckett’s latest book titled One Step Away: Memoirs of a Fly Fisherman.

From the time David was old enough to follow his dad in the small streams of Middle Tennessee he knew fly fishing would be an important part of his life.  Two decades later while teaching and raising a family in Western North Carolina he was introduced to dry fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains by a couple of neighbors who were taught the art from their childhood.

After returning to Roane State in 1994, David made several trips with Harold Underwood and Pete Charton to the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming to fly fish and to explore the area.  On several occasions they stayed in a cabin built by Mike Curran and his father in Gore Pass in Northern Colorado.

One Step Away is about adventures fly fishing and creating close relationships in some of the most beautiful country.

David will share memories of Roane State’s early founders, read from his book and sign personal copies. Copies of David’s book will be available for purchase ($15: cash, credit or check).

David’s previous book, Per Usual, James Roy, is available for checkout at the Harriman and Oak Ridge campus libraries.

Please help the library celebrate David’s continued success.


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Weird hours alert: Week of May 25 – 29, 2015

Roane State Libraries will keep weird hours next week (5/25 – 29/2015).

  • Monday, May 25: All libraries closed for Memorial Day holiday
  • Tuesday, May 26: All libraries open normal summer hours (8am to 4:30pm)
  • Wednesday, May 27: Harriman campus library closed all day. The entire Harriman campus will be closed for city water line repair. The Oak Ridge campus library will be open normal summer hours (8am to 4:30pm).
  • Thursday, May 28: Harriman campus library will be closed all day for staff meetings. The Oak Ridge campus library will be open 8am to 12pm.
  • Friday, May 29: All libraries open normal summer hours (8am to 4:30pm)
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Ribnica Peddling

The Coffey Library at the Oak Ridge Campus has the Overview of Ribnica Peddling in the Period from the Peddler Patent in 1492 to the present exhibit on display.  Drop by and see it.


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Spring 2015: Get your tools together

Today is the first day of Spring 2015. So good to have students back in the libraries. On Day One, everything feels possible. This really can be your best semester ever. But you’ve got to prepare yourself. Sometime soon, something is going to go wrong. You are going to feel overwhelmed. You are going to need to make some hard choices about how you spend your time. You are going to need to focus.

Don’t wait until things go wrong to make your plan. Get your tools together now.

  1. Make friends in the library. The people who work in your libraries are here to help you. We want your questions. Confused about something? Ask us! If we can’t help, we can usually connect you with someone who can.
  2. Get your library card. You’re going to need stuff this semester. Stuff like books, articles, graphing calculators, laptops, and iPads. Your library is your key to getting the library stuff you need.
  3. Visit the library webpage. Most of the resources you will need are either available online or can be requested for delivery online.
  4. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. There’s so much we want you to know about your library. We love to share what we do and enjoy knowing how we can help you.

Okay. That’s enough homework for now. Got other ideas? How do you get yourself ready for the new semester?

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The Libraries will be closed on January 19th in celebration of Martin Luther King.

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Welcome Back! What’s Next for Us?

So good to have our faculty back, prowling the halls, getting ready for classes. During today’s division meetings, we asked all faculty to help us shape our planning priorities for the coming year. We asked you where we should spend most of our time and energy. We got a terrific response and are looking through the results to plan what’s next. We’ll share results from what you told us.

No matter what, one thing never changes: Roane State library is always ready to partner with faculty who want to make an impact on their students’ learning.

Many faculty find that library instruction sessions help students understand research and locate better sources. Our online librarian program helps students in online classes use the library and get librarian assistance in an easy, convenient way.

If you teach or take classes at Roane State, we are on our team. Let us know how we can help!

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