What We Did This Fall

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Library Instruction




Notice the big increase in instruction sessions and number of participants?  

It is not merely because faculty are asking for more library instruction sessions from our librarians. It is also because Rodney, Sheryll, and Amy spent time with each of the Cornerstone sections. 

The librarians worked with the students to locate background information on the issues their communities partners face, as well as field-based and interdisciplinary solutions to the problems. Additionally, librarians worked with students on how read the articles to know what type of information they were reading. 

Finally, the librarians developed an Election and Voter Information research guide helping the students identify credible information concerning candidates and ballot initiatives.

Visit the  Election & Voter Information  research guide:

Librarians: Professional Association Meetings



Interlibrary Loan Stats

The WHDL development team (right) represents 14 institutions in 7 states and 6 countries. International librarians traveled from the Philippines, Kenya, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Canada, and England.

The Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library (WHDL) is a free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives collected into a single institutional repository initiated by the global Church of the Nazarene in response to the global need for access to resources for education, lifelong learning, and specifically ministerial preparation. Search the library at

WHDL also powers many of our institutions' digital academic repositories, and has spawned a side project of launching OPALS (open-source automated library system) in many of the international schools of the Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Sharon Bull, NNU library director emeritus, has been a key player in organizing the OPALS  implementation trips. 

NNU Librarians attend WHDL development team meeting

Dr. Rodney Birch attends Association of Christian Librarians Board meeting


Books/Articles borrowed from libraries


Books/Articles lent to libraries

As Coordinator of the Nominations Team, Rodney reported on the work done by the team to the ACL Board of Directors. Additionally, as a candidate for Treasurer, he attended the meeting to learn about the responsibilities of the Treasurer: planning and approving the operations budget, managing the budget, and conducting the internal audit with the Business Manager.

Website Redesign


New @ the Library

Redesigned with NNU users in mind, the new site features:

  • Straight-forward search interfaces

  • Library information readily available from the homepage


Tutorials on navigating the new website and maximizing your search experience



Collection Spotlight


Teaching Aids

Children's Lit

Why do we have a K-12 curriculum collection?

What else can future teachers use in lesson planning?

Dr. Tracy Marshall (education) and Dr. Rodney Birch (library) have brainstormed ideas to help users find things more easily. Here are some ideas:

  • Every year, though not in every subject area

  • Subjects are on a 6-year rotation

Teaching Aids

Examples of teaching aids are: games, puppets, math manipulatives, instruments, flash cards, and equipment such as microscopes and goggles.

LC Curriculum

Examples of LC Curriculum are: pattern books, workbooks, puzzle books, idea books (such as bulletin board idea books), and study guides.

Children's Literature

Fiction and nonfiction picture books and chapter books intended for children (pre-reading through adolescent).

  • Add the Lexile level (reading level) to catalog records of children's lit

  • Arrange and classify children's literature to align more closely with school and public libraries

  • Increase holdings of children's lit books such as nonfiction, high interest books, and graphic novels

  • Move curricular reading materials (including Big Books) to children's literature

What are future plans for the Curriculum &

Children's Literature Collections?

  • To help students in the teacher education program become familiar with the material

  • The State Department of Education adopts curriculum and publishers deliver it to 7 Idaho higher education institutions

  • The 7 institutions do not pay for the curriculum they receive

How often do new curriculum sets arrive?