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          , 2011

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TSU Library is  introducing innovative services to new and returning students that will make it easy for them to do research at on and off-campus sites and  reducing  the waiting time to check-out books.  These services include


Encore will take discovery by our students to a new level by bringing print and digital content with Encore Discovery and providing deep article integration by interfacing well with EBSCO databases. It is an enhanced interface for the library’s online catalog that provides a tag cloud which refines searches. It also allows users to add their own tags to titles for easy inquiry.



AirPack is designed for wireless or mobile devices that allows the library users to search the electronic resources from personal hand-held devices, including mobile phones and PDAs.  It is a software that is an add- on to the current system. This module is designed for wireless or mobile devices that allows the library users to search the electronic resources from personal hand-held devices, including mobile phones and PDAs.


Express Lane (Self-Check)-

Express lane will empower users by allowing them to check-out and renew  library materials themselves. Thus, waiting will be reduced to a minimum and Circulation staff will have more time to assist students and perform their tasks.

Library Staff News

HBCU Photographic Preservation Symposium-

Dr. Yildiz B. Binkley, Dean of Libraries and Media Centers, and Mrs. Sharon Hull Smith, Head of Special Collections  attended  the HBCU Photographic Preservation Symposium in Atlanta,  Georgia, July 20-21, 2011.


SACS Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation-

Mrs.  Sherry Ge  attended the SACS Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation in Fort Worth, Texas, July 17-20, 2011.

The TSU Libraries and Media Centers welcome Dr. Portia H. Shields to Tennessee State University.



Dr. Portia H. Shields, President, Tennessee State University

Dr. Shields holds a Ph.D. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the University of  Maryland , College Park, Maryland; Master of Arts degree in Remedial Reading from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; and a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from District of Columbia Teachers College, Washington, D.C. Dr. Shields was awarded  Post-Doctoral Fellowship to study in West Africa by the African American Institute in New York City. She also attended the International Faculty Development Seminar ( The Dynamics of the New South Africa) in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 1997, sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange. 

Dr. Shields has served in various capacities in the field of education.  At Howard University, she served as  dean of School of Education,  director of Medical Education and Biomedical Communications. She also served as the first female president of Albany State in Georgia from 1996 until 2005. In 2007 she became the chief executive officer and chief academic officer at Concordia College until 2009.
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Anna Julia Haywood Cooper
August 10, 1858-February 27, 1964

Anna Julia Haywood Cooper was an author, educator, speaker. Some have called her the most  prominent African American scholar in the history of the United States. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1925 and became the 4th African American woman to earn a doctoral degree.

She was born a slave in Raleigh, North Carolina,  to Hannah Stanley Haywood, a slave and George Washington Haywood, a prominent Wake County landowner. She attended St Augustine’s Normal School and Collegiate Institute at the age of 10. She became a teacher and principal at M street High School. Her book “ A Voice from the South: By a Woman from the South was published in 1892. She delivered notable speeches at the Worlds Congress of representative Women in 1893, and Pan-African Conference in 1900. Her famous quotation is cited on all US passports “ The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class-it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity.”  In 2009, the US Postal Service released a commemorative stamp in her honor.
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