Survey Says…?

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DocumentWe need your input!

We are in the midst of a technology equipment survey. We’d like to know just a few things; like have you borrowed any technology from us, did you use the reservation system, what technology would you like to have that we don’t have…stuff like that.

You can find the surveys in front of the Circulation Services desk. Fill one out, drop it in the box, and earn a chance at a drawing for a gift card!

Thanks for helping us out!



Literary Festival Book Display

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Lit Festival March 2015 (2)Clemson’s Department of English is hosting its 8th Annual Literary Festival Wednesday, March 25th through Friday, March 27th.

Selected works from the fourteen authors attending the festival – including Emporium, The Orphan Master’s Son, and Parasites like Us by Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson – have been pulled and placed on display atop the TAPS shelving on the 4th floor of Cooper Library.  The display books are available for checkout and will be up throughout the month.

Learn more about the guests attending the Literary Festival and see the full schedule of events on the Lit Fest webpage.

Research Guides Get Overhaul

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LG2_headerOur Research and Course Guides, also known as LibGuides, got an overhaul during spring break! The first thing you might notice is the homepage. While it may take you a moment to find your way around, you will hopefully find that it’s easier to use and gives you many more ways to find the info you want. All the URLs work as before, so if you had guides bookmarked or in your syllabi, there’s no problem!

This new version is faster, shinier, and works better on mobile devices. Guides are easier to search and our new databases page gives you a ton of options for finding what you need. We also took some time in the move to make sure our guide content is fresher and more relevant than ever!

We’ve done a lot of behind-the-scenes work to get things ready, but please bear with us if you run across some content that looks a little… weird. In fact, we’d love it if you would let the guide author or our system admin know so if you spot any (and where) so we can get it fixed ASAP!

If you don’t know what we’re talking about, you’re missing out on a valuable resource! Our subject librarians combine their library and topic expertise to get you to the most relevant information sources for your subject, topic, or class. Check out our new, improved Research and Course Guides today. Professors – don’t forget that you can request a custom-made course guide to help your students!

Earn a Chance to Win a Starbucks Gift Card

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CoffeeThe Special Collections Library, located in the Strom Thurmond Institute, is giving you a chance to win a Starbucks gift card!!  All you have to do is come on down to the Special Collections Library and answer a question (listed below) about the current exhibit on display to enter the drawing for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card!

The fascinating exhibit in the Special Collections Library is a one-of-a-kind slave autobiography written by Omar ibn Said.  Omar could read, Omar could write, Omar was a slave.  Omar’s manuscript, “The Life of Omar Ibn Said, Written by Himself” (1831), is a deeply religious and personal text, quoting both the Christian Bible and the Islamic Qur’an, and asks fundamental questions about what it means to be truly free.  You can actually come see this manuscript on display in the Special Collections Library AND enter to win the drawing for a Starbucks’ gift card at the same time! (Drawing will be held the end of April)

Here is the question:  What language did Omar ibn Said use to write his autobiography?  Know the answer?!  Then come on down to the Special Collections Library (located in the Strom Thurmond Institute) with your answer and enter the drawing!  We’d love to see you and we’d love to show you the fascinating exhibit on display about Omar ibn Said.

And The Walls Came Tumblin’ Down

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Ok, so here’s what you missed while you were gone on spring break…

Adobe Digital Studio construction (37)
Sheetrock and plastic wall in the lobby

Construction on the Adobe Digital Studio officially started. There’s a very large plastic-covered wall blocking part of the exit side of the lobby. There’s also a wall surrounding the future site of the Studio on the 5th floor.

Last week, the construction team built a wall thirty-two feet high on the 4th floor. Twelve feet of the wall is Sheetrock and the rest is plastic draping to keep the dust to a minimum. They also built an eight-foot-high Sheetrock wall on the 5th floor.

At the end of the week, the team began to take down the wall above the Byrnes Room. The noise, especially on the 5th and 6th floors, is loud. If that’s your favorite study spot, be aware and maybe look for a spot on the lower floors.

Construction area on 5th floor & wall of video production room in the Studio.

Construction will continue for the rest of the semester but never fear — we will halt noisy construction around exams!

Take a look at our album of photos to see more of the process.

Book Review — Egg & Spoon: A Novel

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egg spoonMaguire, Gregory.
Egg & Spoon: A Novel.
Somerville, MA:
Candlewick, 2014.
Children’s/Young Adult PZ7.M2762Eg 2014.

“But as I considered how I came to be imprisoned, I realized how little sense this story makes unless you see both sides of it. Cat’s side and Elena’s side, too. The side of the rich and the side of the poor. (Let’s just say.) A bird sees out of both sides of its head. It can see two stories happening at the same time, on two sides of its world. We humans can’t do that very often.” – page 300

Elena Rudina is a peasant girl living in the impoverished town of Miersk where, as her father is dead, one brother has been conscripted into the tsar’s army and the other taken as a servant in the household of a fleeing local báryn, Elena cares for her dying mother alone. Ekaterina de Robichaux, known as Cat, is a wealthy French-Russian girl traveling from school in London to Saint Petersburg, where her great-aunt hopes that Cat will meet and perhaps even charm the Tsar’s young godson. But when the train on which Cat is traveling breaks down in Miersk, Cat, looking to alleviate her boredom, and Elena, searching for food, soon meet.

The two girls spend time together while awaiting repairs to the train and when the train finally begins to move again the girls find that they have accidentally switched places. While Elena masquerades as Cat on her way to Saint Petersburg, Cat leaves Miersk on her own and is soon taken in by none other than Russia’s most famous witch: Baba Yaga. After a disastrous reunion, Elena and Cat must put their feelings aside for with the help of a soon-to-be-imprisoned monk, a matryoshka doll, and a talking cat, Baba Yaga and the children – including the tsar’s adventure-seeking godson – must set out to save the spirit of Russia.

A dense and fantastical combination of Russian historical events and folklore, Egg & Spoon is one lush description after another. A smattering of Russian words lends authenticity to the work, but included too are French words, British phrases, and American expressions such as ‘drinking the Kool-Aid,’ as well as references to famous revolutionaries, philosophers, artists, actors, composers, and writers – all of a variety of nationalities. Despite its elaborate and fanciful plot, Maguire’s work continually circles back to central notions of inequality and human need. The subject and style of the novel makes it more suited to older readers perhaps, but when tackling Egg & Spoon, even adult readers should keep a dictionary at hand.

Shorter Hours for Spring Break

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Spring break is here! It’s the most wonderful time of the (academic) year!sun

Whether you’re planning a road trip to the beach, napping for a week on your family’s couch, or sticking around Clemson, we hope you find a little bit of time to relax.

We certainly will be doing the same at the Libraries, with shorter hours during the week.

Below are the Spring Break hours for Cooper Library. Check out the hours for other campus libraries and service desks, too.

Day Date Hours
Friday March 13 close at 5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday March 14-15 noon – 5:00pm
Mon-Thurs March 16-19 7:30am – 5:00pm
Friday March 20 CLOSED
Saturday March 21 noon – 5:00pm
Sunday March 22 1:00pm – resume 24 hours

Look for big changes to occur while you are gone. Construction on the Adobe Digital Studio will start on Monday, March 16. In fact, prep work has started already.

Construction always begins with destruction. The wall near the exit doors will be torn away to create an opening to the 5th floor where the studio will be located. Barriers to keep out dust and debris will be erected. And there will be noise!

So expect the exit area of the lobby to look very different for awhile. We hope that the majority of the noise, dirt, dust, and debris will be over and gone by the time you get back. And before you ask, yes, there will be no work done during exam time.

Stay tuned here for more updates.

Enjoy your break, everybody!

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!

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winnerWell, not really a chicken dinner — a Subway gift card!

Congratulations to Shawn Hoskins!  He won a $10 Subway gift card in appreciation of completing a “Coop Wants to Know” survey about the WorkWare Table in the Learning Commons East.  Shawn and many other students have enjoyed using the WorkWare table for small group collaboration.

Thanks to all of the students who completed our survey!

Be on the lookout for more surveys and chances to win  throughout the semester.