Interlibrary Loan Office Closed Today

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The ILL Office is closed today.

If you need help requesting materials via ILL, please come to the Research Services desk for assistance.  If you have questions about your ILL account or specific ILL items call 864-656-5186 and leave a message or to email (cuill@nullclemson.edu).

We expect the office to be open tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Listen! To an Audiobook!

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OCd_HeardAGoodBookButtonDo you love audiobooks but hate having to keep up with 7, 8, or sometimes even 16 discs?? And hate those silly fines when you forget to renew or return on time?

Check out OneClickdigital, an online database that allows you to check out eAudiobooks, including best-sellers and classics. Setting up an account is easy; downloads are even easier! And the best part?! You never have to remember to return the audiobook – It automatically removes from your account when your checkout period is over.

OneClickdigital is compatible with all popular listening devices, and mobile apps are available for the iPhone®/iPod®/iPad®, Android™, and Kindle Fire™.

Details on how to access OneClickdigital can be found on the Popular Reading & Audiobooks webpage. Live toll-free technical support is available at 1-877-77AUDIO.

New Login Process for Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)

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MonitorBack in December, we told you we’d be updating the login procedures for Interlibrary Loan. They are complete!

You can login to our Interlibrary Loan system by using your Clemson ID and password. Keeping track of a self-created username and/or separate password is no longer necessary.

For those with an ILLiad account already, use the Change User Information form (in the Tools section of your ILLiad account) to double check the email address used for receiving notifications of when article requests become available as well as the pickup/delivery option for books. For those without an account, logging in prompts the creation of one.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact our Interlibrary Loan staff at cuill@nullclemson.edu, 864-656-5186 or our Systems Support Manager at slohman@nullclemson.edu, 864-656-5173.

Book Review – The School for Good and Evil

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schoolforgoodevilChainani, Soman.
The School for Good and Evil.
Illus. Iacopo Bruno. New York: Harper, 2014.
Children’s/Young Adult PZ7.C34874Sc 2014.

“But in the end, they had known what she didn’t – that the line between stories and real life is very thin indeed.” – page 72

Every four years, on the eleventh night of the eleventh month, two children from the town of Gavaldon are kidnapped. The villagers of Gavaldon have noticed a pattern: one kidnapped child is beautiful and virtuous while the other is homely and unpleasant; both are at least twelve years of age. The children of Gavaldon have noticed something else, as well – their kidnapped peers are beginning to show up in the pages of the storybooks handed out at the town bookstore. According to the owner of the bookstore, the storybooks simply appear each year, in a crate bearing an elaborate crest with a banner beneath, reading The School for Good and Evil.

Sophie is sure that she will be kidnapped and taken to the School for Good this year. Sophie always wears pink, has a strict beauty routine, and is helpful to others: she even put up a mirror in the church restroom so parishioners can return to the pews looking their best. Sophie is excited to learn how to be a princess, how to rule a kingdom justly, and how to find her Happily Ever After. Sophie is also sure that her Good Deed, Agatha, will be kidnapped for the School for Evil. Agatha lives in a graveyard with her ragged cat, only wears black, and avoids pretty much everyone. At school, Agatha will learn to be a wicked witch and learn how to lay curses and cast evil spells. Agatha doesn’t believe Sophie’s stories…until the night boney birds snatch both girls, fly them over two castles – one pink and blue, the other blackened – and then mix the girls up, dropping Agatha into a flowery field and Sophie down into a sludge-filled moat.

A fairytale about fairytales, Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil is an original and witty debut work with a focus on friendship rather than romance. Dynamic characters Sophie and Agatha grow throughout their story, breaking the rules of The School for Good and Evil and often, social stereotypes. The two girls are supported by a range of strong secondary characters living in a vivid (and if you know your fairytales) believable world. Readers will eagerly follow along as Sophie and Agatha each fight for a happy ending – sometimes fighting with and sometimes fighting against each other in the process.

Researcher of the Month – Dr. Sean Brittain

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seanbrittainAssociate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Our first Researcher of the Month for 2015 is Dr. Sean Brittain, a researcher and lecturer specializing in astrophysics. The RotM nomination of Dr. Brittain referenced his “frontier work” in viewing planets as they form around stars, which was recently featured in an article by Inside Clemson. It also commended his use of “the libraries’ online access to diverse scientific literature” and his role as primary investigator on a National Science Foundation proposal that incorporated the resources available in the Brown Digital Resource Laboratory in Cooper Library.

While his research is impressive, Dr. Brittain also contributes to the University and international scholarly community in other ways. He has also submitted many of his publications to TigerPrints so they are freely accessible to researchers across the globe. His course offerings this spring include Introductory Physics, Solar System Astronomy, and Master’s and Doctoral Research. He is also is helping shape Clemson University’s strategic plan by serving on the 2020Forward Phase I Research committee.

Current students, faculty, and staff of Clemson University are eligible for recognition. For more information about the program and the nomination form, visit our Researcher of the Month LibGuide.

Addressing Computer Rumors

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We wanted to address this tweet from @ClemsonDRL (which has since been deleted).

  @clemsonlibrary is thinking of censoring our internet searches on library computers. Students have the right to research without censorship!

The Libraries decided to limit 3 isolated computer stations that are meant for looking up call numbers in the bookstacks to just Clemson addresses. (And to try to limit 3 workstations in Public Documents that are for searching online documents to government domains.)  None of the other computers in the library, including the public Macs that are used by our community patrons, is affected by this decision.

The reason why we did this is to limit the “image vandalism” we have been having issues with on these isolated machines of people putting up pornography and then walking away to leave it for passersby. It is not an issue of intellectual freedom – there are dozens upon dozens of computers in the library where students, staff, and the community may freely search without limit.

Censorship is a very sensitive topic to libraries and this tweet portrays us as something we are not.

If anyone would like to discuss this issue, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Peggy Tyler, Interim Library Dean at 656-5169 or ptyler@nullclemson.edu.

 

MLK Holiday Hours

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Cooper Library will be open on Monday, January 19 even though it’s a holiday.orangeclock

Our hours for this weekend are:

Friday, January 16: close at 5:00pm
Saturday, January 17: open from noon until 5:00pm
Sunday, January 18: open from noon until 5:00pm
Monday, January 19: open at 8:00am and resume our 24 hour schedule

Hours for the service desks and branches may vary.

Race Relations Book Display

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Race Relations Jan 2015aAs a result of several controversial issues that have recently occurred across the nation and the impact of those issues on the Clemson University campus, the first display of the new year is centered on race relations.

The display includes fiction, nonfiction, children’s and young adult books, as well as films – all with race relations at their core.  As it is January and Martin Luther King Day is fast approaching, an emphasis has been placed on the African American struggle for equality, but alongside books such as Black Girl/White Girl and The Story of Ruby Bridges are books like The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey, and How does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America.

The display is located on Cooper Library’s 4th floor New Books Shelf and will be up throughout the month. Read more about this display and others on our research guide.

Follow Us! Because we are where you are. Mostly.

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Whichever social media site you prefer, we’re probably there, sharing tips, tricks, library news, and other interesting stuff.

Follow us for links to our blog posts, daily photos, research guides, events, and all kinds of other info.

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