Happy Halloween!

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Be sure and check out the Google doodle today! It’s really cute!jack-o-lantern1

We have a few ways to celebrate online:

Have a safe and happy Halloween!!

Fall Break Hours

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fall leavesCooper Library will be open on Monday, November3 and Tuesday, November 4 even though it’s Fall Break.

Our hours for this weekend are:

Friday, October 31: close at 5:00pm
Saturday, November 1: CLOSED due to campus power outage
Sunday, November 2: open from noon until 5:00pm
Monday,November 3: open 7:30am until 5:00pm
Tuesday, November 4: open at 7:30am and resume our 24 hour schedule

Hours for the service desks and branches may vary.

How To Get A Book The Library Doesn’t Have

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Welcome to another in our student blogger, Keanyn’s series, Confessions of a Serial Study-ier.

PASCAL and Interlibrary Loan for Serial Study-iers

Have any of you ever tried to check out a book from Cooper and came to find out that we did not have it? The library offers two unique services that can solve your problems: PASCAL Delivers and Interlibrary Loan.

pascaltallPASCAL Delivers is a service that allows Clemson students, faculty and staff to search and request books from other college libraries in South Carolina. You can request books by either clicking on the PASCAL Delivers button in the library catalog or searching the PASCAL Delivers website (www.pascalcat.org). After requesting, the book(s) should arrive at Clemson within 3 business days and can be picked up at the Circulation Desk in Cooper Library. Check-out periods are 6 weeks and they can be renewed for 2 weeks. You can find more information on the Libraries website.

Interlibrary Loan is another service for Clemson students, faculty and staff to borrow books, articles and other material that we do not own. In order to request these books, you must first create and ILLiad account, then fill out a request for the item. Items will be delivered to the Circulation Desk in Cooper Library. While some items, such as books, arrive with a due date, items such as photocopies and other .pdf copies are yours to keep. You can find more information on the library’s website or by visiting the ILLiad FAQ.

If you have any other questions regarding Interlibrary Loan or PASCAL Delivers, Ask A Librarian or feel free to come by the library and we’ll show you!


Monthly Midweek Music Wednesday

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music-note-8Our monthly Midweek Music performance for October is Wednesday, October 29 from 12:30-1 pm with the Clemson University Clarinet Ensemble.  Directed by Dr. Eric Lapin, who will also play, the group includes Kimberly Breland, Kalee Lineberger, and Robby Goggins.

Each performance is at 12:30pm in the lobby of Cooper Library. You can find more information on our Midweek Music page.

Midweek Music performances last for 30 minutes. If you need a quieter environment, we have silent study zones on the lower floors.

Library Classes This Week

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Our goal is to serve students, faculty, and staff with free learning opportunities. We are here to help you learn how to use library resources, search the internet effectively, and find, use, and credit the information sources you need.Library-Training-Logosm

Here are the classes we’re offering this week:

Avoiding Plagiarism
Tuesday, October 28
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 309, Cooper Library
Description: Plagiarism and its consequences can be scary stuff. While it can result from a misunderstanding of the rules and standards used in documenting sources, it’s often due to errors made in the research and note-taking process. Learn how to protect yourself with strategies to avoid both these types of unintentional plagiarism.
Register now.

Find Journal Articles – FAST!
Thursday, October 30
12:00pm – 12:20pm
Description: Join a live librarian in this quick, 15-minute research refresher on how to find and access journal articles.
Register now.

Web of Science
Thursday, October 30
12:30pm – 1:00pm
Description: This powerful database can connect you with lots of… well… science! As a Clemson student (or employee), you can search anytime from anywhere. Get an expert introduction, learn how to search, and find about some of its most interesting features.
Register now.

See more on our classes and training calendar. Questions? Ask a Librarian.

Student Review of Cooper Digital Studio

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In this edition of Confessions of a Serial Study-ier, Keanyn tells us about the cool stuff in the Digital Studio.

It’s a proven fact (not really) that every Clemson student has had to take part of the dreaded “multimedia group project”.

As always, Cooper Library has the solution to your problem. On the 4th floor of the library, we have our Cooper Digital Studio. This is a relatively new service that the library is providing. We have wonderful staff members that can help cater to all of your multimedia needs including:

It’s also got incredible tools for you to work on such as Macs, PCs, a green screen, and flatbed scanners.

The Cooper Digital Studio is located on the 4th floor of the library (next to the elevators) in Room 412.

digital studio Directions

Questions? Contact Media Resources Consultant, Wesley Smith or drop by and check out the lab for yourself.

Library Classes This Week

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It’s Open Access Week and we are offering lots of great classes, meetings, and webinars all about retaining the rights to your research.


Here are the other classes we’re offering this week:

Starting Your Research
Tuesday, October 21
9:30am – 10:00am
Room 204, Cooper Library
Description: You’ve got an assignment. Maybe you even Googled around a bit, but there’s no way you have time to go through 10 million results. Learn where and how to search to make finding the information you need as quick and easy as possible.
Register now.

Tuesday, October 21
2:00pm – 2:30pm
Room 204, Cooper Library
Description: EndNote is a popular tool for managing citations and creating bibliographies. Get an introduction to this Thompson Reuters product and learn tips and tricks for using it effectively.
Register now.

Open Access Week & Archives Month Table
Wednesday, October 22
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Description: Stop by our table on the Library Bridge to learn more about two exciting events going on at the same time: Open Access Week and Archives Month! We’re glad to answer your questions about why we’re excited about these events!

See more on our classes and training calendar. Questions? Ask a Librarian.

Open Access Week – October 20-24

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Join us as we celebrate Open Access Week — a global event in it’s eighth year.logo_openaccess2

What is “Open Access”? It’s the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. (This is from the About page of OpenAccessWeek.org.)

Clemson Libraries’ Head of Digital Scholarship, Andrew Wesolek wants to help you learn more about retaining the rights to your research and how open access materials can benefit you. As a student, have you ever spent hours online researching the perfect journal article, only to be forced to pay $29.99 to read it? As a faculty member, do you ever wonder if your research could reach a wider audience if it was available to researchers around the world that don’t have access to expensive journal subscriptions?

Open Access (research that is available free to read online) is the answer!

Join the libraries for a series of events explaining how you can help increase access to research and increase the impact of your work through new modes of publication.

Open Access 101: Join Andrew Wesolek at 2:30 on October 20th in the Library’s Digital Resources Lab to learn some of the fundamentals of Open Access: both its potentials and pitfalls. Also, learn about the services Clemson Libraries provides to help you expand the reach of your research

Generation Open: SPARC and the World Bank kick off Open Access this year with a webinar focused on newly minted and early career researchers. Join us in the Library’s Digital Resources Lab at 3:00 on October 20th to learn more about how changes in scholarly publishing are affecting researchers

SHARE, CHORUS, and Open Access: What you need to know: Did you know that the federal government mandated that published articles describing research funded by more federal funding agencies must be made openly available within 12 months of publication? This Choice/ARL webinar will explore this changing legislative landscape as well as some new developments designed to meet these new federal requirements. The webinar will be broadcast in Library 309 at 1:00 on October 21st.

Open Access: A Researcher’s View: This ASERL sponsored webinar featuring Erin McKiernan will be broadcast in Lib 204 at 9:30 on Wednesday October 22nd. Erin received her PhD. From the University of Arizona and currently holds a position in experimental and theoretical neuroscience at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Xochitepe, Morelos, Mexico. The presentation will focus on the differences in access to scholarly literature between the US and Mexico, which started her on her current path of open access advocate.

Maximize YOUR Impact!: Learn to Navigate the Publication Process and Know Your Rights. New faculty face tremendous pressure to publish their research and demonstrate its impact. A mounting body of evidence continues to suggest that making one’s work open access, either through open access journals, or by sharing a version of your work in an institutional repository, increases its impact. But, do you retain adequate rights to increase the impact of your work through open dissemination? Our Head of Digital Scholarship will discuss the benefits of depositing your work in an institutional repository and methods for securing your rights to your research when publishing through traditional journals. (Offered via Clemson Graduate School Professional Development)

Read more about digital scholarship and open access at our Scholarly Communication and Author’s Rights research guide or contact Andrew Wesolek at 656-0317 or by email at awesole@nullclemson.edu.


Book Review – Doll Bones

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“He sat there for a long moment, breathing hard. Something had shifted, something seismic, and he needed to be still long enough to have it settle inside of him. Then he stood up and went out the door.” – page 208

dollbonesBlack, Holly.
Doll Bones.
New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013.
Children’s/Young AdultPZ7.B52878Dol 2013.

Alice, Poppy, and Zach have been playing the same game for years. It is a game spread across many kingdoms; a game of pirates, warriors, mermaids, and thieves. Zach habitually plays the part of determined and impetuous pirate William the Blade, Alice has recently taken on the role of loud and wild thief Lady Jaye, and Poppy, with her distinct flair for the dramatic, is always best when playing the villain. But no matter which character the three friends choose, each is a subject of the Great Queen – the creepy bone china doll that Poppy’s mother keeps locked in a glass cabinet.

Zach cannot imagine his life without Poppy, Alice, and the game, but as the three are now in middle school it’s becoming harder to play.  Zach’s basketball teammates have begun to tease him about talking to Alice and Poppy, and Zach is embarrassed by even the thought of his teammates finding out about the game. But when his father throws out Zach’s army bag full of action figures, Zach cannot play the game anymore, regardless of his own wishes. Zach abruptly and rather harshly ends the game, but when the girls show up at Zach’s house in the middle of the night claiming Poppy is being haunted by the ghost of the Great Queen, the three may have one last adventure, after all.

In her Newbery Honor Medal winning work Doll Bones, Holly Black expertly captures the confusion of a transitional age. Zach yearns for adolescence but he does not wish to leave childhood behind. His palpable uncertainty is beginning to influence the relationship he shares with his two best friends, and all three fear the permanence of the change. At its core, Doll Bones is a creative blend of mystery, adventure, the suggestion of a budding romance, and a good bit of paranormal activity, combined to build and possibly to destroy a friendship. For older readers, Doll Bones is the feeling of nostalgia wrapped in print and bound with endpapers. But for every reader, it is the hope that things never really have to end.