Watching the Winter Weather, Again

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snowflakesIn advance of what is supposed to be snowy, winter-y weather for us; Cooper Library will close our services tonight (Wednesday, February 25) at 6pm. What that means is there will be no reference or circulation services but the building will remain open*. So basically, you can study but you can’t check out books.

*The building will remain open UNLESS the university decides to close earlier, for instance if night classes are cancelled then the building will close.

Tillman Media Center and Gunnin Architecture Library will close at 6pm. Special Collections Library regularly closes at 4:30pm.

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Midweek Music Tomorrow

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music-noteJoin us tomorrow, Wednesday, February 25 (weather permitting) for Midweek Music.

The Clemson University Trombone Ensemble, directed by Prof. Matthew Anderson, will play a mix of classical and pop music arranged for trombones.

The performance will be in the lobby of Cooper Library from 12:30pm until 1:00pm.

You’re Invited: Intellectual Property Seminar

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DocumentYou are invited to an Intellectual Property seminar; How Do You Protect Your Invention, sponsored by Clemson University Libraries.

On Tuesday, February 24 at 10:10am in Room 118 of the Academic Success Center, Janet Baxter of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will give a presentation centering on the basics of intellectual property, and the differences between copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets.  She will illustrate with real life examples, and focus on how each type of protection fits within the day-to-day life of an engineer or scientist.

The program is free, but pre-registration is requested. We will repeat the program at 11:15am.

Register for the 10:10am presentation or register for the 11:15am presentation.

In conjunction with these presentations, a Creative Inquiry team from Bioengineering is hosting a workshop on creativity; Being Innovative: The Forgotten Career Option. It will be held in Room M101 of Martin Hall from  5:30pm-8:00pm.

Librarian and Faculty Collaboration

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Last week, one of our librarians, Anne Grant, collaborated with faculty member, Gwynn Powell to create a study guide for a class and then worked with the students in that class.

Below is a quote from Dr. Powell:

Sanne grantpecial thanks to Anne Grant for creating a great resource page for PRTM 2200 Historic Figure project (with Dr. Teresa Tucker and Dr. Gwynn Powell)  and then going the extra mile by serving as a moderator for the Polis Discussion! She had Socrates, John Locke, Philippe Pinel, Fran Mainela and more characters and rabble rousers around the table. It was a wonderful support for the student learning!!

We love working with faculty members and students! If you would like for us to create specialized research guides for one of your classes or if you have a question, just ask a librarian.

Book Review – The Screaming Staircase

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The Screaming StaircaseStroud, Jonathan
Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase
New York: Disney-Hyperion, 2013
Children’s/Young Adult: JUV PR6069.T744S37 2013

“When you go out hunting wicked spirits, it’s the simple things that matter most. The silvered point of your rapier flashing in the dark; the iron filings scattered on the floor; the sealed canisters of best Greek Fire, ready as a last resort…But tea bags, brown and fresh and plentiful, and made (for preference) by Pitkin Brothers of Bond Street, are perhaps the simplest and best of all.” – page 13

For the last fifty years, England has been experiencing a Problem: the dead are returning to haunt the living and the hauntings are not very friendly. As only children can see the Visitors, only children can fight the Problem, so while adults carry iron talismans, make sure to be in by curfew, and turn on ghost-lights at night, psychic investigation agencies train England’s children to avoid ghost-lock, malaise, and a touch that brings death before sending them out with the tools of their new trade – rapiers, chains and iron filings, salt bombs and magnesium flares – to dispatch the varying Type One, Type Two, and rare Type Three Visitors haunting the island.

Lucy Carlyle began fighting England’s Visitors at age eight. With a Talent for listening, she grew to be one of the best agents in her little town. But following an unpleasant incident with her supervisor, Lucy travels to London where she joins Lockwood & Co., an agency run by Anthony Lockwood and his deputy, George Cubbins. Lucy and Lockwood, too impatient to wait for George and his research, make rather a mess of an investigation together, and thus all three employees of Lockwood and Co. are certain that London’s Department of Psychic Research and Control are planning to shut the agency down. But when an unexpected client arrives at their door, George, Lucy, and Lockwood agree to take on the most haunted hall in the country. Lockwood & Co. may finally realize fame, but only if the three agents survive.

The first in a Lockwood & Co. series, The Screaming Staircase will hook readers from the start. Witty and bold, Lucy is more than capable of holding her own beside charismatic Lockwood and ever-sarcastic George. The trio’s dynamic is believable, as is the world of ghosts and relatively no adult supervision in which they live; the three tumble through an action- and suspense-filled plot, pulling readers along with them until the truly creepy end. A smattering of distinctly British phrases and a glossary of ghost types and terminology add to the fun, making The Screaming Staircase a must-read for fans of paranormal fantasy.