Library Classes This Week

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Library-Training-LogosmOur 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.

Here are the classes we’re offering this week:

Library Research for Engineering
Tuesday, September 16
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Cooper Library, Room 204
Description: Want to get started using the library for engineering research? Let the Engineering Librarian show you how it’s done. Topics covered include finding articles in specialized databases, using information from one article to find other relevant articles, and using RefWorks to keep track of everything.
Registration is required for this event.

Pulling Together A Great Literature Review
Wednesday, September 17
10:10am – 10:40am
Cooper Library, Room 204
Description: What exactly is a literature review? How can you do a great one as efficiently as possible? Come find out!
Registration is required for this event.

Building A Better Search
Thursday, September 18
2:00pm – 2:30pm
Cooper Library, Room 309
Description: Get insider tips on how to supercharge your searches, find better stuff in the same amount of time, and generally make your life just a bit easier!
Registration is required for this event.

Accessing the Library Online (online only event)
Thursday, September 18
1:30pm – 2:00pm
Description: Need an article but can’t make it to the library? Dread trying to find a book in the stacks because the way they’re arranged makes no sense? Have a topic you have no idea how to begin researching? In this session, you’ll learn what online resources the Libraries have to make these tasks and others easier to accomplish.
Registration is required for this event.

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

Monthly Midweek Music Returns

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music-note-8Monthly Midweek Music in Cooper Library kicks off the 2014-15 season on Wednesday, September 17 from 12:30-1 pm with Faculty Gone Feral.  This CU ensemble performs traditional American, Irish and French Canadian string band music on Irish button accordion (Elizabeth Adams, Women’s Studies) and fiddle (Mike Ellison, Materials Science).

Each performance is at 12:30pm in the lobby of Cooper Library. You can find more information on the other performers 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.

Noise Alert!

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Friday, Sept 12, 2014 beginning at 8:00am Conea shelving removal project will take place. This project is part of a larger effort to open up more user space! Additional quiet spaces are available on 1st or 2nd floors.

Activity on 5th Floor

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weeding 5th floorAs you may have noticed, things are changing on the east side of the 5th floor. You may see people working and there may be some noise.

In preparation for the new Adobe Digital Studio (coming in 2015), we will be shifting the print collections around to make room. As part of this process, we are discarding some older materials and sending others to our off-site storage in Anderson.

The subject librarians in charge of these materials are evaluating them very carefully and taking a variety of factors into account including how often the materials are used, where the next nearest copy is available through Interlibrary Loan, and whether or not we can replace it with an electronic version that is easier to access.

Scan the QR code on the large poster in the area to learn more. We expect this project to continue through November.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Derek Wilmott, Project Manager. Thank you!

Noise Alert — 3rd Floor!

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ConeJust kidding! We’ve learned that this project will be rescheduled. We’ll keep you posted on when that will be. Sorry for the confusion.

Beginning at 8am, there will be some noise and disruption on the 3rd floor near the east employee exit doors. We are taking down an empty range of shelving.

We apologize for creating such a disturbance in a silent study zone. You can find other silent  or quiet zones on other floors.

We hope the deconstruction won’t take long!

Confessions of a Serial Study-ier

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Have You Seen The Second Floor?!?!

This summer, some serious renovations began on the 2nd floor of the Cooper! If you are looking for a quiet study area with a space to stretch your legs (and take an occasional nap), the second floor is right up your alley! With more tables and chairs and special “cubby holes”, this wide array of furniture offers more private space as well as group space that is customizable for students in need.

New furniture on the 2nd floor includes:

  • High wooden tables that seat 8. Perfect for group work and projects!
  • Orange and purple rolling chairs with storage space for your book bags.
  • Rectangle nooks with re-arrangeable dividers to create the perfect private area.

I don’t know about you guys, but as a serial study-ier, I am IN LOVE with the new nooks. It’s great for hanging and studying with friends, but I can also stretch out and be alone and unbothered for a few moments.

What do you guys think about these new additions to the library? Tweet, Facebook or Instagram us and let us know!

This blog post is written by one of our student assistants; Keanyn Brannon-Smalls.

Keanyn is a senior management major from Columbia, South Carolina. Her main interests are marketing, photography and sports (Football is her passion. Go Cowboys!) After graduation, she’d love to go into the field of sports marketing, sports management or event planning.

Connect with Cooper!

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Whether you’re in Brazil or on the 2nd floor of Cooper Library, you’ve got access to top notch resources!

Check out all the ways you can connect with the library from our homepage:

Hope to “see” you at the library very soon!

Test Prep Materials Book Display

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test prep books smStudying for an admissions or language proficiency test?  The library can help!

A selection of test prep materials on the ASVAB, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, Praxis, and TOEFL iBT is currently located atop the TAPS shelving on the 4th floor of Cooper Library.  In addition to the display, the library offers access to test prep materials in ebook format and maintains a Careers & College Information LibGuide with a helpful Practice Tests tab.

See more about this display and previous ones on our Display guide.

New Subscription: IET.TV and ebooks

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MonitorThe library now subscribes to IET.TV & ebooks is a web-based service and one of the largest sources of engineering and technology content on the internet and delivers synchronized, multimedia content to web users anytime, anywhere.

You can find it on our Databases A-Z page. You may also see it on some of our many research guides.

Our subscription also includes eBooks. You can search all 400+ eBooks from IET.  There is no filter to display or search only our collection which includes approximately 60 ebooks, but you will see icons (in colors reminiscent of Peeps) that indicate free, open, subscribed content.

Questions? Ask A Librarian.