The Library & Your Textbooks

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textbooksWe’re getting lots of questions at the Circulation Services Desk about textbooks.

The library does NOT purchase copies of all the textbooks used in classes at Clemson. Sometimes we HAPPEN to have a copy of your textbook, but it’s a happy accident. We didn’t buy it because it was a textbook, we bought it because it was a good book about that topic .

But, here are things we can do to help you find materials for your classes.

 

30 Tech Things at the Library (video)

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Many of you already know that we have all kinds of technology and equipment you can check out. We know you know because that equipment is extremely popular.

This video will remind you of what’s available and make sure that all our new students know about all of it too. Enjoy!

Branch Library Tours/Open House This Week

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Library-Training-Logosm-150x150This week two of our branch libraries are offering you the opportunity to come see what they are all about.

  • Come by the Tillman Media Center in Room 212 of Tillman Hall any time between 9am and 3pm on Wednesday, August 27. Get some general information, a quick tour, and some free popcorn! You can also visit their interactive display of equipment and resources.
  • The Gunnin Architecture Library in Room 2-112 of Lee is offering an open house on Wednesday, August 27 from 10am until 1pm.  Visit the library, have a cookie and a glass of cold lemonade, and see what they do.  Everyone is welcome!  The staff and student assistants will be on hand to show you around and talk about their new technology that they have implemented in the past two years as well as the upgrades to the entire library when Lee Hall was renovated.

Look for more classes and other learning opportunities coming up this semester! You can browse upcoming classes on our calendar. You’ll find some classes are in person and some are online. Sign up for all the ones you like!

 

Summer Reading Book Display

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machinemanIf you liked Machine Man, written by Summer Reading Author Max Barry, then take a look at the display set up on top of the TAPS bookcase in Cooper Library.

Each item on display features a central theme similar to that of Machine Man, and the display includes a little of everything.  So, whether you want more fiction (try The Windup Girl), you prefer to read about the ethics of medical innovation (Citizen Cyborg is a good choice), you are registered for a course in the humanities (The Transformative Humanities may interest you here) or you are just into the history of technology (check out Inviting Disaster) you are sure to find something you like.

Increased Late Fees on Equipment

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money symbolOver the summer, fees for equipment returned past its due date will be $20.00 per day. Fees for overdue accessories will also increase to $5.00 per day. Accessories include cords, cables, tripods, laser pointers, media card readers, and more.

Our equipment and accessories are very popular and we are hoping the increase in overdue fees will help encourage prompt return of checked out items.

If you have any questions, please contact the Circulation Services desk at (864) 656-1557.

Library Webpage Refreshed!

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webpagerefreshWhen you visit the main library website today, you may notice that it looks slightly different. Our site has undergone a little touch-up to begin the semester, based on recommendations and suggestions from library staff. We are planning to do a more involved redesign in the near future, but in the meantime, a few small changes were made. For the most part, your experience should be the same, but there are a few features you may find of interest:

So, please leave us a comment here or on any of our social media and tell us what you think!

Book Review – Percy Jackson: The Olympians Series

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“Being a half-blood is dangerous. It’s scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it’s only a matter of time before they sense it too, and they’ll come for you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” – Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief, page 1

Plightningthiefercy Jackson tries to be a good kid. Sure, he has trouble in school: Percy has dyslexia and ADHD, both of which make it hard for him to concentrate in class and crazy things seem to happen to Percy, often resulting in detention, suspension, or even expulsion from school. And sure, he has trouble at home, too: Percy has never met his father and he doesn’t get along particularly well with his stepfather, often sparking fights between his mother and her new husband. But Percy tries to be a good kid; he really does.

So, when Percy joins a school field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he vows to behave. Of course, despite his best intentions, Percy is attacked by his pre-algebra teacher and in vaporizing her with a pen-turned-sword, Percy ultimately discovers the reason he seems to attract trouble: Percy is a demigod. With the help of his best friend – who is actually a satyr – Percy travels to Camp Half-Blood, home to other demigods like him. At Camp, Percy learns Greek mythology, archery, sword-fighting, and other skills that he will need to survive. Percy is comfortable at Camp; it is the only place he has ever felt truly at home. However, when Percy discovers that the Titan lord Kronos is attempting to rise from the pit of Tartarus and it becomes clear that another demigod from Camp is helping Kronos do this, Percy leaves the safety of Camp, embarking on a quest to not only prevent a war among the gods, but to save the entire world in the process.

This five-book series offers everything an epic saga should have: heroes, monsters, magic, friendship, betrayal, love, war, and death. The characters within the series are relatable, the language is consistent and is written in the vernacular used by the targeted age group, and despite working within an imaginative setting that combines the belief system of ancient Greece and the day-to-day life of New York, the series effectively blends fantasy with reality to create a believable sequence of events. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is a coming-of-age tale, made that much greater by the distinctly Grecian – and yet still modern – themes found throughout.

Does the Library Have My Textbook?

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As a general rule, academic libraries don’t buy textbooks, but read on to see how the library can help you find yours.

textbooksIn the United States libraries like ours don’t usually buy textbooks because they are highly specialized and new editions come out often. So, be careful, because if we do own a copy of your textbook it is likely to be an older edition than your professor wants. Also, even if we own your textbook, you probably won’t be able to check out the book for the whole semester.  However, there are a number of ways you can search to see if you can access the textbook you need through the library.

Check Reserves to See if Your Professor Made a Copy of Your Textbook Available
Sometimes professors put a copy of the class textbook on reserve for you at the Circulation Services Desk. You can search Course Reserves for your professor’s name or the course you are taking. Course materials can be checked out from the desk for a few hours or a few days depending on your professor’s instructions.

Search the Library’s Catalog for Your Textbook
You can search the library’s catalog by title or author name to search for your textbook. Again, the library is not likely to have the most recent edition of your textbook.

Search PASCAL For Your Textbook
If Clemson does not have the book you need, you can check out books from other libraries in South Carolina using PASCAL Delivers. You will need your Clemson ID and password to request a book from PASCAL and it typically takes 3 business days to get to Clemson. Once your book is here, you can pick it up from the Circulation Services desk.

Other Options for Getting Your Textbook
Remember, the Clemson bookstore sells textbooks and has options for renting copies of textbooks to students. Contact the bookstore for more information.