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University Press Monthly Update May 2021

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Ever Wonder What We Do?

At the suggestion of several valued colleagues, the Press will sponsor an informational session in July (exact date TBD) to provide an overview of what university presses do, why they publish in the areas they do (and not in others), and answer any other questions that you may have about university presses in general or about yours in particular. If you have a question you’d like for us to address, please send them to John Morgenstern:

Library Publishing Forum

All Press staff attended the Library Publishing Forum. Informative sessions related to OA journal production, accessibility, and engagement. Of special note was a 3-session panel dedicated to the use of OA metadata to promote interoperability and expand journal discoverability.

New from Clemson

Autumn/Winter 2021 books have been added to the Press’s website:

As of the Spring/Summer 2021 season, we will automatically issue paperback editions of all books on our scholarly list 3 years after initial hardcover publication. The first cache of 10 new-in-paperback editions is now available worldwide.


Journals Highlights

  • The Press recently acquired the International Journal of Interpreter Education. Kirstin O’Keefe is now transitioning the journal to TigerPrints and training the editorial board on the manuscript-review and tracking system. She will also take the lead on the journal’s production.
  • The Press recently acquired The Robert Frost Review, now in its 30th volume. The journal will now benefit from professional copyediting, typesetting, and distribution. Bri Hermanson, a longtime collaborator and friend of the Press, created an original scratchboard illustration to rebrand the journal.
  • Drew Griffin consulted with the Directory of Open Access Journals about indexing our open-access list.
  • All of our literature and language journals will now be indexed in the MLA Bibliography.

Summer Interns

The Press recently welcomed a part-time student assistant, Claire Waddell, who will be working with us throughout the summer to prepare back issues of the Journal of Extension for upload to TigerPrints. Her work will significantly speed our efforts to make the journal whole on Clemson servers. If you see Claire working in our new location (Cooper 209), please welcome her to the Libraries.

Jae Dyche, a PhD student in the RCID program, is interning with the Press this summer. Her work will focus on typesetting several regional books, designing the Autumn/Winter 2021 seasonal catalog, cover designs, marketing materials to promote our books online, and author resources on topics such as clarity in writing.

AUPresses Application Update

The Press now meets (or exceeds) all requirements for membership in AUPresses, the main professional organization for university press publishing. Clemson’s application for regular membership was submitted in the first week of May.

Clemson-Converse Literature Series Prize Winners Announced

Clemson publishes poetry and short-story collections in partnership with the Converse College Low Residency MFA. The majority of the books are selected through 2 competitions, each of which will run biennially: a national poetry prize for a full-length book, an award open to all poets publishing in English; and the Converse MFA series, open to students or alumni of the Converse MFA.

The 2021 Converse MFA Alumni Book Award winners were recently announced: Congratulations to the winners, Kim Shegog and Clemson’s own Sarah Cooper! We look forward to publishing their award-winning books on our Spring/Summer 2022 list.

In the Media, on the Blog, and Around Campus

  • Alison DeSimone, author of The Power of Pastiche, was a featured guest on the newest episode of Aria Code, a program produced by The Metropolitan Opera and airing on New York Public Radio. Listen here: DeSimone’s book was among the first titles acquired by Alison Mero, who has an eye for impactful music scholarship.
  • A recent post on our news blog thanked our design intern, recent Master’s graduate Lindsay Scott, for her many contributions to our publishing program over the past 18 months:
  • The Converse College Low-Residency MFA will host a launch event for Ice on a Hot Stove, a poetry anthology hot off the presses, on May 29 at 7:30 p.m. We hope to stream some of the launch event live. In the meantime, you can hear a selection of the poems featured in the collection in a series of promotional videos that the Press published to commemorate National Poetry Month. Tyree Daye reads “Ready” here:; Suzanne Cleary reads “Sausage Candle” here:; Kathleen Nalley reads “Slow Churn” here: https://ly/2QDl9Vg.
  • Thanks to our friends at Hub City Books, you can now stream last month’s conversation between artist Dwight Rose and author Danielle Fontaine about Still Time at Pye Pond:
  • Contributors to Modernist Objects gathered for an online launch: https://be/443PS3hjuIo.
  • In a new post on our news blog, Robin Field, author of Writing the Survivor, reflects on Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, to mark its 50th anniversary.
  • In a new post on our news blog, Ragini Mohite, author of Modern Writers, Transnational Literatures, revisits Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore’s play The Post Office and considers the pandemic’s impact on education.
  • The Press had its first in-person exhibit in more than a year, at the 2021 Research Symposium hosted by Clemson Research at the Watt Center. Thanks to those of you who dropped by to see some of our most recent publications!

The Press also publishes interviews, readings, and brief informational videos about Clemson publications on social media. Follow us on social media to see the latest content (Facebook: @ClemsonUP; Twitter: @ClemsonUP; YouTube: Clemson UP).

Technical Services & Collection Management Monthly Update

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

May 19, 2021

Monthly highlights from the Technical Services & Collection Management Unit.

E-Resources Team

  • The E-Resources Team has begun processing the 77 new Adam Matthew collections that were acquired by ASERL.  This includes activating them in Alma, verifying discoverability in Primo, and adding individual entries to the A-Z Databases List.
  • Teresa has begun working with Megan Palmer to learn more about LibInsight and to contribute login details that will enable us to capture, analyze, and visually represent electronic resource usage data.
  • Chris Vidas contributed to a 5-person lightning session accepted into the Clemson University Research Symposium.  It was titled Publish or Perish: Assessing Journal Quality beyond the Impact Factor.
  • The E-Resources Team set up an Alma integration profile to automatically load and update Springer e-journal and eBook holdings on a weekly basis.

Continuing Resources & Government Documents Team

  • Melissa and Yolanda are still working on their respective search committees (Melissa – Social Sciences and Government Information Librarian, Yolanda – Continuing Resources and Government Information Management Librarian).
  • They are continuing to receive and catalog regular document shipments, and to claim and catalog documents for our Center of Excellence collections (Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service).
  • Melissa has continued with data cleanup from the migration.
  • The Gobi standing order backlog is completely cleared out by Andrea, except for a handful of invoices with titles for which the orders did not migrate into Alma from Millennium. Decisions have to be made about what funds to apply to those titles.
  • Jessica and Kathryn have been cataloging monographic series. Scott and Jessica tweaked the workflow for titles that get contents notes when the contents notes are not present in OCLC. We are not yet doing any overlaying of records in Alma, so in the future Jessica will create contents notes directly in OCLC before importing the record into Alma. If the title requires original cataloging, Jessica will route it to Scott instead of creating a brief record first.
  • Kathryn and Andrea are helping with the Gobi firm order pre-processed backlog.
  • Kathryn continues to document procedures and work on database cleanup projects. She has also been working with Ina in Charleston on cataloging/database issues as they arise.
  • Jessica renewed her Group 1 certification for Investigators conducting Social and Behavioral Science Research (SBR) at Clemson University.

Standards Management & Assessment Team

Metadata & Monographic Resources Team

  • Planning for and revising existing metadata for Strom Thurmond Institute Publications Phase 2
  • Quality controlling metadata from the James F. Byrnes Photographs Collection
  • Creating metadata for Clemson University Historical Images Collection
  • Creating and quality controlling metadata for Strom Thurmond Speeches
  • Completing monographic resource cataloging. (Every day with Alma is a learning experience.)
  • Training and guiding the team’s graduate intern. The intern, Anu Pria Roy, completes her internship this week. Under Jessica’s tutelage, she has completed metadata in both the Thurmond and Historical image collections, and took on a special project about campus building vocabulary, specifically,
  • Formulating local subject headings for Clemson campus buildings and features and adding to CollectiveAccess controlled vocabulary
  • Formulating GeoNames for campus buildings
  • Charlotte and Jessica took the Woodland Cemetery Tour; all team members participated in the CORE webinar, “Overview of XML Metadata Quality Assessment Tools”

Collection Management Team

  • Melanie and Derek established spine labels and ordering processes for all Gobi firm order funds.
  • The first test orders under the Gobi API with spine labels established in OCLC WorldShare Management Services are underway.
  • Melanie, Joanna, Allison and TSCM volunteers have completed 50% Gobi backlog.
  • Ordering, receiving, cataloging, and processing workflows are being normalized.

Reported by Derek Wilmott & Lisa Bodenheimer

LLT Agenda – 5/20/21

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021


Date:                                       5/20/2021
When and Where:           3:30-4:00 p.m. – Zoom


  1. Findings from the recent Research Data Practices survey – Megan Sheffield and Karen Burton

Parking Lot:

  1. Position Description Procedures Discussion Follow-up – Scott requests this be resumed in May
  2. Organizational Culture Plan with Latoya and Tan
  3. Change Management Next Steps
  4. Incorporating IDI into employee work plans and goals
  5. Indigeneity projects
  6. Facilities Shadowing and Assistant Facilities Manager position follow-up discussion
  7. Digital Scholarship Lab follow-up discussion from Megan Sheffield’s presentation at 2/18/21 LLT meeting. What needs to be done through CU Facilities/others to move project along?
  8. Digital Scholarship Lab follow-up discussion from Megan Sheffield’s presentation at 2/18/21 LLT meeting. What needs to be done through CU Facilities/others to move project along?

Library Announcements – 5/17/21

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Mold Remediation Project to Start Early

The contractor JBR completed a project early and is able to start the mold remediation on 1st floor beginning Monday May 24. Please note the entire east side of first floor will be closed for approximately one month. Occupational & Environmental Safety staff will manage the project but I am the on site contact for the library. Questions or concerns, please contact me! Thanks.

–Teri Alexander

Summer Workshop Series

The Organizational Development Committee invites you to attend the 2021 Summer Workshop Series!

Sessions will be held weekly via Zoom throughout June and July and will focus on professional service, ranging from committee basics to tips and tricks for getting involved.

Check your Outlook calendar for invites; we hope to see you there!

–Maggie Mason Smith, Megan Sheffield, & Jessica Scott 

Coordinator’s Corner

Not a winning ticket!

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Employee parking permits for 2021-22 are available online for employees. Telecommuting faculty and staff parking on campus occasionally may consider forgoing an annual permit and may opt to purchase temporary daily permits online or temporary daily hang tag permits from the Parking Office at a cost of $3.00 per day. For your convenience, automated license plate recognition (ALPR) software is in use so temporary online employee permits are virtual and no longer need to be printed and displayed. You can still purchase temporary daily permits online or you can contact Parking and Transportation Services if you would like to purchase a 2020-21 prorated annual employee permit that will expire on June 30th.  If you have already purchased your permit, please disregard this communication.

For more details and information on renewing your permit go to

Keep Out!

Keep prying eyes away from sensitive information. Secure your computer when you need to walk away from it very easily by simply keying the Windows Key + L. That combination will lock your computer, requiring a quick log in for it computer to be used.

Bonus Tip:

Here are instructions on how to put your ID card on your Android so you can scan your phone instead of your TigerOne card to get in the building.


TigerOne Mobile Credential for Android (1)

–Kellie Marlatt

May Birthdays!

Employee Recognition Day is finally here!

If you haven’t checked out the majorly awesome video promoting Employee Recognition Day tomorrow, here’s your chance.

See Dean Cox here there and everywhere (we’ve always thought there must be about 12 of him because he’s everywhere, isn’t he?). See Darius goofing off at the Depot! See what we have planned for tomorrow!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

–Employee Recognition Day Planning Team and EOY Committee
Ed Rock, Melanie Keeler, Paula Smith, Rodger Bishop, Cierra Townson, Clay Ruminski, & Kellie Marlatt

I’m not a mind-reader, so reach out!

Please send your announcements for next week to


Dean’s Update – 5/14/21

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Good morning, colleagues!  I hope you had a good week.  It’s been a challenging one with gas shortages and other oddities.  We are ending the week on a high note, kicking off our Social Sciences and Government Information Librarian interviews by meeting Monifa Carter.  Please take the opportunity to participate in these interviews and helps us choose our new colleague. Here is the latest:


  1. Mask Guidance: Yesterday, the CDC release new guidance for mask wearing for vaccinated individuals –  This comes on the heels of the Governor’s announced changes related to masks in SC schools.  To date, we have NO changes in guidance from Clemson.  So for now, wear your mask.  Masks are still required in academic buildings throughout campus, which means students and faculty need to wear a mask in our buildings as well. We should be receiving more guidance from Clemson soon.
  2. Kronos Timeclock Change:  With the change to mobile IDs and away form physical IDs, our Kronos timeclocks in our buildings have become obsolete.  We have bee given the option to either replace them or move to having employees (staff and student assistants) use the Kronos web site or the app to clock in and out each day.  Considering the cost of replacing the devices, and after consulting with unit heads and others, we will not be replacing the timeclocks and will encourage employees to use the web site or app.
  3. Congratulations to Renna Redd:  Renna has been granted tenure and been promoted to Associate Librarian!!!
  4. Interview Schedules:  We have four faculty positions in interview stages, as well as one staff member.  Here are the faculty interview schedules (in some cases, these area tentative) for your reference:
    • Social Sciences and Government Information Librarian:  May 14, 17, 18, 20
    • Library Resident:  May 24, 28, June 2 and 4
    • Health Sciences Librarian:  June 7-11, and 14-18
    • Continuing Resources Librarian: Weeks of June 14, 21 and 28
  5. Elsevier Agreement: We are beginning conversations with various SC state colleges and universities including U of SC regarding renewal of our agreement with Elsevier.  Derek is the point person in these conversations from Clemson.  PASCAL is also involved.
  6. Reorganization Task Force Update:  The task force is putting the finishing touches on their final report.  That report will come to me and be shared with all of you.  I will then review it and make final decisions regarding the Libraries’ new org structure, in consultation with LLT.  After that, I’ll provide a final report with the new org structure to all of you.  We will refine our hiring plan and begin realignments to match the structure in July.  It will take us a while to fully realize the new org structure.
  7. Dean Scholarship and Service Updates:
    • I will be providing the keynote at the Five Colleges Annual All Staff Meeting next Wednesday. Five Colleges includes Amherst College, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and University of Massachusetts Amherst.
    • The Provost has asked me to chair the University Historian search. This will kick off this month and last through some of the fall.
    • I was recently elected President-Elect of ASERL.
  8. Employee Recognition Day:  I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday, May 18 at Employee Recognitions, where we will celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year, and announce the winner of the Employee of the Year Award.


That’s all for today.  Have a great one and a great weekend.