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Library Announcements – 9/28/21

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

Tab’s Retirement Party Today

Please don’t forget to drop by Tab’s retirement party today down in 200B (2nd floor Cooper Library- outside the elevators). Let’s send Tab off in style!

Clemson Libraries Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Everyone is invited to participate in the Clemson Libraries Pumpkin Decorating Contest, where groups will decorate a pumpkin for students to vote on from October 25th-29th in Cooper Library.

We only have a limited amount of pumpkins so unit heads will decide how best to divide. Pumpkins will be delivered later this week and groups can choose any theme, however, we are asking for no carved pumpkins. You can paint, glue or pin objects to the pumpkins or get as creative as you would like.

All pumpkins are due to the Cooper Library Mailroom by October 22nd. Students will be voting on the Most Original, the Most Coveted Dorm Room Decoration, and Most Spirited (Halloween, Clemson, etc.).

See the attached flyer for all the details and guidelines. Please let us know if you have any questions and happy decorating!

–Jessica Kohout-Tailor and Lili Klar

Event-Related Supplies

I’m looking for easels for a potential upcoming display. Would you check your offices/units and if you have one borrowed from me OR one I can borrow for November, please let me know!

–Teri Alexander

Flexwork Committee Drop-in Discussion Sessions

This week the Ad-Hoc Committee for Flexwork in the Libraries will be hosting drop-in discussion sessions regarding our recent survey. The purpose of these discussion sessions is to hear your thoughts on work from home/telecommuting, as well as any other concerns or comments on flexible work in the Libraries. Sessions will run for an hour and be offered both virtually on Zoom and in-person with members of the committee. We welcome all feedback.

An in-person session will be hosted at Cooper Library in room 414 at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, the 29th. Two in-person sessions will be offered at the Library Depot in Conference Room 101, at 1:00 PM on Wednesday the 29th and 10:00 AM on Thursday, the 30th.

Two virtual sessions will be held on Zoom on Tuesday the 28th and Thursday the 30th at 2:00 PM. Please use to join us on Tuesday, and to join us on Thursday.

We look forward to meeting with you!

–Charlotte Grubbs

Adobe Workshops

Here’s the full schedule of Adobe Workshops for the semester! Everyone is welcome; no registration required. They’re all beginner-friendly. If you want to share these, you can send them to this calendar page:

Sep 15: Intro to Adobe Photoshop, 3-4pm @ Adobe Digital Studio

Oct 6: Intro to Adobe Creative Cloud, 3-4 pm @ Adobe Digital Studio

Oct 13: Intro to Adobe Illustrator, 3-4 pm @ Adobe Digital Studio

Oct 20: Podcasting 101, 3-4 pm @ Adobe Digital Studio

Oct 27: Animating with Adobe, 3-4 pm @ Adobe Digital Studio

Nov 3: Video Production, 3-4 pm @ Adobe Digital Studio

Nov 10: Video Editing with Adobe Rush, 3-4 pm @ Adobe Digital Studio

–Kelsey Sheaffer

Makerspace Workshops

And here’s the full schedule of Makerspace Workshops for the semester! Everyone is welcome; no registration required. They’re all beginner-friendly. If you want to share these, you can send them to this calendar page:

Sep 23: Intro to Laser Cutting/Engraving, (1st session) 4-6pm, (2nd session) 7-9pm @ Watt Makerspace

Oct 7: Intro to Fabric Printing, (1st session) 4-6pm, (2nd session) 7-9pm @ Cooper Makerspace

Oct 21: 3D Printing Open House, (1st session) 4-6pm, (2nd session) 7-9pm @ Watt Makerspace

Nov 4: Laser Cutting/Engraving Open House, (1st session) 4-6pm, (2nd session) 7-9pm @ Watt Makerspace

Nov 18: DIY Lasercut Snowflake Workshop, 4-6pm @ Watt Makerspace

Dec 2: Custom 3D Printed Cookie Cutter Workshop (1st session) 4-6pm, (2nd session) 7-9pm @ Watt Makerspace

–Kelsey Sheaffer

Professional Development Opportunities for September 28-October 4

Upcoming Events 

Welcome, Erin!

Erin Record has been hired as the Libraries’ new EMC and DML Lab Library Specialist!  She started her new position yesterday, Monday, September 27th.  Erin has worked the last four years as a circulation and reference assistant as well as a volunteer coordinator with the Pickens County Library System, and she was also a library page at Coker College Library. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Clemson University and has great enthusiasm and experience with gaming and makerspace technologies.

Please join me in welcoming Erin to the Clemson Libraries family!

 –– Tara Weekes

Admin is emotionally unequipped to not hear from you! Please reach out with your news…

See you next week!

Library Announcements – 9/20/21

Monday, September 20th, 2021

September News that You Can Use

Sunlight reflects off of a large cloud behind the fountains in front of Clemson University’s R.M. Cooper Library at dusk, Feb. 4, 2016. (Photo by Ken Scar)

Change the Subject Film Screening — EDI Committee

The Libraries’ EDI committee will be hosting TWO screenings of CHANGE THE SUBJECT, a film chronicling the efforts of Dartmouth students working to change the Library of Congress’ “illegal alien” subject heading.

(Film trailer: )

The first screening (October 19, 4:40PM-5:45PM) will only be open to library faculty and staff and will include a discussion of the film’s content. Expect a calendar invite this week.

The second screening (October 21, 5:30PM-6:45PM — see attached flyer) is open to all university staff, faculty, and students. Participants must register through the following link: .

We look forward to engaging with you all!

–Kay P Maye

Professional Development Opportunities for September 21-27

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 2-Thursday, December 2 – Supervisor Training Series, presented by Clemson HR

Tuesday, September 21, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Tech Connections in the Midst of a Pandemic, presented by St. Louis County Library

Tuesday, September 21, 12:30-1:00 PM – Tigers Teach, presented by Clemson Online

Tuesday, September 21, 2:00 PM – Supporting Students in Sports Business with Data Analysis, Tools, and Online Resources, presented by SBRnet and ACRL Choice

Tuesday, September 21, 2:00-2:45 PM – Delving into the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, presented by FDLP

Tuesday, September 21, 2:00-3:00 PM – TikTok on the Clock: Teaching Digital Media Literacy Skills on TikTok, presented by ASERL

Wednesday, September 22, 2:00-3:00 PM – PCI Webinar: Neurodiversity: A Primer for Libraries, presented by South Carolina State Library

Wednesday, September 22, 2:00-3:00 PM – Libraries and Reading: New Service Models for Patrons with Intellectual Disability, presented by Niche Academy

Wednesday, September 22, 2:00-3:00 PM – Sprouting Talent: Growing Library Leadership at Every Level, presented by ASERL

Wednesday, September 22, 3:00-4:00 PM – CFPB’s Your Money, Your Goals: Financial Empowerment for Your Community, presented by OCLC and WebJunction

Thursday, September 23, 12:30-1:00 PM – Quick Hits with Clemson Online (Fall 2021): Midterm Exams/Prep, presented by Clemson Online

Thursday, September 23, 2:00-3:00 PM – When they see us: The Black Male Archives, presented by ASERL

Thursday, September 23, 3:00-4:00 PM – 5 Best Practices for Building a Robust Video Learning Library, presented by Training Magazine Network

Friday, September 24, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM – Intermediate Spatial Analysis, presented by Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies

Friday, September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM – Copyright Office Hours, presented by ASERL

Monday, September 27, 2:00-3:00 PM – Charting New Courses in Community Driven Archives: Taking a closer look at UNC Libraries New Outreach Toolkit, presented by ASERL

Recycling & Trash Reminders

Since we have new employees I thought it a good time to let you know how recycling and trash is handled for individual offices/units. If your office/unit has a break area (sink, refrigerator, etc.) with an approved trash can, custodians will empty it once daily (and usually on the late shift). Each employee should have a small blue bucket with a smaller black container. The blue bucket is for paper recycling and the black container is personal trash (food or non-recyclables). The custodians are ONLY expected to empty the blue bucket. You must empty the black container into a trash receptacle in your area or in a common/public area. Please also use containers provided in common/public areas for all other recyclables such as cans, plastic and glass. There are even a few large blue bins for cardboard (such as pizza boxes) on 3rd, 4th & 5th floors. As you probably know custodial industry suffers from high turnover so let’s do all we can to make their jobs easier! Thanks and contact me if you have questions or concerns.

–Teri Alexander

Ready for a Celebration? Celebrate with the Accessibility Commission

Coming soon virtual and in-person events to celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act and also NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month). The celebrations will start in October and continue through the rest of 2021 and into 2022. The Accessibility Commission (AC) wants to provide informative sessions to broaden your knowledge base and awareness of the ADA. Here’s a snapshot!

Month of October will bring Gamma Sigma Sigma and the American Sign Language Club students tabling on the west end of the bridge. Students will learn how to sign their names and share them on social media. Also, freebies will be given out.

A keynote speaker series is also planned for October with such topics as “From Activism to the Academy: A History of Disability Studies”, “Making Space: A Justice-Oriented Approach to Accessibility in Creative Technology Spaces” and Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins, Author of “All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything”. Jennifer participated in a big protest called the Capitol Crawl, a decision that a lot of people say helped convince Congress to pass the ADA. There are more sessions being scheduled even now!

In addition to the keynote speaker series, a round of Lunch & Learn sessions will be offered with presenters from across campus. Look for the complete schedule coming soon. I may send out calendar invites with zoom links so that you can select which sessions are of interest to you.

The Commission is also planning a book display for November and an art exhibit with pencil and ink drawings by Elisa Golden, an artist with disabilities, in the front lobby of Cooper.

More information to follow! Stay tuned.

–Teri Alexander (Accessibility Commission Member)

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Please send me your announcements, and I’ll post them right here! See you next week!

Dean’s Update – 9/16/21

Friday, September 17th, 2021


I hope your week has gone well. Clemson Football at home again this weekend against Georgia Tech. Should be a good game.  Here is the latest:

  1. Hiring Update:
    1. Records Analyst:  Moving to finalists.
    2. Facilities Manager:  Closed 9/7.  Reviewing applications.
    3. Director of Marketing and Communications:  Closed 9/15.  65 applicants.
    4. Interim Associate Dean, Technical Services and Collection Management:  Internal advertisement.  Closes today, 9/17.
    5. Digital Imaging Specialist (part time):  Advertised.  Grant funded.  Closes 9/27.
    6. Digital and Preservation Archivist:  Advertised. Closes 10/1.
    7. Library Specialist, Resource Sharing:  Advertised. Closes 10/1.
    8. Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery:  Advertised. Closes 10/15.
    9. Have permission to move forward with two circulation positions, Oral Historian (Lecturer), and Cemetery Processing Archivist.
    10. Reviewing PDs for Associate Dean for Organizational Performance and Inclusion and Director of Digitization.
  2. Health Science Librarian search:  I’ve been discussing science liaison needs with Suzanne and she in turn has been in discussions with the Science team.  We have been down two people in that group for more than a year now, and have had three failed searches to fill positions in that team.  Knowing how important it is to get them assistance, we will be restarting the Health Sciences Librarian search this fall.  I am also reviewing our budget to see if we can hire a 3-year Lecturer to join the Science Team to relieve the pressure. This individual could be here even sooner than the Health Sciences Librarian.  Lastly, I am advocating to the Provost for another Science Librarians, as well as talking with my fellow deans about other creative ways of funding another position.  If this search fails, we will need to revisit how we fill these needs.
  3. Cluster Hires:  Chris Vinson will be serving on a Provost led task force to develop a plan for faculty cluster hires to develop a best-in class AI/Machine Learning program at Clemson. Many libraries are starting to engage more deeply in AI, not only to assist with their daily work, but also to support campus initiatives. We hope to be able to gain a position out of this.
  4. Clemson University Press/PASCAL OER Imprint:  At yesterday’s PASCAL meeting, we received at a minimum $30,000 this fiscal year to start up a CU Press OER imprint with PASCAL SCALE.  We will be working with librarians at institutions across the state to identify potential textbook projects.
  5. Instruction Spaces:  With almost all of our instruction spaces listed in 25 Live, we are struggling to find spaces to provide library instruction.  We are also challenged by the fact that 25 Live does not talk to our Springshare reservation system, resulting in two places for reservations, and the possibility of conflicting reservations. To relieve the pressure, Geospatial Studies is allowing us to book their instruction space (406A), and I have an agreement with the Provost’s office for us to get back exclusive access of 309 starting this spring.  Chris Vinson is also looking at upgrade possibilities for the Brown Room.
  6. Cooper Library Renovation:  I am currently working with CFO Tony Wager in an effort to get the Cooper Library project on the CPIP (list of building renovations endorsed by the university/BOT).  Doing this will allow us to communicate more openly about our renovation plans, fundraise for the building, and have a better sense of the timeline for renovation.
  7. Possible author visit:  We are working with Fiction Addiction in Greenville on a proposal to bring Erik Larson to campus in February.  He is the author of “Devil in the White City.”  His latest book is “The Splendid and the Vile,” a portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz.  You can listen to him talk about his latest book at
  8. DEI:  Clemson Libraries is a sponsor of Hispanic Heritage Month, and last night kicked off the month with Clemson Latinx Organizations Council (CLOC) kickoff on the South Lawn.
  9. Marketing:  Fredda did a great job telling our story in the most recent Clemson Staff Newsletter –

That’s all for now.  Have a great Friday and great weekend.


Library Announcements – 9/13/21

Monday, September 13th, 2021

Research Impact & Author Profiles Workshop

Understanding and managing your online scholarly presence can be a challenge. Join us as we talk about the different author profiles available to you to manage your online presence, the different factors that can be used to demonstrate your impact, and the Research Impact Challenge you can undertake to help get your scholarly profiles in order.

To register:

–Anne Grant


Don’t be shy! We’d love to feature more of our fabulous employees on social media.

To participate, simply fill out this form:

Many thanks to Kellie, Teri, Renna, Jennifer, Jessica Serrao, and Jessica Scott, who have already been featured, and a few others who are ‘on deck’ to be highlighted in the coming weeks.

–Lili Klar

Professional Development Opportunities for September 14-20

Upcoming Events

 Thursday, September 2-Thursday, December 2 – Supervisor Training Series, presented by Clemson HR

Monday, September 13- Friday, September 17 – Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 25th International Conference, presented by The Open University

Tuesday, September 14, 10:00-11:00 AM – Canvas Exam Building Workshop, presented by Clemson Online

Tuesday, September 14, 2:00 PM – Drawing Disability, Framing Activism: Comics and Graphic Narratives for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research, presented by ProQuest and ACRL Choice

Tuesday, September 14, 2:00-2:45 PM – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: Contemporary and Historical Information Resources, presented by FDLP

Wednesday, September 15, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – NCompass Live: Library School Now – Library Workers Talk about Their Library Science Coursework – Online, presented by Nebraska Library Commission

Wednesday, September 15, 2:00-3:00 PM – Library Research for Environmental Studies Aspects of Uranium Mining and Nuclear Energy, presented by FDLP

Wednesday, September 15, 2:00-3:00 PM – PCI Webinar: How to Hire Better Bosses! How to Strengthen Your Management Recruitment Strategies, presented by South Carolina State Library

Thursday, September 16, 10:00-11:30 AM – Grant Writing: Creating a Winning Proposal, presented by South Carolina State Library

Thursday, September 16, 12:30 PM – The Future of the Digital Library: Leveraging Digital Content in an In-Person Learning Environment, presented by BibliU and ACRL Choice

Thursday, September 16, 2:00-3:00 PM – Connecticut State Library Single Record Workflow, presented by FDLP

Thursday, September 16, 2:00-3:00 PM – A Special Afternoon With Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, presented by ASERL

Friday, September 17, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM – Basic Spatial Analysis, presented by Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies

–Organizational Development Committee

 Adobe Photoshop Workshop on 9/15 at 3pm

ADS will be running an Adobe Photoshop workshop on Wed Sep 15 from 3-4pm in the Adobe Digital Studio! Topics covered include photo editing, photo manipulation, and digital drawing. No registration required.

We’ll be announcing additional workshops for the semester, including makerspace workshops, next week!

–Kelsey Sheaffer

Exceptional Performance Award Winner – Tara Weekes!

The College of Education (CoE) recently awarded Tara Weekes with their “Exceptional Performance and Outstanding Service Award.” Awarded to recognize the exemplary contributions of CoE staff, Tara was nominated for her ongoing work with the College’s Community and Diversity Committee and her work assisting students and faculty as Education Media Center Library Manager. As part of her nomination, one person commented “I can count on Tara’s dedication and commitment to me and my students’ success.” In addition to the award, Tara will receive a $300 one-time bonus from the College. Tara joined the committee during a leadership transition and immediately went to work – contributing to strategic planning, organizing a lecture series, and speaking at faculty-staff events. Congratulations, Tara for your exemplary contributions to the College and its mission.

Congratulations Tara!

–Gordon Cochrane

 Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

Clemson University celebrates National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, which honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is observed from September 15th to October 15th and includes the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras on September 15th, followed by Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16th and Chile’s on September 18th. Clemson Libraries is co-sponsoring the Clemson Latinx Organizations Council (CLOC) event that will kick off Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month celebrations on campus this Wednesday, September 15th. We have also worked with the Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Committee on our Latinx Voices and Readings Guide, which can be found at the following link:

You can find out about what is happening throughout the month from the Gantt Center:

–Jessica Kohout-Tailor

Make a Wish!

Coordinator’s Corner

If you are like me and you’ve found that editing PDFs can be challenging, you may want to look into free resources that can assist you. I recently stumbled upon, a simple online resource that makes my soul sing. Sejda is user-friendly PDF management tool. There’s no software to install. Just open your PDF and get to work!  You can simply convert, edit, merge and split documents right in your browser. Advanced functionality has added costs, and there are other PDF editing options out there, but if you’re in a hurry and want an option to working directly in Adobe, give it a try!

–Kellie Marlatt

September Life

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
Stephen King, ‘Salem’s Lot

Please send me your announcements, and I’ll post them right here! See you next week!


Library Announcements – 9/6/21

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Professional Development Opportunities for September 7-13 

Upcoming Events

–Organizational Development Committee

Upcoming September Birthdays!

Survey on Employee Work from Home Experiences

This week the Ad-Hoc Committee on Flexwork is releasing a survey assessing Libraries employees’ experiences working from home during the pandemic, as well as gauging interest in possible future telecommuting/work from home opportunities. The results from this survey will inform the recommendations the committee makes to the Dean regarding a flexible work policy for the Libraries. We hope that everyone participates in the survey – all feedback is welcomed and encouraged!

–Charlotte Grubbs

Welcome, Michelle!

TSCM is happy to welcome Michelle Colquitt to the unit in her new position as Continuing Resources and Government Information Management Librarian! Michelle comes to us from Georgia Gwinnett College where she was the Resource Management Librarian and the Interim Systems Librarian. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge about Alma, which we will certainly take advantage of!

Please stop by and visit Michelle the next time you are at the Depot; she is located in office 125. Alternatively, you can reach her at, or by phone at 656-3517.

 –Lisa Bodenheimer

Projects Updates!

It’s been a while since I provided an update on projects, so here goes! Furniture for both the Adobe Digital Studio (ADS)/Makerspace and Digital Scholarship Lab is on order and should be received later this semester. There are long lead times as covid has caused interruptions in supply chains. New pop reading shelving units are also on order and should arrive first of November. Kelsey has plans and funding for additional furniture for ADS for the future and a glass storefront is planned to enclose the space when the makerspace operation and equipment move in. The current makerspace will be re-purposed (study room perhaps?).

Fredda and I (as BSC’s) recommended purchase of two additional security cameras for the children’s room (310) and the vending area (311a) and those will be installed soon.

University Press furniture arrived and is in place. Stop by and take a look!

Other projects remain on hold (glass storefront for the Digi Scholarship Lab; additional study rooms & U. Press offices).

–Teri Alexander

New emergency phone

An emergency phone has been installed on the 1st floor. This is like the “blue light” emergency phones that are located all over campus. This addition was a suggestion from CUPD during the security audit. The location of the phone is outside study room 102A, the bottom of the main stairway. It rings directly to CUPD.

–Fredda Owens & Teri Alexander

Need PPE Supplies? Ask Me!

Do you need supplies for your office/unit/work space? I have disposable masks, gloves and hand sanitizer so let me know and I’ll send to you via courier or to your office by way of the mail room. I also have hand soap & Kleenex tissues!

–Teri Alexander

Coordinator’s Corner

This little Outlook tool section comes in handy.  All the buttons in this Move grouping in Outlook are helpful. You can use the big Move icon to move a message to another folder or to your calendar or task list. I kind of like the little icon on the bottom with the blue envelope. It’s the resend button.

Go to your sent box, find the email that you sent that you want to send again, choose resend this message from the drop-down menu, and your email will reload just as it looked before you sent it. Just hit send to send the exact same message again. I use this feature when I’m waiting on someone to reply to me without having to say “I’m still waiting on your answer”. Or, I’ve used it when I need to send the same message that I’ve sent before, but want to add or change the attachment, change the recipient, or change the wording but keep the general message.

–Kellie Marlatt

Communicate with Me!

I look forward to hearing from you and passing along your information so that all will be in the know!