Celebrating Our Graduates

Clemson University Libraries celebrates and honors student employees upon their graduation from Clemson by placing a bookplate in a book of their choosing from our collection. This bookplate is a small token of thanks for the years of service our student employees give the Libraries and a symbol of this milestone in their lives.

Caroline Kredensor, one of our marketing students, is graduating with a degree in Communication and two minors in Psychology and Brand Communication. She choose this travel and guidebook because she studied abroad in Australia her junior year.

Leigh Nelson, one of our Resource Sharing students, is graduating with a degree in Sociology this semester. Leigh has big plans after graduation. She has been offered a position with the Peace Corps and will be leaving for Africa next summer.

Top 5 Stories of 2019

Clemson University Libraries is celebrating the most significant activities of 2019, especially as those relate to helping people discover, collaborate, and create. This year was one of great change and we are excited for what 2020 will bring. While no list could capture everything library faculty, staff, and students do for our campus and community, here are our top stories of 2019:

1. Cooper Makerspace Now Open

Clemson Libraries partnered with Clemson Makerspace to open a new location in Cooper Library! The space, which is free for all students, is equipped with six 3D printers, fabric printer, button maker, vinyl cutter, glue, markers, legos, and so much more.

2. 3rd and 6th Floor Renovations

Clemson Libraries hosted an open house event to celebrate the changes on the 3rd and 6th floor of Cooper Library. We spent many months renovating these spaces. Both floors were given fresh paint, carpet, and furniture. The third floor has new electrical and multiple study rooms. We also added some games on the sixth floor like giant Jenga and Connect Four.

3. Textbook Reserve Program

The Textbook Reserve Program was a project launched by Clemson University Libraries and Undergraduate Student Government. Textbooks were selected based on those classes with 100 or more students enrolled. Students can rent the these books from Cooper Library for two hours.

4. University Press Joins Clemson Libraries

We were pleased to welcome the Clemson University Press to the Clemson Libraries organization. John Morgenstern, the Press’ Director, and Alison Mero, the Managing Editor, are now a part of our team. We are so glad for this new partnership and the collaboration it will bring from students, faculty, and staff.

5. HathiTrust Membership

Clemson University Libraries became the newest member of HathiTrust, a global partnership of major research institutions and libraries working towards its mission to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. We used this membership as a means to assure preservation of our digital copies and contribute those volumes to an increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by academic institutions.

Gale Digital Scholar Lab

In October, Clemson Libraries offered an onboaring to give attendees a chance to familiarize themselves with Gale Digital Scholar Lab and ask questions about the interface and workflow. We are excited to now offer the Gale Digital Scholar Lab to all students and faculty.

This program is a cloud-based environment that allows researchers to explore Gale’s Primary Sources in a single research platform. Users can conduct textual analysis from historical documents from databases like Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), and British Library Newspapers.

Anyone on campus can use the tool. Students and faculty will have access to the unprecedented amounts of raw data as well as provide user-friendly interfaces for a number of analytical tools. The Lab allows for close reading of a huge amount of primary source material and is incredibly invaluable for anyone interested in a deeper dive into Clemson’s collections.

Late Night Donuts

Allied Universal, our campus contract security company, will be giving away free donuts on Monday, December 9 at 9pm. Drop by the Security Desk on the 4th floor of Cooper Library to grab a snack for your late night studying.

5 Days to Stress Less

Clemson Libraries is partnering with the Office of Advocacy and Success (OAS) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to provide de-stressing activities for students during exam week in Cooper Library. Activities will take place from 10am-2pm on December 9th-13th in the lobby area.

The schedule of activities includes the following:

  • Monday: Play-Doh Essential Oil Stress Balls and Art Therapy
  • Tuesday: Inspiration Station and Video Games
  • Wednesday: DIY Sugar Scrub and Deep Breathing and Relaxation
  • Thursday: DIY Stress Balls and Board Games
  • Friday: All previous DIY activities

There will be a representative from CAPS during these times if any student needs their services. We hope to see you there!

Extended Exam Week Hours

Cooper Library will have extended exam week hours for students. Starting Monday, December 2 Cooper Library will be open 24 hours until Friday, December 13 when it will close at 8pm.

In addition, the Central Clemson Library will also have extended hours for students to study and will be open until midnight every night from December 1-5 and 8-12 for exam week. All college students are invited to settle into a comfy chair or spread out on the floor for that last minute cram session. Library staff will be brewing coffee and the Friends of the Central-Clemson Library will provide some snacks. Students will need to sign in and show a valid college ID to enter. For more information, stop by or call the Central-Clemson Library at 639-2711.

There are also additional spaces across campus with extended hours for exam week:

Good luck on exams!

Cooper Library Third Floor Changes

In addition to the new furniture and space updates on the third floor of Cooper Library, there are now updates to accessing certain restricted areas.

  • The double doors from the elevator to the service hallway will remain closed with restricted access for deliveries, emergencies, and patrons with assistive needs.
  • The doors to 311 (University Press & restrooms) will be locked at 4:30pm Monday – Friday.

Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, you may contact the Libraries’ Facilities Manager, Teri Alexander: tajff@nullclemson.edu.


ASERL’s New Digital Exhibit

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) has a new digital exhibit created and curated by the ASERL Special Collections Interest Group. This collaborative online exhibit recognizes the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans sold into bondage in the English Colonies. This time, in 1619, is regarded as the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in North America.

Clemson Libraries is one of the participating institutions. Items submitted include photos, letters, bills of sale, emancipation documents, insurance and taxation documents, and maps indicating segregation zones. The goal is to learn from our past and make our resources available to students, researchers, other institutions, and the public.

Library Fines Due

Patron accounts with fine or fee balances will be sent to the Office of Student Receivables on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Be sure to check your library account to see if you owe anything.

If you do have overdue fines, you can take care of them:

  • In person at the Library Services Desk with your Tiger 1 card
  • Online with your Tiger 1 card, credit card, or by using your checking or savings account

All fines should be paid by Tuesday, November 19. If you have questions, call the Library Services Desk at (864) 656-1557.

HathiTrust’s Federal Documents Program

HathiTrust’s U.S. Federal Government Documents Program can be utilized by all Clemson students, faculty, and staff. The program expands and enhances digital access to U.S. federal publications, including those issued by GPO and other federal agencies. HathiTrust currently has 1.3 million federal documents digitalized (contributed by over 40 institutions) and 15,000 more are added each year. The goals of this program are:

  • Comprehensive digital collection: Build a comprehensive HathiTrust digital collection of federal documents distributed in print format by the Government Publishing Office as part of the Federal Depository Library Program.
  • Enduring access: Ensure that the benefits of HathiTrust work in areas such as improved quality, shared print collection management, collection development, enhanced resource discovery, and broader access to scholarly materials are realized in the HathiTrust federal documents collection and services.
  • Community: In collaboration with stakeholders within HathiTrust and in the greater community, solve shared problems related to identifying, cataloging, digitizing, organizing, preserving, hosting, and providing access to U.S. federal documents.

Click here to view the searchable collections that enable focused discovery of U.S. federal documents.