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.

R1 Report Open Forums

Recently, an R1 Task Force was created to conduct research and collect data to evaluate Clemson’s current operations, discern the differences between Clemson Libraries and 12 specific aspirational peer R1 Libraries, and offer recommendations to help Clemson Libraries bridge the gap.

We will be holding two open forums at 12pm on Thursday, November 21st in the Byrnes Room and 12pm on Wednesday, December 4th in the Brown Room for students, faculty, and staff. These brief presentations will be followed with a discussion about the Task Force recommendations for the future of the Libraries.

To view the full report, click here.


The Center for Geospatial Technologies is celebrating GIS Day on Wednesday, November 13 from 11am to 4:30pm! This event is the culmination of work done by faculty, researchers, and GIS professionals in the past year.

GIS Day features amazing presentations from faculty and GIS professionals across the region. We are very excited to have our keynote speakers: Dr. Joseph Kerski, Education Manager at Esri, and Geoff Taylor, Clemson alumni and 3D Solution Engineer at Esri.

There will also be food and beverages, contests and prizes, and games and a sandbox for children of all ages. Anyone is welcome to stop by the event at any time.

The GIS Day schedule is:

  • 11:00am – 4:00pm Exhibitors, Contests, and Tours Begin
  • 11:30am – 1pm Mapathon (Mapping for Good) with free lunch
  • 1:15pm – 1:30pm Opening remarks
  • 1:30pm – 4:15pm Lightning Talks
  • 4:15pm – 4:30pm Prize giveaway

Clemson University Teaching Symposium

Clemson Libraries is co-sponsoring the 2019 Clemson University Teaching Symposium: Communication, Technology, and Research. This event from 9am-4pm on December 17th in the Academic Success Center will showcase Clemson’s outstanding teaching strategies, provide opportunity to share innovative ideas and resources, and highlight exceptional teaching by faculty and graduate students.

Workshops include What is WAC/WID, and How Can It Help You?; Using Canvas in Face-to-Face Classes More Effectively and Efficiently; Transparency in Teaching and Universal Design; and Tired of Students Using Bad Sources? Help Them Find Better Information.

We welcome participants from all colleges to attend and breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. The registration deadline is Monday, November 25th.

“Fall of the Iron Curtain” Display

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to check out our variety of works commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 4th to December 1st. Our tall book display accompanies the “Fall of the Iron Curtain” campus film and event series and features books, DVDs, and films via the Kanopy streaming portal. Be sure to stop by and see it!

Military History for Military Appreciation Weekend

This weekend Clemson Libraries offers two opportunities to learn more about Clemson’s historic military connection during Military Appreciation Weekend. The Video Wall on the 4th floor of Cooper Library features images from Special Collections and Archives of Clemson cadets participating in military training and graduates who entered military service through the years. In addition, the digital exhibit “World War I and the Clemson Community” explores how Clemson students, employees and alumni contributed to the war effort at home and overseas.

You can view the digital exhibit at this link:

University Press Week

University Press Week runs from Sunday, November 3, through Saturday, November 9. Emphasizing the role that scholarly publishers can play in moving national and international conversations forward on critical and complex issues, the Association of University Presses has chosen “Read. Think. Act.” as the theme for this year.

Be sure to follow Clemson University Press on Twitter as they celebrate throughout the week and highlight their recently published book Winter Tree Identification.” This guidebook, written by Dr. Donald Hagen and two students Crystal Strickland and Hailey Malone, is richly illustrated with line drawings and vivid photos to help easily identify trees in the southern Appalachian Mountains and adjacent Piedmont regions.


“Library Next” Presentation

Catherine Murray-Rust, Dean of Libraries at Georgia Tech, will be at Self Theater (in Strom Thurmond Institute) on Monday, November 11 from 3 – 4pm to share her experience about transforming Georgia Tech’s research library into a place that encourages exploration, fosters collaboration, and celebrates discovery and invention.

Her initiative, called “Library Next,” included a re-envisioning of library services and the organization of their physical spaces, resulting in a $95 million renovation. Join us to learn how Georgia Tech has built the research library of the future, one that is responsive to students and faculty’s scholarship needs, and gain some insights in to what is possible here at Clemson.