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.