Native America Episode Viewing

Wednesday, November 7th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Cooper Library Brown Room

Native America, a four-part PBS series, “travels through 15,000-years to showcase massive cities, unique systems of science, art, and writing, and 100 million people connected by social networks and spiritual beliefs spanning two continents.”  This viewing will focus on the warriors of New York, who renounced war and founded America’s first democracy, 500 years before the Declaration of Independence, and later inspired a young Benjamin Franklin.  Discussion will follow.  The event is free, open to the public, and co-sponsored by the Libraries and the Gantt Multicultural Center.  For more information visit the PBS website: or contact Maggie Mason Smith at

Earth Month Events at Cooper

Earthians have lost a great, if not the greatest, mind of our generation, Dr. Stephen Hawking. This scientific hero asserted the following regarding the future of Earth: “We have given our planet the disastrous gift of climate change…When we have reached similar crises there has usually been somewhere else to colonize…But there is no new world, no utopia around the corner…We are running out of space, and the only places to go are other worlds.” (Barclay, “Stephen Hawking’s warning: it’s time to get the hell off planet Earth”)

Clemson students are attentive to Dr. Hawking’s pessimistic, but real, view on what perhaps constitutes Earth’s most pressing challenge. According to Clemson’s Sustainability Action Plan, “78% of Clemson students feel a moral obligation to protect the environment.” (6)  Our students are aware of the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability and are proactive in finding sustainable solutions to nurture the kind of planet they want to inhabit.

From curating library research collections, and conducting research on innovation and sustainability, to engaging in significant sustainability efforts across campus and throughout external communities, Clemson is committed to actively address these various environmental challenges and to integrate sustainability into every academic discipline and social space.

The “Read, Return, Repeat” book display (4/2-4/30) is a reflection of the ecological consciousness evidenced in classical writings, such as Eco-Joyce; as well as in ecocritical works, like  International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism. The “Earth Day, Every Day” book display (4/16-4/23), is a portal to children and juvenile literature devoted to help readers think more deeply about nature, climate change and other environmental themes. Titles, such as TreecologyThe Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, and This Book Stinks!, offer powerful stories that help the youth feel part of the environment, and activate an ecological mind, capable of generating solutions. Our digital display, “eBooks & Clemson Scholarship” (4/8-4/30), showcases online collections that intersect literature, culture, and the physical environment. TigerPrints, our open-access, digital repository, provides a door to Clemson-born innovative renewable source research and approaches to sustainable science, engineering, and economy.

Please visit the Earth Month 2018 Guide, which serves as a platform for the Clemson community to join civic and scholarly conversations related to climate change, global warming, pollution, and renewable sources. Check out the e-displays sections and the calendar of events during Sustainability Month. For those of you with research topics and questions in mind, click on the “Scholarly Sources” tab, which contains core databases and journal titles related to environmental challenges and provides access to past and current scholarly conversations. And for those of you with the desire to join a network of eco-friendly Clemsonites, to learn more about the nature that surrounds our region, and to be part of the solution, take a look at the “Go Green at CU!” tab.


Literary Festival Book Display

Clemson Literary Festival book displayThe Clemson Libraries are proud to support the 11th annual Clemson Literary Festival by putting its authors’ books on display for your reading pleasure.

Come check out (figuratively and literally) works from National Book Critics Circle and Man Booker Prize-winning headliner Paul Beatty and featured visiting authors Geffrey Davis, Scott Gould, Jenny Gropp, Lily Hoang, April Ayers Lawson, Jamaal May, Dunya Mikhail, Glenis Redmond, and Matthew Vollmer

The display will be up from March 26 through April  8.

March Book Display–Hear Us Roar

Throughout history, women have shown that they are resilient, determined, and have the fortitude to overcome many obstacles to achieve their goals. From hospitals and courtrooms to sports fields and science labs, women have played a vital role in shaping our world.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, and honor the achievement of women all across the globe, Cooper Library is presenting a display of materials featuring some of their stories.

Rosa Parks, Wilma Rudolph, Harriet Tubman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sally Ride, and countless others.

Check out their stories and be inspired.

The President’s Commission on Women will also be celebrating Women’s History Month with many events.

Additionally, the Gantt Center and the Minority Student Success Initiative will be holding the following events:

On Healing Black Girl Pain*
Dr. Consuela Ward
Wednesday, March 14 – 6:00pm
Hendrix Student Center Ballrooms
*Book signing after the event

Prisons, Policing, and Protests: It’s Time for Change
Nekima Levy-Pounds, J.D.
Tuesday, March 27 — 6:30pm
Hendrix Student Center Ballrooms

Virtual Reality Petting Zoo Today!

It’s not a virtual “petting zoo”; there are no animals. But there is lots of cool equipment.

It’s a time where you can stop by and look at, play with, experience the equipment we have for virtual reality. Look for the table in the lobby of Cooper Library, today, Wednesday, February 21, from noon until 2:00pm.

Take 10 minutes of your day to stop by and try out the available headsets and other equipment.

Play games, make art, or explore the planet!

Hosted by Cooper Library and Virtual Reality Club.

Reclaiming Our Ancestry Workshop 2/12

As part of the University’s celebration of Black History Month, Cooper Library is offering a drop-in workshop, “Reclaiming Our Ancestry,” on Monday, February 12 from 2-6 pm in the Brown Room (room 416).

Faculty members experienced in researching African American genealogy will make brief presentations at 2:15 and 3; the rest of the time will be used for individual consultations with anyone who wants to try to fill in their family tree using the Ancestry Library database.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop. Handouts will be available to guide people in their research once the workshop is over.

Please contact librarian Camille Cooper ( if you have any questions.

Spring STEM Pop-Ups in Cooper Lobby

 Clemson Geopaths are sponsoring a series of STEM pop-up events in the lobby of Cooper Library at 10:00am on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 7
  • Wednesday, March 7
  • Wednesday, April 4

Find out more about science and why you should care about it. Hear some speakers, bring your laptops, be ready to learn something and make something.

Read more about the speakers and events on the Clemson Geopaths page.

Adobe Illustrator Workshop, 2/7

Join Gamma Epsilon Tau (GET) for a workshop in the Adobe Digital Studio.

On Wednesday, February 7, 6:00pm-7:00pm, learn how to create your own t-shirt design using Adobe Illustrator! GET, in partnership with Adobe, is hosting an event in the Adobe Digital Studio on the 5th floor of Cooper Library. All students are welcome to attend – come learn how easy it is to work with Adobe Create Cloud!

GET is an honorary/service organization for Graphic Communication Students. Contact Kristin Watson for more info:

GIS Day is Friday, Nov. 17

GIS day is Friday, November 17, and the Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies (CCGT) invites you to join in the celebration!

Virtual reality stations where participants can take a simulated tour around the planet. “Lightning talks,” where participants can learn how to enhance their research. A chance to win your own drone. Those are just a few of the many exciting offerings that faculty, staff and students can experience during geographic information systems (GIS) Day, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 17 in Room 412 of Cooper Library.

GIS Day events begin at 10:00 a.m. with a workshop showcasing the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV/drone) and LiDAR capabilities and resources available to the university through the Geospatial Center. Provost Bob Jones will kick off a series of lightning talks from Clemson faculty as well as invited speakers from at 1:15 p.m. The talks feature a panel discussion on GIS for emergency and disaster management. This year, there are several GIS Day contests open to Clemson students, staff and faculty with prizes like brand new quadcopter drones, FitBit, ENO hammocks, waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and a football autographed by Coach Dabo Swinney.

All GIS Day events are free and open to the public! Details and a full schedule are available.

Giving Tree in Cooper Lobby

 The Giving Tree Project allows volunteers to select a tag containing a child’s name and wish list from the display in the lobby of Cooper and purchase gifts to make that child’s holiday season a little bit brighter.

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose a tag
  • Fill it out completely and put it in the donation box
  • Shop! Plan to spend around $50
  • Return the gift in a black plastic bag with the ornament (child’s name, etc) to the Security Desk in Cooper Library by November 27