Netflix (not really) and Thrill-ers!

PlayGet scary prepared for Halloween with our DVDs.

A shadowy figure emerges from a cloud of pumpkin spice and tells you this blog post is coming from… inside the library!

Okay, okay. We’re far better at helping you find scary stories than telling them. With Halloween coming up, we want to draw your attention to our seasonally-appropriate DVDs available for checkout. We have horror movies, thrillers, and sci-fi films. We even have categories for vampires and zombies and TV programs like Penny Dreadful and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Of course, some titles will appear in more than one of those categories.

Want something in a foreign language so you can convince yourself it’s studying? Not feeling subtitles today? Use “Limit/Sort” and select the language you want.

Only want items that are available right now? Mark the “Limit search to items not checked out” checkbox and click Search.

Have a few days to spare? We can even borrow titles we don’t own from other academic libraries!

Want to get even closer to the action? Check out our scary video games!jacko'lanternsm

If you have trouble finding something specific, just Ask A Librarian! We promise we’ll only recommend The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari just this once.

National Punctuation Day!

ExclamationSeptember 24 is National Punctuation Day, a “celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”

Want to use punctuation correctly?

Start with a search English language punctuation guides in our catalog. We have a bunch–here’s a few.

Also useful:

And some (entertaining) examples of not-so-correct usage:

Farewell, Dabo and Tilly

Dabo and TillyThe library pond seems a little lonely these days. Dabo Duck and Tilly have moved, just this morning, to their new home in the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

In the last couple of weeks, several factors occurred that caused the decision to relocate Dabo and Tilly. First, Tilly recently hatched eggs and the young have disappeared, probably from predation (feral cats and foxes, maybe?). Second, because there aren’t as many students around campus, the food supply for the ducks had declined. Finally, Tilly seemed to have an injured wing.

Many people on campus including the University Veterinarian, the folks at the Botanical Garden, faculty in the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, and university administration decided that Dabo and Tilly should be relocated for their own welfare. Everyone has the best interest of the ducks in mind and want Dabo and Tilly have the best, safest home possible.

Dr. Drew Lanham, a waterfowl expert and Dr. Shari Rodriguez, a faculty member in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology were successful in capturing Dabo and Tilly and have released them in the Botanical Gardens pond this morning. Our duck friends are adjusting and will be monitored throughout the week.

Dabo and Tilly’s new home is the largest pond at the Botanical Garden, where the other waterfowl are located. Please go by to see them and remember, if you want to feed them, bring oats, birdseed, fruits, or greens – no processed food.

We’ll miss them but are glad to know they are safe and happy!


Tillman Hall Primary Sources

tillman postcardClemson’s Special Collections Library houses manuscripts, rare books, and university archives.

They have pulled together a collection of primary sources regarding the naming of Tillman Hall. Some of these sources include letters and minutes from the Building and Grounds Committee, minutes from the Board of Trustees, an article in The Tiger, and more.

What are primary sources? In short, “A primary source is a document, image or artifact … created contemporaneously with the event under discussion.” (Williams, Historian’s Toolbox, 2nd ed., p. 56).


Happy Halloween!

Be sure and check out the Google doodle today! It’s really cute!jack-o-lantern1

We have a few ways to celebrate online:

Have a safe and happy Halloween!!

Fit or Fail?

As we walked into Room 108 in Cooper library, we saw a student pedaling along slowly on an odd machine. She intently flipped through the pages of her Chemistry book, not distracted by her own motions. What made her choose this odd location, and this odd equipment? Was this just a serendipitous discovery after she decided to venture into the depths of the library?

Students using fitdesks in Cooper Library.It seemed that there wasn’t much to the machine itself. It simply looked like a bike with a tray attached. Why was it so attractive? When we tried it out, we discovered that the machine was modern and clean. It was made to hold a laptop and books, but could easily hold writing utensils, notes, and materials. The grip on the tray made it impossible for these items to slide off during the exercise. Perhaps the simplicity of the machine was its greatest trait. It was easy to use, wireless, and didn’t resist the natural flow of our pedaling movements.

At first, it appeared as though the room did not match the modernity of this technology. The walls urged students not to pedal hard, not to break a sweat, and offered no distractions if they decided to look up from their desks. Maybe this technique is a purposeful one, designed to reorient and refocus the student on his or her studies. The hybrid combination of exercise and learning is just a bonus to the student experience.

The FitDesk makes balancing your time easy. You can go at your own pace, and the machine keeps track of your progress. This makes timing your studies easier too. ‘I’ll stop studying at 4 miles,’ is easier than tracking study time in minutes.

The FitDesk allows for group work, due to the close spacing of the machines, however it is important to note that it is in a Quiet Zone. The desks seem to encourage a more fun side of learning, yet are placed in an environment that does not seem to do so.

At least there are plenty for everyone! Although we only saw one student studying at the FitDesk, the room offers 10 of these cool machines.

Although it isn’t likely that there will be fighting over these machines like in Fike, once the word gets out, there might be! The FitDesks are in a more centralized area than equipment in Fike, with ideal locations in the library and in the Academic Success Center.

In the future, the desks and the room can be used to advertise activities and services in the library, as well as around campus. For now, they are a great addition to Cooper and the ASC, as they encourage both learning and growth.

Go check one out whenever you get a chance! All you need is your student ID, which helps keep track of student use, and your books. Pedal your way to academic success.

Nanowrimo. Are You Doing It?

Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.

Anyone who wants to participate can sign up on the website. Once you’ve signed up you can, track your progress, get pep talks and support, and meet fellow writers online and in person.

We have lots of books about creative writing that you can check out!

If you participate, maybe we’ll have one of your novels in our catalog one day!

Manatee Awareness Month

November is Manatee Awareness Month and Cooper Library has a variety of manatee-related materials to help you celebrate!

Some items in the collection include:

  1. Introducing the Manatee
    Call Number: QL737.S63 Z45 1992

  2. The Manatee Scientists
    Call Number:JUV QL737.S63 L68 2011

  3. Ecology and Conservation of the Sirenia: Dugongs and Manatees
    Call Number: QL737.S6 M37 2011

  4. The Missing Manatee
    Call Number: JUV PZ7.D3597 Mi 2005

  5. Mysterious Manatees
    Call Number: QL737.S63 G63 2003

  6. Ocean Life
    Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .O38 2006

  7. Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals
    Call Number: QL713.2 .C65 1999

  8. Hippie Chick
    Call Number: PZ7.M7537 Hip 2008

We also have a variety of Government Documents pertaining to manatee habitats and protection.

So celebrate this endangered species; raise awareness and learn about the manatee!