Fountains Not Flowing

We’ve had a few questions this semester about why the fountains are not on in the Library pond. Since the Library does not control the fountains, we asked University Facilities.

We were told that because Clemson is still in a moderate drought condition, Clemson University, which owns and operates a public water system, is required by the SC Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan for water conservation during times of drought. The plan has “triggers” that initiate procedures for water conservation.

Clemson University purchases all its water from the Anderson Regional Joint Water System (ARJWS). ARJWS obtains the water from Lake Hartwell. Lake Hartwell is currently at 648 ft., four feet below the trigger of 652 ft that changes our status from INCIPIENT DROUGHT PHASE to MODERATE DROUGHT PHASE. Our drought response for moderate drought phase includes several actions designed to reduce our water consumption including:

  • Irrigation reduction: includes irrigating at night to minimize evaporation, delaying the planting of new vegetation till conditions improve, and restricting irrigation to only maintain the existing critical needs.
  • Shutting down the fountains at Cooper and limiting the use of evaporative cooling towers: reduces potable water lossed through evaporation.

In past the fountains have been turned on for special occasions such as graduation and certain big home football games. Maybe they will turn them on for Homecoming. We can hope.

Library Thanked in Anderson Independent

The library and it’s staff got a shout-out in the Anderson Independent. Mr. Raymond Burgess, one of our most faithful patrons, wrote a letter thanking some Clemson students and some library staff for their assistance after he fell on campus a few weeks ago.

We appreciate his kind words, which you can read here and we are very happy that he’s ok!

National Tell a Joke Day

Did you know that today is National Tell a Joke Day?

Neither did I, but it is. So to celebrate(?) here’s a library joke:

Patron: I am looking for a globe of the earth.
Librarian: We have a table-top model over here.

Patron: No, that’s not good enough. Don’t you have a life-size?
Librarian: [pauses] Yes, but it’s in use right now.

I know, I know…terrible.

If you have a better library joke, please share it with us. It has to better than the one I shared with you.

Do You Have Paraskevidekatriaphobia?

You might and not know it, especially if you don’t know what that word means! Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13. Not the movie, although it’s pretty frightening! (Such bad jokes.)

Anyway, you can read more about Paraskevidekatriaphobia here. Or check out the Wikipedia entry here.

Be safe out there!

They are Popular!

July is the beginning of the year. No, I’m not crazy! It’s the beginning of the new fiscal year. We count different things at different times around here; sometimes we count calendar year, sometimes academic year, and sometimes fiscal year.

We decided to see what our most popular item was for this fiscal year. By popular, we mean what THING y’all checked out the most.

Guess what it was! Just guess! You’ll never get it!

Markers! It was dry erase markers! Y’all checked out our dry erase markers a total of 2138 times. I knew those whiteboards were your favorite things.

2nd on the list — study rooms. That’s not surprising, really.

We also had a book that was popular. This book by David Tillinghast.

Sometimes statistics can be so interesting…

Writer & Filmmaker, Nora Ephron Dies

Nora Ephron, author and filmmaker behind films Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally and author of books such as I Feel Bad About My Neck, died last night at age 71.

You can read more about Ms. Ephron in this obituary by NPR or this one at CNN.

We have several of her works in our catalog as well as books about her. Do a keyword search or an author search to see what we have.

“Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.” –Nora Ephron

Library Depot By the Numbers

We’ve mentioned the Library Depot before when our Records Management unit moved there.

The Library Depot houses our Digital Initiatives, Offsite Shelving, and Records Management units.

But now that we’re done moving and all settled, let us tell you some cool statistics about what’s over there.

  • The high bay storage area is approximately 9500 sq ft.
  • The shelving units are 19 ft high with 230 ladders. There are 4140 shelves.
  • They have 5300 records boxes, 1400 archival boxes, and 13,400 book trays holding 145,000 items.
  • They also have 39 microfilm cabinets with 23,000 rolls of microfilm.

The number stencils used in the aisles are 6ft tall and borrowed from the Death Valley! (Those are the same stencils they use to paint the football field!)