What’s in a Name? OneClickDigital Becomes RBdigital

 The online audio and e-book provider OneClickDigital has changed its name to RBdigital; the Popular Reading & Audiobooks guide has been updated to reflect this change.

If you have an existing OneClickDigital account, there’s nothing you need to do; your account information will be transferred automatically.

If you have any questions, please check the RBdigital help page or contact Camille Cooper.

Changes to Circulation Policies

Well, that’s just fancy way of saying we’ve changed the amount of time or the amount of things you can check out.

Good news first — You can now check out up to 10 popular reading items (books & audiobooks) at one time. The amount of time you can keep the items will remain the same. These items now have the same check-out limits as other media items (DVDs, CDs) located in Learning Commons West.

Not so good news — The number of days Virtual Reality equipment can be checked out will decrease from 7 days to 3 days. We are changing this due to the extremely long wait list – it’s consistently been over 20 weeks for most items since we started circulating them last January! A shorter checkout period will allow more of you to experiment with the technology, which we’ve been told is the primary reason for checkout.

In relation to VR equipment, you might also want to know about the new Clemson Immersive Space in Watt 308. This is a student-led initiative and offers a place you can visit to try out VR equipment and ours is all checked out.

June is Audiobook Month

Even though June is almost over, there’s still time for you to celebrate.

Or you can celebrate audiobooks with our collection which is available year-round. We have a large collection that includes classics, self-help, popular fiction, and even college course lectures called Modern Scholars.

Our CD audiobook collection is located on the 4th floor of Cooper Library in Learning Commons West. We also have OneClickDigital, where you can browse downloadable audiobooks. Check our Popular Reading & Audiobooks page for more information. Find audiobooks new to the collection on the shelf at the start of the Popular Reading collection.

If you’ve never tried an audiobook, June is the month to do it!

Book Review-Hyperbole and a Half

hyperboleBrosh, Allie.
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Call Number: Popular Reading PN6727.B7568H96 2013b.

“Because my identity is based on so many things that aren’t true, it doesn’t have a build-in fact-checking mechanism, and sometimes discrepancies arise.” – page 342

Hyperbole and a Half is a collection of new and favorite autobiographical essays taken from Allie Brosh’s popular blog. These dramatic retellings span from Brosh’s childhood to present life and are accompanied by crude illustrations using MS Paint. The hilarious and insightful essays highlight some of the more important issues of our time: dogs, depression, hot sauce, anxiety, and cake. The illustrations, made by Brosh, are a perfect supplement: intentionally crude, they still manage to capture a full range of emotions and by themselves will leave readers laughing. Mixed in with the humor in the work is a refreshing honesty and – if you have ever struggled with a mental illness or even just experienced a ridiculous situation and came out on top – a sense of empowerment; readers will experience a wide array of emotions in the very short time it takes to finish this book.

Before You Go…

BooksExams are over. Grading exams is almost over. What will you do with all this leisure time?

Here’s a few ideas from our collections!

You could browse our DVD and video collection. We got whole sets of television series that you could binge watch. We’ve got foreign films if you want to

We wouldn’t be a library if we didn’t recommend some books! Peruse your way through our Popular Reading collection and take home a few bestsellers. A good book and something warm to drink sounds like the perfect break!

Got a long drive? You can download one of our audiobooks or we have books on CD if you are old school. Check one (or more) out!

Don’t worry about the due dates. If your materials are due while you aren’t in town, you can renew them online using your library account.

Let the library help you have the best break ever!

OneClickdigital Update

OneClickDigitalAs of July 13, Microsoft will no longer be supporting DRM (digital rights management) for WMA files for eAudio. Anyone that currently downloads encrypted WMA titles using the OneClickdigital Media Manager or downloads encrypted eAudio manually (as Zip files) will no longer be able to do so.

You can still check out and stream an eAudiobook through the OneClickdigital site. These detailed instructions will show you how to stream a title after checking it out.

This change affects only patrons who use the OneClickdigital Manager. Anyone who uses the OneClickdigital app will still be able to download checked out eAudiobooks to their portable devices like smartphones and tablets.

More information about OneClickdigital is available on our Popular Reading and Audiobooks page. Questions? Contact Katherine Pelfrey.

June is National Audiobook Month!

audiobook month June 2015 (2)a smWe’ve got a pretty great collection of audiobooks at Cooper and have pulled some out for this month’s display.

You can find Beyond Magenta, The Forgotten Affairs of Youth, The Last Word, A Snicker of Magic, and more on the display shelving on the west side of the fourth floor.

Did you know that you can also download audiobooks from OneClickDigital?  Simply set up an account to browse the collection.

Visit the Popular Reading and Audiobooks page to learn about checkout limits and loan periods, to get download instructions, and more.

Book Review — Ready Player One

readyplayeroneCline, Ernest.
Ready Player One: A Novel.
New York: Crown, 2011.
Popular Reading, PS3603.L548R43 2011.

“‘I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life. Right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real. Do you understand?’”

The year 2044 is a mixed bag: an ongoing global energy crisis, catastrophic climate change, war, and the Great Recession have left many unemployed, hungry, and homeless; but, citizens of the year 2044 do have one refuge: a free virtual utopia known as the Ontologically Anthropomorphic Sensor Immersive Simulation, or the OASIS. The OASIS, a free massively multiplayer online game that has evolved into a globally networked virtual reality over time, is where most human interaction now takes place, and OASIS credit, valued higher than the dollar, euro, or yen, is one of the world’s most stable currencies.

Created by James Halliday, the OASIS contains thousands of simulated realms and is the world’s largest public library, offering access to every book, song, movie, television show, video game, and piece of artwork ever made. Just before his death Halliday announced a contest: somewhere in the OASIS are three hidden keys which will open three hidden doors. Players must follow clues and use their knowledge of ‘80s pop-culture – an obsession of Halliday’s and a prominent feature of the OASIS – to find the keys, open the doors, and reach the Easter egg at the end. The first player to find the egg will inherit Halliday’s immense fortune. Immediately following this announcement, a worldwide Hunt began.

Teenager Wade Watts lives a grim life with his aunt in the Portland Avenue stacks – a collection of trailers stacked on top of one another to maximize ground space as a result of a national urban housing shortage – just outside of Oklahoma City. Wade is overweight, awkward, and bullied by his peers and consequently, he is most comfortable when jacked into the OASIS. Over the years, Wade has dedicated every second of free time to exploring the OASIS in the form of his avatar, Parzival and studying ‘80s pop-culture. Wade dreams of finding Halliday’s hidden egg, but when he finally stumbles across the first key, Wade learns that many in the OASIS are willing to kill for Halliday’s egg – both in the OASIS and in reality.

Ready Player One is a meta-heavy ‘80s pop-culture encyclopedia. The work’s main characters spout ‘80s cinema, music, and arcade game knowledge, while playing one game after another inside the virtual reality of the OASIS. Hundreds of ‘80s references crammed into one book should be completely overwhelming, but in fact, many of the references are integral to the plot of the work and as such are introduced in ways that are relevant and manageable to the reader. A fast-paced, entertaining, and unpredictable plot with a ringing message at its core, Ready Player One is a must-read title for every self-labeled geek, nerd, or gamer.

OneClickdigital – Our Student Tells you How

Welcome to another in our student blogger, Keanyn’s series, Confessions of a Serial Study-ier.

OneClickDigitalLet’s be honest. Sometimes Cooper Library is a little out of the way for some of you. Whether you live off-campus or it’s just a long walk, sometimes you just want to sit back, relax and enjoy a good book without have to make the trek across campus. If this describes you perfectly, then OneClickdigital may be your answer. OneClick is a resource available to Clemson students, faculty and staff that will allow you to you checkout ebooks and audiobooks FOR FREE!

First you have to sign up through the Clemson OneClickdigital webpage. If you are signing up from an off-campus location, you will first need to download the Clemson VPN client on your laptop. After putting in all of your information, you can customize your profile to your liking. Whether you just want access to audiobooks or have a preference to how you want to access the audiobooks, it can be catered to your needs. After this step is completed, download the appropriate application for your audio or ebook! All apps are supported by many different platforms.

Now that the hard part is over, all you have to do is find the book that you want, click “Checkout”, and enjoy. Books can be checked out for up to 21 days at a time.

It’s that simple!

Listen! To an Audiobook!

OCd_HeardAGoodBookButtonDo you love audiobooks but hate having to keep up with 7, 8, or sometimes even 16 discs?? And hate those silly fines when you forget to renew or return on time?

Check out OneClickdigital, an online database that allows you to check out eAudiobooks, including best-sellers and classics. Setting up an account is easy; downloads are even easier! And the best part?! You never have to remember to return the audiobook – It automatically removes from your account when your checkout period is over.

OneClickdigital is compatible with all popular listening devices, and mobile apps are available for the iPhone®/iPod®/iPad®, Android™, and Kindle Fire™.

Details on how to access OneClickdigital can be found on the Popular Reading & Audiobooks webpage. Live toll-free technical support is available at 1-877-77AUDIO.