Trial for Foreign Television & Multimedia Materials

SCOLA is the preeminent and most diverse source of authentic, on-line accessible foreign television and complementary multimedia materials in the world. All content includes use permissions from the actual foreign owners.

There are hundreds of languages and countries covered from around the world. Try it with your laptop or from your desktop (there is not mobile app at this time.) We have a trial open to March 21, 2020, send any questions or your feedback to: Ed Rock

International Mother Language Day

Started in the 1990s by UNESCO, International Mother Language Day is celebrated again around the world this year on February 21, 2020.

Make sure you check out Cooper Library resources we have for learning more about your mother language or even for learning a foreign language, including using Rosetta Stone Library Edition.

You may also like to browse Kanopy, our online collection of streaming films, many in global studies and languages like African Studies, Asian Studies, Australian Studies, ESL & Languages, European/Baltic Studies, German Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and North American Studies.

Reflection Room Open House

You are invited to attend the Open House for Cooper Library’s new Reflection Room, located in room 214. The purpose of the Reflection Room is to provide a peaceful and quiet space for reflection, meditation, prayer, or yoga. Stop by the elevators on the 2nd floor of Cooper Library for some refreshments, a tour of the space, and a chance to win a yoga mat door prize.

We hope to see you there!

Fair Use Week

Clemson Libraries celebrates Fair Use Week 2020 (February 24th – February 28th), a North America wide effort held each year to raise awareness to the doctrine of fair use under United States copyright law, as well as the similar principles in other countries, such as fair dealing in Canada. Fair use is a crucial exception and limitation to copyright. It allows copyrighted materials to be used without permission from copyright holders in certain circumstances, depending on the nature of the work being used, the purpose of the use, how much of the work is being used and the effect that the use would have on the market or value of the copyrighted work. The doctrine is essential to journalism, entertainment, research and education, permitting commentary, criticism and parody of copyrighted works and encouraging transformative uses of these works to produce new innovation. Fair use is flexible and adaptable. It can be applied to materials in a variety of media, and the doctrine establishes a critical balance between the need to protect the rights of owners of original ideas and expressions and ensuring freedom of speech and expression under the First Amendment and intellectual freedom.

Industries reliant on fair use in their operations produce 16% to 17% of the US GDP each year, and the doctrine is employed by students, academic faculty and librarians on a daily basis in higher education. Commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), a non-profit organization representing academic libraries across North America, Fair Use Week is an opportunity to promote greater understanding of fair use principles, discuss opportunities that the doctrine offers, particularly in the context of post-secondary education and to celebrate successful stories of fair use. For more information on the event please go to:

Library Carpentry

How do I get started learning the software and data skills I know I need to develop in my role? What is Git? How can OpenRefine make my work easier? Should TidyData be on my radar? The course is for people working in library and information related roles. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Join us at the Madren Conference Center at Clemson University on March 16-17 for a two day Library Carpentry workshop to get started on these essential skills. Library Carpentry is made by people working in library- and information-related roles to help you:

  • Automate repetitive, boring, error-prone tasks
  • Create, maintain and analyze sustainable and reusable data
  • Work effectively with IT and systems colleagues
  • Better understand the use of software in research

We hope to see you there! Registration and more information:

E-Learning Day

Join us for E-Learning Day at the Education Media Center on February 19, 2020 gtp, 7:30am-9pm. Clear Touch interactive boards were awarded Best of Show at the 2019 ISTE Conference and are being implemented in several local school districts! Stop by the EMC at your convenience on E-Learning Day for a guided exploration of how our new technology can be used for SMART and Promethean software, presenting and annotating digital content, video conferencing, lecture capture, and more!

Brown Bag Series

Some of our librarians have been participating in Clemson’s Brown Bag Series/Advanced RCR Training Offerings by hosting sessions. The Brown Bag Seminar Series is an opportunity for the Clemson University community to better understand research integrity and research compliance related topics. You can register for the sessions here.

March 3, 2020-Research Misconduct

Summary – Scandals, myths, retractions, hacking…the world of research is rife with opportunities for unintentional and intentional misconduct. This workshop will present an overview of contemporary issues in research misconduct from study design through analysis and publishing. Recent case studies will be used to illustrate examples of research misconduct and will be used to frame discussions on consequences and best practices while conducting research at Clemson University.

Presenter – Jenessa McElfresh, Health Sciences Librarian

Target audience – Faculty, staff, postdocs and students

LocationStudent Senate Chambers; 12pm-1pm  (Bring your lunch, we’ll provide the sweets!)

April 7, 2020-Reproducibility, Open Data, and FAIRness

Summary – Confused about new rules about your research data? No idea what a DOI is? Like the idea/sound of “Open Data” but don’t really know what it is, how to find it, or how to make YOUR data open? Unfamiliar with the FAIR evaluation criteria for data? This is the Brown Bag for you! I’ll go over the basics of what Open Data is, how to make your data as Open and FAIR as possible, and show you tools and resources available to you through the university library. We’ll also have an open discussion about data in the news and some actual case studies regarding data management policies.

Presenter – Megan Sheffield, Data Services Librarian

Target audience – Faculty, staff, postdocs and students

LocationStudent Senate Chambers; 12pm-1pm  (Bring your lunch, we’ll provide the sweets!)

Other Offerings

The library regularly offers courses on plagiarism and data management that qualify for one hour of RCR advanced training credit.  Please see the course schedule and register.

Student Advisory Group

Calling all students! We are forming a Student Advisory Group to create a better library experience specifically for you and we want your help. Your input will create better events, book collections, and study spaces.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out this application form.

You will be contacted in early March to schedule a time for lunch or dinner to discuss your interest in the group. The first official meeting will be scheduled in April.

If you have any other questions, please contact our Assessment Librarian, Megan Palmer:

Laptop Chargers Now Available

You asked, we listened! The Library Services Desk at Cooper now has laptop chargers for checkout. We currently have the following new offerings:

  • DELL 90watt USB-C
  • DELL 65watt USB-C
  • DELL 45watt USB-C
  • ASUS 120watt
  • HP barrel charger
  • Apple 96W Type C
  • Apple 61W Type C
  • LENOVO 65watt
  • 45watt chargers in assorted sizes

Chargers can be checked out for 4 hours. Stop by the Library Services Desk for more information.

Gale Database Trials

Clemson Libraries has several new databases for trial until February 29, 2020. Go to our “Databases A-Z” page [] to try some new GALE databases that are being evaluated for a future subscription. These GALE trials expire February 29, 2020. You may send your trail feedback to the contacts listed below:

Associated Press Collections Online
Associated Press Collections Online is a publishing program that makes the Associated Press Corporate Archives, AP Images, and AP Archive available to libraries worldwide. Included are decades’ worth of wire copy, correspondence, memos, internal publications, and more for a variety of disciplines. Please send trial feedback to

Indigenous People of North America
Indigenous Peoples of North America covers the history of Natives and non-Natives from the seventeenth through the twenty-first century. Please send trial feedback to

Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Maps and Travel Literature
Spotlighting a distinguished array of historic atlases, gazetteers, travel narratives and a variety of maps, Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature offers unique insight into the age of cartography and the rise of leisure travel. The collection features a multitude of both European and non-European travel narratives. Please send trial feedback to

Religions of America
Religions of America traces the history and unique character of religious movements that originated in or were re-shaped by the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Please send trial feedback to