R1 Report Open Forums

Recently, an R1 Task Force was created to conduct research and collect data to evaluate Clemson’s current operations, discern the differences between Clemson Libraries and 12 specific aspirational peer R1 Libraries, and offer recommendations to help Clemson Libraries bridge the gap.

We will be holding two open forums at 12pm on Thursday, November 21st in the Byrnes Room and 12pm on Wednesday, December 4th in the Brown Room for students, faculty, and staff. These brief presentations will be followed with a discussion about the Task Force recommendations for the future of the Libraries.

To view the full report, click here.


The Center for Geospatial Technologies is celebrating GIS Day on Wednesday, November 13 from 11am to 4:30pm! This event is the culmination of work done by faculty, researchers, and GIS professionals in the past year.

GIS Day features amazing presentations from faculty and GIS professionals across the region. We are very excited to have our keynote speakers: Dr. Joseph Kerski, Education Manager at Esri, and Geoff Taylor, Clemson alumni and 3D Solution Engineer at Esri.

There will also be food and beverages, contests and prizes, and games and a sandbox for children of all ages. Anyone is welcome to stop by the event at any time.

The GIS Day schedule is:

  • 11:00am – 4:00pm Exhibitors, Contests, and Tours Begin
  • 11:30am – 1pm Mapathon (Mapping for Good) with free lunch
  • 1:15pm – 1:30pm Opening remarks
  • 1:30pm – 4:15pm Lightning Talks
  • 4:15pm – 4:30pm Prize giveaway

Clemson University Teaching Symposium

Clemson Libraries is co-sponsoring the 2019 Clemson University Teaching Symposium: Communication, Technology, and Research. This event from 9am-4pm on December 17th in the Academic Success Center will showcase Clemson’s outstanding teaching strategies, provide opportunity to share innovative ideas and resources, and highlight exceptional teaching by faculty and graduate students.

Workshops include What is WAC/WID, and How Can It Help You?; Using Canvas in Face-to-Face Classes More Effectively and Efficiently; Transparency in Teaching and Universal Design; and Tired of Students Using Bad Sources? Help Them Find Better Information.

We welcome participants from all colleges to attend and breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. The registration deadline is Monday, November 25th.

“Fall of the Iron Curtain” Display

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to check out our variety of works commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 4th to December 1st. Our tall book display accompanies the “Fall of the Iron Curtain” campus film and event series and features books, DVDs, and films via the Kanopy streaming portal. Be sure to stop by and see it!

Military History for Military Appreciation Weekend

This weekend Clemson Libraries offers two opportunities to learn more about Clemson’s historic military connection during Military Appreciation Weekend. The Video Wall on the 4th floor of Cooper Library features images from Special Collections and Archives of Clemson cadets participating in military training and graduates who entered military service through the years. In addition, the digital exhibit “World War I and the Clemson Community” explores how Clemson students, employees and alumni contributed to the war effort at home and overseas.

You can view the digital exhibit at this link:https://clemson.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=c3779e8071b646fa86c0a26a55df98bc

University Press Week

University Press Week runs from Sunday, November 3, through Saturday, November 9. Emphasizing the role that scholarly publishers can play in moving national and international conversations forward on critical and complex issues, the Association of University Presses has chosen “Read. Think. Act.” as the theme for this year.

Be sure to follow Clemson University Press on Twitter as they celebrate throughout the week and highlight their recently published book Winter Tree Identification.” This guidebook, written by Dr. Donald Hagen and two students Crystal Strickland and Hailey Malone, is richly illustrated with line drawings and vivid photos to help easily identify trees in the southern Appalachian Mountains and adjacent Piedmont regions.


“Library Next” Presentation

Catherine Murray-Rust, Dean of Libraries at Georgia Tech, will be at Self Theater (in Strom Thurmond Institute) on Monday, November 11 from 3 – 4pm to share her experience about transforming Georgia Tech’s research library into a place that encourages exploration, fosters collaboration, and celebrates discovery and invention.

Her initiative, called “Library Next,” included a re-envisioning of library services and the organization of their physical spaces, resulting in a $95 million renovation. Join us to learn how Georgia Tech has built the research library of the future, one that is responsive to students and faculty’s scholarship needs, and gain some insights in to what is possible here at Clemson.

Inaugural Clemson Research Club Series

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the inaugural Clemson Research Club Series 2019-2020 sponsored by Clemson Libraries. On Wednesday, November 13 from 5-6pm in the Byrnes Room Professor Todd May, Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, will highlight his role as philosophical adviser to NBC’s “The Good Place” in his talk entitled: “The Good Place and Moral Values.”

Hosted by Dean of Libraries Christopher Cox, the Clemson Research Club Series is to showcase and foster faculty and staff research publications or creative activities in an informal and relaxed atmosphere to other faculty, staff, and administrators.

Refreshments to be served. For accommodations, please contact Teri Alexander (864-656-5172 or tajff@nullclemson.edu) as soon as possible prior to the event. General inquiries about the event may be directed to Ed Rock (864-656-1879 or erock@nullclemson.edu).

Wall Street South Investment Club Display

Our Wall Street South Investment Club book display is back until November 3rd. The Wall Street South Investment Club offers members “hands on” experience in trading securities and managing an investment portfolio through the use of a comprehensive trading simulation featuring stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, futures, and international stocks.

A book display featuring club recommended reading titles centered on investment, personal finance, and personal and professional growth is currently located on the 4th floor of Cooper Library. Books by Warren Buffett, Clemson alum Mohnish Pabrai, radio host Dave Ramsey, and ABC reality show Shark Tank investor Kevin O’Leary are included.

Open in October Events

Clemson Libraries is hosting two Open in October events to teach faculty and staff how to enhance their publishing, scholarly impact, teaching and research data through open resources.

Join Dr. Matthew Macauley from the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences for a demonstration of WeBWork, the school’s experimental new homework system, on Wednesday, October 23 from 12:15-1:05pm in the Brown Room. Faculty can test the innovative open source system for courses in mathematics, science, engineering and business, which is free for students and generates more challenging questions. Registration is not mandatory by is preferred.

Megan Sheffield, Data Services Librarian, will be giving her talk “Primer on Open Data” on Thursday, October 24 from 12:30-1:45pm in the Brown Room. Attendees can explore what open data means in a variety of contexts, discover resources for finding open data sets, get some tips on best practices for making your own data open, and find an appropriate venue to host your data. Be sure to register here.