Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Be sure to check out our display of the most challenged books during the week of September 23, in the West Learning Commons at Cooper Library.


All In Wednesdays

Clemson Online, Clemson Libraries, and CCIT have partnered to create a one-stop shop for faculty to get help with Canvas Help, research assistance, and ask technology questions. The event is taking place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

There are two opportunities for you to join us:

  • Lee Hall 2 (near 111) from 9am-11:30am
  • Daniel Hall (on the 2nd floor) from 1pm-3:30pm

Questions can be directed to Clemson Online.


Constitution Day

Constitution Day is September 17. To celebrate, we have ordered pocket-sized copies of the United States Constitution. Drop by the Cooper Library Services Desk to get your copy. Copies are limited so come early!

Textbook Reserve Program

The Textbook Reserve Program is a pilot project between the Clemson University Libraries and Undergraduate Student Government. The pilot will last August 2019-May 2020.

A total of $10,000 in funding from Libraries and Student Government funding was split into 2 semesters-Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Textbook items are rented from B&N Bookstore and will not be added as a permanent part of the collection.

Texts were selected based on those classes with 100 or more students enrolled. Class texts were then analyzed and the highest priced texts were pulled from greatest cost to least to fill the $5000 budget. (Obviously, not all were selected. We stopped when we hit $5000.)

More information can be found by visiting our Textbook Reserve Subject Guide. Feedback can be shared here.

Carnegie Research 1 Task Force Report

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.

The committee found that Clemson Libraries falls short when comparing our budget, number of employees, size, space for student collaboration and research support for faculty.

The Task Force made five recommendations for the future of Clemson Libraries:

  1. Investing more resources into the library, including budget, personnel, operations and space
  2. Enhancing support for digital literacy with technology lending, makerspaces, and data visualization and immersive spaces
  3. Increasing research services for faculty and graduate students through research data services, scholarly communications, grant support and awards, and digital humanities
  4. Improving learning accessibility and affordability for undergraduate students with textbook affordability and information literacy & instruction
  5. Maintaining support for Library Collections, including collections budget, collections organization, and unique collections.

To view the full report, click here.

First Friday Coffee and Conversations

All faculty are invited to First Friday Coffee and Conversations tomorrow, September 6th! Clemson Online is hosting this event on the first Friday of every month at the Adobe Studio (Cooper Library 5th floor) from 8:15 am until 9:00 am. The conversation this week includes a Q&A with a student panel on ways to enhance engagement in the classroom.

USC’s Visual History Archive

We recently entered into a partnership with the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation to bring their Visual History Archive to Clemson. This resource is an online portal that allows users to search through and view 55,000 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides. The testimonies were conducted in 65 countries and in 43 languages. The Visual History Archive is digitized, fully searchable via indexed keywords and hyperlinked to the minute enabling students, faculty and staff to pinpoint topics of interest. We are excited to offer this invaluable material for research and education.

Adobe Digital Studio Workshops

We are hosting an Adobe Digital Studio Workshop series this fall which will be covering a variety of topics like video editing, Adobe Creative Cloud training, podcasting and so much more. There will be 14 different workshops held from 3-4pm every Tuesday in the Adobe Digital Studio (5th floor of Cooper Library). Select classes will also be held on Thursdays in the Pearce Center in Daniel Hall. Every class is free and open to all students, faculty and staff. Be on the lookout for announcements on social media before each class!

Trial for World Christian Database

Our trial of the World Christian Database runs until September 30th. Contents includes detailed information on 9,000 Christian denominations and on religions in every country of the world. Extensive data are available on 238 countries and 13,000 ethno-linguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. The WCD is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Christian and religious demography and the history of Christianity.

Go to our “Database A-Z” page to access the trial. Email librarian Ed Rock ( for your questions or any comments.

Library Master Planning Process and Events

This week serves as the kickoff for our Master Planning process. The purpose of the study is to: 1) understand the emerging needs of Cooper Library relative to faculty, staff and student user groups; 2) identify opportunities to better support users’ needs through the investigation of services and spaces currently offered and assess how those services and spaces are organized and staffed; 3) generate a category-level program of spaces; and 4) prepare a master plan report that embodies the future vision and strategy for Cooper Library at Clemson University.

If you are a student or faculty member at Clemson University, we have two events for you to participate in the Library Master Plan Study being conducted this fall. Help us shape the future design of the re-envisioned Cooper Library.

  • Faculty, please join us for the upcoming Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm in the 401 Byrnes Room (main floor). Representatives from the Architectural firm Collins, Cooper, Carusi and a consulting firm Brightspot will be leading the discussions.
  • Students, please join us Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 5:30m – 6:30pm at the Learning Commons West, 4th floor Cooper for our Student Feedback Fair. We are seeking your input on the future of the new Clemson Libraries and its role on our campus. Drop in at any time during this open house session to participate in activities facilitated by our consultant team and give feedback on future experiences we should offer in the library to best support the Clemson community.

Your feedback is valuable to our work. Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you!