Jan 272012

Newsletter of the University Libraries
January 27, 2012

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Friday, January 27, Ninth Annual Celebration of National Cheese Day, noon – 1:30 p.m., Hollings Library. Sponsored by South Carolina Political Collections. For more information, go to http://library.sc.edu/blogs/scpc/2012/01/17/announcing-national-cheese-day-celebration-jan-27-2012.

Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29, Open Gallery Weekend, 1 to 4 p.m., Hollings Library. For more information, go to http://library.sc.edu/news/index.php?post_id=718.

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CNN broadcasts live from the Mezzanine

The Library's metal curtains made a great backdrop for Crowley's show. Photo by Tucky Taylor, Circulation.

CNN Anchor and Political Analyst Candy Crowley recapped the South Carolina Republican Primary results live from the TCL Mezzanine Level on Sunday, January 22.

The CNN Election Express was parked on Greene Street for most of the weekend.

To prepare the Mezzanine, the CNN crew began to set up staging, cameras and other gear at 4 a.m. Sunday to prepare for Crowley’s 9 a.m. show.

Watch parts of the broadcast here:



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From the Dean: What to do when you are contacted by the media

Recently, we have had questions about what to do when you are contacted by the press. We have also had some issues with stories that did not come out quite the way people wanted. I asked Beki Gettys to prepare the following guidelines. Please keep in mind that as our Director of Communications, it is Beki’s responsibility to make sure that we get the best coverage possible for your story and the library.

* Media includes not only local or national press, but also campus media, i.e. USC Times, Day Times, Carolinian, Daily Gamecock.

1)  Ask questions of the reporter:

Who is the reporter and where do they work?

What is the subject of the story? Consider if you are the appropriate person to answer questions. Should someone else be contacted as well?

Inquire as to the deadline for the story. Do you need to respond immediately? Do you have time to gather your thoughts and any additional information? If you are the appropriate person to address the inquiry, and an immediate response is needed, you will have to decide if you will grant the interview.

Be sure you, and the organization you represent (University Libraries), are clearly identified to the reporter.

2)  Notify your supervisor or department head.

3)  Notify the Communications Office as soon as possible. Communications Office will want to discuss the story with you. Be prepared to describe the key points you want to get across if the interview if forthcoming.

4)  Gather key facts, figures, images or illustrations to accompany story. The Communications office may be able to provide background information or other prepared materials on the subject.

— Contributed by Tom McNally

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SCPC director to speak at Historic Camden

South Carolina Political Collections Director Herb Hartsook will speak about the University’s Gov. John West Collection and the new biography of West at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site on Sunday, January 29. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House.

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Read & Meet lunch schedule has been set

The Professional Development Committee will be hosting Read & Meet lunches on the following Thursdays this spring: February 9, March 29 and May 10. The lunches, which will take place in Room 412 in TCL, begin at 11:45 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

Please send suggested topics and/or articles to co-chairs Paul Cammarata paulc@mailbox.sc.edu and Lori Schwartz schwartl@mailbox.sc.edu.

— Contributed by Paul Cammarata

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Women’s Faculty Organization announces Spring Lunch series

The schedule for the “Lunch on the 16th” events for the Women’s Faculty Organization has been finalized. The events will take place on the 16th of each month, beginning in February, and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Preston’s at Noon in the Russell House.

For more information, click on WFOSpringLunches2012.

— Contributed by Marna Hostetler

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MIRC’s annual film flip could use a few good flippers

It’s FLIP (Film Library Inspection Party) time!

Every year, Moving Image Research Collections holds an inspection of our nitrate film collection held in the vaults at Fort Jackson.

We need volunteers to help inspect the film for decomposition. This is a great opportunity for professional librarians and students to get some hands-on experience working with archival film material.

FLIP this year will be held on February 16 (Thursday) and February 17 (Friday). There will be a morning shift (approximately 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and an afternoon shift (approximately 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Free lunch from Eastern Buffet is provided to volunteers, as well as a certificate of participation.

Here are the details on our outing. For the morning shift, pick-up is at the loading dock area of Thomas Cooper Library between 8:05 and 8:20 a.m. After lunch, you will be returned to Thomas Cooper at around 1:20 p.m.

For the afternoon shift, please be at the loading dock area between 11:30 and 11:40 a.m. You will be returned to Thomas Cooper at around 4:40 p.m.

You will be required to bring a picture ID with you for entry into Fort Jackson. We also recommend soft shoes (the floor is concrete), jacket or sweater (it’s about 58 degrees in the film vaults), and work clothes (the vaults are a little dusty).

If you are interested in joining us, you must RSVP with your time slot of choice (Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, Friday afternoon) to Ashley Blewer at ashley.blewer@gmail.com. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

— Contributed by Ben Singleton

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Event to honor Patrick Scott is February 16

An event to honor Dr. Patrick Scott, longtime member of the USC English faculty and former director of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, is planned for Thursday, February 16. USC Libraries employees are invited to attend. The event is being co-sponsored by the Thomas Cooper Society. For more information, view the invitation by clicking on A Salute to Dr. Scott.

Donations in honor of Dr. Scott are being accepted to the Treasures Acquisitions Program Fund (TAP), which provides timely support when opportunities occur to acquire significant materials that will enhance the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections holdings.

If you wish to honor Dr. Scott with a donation to this fund, please complete the pledge card found by clicking on Scott pledge card and return it to the University Libraries Development Office, or contact the Development Office at 576-6016.

— Contributed by Christine Nicol-Morris

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South Caroliniana Library gets a pat on the back

Boston-area author and researcher Stephen Puleo, who is currently working on a project relating to U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, recently visited the South Caroliniana Library to study the papers of South Carolinian Preston S. Brooks. Brooks, who is memorialized in a marble tablet in the Lumpkin Foyer of the South Caroliniana Library, is most often remembered as the Congressman who assaulted and beat Senator Sumner with a walking cane on the floor of the U.S. Senate in 1856.

Puleo’s note of thanks reads, in part:

“I wanted to take this opportunity to express my deepest thanks for treating [fellow researcher] Ellen [Keefe] and me to your great hospitality in Columbia last week. We could not have asked for a better “research” experience. Your knowledge of the city, the state, and the Preston Brooks Papers made our trip one of the most valuable and enjoyable of any research excursion I’ve taken! Thank you for answering our questions, helping us navigate the documents, Graham’s tour of the Horseshoe, Brian’s dinner recommendations, Henry’s help in setting the whole trip up, and your general overall assistance and good cheer.”

— Contributed by Henry Fulmer

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An inside look at the ALA Notable Books Council

As some of you might know, this past year I was a member of the ALA Notable Books Council, which allowed me to read an incredible number of books (some of them wonderful, some just awful and a whole lot in between). This past weekend at ALA Midwinter in Dallas, the Council whittled a list of 67 nominations down to a list of 26 titles: twelve fiction, twelve nonfiction and two poetry. Here’s the link to the ALA news release: http://ala.org/news/pr?id=9095.

So the answer to what I was doing in Dallas? I spent the whole weekend with eleven other librarians (very scary!) talking about books. (Also scary and tiring, but also fun and funny). I didn’t agree with all the choices, but that’s part of the fun.

I made two nominations, and one made the cut: Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams.

— Contributed by Paul Cammarata

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OCLC to offer new podcast

In “The Power of Raised Expectations,” a 21-minute podcast, Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant talks with David Lankes, a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, the director of the library science program for the school, and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse, about the power of raised expectations.

This is the fifteenth podcast in OCLC’s occasional “What’s keeping you awake at night?” podcast series that explores issues of importance to libraries and librarianship by asking library thought leaders what either concerns or excites them about libraries today. These podcasts are available for download from the OCLC website, on its podcast and webinar RSS Feed and in iTunes.

  • Listen to the podcast (.mp3: 10.6MB/21min).
  • Read Roy Tennant’s hangingtogether.org blog post about his interview with Professor Lankes.
  • Check out the “What keeps you awake at night?” podcast series.

— Contributed by Marna Hostetler

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Children’s books available for longer loan time

Children’s books can now be checked out for a total of six weeks. The previous loan time was two weeks.

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New LibGuides are available

Two new LibGuides – “Mapping Your Research” and “LGBT Issues” – are now available from TCL reference librarians.

An online resource, LibGuides provide help with specific subjects, courses, and topics. Each one is created by a USC librarian with extensive knowledge of the subject area.

Brent Appling

“Mapping Your Research” answers the age-old question, “I’ve never done a research paper before, so what do I do?”

“‘Mapping Your Research’ is a step-by-step guide to the research process,” said Brent Appling, Reference Librarian and creator of the new guide. “One of the more vexing challenges for students is that often when they have a subject to write about, they expect to see a book or article that addresses that exact subject. This new LibGuide explains that they won’t find exactly what they need right away, they’ll have to read and find it for themselves, but here’s how to do that.”

“LGBT Issues” offers a start to finding information on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

Marilee Birchfield

“One of my roles in the library is being a liaison to the Women’s and Gender Studies program,” said Marilee Birchfield, Reference Librarian and creator of the new guide. “This guide can help you begin to find information from reference books, the circulating collection, videos, and articles.”

“The impetus for the guide was a phone call from Devin Moss, the new campus coordinator for LGBT,” she said. “Devin is interested in strengthening the academic partnership between LGBT groups and the University. I met with him and showed him around the library, and while we talked, I began thinking that an LGBT LibGuide would be very helpful for anyone doing research in that area.”

The full list of LibGuides can be found at http://guides.library.sc.edu.

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Columbia International University Library re-opens

As you all know, the Columbia International University (CIU) Library suffered extensive fire damage in May 2010. The library re-opened January 17. Here are some links about the fire, and about the new library:

In December a student in the CIU Communications Department did this video interview about the library fire for a class project:


For those who have not seen the news clip of the grand re-opening:


— Contributed by Marna Hostetler

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New Digital Collections

Music Library’s Hemrich Nathan Salley Family Sheet Music

Image from sheet music cover, from the Hemrich Nathan Salley Family Sheet Music Collection


Donated in 2010 by Hemrick Nathan Salley Jr., the Salley Family Sheet Music includes music from the 19th and 20th centuries. These two bound volumes from the collection each have a distinct focus: one on popular piano music from the mid-1800s, and the other on popular songs for piano and voice from 1899 to 1902 with an emphasis on blackface minstrelsy.

Thanks to Ashley Knox, Nick Homenda and Kayla Burns for their hard work to make this collection available online.

South Caroliniana Library’s Charles Stuart Vedder Papers, 1848–1912


Rev. Charles Stuart Vedder (1826-1917)

The papers of the Rev. Charles Stuart Vedder (1826–1917) consist primarily of letters as well as diaries spanning a period of more than sixty years. Of particular historical interest are Vedder’s three diaries from 1861 to 1866, in which the Civil War is woven into Vedder’s discussions of social life and religion. This collection will continue to grow as more of Vedder’s papers are digitized and cataloged and all the diaries will be linked from the South Carolina and the Civil War Website.

Thanks to Matthew Sheppard’s hard work in making this collection available online.

— Contributed by Kate Boyd

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New interface for H.W. Wilson databases

We’ve moved nearly all of the H.W. Wilson databases over to the EBSCO interface. From Electronic Resources you’ll now be taken to EBSCO for:

  • Art Full Text and Art Retrospective, 1929 – 1984
  • Biography Index Retrospective
  • Book Review Digest Retro, 1905 – 1982
  • Education Full Text and Education Index Retrospective, 1929 – 1983
  • Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective, 1900-1984
  • Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Full Text and Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective 1908-1981
  • Library Literature & Information Science Full Text and  Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective
  • Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature and Readers’ Guide Retrospective, 1890 – 1982
  • Short Story Index and Short Story Index Retrospective

WilsonWeb will remain active until February 1, 2012. If you have links to the databases elsewhere, the WilsonWeb URLs will automatically redirect to EBSCOhost.

— Contributed by Marilee Birchfield

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“Scene” this week

What is that in the header photo at the top of the page?

It’s the revamped Film Viewing Room on Level 3 in TCL.

The Film Viewing Room is located in Room 319 in TCL.

The Educational Film Collection’s Film Viewing Room is now open after an extensive remodeling.

The new room has 12 viewing stations, each with a 19-inch Vizio monitor and DVD/VCR combination player.

“The viewing room is primarily used by students who need to watch a film that a faculty member has put on reserve for a class, but it’s open to anyone who wants to come in and watch a film,” said Amy Trepal, Educational Film Collection Manager.

The Educational Film Collection office, located in Room 317, does not have to be open for the viewing room to be available.

“The viewing room is locked, and keys are available at the Circulation Desk,” she said. “So whenever Circulation is open, the viewing room is open.”

For more information about the Educational Film Collection, including available titles, go to http://library.sc.edu/edfilms.

Please note: Header images change each week. If you are reading an archived issue of LINKS, the header image will be different from the one described here.

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At Hollings Library

“‘A Quieter and Less Eventful Life’: Ernest Hemingway on Writing and Other Pursuits” – Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Gallery, through February

“Public Figures/Private Lives: A Valentine’s Exhibit” — South Carolina Political Collections Gallery, through April 30

Music Library

“Music Author Recognition,” CDs, DVDs, music scores, books and journal articles produced by School of Music faculty during 2011, recognized during the Music Library’s Inaugural Music Author Recognition Day held in December — First Level, through January 27

At South Caroliniana Library

“worthy to be transmitted to future generations.” An Exhibition Celebrating the Reunification of Mary Boykin Chesnut’s Civil War Diary and Photograph Albums – Lumpkin Foyer, through January 28, 2012

Displays at Thomas Cooper Library

“2011 Year in Review” — Lobby, through January 31

“The 150th Anniversary of the Government Printing Office” – Government Information, Microforms and Newspapers, Level 5, through January 31, 2012

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