Mar 092012

Newsletter of the University Libraries
March 9, 2012

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— Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 p.m., Politics on Film Festival, Can Mr. Smith Get To Washington Anymore? (2006), hosted by South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC), Hollings Library, Program Room. (See item below for more information.)

— Wednesday, March 14, 9 – 10 a.m., Dean’s Spring Briefing, TCL, Faculty/Staff Lounge, Mezzanine

— Wednesday, March 14, 11 a.m., BLAST, exercise workshop, TCL, Room 204. (See item below for more information.)

— Thursday, March 15, 9 – 10 a.m., Dean’s Spring Briefing, TCL, Faculty/Staff Lounge, Mezzanine

— Thursday, March 15, Curator’s Choice Lecture Series, noon, Graniteville Room, Thomas Cooper Library. Speaker will be Saddler Taylor, Chief Curator of Folklife and Fieldwork, and author of “Enjoyin’ the Shade: A South Carolina BBQ Primer,” who will discuss his recent fieldwork, the research and documentation from which will be included in an upcoming book.

— Thursday, March 15, 2 – 3 p.m., Mary Boykin Chesnut Symposium, Hollings Library, Program Room

— Thursday, March 15, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Dean’s Spring Briefing, TCL, Faculty/Staff Lounge, Mezzanine. Please note time change for this session.

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Personnel News

Cherrie Brown is transferring from TCL, Administrative Office, to accept an Administrative Assistant position in Moving Image Research Collections. She will begin her new duties effective March 16. She can be reached at 7-6841 and

Jessica Harvey has accepted a librarian position as Music Cataloger in the Music Library effective March 16. Her contact information remains the same at 7-4084 and

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South Caroliniana Library receives applause

On Wednesday, February 22, Andrea L’Hommedieu and Brian Cuthrell of South Caroliniana Library spoke to Kara D. Brown’s Department of Educational Studies class (EDFN 749). On February 28, Dr. Brown wrote: “Many thanks for last week’s engaging and informative session on South Caroliniana resources. Wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the humor and thought that went into your talk with my class. Much appreciated! Once we resumed class in Wardlaw. . .the students were bubbling with awe and excitement (really!) at the Caroliniana building and the intriguing collections. My Foundations’ graduate students were thrilled by the inspirational space and reams (boxes) of possibility around them at the library. . .Your guidance on ways to dig and discover potential sources at the Caroliniana will undoubtedly serve them well for this final project and future research endeavors. . .I am indeed a “satisfied customer” not only of the Caroliniana, but also of the TCL. . .Thanks again for the skilled outreach!”

— Contributed by Brian Cuthrell

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Last film in SCPC lineup is March 13

SCPC’s Politics on Film Festival wraps up its 2011-2012 season at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, with a free screening of Can Mr. Smith Get To Washington Anymore? (2006), in the Hollings Library, Program Room.

Film synopsis: “When 29-year-old Jeff Smith decides to run for the congressional seat of the retiring Democratic party leader Richard Gephardt, his family and friends think he’s crazy. With no political experience, no name recognition, and no money, how can he possibly hope to defeat Russ Carnahan, the wealthy son of a Missouri political dynasty and the favorite of the political establishment and media?”

Free pizza and drinks will be provided, and there will be a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card. A discussion of the film will follow the screening.

— Contributed by Dorothy Walker

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BLAST is set for March 14

Are you sorry you missed the BLAST resistance band session? A repeat session will take place Wednesday, March 14 in Thomas Cooper Library, Room 204 from 11 a.m. to noon.

If you plan to attend, please email Marilee Birchfield She will advise Tina Devlin, Campus Wellness, on how many bands to bring to the session.

— Contributed by Marilee Birchfield

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Next National Issues Forum is March 20

The third and final National Issues Forum (NIF) will take place on Tuesday, March 20 in the Hollings Library, Program Room. Discussion of the topic, which is “Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis,” begins at 6:30 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be provided for event participants.

This event is sponsored by SCPC in participation with the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress and the Kettering Foundation.

For more information, or if you’d like to attend, contact Kate Moore, SCPC, at 7-0578 or

— Contributed by Dorothy Walker

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SCDNP to be topic of webinar on March 30

The South Carolina State Library is hosting a free webinar on “The Power of Digitization: The South Carolina Digital Newspaper Project.” This webinar will be geared toward library staff but is open to anyone who would like to attend. It will take place on Friday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST. For more information, or to register for the event, visit the SCDNP Blog at

— Contributed by Santi Thompson

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Runs fast and knows how to use library resources: Otis Harris won a gold and a silver medal in the Athens Olympics in 2004. He was named to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.

Who is using chat reference?

Olympic athletes are!

“Just helped someone on chat. I noticed the email address was irunfast…@…..

After helping him I just had to ask how far and fast he ran.

Guess what he said?

‘I competed in the 2004 Olympics in the 400 meters. My personal best is 44.16 at that distance.’

As it turns out, his name is Otis Harris, and he came in second.’s_400_metres#Heat_1

— Contributed by Marilee Birchfield

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I’ve been meaning to read that…

Library employees, do you have stacks of books sitting next to your bed or armchair? Do you have titles of books on scraps of paper stuffed in your pocket? Do you have books you’ve gotten as presents and haven’t read? We’d like to know about these and all the other books on your list of “books I’ve been meaning to read.” Think of it as a twist on recommendations for reading. These titles will be used in a display for either April or May. Please send your titles to me at by Friday, March 23. Thanks in advance for your participation.

— Contributed by Jane Olsgaard

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Conferences, annual meetings, symposia and more

March 7 – 9: Fritz Hamer, South Caroliniana Library, S.C Federation of Museums Annual Meeting, Georgetown, SC

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From the blogosphere…

Katharine Klein

SCPC’s “A Capital Blog” contains a recent entry by graduate student Katharine Klein, who curated “A Woman’s Work is Never Done: Women in Government and Politics.” She explains how and why she chose nine of South Carolina’s women to include in the exhibit.


Klein is an Illinois native who will finish a master’s degree in public history in May. She is currently working on the metadata for SCPC’s online exhibits.


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“Scene” this week

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

It’s the Government Information, Microforms and Newspapers area in TCL, undergoing a bit of a renovation.

The new seating area in Government Information on Level 5 will be complete by the time classes resume on Monday. Stop by to take a look at the new space.

Taking advantage of the opportunity that Spring Break presents — few students in the library — several areas are making some changes.

In Government Information, the number of seats available for study is growing this week from 66 to 90, as stacks are dismantled and tables and chairs are moved in.

When he joined the Libraries in 1999, recalled Bill Sudduth, Head of Government Information, there were 20 seats in that area.

Other renovations to TCL this week include more tables and chairs, as well as additional electrical outlets, on several levels.

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

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

“John Bolt Culbertson: ‘The South’s Bravest White Man’” — South Carolina Political Collections Gallery, through May 31

Caught in the Act: Footage from the Careers of SCPC Donors, a 32-minute video that plays on a loop — South Carolina Political Collections Gallery Mini-Theatre

At Music Library

“Music in 1812,” items are from the Music Library’s Special and Circulating Collections and relate directly to the year 1812. Items include a work composed in 1812 and musical materials representing important people who were born and died that year. Through June

“Music in 1912,” items are from the Music Library’s Special Collections. In 1912, music was becoming more and more abstract, loosening itself from the bonds of conventional harmony and structure with new works premiered by Berg, Debussy, Ravel, and Strauss. Popular music from Tin Pan Alley saw ever-increasing sales of sheet music and gramophone records (that would soon make phonograph cylinders obsolete). Through June

From "A Constellation of Stars" now in TCL: Maria Mitchell (1818- 1889), astronomer. In 1847, she discovered a comet using her telescope for which she was awarded a prize from King Frederick VII of Denmark. She was employed as a teaching assistant, later as the first librarian of the Nantucket (Massachusetts) Athenaeum, and finally as a professor of astronomy at Vassar College and Director of the Vassar College Observatory. She was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

At South Caroliniana Library

“African American Collections: A Growing Resource at the South Caroliniana Library” — Lumpkin Foyer, through March 17

“Women’s History Month,” Government Information, Microforms and Newspapers — Level 5, through March 31

“A Woman’s Work is Never Done, Women in Government and Politics,” presented by South Carolina Political Collections — East Gallery, Main Level

“A Constellation of Stars: Women Astronomers: Works by Women Astronomers” and “Women of Art and Science: Works by Women Naturalists,” presented by the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections — West Gallery, Main Level

“Ruth Crawford Seeger: an Ethnomusicologist and a Pioneer,” presented by the Music Library — West Gallery, Main Level

“Women’s History Month,” a selection of books available in TCL about women — West Gallery, Main Level

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