Mar 152012

Newsletter of the University Libraries
March 16, 2012

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— Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m., National Issues Forum, “Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis,” Hollings Library, Program Room. Sponsored by South Carolina Political Collections in participation with the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress and the Kettering Foundation.

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MoneyPlus Reminder

All employees who have money remaining in their 2011 medical or dependent care spending account must file claims for reimbursement by March 31. Failure to submit claims by March 31 will result in forfeiture of funds.

Qualified expenses incurred from January 1, 2011 through March 15, 2012 may be applied toward the 2011 funds in a medical spending account or limited-use medical spending account.

Claim forms are available from Ann Dorr or online at If you have questions, please contact Ann at 7-2803 or

— Contributed by Ann Dorr

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Open Book author series takes place at Hollings Library

The Open Book, a public course, community read and literary series all in one, is being held in the Hollings Library Program Room through April 11. These events are sponsored by the USC College of Arts and Sciences. For a list of visiting authors and their upcoming speaking dates, go to

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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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SCL seeks beneficent bookend bonanza

Published Materials at South Caroliniana Library badly needs some 9-inch metal bookends. If your area has some to spare, please contact Harold Newfield at 7-3132.

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Educational Films unveils new Film Browsing Collection

I am excited to announce the creation of the Film Browsing Collection. This will be located in front of the elevators on the Main Level of TCL and will consist of feature films. The DVDs will be held by the Circulation Department and can be checked out from there at any time. If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact me at

— Contributed by Amy Trepal

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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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From left: Craig Keeney, SCL, and Virginia Pierce, Kate Boyd and Santi Thompson, Digital Collections.

Newspaper project goes on the road

Kate Boyd, Virginia Pierce, and Santi Thompson spoke at the monthly Edgefield Historical Genealogy Society meeting on Sunday, March 11 about the South Carolina Newspaper Project.

Ashley Knox and Virginia Pierce visited Kelly Mill Middle School in Blythewood on Thursday, March 15. They spoke to three eighth-grade history classes. They demonstrated Chronicling America and taught the students how to explore Progressive Era topics (1900-1920s) using digitized historical South  Carolina newspapers from the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program.

Virginia and Santi will be in Folly Beach on Saturday, March 17 speaking at the South Carolina Press Association’s Annual Conference on the South Carolina Newspaper Project.

Craig Keeney, as principal investigator, Santi and Virginia were awarded $1,000 by the South Carolina Humanities Council to assist in publicizing the newspaper project. Thanks to Christine Nicol-Morris, Events Coordinator, for all of her help, as well. As a result, a poster and postcards will be created.

Kate is presenting the South Carolina Newspaper Project to the South Caroliniana Library Executive Committee on Tuesday, March 20.

— Contributed by Kate Boyd

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‘How to Protect Copyright is Key Topic at Publishers’ Meeting’

The Chronicle of Higher Education took a look at some of the issues discussed at the Association of American Publishers’ annual meeting this week, including the latest on copyright protection. Read more at

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“Scene” this week

At left, “The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi,” by Byron D. Stokes and F. Dudleigh Vernor, New York: Melrose, 1912. At right, “Everybody Two-Step,” by Wallie Herner and Earl C. Jones, New York: Jerome H. Remick, 1912.

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

It’s Tin Pan Alley sheet music, part of “Music in 1912,” now on display in the Music Library.

“The items in this exhibition come from the Music Library’s Special Collections,” said Nick Homenda, Music Library. “They relate directly to the year 1912.”

“In 1912 the Titanic sunk, Amundsen successfully reached the South Pole, the first parachutist leapt from a moving airplane, and the First Balkan War set the stage for the Great War in 1914. 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).”

“Many musical luminaries were born in 1912: composers Conlon Nancarrow and Jean Francaix; conductors Kurt Sanderling and Georg Solti, and performers Les Brown, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Virgil Fox, Perry Como, Woody Guthrie and Gene Kelly.”

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 from the Music Library’s Special and Circulating Collections — Second floor, through June

“Music in 1912,” items from the Music Library’s Special Collections — Second floor, through June

At South Caroliniana Library

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

Displays at Thomas Cooper Library

“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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