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December 2017

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All events and exhibits are free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, December 7, 3 p.m., Holiday Coffee, with USC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides, who will talk about her new book. Hollings Library, Program Room
  • Thursday, December 14, Horseshoe History Tour, with University Archivist Elizabeth West. Meet at South Caroliniana Library at noon.
  • The Libraries will maintain a 24/7 schedule through December 15, changing to a modified holiday schedule beginning December 16. See the entire schedule here.
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Due to its growing popularity, this year’s   Christmas on the Potomac” holiday card exhibit is bigger (five display cases) and better (ornaments!).

This gorgeous card — sent in 1998 to Sen. Fritz Hollings by the Ambassador of Japan — is from a woodblock print that features a detail of the Washington Monument, created in Japan in 1935 by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). The original is held by the Smithsonian Institution.

The South Carolina Political Collections exhibit is on display in the Main Lobby of Thomas Cooper Library now through January 4.

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November 2017

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  • Thursday, November 9, noon, Horseshoe History Tour with Archivist Elizabeth Cassidy
    Author and journalist Kathleen Parker is this year’s Ex Libris Society dinner speaker.

    West, meet at South Caroliniana Library

  • Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m., Fall Literary Festival 2017 welcomes novelist and short story writer Lydia Millet. Hollings Library. Free and open to the public.

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  • Faculty and Graduate Students: The last chance this semester to attend the Data Management Planning and DMPTool workshop is 1 p.m., Monday, November 13.
  • Faculty, Staff, and Students: A full-service Starbucks is coming to Thomas Cooper Library. Get the buzz here.
  • All Students: “Up Close and Personal with the Parker Quartet,” an open rehearsal and discussion of rehearsal techniques, score study, and preparing a part for rehearsal. Friday, November 10, 3 – 4 p.m., in the Music Library, second floor, School of Music. Free. Please RSVP here.
  • The Libraries will be closed November 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving break. See the entire November schedule here.

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Catch “Weird Science: A History of Human Knowledge” before it closes December 20. This major exhibit traces the history of science with an emphasis on the odd, the unique, and the wonderful.

From the exhibit: “A Drop of London Water,” as imagined through the lens of a satirist’s microscope. The illustration appeared in Punch, or the London Charivari (1850)a British magazine of humor and satire that ran from 1841 to 2002.

“The accompanying article, titled ‘The Wonders of a London Water Drop,’ is making fun of both the poor sanitary conditions of London and of the general social malaise of the city,” said Michael Weisenburg, Reference and Instruction Librarian in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and a curator of the exhibit. “The water is full of pestilence and monstrous creatures, some of which resemble aldermen and magistrates.”

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October 2017

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Award-winning poet and Columbia native Terrance Hayes is the first author in this year’s Fall Literary Festival lineup.
  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. –          2 p.m.,  Open Gallery at Hollings Library, a special Parents Weekend event with numerous exhibits and two gallery talks
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10, 3 p.m., “How to Publish and Record,” a panel discussion with USC School of Music faculty, Music Library
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, noon, Horseshoe History Tour with University Archivist Elizabeth Cassidy West, meet at South Caroliniana Library
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m., Workshop, “Data Management Planning and DMPTool,” Thomas Cooper Library, Multimedia Classroom 304, Level 3
  • Oct. 26, Oct. 31, and Nov. 9, Fall Literary Festival 2017

October exhibits

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Faculty and students:  The Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Team is sponsoring free events to mark National Open Access Week, including a faculty panel discussion about the tangible benefits and potential pitfalls of making research openly available online. Find out more.

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As part of its continuing effort to bring art into the library, the Music Library is featuring the work of Dave Robbins, a Columbia artist and USC horticulturalist. See his chalkboard mural and numerous acrylic paintings in the Music Library, on the second floor of the School of Music, through the end of the semester.

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September 2017

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Quarterback throwback: 60 years ago, football enthusiasts were reading this issue of Stanley Woodward’s Football magazine. From the John G. Daye Collection of Football History
  • Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.,  Open Gallery at Hollings Library with many exhibits, including “Fritz Hollings and the Exploration of Space” and “Weird Science: A History of Human Knowledge.” At noon, alumnus John Daye talks about his historical football collection, also on display.
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, noon, Horseshoe History Tour with University Archivist Elizabeth West, meet at South Caroliniana Library
  • Friday, Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m., “The Digital Piranesi: Architectural History and New Media,” an illustrated discussion with visiting researchers. Hollings Library, Program Room

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  • Faculty and students: Fall workshops are free and offered throughout the semester.
  • Students: Vote for your favorite film and we’ll add the top 25 vote-getters to our streaming collection.
  • Faculty and researchers: The Martha Monteith Collection has been digitized. Monteith was the first trained speech therapist employed by the state public school system. Her papers are housed in South Carolina Political Collections and were brought online by Digital Collections.

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USC is one of only a handful of institutions to own a complete set of the Opere of Giovanni Piranesi, an 18th-century Italian engraver who illustrated Roman ruins, elaborate maps, and imaginary prisons.

As part of an ASPIRE II grant-funded project, three visiting scholars will talk about the possibilities offered by a digital version of Piranesi’s works. Many of his 29 elephant-folio volumes will be displayed. The public event begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 in Hollings Library.

“People frequently say that Piranesi’s works seem to predict features of the web – hyperlinks, pop-up windows – so there should be quite a lot for us to explore. And they’re stunningly gorgeous, too,” said Principal Investigator Jeanne Britton, Curator in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of English Language and Literature. “Having so many of the volumes displayed at once will be pretty special in itself.”

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August 2017

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  • Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m., Sneak Peak Tour of “Total Solar Eclipse: Highlights from the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy” and “Weird Science: A History of Human Knowledge,” co-sponsored by the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology & Society, and the University Libraries, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Led by exhibit curator Michael Weisenburg. Hollings Library
  • Saturday, Aug. 19, 1 – 4 p.m., Open Gallery at Hollings Library includes eclipse- and NASA-related displays. Gallery tour at 2 p.m. with Michael Weisenburg.
  • Monday, Aug. 21, Eclipse Excitement. Join us in Thomas Cooper Library for a day of fun. There will be donuts and coffee in the morning, a ton of exhibits to tour, and then pizza and Moon Pies before the big event. Several university departments will set up viewing stations by the fountain.
  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m., “New Politics in the Old South: Ernest F. Hollings in the Civil Rights Era” with Author and Historian David Ballantyne. Ballantyne used South Carolina Political Collections materials extensively while researching and writing this book. A reception and book signing will follow his presentation. To attend, please RSVP by Sept. 4 to 7-5136 or libdev@mailbox.sc.edu.
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  • Fall Hours: Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, Thomas Cooper Library returns to a 24/7 schedule for anyone with a valid Carolina Card. Find hours for all the University Libraries here.
  • Faculty and Students: You have access to new electronic resources.
  • Faculty and Graduate Students: Fall workshops are free and offered throughout the semester.
  • Faculty, Students, Scholars: The South Caroliniana Library on the historic Horseshoe has closed for renovations and there’s a new way to access its collections. The process is not difficult, just different.

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As campus begins to hum with the energy generated by thousands of students, you can still sneak in one more drowsy-warm moment of summer.

“Boat Scene in Cypress Gardens, Charleston SC” is a 1935 postcard created by Tichnor Brothers Inc., a Boston publisher. The card is part of the South Carolina Postcard Collection, which currently includes more than 1,100 cards from around the state. The originals are part of the South Caroliniana Library’s collection, and they are being brought online and made fully searchable by University Libraries’ Digital Collections.

So go ahead. Push your canoe away from the dock, trail your fingers in the water, and envision a new academic year full of smooth sailing.

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May 2017

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  • Summer Hours for all University Libraries
  • Friday, May 5, Submission deadline for the SCoer! Faculty Award
  • On Monday, May 22, to prepare for renovations, South Caroliniana Library will temporarily relocate its user services to Thomas Cooper Library.
  • For faculty: Thomas Cooper Library offers Reserve materials electronically. We partner with University Technology Services using the Content Collection module in Blackboard so that you can access your reserve information in the Content Collection and easily move it into your course in Blackboard. We are happy to scan library materials or find links to resources for you, as well as address copyright concerns connected to posting these materials. To provide this service, we need a list of the reading assignments and the dates of the assignments. You can send in your Reserves requests for Fall at any time, but the sooner the better.

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University Libraries has recently acquired the papers of Ron Rash, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning novelist, short story writer and poet. Beautifully rendered posters that pair Rash’s nature poetry and prose with reproductions of 19th-century nature prints now fill the windows of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Gallery. The posters are part of “More Than a Southern Author: Influences and Impact in the Works of Ron Rash,” the newest exhibit in Hollings Library.

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March/April 2017

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Our events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

  • Tuesday, March 28, “Learn More for Less with Free Open Educational Resources,” a panel discussion for faculty and students. Part of Open Education Week. 3 – 4 p.m., TCL, Scholars Corner
  • Wednesday, March 29,  Open Education Resources Table. Part of Open Education Week. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., TCL, Patio
  • Thursday, March 30, “Free Textbooks: Open Education Resources Workshop,” for faculty and graduate students. Part of Open Education Week. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., TCL, Room 412
  • Monday, April 3,  “The Lindesfarne Gospels: Bringing the ‘Good News’ from East to West,” a public lecture by Dr. Michelle Brown, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. 4:30 p.m., Hollings Library Program Room. Reservations are recommended by Wednesday, March 29 by contacting us at 7-8240 or zmhilton@mailbox.sc.edu.
  • Thursday, April 20, Horseshoe History Tour, noon, meet at South Caroliniana Library
  • Saturday, April 22, South Caroliniana Society Annual Luncheon with speaker A. Scott Berg, Woodrow Wilson biographer. Ticketed event. For information, contact Todd Hoppock at 7-3131 or hoppockt@mailbox.sc.edu.
  • Thursday, April 27, Thomas Cooper Society Annual Dinner with guest Ron Rash, South Carolina-born poet, short story writer and novelist. Ticketed event. For information, contact 7-8240 or zmhilton@mailbox.sc.edu.
  • Saturday, April 29, Open Gallery, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hollings Library
  • Monday, May 22, South Caroliniana Library temporarily relocates its user services to Thomas Cooper Library to prepare for renovations.

 See our March/April exhibits.

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Faculty: Collection Development Liaisons are librarians whose chief responsibility is sharing information about our resources and services.

Students: The time for final papers and projects is approaching. Libguides can help generate research paper topics and offer tips on finding great resources. For even more resources, check out our new digital collections (scroll to bottom of page), Moving Image Research Collections and the Office of Oral History.

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January/February 2017

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These events are free and open to the public.

  • Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Open Gallery, with screening of The Case of Magnolia Dew, a film short at 11 a.m., followed by discussion with director George Mirabal, Hollings Library
  • Tuesday, January 31, 1:15 p.m., Leadership Starts Here Research Panel, featuring recipients of the 2017 Breakthrough Graduate Scholars Award as part of the Provost’s Leadership Week. Scholars Corner, Thomas Cooper Library, Main Level (Leadership in Research flyer)
  • Thursday, February 2, 11:40 a.m., Leadership Starts Here Research Panel, Scholars Corner, Thomas Cooper Library, Main Level
  • Thursday, February 9, noon, Historic Horseshoe Tour with University Archivist Elizabeth West, begins at South Caroliniana Library, Horseshoe
  • Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open Gallery, Hollings Library
  • Thursday, February 23, 5:30 p.m., Donald S. Russell Lecture with The Honorable David Horton Wilkins, South Carolina Political Collections, Hollings Library, Program Room
  •  Friday, February 24, 4 – 6 p.m., Continuing the Legacy of Civil Rights Activism with Honored Guest Bishop John Hurst Adams, sponsored by the Center for Civil Rights History and Research, Capstone Conference Center

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  • Scholars Corner: A newly-created space with soft seating for study and a special venue for research-related talks and other events. Main Level, Thomas Cooper Library
  • Faculty and Graduate students: Free spring workshops include “Open Educational Resources” and “Copyright in the Classroom.”
  • Undergraduate students: New this semester — wireless printing, increased seating, new furniture and more.

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The continuing partnership between the Trenholm Artists Guild and the Music Library brings new art by surrealist painter Christopher Lane to the library’s walls and massive chalkboard. Religion, politics and human conflict are all important themes in Lane’s work, and he has long been inspired by artists Salvador Dali and Hieronymus Bosch. Shown here is Tara, one of Lane’s framed works on display at the Music Library through the end of the spring semester.

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December 2016

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All of our December events are free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m., Holiday Coffee, light refreshments, good cheer, and “Holiday Jazz: Musicians Born in Columbia in the Nineteenth Century,” a talk with music by USC’s Dr. Benjamin Franklin V. In the Hollings Library
  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 12:30 – 2 p.m., Holiday Book Signing, meet USC Press guest authors during this drop-in event. Books will be available for purchase. In the Hollings Library
  • Friday, December 16, 1 p.m., Horseshoe History Tour with University Archivist Elizabeth Cassidy West. Meet at South Caroliniana Library.blog_lobel_poster
  • On display:  “The Colorful Life of Anita Lobel: Highlights from the Anita Lobel Collection,” Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Gallery, Hollings Library, until mid-March. Are you interested in a guided tour of this large exhibit? Do you know a faculty member or teacher in the community who would like to arrange a class visit? Contact archivist Jessica Crouch at JDCROUCH@mailbox.sc.edu or 7-6356.

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  • Winter break hours: Thomas Cooper Library (TCL) will operate on a modified schedule for the rest of the semester and will be closed Dec. 23 – Jan. 2.
  • Graduate students: The Graduate Study Room is a quiet space available for your use on Level 5, TCL. Swipe  your Carolina Card to enter.
  • Undergraduate students: It’s all here in TCL. Floors devoted to quiet study (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Tech Lounge (Level 5). Copiers (Main and Tech Lounge). Snacks and coffee (Cooper’s Corner, Main). Vending machines for snacks and sodas (Main and Level 5). Check the December issue of INSIDER for exam week tips.

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After a tumultuous election year, it’s comforting to see pretty (and funny, and clever, and kind) greeting cards lawmakers send and receive during the holidays. South Carolina Political Collections‘ “Christmas on the Potomac” showcases about blog_pew_group_card50 such cards and, this year, includes a case devoted to cards showing animals. Here’s one, sent to Congressman Joe Wilson in 2011 from the Federal Fisheries Policy, Pew Environment Group.

See the entire exhibit in the lobby of Thomas Cooper Library until Jan. 5.

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November 2016

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Great things are happening in the University Libraries!

Please share this information with your faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

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For a listing of all of our November events and current exhibits, visit here.

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  • Thanksgiving holiday hours: Thomas Cooper Library will operate on a modified schedule November 22 – 27.
  • Faculty: Thomas Cooper Library offers Reserve materials electronically. We partner with University Technology Services using the Content Collection module in Blackboard so that you can access your reserve information in the Content Collection and easily move it into your course in Blackboard. We are happy to scan library materials or find links to resources for you, as well as address copyright concerns connected to posting these materials. To provide this service, we need a list of the reading assignments and the dates of the assignments. You can send in your Reserves requests for the Spring at any time, but the sooner the better.

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Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Anita Lobel has given her collection to the University Libraries. A large exhibit of items from her collection one-lighthouse-one-moonwill be on display November 7 through mid-March in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Gallery, Hollings Library.

Lobel will be the featured speaker at the annual Ex Libris Society Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 17.

For information about attending this ticketed event, please contact the Libraries Development Office at 6-6016 or libdev@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

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