Sunday, October 26, 2008

Coming soon: National Gaming Day! (Nov 15)

Kimbel Library is celebrating the first annual National Gaming Day!
On Saturday, Nov 15 (11-5) we will have video game consoles and cartridges for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. We will also have a small selection of board games for your use in the library!
Do you have a favorite video game? Please let us know by leaving a comment here or on the Facebook event wall. We will do our best to get the most requested games.
If you already own a game, but would like to play it on a larger screen, please bring it with you! You're also welcome to bring your own board games and meet up with your friends to play.
Snacks and drinks from Aramark will also be available!
Thank you to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership for the funding for this day of fun! Stay tuned here and at our Facebook event for more information!
See you on November 15!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Save your money, visit the library!

Are you feeling a bit more thrifty than usual lately? These days many of us are being more selective in where our money is spent. So, what do you do when the weekend arrives, and you need a bit of entertainment?

Don't forget the library! We have a wonderful collection of DVD's music CDs, and even books! The DVD collection is on the second floor of the library. Stop by and just browse the collection. We have a variety of popular movies, including many of the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Films. You also may want to look at the Media Collection's home page for other types of videos and items.

Don't forget the value of a good book! Use our catalog to look for your favorite author. If we don't have it here, don't give up! Just click on the PASCAL Delivers icon to check for books in other SC academic libraries, and we can have them delivered here for you!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Writing about Literature? Try Literature Resources from Gale

If you are working on a paper for an English class, you might be interested in Kimbel Library's newest literature database, Literature Resources from Gale. This database allows you to search several different literature databases published by Gale simultaneously. These databases include Literature Resource Center, the Scribner Writer Series, and LitFinder. Literature Resource Center contains full-text literary criticism and author biographies from both books and journals. The Scribner Writer Series contains full-text author biographies from American Writers, British Writers, and other encyclopedias published by Scribner. LitFinder is a bit different: it provides full-text access to "more than 135,000 full-text poems, stories, plays and more". So if you are looking for literary criticism, biographical information about authors, or a copy of a short story or poem by your favorite writer, Literature Resources from Gale might be a great place to start.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

PASCAL Delivers system down on Friday evening

The PASCAL Delivers request system will be unavailable on Friday, October 17 from 5:00 pm until approximately Midnight. They are upgrading their software, but expect to be back in operation on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Group Study and Presentation Rooms

Are you looking for some peace and quiet to study for your classes or work on your class projects? The library has both Group Study and Presentation Rooms available for student use. These are available on the second floor, along the right and the back walls. Simply choose the room that works best for your needs and let yourself in!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Global Information at your Fingertips!

Are you working on a project where you need to learn facts about a particular country? Are you just interested in learning some facts, statistics, trivia, etc. about other nations other than or in addition to the United States?

Kimbel Library has a variety of databases that are excellent resources for this type of information. These are available on our list of indexes and online resources, or you can click below to check them out!

COUNTRY WATCH - Under "Country Reviews", you can find demographic, political, economic, business, cultural and environmental information for all countries. The "Country Wire" gives the latest news headlines related to a selected country. "Country Data" provides a variety of data including health, education, environmental, industry, etc. for countries. It allows you to export the selected data directly to an Excel spreadsheet or Word Document. "CountryWatch Maps" allows you to generate political or statistical maps. These are only a few of the options available, so take the time to browse this database for some valuable information!

CQ GLOBAL RESEARCHER - This database provides a variety of reports on world issues. It is searchable by keyword, but also can be browsed by topics, dates, issues, or countries. If you have a particular topic or country that you are interested in, you can set up an account with email alerts that will let you know when new information is available.

CQ POLITICAL REFERENCE SUITE'S POLITICAL HANDBOOK OF THE WORLD - This database provides political information about each country, including information about the legislature, cabinet, and various "quick facts".

GLOBAL ROAD WARRIOR - This database also provides a variety of facts about each country. Some topic areas include climate, society & culture, travel essentials, health & medical, business services. The database also provides various resources to assist with communication in international travel. These resource include assistance with mobile phones, electricity, and Internet access.

Enjoy these databases, and remember to check with a Librarian if you have a particular interest and would like assistance finding your best resources.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Voter registration deadline is tomorrow!! ACT NOW!

Election day is November 4, 2008 and is slated to be one of the most important in our country's history. Are you registered to vote yet?

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 4, 2008. (That's tomorrow!)

Don't panic, but act quickly and decisively!

To register by mail:
Visit and click on the "Voter Registration & Elections Office" under the General Information headline. Then click on "Online Application to Vote by Mail," located in blue on the right side of the screen (will open a PDF document).

Or, directly access the Registration Application by visiting (will open PDF doc):

Next, fill out the form, put it in an envelope (include a stamp, silly!!) and then mail it to:

Voters Registration & Election
103 Elm Street
Conway, SC 29526

NOTE: You must submit it to the post office before the last pick-up time (varies by location) on Saturday, Oct. 4. If you drop your form off later than that, it will be invalid. Contact your local post-office for more information on pick-up times and hours of operation.

To register in person:
Visit any library, Chamber of Commerce, Department of Motor Vehicle office, DSS, Mental Health, health department, or the local Voter Registration & Election Office (103 Elm Street Conway, SC 29526).

NOTE: You may need to provide proof of local address, such as utility bill. Also, you may need to provide your own stamp and envelope, depending on where you visit.

What are you waiting for? Hurry up and go register!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Printing in the library

All computers on the second floor now print to the computer lab.

All computers on the first floor and all laptops print to the circulation desk.