Monday, December 13, 2010

Kimbel Library Winter Break Hours

Congratulations to all of our students for making it through another semester! The following are the library's hours for winter break:

December 13th - 16th 7:30 am - 7:00 pm

Friday, December 17th 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

December 18th - January 2nd Closed

Have a great Break!
Image from flickr - AMagill

De-Stress Fest at Kimbel Library

Kimbel Library would like to thank Miller Motte Technical College for participating in this year's Kimbel Library De-Stress Fest. On the Monday of finals week, six massage therapy students from Miller Motte gave 15 minute massages to some very stressed out students. Massages were given in our dimmed instruction room complete with candles and aroma therapy. In addition to the massages, Kimbel Library provided students with free snacks,puzzles, and the materials to make their very own squeeze balls for stress relief. Check out our pictures.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Free Massages & More at the Kimbel Library De-Stress Fest

Feeling the stress of Finals? Kimbel Library is here to help.

Who: All Coastal Carolina University students
What: 10 minute massages (first come, first served)
When: Monday, December 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Kimbel Library Room 110

*Massages are provided by Miller Motte Technical College massage therapy students and are FREE OF CHARGE.*

Also, join us next week for the Kimbel Library De-Stress Fest: Sunday through Wednesday 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Give your brain a quick rest and enjoy free snacks while you complete puzzles, play games, and create your very own stress-relieving squeeze ball.

Good Luck on your Finals!
image from FLICKR

Friday, November 19, 2010

Kimbel Library's Holiday Hours

Due to unanticipated maintenance issues, Kimbel Library will be open 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 23.
Our holiday hours are as follows:

Sunday 11/21 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Monday 11/22 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11/23 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11/24 7:30 a.m. - noon
Closed Thursday - Saturday
Library reopens at 1:00 p.m. Sunday 11/28 and will remain open 24/7 until 5:00 p.m. Friday 12/10.

Have a fantastic break!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Check Out Laptops at Cino Grille

Check out a laptop while you dine!

Laptops are now available at the CINO Grille Sunday through Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Please bring your CINO card to check out a laptop.

Image from: Creative Commons - DeclanTM

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LibX for Kimbel Library

For Firefox and Internet Explorer users: download Kimbel Library’s LibX plugin for quick and seamless access to library resources and information. LibX also provides convenient links to the library’s hours, events, research guides, and our Ask-A-Librarian chat reference service. LibX saves you time and puts the library's wealth of resources at your fingertips.

To install LibX or learn more, click here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Try JSTOR Mobile Beta

Do you have an iPhone, Blackberry, or other smartphone?  Is JSTOR your favorite library database ever?  Then you might want to be one of the first people to try the new beta version of JSTOR mobile.

Visit on your phone to start searching (you will need to login to the library with your CCU information first).

You can find helpful hints for JSTOR mobile here:

Happy searching!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

National Gaming Day on November 13th!

Kimbel Library at Coastal Carolina University will celebrate National Gaming Day from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. The event is open to University students, faculty and staff.

The library will hold a gaming tournament on Starcraft II, the science fiction online strategy game. Those interested in participating in the tournament are encouraged to bring their own laptops, and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place gamers.
In addition to the tournament, four large screens will be used for Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. There will also be board games, card games and puzzles.Participants are encouraged to bring their own games to play, or use games provided by the library. Free food and drinks will also be provided.

This event is intended to celebrate the popularity, educational and social value of video and board games. National Gaming Day was formed by the American Library Association to remind library users that there is more to libraries than just books. The event is an opportunity to learn more about Kimbel Library and to see why it has become a popular gathering place for students.

For more information, contact John Watts at 843-349-2650 or

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Test the Chair Samples

The library is currently considering a new style of chair for the Information Commons.  Sample chairs are available on the 1st floor of the library in the Current Periodicals area.  Please test out the chairs and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Library Open on Election Day

November 2nd is election day and all Coastal Carolina classes are cancelled. However, the library will remain open 24 hours. Come take advantage of our 24 hour operation on Tuesday and if you have questions about where you can vote on election day - ask a librarian. :)

image from: flickr user ightee

Monday, October 25, 2010

Flip Cams at the Library!

Did you know that Flip Video Cameras are available at the Kimbel Library for checkout? They are one of the simplest shoot and share video cameras available. Flip Cams are able to record at least 30-60 minutes of action, including nearby sound, depending on the model. Simple edits to videos are possible and still pictures can even be extracted from videos taken with Flip Cams.

A picture is worth a thousand words professors! Be more productive and efficient with a Flip Cam in the classroom. Science labs, foreign language exercises, personal introductions in a distance learning situation and documenting experiences are just a few classroom uses of a Flip Cam.

The TEAL Center will be offering a Flip Cam session to faculty and staff on November 10, from 1:30 to 2:30. Go to to sign up!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vending Machines Now Available in Kimbel Library!

A drink machine has been installed on the first floor of Kimbel Library and will be available for that necessary late night caffeine fix. A snack machine will also be available as early as next week; and a machine offering basic supplies such as pens, pencils, aspirin, highlighters, notecards etc... will be open in the coming weeks. We are very excited about these new additions to Kimbel Library. VEND AWAY!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy Chantoberfest!

Chontoberfest is Coastal's theme for homecoming this year. Each year, offices across campus compete in a decoration contest and this year, Kimbel Library is in it to win it! Check out our Chantoberfest display near the main entrance of the library. Go Chants!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Does the Library Have Textbooks?

Clever students will always pursue the answer to this question at some point during their attendance at Coastal Carolina University. Here is the answer: Yes and no.

Kimbel Library holds textbooks under certain conditions:
Some CCU Faculty members will choose to place the textbook for their course(s) on reserve at the library for their students to use. These textbooks are held in the "Course Reserve" area behind the KL Circulation Desk on the first floor. Course Reserves can be checked out for 3 hours at a time and can only be used in Kimbel Library.

Education majors who are specializing in primary or secondary education can find the textbooks their students will use in the "Media Textbook" area on the second floor.

Now for the "no" answer:
Kimbel Library doesn't have ALL textbooks for each course taken at CCU. The best way to find out if the library has a book that you need is to search our online catalog by the title of the book or search the author’s last name. If you find a book that isn’t on course reserve, it is probably going to be in the Main Stacks on the 2nd floor.

But before you get your hopes up, keep in mind that if we DO have textbooks that courses are using, they are usually difficult to find since the majority of CCU students also had your clever idea.

New Media Research Guides

Are you taking art or English; education or Spanish? If you are, then this blog’s for you. There are some new Research Guides in the library. The typical Guide is something you’re introduced to in library instruction. It fast tracks your research. These Guides are different. No databases or e-books. Instead, they introduce you to the library’s DVDs and young adult novels and children’s books and puppets (yes, puppets!). On the library’s home page, simple clicks of the mouse on the Research Guides’ “Subject” tab and then on the subject “Media Collection” get you to your destination.

So, if you’re taking English 102, the Literature DVDs Guide’s pages highlight the biographies of authors, as well as the novels, plays, poetry and short stories on DVD that are available for checkout. You’ll find everything from Oedipus the King to Hamlet to Death of a Salesman. And that’s just the drama! All DVDs are especially valuable to visual learners.

And speaking of visual learners…. With the Art DVDs Guide you’ll learn about artists , mediums, movements, periods and techniques. You’ll view the art of Dali and Lichtenstein, as well as the crafts of tattooing and quilting. The Guide also includes titles on long term loan from the National Gallery of Art, like The Art of Romare Bearden.

Are you taking Spanish? Do you need some extra credit? A source just might be found in one of the largest collections of Latin American and Spanish cinema in the Southeast. Watch Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in their first movie together, Jamon, Jamon. Discover the films of Luis Bunuel, one of the most celebrated avant-garde directors of the twentieth century. Find these and hundreds of more DVDs and videotapes ready of extra credit viewing listed in the Spanish Language DVDs Guide.

If you’re an educator in the making, not one, not two, but three guides are for you. The Education DVDs Guide offers “hot topics” titles about bullying and literacy stations and corridors of shame, as well as additional pages featuring Movies about Teachers for EDUC 111 students; Diversity for EDUC 215 students, and Movies about People with Disabilities for EDLD 370 students. Are you looking for a good book (for an eight-year-old, that is)? The Juvenile Book Lists Guide includes everything that’s sure to please from fairy tales to chapter books. Oh, and if you’re in the market for a puppet to help you tell the tale, check out the Puppets page in the Resources for Education Majors Guide. When it’s time for a practicum or internship, select your teacher’s edition of a K-12 textbook from our Horry County’s Adopted Textbooks Guide.

So,…classes are done for the day and you’re in the mood for a good read that’s not from a textbook. Check out the library’s award-winning young adult titles listed by subject in the YA & Children’s Lit Book Lists Guide. Curl up with a book by Laurie Halse Anderson or Neil Gaiman or Jon Krakauer or Stephenie Meyer.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Slavery & Anti-Slavery Archive Celebration

You are cordially invited to a Kimbel Library event celebrating the work of Charles Joyner and Vernon Burton. Both scholars were editors of Kimbel Library’s new Slavery & Anti- Slavery archive and will be at the library to speak about their work. The archive is an acclaimed four-part digital collection devoted to the scholarly study of slavery and a great contribution to this area of study. The library will also take this opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Charles Joyner’s masterpiece: Down by the Riverside. Join us on October 1st from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to celebrate great contributions to the Coastal Carolina University community. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

Extended Library Hours This Weekend!

In preparation for mid-terms, Kimbel Library is expanding hours for this weekend!

October 6 is the mid-point of the semester, so the library will remain open 24 hours per day from now until Friday, October 8, at 5:00 p.m. Come take advantage of the 24 hours operation this weekend!

Good luck on your mid-terms!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Banned Books Read-Out!

Catcher in the Rye… Of Mice and Men… Harry Potter. What’s your favorite book? Chances are good that someone has tried to ban it. In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, Kimbel Library will celebrate National Banned Books Week with a Banned Books Read-Out. On September 28th students and faculty members will gather in Edwards Recital Hall at 4:30 to read from some of the most commonly banned books in the United States. Attendees will also enjoy performances of banned music as well as a short video on censorship created by Kimbel Library.

Banned Books Week [Sept.25-Oct.2] is an annual celebration of our right to read without censorship. This year's observance commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society—the freedom to read freely—and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted.

Friday, September 10, 2010

New Women's Studies Books!

Kimbel Library recently added 48 new titles to our Women's Studies Collection. The collection was established in 2004 with an initial 135 volumes. The books include biographies, autobiographies and nonfiction works by women. It was initiated by educator Florida Yeldell in memory of her father, a rural mail carrier in Georgetown County, South Carolina. The collection now contains 222 books and will continue to grow.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

SafeAssign: A Helpful Teaching Technology

By: Sarah Briggs
The TEAL Center has definitely kicked off the semester with a bang! We have been offering some great NEW sessions, and attendance has been through the roof! Our most popular session by far has been the SafeAssign session, led by COHFA’s very own Ellen Arnold. TEAL teamed with Ellen to provide an informational session for faculty on the ins and outs of the popular product.

SafeAssign is a plagiarism detection/deterrent tool provided as part of our current version of Blackboard (which means it is free of cost for faculty to use!). SafeAssign allows instructors to review reports comparing student writings to online sources and the work of other students.

The session was 90 minutes long, and the house was packed. In the session, Ellen talked with faculty in attendance about the use of the SafeAssign tool, the ethics of it, and possible ways to present the use of the tool to students. Some in attendance agreed that the tool may be used best as a plagiarism deterrent, to teach students about plagiarism and to allow them to “check” their own work before submitting it for a grade. Others in the group thought the tool would work better as a plagiarism detector, to identify blatant and attempted plagiarism. All agreed that it is a good teaching and checking tool. Participants in the workshop were even able to submit their own plagiarized work to see how well it works- and it did!

The TEAL Center, and Ellen, will be offering a second SafeAssign workshop soon. Check out the TEAL Center’s training page for session details and to register!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Films on Demand

Films on Demand has just released 57 new titles, including films on sustainability in the Congo, Google World and theories on the origins of the Inuit.

Take a look at life in an earlier global warming period in Inuit Odyssey. With scenes shot in icy landscapes of the Artic Circle, the film tracks the Inuit from Siberia to Canada and finally to Greenland. Why did they migrate and how did their culture survive when others did not?

What is Films on Demand? Think Netflix, but with documentaries only, and it's free for Coastal Carolina students and faculty. Watch a segment or an entire film anywhere you can access the library website.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Kimbel Library Welcomes New and Returning Faculty and Students

Kimbel Library has been busy with many efforts to welcome new and returning students and faculty to campus as well as and to welcome back our returning faculty. The TEAL Center has been assisting the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning with new faculty orientation which includes a teaching workshop and administrative orientation on Thursday and Friday, August 12 and 13 for approximately 45 faculty members.

As Kimbel librarians and staff volunteered to help with Move-In day on Saturday, August 14, the TEAL Center hosted a Technology Move-In Day attended by 23 faculty members. New faculty had the opportunity to “move-in” to their Blackboard courses to get them prepared for the start of classes and to learn about FERPA (Federal Education Right to Privacy Act) and the academic calendar from the Registrar’s Office as well as Kimbel Library resources and campus technology resources.

Kimbel Library has been busy over the summer making changes to the building in anticipation the new semester and launching our new website to better assist students, faculty and staff with access to resources.

As part of Welcome Week, Kimbel Library is promoting our theme for the year, Choose Privacy. Faculty and students may have seen the traveling display called “Fix Your Face.” This campaign encourages students and faculty to think about privacy issues as it relates to Facebook and other social media.

Kimbel Library has many new and exciting this things going on this academic year from the beginning of construction of our new information commons, to Banned Books week and fun events during Family Weekend. Welcome back to campus and we wish everyone a successful start to the new year!

Jennifer Shinaberger

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Movin' and Shakin'

Major changes at Kimbel Library! This summer the library moved our bound journal collection and our reference collection to the second floor. This allowed us to showcase our CDs and DVDs on the first floor as well as provide more space for group study and general library chillin'. Reference books are now available for checkout, but bound journals remain for library use only.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Kimbel Library Closed Saturday and Sunday

Kimbel Library will be closed Saturday July 10th and Sunday July 11th for carpet cleaning.

Have you ever wondered about the history of carpet cleaning? Me either, but here is an interesting primer.

Carpet and mystery enthusiasts may also enjoy Henry James' The Figure in the Carpet.

Have a great weekend! See you Monday!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What's That Noise? White Noise in Kimbel Library

Kimbel Library now has a white noise system on the first floor that should help keep things much quieter for groups working on projects as well as individuals trying to concentrate on their studies. The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology defines white noise as "an auditory stimulus that has all frequencies represented in random fluctuation and sounds like an ongoing ‘shhh’.", which makes it seem particularly library appropriate. As before, group project work and group studying is encouraged on the 1st floor and in the second floor study rooms, and the library's second floor is reserved for silent study only.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Two New Databases Now Available

Check out Kimbel Library's two new databases, Tests in Print and the Slavery Anti-Slavery Collection. Tests in Print is an online version of the print source where you can find "a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language". The Slavery Anti-Slavery collection "includes documents from the United States and Europe, as well as other parts of the world" including newspapers, books, magazines, and other primary sources.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Horry County Oral History Project Online

Have you seen this yet? The Horry County Oral History Project is now available online! Check it out here:

Monday, June 28, 2010

TEAL Center Faculty and Staff Training Schedule for July

CCU Faculty and Staff should check out the TEAL Center's website ( for a calendar of July events. Training sessions available in July include a Microsoft Office 2010 preview, how-to sessions on creating PDFs and using PREZI in the classroom, tons of helpful Blackboard sessions, and much more!

The TEAL Center's training classroom is located in Kimbel Library room 219.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer Roadtrip? Free Audiobook Downloads from Sync

Planning a summer road trip? Sync, "an online community that seeks to build the audience for audiobooks among readers 13 and up", will be offering free audiobook downloads throughout the summer. Each week, one recent young adult book and one classic book will be available for download free of charge. Here's a partial list:

Available July 1 - July 7
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Available July 8 - July 14
Over the End Line by Alfred C. Martino
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Available July 15 - July 21
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available July 22 - July 28
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Available July 29 - August 4
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Available August 5 - August 11
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Check out the Sync website for more information and a full schedule of books:

Monday, June 7, 2010


Starting June 7th, JAVA CITY CAFE will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30am-12N.

Monday, May 31, 2010

JAVA CITY- Closed for the Summer

JAVA CITY, located at the Kimbel Library, is now closed for the summer. They will re-open in August. For your caffeine needs, you may visit Cino Grille, located at the Student Center, which has a limited supply of coffee in the mornings plus tasty breakfast foods and lunches.
For more information, you may call Coastal Carolina Dining Services at 843-349-2255.
Visit their website

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer Reading at Kimbel Library

Happy Summer! Finals are over and now it's time to enjoy the summer, the beach, and a good book. Whether you are taking summer classes; working at Alligator Adventure; or just enjoying the sun; do it with a book. Kimbel Library is currently displaying our collection of popular fiction. Check out books by popular authors such as Maya Angelou, David Sedaris, Stephen King, Amy Tan, and Jodi Picoult. You can also find books on travel and outdoor summer sports. Visit our display on the first floor near the main entrance.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

National Choose Privacy Week

We live in an age when knowledge is power. New technologies give us unprecedented access to information. They also facilitate surveillance, with the power to collect and mine personal information.

People enjoy the convenience of having information at their fingertips. But most people don’t realize the trade off. For example, citizens turn a blind eye to the fact that online searches create traceable records that make them vulnerable to questioning by the FBI, or that government agencies can track their phone calls, airline travel, online purchases, and more.

In this environment, convenience and fear trump the fundamental right of privacy. And privacy has become so amorphous an idea that many citizens have resigned themselves to an inevitable erosion of rights.

In an information age, it’s vital to protect the impulse to be curious, read, and learn. Yet people seem resigned to the loss of their privacy rights because they see no recourse.

Faculty and Staff are welcome to join Kimbel Library and TEAL Center for a round table discussion adressing privacy in the coastal community and worldwide.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Looking for the Final Exam Schedule?

Looking for the Final Exam Schedule? It is available on CCU's website at this address:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spice Up Final Presentations With Prezi

This presentation software is available at, and it may be able to turn those presentation frowns upside down! This software goes beyond the traditional "slide show" format allowing users to place text, images, and video on a blank digital canvas. Once media and text are in place, users can "travel" from one idea to the next zooming in and out as they go. This format allows for more flexibility and creativity with presentations and could be the cure to the "slide show" doldrums. Free accounts are available and a short how-to video is all you need to get started.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Room 110 Now Open for Quiet Study

Room 110 on the first floor of the library (the library instruction classroom) is open for quiet study from now until the end of the semester.

Friday, April 16, 2010

National Library Week Question of the Day - Friday

The question of the day has been answered! Thank you to all who participated this week!
Happy National Library Week!

Win Free Java City!

Today's challenge:

1.Find the database called New York Times, Historical. (Hint: databases are found on the Library's web page under "articels and e-resources")
2.Look for an article in the April 15, 1865 issue about Lincoln.
3.Give us a major headline involving President Lincoln that day.

How to submit your answer:
1.Submit a comment in response to this blog post.
2.With your response, include your name, phone number and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not appear on the blog!)
3.We will let you know the following day whether you were the first response winner.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

National Library Week Question of the Day - Thursday

Today's question of the day has been answered! Visit our blog tomorrow @9 for your final chance to win free Java City.

Happy National Library Week!

Here is Thrsday's question of the day!

1.Find the database called Birds of North America. (Hint: Databases are found on the Library's web page under "Articles and e-resources")
2.Find a species of quail.
3.Tell us the name of that quail and a distinguishing characteristic.

How to submit your answer:
1.Submit a comment in response to this blog post.
2.With your response, include your name, phone number and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not appear on the blog!)
3.We will let you know the following day whether you were the first response winner.
Good Luck!

P.S. Don't forget about Play it Up Game Night tonight!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

National Library Week Question of the Day - Wednesday

Today's question of the has been answered! Check our blog tomorrow @ 9:00 a.m. to win free Java City!

Win Free Java City!

Question of the Day! - Wednesday

Go to Kimbel Library's website

1. find the database called Web of Science. (Hint: databases are found on the library’s web page under articles and e –resources)

2. Enter the word "Zombies" in the first search box.

3. Give the title and author of the first article that appears.

4. How many times was this article cited?

How to submit your answer:
1.Submit a comment in response to this blog post.
2.With your response, include your name, phone number and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not appear on the blog!)
3.We will let you know the following day whether you were the first response winner.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

National Library Week Question of the Day - Tuesday

Tuesday's question of the day has been answered! Wednesday's question will be posted at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Happy National Library Week!

Win Free Java City!

Question of the Day! - Tuesday

Go to Kimbel Library's website

1. find the database called CultureGrams Online. (Hint: databases are found on the library’s web page under articles and e –resources)

2. Choose the “states edition” and click on South Carolina.

3.What is the population of South Carolina?

How to submit your answer:
1.Submit a comment in response to this blog post.
2.With your response, include your name, phone number and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not appear on the blog!)
3.We will let you know the following day whether you were the first response winner.

Good Luck!

Monday, April 12, 2010

National Library Week Question of the Day

Happy National Library Week!

Monday's Winner has already been Chosen! Tune in tomorrow for another mind-blowing library research question.
1. Find the database called ARTstor. (Hint: databases are found on the Library's web page under "Articles and E-resources")
2.Find a painting by Edgar Degas.
3.Tell us the title of the painting that you have found.

How to submit your answer:
1.Submit a comment in response to this blog post.
2.With your response, include your name, phone number and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not appear on the blog!)
3.We will let you know the following day whether you were the first response winner.

Keep watching the blog througout the week for more research questions. There will be a new one Tuesday through Friday by 9:00 am!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week is a time to remind others about the contribution libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities every day.


Ipod Shuffle: Students have the opportunity to win an Ipod Shuffle at our Edible Book Fair (4/12 noon-2p.m.). Submit your vote for the best edible book and automatically enter a drawing for the Ipod Shuffle.

Free Java City: Win a $10.00 Java City Gift certificate by checking our blog for the library question of the day. Submit a comment in response to this blog post each day. With your response, include your name and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not appear on the blog!)

Here are Kimbel Library's Events for National Library Week:

Monday, April 12th
Edible Book Fair!
12:00- 2:00
All Coastal Carolina University faculty, staff, and students are welcome to submit their own creations. Submissions will be displayed in the library from 12:00-2:00 while Students, faculty, and staff vote for their favorite book. Cake will be served for all to enjoy!

Wednesday, April 14th
Pizza and Crafts!
Pizza and Origami: A match made in ...??? Well, Kimbel Library is going to make it work! Come on in, sit down, and enjoy some pizza while making simple crafts like origami as well as paper marbling and wish bracelets. Let the folding and eating BEGIN!

Thursday, April 15th
Play it up Game Night!
Everyone is welcome to this gaming extravaganza! Four big projection screens will be used for Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. Not a gamer? No problem. We will also have board games, cards, and puzzles. Bring your own games to play, or just use ours. Just BRING IT!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Check out the new issue of Pulp & Pixels, a Kimbel Library Online Newsletter!

Highlights from this issue…

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month! In celebration, visit the official website at to read a poem a day, or find lots of other great ideas of ways to celebrate poetry.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Holiday Hours Posted

Kimbel Library will close today (Friday, April 2nd) at 3:00 pm and remain closed until Sunday, April 4th at 5:00 pm.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Library website gets a facelift!

Kimbel Library got a new look last week!

Changes include:

* Library hours at the top of the page.
* Soothing teal background.
* Quick links to our Facebook, Blogger, Pulp and Pixels and Twitter sites.
* New, consolidated departmental webpages.

Check back next semester for even more exciting revisions.

Got feedback? Email Casey Schacher (cschache @

Monday, March 22, 2010

Database Trial:

Kimbel Library has a trial subscription to the online database through the end of April. "tells you which books, magazines, and online resources mention the vessels you're researching. With 143,937 entries in the free database and 1,279,773 entries available with premium access, you're bound to find useful information here." You can check out the database here: and then please fill out the trial database evaluation form to let us know what you think.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Zotero 2.0 Launches Today!

Get Zotero

Zotero is a free Firefox browser extension that you can use to organize your research. You can download Zotero here: Zotero 2.0 launches today; the new version includes cool features like being able to save your library online and automatic synchronization of your library between different computers you might be using.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

S.C. Notable State Documents of the Year Announced

In celebration of Freedom of Information day, the South Carolina State Library announced the 2009 State Documents of the Year today (read the press release here: One of the winning titles is "Beautiful Places: The Timeless Beauty of South Carolina State Parks" (cover shown above).

Library Server Update Today

Online Library Services will be down for maintenance today from 10:00AM to Noon.
Exception: Online Databases will only be available on campus from this link:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Break Library Hours

Kimbel Library Spring Break Hours:

Sunday, March 14th: 1-9pm
Monday, March 15th - Thursday, March 18th: 7:30am - 7pm
Friday, March 19th: 7:30am - 5pm

Thursday, March 11, 2010

KL adds 16,000+ ebooks!

More e-books are now available to all CCU users from Springer, a publisher with a long history of books in medicine, public health, biology and the social sciences, and more recently in the humanities.

ALL are published after 2005, and 2010 titles will be added this year as they are released.
Locate these books through the KL catalog or at the Springerlink site.

The Springer site has some glitches. For one - you can see book titles that we don't have access to. The green box means we have the FT of the book (or journal.) It has been very sssssslllllloooooowwww lately - a call to tech support confirmed that this was a Springer issue and not us.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Whiteboards in the library

Let us know how you like the new whiteboards in the library. You can check out markers from the second floor lending room.