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!