Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving is almost here...bring on the turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and don't forget the green bean casserole!

Here are Kimbel Library's hours for the upcoming holiday:

Friday, November 18: Closed at 5pm

Saturday, November 19: CLOSED

Sunday, November 20: 11am-7pm

Monday, November 21: CLOSED (scheduled power outage)

Tuesday, November 22: 8am-7pm

Wednesday, November 23: 8am-12noon

Thursday, November 24: CLOSED

Friday, November 25: CLOSED

Saturday, November 26: CLOSED

The library will open at 11am on Sunday, November 27.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tunnel of Oppression

The 2nd annual Tunnel of Oppression is being held at CCU this upcoming Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th, from 5-9 p.m. at the University Place Phase III Activity House. Tunnel of Oppression, which originally began at Western Illinois University, will serve to raise awareness of various forms of oppression, and provide insight on how others can help improve the well-being of our global community.  Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Women’s Resource Center, the Tunnel of Oppression will feature interactive media presentations such as videos, skits, readings and images. The Tunnel of Oppression is free and open to all!

Monday, October 24, 2011

TEAL Center Now Offers Online Courses for Faculty and Staff

The TEAL Center is working to move many of the classes it offers in person to an online format.  The new online format provides a great deal of flexibility for the busy schedules that faculty and staff members of the university maintain.  The classes are offered through Blackboard, which is also a great way for faculty and staff to experience Coastal’s learning management system just like the students.

To sign up for any TEAL classes go to:

Online topics available now or coming soon!

  • Blackboard Learn: Introduction
  • Blackboard Learn: Building and Managing Assignments
  • Blackboard Learn: Building and Managing Tests
  • Blackboard Learn: Grade Center
  • Quality Matters Introduction
  • Quality Matters Training
  • Parts of Distance Learning Boot Camp (now infused with Quality Matters, too!)
  • Narrated PowerPoint
  • Providing Feedback on Student Assignments

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Coastal Carolina University becomes a "Quality Matters" institution!

Coastal Carolina University recently became a Quality Matters institution. “Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses” ( 

In the fall of 2003, MarylandOnline, Inc. began a three-year grant funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) entitled "Quality Matters: Inter-Institutional Quality Assurance in Online Education." QM has become a non-profit organization that provides tools and training to ensure quality in online education. QM provides a set of standards (The QM Rubric) to help guide the design of online courses and provides a peer review process between faculty to gauge online and blended courses based upon these standards.  

The development of the QM standards was based upon an extensive literature review. In order to spread the word about QM, the TEAL Center in Kimbel Library will be hosting a series of face-to-face and Adobe Connect trainings as well as online orientations to the program.  To view and signup for these trainings please visit: To learn more about the Quality Matters Program at CCU, please visit:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Teal World in Kimbel Library

It’s Homecoming Week at CCU and Kimbel Library jumped at the chance to participate in the fun by entering the office decorating contest. Library staff decorated the library’s foyer area in accordance with this year’s Homecoming theme, “The Teal World: Coastal”.

The display is a teal colored dorm room made with extra library furniture, cardboard and paper. All of the materials used in the display are recycled or recyclable.  The bed, TV, entertainment stand, and end tables are completely made out of cardboard and the rug is paper woven together. The knobs on the drawers are made from the caps of recycled water bottles. The handle on the entertainment stand is the handle from the bucket that is the top of the lamp.
If you look closely, you’ll see film gems such as “The Chauncy of Oz” and “The Good, The Bad and the Chauncy” as well as CCU t-shirts and other items.
Please stop by and take a look at Kimbel Library’s display and be sure to greet the two cardboard teal students who have made the teal dorm room their new home.
Go Chants!

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Database

New Database!  EBSCO’s Art and Architecture Complete
Art major or no, you’ve probably heard of Vincent Van Gogh, the prolific, eccentric painter of such masterpieces as Sun Flowers and Starry Night.  Two researchers and authors from Aiken, SC, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, have just turned prevailing knowledge about Van Gogh’s life and death on its ear with the publication of Van Gogh: the Life.  The two have already earned a Pulitzer Prize for their biography Jackson Pollock: an American Saga.   In their current book, they assert that Van Gogh was a solitary soul and a voracious reader, that he suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy and that he may well have been murdered.
If you’re interested in learning more about Van Gogh or Pollock or, for that matter, about Naifeh and Smith, turn to our newest art database, Art and Architecture Complete, to begin your research.  AAC indexes 780 journals, of which 380 are full text and 64% are peer-reviewed.  It also includes some monographs and a picture image gallery, but lacks podcasts and dissertation indexing.  Research on the aforementioned Van Gogh and Pollock may be pursued in 28 art history journals, 25 of which are peer reviewed and full-text up to and including the current issue.
Not an art major? Take note history, theatre and environmental studies students: AAC covers archaeology, costume design, photography, landscape design, sustainable architecture and landscaping, too!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Halloween Titles

It’s that time of year when, to paraphrase Shakespeare, ghouls and goblins and other things wicked this way come.  In celebration of Halloween, check out Rotten Tomatoes’ Top Twenty-five Horror Films (   You’ll find DVDs in Kimbel Library’s collection that made the 2007 and 2010 lists now on display in the reading area on the first floor. 
Two silent masterpieces set the standard for the horror films that followed.  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, #5, was based on a real murder and the fangs and nails of the vampire in Nosferatu, #4, are grossness personified.   Three iconic horror figures--Dracula, #27, Frankenstein, #7,  and his Bride… #2-- made their screen debuts during the Great Depression , while 1956’s sci-fi/horror combo, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, #8, was an allegory on the political blacklisting of that decade.   The trailer for Alien, another sci-fi/horror combo, promised that, “In space, no one can hear you scream.”  Alien comes in at #9.  Two foreign language films made 2007’s list:  the Spanish language film, Cronos, at #42; the Korean, A Tale of Two Sisters, at #46.  Animals large (Jaws, #12) and small (Birds, #24) strike terror in peoples’ hearts when seen through the lens’ of directors like Spielberg and Hitchcock.  So, if you want your terror tempered by comedy, choose instead the laughs and screams aplenty in 2004’s Shaun of the Dead, #42.  Are you into the current zombie craze?  You’ll be glad that 1978’s Dawn of the Dead made the list at number twenty-one.  We’ve got the 2004 remake, featuring CCU grad Michael Kelly in a supporting role.  Good and evil vie for dominance in 1955’s Night of the Hunter, #15, as a psychotic preacher plays a cat-and-mouse game with two children.   Equally terrifying to children of all ages is the circus depicted in the now legendary film ranked #20, Freaks.  If you’re looking for horror that’s pleasing on the eye, two stylish depictions are M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense, #29, and Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, #14.  Want to watch the top horror movie of all time?  Ask for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho on reserve at the Circulation Desk and learn why protagonist Norman Bates believes a boy’s best friend is his mother.
Carrie, #46, Halloween, #34, and Rosemary’s Baby, #14, are, as of this writing, already checked out.  Grab one of the few remaining fiendish flics fast!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The library is now offering a brand new database finder!

On Friday, Sept. 16th, Kimbel Library went live with a new look and feel for interior pages in its web site.  These pages will display information in a cleaner format, placing smaller chunks of information on each page, while making the most popular pages easier to find.

One of the features of this new content is a new database finder platform, which offers more features for searching and browsing for online databases. These databases offer significant amounts of full-text magazine and journal articles.  Take a look at the new Database Finder !

Kimbel Library is now open 24/5!

The Kimbel Library is now open 24/5! We open Sunday at 11:00am and close Friday at 9:00pm and are open Saturday 1:00pm-6:00pm.
Here’s the breakdown of when Kimbel Library is open in hours, minutes and seconds:
96 Hours
5,769 Minutes
345,600 Seconds

21 Hours
1,260 Minutes
75,600 Seconds

5 Hours
300 Minutes
18,000 Seconds

13 Hours
780 Minutes
46,800 Seconds

That’s a weekly total of:
135 Hours
8,100 Minutes
486,000 Seconds

Kimbel Library has a vast amount of resources available to help you in your studies and research. We welcome and encourage you to come in and see everything the library has to offer. In addition, the building is set-up for group study on the first floor and individual, silent study on the second floor.
So please come in and study even if it’s just for a few of the 8,100 minutes we are open every week!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Part 2 of the Digital Archive "Slavery and Anti-Slavery" now available

In 2010, the library acquired Part 1 of  the digital archive Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive.  Charles Joyner and Vernon Burton are editors of the series; Dr. Joyner spoke about the value of this archive when it was presented to the campus community at the library last October.  The Archive is a four-part series, with each part scheduled for annual release. Part 1 was released last summer.

We now have access to Part 2: Slave Trade in the Atlantic World

Part 2 covers involvement of countries on both sides of the Atlantic in the slave trade, with primary documents from 1702. The collection focuses primarily on the roles of the US, UK and France, but includes documents from Haiti, Jamaica,  Denmark, Portugal,  Brazil, and Senegal as well. Key content  includes missionary records, European business records, Royal African Company records, Supreme Court records and newly digitized university collections.

Researchers can limit their search to specific types of content, like correspondence, images, court testimony, maps, personal accounts, sermons, editorials and newspaper articles, as well as by language, publication date and geographic subject. Documents are included in the library’s catalog; Part 1 has over 6000 documents and records for Part 2 will be loaded soon.
The Branded HandTopsy-Turvy DollSlave children

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Safety First!

Since the library is open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week and always has a constant influx of students, the Access Services staff took time this summer to participate in emergency and safety training. The department has taken the initiative to be prepared if and when there is an emergency or safety issue in our facility. All eleven Circulation Supervisors have completed the National Safety Council’s First Aid Course, Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Course.
It was a fun and interactive morning as everyone learned procedures such as correct bandaging techniques, wound care, proper use of a defibrillator, basic life support and how to handle an allergic reaction or diabetic episode.
The four-hour course was presented by Greg Weisner and Holly Massey from the Coastal Carolina Department of Environmental Health and Safety. It was well-presented, very informative and contained information that could be the deciding factor between life and death.
The library also had new Automated External Defibrillators installed in July, which Access Services now has the knowledge and skills to effectively use if a situation ever arises.
Even if it’s as simple as needing a band-aid, Access Services is here to help. We have a First Aid Kit that can assist with even the smallest of injuries.  Do not hesitate to ask for our help. We do not however give out lollipops after we fix you up!
Be careful and have a safe semester!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Prepare for Irene!

As most of us here at CCU have learned, Hurricane Irene is expected to hit the East Coast with heavy winds and rain from here in South Carolina all the way up to Rhode Island beginning this weekend. Please keep checking your email, CCU Alert texts, and other notifications to stay informed on possible emergency evacuation procedures. You can also check out for emergency information specific to Horry County. CCU also has a list for students on the Do's, Dont's and Must Haves of hurricane preparation. Be safe, and have a great weekend!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Welcome Back and Construction Update

Kimbel Library and the TEAL Center would like to wish a warm welcome to all new and returning students and faculty. As you may have noticed, the Bryan Information Commons is beginning to take shape. Since classes let out in May, the builders have laid the foundation, and made great progress toward building the framework for what will be a 18,000 square foot, state-of-the-art center for student learning and engagement. Of course, with any kind of progress, comes a little extra noise. If you happen to be working in that library during the day, and are bothered by the noise, we have disposable earplugs available near the main entrance. Have a fun and productive fall and stay tuned for more news from Kimbel Library.

Top 10 Print Periodicals and Online Resources

Based on current internal use counts, the following are the most-read periodicals in Kimbel Library:

1.  Newsweek
2.  Time
3.  Rolling Stone
4.  Bloomberg Business Week
5.  Fortune
6.  School Arts
7.  Sporting News
8.  Health
9.  Forbes
10. National Geographic

And here are the top 10 online journals and resources, based on usage within the last twelve months:

1.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2.  Science
3.  Communication Studies
4.  Harvard Business Review
5.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
6.  Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
7.  Psychological Reports
8.  Polity
9.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
10. Journal of Athletic Training

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Requesting Information Has Never Been Easier

Kimbel Library is proud to announce that My ILLiad has arrived!  Requesting interlibrary loan materials has never been easier.  All Coastal students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to register your My ILLiad account as soon as possible and  explore the ease of borrowing books, journal articles, and much more.  

Registration is easy. First, go to the library's interlibrary loan page. From there you can enter your  username and password which is the same as your Coastal email login information.  After that, all you have to do is fill in your personal information, click save, and you are all set!  Requesting articles is a breeze; when you find an article that we do not have full text access to, simply  click "request this article through interlibrary loan" and My ILLiad will auto-fill the citation information for you.

If you need any assistance using My ILLiad, please call the Interlibrary Loan office at 843-349-2400 or at; we look forward to assisting you!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

EBSCOhost Databases: Browser Compatibility Issues

EBSCOhost databases seem to be having some issues with the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox. If you attempt to search an EBSCOhost database with one of these browsers you may encounter errors that will prevent you from browsing search results, viewing related images, or linking out to full-text holdings.

EBSCOhost has been made aware of the problem and they are actively working to correct it. In the meantime, Kimbel Library recommends using either Internet Explorer or Opera for browsing and conducting research in EBSCOhost databases.

For a full list of affected EBSCOhost databases, click here.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

NEW! E-Books from Duke University Press

Kimbel Library is the new owner of the 2011 Duke UP ebook collection. This collection of 100+ books in the humanities and social sciences is available now as ebooks, and will eventually be available in print.
 Purchase of the current year collection gives us access to back list ebooks from Duke, so we now have an additional 1242 books in the catalog. This purchase balances our existing ebook offerings, which is strong in science, technology and medicine. Some of the subjects covered in the Duke collection are:
  • American History (pre-revolution)
  • South American history
  • American Literature
  • Film 
  • Marriage, Family and Women’s Studies
  • Labor issues and the working class
  • History of East Asia

Duke UP ebooks reside on the ebrary platform, and include all of ebrary’s great features, like highlighting, note-taking, text-to-speech capability, multiple simultaneous users, and copy/ paste with automatic citation.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Library Construction Update

Summer weather has arrived in South Carolina, and those working outside on our new library addition are feeling the heat. However, humidity and the scorching sun are no match for this hard-working crew. Since beginning in late April, they've made great strides in the building of the new Bryan Family Information Commons. the sidewalk in front of th library has been removed and replaced by massive holes meant to house pilings that will act as the foundation for the building. The construction crew has also partially removed the facade of the west side of the library in order to connect the new addition to the existing building.

All of this progress, however, does not come without some disruption. Jackhammers and bulldozers never rose to popularity because of their tranquil, soothing sounds. Never fear, Kimbel Library is here. If you are troubled by the noise while working in the library, please feel free to take advantage of the free earplugs located near the main entrance of the library. Simply turn the orange knob at the bottom of the dispenser until it has produced the desired number of plugs. These earplugs are disposable, so feel free to  throw them away when leaving the library. Stay tuned for more updates as we make more progress on our new Bryan Family Information Commons. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Book Drop at Kimbel Library

Construction on the new library addition has begun, and our main entrance has been closed. To enter the library, guests must enter through a new entrance on the southwest side of the building near the entrance to Java City. As a result of this new entrance, the location of our book drop has changed. If you would like to return library materials after hours, you can place them in our new book drop located just beyond our new southwest entrance. Finally, Kimbel Library has begun our summer schedule:

Monday - Thursday8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday11:00 am - 7:00 pm

We would also like to take this time to give a big cheer for all of our new graduates, and wish them well on this new and exciting chapter of their lives.

Have a great summer!

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Water Fountain

The library's new water fountain on the 1st floor.
Happy Earth Day!  Check out the library's new water fountain on the first floor.  It provides a convenient way to refill your reusable water bottles, and even keeps track of how many plastic bottles are saved.

Friday, April 15, 2011

National Library Week Question of the Day - Friday

Happy National Library Week!

Here is the question for Friday:
1. Find the database called Credo Reference.
2. Find an article about South Carolina.

3. Tell us the Title of the article and Title of encyclopedia/dictionary in which the article appears.

How to submit your answer:
1.Submit a comment in response to this blog post.

2.With your response, include your name and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not  appear on the blog)

3.Students, faculty, and staff who answer correctly before 5:00 p.m. today will be entered into a drawing for the $15 gift certificate. We will notify you by the following day if you have won.

 Good Luck!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

National Library Week Question of the Day- Thursday

Happy National Library Week!

Here is the question for Thursday:

1. Find the database called Birds of North America.  (Hint: databases are found on the Library's web page under "Databases" tab)

 2. Find the species of wren that is South Carolina’s state bird.

 3. Tell us the name of that wren 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 and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not    appear on the blog)

 3.Students, faculty, and staff who answer correctly before 5:00 p.m. today will be entered into a drawing for the $15   gift certificate. We will notify you by the following day if you have won.

 Good Luck!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

National Library Week Question of the Day - Wednesday

Happy National Library Week!

Here is the question for Wednesday:

1. Find the database called Humanities International Complete. (Hint: databases are found on the Library's web page under "Databases" tab)

2. Find the article in which CCU professor Dr. Steve Hamelman reviewed a book about the Beatles.

3. Tell us the Title of the review, and Title of Journal that review appears in.

How to submit your answer:

1.Submit a comment in response to this blog post.

2.With your response, include your name and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not  appear on the blog)

3.Students, faculty, and staff who answer correctly before 5:00 p.m. today will be entered into a drawing for the $15 gift certificate. We will notify you by the following day if you have won

 Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

National Library Week Question of the Day - Tuesday

Happy National Library Week!

Here is the question for Tuesday:

1. Find the database called New York Times, Late Edition (Eastern): 1980 to Current. (Hint: databases are found on  the Library's web page under "Databases" tab)

2. Find an article about the Myrtle Beach Wildfires of 2009

3.Tell us the Title of the Article and the Author.

How to submit your answer:
1.Submit a comment in response to this blog post.

2.With your response, include your name and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not  appear on the blog)

3.Students, faculty, and staff who answer correctly before 5:00 p.m. today will be entered into a drawing for the $15 gift certificate. We will notify you by the following day if you have won.

 Good Luck!

Monday, April 11, 2011

National Library Week Question of the Day - Monday

Happy National Library Week!

Here is the question for Monday:

1. Find the database called Academic Search Premier.

2. Find the full text of any poem written by CCU professor Dr. Dan Albergotti.

3. Tell us the Title of the poem, and Title of Journal poem appears in.

How to submit your answer:
1.Submit a comment in response to this blog post.

2.With your response, include your name and email address. (Don't worry, your response is private and will not  appear on the blog)

Students, faculty, and staff who answer correctly before 5:00 p.m. today will be entered into a drawing for the $15 gift certificate. We will notify you by the following day if you have won.

 Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week 2011 

April 11th-15th

National Library Week is a time to remind others about the contribution libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities every day. This year's festivities will consist of four main events as well as week-long :

Main Events

Monday, April 11th
12 to 1:00 p.m. Edible Book Fair (Win an iPod Shuffle)
All Coastal Carolina University faculty, staff, and students are welcome to submit their own creations. Submissions will be displayed in the library from 12:00-1:00 p.m. while students vote for their favorite edible book. Cake will be served for all to enjoy! Looking for some ideas? Check out photos of some edible books from last year's event.

Tuesday, April 12th1 to 2:00 p.m. - Study Serenade (Free Chocolate)
Three musicians from the school of music will perform a variety of soft guitar music for everyone’s enjoyment. Free chocolate will be served to help enhance the mood. So, come to the first floor of the library and listen while studying for that upcoming final exam.

Wednesday, April 13th 2 to 3:00 p.m. Privacy Java Jabber ($50 Visa Gift Card given as a door prize, free donuts, Java bucks)
Kimbel Library is teaming up with Tea and Ethics to spark a lively discussion about your online privacy. Popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter allow everyone to communicate with great ease and freedom. However, with that freedom comes the responsibility to protect personal information, reputations, and digital footprints. A "digital footprint" specifically describes the trail one leaves online. Social networking makes creating this footprint simple, but removing it can be extremely difficult. Views expressed or photos posted online today may haunt individuals as they move forward with their lives and pursue new careers, new relationships, or new opinions. Join library and philosophy faculty as they discuss the difficulties of living privately in the information age.

Thursday, April 14th 
8:00 p.m. to Midnight Game Night (Free Food)
The library will hold a Starcraft II (the science fiction online strategy game) tournament. Those interested in participating in the tournament are encouraged to bring their own laptops. 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 snacks will also be provided.

All Week Long

National Library Week Trivia (Win Free Stuff)One trivia questions will appear on the library's blog each day during the week. To win a $15 gift certificate to Java City, submit a comment with the answer to the question.. With your response, include your name and email address (Don't worry, your response is private and will not appear on the blog). Students, faculty, and staff who answer correctly before 5:00 p.m. each day will be entered in prize drawing. One lucky winner will be selected daily and notified of their prize by the library office.

Food for Fines:
Do you have library fines? Do you wish you didn't have to pay them? Would you like to help out others? If so, donate food for the hungry and have library fines forgiven. Here are the rules:
  • Donated items may not be past the expiration date, dented, or in poor condition
  • Items must be more than a single serving
  • Donated items are used for overdue fines only-cannot be used for lost or damaged book fees
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse any item.
Tell us Your Story:
We set up a do-it-yourself video station on the first floor of the library near the main entrance. This is an electronic platform for students to express themselves, so think of it as your blank canvas. We want to hear a little about you and your thoughts about Kimbel Library, or just whatever comes to mind.. Of course, we ask you to keep it PG. Directions for using the video station will be posted next to the computer. Have fun!