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!