Friday, December 14, 2012

Google Scholar Updates

When searching Google Scholar (, you now have the option to link to the library’s online journal content.  If you are on campus, Google Scholar will automatically link up to Kimbel Library's online journal collection. If researching from home, follow these easy steps to get set up:

1.Go to
2.Click on the settings wheel in the upper right corner
3.On the left side of the screen, click “Library links”
4.Search for “Coastal Carolina University Kimbel Library”
5.Check the box and press save

Now when you search for articles in Google Scholar, a “Find @ CCU” link will
appear, which will take you to a new page with options on how to access the article for free from the library.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bamboo Create Pen & Touch Tablets

Presenting our new Bamboo Create Pen & Touch Tablets from Wacom:

All six of these boards are available for check out in the Equipment Room (at the top of the stairs on the Kimbel Library side) and are compatible with all of the iMacs on the second floor of the Bryan Information Commons. Adobe Creative Suites 6 is also installed on these iMacs.

So, if you're a graphic designer looking for a place to call "home" at 3 a.m., drop by and say "hello!"

The Bryan Information Commons is open all-night, but you must check out your Bamboo Create board before the Kimbel Library closes at 2 a.m.

All boards are Library Use Only.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Library: Like Netflix, But Free

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a (legal) way to watch all your favorite TV shows and movies for free? Turns out, all you need is your CINO card.

Kimbel Library has over 3,000 DVDs waiting for you to check them out. While we have all the classics, there are quite a few new releases in the mix as well. 

We pulled some of our favorite TV shows and movies for the pictures above, but some other gems include Bridesmaids, Inception, and all 8 Harry Potter films (so have a movie marathon!)

The best part? There's no limit to how many DVD's you can check out and you can have them for up to 3 weeks (with one renewal).

Happy watching!

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Short History of Thanksgiving

1621 - The First Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, sometime in early autumn. Days of thanksgiving were often celebrated prior to that year, but the focus tended to be more about prayer and less on feasting.

1863 - There was no official day to celebrate Thanksgiving until Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. It was celebrated on the last Thursday of the month.

1920 - When the NFL formed in 1920 (then called the American Professional Football Association) six professional games were played. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has scores for every Thanksgiving game played since. Check out this year's schedule to see what teams play this Thursday.

1924 - The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place (see photos of the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parades).

1939 - Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to move the traditional date of Thanksgiving to the second to last Thursday of the month to lengthen the holiday shopping season and boost the economy. It became official in 1941, when a resolution was passed in Congress.

1960's - Newspapers in Philadelphia began referring to the day after Thanksgiving as "Black Friday" to describe the rush of crowds at stores.

Of course now that you've read all that, you can't wait to learn more about Thanksgiving, right? Check our catalog for books and movies or America: History and Life to learn more.

Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons have special hours for Thanksgiving week, here they are:

Monday November 19th - 8am to 5pm
Tuesday November 20th - 8am to 5pm
Wednesday November 21st - 8am to noon
Thursday November 22nd - CLOSED
Friday November 23rd - CLOSED
Saturday November 24th - Open at 11am, resume 24/7 schedule

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

And the Prizes Go To...

More than 650 of you took the time to tell us what you think of the library in Kimbel Library's Satisfaction Survey! Each person who took the survey was entered to win a Galaxy Tablet, Kindle Fire, or Visa Gift Card. Names were randomly chosen and the winners were announced. Our winners were:

Galaxy Tablet: Nicole Johnson
Kindle Fire: Jefferson Beckett
Visa $100 Gift Card: Christopher Bell
Visa $50 Gift Card: Sherita Curry
Visa $25 Gift Card: Julianna Paese
Visa $25 Gift Card: Matthew Rice

We'd like to take a moment to thank all of you who took the survey for helping make the survey a success! Your input will help us shape the future of Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons and influence our strategic planning process. Be on the lookout to see how your feedback has been implemented!

Monday, November 5, 2012

New Movie Adaptations: Read the Book First!

Popular opinion will tell you that, "The book was way better than the movie," right? Well, if you haven't read these books yet, you still have time before the movies come out. After all, half the fun in watching a book's film adaptation is figuring out what the director decided to leave out.

Les Miserables -- We're pretty excited about seeing Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway all in the same movie. It's not out yet, so for now we'll have to settle for listening to Hathaway sing "I Dreamed a Dream" in the trailer. But did you know Les Miserable was a book before it was a musical? We have several copies of Les Miserables for your reading pleasure, even an ebook.
In theaters December 7, 2012

The Hobbit -- If you loved The Lord of the Rings, you will definitely want to see The Hobbit. First, you might want to stop by the library and refresh your memory by checking out The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. After you're done, check out the library's copy of The Hobbit and get excited to see the movie.  
Part I in theaters December 14, 2012

The Great Gatsby -- If you haven't read The Great Gatsby yet, now is a great time to check this item off your bucket list. Baz Luhrmann's adaptation is set to be released on Christmas Day and if his past movies are any indication (the library has Moulin Rouge! and Luhrmann's other collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio Romeo + Juliet), the film will be a visual delight.
In theaters December 25, 2012

Ender's Game -- This will be the first movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi masterpiece. Asa Butterfield (who played Hugo in the film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret) nabbed the lead role of Ender Wiggins. Rumor has it the movie will be quite different from the book, so you'll want to read Ender's Game first to see for yourself.
In theaters Fall 2013

Catching Fire -- If you haven't already, it's time to read Suzanne Collin's Hunger Games trilogy. Catching Fire picks up after Katniss and Peeta have returned to District 11 following the events in The Hunger Games. We're guessing President Snow has some surprises in store for Katniss, but you'll have to read the book if you want to find out what happens before the film comes out next November. 
In theaters Fall 2013

Are there any upcoming film adaptations you are excited about? Tell us in the comments!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Instruction Classroom in Bryan Information Commons

The library's new  instruction classroom quietly opened for business earlier this month in Byran Information Commons 234.

The classroom is designed to enhance collaboration through the use of technology. Four Mediascape stations enable multiple users to display their computer screens on large group monitors. The technology that enables this interactivity also allows users to switch between computer feeds, taking away many of the barriers to collaborative work.

The classroom also features an Eno Board, which is an interactive white board that increase collaboration through the use of digital markers and magnetic control panels. 

The library has already begun scheduling library instruction sessions in the new classroom. Librarians at Kimbel Library can provide instruction in research strategies, use of print and electronic resources, and other instruction geared towards the needs of students. To schedule library instruction, click here.

In the evenings, the classroom turns into a tutoring center. Writing and math tutors are in the room Monday - Thursday 7:00 to 10:00pm and Sunday from 4:00 to 10:00pm.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Gerritsen Collection for Women's History Online

New in Kimbel Library 
The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs: Women’s History Online 1543-1945 

Need primary source documents on women’s history? 

Want to explore the development of the feminist movement from its roots in the 16th century?

Curious about women’s suffrage beyond Seneca Falls, New York?

Kimbel Library now offers a valuable electronic collection of primary source documents on women’s history,

In the late 1800's, Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals on the evolution of  feminism and the women’s rights movement. The Gerritsen Collection has since become a comprehensive source of women's history documents - the collection spans more than four centuries and 15 languages and includes over two million pages in full image.

Users can trace the evolution of feminism within a single country, as well as the impact of that country's feminist movement on other countries and their movements. Content includes the full run of 250+ periodicals and over 4000 books.

In addition to history and women’s studies, the Gerritsen Collection covers topics relevant to women and gender studies, education, health and nursing, political science and social reform.

And don't forget these new  library resources for more on Women's Studies:

Women’s Studies International – Full text journal articles on feminist research from 1972 – current, and

Accessible Archives – An historic newspaper collection which now includes The Lily, the first U.S. newspaper for women.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Kimbel Library Mobile Website

Kimbel Library has just gone live with our brand new mobile website! The site includes many of the services that are used most by library patrons. Library hours, directions and contact information are readily available. You can search the library catalog and save items to your account to view later. You can also view your library account to see the items you have checked out, holds you have placed and to renew materials.

The library provides access to the most widely-used Kimbel Library databases that have been optimized for mobile devices.  

All of these mobile pages are accessible from the Kimbel Library homepage, but you can also download a stand-alone iOS or Android app (links to the apps are available on our mobile homepage). Check it out and let us know what you think!

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Distance Learning Services Website

Kimbel Library has unveiled a new website to assist distance learning faculty and students. The Distance Learning Services website brings together library, Blackboard, Quality Matters and other resources into one location, and will help to better serve those involved with distance learning.

Students can find links to library resources and services along with a distance learning orientation and help for Blackboard, our course management system.

Faculty will find information about library resources, how to get started teaching a distance learning course, Quality Matters, Blackboard assistance, and Distance Learning policy and committee information.

We hope this new site will improve your distance learning experience!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

This traveling exhibition is open at Kimbel Library and runs through November 28, 2012. Kimbel Library will hold several free events for the public in connection with this exhibition:

Tuesday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m.
Kimbel Library will be hosting an Opening Ceremony. This event marks the official opening of the exhibit and will feature remarks by Dr. Robert Sheehan, provost of Coastal Carolina University, Dr. Barbara Burd, dean of Kimbel Library, and Ben Burroughs, Director of the Horry County Archives Center.

Thursday, October 25 at 4:30 p.m.
“Lincoln's Constitutional Crisis: South Carolinians React” is a Faculty Panel featuring distinguished Coastal Carolina University professors Rod Gragg, Dr. John Navin, and Dr. Wink Prince. This event will take place in the James J. Johnson Auditorium of the Wall College of Business. Featuring Coastal Carolina University faculty, the panel will explore the ways that South Carolinians reacted on a personal and social level to the constitutional dilemmas that influenced Lincoln’s campaign and presidency.

Wednesday, October 31 at 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Maggi Morehouse is a noted professor of Southern History and a new member of the History Department in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University. She will be speaking in the James J. Johnson Auditorium of the Wall College of Business on “Society and Culture in the Age of Lincoln.”  She has published articles and books on African-American history and southern history, including Fighting in the Jim Crow Army (2006). Dr. Morehouse will have signed copies of her newest book, Civil War America: A Social and Cultural History, available at the event.

Thursday, November 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Vernon Burton will present “Lincoln, Calhoun and the Constitution” in the James J. Johnson Auditorium of the Wall College of Business. This presentation will discuss both Lincoln and Calhoun's constitutional dilemmas. Dr. Burton is currently the Director for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences for the Cyber-institute at Clemson University. For the previous two years he was the Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University. He is the author of In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions:  Family and Community in Edgefield County, South Carolina (1985); The Age of Lincoln (2007); and co-author of "A Gentleman and an Officer":  A Military and Social History of James B. Griffin's Civil War (1996). He serves as a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and has presented numerous lectures on Abraham Lincoln.

For more information about these events, please visit the Kimbel Library News and Events page or call Ben Burroughs at (843) 349-4056. “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” is an exhibit organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the help of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Kimbel Library Satisfaction Survey

Want to have your voice heard and be entered to win some awesome prizes at the same time? Take the Library Satisfaction Survey today at

The survey should take under ten minutes and when you are finished, submit your email to enter the drawing to win a Galaxy Tab II, Kindle HD, or a VISA gift card ranging in value from $25 to $100 dollars.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
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Your input assists the library in improving services. As a result of the previous survey, the library increased hours and staffing, added seats and computers and changed policies. Your voice was heard and we want to hear it again.  The survey is completely confidential; no identifying links are retained between the responses and individuals.  Emails used in the incentive drawing are stored in separate location and not linked to any survey responses.

If you have questions about the survey or difficulty in accessing the survey, contact Margaret Fain, Reference and Instruction Library at or call 349-2410.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Half way there!

The midpoint of the semester is swiftly approaching! As October 8th draws near, we at Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons just want to remind you of some of the resources available to you!

Research Guides: Have you seen our Research Guides? Your amazing librarians have created guides for your classes that provide you with all the information you need to be successful in your assignments.

Chat,call, or email your librarians: There are links on every research guide and the Kimbel Library homepage so that you can talk directly with a librarian anywhere, anytime.

Research Consultations: Got a question that will take more than 5-10 minutes? Schedule a research consultation that suits your timeline. We’ll sit with you one-on-one to help you find resources for your assignments!

Learning Assistance Centers: Already have your sources and on the editing/revision phase? The Writing Center provides one-on-one writing consultations. From early brainstorming to the final stages of proofreading, faculty and undergraduate consultants are available to help you with writing, math, and foreign language sourses. Writing and math tutors are in the Bryan Information Commons  
Monday – Thursday 7:00 to 10:00PM and 
Sunday from 4:00 to 10:00PM