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.

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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