Friday, December 6, 2013

De-Stress Fest

Are you feeling stressed due to final exams? Kimbel Library will help you relax at De-Stress Fest, from Thursday, December 5th through Thursday, December 12th. In addition to daily games, puzzles, coloring and late night snacks, you can relax at our “beach” and make your own stress ball during Hang Loose Day on Friday, December 6th.
You can also purchase snacks and beverages at Starbucks, now open and located on the first floor by the Spadoni Park entrance of Kimbel Library. Starbucks is holding extended hours during finals:
Friday, Dec. 6                    7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7               10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8                  10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 9                7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10              7 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Finally, study smart:
1. Never leave your items unattended in the library, especially during this busy time of year.
2. Remember to save and backup all of your work.
3. Ask a Librarian! If you need help with any final research, ask a librarian for help. We’re here if you need us! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Study Tips

Start strong! 
Get together everything you need to study: notes, syllabus, class readings, quizzes, tests, and homework.

•  Remove distractions. Turn off your phone or set it to silent during study sessions, and only use it during planned breaks; treat your email and texting the same way.  

•  Ask yourself questions about the material while you are reviewing. This helps you remember more than just rereading. Suggested questions to consider: How does this information fit in with other class material? What are the main points of what I just read? Why did this event happen? What would happen if one event or fact was different?

•  Take short, frequent breaks: Study for 25 mins, then take a 5 min break (see more about this method). After 4 sets, take a 15-20 minute longer break before diving back in. Need something to break up your study time? Try making a stress ball or participate in another De-stress Fest activity in Kimbel Library. 

•  When working in groups, don’t get distracted or off-topic. Everyone’s time is important.

Take care of yourself

•  Get some sleep! Cramming may help you review more material, but it doesn’t make up for sleepiness during the time you should be most alert—during your exams!

•  Eat regularly-- now is not the time to forget meals. A mix of protein, carbs, and good fat will keep you fueled and keep your mind off your stomach while you work.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Break Hours

  • Sunday, November 24: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Monday, November 25: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Tuesday, November 26: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday, November 27: 8:00 AM - NOON

  • Thursday, November 28: CLOSED

  • Friday, November 29: CLOSED

  • Saturday, November 30: CLOSED

  • Monday, November 4, 2013

    National Novel Writing Month

    November is National Novel Writing Month. Over 200,000 people will begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59pm on November 30th. Did you dream of being a writer when you were little? Do you have a story you need to tell? Since 2006, over 100 National Novel Writing Month novels have been released by publishing houses including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Join the NaNoWriMo community, track your progress, get pep talks, meet fellow writers and write your novel this month. For more information, check out

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    Starbucks Brewing Soon...

    "Coffee is a language in itself" - Jackie Chan

    Nothing is more critical during exam week than a cup of coffee. That's why it's great news that Starbucks will be opening soon inside of the Kimbel Library & Bryan Information Commons! Starbucks will offer patrons brewed coffee selections along with many other delectable treats. Due to construction, the library entrance facing Spadoni circle is closed, so please use the glass doors at the Bryan Commons to enter and exit the building. Once Starbucks opens, the rear entrance will be open again during Starbucks' operating hours.

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Homeland Security Digital Library

    Brought to you by the United States government and Kimbel Library, the CCU community now has access to the full version of the Homeland Security Digital Library, a free resource available to federal depository libraries only.

    The Homeland Security Digital Library includes policy and strategy documents, key legislation, executive orders, theses and dissertations and critical release documents in homeland security. Critical release documents are generated twice a month and target documents of particular interest or potential importance.

    To make searching easy (and fun!), the featured topics section groups documents by issues that are particularly relevant, such as: 

    Sea piracy
    School violence
    Border security
    Social media use in emergencies
    Maritime domain
    Climate change
    Domestic terrorism (several collections)

    The topical documents on hurricanes, for example, include reports on famous hurricanes, how risk perceptions influence evacuations and preparation, disaster recovery from Sandy, a storm mapping tutorial using GIS and lessons learned from Katrina.

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    The Illustrated London News & Daily Mail

    Full-text archive of the “world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper,” based in London, the coverage is international in scope. If it made the news, it was in ILN with illustrations. Get a first-hand look at the sinking of the Titanic, the siege at Mafeking, and the coronations of three British kings and a queen, among the thousands of stories covered. Articles and pictures can be downloaded or printed for use in reports and presentations.

    "Aboard the Rescue-Ship: 'Titanic' Survivors on the 'Carpathia'." Illustrated London News [London, England] 4 May 1912: 667. Illustrated London News. Web. 6 Oct. 2013.]

    The first newspaper to be written for the average man on the street, the Daily Mail was inexpensive and comprehensive. As a counterpart to the establishment’s Times of London, the Daily Mail provides a window in the world of contemporary controversies and a unique perspective on the development of journalism in the 20th century.

    “The Whole Story”. Daily Mail (London, England), Saturday, April 20, 1912; pg. 5; Issue 5004.

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    Watch a Journal, Read a Film: New Resources in Kimbel Library

    JoVE: The Journal of Visualized Experiments is a peer-reviewed video journal that enhances the repeatability of laboratory procedures by allowing users to watch the process via streaming video. Subjects covered include chemistry, applied physics, neuroscience, behavior, clinical medicine, bioengineering and immunology/infection. All videos include full text accompanying articles, so users can read about the process, download a PDF of the article or materials list and search the text of an article for keywords. 

    Sports Medicine and Exercise in Video is a streaming video collection of over 350 films covering EXSS, nursing, health promotion and physical education topics, including:
    - fitness assessment 
    - strength and resistance training
    - the musculoskeletal system
    - injury treatment
    - nutrition
    - medical fitness and exercise adherence

    Videos can be embedded in Blackboard/Moodle and sent to mobile devices via the cell phone icon on each screen. Thumbnails allow users to scan content, and allow users to create"clips" to highlight segments of films. Importantly, each video includes a full transcript side-by-side with the film so viewers can read the film and download transcript sections.

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Fall Reading Recommendations

    It's cooling down outside, and now is a good time to curl up with a good book. Here's what we're reading around the library right now. These titles can be found in our holdings or through PASCAL Delivers, our service that allows CCU faculty, staff and students to borrow books that Kimbel Library does not own from other colleges and universities across the state. 

    City of Dark Magic 
    by Magnus Flyte 

    City of Dark Magic is an indulgent combination of magic and suspense. This fast-paced novel is set in Prague, a city filled with history and mystery. The novel features Sarah Weston, a grad student who has traveled to the city to catalog Beethoven’s manuscripts. After being warned early in the novel that "Prague is a portal," she ingests a time-warping drug, befriends a 400-year-old dwarf and has an impassioned tryst with a prince in the courtyard. If you are interested in mystery, history and a little romance, this novel is for you.

    - Recommended by Christi Rippy, Access Services Specialist

    Kitchen Confidential 
    by Anthony Bourdain

    Having been a fan of Anthony Bourdain for years, I took it upon myself to read one of his first books, Kitchen Confidential. I was thoroughly entranced by his wit, crudeness, honesty and perspective. Here are a few things that stuck with me: 
    - Never, ever order seafood from a restaurant on a Monday – particularly when it's a special. Bad idea. 
    -The kitchen of the 80s and 90s was a man's world. 
    - The world of the "celebrity chef" is relatively new and not necessarily a good thing. 
    - Never order mussels from a restaurant unless you know the chef and where he got them. 
    - Want to be a chef? Learn Spanish and prepare to be treated like pawn for a very, very long time.

    - Recommended by Terri Artemchik, Information Literacy Librarian

    The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam 
    by F.E. Peters

    I have been reading The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F.E. Peters. This updated edition of the classic book is about the origins of the three religions from the time of Abraham up through the Medieval period. Peters presents a brief introduction to the principles of each religion as well as the basic exegesis of each canon and supporting texts. My favorite part about this book is the interesting information regarding the origins of the canonical texts and the path each religion has traveled. The updated edition presents the reader with great resources for further reading. The casual reader may find this book a challenge due to the scholarly nature of the text, but it is a rewarding experience all the same.

    - Recommended by Brady Cross, Access Services Specialist / Interlibrary Loan

    Drums of Autumn 
    by Diana Gabaldon

    Fourth in the Outlander series, Drums of Autumn continues the story of time-traveler Claire Randall Fraser and Jamie Fraser. This time we meet Claire and Jamie in pre-colonial (ca. 1760s) America, with the characters working their way to North Carolina and settling in. I'm pretty new to the South, so it is interesting to me to do some side research on some of the places mentioned in the book; Charleston and Wilmington have already made an appearance in the first hundred pages. There are also some flash-forwards to late 1960s Boston and to Brianna, Claire and Jamie's daughter, with more time travel to come.

    The books can be a slow read at times, and do contain violence. They are often realistic and gritty, with a strong romantic element throughout the series. I find myself often reading other books in between instead of reading the series in order. There is even a series focusing on a side character that can be mixed in. I like the series, but in doses.

    - Recommended by Amy Fyn, Coordinator of Library Instruction

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    The Big Read

    Start Something That Matters Read-Alikes
    Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie details the TOMS Shoes founder's journey from reality TV star to innovative businessman with advice for aspiring entrepreneurs based on lessons he himself learned along the way. Selected as this year's Big Read book for incoming students, Start Something That Matters covers themes such as creative thinking, social responsibility and facing your fears. 
    If you enjoyed Start Something That Matters or are interested in further reading that covers similar themes, you may want to check out items like these at Kimbel Library:

    Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World by Lisa Ann Richey and Stefano Ponte
    Before TOMS became popular, U2 lead singer Bono and activist Bobby Shriver created a new business model by allowing companies to use their Product Red brand to sell shoes, electronics, books and more as a way to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World analyzes how business models that incorporate giving into buying certain products work behind the scenes.

    In Start Something That Matters, Mycoskie details the innovative business model and creative thinking that helped make his business a success so that others can adopt similar ways of thinking and planning. David A. Owens addresses the barriers that sometimes stand in the way of innovation, including internal and external factors such as negative emotions and seeking to preserve the status quo. Owens recommends ways to overcome each of the different barriers in order to become more successful at applying "out of the box" thinking. 

    Good Idea, Now What? By Charles T. Lee
    A good idea like Mycoskie's "one for one" business model wouldn't have gotten very far if Mycoskie hadn't followed through and put it into action. Good Idea, Now What? explores the characteristics of a good idea and recommends strategies for pursuing your idea and getting it out into the world. 

    Monday, September 9, 2013

    September is National Literacy Month

    Celebrate National Literacy Month by engaging in random acts of literacy. Literacy is not just reading, but being able to write and to think critically about what you are reading. 


    • Read a book with friends
    • Write a short story or sonnet
    • Have a conversation about the latest issue of The Chanticleer
    • Read an e-book from Kimbel Library
    • Become a literacy tutor
    • Share your spare books via the Kimbel Library Book Swap shelf

    September is also Library Card Sign-Up 
    Month. Your CINO Card is your library card, so use it in September to check out a video, CD or book, in celebration of your literacy skills.

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    New and Improved Library Services

    Have you been to the library to check out a laptop yet this year? If not, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. For your convenience, all 24-hour library equipment (laptops, cameras, iPads, etc.) has been moved to the Circulation Desk (the main desk on the Kimbel side). All of these items can be checked out of the library for one 24-hour period with two 24-hour renewals. Fines for late returns have also been reduced to $5 a day.

    All Library Use Only equipment (Eno Board kits, wireless keyboards, MacBook VGA adaptors, etc.) is still available for checkout at the Peter C. Bolton Help Desk in the Bryan Information Commons. 

    Visit our equipment availability page to find equipment available for checkout. 

    Going home for the weekend? Why not take a Sony Handycam HD-capable video camera or Nikon COOLPIX point-and-shoot camera with you to complete a homework assignment or just to document your visit? 

    All you have to do to renew your equipment each day is log into your library account. You can also call us at 843.249.2400. We’re open 24/7, so daily equipment renewals are no problem. Just give us a call! 

    Friday, August 30, 2013

    Reference Services Expansion

    Some of you may have noticed that the information desk on the first floor of Kimbel Library has moved. But don't worry, there are more ways than ever to get library help! The Peter C. Bolton Help Desk in the Bryan Information Commons is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there is always someone there to assist you. Reference librarians hold hours at the help desk, and you can also make an appointment with a reference librarian by filling out the Book a Librarian form if you would like a one-on-one consultation about your research. Research appointments will be held in the library's new research office on the second floor of the commons in Room 235. And if you would like help but don't have time to stop by the library building, check out the improved Ask a Librarian service, where you can chat, email, call, or even send a text message to the library to request help.

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Pathways of Faith book discussion series

    Kimbel Library and the Department of Philosophy and Religion are hosting a book discussion series titled Muslim Journeys Pathways of Faith as part of the NEH Bridging Cultures project. The purpose of the program is to “familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.”

    The discussions will be led by scholars from Coastal Carolina University and will provide an opportunity for individuals to discuss the books and readings. The following is a schedule for the book discussions:

    September 17
    The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F.E. Peters. Rabbi Deborah Slavitt, Teaching Associate, Philosophy and Religious Studies, will provide a brief overview of the book and points for discussion.

    October 1
    Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown with a discussion led by Dr. Jeffry Halverson, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

    October 15
    The Story of Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson with a lecture by Dr. Jeffry Halverson, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

    November 5
    The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter. Scholar to be announced.

    November 19
    Rumi: Poet and Mystic translated by Reynold A. Nicholson with a lecture and discussion by Sara Sanders, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, English.

    All discussions will be held in the Lackey Chapel at 4:30 pm.

    The library has a limited number of books available for those who register for the series. Contact Dr. Barbara Burd, Dean of Library Services, at, 843.349.2401 or Allison Hosier at, 843.349.2401 to register or for more information.

    Presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. For more information, visit

    An essay and additional readings on the Pathways of Faith theme can be found at

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Welcome Back!

    Welcome Back students! The fall semester is here and the Kimbel Library & Bryan Information Commons is ready to assist you with all of your research and study needs. Our 24-hour schedule has already begun and we are here to help you around the clock.

    You may have noticed that some changes have occurred in the library over the summer. Remodeling work was done on the Kimbel Library side, including the installation of new carpet and new paint. We also moved the equipment lending service from the second floor to the Circulation Desk. Reference assistance was also moved and is available at the Peter C. Bolton Help Desk. The Help Desk also provides general library assistance and computer help from Student Computing Services.

    We have an exciting semester coming up in the library. Some of the events we have planned include Music in the Library, Banned Books Week, Muslim Journeys discussion groups, and Chocolate Cupcake Day.

    Be sure to like our page on Facebook to keep up with all of our upcoming events.

    We hope you have a great semester and look forward to seeing you in the library!

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    New Carpet in Kimbel Library

    Good news! Kimbel Library is currently getting new carpet that will match the carpet in the Bryan Information Commons. This will replace large portions of carpet that were original to the library when it was first built.

    During installation, portions of Kimbel Library may be inaccessible at various times. If you need an item that is unreachable, let a staff member know and we will retrieve the item for you.

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Visit the Library Booth at Orientation

    Library staff from Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons will be attending Freshman and Transfer Student Orientation in Eaglin Courtyard and the HTC Center throughout the summer.

    Stop by to learn more about the student services available at Kimbel Library. We'll be giving away magnets, bookmarks, and candy. We'll also have information for students interested in working at the library.

    We hope to see you there!

    Friday, May 10, 2013

    Summer Hours 2013

    The library's summer hours are as follows:

    May 11 - August 10, 2013
    Monday - Thursday : 8:00am - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday : 8:00am - 4:00pm
    Sunday - 1:00pm - 9:00pm

    We will be closed on Memorial Day (May 27th) and Independence Day (July 4th)

    We hope to see you in the library this summer!

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    Meet Sir Skellington of Kimbel!

    If you've been following our blog, you know we recently had a Name the Library Skeleton Contest to name our new library skeleton. Over 280 names were submitted for contention.

    It was a hard decision, but a jury of library staff selected Sir Skellington of Kimbel as the skeleton's name. The student who submitted the name won a $10 gift certificate to Java City!

    Sir Skellington is now available for check out! You can find him at the Peter C. Bolton Help Desk in the Bryan Information Commons. Because of his delicate nature, Sir Skellington is "library use only" check out for up to 3 hours.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to the contest!

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Free Snacks for De-Stress Fest Starting Thursday

    De-Stress Fest is already underway, but free snacks will be given out beginning Thursday late night!

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    Name the Kimbel Library Skeleton, Win a $10 Gift Card to Java City!

    Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons is the proud new owner of our very own skeleton (yes, you can even check it out)! The skeleton came to us without a name, so we'd like your help in choosing its new moniker.

    The skeleton is currently awaiting its new name at the Bryan Information Commons Help Desk, where students can submit their ideas until Tuesday, April 30th at 4pm. A jury of library staff will choose the winning name from all the submissions.

    The person selecting the winning name will be notified via e-mail. Winners will receive a $10 to Java City and have the opportunity to take their picture with the skeleton!

    The winning name will be announced on the Kimbel Library Facebook page on Wednesday, May 1st:

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Take-One Leave-One, Visit Kimbel Library's Book Swap Shelf

    Kimbel Library Book Swap is back.  Have books you’ve read? Leave them. See books you want? Take them.

    Located between Kimbel Library and the Bryant Information Commons, on the Kimbel Library side, the Kimbel Library Book Swap bookcase is now operating.  Leave your unwanted books and find new treasures. Drop off one book or a boxful. Clean out your shelves and let your books find new homes. The book swap only works if students, faculty, and staff both pickup and drop off books.

    Award Winning Books at Kimbel Library


    We have award winning books!
    In honor of National Library Week, Kimbel Library is highlighting the best of the best: award winners for 2012.
    Your library purchases award winning poetry, fiction, science fiction, criticism, biography and autobiography books each year, including the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle and ALA (American Library Association) Notable Book awards.
    You’ll find some of these great books on display for National Library Week, including:
    Alex Award, 2012: The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
    National Book Critics Circle Award, Poetry, 2012: Useless Landscape, or, A Guide for Boys
    National Book Critics Circle Award, Fiction 2012: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
    National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2012: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
    National Book Award, Fiction, 2012: The Round House, Louise Erdrich
    Pulitzer Prize, Poetry, 2012: Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
    National Book Critics Circle Award, Criticism, 2012: Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights by Marina Warner
    Hugo Award (Science Fiction), 2012: Among Others by Jo Walton

    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Create, Play, and Win During National Library Week

    From April 14th-20th, Kimbel Library will be celebrating National Library Week. Several events will be hosted, including:

    April 15th @ 6pm: Take a Photo with Chauncey and free giveaways

    April 17th @ 11am: Edible Book Festival - Create your very own edible book and you could win the grand prize, a Kindle Fire, or several other prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants and attractions

    April 18th @ 6pm: Magic the Gathering Tournament - the winner will receive a Dragon's Maze Booster Box.

    We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact or

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    CeTEAL Presents Innovative Instruction Days

    Innovative Instruction Days, April 1 - 12

    In April, CeTEAL will be hosting Innovative Instruction Days. Two weeks will be devoted to demonstrating different instructional strategies, models and delivery systems. Our sessions will model best practices in teaching and offer suggestions of evidence-based strategies that can be integrated into your classroom. Check back as we are adding more sessions! Some of the topics will include:

    ·         Enhancing Student Engagement Through Team-Based Learning
    ·         Back to School: Learning Through the Experience
    ·         Using Just in Time Teaching to Increase Student Preparedness
    ·         Want to Try Flipped Classroom? Flip a Lesson First
    ·         3 in 30: Using Cell Phones and Mobile Devices for Classroom Polling
    ·         3 in 30: Mindmapping
    ·         3 in 30: Screen Capture Tools for Providing Feedback & Tutorials
    ·         Personalizing Your Presentations: Using Narrated PowerPoint
    ·         Providing Digital Feedback to Students
    ·         Using Just in Time Teaching to Increase Student Preparedness
    ·         Introduction to LaTeX

    To register for any of these classes, please sign up online

    Photo Credit:

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Floor Maps of Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons

    To help library users find locations in Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons, we have created maps of each floor. These maps can be found on our library website:
    1. First Floor
    2. Second Floor
    Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons 1st and 2nd floors

    When using the maps, hover over and click on library locations to learn more about the available technology and seating in that area.
    Additionally, if you are unable to locate an available computer, or would prefer a Mac or PC, check our computer availability maps on the library website or on the monitors above the Help Desk in the Bryan Information Commons. 

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Muslim Journeys Collection Arrives at Kimbel Library

    We are excited to announce the 25 books from the Muslim Journeys collection have arrived and they are available to be checked out! They can currently be found on the book display on the first floor of Kimbel Library.

    As you may remember, Kimbel Library was recently selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

    In addition, the Library will get access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online for one year.

    Watch for programming announcements in the year ahead that will feature the books and films. Kimbel Library is pleased to be able to make this collection available to the CCU community!