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!