Library Blog

The library is often thought of as the central hub of campus but few people really know about the amazing resources, services, and programs available. This blog will share news and other important library information, show you easy tips and tricks for getting the most out of library databases and other resources, and discuss issues and new trends we face in the library field and how they affect you. We'll reveal behind the scenes details and insights into the inner workings of the library, and have some fun along the way.
Oct 27
A Game is “the” Foot: Mystery Popular Reads for Halloween

Ok, so this year is a bit different than most…you know, just a bit…but the calendar days keep ticking by and for the most part we keep moving along with them. We’re now fast approaching what I consider to be the holiday season. While I know “holiday season” tends to be synonymous with winter-centric celebrations, to me it starts October 31st and continues until January 1st. We have our Halloween fun, before we know it it’s turkey...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Things to Do, Books & More, Today’s Special

Oct 23
A Night at the Dragon Grill

A night at the Dragon Grill was top entertainment for the people of Corpus Christi from the 1930s through the 1950s. The luxury, splendor, and glitz one expects to find in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or New York City could be found first on North Beach then later in the heart of the city. It was “Doc” Linn’s Dragon Grill. There were three Dragon Grills over the years as Doc continued to upgrade the establishment. It was known as the real doo dad, they put on the dog...

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By: Lori Atkins

Category: Books & More, Library Randomness, Today’s Special

Oct 20
Open Access Week 2020

This week (October 19-25) is Open Access Week 2020, and this year’s theme is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.” Open Access Week is organized by SPARC, a “global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education.” I have written about open access and its importance on the library blog before, but I think this year’s open access week theme highlights one of the key...

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By: Alexa Hight, Scholarly Communication Librarian

Category: Things to Do, Today’s Special, News @ Your Library

Oct 16
Rivalry in the I-Create Lab

There is a bit of a rivalry brewing in the I-Create Lab. Since we have new rules set in place because of COVID-19, the I-Create Lab must work in two teams. So, the staff has worked on finding ways to stay connected. Now, some would immediately jump to thoughts of nice and encouraging notes, but those individuals don’t know the I-Create Lab team well enough (not yet at least). To stay connected (and entertained) two teams have been created - Team A (the better team) and the other...

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By: Soleil Garcia, I-Create Lab Student Assistant

Category: We Made This, Behind the Scenes, Library Randomness

Oct 13
National Cyber Security Awareness Month

It’s October and the Halloween season is in full effect! Witches, zombies, ghost, and cyber threats? That’s right, cyber threats. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and I’m going to list some of the common cyber threats that plague the cyber world today. Phishing- One of the most common cyberattacks today is phishing. The goal of this attack is to gain important information from an unsuspecting user. For example, you may receive an email from...

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By: Sean Walker

Category: Library Randomness

Oct 09
What’s a Journal Article?

So you’ve been asked to find a journal article, but no one told you what that means. You’ve come to the right place, my friend. Let’s talk. What are journals? Journals are publications that come out periodically, like once a month or twice a year, and are filled with all the new content that was submitted to them. There are journals for research, journals for book reviews, journals for creative writing—whatever you’re in to! Each time the...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Hacks

Oct 06
Election Year 2020: Time to Vote!

Just in case you missed it, this is an election year! Although the pandemic has made voting, like everything else, more challenging, don’t let that keep you from casting your ballot! Every vote counts. This blog post will go over the details you need to know to make sure you are registered, make a plan for voting, and be prepared when you go to the polls. Want to know how to get started? In a video at the end of this post, Stephen Colbert provides an intro to voting for Texas in...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Things to Do

Oct 02
Self-Care Recipe During Quarantine

During these adversarial times, it is important to remember to take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. So, I made a recipe for self-care with only the highest quality ingredients. Know that we’re all in this predicament, but I can assure you that we will get through these uncertain times together! Without further ado, the first ingredient: Planning out your day – It may seem like you have nothing to do or anywhere to go, but it is helpful to feel...

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By: Chyannah Ritchie, Access Services Student Assistant

Category: Library Randomness, Things to Do

Sep 29
Silencing LGBTQIA+ Voices: Banned Books Week 2020

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! It’s Banned Books Week!! For those not familiar, this is the time of year when we celebrate our freedom to read. We also use this time to recognize that this particular freedom hasn’t always been observed. While there’s plenty to discuss in terms of the historical practice of censorship, we don’t have to go that far into history to touch on this topic. As a matter of fact, censorship efforts are still taking place...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Today’s Special, Things to Do, Books & More

Sep 25
A Spotlight on Mental Health

It's good to stay healthy. When we think of what that means in today’s context, usually the first things to come to mind are eating right, exercising, and maintaining safe habits while we go through this period of 2020. However, our physical health isn't the only thing that we need to maintain and monitor.  Our mental health is so important to keep track of, especially as stressors and issues seem to be mounting day after day this year. This year has...

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By: Phebe Royce Leach

Category: Services for You

Sep 22
Peer Review Week 2020: Trust in Peer Review

This year, September 21-25, 2020 is Peer Review Week and this year, the theme is “Trust in Peer Review.” Before we talk about this year’s theme, let’s address the obvious: what do we mean when we say, “peer review?” Peer Review, as defined in Black’s Medical Dictionary, 43rd Edition: The procedures used by journal editors, researchers and scientists to review the work, decisions and writings of their professional colleagues...

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By: Alexa Hight, Scholarly Communication Librarian

Category: Today’s Special, Library Randomness

Sep 18
I-Create Student Worker Spotlight: Stormie

The I-Create Lab loves to talk about our student workers and in this blog, we will flex on our student worker, Stormie! Stormie has worked for the I-Create Lab for almost a full year and is currently a Sophomore at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is working on her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology. Stormie sees this degree as a step in the right direction to obtain a career she wants, “I would like to become a type of therapist and I figured psychology was a good...

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By: Yvette Garcia-Jones, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: Behind the Scenes, Hello, from the Staff, Library Randomness

Sep 15
Leer para Expandir Tu Mundo/Read to Expand Your World

Today officially kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month (or Latinx/o/a Heritage Month)!! To start this annual celebration I invite you to check out the library’s guide or the announcements page to learn more about the amazing events TAMUCC has arranged as part of this month-long celebracion!! A part of the guide will lead you to a virtual book display, highlighting titles from the library’s collection. While these titles vary greatly (from cookbooks to a title that discusses...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More, Things to Do

Sep 11
What’s in a Bib Record?

Do you ever see something so different or complicated that you just have to pause and think, “What am I looking at here?” I think library records can look like that sometimes, so I’m going to use this post to clear up what we’re seeing when we do a search in the library’s Quick Search tool. You can access the library’s Quick Search from the Bell Library homepage. Type whatever you’re interested in (monkeys, lime beans, emo...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Hacks

Sep 08
You’ve watched all of Netflix……Now What?

This pandemic has been hard on us parents. I’m not going to lie, between working from home and trying to take care of three little boys, I’ve DEFINITELY leaned hard into Netflix and Disney+; and the combined $20 a month is WAY cheaper than a babysitter. The boys are entertained (for a few mins at least) and I can get a few emails answered. Everyone’s a winner. However, recently the unthinkable happened. My kids watched all of Netflix. No more episodes of...

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By: Rachel Bennett

Category: Things to Do, Services for You, Library Hacks

Sep 04
The Quarantine Cookbook

Hey everyone! I know we’re all in a really strange situation at the moment, and many of our lives may never be the same again, but don’t let that stop you from living the best life in your protected cocoons at home. Today, I’m here to bring you some ideas for what to make while propped up in our cocoons. Some of my top recipes range from breakfast to dinner and include: the ultimate breakfast bowl, the monster mac and cheeseburger, and the bourbon salmon delight....

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By: Nicholas Urban-Michalak, Access Services Student Assistant

Category: Library Randomness, Things to Do

Sep 01
You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers: Bell Library’s COVID Guide

You’ve made it to the 3rd week of Fall 2020, bravo!! I really mean it. Congratulations to you, whether you’re a student, faculty, or staff!! Since March we’ve been living in a world that can simply be described as: 2020. That’s right! This year has been so crazy that if Godzilla popped up somewhere the phrase, “that’s 2020 for you” is an accurate remark. With our 2020 bingo cards to our monthly reaction memes, it has been a...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Library Hacks, Services for You, News @ Your Library

Aug 28
The Longoria Affair

It has been a challenging year for the residents of Planet Earth. We’ve all had to make adjustments to nearly every facet of our lives. The United States has been at war with itself over its past and for its future. Undeniable fundamental and systemic racism is being laid bare, and it is an unfortunate part of our culture that we will continue to have to confront and correct. An example of it sits in our own Special Collections Archive in an unassuming gray box that tells the story...

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By: Eric Christensen

Category: Books & More, Today’s Special, Behind the Scenes

Aug 25
TAMUCC Joins the Texas Library Coalition for United Action!

I am excited to share with the Island Community that Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently joined forces with 26 other universities from across Texas to form the Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA). Unified fronts such as this provide greater leverage when negotiating with publishers who often hold all of the cards. Similar to action taken by the University of California System and MIT, Texas as a state is acting together to push back against unsustainable business...

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By: Dr. Catherine Rudowsky

Category: Behind the Scenes, Dean's Corner, News @ Your Library

Aug 21
Save Time & Money with Meal Prep

As a graduate student, budgeting is a huge part of my daily routine. From shopping online for the cheapest textbooks, to buying clothes from secondhand stores. One of the ways I help stretch my money and eat reasonably well is through meal prepping. Meal prepping is a great way to resist the temptation of eating out. Here are a few tips and thoughts I have gained over the last two years of meal prepping. What and How-to Meal Prep So, let’s start with what is meal prep or meal...

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By: Yvette Garcia-Jones, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: Library Randomness

Aug 18
Popular Reading: Pop Open a Book!

Hey, y’all! Punk a** book jockey here, writing today to talk to you about our Popular Reading Collection! Back at the end of 2017, a friend of mine and I decided that we would challenge ourselves in 2018 by reading books mostly by women, specifically women of color. We did not originate this idea. I cannot remember where we found this idea, and now, there are various of blogs and lists of books supporting this idea. One reason to read books by people who don’t look like...

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By: Alexa Hight, Punk A** Book Jockey

Category: Today’s Special, Books & More

Aug 14
What’s on Emily’s Bookshelf?

If you’re watching the news or any live tv show, you’ve probably noticed that folks like to have a bookshelf in their background. It makes them look cultured, literate, or sometimes downright scary (C’mon Betsy, what’s going on over there?). Some folks on twitter and in the New York Times have taken up sleuthing through the images to see if they can identify any of the books and thus learn glean a fuller picture of the books’ owners. Since I...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Randomness, Behind the Scenes

Aug 11
WWII: A Most Dangerous Flight

Going back in time to the very beginning of combat service in 1943, Arturo P. Martinez and his flight crew arrived at their home base in Gioia, Italy. They received a warm welcome by the Squadron Commander on the first day. The Commander gave the new flight crew a pep talk. He reassured them that combat missions were not too bad, at least not as dangerous as soldiers in foxholes. The next day, Arturo’s crew was split up, and they flew in different Bombers to receive training with...

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By: Laura Martinez

Category: Today’s Special, Library Randomness

Aug 07
How to Study Better at Home

For most of us, the library was a place to “get it done.” It created an environment for the sole purpose to improve studying and it had resources in one convenient place to do so. For me, these past few weeks transitioning to online learning have been difficult. So, I listed a few tips that have helped me adjust and may help you all as well. CLEAN YOUR ROOM I cannot stress this step enough. Studying at home means you’re going to be home… a lot. This...

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By: Victoria Quinones, Access Services Student Assistant

Category: Library Hacks, Library Randomness

Aug 04
What I’ve Been Reading During Quarantine

Like everyone else, I’ve found myself spending a lot more time at home and although I’ve partaken in zoom birthday parties, Netflix binging, etc., I’ve also tried to spend time away from screens, especially since all meetings now take place via a computer screen. I have by no means broke any records of books read, but I’ve read some good things from the Library’s Popular Reading Collection: Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi....

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By: Alexa Hight, punk-a** book jockey

Category: Things to Do, Today’s Special, Services for You, Books & More

Jul 31
The Truth is Out There: #FactCheckFriday Taking Down Misinformation One “Fact” at a Time

“A cabal of doctors is hiding the cure for cancer, berries are more effective than vaccines, and eating instant noodles can kill you: These are some of the claims from the internet's most viral fake health news in 2019.” This is how an article by Brandy Zadrozny for NBC News began. The article, released in December 2019, discusses the prevalence of misinformation. Through the library blog, I’ve previously discussed society’s misinformation woes and...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Library Hacks

Jul 28
Creating a Conference: From Idea to Reality

Ideas can be unpredictable. You never know where they might lead. This is the story of how an idea became a conference, and how the simple question “Why not?” set off a chain of events that, nine months later, has brought the libraries of the Texas A&M University System closer together and set the stage for future collaborations. TAMU-CC belongs to a large university system which includes 11 universities and eight state agencies. Each of those universities has at least...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Behind the Scenes, We Made This

Jul 24
Food and Memories

One of the first memories I have is of food. I remember my birthday cake, my mom made it for me, it was yellow cake and had a really sweet peanut butter frosting. This memory is not much of a memory but every year that is the cake I wish I had. Food memories might seem basic, everyone eats. This is true, food is a part of our daily life so in some ways it is very mundane. Food is also part of our triumphs, such as a celebratory dinner after you graduate or the perfect meal for your wedding....

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By: Amanda Kowalski, Library Information Specialist, Special Collections and Archives

Category: Things to Do, Library Randomness

Jul 21
Overcoming: COVID Ain’t Slowing Us Down

The Library, along with everyone else, found itself in new waters this past March when a pandemic came to our door. Stay at Home orders and a regard for everyone’s safety necessitated moving the classroom—along with all accompanying learning and academic support—online to ensure social distancing. We all hoped that this then new reality would be short-lived, yet it continues to evolve and change at a feverish pace. While going back to a pre-pandemic reality seems...

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By: Dr. Catherine Rudowsky

Category: News @ Your Library, Behind the Scenes, Services for You, Dean's Corner

Jul 17
Escape Into an Adventure at Home

Need an escape from the confines of your home without actually leaving? Why not try out an online Tabletop Role-Play Game (TTRPG)? While traditionally TTRPG's are played in person, there is a vast avenue of game systems to choose from online; you can be in a fantasy setting, Star Wars adventure, or even play as a Pokémon trainer hoping to catch all 890 of them. (Can you believe it, 890?) For the last eight years, I have been sucked into the Dungeons and Dragons rabbit hole as a...

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By: Yvette Garcia, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: Things to Do, Library Randomness, Today’s Special

Jul 14
Rudolfo Anaya: “Godfather of Chicano Literature”

On June 30th, while mindlessly scrolling through Twitter, I was shocked to see something that cut deeper than I ever expected it to. Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima, had passed away the day before. While I’m fully aware that I didn’t know him personally and had never met anyone that would possibly know him, there was something about this news that completely crushed me. Rudolfo Anaya was a nationally renowned and noted writer, novelist, and instructor and was...

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By: Joe Hernandez

Category: Books & More, Today’s Special

Jul 10
Who Made This and Who’s Missing?

So here’s the thing my friends: a whole lot is happening right now and we’re all exhausted. I hate to throw one more thing at you, but here it is: regardless of how tired we are, we still have to do the work of critical thinkers. Information literacy isn’t just a bunch of concepts and skills we pull out of our back pockets every time we have a research assignment, it’s an absolutely essential component of who we are as citizens, thinkers, and...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Today’s Special

Jul 07
Things To Do in Quarantine

Is life in quarantine getting you down? Do you find yourself aimlessly walking around your house or lying in bed wishing for something to do? Well wish no more! Your guide to eliminating boredom is here. Now, before you get too excited, be sure to practice safe social distancing at all times and consider your health and the health of others as a top priority. That brings us to point number one: Get Moving With all this extra time, opportunity for your personal physical health to grow and...

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By: Holly Massey, Access Services Student Assistant

Category: Things to Do

Jul 03
Indoor Hobbies

Right about now cabin fever is starting to kick in. It’s extremely important that we stay indoors and avoid contact with people as much as possible. While I completely agree your physical health is top priority, your mental health is just as important. So here are a few indoor activities that could make quarantine feel just a little bit better. Hobbies are a great way to keep your mind distracted and active. I’m such a DIY freak, especially when it comes to upcycling...

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By: Victoria Quinones, Access Services Student Assistant

Category: Things to Do

Jun 30
LGBTQ+ Stories and Cinema in Kanopy

Ever since I learned that faculty and staff also have access to the library’s streaming service, Kanopy, from one of our blog posts back in March (thanks, Ed!), I’ve been exploring titles and adding lots of films to my watchlist. Many of these have included videos from their mental health and mindfulness section as well as their titles on Social and Systemic Injustice. This month I have been looking at selections from their LGBTQ categories to celebrate Pride Month and to...

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By: Emma Drumright

Category: Today’s Special, Things to Do, Books & More

Jun 26
Archival Silences

One of the reasons I love history is because I love a good story. History tells us the stories of individuals, families, groups, nations—stories that help us understand our own lives and our place in the world. Archives are often called “the raw stuff of history,” the voices out of which the historical narrative is woven. But some voices ring more loudly in the archives than others. The term archival silence describes a gap in the existing historical record. It...

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By: Kimberly Gianfrancesco

Category: Today’s Special, Behind the Scenes

Jun 23
Representation in Scholarly Communication

Recently, there has been much discussion around the Black Lives Matter movement, systemic racism in the United States and around the world, and other issues related to race and representation. Just the other day, a scholarly communication blog I follow posted about researchers exploring issues around race. As a scholarly communication librarian, I have been reading not only on research around race, but about representation in research and publishing. Questions such as “who is doing...

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By: Alexa Hight, Scholarly Communication Librarian. A white, straight, cis woman with the additional privilege of two masters.

Category: Library Randomness, Behind the Scenes, Today’s Special

Jun 19
I-Create Lab Now Taking Reservations

On June 22, 2020, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library will be reopening to students, staff, and faculty with limited services. The I-Create Lab will also be open with some changes meant to keep everyone safe during these uncertain times. The I-Create Lab will be switching to a reservation-based system for the use of all equipment and study rooms to follow social distancing practices effectively. All reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance through our online reservation system. Here...

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By: Yvette Garcia, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: Services for You, Things to Do, News @ Your Library, Tech in the Library

Jun 16
Homemade Chicken Wings

Hey everyone, I’m back with more to cook during quarantine! I hope everyone is doing well at home and staying safe. This week we’ll be attempting an easy dish of chicken wings and French fries. All you’ll need is one pound of chicken wings, a sack of potatoes, and a list of ingredients. You can bet that this recipe will taste similar to Wingstop and Buffalo Wild Wings. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! First, preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit...

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By: Nicholas Urban-Michalak, Access Services Student Assistant

Category: Library Randomness, Things to Do

Jun 12
The Fuuutuuure (of Library Instruction)

Planning for the Fall semester is ramping up, and the Bell Library Instruction Program is getting into gear for a semester unlike any other. To keep our students, faculty, and librarians safe and healthy, our classes might look a little different in the coming year. Here are some ideas for how we plan to continue providing quality information literacy instruction while practicing social distancing: Labs Schlabs: Although we generally prefer to do most of our instruction inside the...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Services for You

Jun 09
A Wonderland of Music: Naxos Music Library

Hey, classical music lovers… Did you know that the Mary and Jeff Bell Library provides access to a database of over 150,000 albums? That’s right, Naxos Music Library (NML) has a huge catalog of (primarily) classical streaming music, and it’s freely available to all TAMU-CC students, faculty, and staff. There are several ways you can select something to listen to. You can search for a specific work, of course. Or you can click the “People” link...

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By: Derrik Hiatt

Category: Services for You, Things to Do, Library Hacks

Jun 05
Inspirational (and Other) Quotes

Thank you, Michele Hall, for inspiring me to compile this next post. This one will sandwich quotes from leaders throughout history with hopefully funny quotes from various other sources. I think we could all use a bit of inspiration and a laugh or two nowadays. And away we go!       “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." - Theodore...

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By: Rob Rios

Category: Library Randomness

Jun 02
Busy Hands, Quiet Mind: Knitting and Crocheting as Both Meditation and Distraction

There are many ways of dealing with stress. Exercise, distracting yourself with television or video games, eating your favorite ice cream, or snuggling with your pet are all good examples of coping mechanisms you may have used over the last few months as our world spun off its axis into this new reality that is the COVID-19 pandemic. For me, yarn crafts, specifically knitting and crochet, are not just my favorite hobbies but my go-to stressbusters. Sitting down to knit or crochet can be a way...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Things to Do

May 29
Bias-Free Since 2016: Using the Media Bias Chart to Share Unbiased News

“Pope Francis shocks world, endorses Donald Trump for president” – 2016 Headline During the 2016 Presidential campaigns, this headline gathered approximately 960,000 Facebook engagements1. Of course, it wasn’t the only “fake news” headline or story making rounds through social media, private messages, and even legit news sources during this time. While the idea of fake news – or misinformation/disinformation –...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Library Hacks

May 26
What’s in Your Cell Phone?

Do you know where your phone is? Chances are, it’s within easy reach…you might even be reading this post from your phone. These things are amazing…you can check recipe ingredients while standing in the grocery store, grab a short video to help you accomplish a quick hack, or pay for that almond croissant at your favorite corner pastry shop. You can call people too (although I don’t actually use my phone for this much.) In addition to offering us a tiny...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Things to Do, Today’s Special

May 22
Bored in the House? Take a walk with me!

If you’re like me, you go on rabbit trails often. You’ll start by looking up a book for class and next thing you know you’re on YouTube learning how to make a Matcha Latte with 10 tabs open and Spotify paused in the background.  For today, I thought we’d take a rabbit trail together through some of the fun and educational resources at your friendly neighborhood university library!  Mary and Jeff Bell Library has a YouTube Channel...

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By: Phebe Royce Leach

Category: Things to Do, Services for You

May 19
Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You! The World of Book Trailers

In 1991, E! (Entertainment Television) launched a show called Coming Attractions. As described by the host, Todd Newton, this show brought viewers “the best part of going to the movies: the trailers.”1 You could tune in, learn a bit of background behind a film on its way to theaters, and of course watch the trailer. Now, people head to YouTube to catch the latest movie and T.V. trailers – like Space Force starring Steve Carell or The Great starring Elle Fanning....

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Things to Do, Books & More

May 15
I-Create Lab Working to Supply Face Shields

Within the last two months, a lot has changed around the university and the world. Despite the changes, the I-Create MakerSpace Supervisors and Library Staff are hard at work to make a difference for those in need during this Pandemic. Sylvia Sanchez, MakerSpace Coordinator, and David Jones, MakerSpace Technician, have been spending their time, along with volunteers and library staff, at the closed I-Create Lab to utilize one of the labs' favorite pieces of equipment, the laser...

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By: Yvette Garcia, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: News @ Your Library, Tech in the Library, We Made This, Behind the Scenes

May 12
Coming Together By Sharing Knowledge

A team shout-out to Administration, Research and Learning, Library Technology Services, and RM&D for preparing us to work remotely during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. By attending the training sessions offered by my colleagues, I learned to navigate and familiarize myself with Cisco Jabber and the features it offers. WebEx, another tool we use for video conferencing, has allowed me to collaborate in an online environment.  The quick tips and tricks I learned helped...

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By: Diana Gaona

Category: Behind the Scenes

May 08
We Do Live in “America’s Birdiest City” After All

Before I moved to Corpus Christi a little over 5 years ago, I would say I had an appreciation of birds. Once I arrived in “America’s Birdiest City,” my appreciation grew into a passion, or what my husband would tell you is an obsession. The variety that we are privileged to experience here is not something to be taken for granted. Songbirds, shorebirds, waterbirds, raptors and so much more visit us and grace us with their uniqueness and beauty. How can you not...

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By: Dr. Catherine Rudowsky

Category: Library Randomness, Dean's Corner, Things to Do

May 05
Yoo Hoo! Check us out on YouTube!

We’re all adjusting to some changes right now, and just like you (probably), the library is working from home now! This means we’ve had to adapt our services a bit. We’re buying more ebooks, we’re responding to chats, phone calls, and email reference questions from our homes, and finally, we’ve taken our instruction online! We’re really missing our students these days, and not getting to see you all in the library is honestly a...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Hacks, Things to Do, Services for You, We Made This

May 01
Seeking New Horizons: With Apologies to Tom Hanks and Wilson the Volleyball

It comes as no surprise that being swept ashore to a remote island with little to no resources is not a thought many would relish. Fortunately, seeing as how most of us have come to find TAMU-CC as our island home, we need little to no time in imagining what such a predicament would be like to have an island to oneself. Wait though! It seems that this hypothetical island isn’t as deserted as you once thought. In fact, you spot a racoon and his two adorable nephews. He serves as a...

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By: Santiago Salazar, Access Services Student Assistant

Category: Library Randomness, Things to Do

Apr 28
A Green Quarantine

To start off, this current pandemic is a serious global health crisis and official updates and recommendations should not be ignored. This means that over half of Americans are staying home to prevent the spread of this virus. However, many of us find ourselves slowed down with more time on our hands. This period is a perfect opportunity for re-assessing our lifestyles. One aspect of our lives that requires special consideration is the impact our actions have on the environment. To start, you...

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By: Islander Green Team, Guest Blogger

Category: Things to Do, Today’s Special

Apr 24
COVID 19 Archiving Project at Mary and Jeff Bell Library

When the illness first began, we read about it on news sites and watched shows talk about the COVID-19 virus affecting China in horrendous ways. But we did not quite gather that it was zooming towards us and the rest of the world at breakneck speeds.  Then it was here, and life changed within a few days. We were confined to our homes except for a few essential employees. The grocery stores were wiped clean of paper and canned goods, pasta, and most meats. The term, “social...

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By: Lori Atkins

Category: News @ Your Library, Services for You, Things to Do

Apr 21
Things to Do During Quarantine

Hello everyone, This is Ali Swar, student assistant for Access Services in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. I am going to discuss things different people with different preferences can do during isolation. Below you’ll see different things to do separated into different topics, where you can go read about what interests you and skip any subjects you may be uninterested in (however, I will still recommend that you go through all of it to explore your options). Hopefully this will...

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By: Ali Swar, Access Services Student Assistant

Category: Things to Do

Apr 17
Learn More at an I-Create Workshop

Want to learn more about projects you can do at the I-Create Lab? If so, the I-Create Lab's workshops have been a great way to learn about projects anyone can do using the equipment in the lab.  The first student lead workshop was "Painting 3D models," where patrons were invited to learn how to paint their 3D models made by the lab's 3D printers. Since then, the workshops have become more advanced, with the last two being a "Sticker Workshop" and...

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By: Soleil Garcia, I-Create Student Assistant

Category: We Made This, Things to Do, Tech in the Library, Services for You

Apr 14
Mark Twain’s Words of Wisdom

Mark Twain ( 1835-1910) is one of my favorite authors. I loved The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. But something I enjoyed even more are the short gems he was famous for saying. I know I’m not the only one because some of these are still as popular and relevant today as when he first declared them. Below are some of my favorite Mark Twain quotes....

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By: Michele Hall

Category: Library Randomness

Apr 10
In Honor of National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and you know what that means! I’m dredging up my elementary school memory of poetry to try and help us all stave off the quarantine madness! Please be advised, this is not a collection of poems for anyone with either taste or reason.       1. Thank God it’s April March lasted way too darn long Also, here’s some poems. 2. If you’re getting bored Binge watching The Tiger King* Try reading a...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Today’s Special, Books & More

Apr 07
Why Access to Information Should Be Open: COVID-19

Unless you live like Jared Leto, you’ve probably heard about this thing called the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. You’ve most likely experienced a complete upheaval in your life, home life, work life, school life, social life, every aspect of your life. We’ve made some pretty huge changes at the Bell Library, which you can read about on our new Bell Library COVID-19 Updates Guide. But today I would like to write about one of the things our completely overturned...

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By: Alexa Hight, Scholarly Communication Librarian

Category: Today’s Special, Services for You, Books & More

Apr 03
80s Fashion, Punk Music, and Zombies: A Review of Dan O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead

I love all things horror. Be it film, books, video games, you name it - if it is horror I love it. So it is no surprise that even when I am looking for a comedy movie it has to also be a horror movie. One of my all-time favorites is 1985’s “The Return of the Living Dead” written and directed by Dan O’Bannon. This movie currently holds a 91% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it deserves it. Plot synopsis: During the training of a new employee at a...

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By: Rob Rios

Category: Today’s Special, Things to Do, Services for You

Mar 31
International Transgender Day of Visibility 2020: Works in our Collection

Today is March 31st, the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV)! Founded in 2009 as a response to the lack of positive commemorative days associated with the transgender community, TDOV is dedicated to celebrating the lives, accomplishments, and diversity of transgender people while also raising awareness of the work that is still needed to be done to save and protect trans lives. For friends, family, allies, and our communities, today is a devoted time for us to visibly...

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By: Emma Drumright

Category: Today’s Special, Books & More

Mar 27
Something to Watch While You're Self-Isolating

Spring 2020 and the threat of COVID19 have us all holed up in our homes self isolating and social distancing. I thought this would be a great time to tell you all about one of our library databases called Kanopy. Kanopy is a streaming video database similar to Netflix. While there are academic videos in Kanopy, there is also a wealth of feature length movies and documentaries. You can even load the Kanopy app on your smart TV, log into your account, and watch movies until it is safe to go...

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By: Ed Warga

Category: Things to Do, Services for You, Library Hacks

Mar 24
Updates and Changes to Library Resources and Services

As we transform our spring courses to online delivery, some changes will need to take place to help us successfully navigate the rest of this semester. We are following University guidelines and changing some of our resources and services to offer students, faculty, and staff find the help that they need in the transition. For the health and safety of the Island community we have made the following changes: At this time, the library will remain open Monday – Thursday 8am-8pm,...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Services for You, News @ Your Library

Mar 20
I-Create Student Worker Spotlight: Skally

While the I-Create lab is full of neat gadgets and gizmos, it is nothing without our student workers. This month we are spotlighting one of our student workers, Skally Benitez. Skally has worked in the I-Create Lab for nearly a year and is a Senior here at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Skally received her Associates in Arts from South Texas College in 2018. Her focus in art is traditional art; she has painted numerous items around...

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By: Yvette Garcia, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: We Made This, Hello, from the Staff, Things to Do, Behind the Scenes, Services for You

Mar 20
Things I Looked Up Last Week

Research means a lot of things to a lot of people. If we’re talking primary research, we’re referring to someone who’s conducted a study, observed the results, and drawn a conclusion. If we’re talking about secondary research then we’re usually referring to when a researcher searched for a bunch of research and information sources and created something new with all of that information, like a literature review, systematic review, or a book. We...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Things to Do, Library Randomness, Library Hacks

Mar 17
Popular Reading: Staff Picks!

Recently, we asked our amazing library student workers to recommend some books to our readers. Here’s what they had to say: Title: The Cruel Prince Author: Holly Black Comments: A strong female character, royal faeries, and a sinister plot! What more to love? Part 1 in a 3-part series., Recommended by: Nico Vela   Title: More than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) Author: Elaine Welteroth Comments: Incredibly inspiring! Recommended by: Laurina...

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By: Alexa Hight

Category: Books & More, Today’s Special

Mar 17
Brace Yourself: Tax Season is Here

It’s that time of year again – no, not just Spring -- tax season! While it may seem like a daunting, costly, and stressful process, you may be able to get help for free. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an IRS-initiative that offers free basic tax help for those who qualify. VITA programs are led by VITA volunteers that are IRS-certified and are trained by IRS-certified instructors. VITA volunteers must also pass a certification exam before assisting...

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By: Vanessa Claros

Category: Today’s Special, Services for You, Things to Do

Mar 06
Q&A with a Library Student Assistant & Graduate Assistant

As the Student Coordinator for Access Services, prospective employees often have questions about the Student/Graduate Assistant positions we offer. I figured I’d take the time to interview a current Student/Graduate Assistant so that they can provide some insight about their positions here with Access Services. For this interview, I interviewed Alexandra (Lexy) Tomes (Student Assistant) and Kevin Wong (Graduate Assistant). Can you describe your position and what it entails? AT: I am...

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By: Nick Rodriguez

Category: Behind the Scenes, Hello, from the Staff

Mar 03
Open Education Week 2020 – Getting Involved!

Over the years, open education – the use of free, openly-licensed educational materials and the teaching practices that have developed around them -- has continued to grow in impact and importance. Last February, OpenStax, a publisher of open textbooks based at Rice University, reported that free OpenStax textbooks had saved students $177 million dollars in 2018. In North Dakota, the state auditor’s office reported that a statewide OER initiative had resulted in savings of...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Behind the Scenes, Things to Do, News @ Your Library

Feb 28
Laser Cutting Love

Love is in the air! What kind of love am I talking about? Laser cutting love, of course! The laser engraver/ cutter is one of the many features in the I-Create Lab that can be used in a variety of creative ways. With the laser engraver/cutter, patrons and community users can cut natural wood, acrylic, glass, and even denim. The laser not only cuts but also engraves these materials. The photos below show examples of engravings and cuttings that took place this past semester. I know, this may...

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By: Soleil Garcia, I-Create Lab Student Assistant

Category: We Made This, Services for You, Things to Do

Feb 25
Fair Use Week 2020!

Happy Fair Use Week 2020! Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2020 takes place from Monday, February 24 through Friday, February 28. This week celebrates the importance of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and elsewhere. What is Fair Use? Glad you asked! Fair use is an exception to the rights of copyright holders which allow the public to make limited uses of copyrighted works. The statute can be defined a limited right to use copyrighted works without the copyright...

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By: Alexa Hight

Category: Today’s Special

Feb 21
Texas Archival Resources Online

When I moved from New York to Texas last year, I discovered that Texans are truly devoted to their state’s history. Perhaps then it’s no surprise that Texas repositories have banded together to offer a really cool way to research their state’s history: Texas Archival Resources Online. As we discussed in my last blog post, TARO is a website that gathers finding aids from institutions across Texas in one place. But why does it exist? How can you use it? And why...

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By: Kim Gianfrancesco

Category: Library Hacks, Services for You

Feb 18
And the Winner Is...: Service Excellence Awards in the Library

Here at Bell Library we strive to offer excellent service and as part of that initiative we developed an award titled the Golden Pineapple Award.  We came up with 12 themes to promote service excellence with-in the library and each month we take nominations of who best embodies that month’s ideal.  We then put all the nominee’s names in a cup and draw a name. That person is awarded the “Golden Pineapple” that month.  The...

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By: Amie Cuvelier

Category: Behind the Scenes, Library Randomness

Feb 14
Will You Be My Anti-Valentine? An Alternative Valentine's Day Celebration

On this day of love and romance, I offer an alternative means of celebrating. Don’t misunderstand, I respect the concept of love and those deep connections (why some need a special day to make a big deal out of these things, I’m not altogether sure - not cynical); but a number of years ago, I was introduced to a new way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. A friend of mine, who despite being in a stable and loving relationship, felt a similar resistance to this often...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Today’s Special, Services for You, Things to Do

Feb 11
Get on Your Bikes and Ride: Cycling and You

You’re stuck in traffic, people are cutting you off, and you’re not sure if you will make it to campus on time. Cruising down the bike lane, you see a cyclist. Unimpeded by traffic, they whiz past you with ease. You’re left wondering, “Should I get out of this cage and start biking to the university?” Yes, yes you should. But why? Well, for starters, Cycling is a great way to cut the cost of gas, so say hasta la vista to gas pumps. The only...

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By: Sean Walker

Category: Things to Do, Library Randomness

Feb 07
Live in Texas? Read E-Books for Free

Gifted a Kindle for Christmas? Don’t want to send Amazon all your money? You should join the Houston Public Library! Houston Public Library supplies library cards to all Texas residents free of charge. So, if you call Texas home you have access to all of Houston Public’s e-book collections. Moreover, by using the Libby app, you can send checked-out e-books directly to your Kindle. There’s an easy online application. And if that doesn’t work (sometimes...

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By: Brenton Day

Category: Library Hacks, Services for You

Feb 04
The Success of the Open Access Publication Fund

The TAMU-CC Open Access Publication Fund was started as a way to support TAMU-CC Faculty and Researchers publish Open Access. (You may have seen Open Access mentioned recently in the news about the Coronavirus.) I mentioned this Fund in a blog post back in October, during Open Access Week. Now I’d like to tell you all a little bit more about the fund and the research the Bell Library has been able to support and help publish over the past few months. The goals of the Open Access...

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By: Alexa Hight

Category: Services for You, News @ Your Library

Jan 31
Inspiration

Most students would say the inspiration behind their projects lay in due dates assigned but it is rarely that simple. While the due date is a vital component, it only inspires the completion of the products and not the subjects. The library is full of inspiring ideas. This can aid in research but also in all aspects of life. The impact of libraries start in our youth. I remember story time when I was little, and the joy of picking out books and meeting friends. Later in life I remember the...

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By: Amanda Kowalski

Category: Library Randomness

Jan 28
Welcome Back, Islanders: Reflections and Looking Forward to Spring 2020

Greetings everyone and welcome to a brand-new semester. The momentum and energy of our campus continue to thrive, and each new semester continues to promise new endeavors. Before jumping into what is new, I would like to take a minute to reflect on the Fall 2019 semester. The library is proud of several accomplishments, three of which I would like to highlight as representative of our vision and our future. First, the library has been heavily involved, along with many other campus partners,...

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By: Dr. Catherine Rudowsky

Category: Behind the Scenes, Hello, from the Staff, Dean's Corner

Jan 24
I-Create Lab Assists Islander in Sticker Business

The I-Create Lab sees all types of people daily, from students looking for help on a project to community members curious to see what the lab has to offer. One of the I-Create Lab's regulars is Graphic Design Major Colton Warren. Colton not only utilizes the I-Create Lab for classwork, but he is also able to transform his digital art into something tangible to sell; stickers!   Colton is a sticker fanatic, "I love stickers already, so I wanted to convert my art...

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By: Yvette Garcia, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: We Made This, Tech in the Library, Services for You, Things to Do

Jan 21
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: Selecting Your Next Leisure Read

Raise your hands, how many of you turn into a kid in a candy store when you walk into a bookstore? Now, how many of you believe the following statement to be true: “Despite the fact that I have a table, shelf, floor, etc., full of books I’ve purchased and have yet to read, I still need more?” My own hand is way up because I love books (so typical of a librarian, I know). As a matter of fact, I’ve reached the point where if I’m purchasing a...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Behind the Scenes, Books & More, Library Hacks

Jan 17
Lateral Reading: It's What the Cool Kids are Doing

Right now we (society) are in a little bit of trouble over the proliferation of information. Specifically, how easy it is to produce and share information. Widely shared information can be deeply influential, which is why some people choose to spread misinformation, which is information that’s either misleading or just incorrect. Sometimes we share misinformation on social media because it confirms our biases (yes, we all have biases even if we think we’re perfect,...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Hacks

Jan 14
New Year, New...Craft?

It’s a new year, and that means it’s the perfect time for new year’s resolutions! One of my bigger resolutions is that I would really like to make time for myself and start a new hobby. As a mom of three small boys I have been craving that quiet, peaceful, me time (especially after 2 weeks of winter break at home with everyone!) The problem is, I’m not sure where to start in picking a new hobby, or how to really dive in when I find one. So many things...

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By: Rachel Bennett

Category: Things to Do, Books & More, Services for You

Dec 17
Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Break is here!! I know what you’re thinking. It’s time to sleep in, stay in your pajamas, and veg-out the entire live-long-day! Talk about living the life of Riley! I’m here to enable you and say, “Yes, you should do all of that.” You’ve spent an entire semester working on papers and projects, studying for tests, putting in hours at work; you deserve to just enjoy your break. It’s time to kick back and chill...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More, Things to Do, Today’s Special

Dec 13
Another (Very Important) Library

Hopefully, if you’re reading this blog, you’re a fan of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. Our library here at TAMU-CC is an important resource for your academic work. It’s also a great place to study, look at terrific art exhibits, hop on a computer and get those assignments done, or grab a print job on your way to class. But there’s another library that is also very important: our local public library. What’s public about a public library?...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Books & More, Library Hacks, Things to Do

Dec 10
Upon Sharing Reflections, Challenges, and the Meaning of Success: About Roy E. Stock

When I first met Roy, it was in the library while he was carrying out the business of a routine-yet-arduous task as one of our hard-working custodians on campus. A composed figure of a mature man donning a baseball cap and dark sunglasses along with the uniform, he diligently traveled from one office space to the next in quiet pursuit and retrieval of the daily items to be disposed of and/or recycled.  Initially introduced to library staff members by a long-time custodian, Angie, who...

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By: Laura Martinez

Category: Today’s Special

Dec 06
What's in a Name: Getting to Know Library Jargon

We here in the library, like many other occupations, have specific jargon we use in our day-to-day work. We do realize this can be confusing and do our best to make things easy to understand. For example, we renamed the reference desk and now call it the Ask-Us Desk. However, some other areas or words are not so easily interchangeable. Below I’ll go over a few of those to try and help you out. Archives Archives at TAMU-CC refers to the collecting, sorting, and cataloging of all...

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By: Amie Cuvelier

Category: Library Hacks, Behind the Scenes, Services for You

Dec 03
What Database Should I Use?

One of the most frequent questions we get at the Ask Us Desk is “what database should I use?” This post is here to explain the basic makeup of databases, the options available to you, and how to go about picking one for your research needs. What’s a database? A database is essentially a container. Think of it like a box. Inside the box are a bunch of journals and in the pages of those journals are the articles people look for when they’re trying to...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Hacks, Services for You

Nov 26
Dinovember

If you’ve noticed any strange occurrences – or been affected by the presence of Dinosaurs in your library, we encourage you to follow the library on Instagram (tamucclibrary) and know that you are not alone. Do not under any circumstances feed, approach, or startle any dinosaurs you may discover.        

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Library Randomness

Nov 22
A New Addition to Special Collections & Archives

Hi there! My name is Phebe Royce Leach and I’m the new Library Specialist II in Special Collections and Archives at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. I had been working at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library for a little over 3 years as a student worker in what is now known as the Resource Management & Discovery Department before I recently transitioned to Special Collections & Archives. I’m overjoyed to now be a part of the library full-time! My interest in...

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By: Phebe Leach

Category: Hello, from the Staff

Nov 19
Stephen King Revisited: The Doctor is In

I don’t know if you’ve recognized the pattern yet, but once a month, we write a blog post connected to our Popular Reading Collection. Back in May, I wrote a post on our large collection of Stephen King novels. With the release of the movie Doctor Sleep, I figured you all deserve a part 2. As a fan of just about anything horror related (and of Ewan McGregor), I naturally went to see Doctor Sleep shortly after it came out. For fans of the book, know that the director, Mike...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Today’s Special, Books & More

Nov 15
Glass, Wood, and More Oh My!

As the end of the Fall, 2019 semester nears, the I-Create Lab wants to spotlight an Islander who has been utilizing the second favorite piece of equipment in the I-Create Lab, the Laser cutter/engraver. Jason Sullivan is working towards obtaining his BA in Graphic Design through TAMU-CC’s Liberal Arts College. He came to the I-Create Lab to work on a piece for a class project. Jason came in with high ambitions and was eager to put the I-Create Lab to the test! Jason created his...

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By: Yvette Garcia-Jones, graduate assistant

Category: We Made This, Tech in the Library, Services for You

Nov 12
Student Employee Appreciation

As I was thinking about something to write this blog about. I was having a really hard time thinking about something that would be both interesting and informative. Naturally, I was trying to bounce ideas off anyone who would listen. I approached the student workers in our department and they easily came up with a few ideas. However, while they were talking, I couldn’t help but realize how much I rely on our student employees. Then it occurred to me, “I wonder if everyone...

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By: Joe Hernandez

Category: Hello, from the Staff, Behind the Scenes

Nov 08
Getting Help from a Librarian

Whether it’s finding an article, knowing where to start your research project, or finding new paths to search when you’re stuck, your librarians are here to help! How can a librarian help? Librarians can help with anything from simple questions about accessing research materials, to developing better search strategies, to helping you evaluate the sources you find. Here are some examples of how librarians can assist: Guiding you on choosing a topic and identifying...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Library Hacks, Services for You

Nov 05
A Better You, One Video Game at a Time!

"Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!" - Super Mario Bros. Ohhhh Toadstool, you innocent yet still somewhat annoying bit of fungus you. While your pile up acrobatics were impressive, your "princess is in another castle" comments were frustrating. If you haven't figured it out yet, we're talking video games this post. While I would never claim to be the best, I have been a fan of video games since I could hold that rectangular Nintendo...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: News @ Your Library, Library Randomness, Things to Do

Nov 01
Fun Facts About the Mary and Jeff Bell Library

Do you ever wonder how many items the library has available for use? Or would you like to know how many people come into the library a year? Here are some interesting statistics from 2018-2019! During a normal week in the Fall and Spring semesters the library is open 108 hours. Although our highest usage is during the middle of the day, we do have plenty of early birds and night owls who take advantage of our extended hours. The Library is just over 100,000 square feet which helps us offer...

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By: Rob Rios

Category: Things to Do, Services for You, Books & More

Oct 29
Spooky Stories for Your Halloween Delight!!

Guys, it’s Halloween!!! Real talk time: I loooove Halloween!! You know all those memes you see coming through your social media feed about people excited about Halloween’s approach? That’s me to a “T”. I have always enjoyed a good scary story or horror movie. I recall being a wee one around the age of 8, sitting at the top center of my parents bed (away from edges because of all of the unknowns that may be lurking under the bed –...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Library Randomness

Oct 25
Let's Create

The I-Create Lab was created so students and the community can have a creative space for projects and collaboration. The I-Create lab has many useful tools for this to be possible. In the lab students and the community can create to their heart's content. The star of the lab are the 3D printers. It costs just 7 cents per gram for students and 10 cents for community users to create any character, figure or design they desire. The second crowd favorite is the Laser cutter/engraver. With...

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By: Soleil Garcia, student worker

Category: We Made This, Services for You

Oct 22
Open Access Week is October 21-27!

What is Open Access? Open access (OA) refers to information that is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. This can include journals, books, databases, and more. Why did the open access movement begin? There are several reasons, like most things, one is due to cost. Between 1986 and 2011, serial expenditures rose 402% (see graph). For four decades, subscription prices have risen significantly faster than inflation and library budgets. Another...

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By: Alexa Hight

Category: News @ Your Library, Today’s Special, Things to Do

Oct 18
Some of The Lesser Known Collections held by TAMU-CC Special Collections and Archives

We have wonderful resources here in the Special Collections and Archives Department at Bell Library.  There are the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers, Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Papers, the Dan E. Kilgore Collection, the wonderful Fuentes home films, the Blucher maps of surveyors of Corpus Christi back in the day, a photo collection from Doc McGregor and the Galvan family music collection. Besides these stellar, awesome collections, we have just as interesting and unique smaller collections...

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By: Lori Atkins

Category: Services for You, Behind the Scenes

Oct 15
Science Fiction Genre Trends

It’s never been cooler to be a fan of science fiction. Fans of the genre are enjoying a renaissance of film, television, and books. But what exactly makes something science fiction? Science fiction tells stories built within science and technology of the future. These stories involve partially true/partially fictitious laws or theories of science. It’s important, however, that they be believable because otherwise they would veer more into the fantasy genre.  There...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Books & More

Oct 11
Do Islanders still read books?

The question In a recent librarians’ meeting, a question came up about the way the library buys books. The Bell Library, like many academic libraries, has traditionally purchased books through two main methods—title-by-title selection, and auto-shipments from a book vendor, based on a profile we set up with them. This second method, called an “approval plan,” would be sort of like setting up your Amazon account to automatically send you any new books...

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By: Derrik Hiatt

Category: Services for You, Behind the Scenes, Books & More

Oct 08
Opening the Classroom: Using Open Educational Practices to Reimagine Teaching and Learning

Have you heard of "open educational resources" or "OER"? These are educational materials that are available for free via the Internet which can be used, reused, remixed, and redistributed by anyone who wants to learn or teach.1 We often hear about OER in the context of textbook affordability. Students these days pay a lot of money for the textbooks which are produced by for-profit publishers. Studies have shown that many students are forced to choose between paying for...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Services for You, Books & More, Library Hacks

Oct 04
What is with all those library locations?

You have your research topic all picked out (Good for you! I think that might be the hardest part). Your instructor says you have to use 3 physical resources in the library, so you’ve gone to the Library’s Quick Search, searched your topic, limited your search to just the “Library Catalog” (found under the “Refine Your Search” menu on the left side of the page) and now you’ve found the perfect source, but the location...

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By: Amie Cuvelier

Category: Library Hacks, Behind the Scenes

Oct 01
Join the Library Islander Board!

Did you know that the library has opened a call for applications for the new LIB: Library Islander Board? The Board will be our first student advisory group that will help us create spaces, resources, and services with student input and direction. Members will represent a variety of student populations and engage with the library in some pretty cool projects! They will help promote library resources, services, and events and participate in user experience research. All current students are...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Things to Do, News @ Your Library, We Made This

Sep 27
My Favorite Room in the Library...

Hi. I'm Ed Warga. I'm the digital collections librarian and subject liaison to the life science and physical science programs at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. I thought I might tell you all about my favorite room in the library. Bell Library has many great spaces. There's a nice little nook tucked away on the second floor with study space under one of the three banks of windows in the library. I like this space because of the natural light and flexible seating. It's a...

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By: Ed Warga

Category: Hello, from the Staff, Services for You

Sep 24
“Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt…”: A Look at the Burning of Books

"Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen – where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” – Heinrich Heine In 1933, some of the finest young minds in Germany gathered in Berlin. Fueled by the antisemitic fervor that was being cultivated, they built a bonfire in a public square and fed the flames with the words, thoughts, and ideas of Jewish authors. This destruction was a declaration. A statement was...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Things to Do, Library Randomness

Sep 20
I-Create Lab New Pricing Structure

This semester marks the first time since the opening of the I-Create Lab that we will begin charging to use the equipment in the makerspace. There are several materials that must be maintained in order to keep the equipment in running order, such as cleaning cartridges for the large format printer, filters for the laser cutter, painters’ tape for the 3D printers, router bits and screws for the CNC router. These are just a few items needed for maintenance, and this doesn’t...

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By: Sylvia Sanchez

Category: Services for You, Tech in the Library

Sep 17
Bring on the Brown Lit!: The Importance of Latinx Literature

Have you ever had the pleasure of reading a novel and instantly relating to the main character? As you progress through the story, questions like, “How would I handle that situation” feel natural to navigate, and moments intended to elicit an empathetic response are that much more impactful. There is much to be said about the connection a reader can make when they identify themselves in a novel. While this can be achieved based on common human behaviors – if a...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More

Sep 13
New Library Website!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new and refreshed website. Just a few days before the beginning of the Fall semester, Bell Library launched an improved website with all new content and organization. If you’ve visited the library home page recently, you might not have noticed much change. We kept the same look and feel for the home page that was launched in January 2018. You’ll find most of the major changes by poking around in the menu or clicking on...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: News @ Your Library, We Made This, Services for You

Sep 10
A Day in the Life of...Diana Gaona

For the past 7 years I have been part of Bell Library's Technical Services department. We recently joined forces with the Periodical’s Department to become the Resource Management & Discovery Team. The joining of these two departments makes our workflow smoother. Now if we have a question, we go to each other for answers and we are all together as a support team for our students, faculty, staff, and the community. In July 18, 2018, I transitioned to my current position...

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By: Diana Gaona

Category: Hello, from the Staff

Sep 06
The Most Requested Interlibrary Loans: The 2018-2019 Academic Year

In the 2018-2019 Academic Year, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) filled just shy of 10,000 requests! To put this in perspective, this is almost double the number of requests filled just 5 years ago in 2013-2014. And we did it all with less staff! That said, we thought it would be fun to share with you the year's most borrowed journals and books, as requested by TAMU-CC students, faculty, and staff, then follow up with a few observations. Top 11 most borrowed journals through...

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By: Brent Day

Category: Books & More, Services for You, Behind the Scenes

Sep 03
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Librarian Selected as SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow

Ms. Lisa Louis from the Mary and Jeff Bell Library has been selected as a fellow in the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, an intensive professional development program to empower library professionals with the knowledge, skills, and community connections to lead successful open education initiatives that benefit students. The two-semester program blends online, peer-to-peer, and project-based learning to build a comprehensive understanding of the open education space coupled with...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Today’s Special, News @ Your Library

Aug 30
100 Years After the Storm

While Hurricane Harvey is still fresh in everyone’s memories, this is not the only storm to leave an impact on Corpus Christi. Hurricanes have marked Corpus Christi’s history and culture. Each storm impacted the city and changed its landscape. The engineering of downtown revolves around the impact of hurricanes. In the late 1800s many hurricanes molded Texas. A storm leveled Indianola in 1875 and again in 1886. After these twin storms the settlement disperse instead of...

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By: Amanda Kowalski

Category: Things to Do, Today’s Special

Aug 27
Bell Library reflects on last year and looks forward to next year…

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the 2019/20 academic year! The University and the Library have been up to great things, and the excitement is contagious. Bell Library is coming off a year of great change, which included the following projects, among other work. Bell Library opened the I-Create makerspace lab, which we will continue to develop and grow. Be sure to keep an eye out for workshop announcements and opportunities to be involved in collaborative...

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By: Cate Rudowsky

Category: Hello, from the Staff, Tech in the Library, Services for You, Dean's Corner

Aug 20
Living Our Best Lives One Book at a Time

Maybe you have heard this one before…books are the gateway to learning and knowledge. Ultra-successful people are the perfect example of this. Warren Buffett believes the key to success is reading. Bill Gates reads about 50 books a year. Elon Musk says he learned to build rockets by reading books. Books can not only help us gain knowledge about our field of study, but, and maybe equally important, they can also be a gateway to improving ourselves. Many different types of books have...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Books & More

Aug 13
What do you do with those extra books?

Have you ever started doing a spring or summer or fall or winter or some other time cleaning and come across books you haven’t seen or used in years? Have you ever wondered what to do with books you no longer want or need?   Believe it or not, there are several wonderful options available for these books if they are in good condition, i.e. all the pages are there and readable, no mold or mildew, and the binding is in good shape. One option involves gifting them to your...

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By: Michele Hall

Category: Books & More, Library Hacks

Aug 09
Instruction Junction, what's your function? What library instruction can do for you

Hey Faculty Friends! Have you ever seen a big group of students leaving a library computer lab and thought to yourself, “I wonder where all of those intelligent, curious, beautiful people came from?” The answer, my friend, is library instruction. Usually when people think of library instruction they think of a 50-minute class session during which a librarian demonstrates how to use certain databases or the library catalog. While there’s not really anything wrong...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Services for You

Aug 06
Why We Cancelled Lexis-Nexis (and How We Made the Decision)

This summer, Bell Library was faced with a choice. The database Lexis-Nexis, long a mainstay among library online resources, was coming up for renewal. We could have just renewed it automatically. Lexis Nexis seems foundational. Essential, even. But some concerns brought us up short. Usage was way down over previous years. The price has gone up over the same time span. And there were some problems with the contract that the company wanted us to sign. The TAMU system has a Contracts Office,...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Behind the Scenes, News @ Your Library

Aug 02
Access Services: Prospective Student Assistant FAQ

As the Student Coordinator for Access Services (or as many know it as the Circulation Desk), I typically work with 12–13 students assistants every semester. Throughout the semester, a student assistant may need to resign, and it is up to me to fill this position. So, has it ever crossed your mind what one (or myself) looks for in a student employee? What qualities should one have? What experience should one have? If you are one who has wondered about these questions, I am glad to...

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By: Nick Rodriguez

Category: Behind the Scenes

Jul 30
Frame of the Day: Searching as Strategic Exploration

We’ve done it, friends. We’ve reached the final frame in the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education: Searching as Strategic Exploration. Thanks for sticking with me!   “Searching as Strategic Exploration” addresses the part of information literacy that we think of as “Research.” It deals with the actual task of searching for information, and the word “Exploration” is a...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Hacks

Jul 26
Wherefore “Arch” Thou?: Finding the Archival Collections You Need

Have you ever been interested in doing archival research, but you’re not sure where to start? Unlike most other library resources, archival collections are generally unique materials which only exist in one place. This is why they can be so valuable to research, since the information and perspective they contain often can’t be found anywhere else. But it also presents a problem: How to locate the collections which might be useful to you. Here are some tips and tricks on...

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By: Kimberly Gianfrancesco

Category: Behind the Scenes, Library Hacks

Jul 23
Copyright, Copywhat?

Many people in an academic setting have heard of copyright, but if asked what it is, what it protects, and who it affects, not too many can fully respond. So, what is copyright and how does it affect our daily lives at TAMU-CC? Simply put, copyright is everywhere. From the materials used in a lecture, to the readings assigned for homework, to the research papers, art projects, and other works created for one’s job or class, copyrighted works are either used or created. Copyright is...

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By: Alexa Hight

Category: Services for You

Jul 19
An Interview with Our Makerspace Technician

Biographical Information Name? David Jones                                        Current job? Makerspace Technician How long have you been in...

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By: Sylvia Sanchez & David Jones

Category: Hello, from the Staff

Jul 16
“A Nightmare of Biblical Proportions”: Review of Christopher Golden’s Ararat

A Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, and an atheist walk into a cave…no this is not a poorly devised joke, but part of the plot line to Christopher Golden’s Bram Stoker Award winning novel, Ararat. What begins as an exploration of a newly revealed opening in the great Mount Ararat, ends in loss of sanity, the external and internal battle between good and evil, paranoia, death, and so much more. Let’s take a step back and talk a bit about the primary location of this...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More, Services for You

Jul 12
Student Sculptures Featured at Bell Library

Site-sensitive installation art, according to Island University Assistant Professor of Art Leticia Bajuyo, can include materials ranging from paint to steel to sound, as these artworks not only take up physical space but also space in our minds. This is one of the philosophies that shaped the spring 2019 Sculpture III course at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and led to its focus on public art installations. In collaboration with the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, eight student-created...

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By: artnews.tamucc.edu (with permission)

Category: Today’s Special, We Made This, Library Randomness

Jul 09
Frame of the Day: Scholarship as Conversation

We’ve made it, everyone. We’ve arrived at my favorite frame: Scholarship as Conversation. Is it weird to have a favorite frame of information literacy? Probably. Am I going to talk about it anyway? You betcha. What does Scholarship as Conversation mean? Scholarship as conversation refers to the way scholars reference each other and build off of one another’s work, just like in a conversation. Have you ever had a conversation that started when you asked someone...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Hacks

Jul 05
Need a place to study? We have got you covered!

Many people love the ability to think in a quiet, isolated environment. I personally fall into this category. I have no trouble interacting in a group, but when it comes to learning and absorbing information, I like being alone. We here at the Mary and Jeff Bell library are happy to provide an environment for you to learn and study as best fits your style. The Circulation department offers 15 study rooms which are available for first come, first served checkout and are suitable for a variety...

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By: Rob Rios

Category: Services for You

Jul 02
Raising a Bilingual Toddler

"Hi, mamá," are the first words Isabelle, my daughter, utters every evening when I pick her up from daycare. At two-years-old, Isabelle's speech is developing, and her vocabulary is expanding. Her vocabulary consists of a balanced amount of both Spanish and English words. She is able to point at a "carro," but she can also spot a "bus." When Isabelle was born, my husband and I decided that we would only speak Spanish to her. We wanted her to master...

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By: Vanessa Claros

Category: Library Randomness

Jun 28
Meet Our Newest Director of Special Collections & Archives

Greetings from the Special Collections and Archives at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi! My name is Lori Atkins and I am just beginning my third week as the new Director. It is a blast, and exciting and sometimes late at night, a little scary. Only in that there are so many…wonderful projects ongoing and some needing to be started and other collections brimming with historical and culturally significant materials that aim to steal one’s attention. Thousands of...

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By: Lori Atkins

Category: Hello, from the Staff

Jun 25
Podcasting for Everyone…At Your Library!

Have you ever listened to a podcast and thought: "Hey, I could do that!" Well, I'm taking a class on podcasting this summer, and I can tell you that yes, you probably can do that, but there is a lot to know about the equipment, audio editing, software, storytelling, and interview preparation. To create a podcast episode you will need a recording setup and audio software to edit the recording. And guess what? The library's got you covered in the I-Create Lab! Visit the...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: We Made This, Services for You, Library Hacks

Jun 21
Where Did the Makerspace Movement Begin?

Makerspaces have grown at an exponential rate over the past decade and this popularity is felt around the world. According to Popular Science (2016), there are 14 times as many makerspaces as there were a decade ago, in fact numbers show nearly 1,400 active spaces across the globe. But, if you’re anything like me, you begin to wonder, where did this all begin? What was the catalyst that set off the spark to this hot bed of creativity? According to John Burke (2015), the rise of the...

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By: Sylvia Sanchez

Category: Tech in the Library, We Made This, Today’s Special

Jun 18
Fantasy Fiction: A World of Possibilities

As you may have read on our blog last month, we have more Stephen King books than any other single author in the Popular Reading Collection, but did you know that the most popular genre is fantasy? We offer more fantasy books than any other genre. And you will find a variety of both Young Adult and adult fantasy titles including, ironically, a Stephen King fantasy series, The Dark Tower. What makes the fantasy genre so popular among readers? A quick search online will reveal many varying...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Books & More

Jun 14
Frame of the Day: Research as Inquiry

Onward! This week we’re talking about the Information Literacy Frame Research as Inquiry. Inquiry is another word for curiosity or questioning. I like to think of this frame as Research as Curiosity, because I think it more accurately captures the way our adorable human brains work. Inquiring Minds Want to Know When you think to yourself, “How old is Madonna?” and you Google it to find out she’s 60 (as of the creation of this post), that’s...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Hacks

Jun 11
Looking for Game of Thrones? We GoT It!

This blog is spoiler free! Winter is coming…. Well, Winter has ended but, that doesn’t mean you can’t binge watch over 72 hours of Game of Thrones! If you love dragons, epic battle scenes, medieval politics, and beautiful musical scores, you are sure to become an instant fan of the show. Set in the mythical land of Westeros, nine noble families contend for rule of the land and to lay claim to the Iron Throne. You will adore, or hate, the variety of characters the...

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By: Sean Walker

Category: Books & More, Today’s Special

Jun 07
Does the library have my textbook? A student’s guide to Course Reserves

What are Course Reserves? Reserves are books held at the Circulation Desk under course numbers and/or professors' names. Usually the books are on 3-hour reserve and must remain in the library. This allows more students access to the book. Books are put on reserve by the request of the professor. Tip: If you would like one of your course books to be on reserve at the library, talk to your professor. They might they have an extra copy available that they can put on reserve for your...

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By: Amie Cuvelier

Category: Services for You, Behind the Scenes

Jun 04
The TAMU-CC Repository

What is an Institutional Repository? An institutional repository is a type of digital repository focused on collecting, managing, and disseminating important digital content produced by the members of an institution like a university. What types of digital content can be found in the TAMU-CC Repository? Currently, the majority of contents located in the Repository consist of theses and dissertations by TAMU – CC graduates. Other items consist of Special Collections items including...

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By: Alexa Hight

Category: Services for You

May 31
Service Excellence in Your Campus Library

Recently the faculty and staff at the Bell Library have embarked upon a service excellence initiative. We hear about service excellence more and more often lately – we’ve even mentioned it a few times in our blog. What does “service excellence” mean? Perhaps more importantly, what will it mean for you? A simple Google search will give us some starting points…service excellence is an organization’s ability to meet and manage customer...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Services for You, Behind the Scenes

May 28
Frame of the Day: Information Has Value

Today we're talking about the third Frame of Information Literacy, which is Information Has Value. By the way, these frames aren't organized by importance —it's just alphabetical. There are a lot of different ways we value things. Some things, like money, are valuable to us because we can exchange them for goods and services. On the other hand, some things, like a skill, are valuable to use because we can exchange them for money (which we exchange for more goods and...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Hacks

May 24
A Sea of Maps: A Collaborative Project with the Conrad Blucher Institute

Every morning the lights of the Archives Workroom come on at 8:00 am, and every morning the first thing (or should I say things) that greet me as I walk in are land surveying records. Not just a few, not just a couple hundred, but thousands of maps waiting to be processed, preserved and prepared for digitization. As Library Specialist II, in the Special Collections and Archives department, my job is to serve as point of contact with the Conrad Blucher Institute on a massive map digitization...

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By: Shelby Gonzalez

Category: Behind the Scenes

May 21
Does the Library Have Any Stephen King Books?

Take a moment to stroll pass the Popular Reading Collection. As you scan the spines of the numerous books, which are currently shelved by author’s last name, you get to the “K” authors. That’s when you see it, ”King…King…King…King.” Of the over 600 titles in this collection, 27 are by Stephen King. While this is a mere 4% in the grand scheme of things, King dominates all other authors regarding number of...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Services for You, Books & More

May 17
Mediasite, what is it and who can use it?

As part of a joint venture between the Library and the University Technology Council (UTC) to bring a video streaming service to the campus community, Mediasite was selected for a one-year pilot program in the fall of 2017. After a successful test phase Mediasite has been in full production since the fall of 2018. So, what is Mediasite and who can use it? Well in the library we use it for our video course reserve materials. Pretty much gone are the days when students had to come to the...

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By: Abel Cantu

Category: Library Hacks, Tech in the Library, Services for You

May 14
An In-depth Look at How Bell Library Acquires New Databases

Have you ever been browsing our online databases and wondered how we here at Bell Library decide which ones to purchase and make available to you? Well wonder no more because I am about to lay it all out for you! The first step in the e-resource lifecycle begins when we become aware of a new database. This can happen several different ways. Sometimes there is a resource that a professor has been wanting or has used at a prior point in their academic career. Other times there is a new exciting...

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By: Rachel Bennett

Category: Services for You, Behind the Scenes

May 10
Meet Our Newest Librarian: Alexa

Hello, Islanders! My name is Alexa Hight and I am the new Scholarly Communication Librarian in the Bell Library here at TAMU-CC. What does scholarly communication mean and how does it apply to students, staff, and faculty in the TAMU-CC community? According to the Association of College and Research Libraries, scholarly communication can be defined as "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly...

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By: Alexa Hight

Category: Hello, from the Staff

May 07
Frame of the Day: Information Creation as a Process

In our April 2nd post, we discussed the Information Literacy Frame, Authority is Constructed and Contextual. Today, we'll focus on the second frame: Information Creation as a Process.  So first of all, let's get this out of the way: Everyone is a creator of information. When you write an essay, you're creating information. When you log the temperature of the lizard tank, you're creating information. Every Word doc, Google Doc, survey, spreadsheet, Tweet, and...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Hacks, Behind the Scenes

May 03
Cuba's Pirate Internet: A Short Story

Tourist hotels line the beaches of Havana; you can see their lights to the north as you ride the P5 bus along Avenida 41. You've never been inside, but you know they contain another world: a world filled with people from places that have never even heard of El Paquete Semanal. The sellers of El Paquete, the paqueteros, all say that's where the 'real' internet lives, that the Maestros all have connections inside, that the hotels are modern-day pirate ships. For months now,...

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By: Brent Day

Category: Library Randomness, Today’s Special

Apr 30
Paws on the Island -- A Finals Tradition

As the semester winds down (or up – depending on your course load!) we all start to feel a little stress. Students are getting ready for exams, gathering sources for final papers, and polishing presentations! Faculty members are getting rubrics ready and getting ready for final grades. It can be a time of high energy. We do our best when we’re getting enough sleep, eating right, and taking care of ourselves. Paws on the Island is an amazing opportunity to stop and slow...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Services for You, Things to Do

Apr 26
Come work with us in Special Collections!

You might think working in a library would be boring and all you would do is shelve books. However, modern libraries are bustling centers of traditional collection management and next level technology solutions. Working at Bell Library Special Collections offers something for everyone. Students interested in History can apply their skills researching and describing archival collections while being exposed to data management and networked systems. Students who are more technology oriented can...

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By: Ed Warga

Category: Hello, from the Staff, Behind the Scenes, Tech in the Library

Apr 23
Do You Suffer from Library Anxiety?

Yep, it’s a real thing, and you may suffer from it without even knowing it. Library anxiety is a common problem that can prevent people from using the library and its resources effectively, which can hurt your ability to complete coursework or possibly lower your potential grade. So, what exactly is library anxiety? Very basically, library anxiety is a fear of either using the library space, which is often seen as overwhelming and confusing, or the fear of not knowing how to find...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Library Hacks

Apr 19
You Mustn't Be Afraid to Fail

If you're like me, you have had countless things that you've wanted to try and do in life. I toyed with the idea of learning to do carpentry after watching a house-flipping show. However, something stopped me from pursuing it. Sometime later, after binge watching Project Runway, I convinced myself that I could design and construct my own clothing. But again, something kept preventing me from trying. That invisible road block was fear, a fear of failure. For me, the need to be nearly...

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By: Sylvia Sanchez

Category: Tech in the Library, We Made This

Apr 16
A Review of The Library Book

I admit it. When I think about sitting down with a good book to read purely for enjoyment, I think of fiction…specifically science fiction or fantasy. So when I checked out The Library Book by Susan Orlean from the Library’s Popular Reading Collection, I was thrilled to discover how enjoyable and engrossing it was. On the surface this book tells the story of the 1986 fire of the Los Angeles Public Library main branch, one of the worst building fires in the history of L.A.,...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Books & More, Today’s Special

Apr 12
Are You Gen X, a Millennial, or Gen Z?: Exploring the Generations

You hear the terms flying around. Maybe they were used in relation to avocado toast, Tide pods, or even Oregon Trail. I’m talkin’ ‘bout my generation (well, not MINE alone, I just couldn’t resist referencing the song by The Who). I’m actually talking about generations X, Y, and Z, more commonly known as Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z. According to the Pew Research Center, these three generations (and a few others) are broken down like so: ...

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By: Trisha Hernandez, Jennifer Anderson, Emma

Category: Library Randomness

Apr 09
The Islander Family at Bell Library Welcomes Vanessa Claros

Meet Vanessa Claros, one of our newest library staff members, who began her position as Library Specialist II, Cataloging on March 11, 2019, as part of the Resource Management & Discovery Department. Vanessa, her husband and their young daughter, Isabelle, age 20 months, recently set forth on a major move from Lawrenceville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, all the way to Corpus Christi, Texas. To be exact, we are talking about a distance of well over 1,000 miles, and roughly about a 15-hour...

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By: Laura Martinez

Category: Hello, from the Staff

Apr 05
Ways to Relax in the Library

We here at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library understand that life can be stressful. This is why we offer a variety of ways to help take the edge off of your tense day. We currently offer 38 games of different varieties that you and your friends can use inside the library. These games range from time honored board games like Monopoly and Candyland to games like trivia based on the TV show the Walking Dead. Below you will find a full list of everything we currently offer as far as board games are...

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By: Rob Rios

Category: Library Hacks, Things to Do, Services for You

Apr 02
Frame of the Day: Authority is Constructed and Contextual

Last Friday, the Dean of the Library, Cate Rudowsky, wrote a blog post discussing the upcoming Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), information literacy, and why it’s all important. I’m going to dig a little bit deeper and talk about the actual concepts as they have been outlined in The Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, the go-to resource on everything you need to know about information literacy, which for the sake of my typin’ fingers,...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Today’s Special, Library Hacks

Mar 29
What's a QEP?

A QEP you say? Information and digital literacy you say? What the what? What’s a QEP? QEP is an acronym for Quality Enhancement Plan and is part of the SACSCOC reaffirmation process. According to SACSCOC, “the Quality Enhancement Plan is an integral component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process and is derived from an institution’s ongoing comprehensive planning and evaluation process. It reflects and affirms a commitment to enhance overall institutional...

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By: Cate Rudowsky

Category: Behind the Scenes, Dean's Corner

Mar 26
I Am a Woman and I Have a Problem: A Women's History Month Reflection

On March 5th, I joined three amazing women on stage during the morning panel of the Women’s History Month Celebration. Dr. Clarenda Phillips, Stacy Rowan, Erin Lewis, and I spoke to the audience about how we shaped our own destinies. Our words encouraged others to acknowledge and appreciate the path paved for us while paving the way for those coming after. The audience was encouraged to find a support unit who would stand beside them through thick and thin. It was also acknowledged...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Hello, from the Staff

Mar 22
History Harvest: A Connection to the Community

Remember when? Remember when the Harbor Bridge was built?  Hurricane Celia?  The Buccaneer Days Parade?  High school rivalries?  Selena on the Domingo Show?  Concerts at the Memorial Coliseum?  The civil rights marches that changed our city?  South Texas has a rich history and your memories can help us understand the important events and experiences that have shaped the region. Every family has a story and individually these...

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By: Amanda Kowalski

Category: Services for You, News @ Your Library, Things to Do

Mar 19
It’s All in Your Head: Psychological Thrillers and the Unreliable Narrator

You’re a liar…delusional...confused…insane! No one is EVER going to believe you! Ok, well not you per say (theoretically at least, I don’t really know you, so…), but this is a common accusation made in many of the best psychological thrillers available today. Take the box office success, The Girl on the Train, staring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, and a bunch of other names that Wikipedia lists. The movie, based on...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Library Randomness, Books & More, Today’s Special, Services for You

Mar 14
Makers Making Use of the I-Create Makerspace Lab

After opening the I-Create Makerspace Lab in mid-January, we never would have guessed the flurry of activity that would occur around Valentine’s Day. In the days leading up to this romantic holiday, we had a nice surge of activity as makers of all disciplines made pilgrimages and many gifts were created!  The 3D printers were busy printing red roses for loved ones. On the embroidery machine, there was a whole lotta monogramming going on, including one very cuddly looking...

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By: David Jones

Category: We Made This, Tech in the Library

Mar 12
What do you spend on textbooks?

March 4-8 was Open Education Week, a week when we celebrate the power of the Internet to democratize education by providing a platform on which tools for learning—everything from videos and class modules to lecture notes and entire textbooks or courses—can be made freely available to anyone wanting to learn. In spite of the fact that we have the digital technology to provide learning materials at low to no cost and that many brilliant minds all over the world are engaged...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Books & More

Mar 08
Are you a Sean or a Joe? Re-shelving Books in the Library

Why do we ask you to put the books back on the cart instead of re-shelving them yourself? This is an excellent question. You're thinking, "If I re-shelve it myself, it will be right where I need it tomorrow; or, it'll be available for the next person." You obviously know where you pulled it from. You can see the gap right there. Also, maybe you’re saving the staff from having to do the work of putting it back; so really, you're just being extra helpful. We...

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By: Amie Cuvelier

Category: Behind the Scenes

Mar 05
Microform: Nothing Micro About It

You're on your way to get your favorite focus food or drink from the vending machines in the Daily Read Café to keep your energy up for that research assignment that you're realizing you should have started a few days earlier. On the way, you weave through other students who you know are in the same boat as you, focused but stressed. When you turn the corner around the staircase, right before you see those doors that keep all the brain food inside, you look around and...

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By: Joe Hernandez

Category: Services for You, Books & More

Mar 01
Islander Feminists Guest Blog for Women's History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, the library is proud to host our first guest blogger, the Islander Feminists! This student organization has been a very active voice on campus. Dedicated to establishing an inviting and engaging culture where feminism and feminist topics are identified, discussed, and encouraged, this team has participated and hosted a variety of events; each aiming to build relationships, celebrate feminist ideals, educate the campus community, and so much more....

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By: Guest Blogger

Category: Things to Do

Feb 26
February 26 is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Did you know that today is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day? From classic Grimm tales to modern day retellings, today is about appreciating the art of the story and how it captivates our imagination. Storytelling has been around since the dawn of man. We all love stories. They ignite feelings and emotions without having to go anywhere or do anything. They appeal to the power of our imaginations, to our curiosity, and to our desire to know more. There are countless fairy tales and infinite...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Library Randomness, Books & More, Today’s Special

Feb 22
Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship

As a newcomer to Corpus Christi, one of the first local history figures I learned about was Dr. Hector P. Garcia. And for good reason:  Dr. Hector, who settled in Corpus with his family in 1945, was an enormously influential individual who made an impact not just locally but globally. He treated indigent patients in his medical practice. He founded the American G.I. Forum, which allowed Mexican-American veterans to organize and advocate for their rights. He stood up for migrant...

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By: Kim Gianfrancesco

Category: News @ Your Library

Feb 19
The Power of Pleasure Reading

What if I told you there was this one little trick that could reduce feelings of stress and depression, increase feelings of relaxation, and expand your ability to cope with difficult situations? It's the simple act of reading for pleasure! When it comes to enjoyment of life and our ability to cope with the challenges we face, people who read report lower levels of stress, higher self-esteem, and greater self-acceptance and life satisfaction. Emotional and Psychological Benefits While...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Services for You, Books & More

Feb 15
I-Create Makerspace, Reflections on the First Month

Your Islander I-Create Lab has come together.  By the time you read this, our final major piece should be in place, our large format printer!  It has the ability to print on a variety of materials including window clings, stickers, and yes even paper.  It's 54 inches wide and can print to the length of the roll!  I did say LARGE!  I cannot wait to see what it will produce for the creative talents on the island. Has it been a month already?...

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By: David Jones

Category: We Made This, Tech in the Library

Feb 12
Down the Rabbit Hole

Have you ever Googled David Bowie's age and wound up learning about Wild Bill Hickok's famous shootout? Well, I'll let you in on a secret. That counts as research! At Bell Library, we encourage that kind of research and, more to the point, we encourage the use of Wikipedia. Now, I'm not saying you should cite Wikipedia in your lab report, but I am saying that Wikipedia is an amazing resource and just because it's crowd-sourced doesn't mean it's worthless. I...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Library Randomness, Library Hacks

Feb 08
New Browsable Media Collection and Displays

Things are changing with the media collection! To make room for the I-Create makerspace lab, we temporarily relocated all the DVDs and other media to the Circulation Desk. Once they were downstairs, we undertook a huge project to separate all the DVD’s from their cases, so the cases could be displayed as part of the new browsable media collection.  As of February 1, a little over half of the collection has been displayed upstairs in their new home located just past the...

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By: Amanda Horne

Category: Services for You, Things to Do, Books & More

Feb 05
Behind the Scenes

The construction area next to the Ask Us Desk isn't the only big change happening at the library right now. Library staff are gearing up for a “behind the scenes” change that you probably won't notice, but that we hope will help us deliver even better service to all of you. The software we use to manage library operations—checking books in and out, the library catalog, journal holdings, tracking orders for new books and other materials,...

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By: Derrik Hiatt

Category: Tech in the Library, Services for You, Behind the Scenes, News @ Your Library

Feb 01
Celebrate Black History Month

February’s Black History Month is this year’s first campus cultural celebration. The library will be joining in by highlighting a variety of Black History themed resources and materials throughout the month! Look for books and displays in the library and check out our Guide which has information about campus events and the National theme selected by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Additionally, it offers titles in our collection,...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Things to Do

Jan 29
Your Popular Reading Collection

Do you hear it; the whispers calling out to you from our shelves? Tendrils of word clouds with themes like dragons, mystery murders, battles, and more wrap around and embrace you, enticing you to read. THIS is Popular Reading! Nestled beside the Circulation desk, the library has three blue shelves full of your popular reading desires. Before we talk more about the collection, however, how about a bit of history…. For years, despite all the amazing services the Bell Library has...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More, Things to Do, Hello, from the Staff, Behind the Scenes, Services for You

Jan 25
Meet Our Newest Librarian

Hello, everyone! My name is Kim Gianfrancesco and I'm your new Processing and Digital Archivist in the Archives and Special Collections here at TAMUCC. I'm so excited to be joining the Islander community and to be a part of the amazing team at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library! My interest in archives began during my time as an undergrad at Amherst College in Amherst, MA. Working as a student assistant in the College's Archives and Special Collections, I got to see fascinating,...

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By: Kim Gianfrancesco

Category: Hello, from the Staff

Jan 22
Welcome back to your library!

We’re looking forward to an exciting semester and we hope you feel the same! We have lots of events and programs planned, giving you an opportunity to learn something new outside of the classroom and have some fun too. The I-Create Lab will offer some pretty amazing things, our Workshop Series will start up again, and we’ll have lots of fantastic art on exhibit to spark your creativity. We’ll join the campus wide celebrations of Black History Month and...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Hello, from the Staff, Things to Do

Jan 18
Why Makerspaces are a Good Fit for Libraries

We’ve been asked many questions since word started spreading about our intention to create a makerspace in the library. What kind of equipment will you have? Will it be open to the public? Will you charge a fee? How much will you charge? These are all very valid questions, but the one that struck me most was the question why would the library open a makerspace? I usually struggle with putting my thoughts into words. Luckily, I recently read a blog written by Diana Rendina titled 5...

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By: Sylvia Sanchez

Category: Tech in the Library, News @ Your Library, We Made This

Jan 15
Welcome to Our Blog!

Greetings! To start, I would like to wish everyone a most happy 2019 and a successful spring semester. I am also excited to announce that the library is launching a blog and that I am honored with writing the first blog post. Being asked to kick-off our blog forced me to reflect on blogs in general. Specifically, I was asking myself what do we hope to accomplish through our blog and what might people find interesting? I believe our primary goal in establishing this blog is to share various...

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By: Cate Rudowsky

Category: Dean's Corner, Hello, from the Staff