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Nov 24
Taking a Road Trip? Try the Backroads, They’re Historic!

The joys of working in an Archive are, at times, understated. The myriad collections that we hold in Special Collections and Archives allow us a glimpse into years and decades long since passed. You would think that this would be a dream for a Graduate Student in History. And in many ways, it is. Yet, while working in the Archive, you find certain items that make you want to find the places talked about. For example, while we have collections devoted to events such as COVID-19 and Hurricane...

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By: Nicholas Vela, Special Collections and Archives Graduate Assistant

Category: Library Randomness, Things to Do

Nov 20
The Dorm Room Guide to Thanksgiving Cooking

This year, no one quite knows what Thanksgiving will look like. Will you be spending it with family, or will you be quarantined in your dorm? Who knows! However, it is certain that you want to eat your holiday favorites! Unfortunately, you may not be quite sure how to make them. Have no fear, these recipes will give you some of favorite holiday tastes at a reasonable price. Whether you are a novice chef, or a curious foodie, these recipes will help you woo your family, friends, and roommates....

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By: Joshua Esparza, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: Library Randomness, Things to Do

Nov 17
Popular Reading Titles for Native American Heritage Month

November. No not the song Andy Dwyer wrote for April Ludgate. If you haven’t noticed from my signature, I’m kind of a huge fan of the tv show Parks and Recreation. Speaking of Parks and Rec, I’ve been thinking about this show a lot in recent times. You might have seen the meme where Leslie Knope meets then-Vice-President Biden. But now that the election is over, we can focus on the other things that November is known for: Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Native...

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By: Alexa Hight, Punk A** Book Jockey

Category: Today’s Special, Books & More

Nov 13
Weight and Weightless: A Pop-up Exhibition

The COVID-19 Pandemic has made some changes to our gallery schedule and we’ve missed hosting a few of our traditional exhibits. We are excited to share some new discoveries as we explore opportunities to showcase the amazing creativity of our Islanders! Our most recent pop-up exhibition includes sculpture pieces from the foundations courses taught by Leticia Bajuyo and David Hill. Each assignment had unique requirements that lead to the pieces we saw in the show. Students in...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

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

Nov 10
Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month

The month of November is designated as National Native American Heritage Month. We honor the rich and diverse traditions of Native groups and recognize their significant contributions to the history, culture, and growth of our country. While it is important to acknowledge their accomplishments, it is also equally important to raise awareness about the unique challenges they have faced and continue to face. One way that Native Americans have voiced their experiences and disparities is through...

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By: Vanessa Claros

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

Nov 06
A Review of Malcolm in the Middle

Few television shows have been able to submerge me into a blissful state of immersion; and, like many people, I find it difficult to adopt a sense of disbelief even for the clearly outrageous actions undertaken by the cast. Perhaps I have become far in tune with reality and my viewing habits only crave TV shows that conform to the idea of an accurate depiction of modern life. Well, I believe that I’ve found something better than my mundane approach to enjoying channels that...

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By: Santiago Salazar, Access Services Student Assistant

Category: Library Randomness, Hello, from the Staff

Nov 03
Turning Trash to Treasure: Our Outstanding Faculty Speaker Event with Dr. Seiger

Last Tuesday we held our Outstanding Faculty Speaker Event with Dr. Lon Seiger in the University Center! Although Dr. Seiger was our nomination for Spring 2020, due to COVID-19, we had to reschedule (and reimagine) this event. We decided to continue the event in-person with the required social distancing measures and contact tracing. This event was unique in comparison to our other Outstanding Speaker events not only because it was delayed, but also because participants got to create and take...

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By: Emma Drumright

Category: Today’s Special, We Made This, Things to Do

Oct 30
“Heads” Up! – Did Propaganda Influence Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”?

With a hip-hip and a clippity-clop, he's out lookin' for a top to chop, so don't stop to figure out a plan, you can't reason with a headless man. – “The Headless Horseman”, Bing Crosby It’s Halloween!!! Or at least it’s about to be. To kick your spooky weekend off right, let’s take a moment to appreciate a Halloween tale that pops up every year (for me at least). I began today’s post with song lyrics...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Library Randomness, Today’s Special

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