Services for You

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 even...

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By: Sylvia Sanchez

Category: Services for You Tech in the Library

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 links found...

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By: Anjanette Jones

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

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

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 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 with this...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Services for You

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 a...

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By: Alexa Hight

Category: Services for You

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 novel. Mount...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More Services for You

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

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 I-Create Lab on the...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: We Made This Services for You Library Hacks

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 class. How...

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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 expectations. Lots of...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Services for You 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 titles available. Ever wonder...

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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

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 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

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 memories make our community what...

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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 the New York Times...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

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

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 realize that you're...

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By: Joe Hernandez

Category: Services for You Books & More

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 people...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Services for You Books & More

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 group study...

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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, etc.—was designed with print...

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By: Derrik Hiatt

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

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 offered,...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

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