Things to Do

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 do research all the...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Things to Do Library Randomness Library Hacks

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 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 over $1...

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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 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 overly...

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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 fuel you will need now...

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By: Sean Walker

Category: Things to Do Library Randomness

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 into stickers."...

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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 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 like crocheting,...

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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 out. Pull out the comfy clothes, the...

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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? It’s a library...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Books & More Library Hacks Things to Do

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 controller in my hands. I have seen...

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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 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 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 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 being made as the...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Things to Do Library Randomness

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 rebuilding...

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By: Amanda Kowalski

Category: Things to Do 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 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 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. They...

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By: Guest Blogger

Category: Things to Do

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 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, streaming...

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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 offered,...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

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

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 Women’s History...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Hello, from the Staff Things to Do