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!
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: We Made This, Tech in the Library

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, Services for You, Things to Do

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

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: Books & More, Library Randomness, 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: Tech in the Library, We Made This

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, Books & More, Things to Do

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

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: Things to Do, Hello, from the Staff

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: Hello, from the Staff, Dean's Corner