Thursday, October 23, 2014

Student Art Reception, October 28 at 10am

Join us next Tuesday, October 28 from 10-11am for an art reception in the 2nd floor lobby of the Armacost Library. The artists are students from Professor RenĂ©e Azenaro's ART 132: Two-Dimensional Design and ART 145:  Introduction to Sculpture, and are an assortment of art majors and non-art majors.

I've been attending the last several receptions and have always valued the time I've had to talk with the students. I'll ask them about the decisions they've made, the challenges they've faced, how they responded to those challenges, what they learned about themselves and art in general. The students are open and thoughtful in their responses, and these conversations are quite educational for both myself and the artists who take the opportunity to think and reflect on their learning experiences.

In ART 132:  Two-Dimensional Design, students learn to design with picture-plane using the principles and elements of design. Designs are developed through learned skills in line, shape, texture, color and value; while learning to create well-developed designs with unity and variety, balance, scale and proportion within a composition.

In ART 145:  Introduction to Sculpture, students were tasked to create a planar sculpture for their first assignment. Students cast and carved plaster sculptures with several goals in mind

  • to learn to cast plaster keeping the integrity of the material so as to be able to carve a blank form and create a single sculpture of well developed planes
  • to make a piece considering the relationship of forms as they develop around the sculpture, and
  • to work towards excellent craftsmanship.  

If you have a moment, please stop by and join us!

Paige Mann
Physical Sciences Librarian

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Whatever the cost.....

"Whatever the cost of our libraries, 
the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." 
Walter Cronkite**

Here are some facts about the cost of libraries:

     Academic librarians provide information that serves more than 44 million students yearly—reaching almost 12 million more than attend college basketball games.
College libraries receive just less than three cents of every dollar spent on higher education.
There are 584 students enrolled for every librarian in 2- and 4-year colleges and universities in 2010 in the U.S. as compared with 14 students for each teaching faculty member.
Americans spend nearly three times as much on candy as they do on public libraries.*

Something to consider!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What is the Student Engagement Board?

Have you noticed Armacost Library’s new Student Engagement Board?

Okay, it’s just a “rolling-magnetic-reversible-dry-erase-board.” But doesn't Student Engagement Board sound better? It’s currently stationed on the 2nd floor just adjacent to the east staircase. Armacost Library wants to ask informal (and sometimes amusing) questions to get to know our students (this means YOU!) and interact in a casual way. You may also see announcements of current library events listed on the board. We started out by requesting that you summon your artistic side and draw your pet (insert poodle, turtle, hissing cockroach, here). Last week we asked you what you like about college—feedback in the form of sarcasm and silliness are welcome. Do you like your instructors? Don’t you just love the library? (What an awesome place)! What about the double-half-caf-soy-extra-large-Frappuccino?

Be on the lookout for more scintillating questions in the weeks to come. Do you have any suggestions for questions we might ask? Contact with your thoughts and ideas. Or, feel free to post a comment below. Have a great day!

Submitted by Rebecca Clayton, Acquisitions/Cataloging Assistant
Photo by Debbie Alban, Administrative Assitant

Friday, October 10, 2014

Can Adobe see which ebooks you are reading?

As you probably know, Armacost Library offers a wide and growing selection of ebooks through our Ebsco Ebook Collection. Ebsco acquires distribution rights to the texts in EPUB format from various publishers and sells them to libraries. You can read these books online and take notes or print selected portions directly from your browser. If you want to read these books offline or transfer them to a mobile device, you need to download Adobe Digital Editions software, since the texts are protected by digital rights management (DRM) software at the publisher's request.

This week, Armacost Library learned that the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions automatically compiles information on users' reading history - including the titles of ebooks, the date and time they were read, a unique identifier for the reading device and its Internet address  - and transmits this information to an Adobe server in unencrypted, plain text that could easily be intercepted by a third party.

Protecting patron privacy is one a core library value. The functionality revealed this week goes against the tenets of anonymity and data integrity described in Armacost Library's privacy policy and undermines our ability to provide you with trustworthy resources for your teaching and learning.

While we pursue the matter further with Ebsco, there are a couple options you can take immediately if you feel that your privacy is being violated. According to user reports, only version 4 of Adobe Digital Editions transmits information to Adobe. You can install version 3 of the software from

Alternatively, you can remove Adobe Digital Editions altogether and simply read ebooks in your browser. Ebsco's database interface allows you to view ebooks on computers and mobile devices alike, no special downloads needed.

Finally, we encourage you to contact your librarian if you would like help finding physical books from our collection, or from another library near you.

Best regards,
Sanjeet Mann
Electronic Resources Librarian
Armacost Library

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Books Week

September 21-27 is Banned Books Week, a time in which we can celebrate our freedom to read and explore diverse ideas. This year Banned Books Week focuses on challenges to graphic novels and comic books. Events planned over the next several days include a talk on censorship, a lunch time Read-Out, a discussion of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel and memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, and a comic book swap. 

Banned Books Week events are sponsored by The Johnston Center, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Armacost Library and assistance from the Art Department. Special thanks go to Leela MadhavaRau, M.G. Maloney, Daniel Kiefer, the students of Portraying Our Diverse Identities first-year seminar, and Tim Seiber. 

Schedule of Events:
Banned Books Display
All week
Location: Library entrance, 2nd floor
Drop by the Armacost Library to view banned and challenged comics and graphic novels.

Censorship On and Off the Page
Monday, September 22, 3:00 p.m.
Location: Holt Lobby
Obscene words on television, cultural knowledge about healing, and evolution in contemporary textbooks. A talk led by Tim Seiber. 

Banned Books Read-Out
Wednesday, September 24, noon
Location: Outside the plaza 
Stop by and listen or read from your favorite banned or challenged bookLed by the Associate Dean for Campus Diversity and Inclusion, Leela MadhavaRau.

Too Graphic
Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Armacost Library Conference Room, 3rd floor of the Library
The illustrated memoir, Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel was challenged by the South Carolina Legislature. A discussion led by Daniel Kiefer and Portraying Our Diverse Identities first-year seminar students.

Comic Book Swap
Friday, September 26, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bekins Lawn
Bring your old comic books, graphic novels, and zines to share, trade, or display. P.S. Bring your own cape.

Friday, September 12, 2014

National Constitution Day is Sept. 17th

That’s the date that the Founding Fathers signed the United States Constitution establishing our government and the rights and freedoms that “We the People” enjoy today.
Have you ever read this document? This week the Political Science department is sponsoring a reading of the Constitution.
How about trying this Naturalization Test! Can you pass the test to become a United States citizen?
Stop by Armacost Library and see our display.
Other good reads might include: The Upside-Down Constitution by Michael S. Greve explaining how federalism has a totally different meaning now than is described in the Constitution.
Akhil Reed Amar’s American’s Unwritten Constitution arguing that the written Constitution doesn’t include all that we think including no explicit mention of separation of powers or the rule of law. Constitution 3.0, Freedom and Technological Change edited by Jeffrey Rosen and Benjamin Wittes, which provides analysis of the technological challenges to our constitutional values.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Your Learning Toolbox: Librarians and the Library Website

Welcome new and returning students! Have you taken full advantage of the librarians and Library website? Consider the following whether you're a novice or an ol' research pro.

Cultivate your research & critical thinking skills

Use the "Ask Us" bulldog to meet or speak with, chat or email a member of the library faculty. Contact us when you're forming a topic, figuring out what you'd like to say in your research assignment, questioning the authority of an author and publisher, revising your search strategies, or any other research activity.

Use Research Guides (by subject and course)

Library faculty have crafted these guides to help you learn about research strategies, habits of mind, and anything else that can develop your scholarship, including recommended resources.

Get quick answers to questions with "How Do I?"

Use "How Do I?" when you want to know, "How do I renew my books? How do I find scholarly articles? How many items may I borrow at a time?"

Follow Library News

Stay informed with Library News. Subscribe to the RSS feed or follow by email to learn about opportunities, exhibits, upcoming changes, and more at your library.

Find databases by resource type

When you visit Article Databases & Online Resources, you can find databases by subject, title, and type of resource. Use this to find newspapers, videos, audio, etc.

Read a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper

Sometimes your professor will recommend a specific journal. To see if the library has it, go to Article Databases & Online Resources and use the "Read a journal, magazine, or newspaper" box. Check if we have the specific year and issue. This isn't always as easy as one might expect so get help at any time.

1Look up a specific article

Sometimes all you'll have is a citation; does Armacost Library have the article you need? To find out, go to Article Databases & Online Resources and use "Look up a specific article." It's not always easy so seek help at any time.

Locate a book

To locate a book, you'll need the location and call number from the Library Catalog. New this year is the ability to view a book's location within the Library. Just click on the location (e.g. Reference, Periodicals, etc.) to view a map.

Save it to a list

When you search the Library Catalog and find a book, music score, CD, or DVD you like but don't have time for just yet, save it to a list. Select the item, click on "Save," and select the list to which you'll save it.

Request, Recall, or Place a Hold

Ever search for something in the Library Catalog and find it's not available? Request, recall, or place a hold by selecting the item, then click on "Request" and follow the directions provided.

Recommend a Library Purchase

Found an excellent book that's missing from the Library Catalog? Log into your library account and suggest that the Armacost Library purchase it and list the course(s) to which it relates.

Receive Alerts When the Library Acquires Something You Like

If you've made a purchase suggestion or if you simply want to know when Armacost Library acquires the latest book from your favorite author log into your Library account, run a search, then click "Save this search." To receive an email when a new title matching your search arrives, view your record, click on "Saved Searches," and select the "Mark for Email" box.

Do you have a favorite learning tool? Let me know by adding a comment below.


Paige Mann
Physical Sciences Librarian and Web Experiences Librarian