Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Picture of the Day

Daniel Meyer (History major) positioned himself outside the Daniels Boardroom wearing a sandwich board sign to petition the Board of Trustees for higher admission standards. He was able to meet members of the BOT and share his thoughts.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

LITC BOOK REVIEW: Just Kids by Patti Smith

Reviewed by Donald Quist:

Just Kids is the National Book Award winning memoir by musician, writer, artist, Patti Smith. The book's main focus is to serve as an homage to Robert Mapplethorpe, her former friend and lover, and not to mention one of the most famed photographers of all time! This book has become one of my instant favorites. Smith’s narrative voice is so strong and the relationship between her and Mapplethorpe is so compelling, I forgive her redundancy and endless name dropping. She is a braggart, offering readers a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of the arts scene in 1970’s New York, and though that is somewhat the book's biggest appeal—the sense of voyeurism and exclusivity that sells tabloids—she is sincere. I found myself immediately drawn to her vulnerability, how her words read like a letter from a really close friend. If you strip away the cameos, her story is still meaningful and hopelessly romantic. There is a line in the book where Smith, speaking about Mapplethorpe’s work, says, “His obscenity was never obscene.” Her writing is very much the same. Smith approaches even the darkest aspects of her recollections, things like carcinoma, contracting the clap, head lice, intravenous drug use and dating two male prostitutes, with the frothy poeticism one would expect from a literary romance. But that is what it is, a story about two young people in love, with their art and each other, trying to craft an identity for themselves, walking in the shadows of giants and inevitably becoming giants themselves.

Share your thoughts on Just Kids, Friday, April 8th, 2011 @ 3:30pm, as the Coker College Library hosts a public book discussion with the Chair of the Art Department, Professor Jean Grosser in Room 228.

Monday, March 7, 2011

New E-book Collection!

Great news! We have added Springer E-books to our collection! By the end of this year, this collection will grow to over 25,000 books!

As always, e-books are a great resource that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

An advantage to the Springer E-book collection is that we have unlimited access to each title that we own: all 1200 Coker students, staff, and faculty could technically have the same book open at the same time!

There are no restrictions for printing, as most titles are opened as PDF files. Also, these files can be loaded on any mobile device without any modification or compatibility issues.

For now, search the link on the E-books link on the library homepage. We will be adding the books to our online catalog later in the semester.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring Break Hours 2011

It's that time already! Spring break hours start this weekend:

We will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6.
Monday-Thursday, March 7-10: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, March 12: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12: Closed
Sunday, March 13: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.