Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Break Hours

No, we don't have snow.  Hard to have snow when you temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.

We will be open from 8:30-5:00 Today and Tomorrow (December 17-18).

We will be closed from December 19-January 1.  We will reopen at 8:30 on January 2nd.

Happy Holidays, and have a restful semester break!

As always, you can check our hours here.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Final Exam and End of Semester Hours

Yes, it's that time again!  We will have expanded hours for final exams, beginning tomorrow:

Day Open Close
Friday, December 7 7:45 am 12:00 am (Saturday)
Saturday, December 8 8:00 am 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 9 1:00 PM 1:00 am (Monday)
Monday, December 10 7:45 am 1:00 am (Tuesday)
Tuesday, December 11 7:45 am 1:00 am (Wednesday)
Wednesday, December 12 7:45 am 1:00 am (Thursday)
Thursday, December 13 7:45 am 5:00 PM
Friday, December 14 7:45 am 5:00 PM

Beginning Saturday, December 15, we will be closed to the public until January 2, 2013.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Time Is Here!

Well folks, it's that time of year again...CHRISTMAS! 

The library staff invites you to come on down to the library and read a book under the glow of our Christmas tree! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours and More

Thanksgiving is only a few days away...and we'll be closed Wednesday, November 21 through Saturday, November 24.  We will reopen at 1 PM on Sunday, November 25.  Have a safe and relaxing holiday!

Not to stress anyone out, but there will be one full week of classes left in the semester!  Then a partial week and exams, and Fall 2012 will be in the books.  Amazing, as Orientation seemed like last weekend!

Picture courtesy of the Library of Congress/Bridgeman Art Library. Engraving by Winslow Homer, for Harper's Weekly, 1858.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Week Tutoring

On Monday, November 19th, tutoring will take place in its regular scheduled location.

There will not be tutoring available Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday due to Thanksgiving Break.


Eat Chicken! Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

LITC Tutoring Update

All Tutoring scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th will take place in LITC Room 121. 

This room is located on the first floor behind the reference section.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

LITC Tutoring Location Changes

Please note that tutoring will not take place in LITC room 228 this week!  Instead, we will adhere to the following schedule:
Monday, November 12th

  • Tutoring will be in LITC217 – this room is in the back, right corner of the library
  • If a tutor needs to move to a different location to provide better service, he or she will post the change

Tuesday, November 13th

  • Chinese tutoring from 11:00 – 12:30 will take place in LITC220
  • All other tutoring will take place in LITC217

Stay tuned for more information concerning Wednesday, November 14th!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

LITC Tree Trimming

This Thursday and Friday (November 8th and 9th), the LITC parking lot will be getting a much needed haircut!

 CC Plant Operations will be trimming and removing trees from the south section (closest to the church building) of the LITC parking lot. Plant Operations asks that you please remove all vehicles from this area prior to Thursday morning. The section will be roped off Wednesday.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Media Room Reservations are here!

Our ever popular media rooms - LITC 111, 112, and 113 - will now be reservable.

Head over to and click on "Media Rooms" to reserve your room today!  You will need a Coker e-mail address to reserve the room, and your Coker or photo ID to check the room key out.

You can also scan this QR code (look for it near those rooms as well):

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dropbox Space Race is on!

I mentioned the Dropbox Space Race earlier this month, but the race is still ongoing and now they have added conference affiliation for additional incentive!

If you aren't familiar with Dropbox, it is a cloud-based storage service that gives 3 GBs of space for free.  You can earn additional space for free by completing your profile and getting friends to sign-up for the service.  

Dropbox allows all file type and it allows you to share files with other users.  Accessible via web or smartphone/tablet, you can get to your files from anywhere.  Also, Dropbox offers instant photo uploads from your smartphone - a great way to backup your pictures and videos from your phone or iPod.

Via the Space Race promotion, they are offering huge amounts of space - up to 25 GBs for schools with large numbers of Dropbox users.  So far, Coker College has unlocked 3 additional GBs of space with 4 users.  We are currently ranked sixth in Conference Carolinas!  I think we can do better than that!

If you are already a Dropbox user, you can still take advantage of the additional space by adding your Coker e-mail to your account.

To sign up, click here:

Good luck!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Writer's Studio Hours this week

With Fall Break on Thursday and Friday, the Writer's Studio will have shortened hours.

Monday, Tuesday: 2-10 P.M.
Wednesday-Friday: CLOSED

Library hours, as always, are here.

(Picture above courtesy of

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mario, the low sodium black olives, is lonely. Will you help him out?

Hello.  My name is Mario.  I am a can of low sodium black olives.  And I am lonely.  I have been sitting at the bottom of this Harvest Hope Food Bank donation box, all by myself, all week.  Although I am low sodium, I wouldn't mind if some high(er) sodium foods came to join me in this box.  I'm not even a most needed item, as designated by the good folks at Harvest Hope: they would like to see peanut butter, soups, beans, baby formula, and other nutritionally dense foods.  I personally WOULD LOVE to chat with a jar of peanut butter.  It really is lonely down here.

The good folks at the library will be giving credit for overdue fines for each canned good you donate. Check the circulation desk for more information.

Please, don't let me be lonely.  Thank you.

Friday, September 14, 2012

ARTStor Scheduled Downtime

From the technical support services department at ARTStor:

Please be advised that ARTstor will be performing temporary scheduled maintenance on Saturday, September 15 between 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM EDT. Access to the ARTstor Digital Library will be temporarily suspended during this time.

Fun Friday: (Kevin) Bacon Numbers via Google

Have you ever played the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game?  The object is to tie another actress/actor to Kevin Bacon in fewer than six "degrees" or steps.  For instance, Marlon Brando is two degrees from Kevin Bacon:  Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall appeared together in The Godfather, and Robert Duvall and Kevin Bacon were both in appeared in Jayne Mansfield's Car.  

Well, Google takes the fun out of it.  Enter an actress/actor's name in Google with "Bacon Number" after the name, and the search behemoth will do all of the work for you.  Give it a try!  And put your most interesting examples in the comments.

Thanks to the Vancouver (B.C.) Sun for article: Google Creates Bacon Number feature

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Writer's Studio Hours for Fall 2012

The Writer's Studio is open for all of your writing needs.  Wonky citations? Visit the Writer's Studio.  Outline not working for you?  Visit the Writer's Studio. Your peers, helping you with your writing assignments!

The hours for the fall semester are:

Monday-Thursday 2 PM - 10 PM

Monday, August 27, 2012

Reference Desk hours begin today!

We will start our reference hours this afternoon!

We will have this desk staffed from 2-9 PM Monday-Thursday, and by appointment on Friday.

We have chat reference available from 8:00-ish to 9:00 PM Monday-Friday, as well.

If these times don't work for you, please call (383-8125) or e-mail (reference "at" us to schedule a reference session!

Friday, August 24, 2012

ScienceDirect Schedule Outage on Saturday

Heads up: ScienceDirect will be down for scheduled maintenance from 7:30 am Saturday, August 25 until early Sunday, August 26.

Improvements to the interface and user experience include the following:

Efficient and effortless access to relevant information thanks to a new design for journal article and book chapter pages as well as improved user experience for e.g. RSS feeds, image search, and many other features and functionality

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Classics in Audiobooks...on Youtube?

What if you could listen to classics - for literature classes, for intellectual bragging rights, or whatever - for free, wherever you have an internet connection?

You can.

I stumbled across CC Prose Audiobooks on Youtube, and I was pleasantly surprised at the library and quality of the collection.  All of the books are in the public domain, so there isn't a copyright issue by reading these books online.  They provide the text via closed caption, so you can read along on your computer or smartphone.

Here is Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence:

What book do you think they should record next?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fall Semester Hours Begin Today!

Welcome back, students and faculty!  ALPHA classes began last night, and Day classes began this morning. That means we are back our normal operating schedule.

Monday-Thursday: 7:45-12:00 AM
Friday:                    7:45-7:00 PM
Saturday:                12:00-5:00 PM
Sunday:                  2:00-12:00 AM

More hours information (including holiday and Fall Break) here.

Also, Java City Cafe reopens today.  For the Cafe's hours, click here.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

EBSCOhost Mobile 2.0

Just in time for the new school year, EBSCOhost Mobile has some new features and upgrades:

The new Mobile 2.0 version of EBSCOhost provides an improved experience for mobile device users, with features not previously available on EBSCOhost mobile apps, such as:
  • Automatic detection--mobile device users no longer need a separate mobile profile to access EBSCOhost  
  • Usability enhancements (mobile design best practices)
  • Branding set up for your EBSCOhost interface will be apparent during mobile access
  • User interface translation
  • Integration of/access to folders
  • EDS guest access support
  • Usage report that distinguishes between desktop and mobile usage
  • Full access to facets and search options, ability to refine results
  • Book covers and publication-type icons included on Result List
EBSCOhost Mobile is automatically detected when accessed on any mobile device.  Also, there are EBSCOhost Mobile Apps available in your device's appropriate apps store.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Graduation Time!

Coker College Commencement is Saturday, May 5th at 8:30!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cookie Break Tonight in the LITC


Yes, we will have cookies, milk, and other treats to help get you through exams.  Look for the cookie table out well before we close at 1 AM.  Yes, we are open until 1 AM!

And good luck with exams!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Writer's Studio Exam Hours and other stuff

The Writer's Studio will be open for exams!

Wednesday, 4/25: 4:00-10:00 PM
Thursday, 4/26:     4:00-10:00 PM
Friday, 4/27:         4:00-10:00 PM
Monday, 4/30:      4:00-10:00 PM
Tuesday, 5/1:        4:00-10:00 PM

We are working on restoring "normal" access to databases, but it will be a potentially slow process.  All databases ARE available, but access is difficult due to an internal server issue.  Stick with the links in earlier blog posts or ask a library staff member for assistance.  Once again, we apologize for this untimely inconvenience.

Library Hours 
Due to popular request (via our library survey), we will expanding our hours during exams.

Thursday, 4/26: 7:00 AM - 1 AM (Friday)
Friday, 4/27:     7:00 AM - 1 AM (Saturday)
Saturday, 4/28  8:00 AM - 8 PM
Sunday, 4/29    1:00 PM - 1:00 AM (Monday)
Monday, 4/30:  7:45 AM - 1:00 AM (Tuesday)
Tuesday, 5/1:    7:45 AM - 11:00 PM

We are open on Thursday and Friday early due to the Coker College Board of Trustees Meeting.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The server is still down. Here are links to LexisNexis and eBooks.

NexisLexis Academic

EBSCOhost eBook Collection
One of the servers is down and access to our online resources are not available from the links on our web site. Below are direct links that will work on campus. - DISCUS/Gale databases - EBSCOHost - NoodleBib  - JSTOR  -  Science Direct

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Encyclopedia Britannica stops the presses

 This poor guy will be so depressed.

After 244 years, the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica will stop publication of its printed edition soon. As many of you that have had me (or other librarians) for COM 101 classes know, the minute an encyclopedia is printed (and actually, during the final editing process) it is out of date. Sales of the printed Encyclopedia Britannica have been falling since the 1990s, with information seekers heading to Google and Wikipedia.

The good news is that we have a better product - the online edition of Britannica, which has already been updated to reflect the deaths of Whitney Houston, the Monkees' Davy Jones and other (more) important timely information.

If you are feeling nostalgic, you can look at our copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica from 1959, donated by a Coker alumna.  The volumes are located on the landing between the first and second floors.

Check out the printed edition of Encyclopedia Britannica's obituary from the New York Times.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Extended Hours on Sunday

Beginning on Sunday, February 26th, the library will open at 1 PM (instead of 2 PM)!  We will remain open until midnight.

Want to see the rest of our hours?  Click here: Coker LITC Hours

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Book Talk - Unbroken

Professor Todd Rix will be discussing Laura Hillenbrand' s latest book, Unbroken. Published in November 2010 to rave reviews, this book will stay with you for a long time. Join us on March 22 at 11am in LITC217. This is a book you will want to read and talk about.

Caroline Leavitte from People said of the book,"Any one of the threads in Hillenbrand's monumental new book could be a page-turner all its own. There's the staggering story of Olympic runner and Air Force bombardier Louis Zamperini, terrifyingly stranded in 1943 on a life raft for 47 days, battling sharks, a typhoon and enemy gunfire. Then there's the story of his two years in a brutal Japanese POW camp run by the sadistic Mutsuhiro Watanabe, who beats, starves and humiliates the prisoners beyond endurance. And finally there's the aftermath, when the haunted, broken Zamperini tries to make sense of his life after the war. Zamperini's story, which Hillenbrand first came across in the sports pages while researching her previous book Seabiscuit, is as mesmerizing as it is gut-wrenching. And Hillenbrand's writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don't dare take your eyes off the page. Though the book centers on Zamperini, we meet other WWII heroes as well: POWs who risked their lives and then battled post-traumatic shock. Unbroken is a devastating story of the unforgivable, and of one extraordinary man who forgave."

Leavitt, Caroline. "Unbroken." People 74.19 (2010): 45. Academic Search Premier. Web. 22 Feb. 2012.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Random Picture of the Day

Caption: Another satisfied customer! OR Go ahead, make yourself at home!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Book Talk : Praisesong for the Widow

The library will host the first book talk of 2012 on February 7 at 11am in the Faculty Research Room. Join Professor John Foster for a discussion of Paule Marshall's critically acclaimed novel. Marshall fills her novel with beautiful descriptions and and unusual metaphors. You will be in for a literary treat with Professor Foster's views on this remarkable story of
journeys and identities.
Click here (restricted access) to read an interview with the author.

Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Writer's Studio Hours Spring 2012

The Writer's Studio returns for Spring semester!

The hours are Monday - Thursday from 3:00-10:00 PM, upstairs in the library.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pascal Delivers Upgrades

Due to a server replacement, PASCAL Delivers will not be available on Wednesday, January 18th until early evening.
With a new server, the slow searches and time out errors should be a thing of the past!

Previously ordered books will not be affected by this outage.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Reference Hours Spring 2012

Hello Coker students, faculty and staff!
Our reference hours start today and are as follows:
Monday - Thursday 2-9 PM
Friday - On demand!

Our chat reference is usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thanks and good luck this semester!