A little over a year ago, we implemented study zones throughout Cooper Library. The different zones are for study environments because we understand that students need different zones at different times and that your study needs can change during the semester.
Lately, there have been some complaints about noise in the silent zones. This just a reminder of what zone is represented by what color:
- Red = silent (no talking)
- Yellow = quiet (whispered conversations)
- Green = collaborative (talking quietly)
Please be considerate of others and follow the guidelines for the zones.
Go to here to see what zones are on what floors. You will also find posted maps on each floor for zone locations.
Staff and security will monitor noise levels and respond to problems appropriately. If you need assistance, go to the security desk on the 4th floor or send a chat to culibraryguard. In severe cases, the Clemson University Police Department will be called to assist.
As the marketing interns for Cooper libraries, it’s our job to market programs and develop strategies for engaging with Clemson students, faculty, and staff. One of our most recent projects involved filming a video to exhibit the quality we look for in a service experience. We were afraid at first, but we learned enough from working in the library to figure out how to access and use equipment. So next time you have a major video project for class or want to become the next Quentin Tarantino, don’t freak out! These tips will definitely help you.
Now I know what you’re thinking: There’s no way I can make an amazing Oscar-worthy video in the library. And you’d be right! Your video probably won’t be as good as ours, but with the tools available in Coop, it can come pretty close.
First. . .do you even know about all the amazing equipment we have for filming in Coop? We have Sony Handycam Digital 8 Camcorders, Flip Video Digital Camcorders, and even professional Nikon SLR and Canon Rebel SLR cameras. You can even use this online reservation form to reserve one before your big project comes up. If your project is spur of the moment, all you need is your CUID to check available equipment out from the Circulation Desk on the 4th floor.
So, now you’ve got your camera. What next? Well, the cameras come with memory cards, chargers, and USB and HDMI cords if necessary, to display and transfer your masterpiece. You can always make additional copies of your files to save on the desktop or a flash drive for easy access, or upload to YouTube and Vimeo straight from a computer in Coop!
So, you’ve got your footage, and now you need help with editing? Cooper Macs are equipped with Adobe Premiere Pro and if you aren’t ready for that — iMovie and other editing software. You can even download a Final Cut Pro trial for 30 days for Mac or PC! CCIT holds classes from time to time on this software and there are also plenty of free PDFs, YouTube videos, and documents direct from the source.
If you’re totally unaware of how these programs work, stay tuned for the upcoming opening of our Media Center in Room 412, which will have available references and trainers to help you with similar projects very soon.
Finally, ask a staff member to help you schedule an appointment with an Adobe trainer, or put you in contact with someone that can help you!
Be sure to thank us in your acceptance speech next year!
Written by Riley Fontenot & Ashley Jamison
Each month you’ll find a display of books on the New Books shelf beside the Circulation Services Desk. In January, the display was on Martin Luther King, Jr. The February display celebrated President’s Day. This month the topical display is centered on graphic novels.
A graphic novel is a story told in comic-strip format through a combination of images and words. The term ‘graphic novel’ is applied broadly and content may be fiction, nonfiction, or anthologized works.
Many of the graphic novels on display are award winners; the display includes fiction and nonfiction from the main stacks/popular reading, as well as both fiction and nonfiction from the juvenile collection.
Examples on display from the main stacks/popular reading include:
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (PN6728.B36 M545 2002)
- One Hundred Demons (PN6727.B36 O54 2002)
- The Walking Dead, Compendium One (PN6727.K586 W38 2010)
Examples on display from the juvenile collection include:
- Anya’s Ghost (PZ7.7.B77 Any 2011)
- Blankets (PN6727.T467 B53 2003)
- Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall (PZ7.7 .O78 Prf 2013)
Also on display are a few books about graphic novels – about writing graphic novels, using graphic novels in the classroom, and graphic novel reader guides for instance.
Examples on display include:
- Character Design for Graphic Novels (PN6710 .W58 2007)
- The Graphic Cannon (PN6714 .G736 2012)
- Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know (PN6710.G738 2005)
The display is, of course, only a selection of the graphic novels currently part of the Cooper collection, and the library offers online access to related electronic books such as the Critical Survey of Graphic Novels series, as well.
–Maggie Mason Smith
Researcher of the Month – Dr. Lisa G. Rapaport
Assistant Professor, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
Dr. Rapaport studies the golden lion tamarin and has published articles about its behavioral ecology and conservation biology (among other topics). She also teaches courses on topics such as anthropology, primatology, and the evolution of human behavior.
Never heard of a golden lion tamarin? Here’s what one looks like!
Photo by Jeroen Kransen
In addition to her research contributions, Dr. Rapaport was nominated because she “recommends books and articles to her students based on interests they express in her classes” and encourages students to find additional resources on their own.
When asked her favorite spot on campus, Dr. Rapaport said it is the Natural History Museum. Located near Cooper Library and the Reflection Pond, The Bob and Betsy Campbell Museum maintains a vertebrate collection for use in teaching and research plus an herbarium with local, regional, and international flora.
When asked what the Library has done for her lately, Dr. Rapaport responded: One wonderful thing was that the library agreed to subscribe to the online database “All the World’s Primates,” which has been very helpful to me and my students and, because it is a nonprofit, the subscription promotes primate conservation. Yay. Another thing is the help the librarians give to the students of my Evolution of Human Behavior class. One of the assignments of the class is a series of detailed bibliographic searches. Students often report back to me that the librarians guided them through the assignment and that the assistance was invaluable. Thanks so much!
Current students, faculty, and staff of Clemson University are eligible for recognition. For more information about the program and the nomination form, visit our Researcher of the Month LibGuide.
March is Midweek Music Madness Month, with performances every Wednesday except for spring break week.
Our first performance is Wednesday, March 5. Come hear the CU Steel Band play traditional soca and calypso music from Trinidad and Tobago as well as popular favorites.
Each performance is at 12:30pm in the lobby of Cooper Library. You can find more information on the other performers on our Midweek Music page.
Midweek Music performances last for 30 minutes. If you need a quieter environment, we have silent study zones on the lower floors.