Dacus Library’s Thanksgiving Break Hours Begin Tuesday, November 25th

November 22, 2014 by

Due to Winthrop’s Thanksgiving Break, Dacus Library will be closing early on Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00 PM. We will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 26th and then we will be closed Thursday – Saturday. On Sunday we will reopen at 5:00 PM when 24 hour access will resume.

View a complete list of hours here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

ThanksgivingPhoto courtesy of martha_chapa95 on flickr via a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Fact or Fiction?

November 19, 2014 by

Fact or Fiction:

Famed aviator and author Amelia Earhart came to Winthrop as a visiting lecturer just a year before she disappeared.

AmeliaEarhart-VistedWinthrop-Advertisement(page01)-January16,1936Fact:

Amelia Earhart lectured as part of the Winthrop Artist Series which also witnessed such famous personalities as Roy Rodgers, Helen Keller, and Arthur Rubinstein among many others that visited the campus.

Amelia Earhart lectured at Winthrop on January 16, 1936. In July 1937 she would disappear over the central Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Earhart had earlier gained notoriety by being the first female aviator to cross the Atlantic Ocean. She also was an author of several best-selling books about her experiences as an aviator.

GoPro Camera for Checkout!

November 17, 2014 by

Did you know Dacus Library has a GoPro camera that can be checked out for 7 days? Well we do! And we think it’s pretty cool!

GoPro

When you pick it up it comes in a case that includes:

  • Head Strap
  • QuickClip (can attach to the bill of a hat or other similar objects)
  • USB charging cable
  • User manual

If it’s checked out, just ask the Circulation staff or student worker at the desk to place a hold on it. You can also do this over the phone by calling 803-323-4502. Once it is due, if there are no other holds on it, it can be renewed by being brought back in to be checked in and checked back out.

 

 

Library Hours This Week

November 17, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, November 17th to Sunday, November 23rd:

     Building Hours     Reference Hours
Mon. – Wed.      24 Hours
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Thursday      24 Hours     9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday      Closes at 7:00 PM     9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday      12:00 PM to 7:00 PM     1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunday      Opens at 1:00 PM     1:00 PM to 9:00 PM

24 hour access to the library begins at 1:00 PM Sundays
and runs until 7:00 PM Fridays.
The Information Commons desk opens at 8:00 AM and closes at midnight during 24 hour access.
Only the main floor remains open after midnight.

View complete library schedule.

Don’t forget, you need a valid Winthrop ID card in order to access the library.

New Library Tutorial Videos!

November 12, 2014 by

Two of our librarians, David Weeks and Jackie McFadden, have created and compiled some very useful, basic library tutorial videos on the following topics:

  • Home Page Tour
  • Searching for Books
  • Magazines vs. Journals
  • Choosing a Database
  • Searching for Articles
  • Citations
  • Plagiarism

Check out this great video if you’re unsure of which databases to use to search for articles:

This tutorial and the others are listed in our Research Guides as Writing 101 Tutorials, although anyone can use them that needs a refresher or introduction to the library. You will find them by going to the Research Guides tab on the library homepage, select View All Research Guides and then select “Writing” from the Browse By Subject box to get to the Writing 101 Tutorials.

We hope you find these videos helpful!

Archives Collection Spotlight

November 11, 2014 by
SC Council for the Common Good Pamphlet- 1969

SC Council for the Common Good Pamphlet- 1969

Opening Remarks By Mrs. Sara Vandiver Liverance for a Jury Service Discussions - nd

Opening Remarks By Mrs. Sara Vandiver Liverance for a Jury Service Discussions – nd

SARA VANDIVER LIVERANCE PAPERS, 1954-1973, 1981, nd (Accession 65)

Sara Vandiver Liverance (1914-1996) was a club member, journalist for the Greenville News, and chief of its Anderson Bureau from 1949-1976. Mrs. Liverance played an instrumental role and was the driving force in getting the South Carolina General Assembly’s move to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment in 1967 which officially gave South Carolina women the right to vote.

“In 1958, sara Liverance, then chief of the Anderson Bureau of the Greenville News, committed herself to the campaign to get jury service for women.

In 1921, less than a year after the suffrage amendment was ratified, the South Carolina legislature had enacted a law excluding women from serving as jurors. Taking her fight to the legislature in the early 1960s, Liverance rejected the idea that women belonged on a pedestal, insisting instead, “We want to work alongside the men and bear the load too.”

The General Assembly voted in 1966 to submit the question to the voters in the next general election and Liverance took her campaign to the people. She wrote letters and newspaper articles, visited civic groups, and organized women’s groups to work for the referendum.

Taken for granted by many today, the right to serve on a jury is an important responsibility of every citizen. Through the efforts of Sara Liverance and women like her, South Carolina women now share this right and responsibility. On May 8, 1967, eight Anderson County women became the first women in South Carolina to serve on a state jury.” (League of Women Voters of South Carolina, South Carolina Voter, Volume XXXI, No.4, June/July 1981)

She served as secretary to the South Carolina Conference on the Status of Women (1956), was president of the South Carolina Council of the Good (1960-1962), was a member of the South Carolina Governor’s Committee on the Status of Women (1965-1971), was a member of the South Carolina Tri-Centennial Commission (1968-1971), was Recording Secretary for the Anderson County Historical Society (1967-1976), and was a Past Legislative Chairman of the South Carolina Council for the Common Good. Mrs. Liverance was chosen Career Woman of the Year by the Anderson Business and Professional Women’s Club (1967) and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Council for the Common Good (1973).

The Sara Vandiver Liverance Papers includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes, program notes, newspaper clippings, legislative bills and publications, concerning Mrs. Liverance’s efforts as legislative chairwoman to the S.C. Women’s Council for the Common Good, to get jury service for women in S.C. and in trying to improve nursing care in the state.  While the collection extends from 1954 to 1981, most of the material is for the period from 1966 to 1973.

For more information about this collection please contact the Archives

Library Hours This Week

November 10, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, November 10th to Sunday, November 16th:

     Building Hours     Reference Hours
Mon. – Wed.      24 Hours
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Thursday      24 Hours     9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday      Closes at 7:00 PM     9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday      12:00 PM to 7:00 PM     1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunday      Opens at 1:00 PM     1:00 PM to 9:00 PM

24 hour access to the library begins at 1:00 PM Sundays
and runs until 7:00 PM Fridays.
The Information Commons desk opens at 8:00 AM and closes at midnight during 24 hour access.
Only the main floor remains open after midnight.

View complete library schedule.

Don’t forget, you need a valid Winthrop ID card in order to access the library.

Forgot Your Charger? We’ve Got a Mobile Charging Station!

November 5, 2014 by

Ever forgotten your charger for your mobile device and desperately need to charge it while on campus? If so, Dacus Library is to the rescue! We just bought a mobile charging station that can charge up to 8 devices at one time, so even if someone else is charging a device, it’s likely you can use it at the same time! It’s located on the main floor just to the right of the Information Commons desk as you walk in the front doors.

It provides 4 Apple, 3 Micro USB, and 1 Mini USB cables, so it charges nearly 100% of devices! As for safety, it features over-current surge protection, so power surges shouldn’t harm your device. Just remember to keep an eye on it while it’s charging. Dacus Library cannot be held responsible for stolen devices.

closeup2KwikBoost mobile charging station

 

 

Pictures from our Dacus Spooky Film Festival!

November 4, 2014 by

Take a look at the fun we had on Friday at the Dacus Spooky Film Festival! Those who attended could watch old horror films, grab some snacks and get a caricature made. Several students and staff came in costume which made the day even more festive! You can see several of these pictures on our Instagram account @dacuslibrarypics #dacusboo. Check them out and start following us!

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If you missed out on the spooky fun this time around, have no fear, we hope to do a similar Halloween event next year. :)

 

Librarian Spotlight

November 3, 2014 by

This month’s librarian spotlight is on Gale Teaster-Woods, Dacus Library’s Head of the Electronic Resources and Serials Department.

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Gale has worked at Dacus Library for over 35 years! As Head of the Electronic Resources and Serials Department, she is responsible for acquiring, maintaining, and handling problems related to the databases and magazines in the library.

Gale has a BA and MA degree in history from our very own Winthrop College (it was not yet Winthrop University when she attended). She also has a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of South Carolina.

Outside of work, Gale loves reading murder mysteries; as she says, “what do you expect? I work in a library!”. She also finds politics fascinating – local, state and national. She also has a great love for animals. Gale has 7 cats and 2 parakeets, all of them are rescues. Below is a cute picture of her cat Tucker, who is clearly enthralled with the tigers on the television.

tucker

As part of her library duties Gale has developed research guides on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to, African-American Studies, the Hometown Media Project, and historical newspaper and journal holdings. You can take a look at the complete list here. If you’re taking a class that studies this year’s Common Book at Winthrop, the following guide will help you find information about it, including book reviews, author information, and related articles. If you would like to meet with Gale for a research consultation, she is happy to set up an appointment. Just send an email to teasterg@winthrop.edu.

Dacus Library has many wonderful librarians on staff who all teach library instruction classes, work various hours on the reference desk, and do collection development work. Each librarian also has other specialized responsibilities within the library. You can view all of our previous librarian spotlight posts here or check back at the beginning of the month for a new one!


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