Dacus Spooky Film Festival on Halloween Day!

October 22, 2014 by

Dacus Library invites you to attend the Dacus Spooky Film Festival on Friday, October 31st, from 10am-5pm. There will be 4 classic horror films shown throughout the day (see below for schedule). Come enjoy some free popcorn, soda and sweet treats!

But that’s not all! You could win a goody bag with prizes and candy if you wear a costume and post a selfie taken in the library to our new Instagram account @dacuslibrarypics #dacusboo. If you don’t love scary movies, don’t worry, you can still participate in the selfie costume contest! Come on out! Bring a friend! Get a little spooked! Just don’t be scared of the library!

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Film Schedule:

10:00 am   The Brain That Wouldn’t Die

11:45 am   Carnival of Souls

1:30 pm   House on Haunted Hill

3:00 pm   Night of the Living Dead

Library Hours This Week

October 20, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, October 20th to Sunday, October 26th:

Note: The library will open at 8:00 AM on Monday, October 20th and 24 hour access will resume.

     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.

Fall Break Hours Start Thursday, October 16th, at Dacus Library

October 16, 2014 by

Dacus Library will have alternate hours during Fall Break. Starting on Thursday, October 16th, we will close at 7:00 PM, on Friday we will be open from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and then Saturday and Sunday we will be closed. Monday, October 20th, we will reopen at 8:00 AM and 24 hour access will resume.

Check our Hours Page for a more complete listing of our hours.

leavesPhoto by Stanley Zimny. A Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical license applies to this photo.

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

October 15, 2014 by

And here we go again with those dead languages, right? Not exactly. The Latinism is known by many outside the so-called clerisy. In short, it means “who watches the watchmen.” Traditionally it was thought to be from Juvenal and his Satires but now even that is called into question as being a later addition. Whoever said it, it needed to be said. It strikes at one of our more striking fears: who is guarding the guards?

Most will roll it out to gain political points, but our concern for now is … eBooks. Yes, that’s right, eBooks. It should come as no surprise–but it probably will–that while you read certain eBooks, they are reading you. Amazon has been spying on you for years, as has Facebook and other social media. Now it comes about that Adobe eBook editions is sending back your reading habits to Adobe Editions. The newest Adobe, Digital Edition 4, is the culprit, and it sends a considerable amount of data back on you to Adobe Editions.

But wait, there’s more.

While this little app is there, it also collects data about all your eBook reading habits–what you read, what you opened, in what order you read the books, as well as any other eBooks on your computer. Adobe responded to the American Librarian Association’s charge of an “egregious data breach” by telling ALA that is would repsond at a later time. In other words, we’ll get back to you on that.

Ah, the Internet!

Earlier I said that this shouldn’t surprise, but it will. It should not surprise because everyone associated with the Internet–with the possible exception of its creator, Sir Berners-Lee (No, not Al Gore), brooks no protection of your privacy. In 1999, Sun Microsystems chief Scott McNealy proclaimed, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” Just four years ago, in 2010, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame, reminded us that the “age of privacy is over.” It really should come as no surprise. All social media depend upon your privacy being, well, public. You simply cannot be on the Web and remain a private individual.

What should astonish us is that we flail ourselves like celibate monks when the government imposes some small intrusions for our safety and well-being. We’ve made a saint out of Edward Snowden, and we’ve canonized the late and tragic Aaron Swartz. But we sit idly by and let social media make a mockery of our desire to lead private lives, desperate or not.

Information wants to be free, or so we’re told. Apparently it also wants to be shared, at the mere expense of your privacy.

It’s a brave, new world, after all.

Library Hours This Week

October 13, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, October 13th to Sunday, October 19th:

Note the alternate hours due to Fall Break. The Library will reopen on Monday, October 20th at 8:00 AM and 24 hour access will resume.

     Building Hours     Reference Hours
Mon. – Wed.      24 Hours
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Thursday      Closes at 7:00 PM     9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday      8:00 AM to 3:00 PM     9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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.

Librarian Spotlight

October 8, 2014 by

This month’s librarian spotlight is on Jackie McFadden, Dacus Library’s Information Literacy Coordinator.

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Jackie has worked at Dacus Library for 13 years. As Information Literacy Coordinator, she not only coordinates the library instruction program, but also manages the 118-year-old Federal Depository Library (government documents collection) at Dacus and assists students and faculty at the Information Commons as a reference librarian.

Jackie has a BA degree in Business Administration from Columbia College and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of South Carolina. She currently is researching information literacy and the way that students seek, process, and retain information.

Some of Jackie’s interests include South Carolina history, photography, cats, dogs and horses. You can view some of her beautiful photography on her website.  She is currently working on a documentary about the Marsh Tacky horse with MELT, LLC. You can watch the movie trailer here. She is also writing a book about the history of the Marsh Tacky horse in South Carolina with Patti Stafford that will be published by History Press in 2015. She has been asked to submit 80 original photographs for the book. Jackie says “the Marsh Tacky remains on the endangered list and I hope that the book and documentary will generate more interest in the breed.  There are now 325 living Marsh Tackies.  I own 2 of them, “Little Miss” River and Yago.” Pictured below is Jackie with River. She also has several cats and dogs, all are rescues ranging in age from 5 months to 19 years.

Jackie and River

As part of her library duties Jackie has developed research guides on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to, Biology, Legal Research, and Government Information. You can take a look at the complete list here. If you’re needing to do some biological research, check out her most popular guide on Biology to find a variety of trustworthy resources. If you would like to meet with Jackie for a research consultation, she is happy to set up an appointment. Just send an email to mcfaddenj@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!

Library Hours This Week

October 6, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, October 6th to Sunday, October 12th:

     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.

Mobile Charging Chairs Are Back at Dacus to Stay!

October 1, 2014 by

outletchairTreySome of you might remember testing out a chair last spring semester that had an electrical outlet in it to charge your laptop or mobile device. Well we received so much positive feedback from you that we decided to purchase a few! You’ll see two of them on the main floor, both located to the right of the Information Commons desk if you’re walking in the front doors, and then one more is located on the second floor near the popular fiction/dvds area at the top of the stairwell.

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We think you’ll find these new chairs are not only comfortable but are useful while studying, reading, meeting with a group or just taking a breather. If you haven’t tried them out, go for it! Get recharged!

50th Anniversary of Integration

October 1, 2014 by

The 50th anniversary of integration at Winthrop will be commemorated October 6-12th with a variety of programming.

The opening reception will take place at the Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections (700 Cherry Rd.) on Monday, October 6th from 4-6pm. The reception is sponsored by the Office of the President, Friends of Dacus Library, and the 50th Anniversary Coordinating Committee.

One other program we want to give an extra little plug for is the Lunch & Learn: Speak of the Times: A Conversation with Winthrop’s Firsts. It takes place on Thursday, October 9th, from 11am-noon in the Tuttle Dining Room. This panel Ellen and Dotdiscussion features two of the first African-American students, Cynthia Plair Roddey ’67 and Delores Johnson Hurt ’68, plus Dacus Library’s very own Ellen Owens and Dorothy Barber (pictured left, respectively), the first African-American office staff at Winthrop, hired in 1970. This panel will be moderated by Nathaniel Frederick of the mass communication faculty.  Attendees should bring their own lunch; beverages and desserts will be provided.

Take a look at the full line-up of great programs, events and exhibits going on throughout the week!

Charlotte Author Kim Wright to Speak to Friends of Dacus

September 29, 2014 by

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Best-selling author Kim Wright will speak on “Second Chances: How Characters (and Readers) Can Reinvent Themselves at Midlife” on Oct. 6 at Winthrop University.

WrightPhotoThis is a topic the author is familiar with after she re-invented herself due the collapse of her marriage. She stated in a 2012 interview that her “own story kept bleeding into” her best-seller “Love in Mid Air” (2010).

Wright is the guest speaker at the 6 p.m. dinner meeting Oct. 6 of the Friends of Dacus Library in Tuttle Dining Room, McBryde Hall. Ms. Wright will be introduced by Winthrop Alum Kay McSpadden, local area teacher, award-winning author, and columnist for the Charlotte Observer.

Wright’s novel, “Love in Mid Air,” prompted People Magazine to declare it as “astute and engrossing” while Publisher’s Weekly claimed she “hit it out of the park.”

Her latest novel, “The Unexpected Waltz,” published by Gallery Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, debuted as Publisher’s Weekly “pick of the week.” It is a study of midlife reinvention in which a young widow copes with her grief and disorientation by learning how to ballroom dance.  The Charlotte Observer called the book “layered, surprising, and deeply moving.”

Her next novel, “Take Me There,” to be published in 2015, is a modern-day Canterbury Tales as a group of women hike the ancient trail from London to Canterbury Cathedral, swapping stories as they walk, each seeking to answer the question “What is love?”

In addition to her literary novels, Wright is the author of a historical mystery series called City of Mystery, which explores the founding of the Scotland Yard forensics unit in the wake of the Jack the Ripper killings. Her fifth installment in the series, “City of Stone,” is due this winter. She has also published a guide for aspiring writers entitled “Your Path to Publication” and for 26 years has annually updated her best-selling travel guide “Walt Disney World With Kids.”

Wright lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where her hobbies include spoiling her first grandchild and competitive ballroom dancing.

The Friends of Dacus meeting is free to members and open to non-members for $18 per ticket. For more information, contact Ronnie W. Faulkner at Dacus Library, 803-323-2262 or faulknerr@winthrop.edu.


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