Dacus Library Opening at 5:00 PM Sunday, April 20th

April 17, 2014 by

Dacus Library will be on a delayed schedule, opening at 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 20th. 24 hour access will begin at 5:00 PM Sunday and run until 7:00 PM Friday, April 25th.

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Fact or Fiction?

April 16, 2014 by

Fact or Fiction:

 The Come-See-Me Festival in Rock Hill, SC has been held continuously every year since the first festival in 1962.

Interior of the Town Center Mall - ca1970s

Interior of the Town Center Mall – ca1970s

False:

The Come-See-Me Festival was cancelled in 1973 due to the construction of the Town Center Mall in downtown Rock Hill, SC. The festival was again cancelled in 1974, but began again in 1975.

 

Dacus Library Closing at Midnight Monday, April 14th!

April 14, 2014 by

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but Dacus Library has to close at midnight tonight, April 14th. We will reopen Tuesday morning at 7:30 AM. Thank you!

Dacus Library Hours This Week

April 14, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, April 14th to Sunday, April 20th:

Note: Dacus Library will open at 5:00 PM on Sunday April 20th.

Building Hours Reference Hours
Mon. – Thurs. 24 Hours 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday Closes at 7:00 PM
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday Opens at 5:00 PM
5:00 PM – 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 2:00 AM 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.

Archives Collection Spotlight

April 8, 2014 by
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Winthrop Students on a Wood Pile on Back Campus – ca1907

MEMORABILIA: SCRAPBOOKS, 1890s-1970s (Accession W415.2-4D)

The Winthrop Scrapbook Collection consists of scrapbooks and photograph albums created by Winthrop students. The scrapbooks offer a detailed snapshot of student life during the time period they were created. The scrapbooks include photographs, event programs, invitations, newspaper clippings, handbooks, bulletins, correspondence, postcards, and memorabilia. The types of items placed in these scrapbooks were limited only by the imagination of the student and are truly a treasure hunt. Researchers will find all manner of items from cigarettes, candy wrappers, rocks, leaves, and even x-rays of teeth in the Winthrop Scrapbook Collection!

For more information please contact the Archives

 

Noted Scholar Michael Shapiro to Deliver Lecture at Winthrop on April 11th

April 8, 2014 by

Winthrop continues its long tradition of excellence both inside and outside the classroom with a lecture by well-known scholar and professor emeritus of Brown University, Michael Shapiro.  The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPAA) is hosting the event. It will take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday, April 11th at the Studio Theatre, Johnson Hall.

Professor Shapiro, whose research in Slavic and Semiotic Studies is nationally known, will provide the keynote address on “Style as a Cognitive Category” as part of VPAA’s panel on “Semiotic Perspectives on the Arts and Cognition.”  Following the father of modern semiotics, Charles Sanders Peirce, Shapiro will discuss the theory of signs as a vehicle for understanding style as a cognitive category that includes all manifestations of human meaning.

Dacus has on reserve three of Professor Shapiro’s books (under “Michael Shapiro Lecture”) for anyone who wishes to explore further Professor Shapiro’s lifelong work on this important examination of what it means to be human in a cross-disciplinary context.

The books on reserve, which Professor Shapiro graciously donated, are the following:

  • Marianne Shapiro, From the Critic’s Workbench: Essays in Literature and Semiotics (New York: Peter Lang, 2005)
  • Michael and Marianne Shapiro. Figuration in Verbal Art (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988)
  • Michael and Marianne Shapiro, The Sense of Form in Literature and Language, 2nd, expanded ed. (Scotts Valley, Calif.: CreateSpace, 2009)

Professor Shapiro was born in Yokohama, spent his early childhood in Japan, and grew up speaking Russian, Japanese, and English.  In addition to Brown, he has taught, among other places at Princeton, Columbia, and UCLA.  He and his late wife, the medievalist and Renaissance scholar, Marianne Shapiro, have written numerous books together, including Figuration in Verbal Art and The Sense of Form in Literature and Language. His most recent book, The Speaking Self: Language Lore and English Usage” was published in 2012.

Professor Shapiro’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion that consists of professors Tomoko Deguchi, (Winthrop’s music department), Martin Mendelsberg, visiting professor (Metropolitan State University), Stephanie Milling (Winthrop’s theater and dance), and Seymour Simmons (Winthrop’s fine arts).

We hope you can attend what promises to be a most stimulating and provocative discussion.

Dacus Library Hours This Week

April 7, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, April 7th to Sunday, April 13th:

Building Hours Reference Hours
Mon. – Thurs. 24 Hours 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday Closes at 7:00 PM
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday Opens at 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 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 2:00 AM 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

April 3, 2014 by

This month’s librarian spotlight is on Pat Ballard, Dacus Library’s Head of Monographs and Audiovisual Cataloging.

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Pat has worked at Dacus Library for 26 years in the cataloging department. As Head of Monographs and Audiovisual Cataloging, she oversees the cataloging of all non-serial materials. So all those books, dvds, cds, websites and other non-serial publications that you see when you search the library catalog are organized and processed by Pat and her team in the Monographs Cataloging Department.

Pat was a French and Library Science double-major at the University of Toledo, where she received her BA degree. She then received a Master of Arts in Library Science (AMLS) degree from the University of Michigan. Outside of work Pat loves to do needlework, finding it to be very relaxing and therapeutic. Needlepoint, counted cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery are some of her favorite types. Below are a couple of her beautiful pieces (click on the pictures to view them in more detail):

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As part of her library duties Pat has developed research guides for many music-related subjects, 18th-century French literature and Shakespeare. Her wonderfully in-depth Shakespeare guide is a great supplement to the library instruction class she regularly teaches for ENGL 305. If you would like to meet with Pat for a research consultation, she is happy to set up an appointment. Just send an email to ballardp@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. To learn more, check back at the beginning of each month for a new librarian spotlight post.

Baumgarte to Speak at Friends Event April 7th

April 2, 2014 by

Dr. Roger R. Baumgarte, Emeritus Professor of psychology and former director of the International Student Center at Winthrop University, will speak at 6:30 p.m., April 7th in Tuttle Dining Room, McBryde Hall.  He is sponsored by the Friends of Dacus Library and will talk on his recent book Friends Beyond Borders: Cultural Variations in Close Friendship (2013).

One reviewer of Baumgarte’s book noted it would be “extremely helpful for those about to embark on an international exchange—whether as a university student, international business person, or new arrival to a different culture.”  Dr. Baumgarte speaks French and Spanish, as well as a smattering of Korean, Italian, Russian and Polish.

In addition to his research on friendship, he has provided numerous workshops aimed at helping immigrants and visitors adjust to living and working in the U.S.  He holds a BA from the University of Detroit, and an MA and PhD from Bowling Green State University.  In 1984 he was the first winner of the Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching at Winthrop.

Chair For Charging Mobile Devices – Feedback Wanted!

March 31, 2014 by

Dacus Library has a new chair on the main level that we’re trying out through this week and we want your feedback! It has a power outlet built into the arm/table so that mobile devices can charge while you work, study or relax. These “puzzle chairs”, as they are called, allow for a variety of configurations and layouts and can have the table/arm on either the left or right side.

We would love for you to try out the chair and let us know what you think and whether you’d like to see more of these in Dacus. The online survey will only take a minute or two of your time.

closeup of chair  chair from distance

Thank you!


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