Library Hours This Week

March 30, 2015 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, March 30th to Sunday, April 5th:

     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.

Library Hours This Week

March 23, 2015 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, March 23rd to Sunday, March 29th:

     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.

The Moving Finger…Blinks, and Having Blinked, Blinks On

March 18, 2015 by

At the end of February, amid the snow and the false alarms for snow and ice in the Palmetto State came the following headline: “Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading in Print—And Yes You Read that Right!”. No, it didn’t come from the pen of this author (though it could have) nor did it come from any number of those whom some wish to brand as Luddites: Nicholas Carr, Mark Bauerlein, or Sven Birkerts. Rather it came from Maryland reporter Michael S. Rosenwald and The Washington Post. The piece is eye-catching if for no other reason than it isn’t from the usual suspects!

What Rosenwald discovered is precisely what Carr or Birkets or Bauerlien or your faithful columnist has been saying for at least a decade: yes, online reading occurs, and many digital natives use if for a variety of reasons. But no one, including them, prefers online reading when trying to comprehend a difficult text.

It is as if Rosenwald is reading over Carr or Bauerlien’s shoulder. The students he interviews do not like online reading because it is distracting. They find online reading difficult because when they read an online text, 90% of the time they are also doing something else: checking email, checking in at a social network, or even playing a game. Rosenwald opens with a young man, 20, who simply prefers reading text because of the smell, the feel and even the silence of the text: it isn’t making sounds, ringing bells, or offering a rabbit hole in which to get lost, literally or figuratively. Further, online readers tend to skim, cannot fully comprehend what they are reading, and find that their minds really wander all over the place. Some even complain that the light in their eyes rather than over their shoulders is problematic.

Some of those interviewed said they would not even attempt a difficult text in electronic form. And who can blame them? Most anyone can scan a newspaper or even take on a Harry Potter book. But Tocqueville? Plato? Joyce? It simply cannot be done. Joyce underscores the print versus online problem in high relief. Perhaps no other author lends himself well to the online format of hyperlink hype than Joyce because he requires so much elaboration. “Met him pike hoses” isn’t going to resonate with many that Joyce is word-playing with metempsychosis. But readers find that even such quellenforschung is also better done in print than a myriad of distracting hyperlinks.

Of course, it isn’t that digital natives or anyone else refuse to read online. Many love the ability to define words (though they likely forget them immediately), or to do quick keyword searches. Some, though I admit to reading between the lines, also prefer being able to do searches in books they haven’t read for materials they may need for a paper. Science materials, too, tend to be online favorites.

So, what are we to make of all this? As I have written elsewhere, it’s part of the transition. In no way do I believe that this spells the end of online materials. Publishers, who in a print world, enjoyed Sardanapalian benefits, are trying to recapture those cash cows in bits and bytes but with little success. It isn’t so easy, but they’re discovering it is much cheaper to print an electronic book while dropping the price only marginally. Like online courses at war with classroom ones, online books are going to be cheaper and provide a greater return on investment. That ROI does not necessarily include what students are investing in, however. If eBook reading increased 200%, it would still have a way to go before it caught up with print reading if measured in terms of value received and retained.

What this means for libraries is obvious, isn’t it? We still have to collect and support both for the time being, in the same way that we have for years supported microfilm and bound periodical volumes. Microform reading only caught on when there was no other choice. I would find it surprising if eBooks end up in the same dustbin. Microform-reading was never easier, better or more convenient. Nothing about it enticed the reader, and much dissuaded even the diligent. Its only attraction was a pedestrian one: it saved spaced while still providing access, even if a difficult one. EBooks have already shown their value in the benefits mentioned above, but also in leisure reading. None of us really likes lugging suitcases of print books with us on vacation (my long-suffering wife will argue that she knows at least one person who does). Having the ability to take hundreds of etexts appeals to those of us with eyes larger than our brains.

But when it comes to scholarship that must be recalled and remembered, few of us will choose the electronic text over its printed counterpart. I believe this to be more a facility of evolution and practice rather than something inherently hard-wired in us. Unless or until we can rewire our brains and–for better or for worse, online reading is doing that—we will have to read both formats, depending on the subject matter and/or reason for reading.

I haven’t had time to sift through the new literacy report so I cannot speak to how well or to what extent the issue of online reading contributes to the strength or weakness of literacy. If the students in the Rosenwald story are right, and if my own research in this subject matter is at all correct, it may well unravel many of the gains we have made in literacy in recent decades. Poor readers, especially, will have a much tougher time going forward if they must learn to read digitally first. If that continues, we will see future generations underperforming when compared with their past peers.

And so, the print versus online debate continues in its ironies, whether you read this article first in print or online.

[A version of this piece appears in Against the Grain.]

Welcome Dan, Laura, Gavin and Elena!

March 17, 2015 by

Welcome Dan, Laura, Gavin and Elena!

Dacus looks forward to welcoming the Mahony family and working with Winthrop’s 11th president!

Library Hours This Week

March 16, 2015 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, March 16th to Sunday, March 22nd:

     Building Hours     Reference Hours
Mon. – Fri.      8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday     Opens at 5:00 PM
    5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

24 hour access will resume on Sunday, March 22nd at 5:00 PM.

View complete library schedule.

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

Dacus Library Closing at 5:00 PM Friday, March 13th

March 11, 2015 by

Due to Winthrop’s Spring Break, Dacus Library will be closing at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 13th, and will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. The following week we will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, closed on Saturday, March 21st, and will reopen on Sunday, March 22nd at 5:00 PM. 24 hour access will resume on Sunday, March 22nd.

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Have a safe and fun Spring Break!

Archives Collection Spotlight

March 10, 2015 by
William Joseph Miller at 15 Years Old

William Joseph Miller at 15 Years Old

WILLIAM JOSEPH MILLER CIVIL WAR REMINISCENCE, 1916 (Accession 41 – M16 (26))

William Joseph Miller was a soldier in the Confederate army, 12thSC Regiment during the American Civil War.

The Miller Reminiscence consists of a photocopy of William Joseph Miller’s experience as a soldier in the Confederate army, 12th SC Regiment, detailing his role in campaigns in SC, Virginia and Maryland. Also included is a genealogy of William Joseph Miller’s family with his dates of birth and death.

For more information about this collection please visit the online collection record and/or contact the Archives

Library Hours This Week

March 9, 2015 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, March 9th to Sunday, March 15th:

Note: Spring Break hours begin on Friday, March 13th.

     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 5:00 PM     9:00 AM to 5:00 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

March 3, 2015 by

This month’s librarian spotlight is on DeAnn Brame, Dacus Library’s Digital Services and Systems Librarian.

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DeAnn is Dacus Library’s newest librarian, having started in October of 2014. As the Digital Services and Systems Librarian, DeAnn manages Winthrop University’s Institutional Repository, Digital Commons @ Winthrop. Digital Commons serves as a space to showcase all scholarship Winthrop produces, from faculty papers, undergraduate research, theses and much more. With the launch of Digital Commons in Spring 2014 DeAnn will spend her time building new collections, uploading documents and reaching out to various departments and offices to introduce them to Digital Commons. She also spends a few hours each week, including one evening a week, providing reference services to students at the Information Commons desk.

DeAnn has a BA degree in History with a minor in African American Studies from the University of North Carolina Asheville. She received her Masters in Library Science (MLS) degree, with a concentration in digital libraries, from North Carolina Central University. She’s pictured below with her grandmother after her masters graduation ceremony.

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Outside of work, DeAnn enjoys reading young adult fiction, romance, and science fiction books. She also enjoys going to the movies and eating out. Her favorite kinds of movies are comedies and science fiction and she has an affinity for dessert.

As part of her library duties DeAnn has developed a research guide on Composition Theory and Pedagogy. This guide will be beneficial for those who need to know how to find books, articles and reference resources for their research projects for Composition Theory and Pedagogy courses.  If you would like to meet with DeAnn for a research consultation, she is happy to set up an appointment. Just send an email to bramed@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!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS!

March 2, 2015 by

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What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? 


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