PASCAL Delivers Requesting Resumes Tuesday, September 12.

PASCAL Delivers requesting will resume as of 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 12th. Some PASCAL Delivers schools are still closed and therefore their lending will still be turned off, so please keep this in mind if you’re having difficulty placing a PASCAL Delivers request. Items you requested last week may take longer than usual to arrive due to the courier service being suspended around the state on Monday.  If you are having any trouble, please contact Access Services Librarian Phillip Hays at with any questions.

Palmetto naturalist, Rudy Mancke, speaking at Friends of Dacus event.

Join the Friends of Dacus Library on October 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Tuttle Dining Room for our annual dinner and brief business meeting event.  ManckeRudyOur speaker for the evening is well-known Palmetto naturalist, Rudy Mancke.  Mancke, known to many in South Carolina for his entertaining and unforgettable SCTV shows on the natural glories of all things in South Carolina, will regale us with his stories about the state’s flora, fauna and crawlin’, slitherin’ critters. Tickets are free to Friends members and $25 each to nonmembers.  Student tickets are $15 each – remember ticket prices include dinner! If you are not yet a member of the Friends of Dacus Library (and for heaven’s sake, why not?!), please consider joining today. For tickets or memberships, please direct all inquiries directly to Dean Herring at or x2232.

Please join us for what promises to be a very splendid and illuminating evening.  Your support enables Dacus to stretch its dollars farther and better as we all work to enrich and improve student intellectual development.


PASCAL Delivers -Temporary Suspension of Services

Due to the anticipated impact of Hurricane Irma on member libraries around the state, PASCAL Delivers requesting will be temporarily suspended at noon tomorrow (Friday) and remain suspended at least through Monday.
The courier service will also be suspended starting Monday. Please be aware that recently placed PASCAL requests may be delayed because of this pause in services.
You may contact Access Services Librarian Phillip Hays at with any questions. We will post an update when services resume.

GPO Issues Digital Release of the Historical Congressional Record of the 1930s.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Library of Congress have partnered to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1931 to 1940.  This covers debates and proceedings of the 72nd through the 76th Congresses. You can access these historical records from

Click here to read more about the congressional record and how to search the digitized volumes.




Changing the Ending


C.S.Lewis once wrote that you cannot change the beginning of a thing because it’s already passed.  But you can start where you are and change the ending. That sums up where we are in Dacus: in the middle of change, and trying to change the ending.

Some years ago, I, along with most of the others in the profession, began talking about the coming spate of Baby-Boomer retirements.  That deluge is now upon, and it feels more like a tsunami!  Couple that with a departure or two, and you now need a scorecard to tell who is doing what in Dacus these days.  Herewith, that scorecard, below

We rejoice with those who are at this point in their careers; we also mourn our loss of their experience, institutional memory, and vast competence.  Doubtless we’ll find those to fill their shoes.  But to recapture all that experience and expertise will not be easy.  Below I have listed some changes that have already taken place, or will be taking place soon.  I have indicated the roles they are now filling so you will know whom to call.

Ms. Jackie McFadden … Head of Public Services, replacing David Weeks

Ms Emily Cranwell … Audio-Visual and Reference Librarian, replacing Michelle Dubert               Bellrichard

Offer Extended & Accepted … Collections and Acquisitions Head, replacing Dr. Antje Mays

Ms Michaela Volkmar … Information Literacy Coordinator, taking over for Ms McFadden

Ongoing Searches

Technology Liaison … to fill the retirement by Ms. Brenda Knox

Outreach Librarian … to fill the role held by Michaela Volkmar

Head of Content Services … to fill the retirement by Dr. Ronnie Faulkner