Friday, January 30, 2015

Spring vs. Fall Semester

It’s the second week of spring semester, and things at colleges are a little different in the spring compared to the fall.  For starters, there are fewer students.  While some students graduated or transferred at the end of fall semester, there are far more who don’t attend classes in the spring semester for other reasons.  Usually this is a result of a GPA disaster in fall, but sometimes students do fine academically but have family situations that prevent or delay their return. 

Students who do return usually start studying earlier in the semester.  We are certainly seeing more students using the library for this during breaks between their classes than we did in the fall.  Spring classes are usually more advanced than those in the fall, so there’s an increased workload.  Successful students now realize they need to review class notes every day instead of just before tests.  They also see the benefit of doing the assigned reading in the textbook before class, so they understand more of the lecture the first time they hear it.

In the spring semester, the vast majority of people on campus are familiar with the campus environment.  This means that in general, everyone knows the names of the buildings, where to park, who’s in what department, and how to get whatever it is accomplished.  In the fall, library staff seems to spend the first three weeks of the semester giving directions to various buildings and showing students (and sometimes new staff members!) how to navigate eTC.

Because most students have been here for at least one semester by now, faculty tend to think that the students remember EVERYTHING from last semester.  Librarians are often approached by students who need help and sheepishly admit, “I knew how to find books last semester, but I forgot”.  It’s important to remember that “student semesters” are different from “instructor semesters”, like “dog years” are much longer than “people years”.  Instructors know that students learned something in a pre-req course last semester and they expect them to apply it flawlessly now, five months later.

If you knew how to use TCTC’s library last semester but seem to have forgotten what to do this semester, please ask a member of the library staff for help!  Alternatively, you can watch a quick video for a refresher on whatever skill needs polishing on the library’s Instruction Video” page: 

Sue Andrus
Information Literacy Librarian

Monday, January 26, 2015

Clemson Football

When the Clemson Tiger football players board the buses to make their grand entrance into Death Valley, the fans go wild as we watch them on Paw Vision travel around the stadium to the East end zone.  The announcer says, “This is the most exciting 25 seconds in College football!”  Coach Howard's tradition is splashed across the screen, "If you can’t give 110%, then keep your filthy hands off my Rock.”   The players and coaches all gather at the ROCK to touch it as the cannon goes off which signals the players to run down the Hill into a sea of screaming fans, Tiger Band and Cheerleaders.  Eighty thousand  plus fans start the cheer, C-L-E-M-S-O-N T-I-G-E-R-S, FIGHT TIGERS, FIGHT TIGERS, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT.  The best part of not just winning the game is the excitement and craziness of all the fans that go down on the field to congratulate the players and coaches hoping to get an autograph or two. Clemson Football season is the best time of the year but the hard part is having to wait seven months before it starts all over again. ..Are you ready for some Football?  ALWAYS!!!

But you don’t have to wait seven months. You can find out more about college football and other kinds of sports in the Library just by doing a subject search in the Catalog.

Claudia Poore
Circulation Manager

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Welcome Back!

The Library is happy to see all your smiling, happy faces as your return this spring.  Some reminders as you come to the library to research, check out books, or hang out.

If you are checking out books:

  • We need your TCTC ID
  • You can check out 6 books on a topic - well actually you can only check out 6 books.
  • Book checkout (not including reserves) is 2 weeks with the ability to renew once if  no one has the book on hold.

Two large group study rooms are available for check out to 3 or more people at one time.  There are computer hook-ups to a large screen in that study room (you can hook up 5 computers).

Yes, you can bring food and drinks in BUT please clean up any mess you make.  We also appreciate it if you have a lid on your drink.

The Library Cafe will be opening beginning January 20.  Normal hours are Monday to Thursday 9AM to 4PM.

We have lots of print magazines (example: People, Sports Illustrated) and local newspapers available to read here in the library.

All our computers EXCEPT the two by the circulation desk require you to sign in.  Please remember to sign out so that your private information is secure.

Information Literacy workshops are conducted through out the semester for classes.  However if you miss the one for your class, we are happy to work to get you into another class.  Alternatively you could view the videos at

Remember our motto for the year: "The Library is the heart of your research".

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Freshman Fifteen

First time college students, especially those living away from home for the first time in their lives, often encounter the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen” by this point in the semester.  Everyone is excited to eat a delicious Thanksgiving  or Christmas dinner, but not everyone’s pants still fit.

Several factors play into weight gain in college.  Students who played a sport in high school don’t play in college, students living on their own are faced with cooking for themselves or eating a fast food diet, and all students, whether still living at home or not, lead more sedentary lives because of the increased time spent studying.

College is a time of adjustment.  Students are faced with increased academic expectations in their classes and must also adjust to a different physical and social environment by attending a different school with different classmates.  For some, the addition of fifteen or so pounds seems like the end of the world because their weight had never been an issue before.  Others choose to ignore it in hopes that it will go away on its own.  But some students start paying attention to how much they eat and drink and balance that out with exercise.

The TCTC Library has a selection of books that can help with “The Freshmen Fifteen”:

Sue Andrus
Instruction Librarian

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Destruction of School Property

Fall 2014 has been a wonderful, successful semester for many students, faculty and staff members who are dedicated to higher education of themselves or others. Since many of us are in the midst of finalizing assignments, study sessions, presentations, and grading, etc.; the TCTC Library would like your help! We have noticed an increase in the destruction of our library books. Over the past few weeks, as tensions and stress levels have increased; we have noticed that many of our books have been returned with pencil, pen and highlighter marks, as well as liquid stains, dog-earring pages, leaving tabs or post-it notes, bite marks (perhaps from a pet or small child) and exposure to the weather. When TCTC Library items are returned in such condition, we charge a $50 book fee and a $5 processing fee. If the item is not owned by TCTC Library but was borrowed via ILL or PASCAL on behalf of TCTC (students, staff or faculty), the replacement fee is $100. Please keep this in mind when checking out and returning library materials. We strive to make the library an inviting, safe and patron-friendly academic environment for ALL. Please remember to treat all borrowed materials with care as we strive to keep book fines and replacement charges as low as possible.

Alydia C. Sims, M.Ed

Friday, November 14, 2014

Books and Movies

Every year, hundreds of movies are made and released to the big screen. Did you know that a large portion of those movies are actually adapted from books? This means many readers and movie-goers will face an important question: Should I read the book first?  This is where the libraries at TCTC can help!

The following is a list of books-turned-movies coming to theaters in the next few months. The TCTC libraries conveniently have them waiting for you to check out:

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (book|movie)
This is the third and final book in Collins’ extraordinarily popular The Hunger Games trilogy. The movie, however, is only covering part of the book.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will be released to theatres November 20, 2015.
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (book|movie)
The full title of this book is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.  It was also an Oprah’s Book Club pick in 2013.
Release Date: December 5, 2014
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (book|movie)
This is the prequel to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Even though The Hobbit is less than 400 pages long, it was split into a movie trilogy.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The third and final installment is entitled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage

4. American Sniper by Chris Kyle (book|movie)
The full title of this book is American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. It is also co-written by Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.
Release Date: January 16, 2015
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner

5. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (book|movie)
This is the first book in the erotic romance Fifty Shades trilogy. It has topped numerous best-seller lists around the world, despite its poor critical reception. In fact, Fifty Shades of Grey has the record for the fastest-selling paperback of all time.
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

6. Serena by Ron Rash (book|movie)
Ron Rash is a popular local author. He currently holds the title of Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. He was born in Chester, SC and grew up in Boiling Springs, NC.  He holds degrees from both Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University. Serena is his fourth novel.
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Toby Jones

7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (book|movie)
Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy. The third book, Allegiant, will be split into two movies
Release Date: March 20, 2015
Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort

8. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (book|movie)
The second classic novel on the list (the other being The Hobbit) and the only book from the 19th century!
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Stars: Juno Temple, Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen

Allison C. Read
Tri-County Technical College
Easley Campus Library Coordinator

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

EBL Ebooks Library - available now

Through PASCAL (Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries), the Library now has access to EBL Ebook Library, which is a product of ProQuest Business.
 EBL offers content across all academic and professional subject areas. It features nearly 350,000 titles from hundreds of academic publishers. It provides a user-friendly interface with a system that surpasses the traditional model that limits access to one person at a time. EBL system of non-linear lending limits the total number of lending days per year per book but enables multiple-concurrent access. Patron can browse books and can perform full-text search within the browser. Books can be read either online or by downloading ebooks in PDF onto a PC, laptop or PDA for off line use.
EBL is currently on the Library home page as a Featured Resource.  Please see for the link.
Kultida Dunagin, Electronic Resources Librarian