LINKS 11/16/18


  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m., Sumter Street Sweep, meet at the corner of Sumter and Blanding Streets
  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Open Gallery at Hollings Library. At 11 a.m., Don Rosick will talk about his Mexican and Mesoamerican Collection. At 12:30 p.m., visiting researcher Carla Ferreira will talk about her John Updike research.
  • Monday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m., Conference Recap, conference presenters will discuss their sessions and attendees will share what they learned. TCL, Room 412
  • Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Holiday, University Libraries are closed and a modified schedule is set for the surrounding days.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, noon, TCoop Talk with Evan Meaney, TCL, Main Level, Scholars Corner (See details below.)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 3:30 p.m., Holiday Coffee, featuring a talk by Thomas Keith, Robert Burns scholar. His talk is titled, “Jean Redpath — A Life in Song.” Hollings Library, Program Room
  • Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m., Veterans Oral History Showcase , Hollings Library, Program Room

Fall hours



Job openings:

— Contributed by Becky Padgett



Thomas Cooper Library L Lot Entry Change

Safety and security are a primary concern at University Libraries.  In response to the dangerous conditions during the construction of the Center for Health and Well-Being next door, procedures were changed temporarily to allow library and service unit employees to enter the building through the loading dock to keep them out of harm’s way. The time has come to end that practice, and to enhance the safety and security of Thomas Cooper Library and the people who work or visit here.

Beginning on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, all faculty and staff must enter Thomas Cooper Library through the handicap accessible entrance in the L Lot or through the front door of the building. If you try to enter the building through the loading dock, the mailroom staff will direct you back out to the handicapped accessible entrance.

Those authorized to use the loading dock door are housekeeping, deliveries and maintenance staff only.

There are two exceptions:

Donor Visits:  For donors parking in the L Lot for a library visit, the University Libraries employee organizing the visit must notify Allen Gordon in the mailroom in advance, and the employee must meet the donor in the parking lot and escort them through the loading dock entrance.

Large Deliveries: When a library or service unit housed in TCL has a large delivery of materials that need to come through the loading dock, please notify Allen Gordon in advance to coordinate the drop off. An employee from that unit must be on hand for the delivery.

Contact: Allen Gordon 7-8062 or

— Contributed by Dean Tom McNally



LINKS will take a break next week for the Thanksgiving holiday. Watch for the next issue on Friday, Nov. 30. Have a wonderful holiday!



The Professional Development Committee will host a conference recap session at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 in TCL, Room 412. Feel free to drop in as your schedule allows. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

The following conferences will be discussed:

  • Charleston Conference
  • Federal Depository Library Conference
  • Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting
  • South Carolina Library Association Conference
  • Southeastern Research Sharing Conference

— Contributed by Megan Palmer



TCoop Talk with Evan Meaney


Wednesday, Nov. 28

Thomas Cooper Library, Scholars Corner (formerly the Mac Lab), Main Level


The Outreach Committee invites you to meet Evan Meaney, associate professor in the School of Visual Art and Design, at the very first TCoop Talk.

Evan is the recipient of the 2018 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching in Excellence Award. His talk is “makeMistake: a short primer on what can happen when you fail.” He’ll discuss his experiences with internet art, new media design, and video game development, while foregrounding the value of asking big questions, taking smart risks, and learning from the process of failure.

While we believe that the TCoop Talks speakers and their topics will appeal to everyone on campus, the talks are designed to introduce students to dynamic scholars and leaders from diverse areas on campus. In an informal format, the speaker will give a brief presentation (10 – 20 minutes), and then attendees will have the chance to meet and talk with the speaker.

If you can join us, bring your lunch if you like. We’ll supply coffee, bottled water and cookies.

If you’re not able to attend in person, you can still join in. The event will be streamed on Facebook and Instagram. We’ll send out access information as we get closer to the event.

— Contributed by Kathy Dowell



Here are a few of the Libraries’ media appearances this week.

Worldwide (potentially):

A USC Communications-produced video featuring Michael Weisenburg discussing the Great War exhibit has been viewed more than 3,653  on uofsclibraries Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can view it here.

On campus:

The sounds of history,” multi-media feature about Andrea L’Hommedieu, Oral History, and her project with an Honors College class, UofSC Today, Nov. 12. The url was also sent to media outlets.

Social Media



From the Workman Collection: Savannah River Project, Displaced Communities, c. 1946-1952 Snelling, Country Store

More than 2,000 photographs from The William D. Workman, Jr. Papers are now online.

Mae Howe and Chauna Carr, two graduate assistants from the School of Library and Information Science, recently completed a yearlong project generously funded by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission. Tasked with reprocessing and digitizing the William D. Workman, Jr. Papers photographs, their diligent work resulted in a new digital collection. The original archival collection is held by South Carolina Political Collections, and the digitized materials were produced by the Digital Collections department.

Workman was a well-known South Carolina journalist, author, newspaper editor and photographer. His papers are remarkable for their breadth and depth on a number of important issues. The collection’s strengths include materials on civil rights, education, the development of the South Carolina Republican Party, and the creation of the Savannah River Plant nuclear facility. These and other subjects are represented not just textually in the collection, but also through photographs and other audiovisual items.

Blogs about the project can be found here, here and here.

We welcome your comments and information on these images. If you see anyone you recognize, or remember something about a photographed event, please let us know. Your comments will help make the collection useful and informative for everyone who uses it.

— Contributed by Mēgan Oliver and Dorothy Walker



When you donate to the United Way of the Midlands, your gift stays in the Midlands and helps people in your community.

The United Way Campaign 2018 runs Nov. 1 – 30. Click here for more information.

— Contributed by Shanna Schaffer



Every year, Thomas Cooper Library takes part in the Carolina Cares Holiday Drive. This year we have 24 stockings to fill:  12 for girls and 12 for boys, ages 7 – 12. The filled stockings will go to the Salvation Army for distribution to children in the Midlands.

Please help us continue this tradition by either donating items to go in the stockings or making a monetary donation. All monetary donations must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 21, and all other donations must be made by Thursday, Nov. 29.

The stocking stuffing party will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the TCL Staff Lounge. Come by, help stuff the stockings, and enjoy some cookies and holiday cheer. We will then take the filled stockings to Carolina Cares at the Russell House.

This year’s elves are Research and Instruction’s Brent ApplingAmy Edwards, Jade Geary and Timothy Simmons. Please give your donations to one of the elves.

— Contributed by Timothy Simmons



Greg Wilsbacher, Moving Image Research Collections, will be attending the annual conference for the Association of Moving Image Archivists in Portland, Oregon (Nov. 28-Dec. 1). He will be co-chairing the Preservation Committee meeting and co-chairing a discussion panel.


Hollings Library

“Frankenstein: 1818 – 2018,” curated by Jeanne Britton, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Irvin Department Gallery, through Dec. 21

“Richard W. Riley: Statesman of Education,” curated by Dorothy Walker, South Carolina Political Collections, SCPC Gallery, through Dec. 21

“Remembering the Great War, 1918-2018,” a collaboration among the Special Collections librarians, Brittain Gallery, through January 2019

Displays at Thomas Cooper Library

“Go Hollywood,” curated by Jane Olsgaard, Communications, East Gallery, through Nov. 30

“Collecting Football,” co-curated by Elizabeth West, University Archives, and David Shay, Irvin Department, West Gallery

Student posters for First Year Reading Experience: A More Beautiful Question, by Warren Berger. Curated by Jane Olsgaard, Communications, Technology Lounge, Level 5, through December


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