Tuesday, February 3, 2015

History Talk: Mansfield


Author Christopher C. Boyle talks about the history of Mansfield Plantation on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Horry County Archives Center.  

Standing on the banks of the Black River, the Mansfield Plantation is a well-preserved living testament to antebellum rice plantations. In 1718, it started as a 500-acre land grant near Georgetown and soon grew to nearly 1,000 acres. Plantation historian Christopher C. Boyle captures the spirit of Mansfield Plantation and unravels the many mysteries of its past.

This event is brought to you by the Horry County Archives Center, as part of the center's History Talk series.

The Horry County Archives Center is located on the second floor of Kimbel Library, in Room 220.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Survey Winner!


Congratulations to the winner of our website redesign survey, Coastal student Alan Lam! The survey elicited feedback from users of the new library website when it was in its testing phase.

Alan was chosen during a random drawing of survey participants, and wins a $20 gift card to the CCU Bookstore. The library would like to thank all of the other survey entrants. Your comments and suggestions are integral in helping us continue to improve the library website and library services.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dust Bowl Series Talk



Women's Stories of Survival is the title of this Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry series talk given by Angie Fitzpatrick, Assistant Director of Women's and Gender Studies at CCU.

In the 1930s, record-breaking droughts and dust storms wreaked havoc on the southern plains, destroying farms and displacing families. While the Dust Bowl has captivated American audiences for decades, women's accounts of these historic events have often been overlooked. This lecture explores the experiences of the women who survived the devastation of the Dust Bowl and lived to tell the tale.

The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry series is a national traveling exhibition about the Dust Bowl, the disastrous drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s. As part of the exhibition, Kimbel Library hosted programs that connect the Dust Bowl of the Midwest to Horry County.

The talk took place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in Edwards Recital Hall. Kimbel Library was selected as one of only 25 libraries in the country to host this exhibit, which was developed by the American Library Association and the libraries of Oklahoma State University and Mount Holyoke College, and was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Library Website



Our new website is live! The Kimbel Library website redesign is complete and the new site is now available in the main system. Highlights of the website redesign include a reorganized navigation structure that emphasizes library services and student needs. The design has been modified to align more with university website standards and policies. The Discover! search box is now visible in even the smallest of browsers without scrolling. Thousands of files were deleted from the back-end of the system to increase browsing speed and search engine optimization.

We hope you enjoy the new website!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bridging Cultures: Week 5




In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale is the Bridging Cultures Series talk given by Florence Eliza Glaze, the Lawrence B. and Jane P. Clark Chair in History. This talk is the fifth and final talk of this semester in the Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures book discussion series, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The talk focuses on the theme of Connected Histories, emphasizing the interconnected nature of the historical, cultural and commercial worlds of Islam and the West.

Bridging Cultures talks are hosted by The Jackson Family Center and the Kimbel Library. For more information please visit the Bridging Cultures website.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Library Social Media Survey


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What do you think about Kimbel Library's social media platforms? Let us know by taking our survey. It only takes a few minutes and will help us make your social media experience better!

Click here to take the survey.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry

Kimbel Library was selected as one of only 25 libraries in the country to host “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the Dust Bowl, the disastrous drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s. “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” features a 300-square-foot exhibit and a series of six programs, including lectures and film screenings, designed to foster discussion about one of most devastating environmental disasters in American history. The exhibition will be displayed from Oct. 24 to Dec. 12.

Through history, geography and oral histories of the Dust Bowl, audiences will explore the relationship between human beings and nature, the many ways people respond to adversity and how survivors came to understand and describe the experience of living through the Dust Bowl.

As part of the exhibition, Kimbel Library is hosting programs that connect the Dust Bowl of the Midwest to Horry County. A collection of photographs by William Van Auken Greene will be on display courtesy of the Horry County Museum. His work captures the residents of Horry County during the 1930s and highlights the hardships faced by the local community during this time.

An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in the Bryan Information Commons. Jason Eastman, Associate Professor of Sociology, will provide music by Woody Guthrie and commentary during the reception. Event is free and open to the public.

The American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Oklahoma State University Library and the Mount Holyoke College Library organized the exhibition with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, please contact Ben Burroughs (ben@coastal.edu) at 843-349-4056 or Barbara Burd (bburd@coastal.edu) at 843-349-2401.