Congratulations, and a Farewell

As the Director of User and Research Services at Bell Library, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some news from our team. First, the happy news! Alexa Hight, who is our Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian, was recently the winner of the Texas Digital Library (TDL) Service Award for her leadership of the OJS (Open Journal Systems) User Group. TDL uses Open Journal Systems software to allow faculty or staff of TDL member institutions to create open access…

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Virtual Reality: The Next Step in Digital Learning

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library is very excited about our next steps on our digital learning journey. Introducing zSpace, a laptop based Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology that makes immersive learning possible without the need of VR headsets.  zSpace technology makes kinesthetic learning possible in areas that have traditionally been impossible or not feasible. Users can manipulate 3D models, pull sections apart, see how they function and interact as a system, and so much more.  This…

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Happy New Year, Islanders!

It’s always exciting to get a new semester started – the energy is off the charts! We’re all in this adventure together and it’s a great way to start the year off. If you’re returning to campus – welcome back! If you’re new to TAMU-CC, welcome to the Island! We’re finishing up some construction projects and putting some final touches on new library spaces. There are some really cool things happening in the library this year. We’ll keep you updated…

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A New Vision for Innovation: I-Create Gets New Management

Through our transition into our new normal, TAMU-CC leaders saw a vital need for more digital resources for teaching and learning. With that, some changes were implemented to ensure that the services we offer to the campus community continue to foster an environment that supports innovation in digital teaching and learning, as well as a quality digital experience for students and faculty.  A new partnership between Digital Learning and Academic Innovations (DLAI) and the I-Create lab was introduced to the…

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I-Create Pricing Update

Welcome back Islanders! Can you believe it’s already Fall semester? The year is going by faster than the speed of light, but don’t forget to take a break during your studies by visiting the I-Create Lab. With the new semester comes some new prices, so here is a look at what equipment will cost you and what is free for you to use. Prices will go up starting September 1, 2021.   The Items that will cost you some money…

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We’re back!

The Library Blog is back! We took the opportunity to shake things up and we’re excited to get posting! Everything will look a bit different, but in the best way. You can leave a comment on your favorite posts and let us know what you think. When something resonates, you can chime in. We’ve added some new folks to our blog team, so you’ll be hearing from more voices very soon. We’re really excited about the search feature! Want to…

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Gathering Resources for our LGBTQIA+ Guide

Gathering Resources for our LGBTQIA+ Guide The Bell Library is currently working on expanding our Social Justice Resource guides to cover a wide range of topics. Our most recent guide is our LGBTQIA+ Social Justice Resources Guide. Below I ‘m going to walk through the guide to share more about how we have organized it and about the different types of sources we’ve gathered! Books & Online Resources These tabs contain resources, items, and services that we have right here in…

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Laptop Checkout Kiosks

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library introduced a new laptop checkout kiosk service this week for students, a project that has been in the works since August 2020. Spurring this initiative, the Bell Library recognized a need for this service due to COVID-19 protocols and the variety of instructional methods which further widened digital equity and inclusion. CASA’s Title V Project GRAD grant helped fund the laptops for the kiosks.  The laptop checkout kiosk will help facilitate laptop circulation in the…

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Open Access Week 2020

This week (October 19-25) is Open Access Week 2020, and this year’s theme is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.” Open Access Week is organized by SPARC, a “global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education.” I have written about open access and its importance on the library blog before, but I think this year’s open access week theme highlights one of the key aspects of why it is important to make information open and accessible…

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