The One Button Studio: A Tutorial

HEEELLLOOO ISLANDERS!! It has been a minute since an I-Create Lab blog post! I love making these blogs for you all (even if I run out of ideas most of the time). However, this month I have some very exciting news for you all! As many of you may know, the I- Create lab was under construction last semester. Being built was a One Button Studio. A One Button Studio is a soundproof room that students and staff can use…

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How to Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Bell Library!

March is here which means Women’s History Month is here! Women’s History Month is dedicated to honoring contributions of women and girls across the ages. This year’s theme, Women Providing Healing and Promoting Hope, is a tribute to the work of health care workers, caregivers, and frontline workers as well as the ways women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history. The National Women’s Alliance webpage has more information on this year's celebration and theme! Looking…

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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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The I-Create Lab’s Most Well-Kept Secret

While you may be familiar with many of the machines of the I-Create lab, there is one machine kept tucked out of sight in the backroom. The Chandler & Price Letter Press is believed to be from 1910 – 1921 though we do not have confirmed documentation for the dates. This large piece of equipment weighs over 1000lbs and rarely leaves its spot in the back room of the I-Create Lab. Just because it doesn’t leave the backroom, doesn’t mean…

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Oh, There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays: At-Home Library Resources!

When I used to think of “the library,” I would think solely of it as a physical place: the colorful walls and cozy carpets from when I was little, to the computers, printers, and quiet study areas from when I was in college. However, working in a library has opened my eyes to all the other possibilities of how you can use library resources without having to be at the library! And there are lots of resources and activities that…

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Unplugging over your Winter Break

Finals are upon us, and the 2021 Fall Semester is almost a thing of the past. This year has no doubt presented you with many new challenges in both your academic life and beyond! Whether you are done with your finals or still need to take them, enjoy the time off and the holidays, don’t forget to “unplug” during this winter break. Whether you work or do schoolwork on a computer or spend your free time on a smartphone, watching…

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Hidden Gems in the I-Create Lab

Chances are, you are already aware that the I-Create Lab has many tools for students and community users to use. Star pieces of equipment include our 3D printers, laser cutter, and embroidery machine. While these items are constantly in use, the lab also possesses several lesser-known items that might suit you just as well. Upon entering the lab, patrons can see a variety of equipment. However, they cannot see the many items the lab has ready to rent out. Such…

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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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Creating Flowers in the I-Create Lab

This blog was written in May...but we figure June flowers can be just as pretty. Enjoy! As the famous saying goes “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” the I-Create Lab is looking at what "flowers" we can create right in our space. Enjoy a look at some of the ways you can utilize our space and equipment to bring your flowery creations to life. Cricut With the Cricut you can turn paper, or vinyl into works of art. We started with…

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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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