Beyond Distraction: Finding Focus in a Digital Landscape

Most of what we do relies on digital technology, whether it’s to work, stay in touch with family and friends, or order takeout. And while we agree these technologies are very useful and fun, they also have a never-ending appetite for our attention to keep us engaged. For example, when we're trying to focus on the task at hand - researching a topic, studying for a test, completing a grant application – inevitably, an email, text, news flash pops up…

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Why Are You Here?

I have posed this question to our student workers for years, it is not a difficult question, it is not a trick question, and I still receive glazed looks of confusion. Possibly, this question is too easy.  Or maybe they feel that it should be common knowledge why people attend college, and everyone should know the answer to that question.  That could explain why I have seen the “duh” expression from some of our student workers over the years.  For…

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How to: Heart Shaped Pillow

Valentine’s Day is here! Many may disagree but Valentine is my favorite holiday with the hearts, crazy cards, and colors are so fun! No matter who you are spending it with or if it's a day full of self-care we at the I-Create lab want you to have an amazing Valentine's Day! I will be showing how to create a heart-shaped pillow perfect for every day and a very cute Valentine's gift! The best part is you can create this…

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IDEA in the House!!!!

For this week’s post, we decided to do something a little different. Following a format based on questions, we wanted to present insight into ourselves and the work we are currently completing as the chairs of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) committee. We both are committed to the work (hence our willingness to serve as co-chairs!) but the unique perspectives, stories, and experiences we each bring have incredible value to the committee’s work.…

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Tips for a Successful Spring 2022 Semester

A new semester means it’s time for acquiring new knowledge and making exciting discoveries - it also means ASSIGNMENTS! Assignments are more than just homework; they are an opportunity to put into practice what you learned and receive meaningful feedback from your instructors. Speaking of discoveries, did you know TAMU-CC students have various technologies to help with these assignments? In this blog post, Digital Learning and Academic Innovations would like to share some tips on how to make the most…

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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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The Blucher Collection: A Worldwide Research Puzzle

The Blucher collection includes papers from an early Texas family who was instrumental in the development of the Coastal Bend area. The Bluchers arrived in the mid 1800’s, saving their correspondence, legal paperwork, photos, and artifacts from their arrival until the late 1900’s. A prominent member of the family, Conrad Blucher, eventually left a sizeable endowment to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. While processing the Blucher collection, I have been able to experience history through the eyes of others through their writing,…

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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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