It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity; Open Access Week 2021

This year’s Open Access Week theme is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” This theme was chosen in part to align with the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, of which open access plays a key role. The Recommendation centers the importance of equity in the pursuit of an open future: Open Science should embrace a diversity of knowledge, practices, workflows, languages, research outputs and research topics that support the needs and epistemic pluralism of the scientific community…

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Snakes! & The Bluchers

Corpus Christi is home to an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, and the region is the preferred habitat of many species of snakes. Several of the local snakes are venomous, such as rattlesnakes, coral snakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads. As such it is always advisable to be aware of your surroundings as you walk the TAMUCC Hike & Bike Trail, or any of the local parks. The following recollection of pioneer snake encounters was recently discovered in the Mary and…

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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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Get Active!

   If you’re like me, or most people during quarantine, you probably have not been doing much of anything. Snacking, binging TV shows, sleeping, and playing video games have been most of the things I have been partaking in with my extra time available. Without the everyday commute to school, with the addition of just being active walking to classes, trekking the campus, and just being social, it is safe to say I have probably put on a few pounds…

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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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Censorship and Inaccessibility

Happy Almost-Banned Books Week, everybody! We at Bell Library love a themed celebration, and Banned Books Week is particularly near and dear to our hearts as it celebrates everyone’s right to read. Specifically, everyone’s right to read whatever books they like. Books are regularly “challenged” in school libraries and public libraries. A challenge is when someone complains that a book is available and demands it be removed. If they succeed, the book has been “banned.” Usually, folks try to ban…

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Encyclopedias

When I was growing up, I loved to read the World Book Encyclopedia.  I suppose you could say I was a word nerd.  It was not unusual for me climb up onto the desk to pull down two or three of the hefty, green and white volumes off the shelf, then go back and forth looking up different topics just for fun.  I might look for a picture of a particular city, or read about the climate of South America,…

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Descubrir, Aprender, y Mejorar! Discover, Learn, and Improve During Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

It’s September!! This wonderful 9th month of the year brings all sorts of wonders with it. We’re shaking off the start of a new semester and getting settled in. Starbucks, and almost every other brand in the nation, has a pumpkin spiced something available for all. We officially transition into autumn. Temperatures start dropping…or rather we desperately hope that temperatures start dropping because the warm weather we wished for all winter has become hot and sticky and gross and we’re…

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Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is defined as “an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It does not specify which foods you should eat but rather when you should eat them. In this respect, it is not a diet in the conventional sense but more accurately described as an eating pattern.” Intermittent fasting is a good cycle to pick up on as it has many beneficial effects. Benefits include weight and body fat loss, increased fat burning, lowered blood…

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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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