A New Face in the LRC!


Hello! My name is Nichole Nichols, and I am the new Public Services Librarian at Coastal Carolina Community College. So far I have enjoyed getting to know students, faculty, and staff here at Coastal. I am originally from the Greensboro, NC area and prior to working at Coastal, I was a developmental English and reading teacher and a librarian at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC, which is 20 minutes from Greensboro.

In addition to a Master’s degree in Library Studies, which I received at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, I have a Master’s degree in Journalism from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Hampton University. One of my main dreams is to become a published author of many books, and I am in the process of working on my first novel.

You can look forward to posts from me about new books, events and displays in the library, and a few fun posts about random topics here and there.

Please feel free to come by the reference desk to say hello. I’m happy to be at Coastal and I look forward to assisting you with your research needs, both for academics and life!

Contact me via email or phone: nicholsn@coastalcarolina.edu or 910-938-6239.

Why daylight saving time? When did this practice begin?

Before you go to bed on Saturday night, remember to “fall back” by setting your clocks back one hour. (The exceptions to DST are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.)

Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.

The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks).

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00A.M. on the first Sunday in November.
(Information from The Old Farmer’s Almanac)

Share your thoughts about DST below!

Welcome, Dana Johnson!

Dana_staff_picWe are happy to introduce our new Public Services Librarian, Dana Johnson, to the LRC team. Dana comes to us from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Library in Wilmington and has had a wealth of reference and educational technology experience in the civilian and military workforce. Dana is eager to assist students and staff with their information needs, so don’t hesitate to stop by her office and ask for her help. It will also give you the opportunity to see her pugs display and if you’re really nice she is known for giving out chocolate!

Dana can be reached at 910-938-6278 or email her at johnsond@coastalcarolina.edu

LRC News for Fall 2015

Next Monday starts another semester here at Coastal! Whether you’re a new student or returning library user, we have some news and reminders for you.

The second floor of the LRC will be an all-quiet floor. Need to do some serious studying? Are you having trouble concentrating with all the traffic on our first floor? The second floor is a great space to hunker down and get stuff done!! We are hoping that an entirely quiet floor will help with your productivity and concentration. Don’t forget that there are first-come, first-serve individual study rooms on the second floor as well!

We are aware that the music room upstairs is an inconvenience, but for now, it has to remain on our second floor. Not to worry, you can check out headphones at the circulation desk if you need to block out extra noise.

Since the second floor will be for quiet study only, we have put extra tables on the first floor for group work!! Thank you all for using our group study rooms and tables on the first floor!

A reminder about group study rooms: The preference for group study rooms is always 2 or more students. Rooms can be reserved for up to 2 hours at a time. If you’d like to extend the time for your room, please come to the circulation desk when your time is almost up, and if we are able, we will extend your room reservation for one hour. 

Please do not book rooms for the same group using different group members’ names. This is unfair to other groups who would like to use the room! You may reserve a room if you are by yourself, but you may be asked to relocate if a group needs a room. Thanks!

If there are no computers available in the LRC, not to worry! We have several Chromebook laptops available for use in the library only. Check out this post about our Chromebooks from last year.

The LRC staff wishes you a wonderful start to your semester!!

Pardon Our Dust… Again

Those of you who have been around in the library this past week have probably also unfortunately heard that awful banging and clanging and crashing of books shelves being moved. Once again, we are undergoing a major shift to try to make the library space more comfortable for study.

It seems like it was only yesterday I wrote a post apologizing for all the banging and loud noises going on in the library. Hard to think it’s been almost an entire year since our last major project moving things around.

We have removed two of those big reference shelves on the first floor, which we will use to allow more room for study tables and clear up the main pathway through the library. This, we hope, will make traffic through the library a little less congested. Our goal is to make as much space available as possible for group study downstairs, to help alleviate the burden on our group study rooms, and to make more room for quiet study upstairs.

To those of you who have toughed it out during this movement, we thank you for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. We know there’s nothing worse than having to listen to all of this noise while trying to study and get homework done. But we also hope that it’s all worth it, and once this is done, the library will be more comfortable than ever.

As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know. We want this to be the best space possible, so if you have ideas on how to make it a better place to study, work, or relax, shoot us an e-mail.

Thanks for the Feedback

We wanted to thank you all for your feedback from the LRC survey. Your responses are very important and help us determine what to fix, focus on, or improve in the coming months.

We know that there is still improvement to be made on the noise levels in the library. This past semester, we implemented noise zones to have dedicated areas for both quiet and collaborative study. We will continue to evaluate these noise zones and make changes to ensure that everyone has the study space they need. Already this summer we’ve gotten dirty and dusty shifting furniture around to provide more individual, quiet study spaces upstairs. We have also ordered more tables for group study space. Along with that, we are going to have a staff member stationed upstairs this fall to assist with any concerns.

Computers were also a major topic. We are working with IT to improve the computers in the library. We appreciated the feedback about computer programs you need for classes that we don’t have, and we will work to get as many of those as possible installed on our computers. We are also going to make sure that common programs such as Microsoft Word are more easily accessible so you don’t have to hunt around for them in Windows 8’s weird interface.

We know that computer availability has been an ongoing issue. Believe me, if we could double the number of computers in the library, we would do so in a heartbeat. But your comments have given us more leverage to work with IT and our budget to try to get more computers into the library. We can’t promise anything yet, but just know that we’re doing what we can. In the meantime, don’t forget that the library now has twelve Chromebooks that can be used, and are perfect if you just need to browse the internet or do online coursework.

We also know so many of you want wireless printing, and we do too! That might take longer to get going, but again, your feedback gives us more leverage to go to IT and say “Students want this. Let’s make this happen!” We will keep you updated as we investigate wireless printing further.

There are always more improvements to be made, and you don’t have to wait until the annual survey to suggest changes. If you have any comments, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us and let us know what we can do to make the library better. We are committed to doing everything we can to make this the best place on campus, but to be the best we can, we need to hear what’s best for you.

Stress Relief starts tomorrow (5/6)

If you’ve glanced at the LRC home page recently, you may have noticed the haggard-looking llama scrolling past your eyes. Do you feel like this llama? Maybe you’re even starting to get that same look on your face? Then you need to head to the LRC for some stress relief!! Starting tomorrow, Room 109 will be filled with coffee, tea, water, and snacks to help you cope with your end-of-semester assignments and tests. These refreshments will be available during all of the LRC’s operating hours through Monday, May 11. If snacks and drinks don’t get rid of your worries, let Coastal’s Massage Therapy students give you a 15-minute chair massage! They will be in Room 110 (AKA the Bib Room) on May 6, 7, 8, & 11. Sign up for a time slot at our front desk. You won’t regret it! Times are filling up for this week, so be sure to stop by soon!

The entire staff at the LRC wish you GOOD LUCK on your finals! We hope that your semester ends on a positive note.

Try not to feel like the llama:

stressed lama



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