Friday, September 22, 2017

Banned Books Week, September 24-30, 2017

To Kill a Mockingbird. A Clockwork Orange. The Holy Bible. Eleanor and Park. Lord of the Rings. Of Mice and Men. From this list of titles, you might assume I'm referring to a “Bestsellers” or “Greatest Books” list. Unfortunately, these classic and influential books are part of the most challenged books in libraries, schools, etc. These challenges are not simply a person expressing their displeasure or concern about certain material; it is an attempt to have the material banned and removed from circulation, thus affecting the entire community’s ability to access the material. Surprisingly (and unfortunately!), the American Library Association states that at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the targets of ban attempts in all types of libraries, all around the country.

So, why exactly is our library celebrating Banned Books Week? Of course we’re not celebrating banned books! We’re celebrating the freedom to read by highlighting the importance of access to all information, even those books that may contain unorthodox and unpopular themes and content. Additionally, this event also focuses attention on the harms of censorship, particularly in libraries and schools. Banned books = censorship.

What can you do to celebrate the ALA’s Banned Books Week:
* Take part in the Rebel Reader challenge on Twitter by completing items on the challenge list here: and utilizing the hashtag #RebelReader during Banned Books Week, September 24-30, 2017.
* Create a YouTube video to “Stand for the Banned Read-Out.” Instructions and submission information available here:
* Other ideas on how to get involved locally available here:

After all, could you imagine your life without these books?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Feeling Overwhelmed by Schoolwork?

Then try out BSC's free peer tutoring sessions!

To make an appointment for a one-on-one tutoring session, look at this page. 

Don't have an appointment? Stop by the library during the drop in hours. All subject tutoring except for Music Theory takes place on the ground floor of the library. Subjects include: Arabic, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Economics, Physics, Political Science and Religion, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish. 

Questions? Contact Dasha Maye at or 226-4750. 

Don't forget to visit the Writing Center and the Math Lab! Both have drop in tutoring times. Writing Center appointments can be made by emailing Dr. Lucas Johnson at Math Lab appointments can be made by emailing Dr. Doug Riley at

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

Hello BSC Community,

Everyone's excited about the Solar Eclipse that will take place on Wednesday, August 21 at about 2:00 p.m.

Here are some links that you may find useful as you prepare for this exciting astronomical event.

Eclipse 101
How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely
Info from NASA, NSF, American Astronomical Society, and other reliable sources.

From the New York Times.

Sky &Telescope imaging editor Sean Walker processed this view of the 2010 total eclipse using the author’s bracketed exposures made with a non-tracking telescope.
--Dennis DiCicco

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Attention First- and Second-Year Students:

That research paper you worked so hard on could win you FAME, GLORY, and CASH!

BSC’s student-edited Southern Academic Review (SAR) is soliciting papers for publication in its next issue.

In conjunction with the SAR, the Library is offering a prize for current first- and second-year students for the finest paper, written in any BSC class, that shows a breadth, depth, and understanding of research. The BSC Award for Excellence in Library Research, which includes a $300 honorarium, will be presented on Honors Day and the winning paper will be published in The Southern Academic Review!

Criteria for judging the BSC Award for Excellence in Library Research 
  • Substantive bibliography, including library resources
  • Correct and consistent bibliographic format
  • Appropriate integration of source materials in the paper
  • The paper addresses a substantive or significant question
  • Paper covers its subject adequately or convincingly
  • Creative or sophisticated use of library resources
Note:  While the Excellence in Library Research Award is limited to first- and second-year students, anyone can submit a paper for publication to the Southern Academic Review (SAR).

Submission Guidelines:
-Essays should be 8-16 pages including bibliography (double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, paginated).
-All methods of citation (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.) will be accepted.
-All submissions should be sent as a word document with the subject line- "SAR Submission—Name."
-The cover email should contain an Essay Abstract (100-150 words).
-Students may submit more than one essay.

Send submissions and/or questions to Samantha Grindell, Editor of the SAR to

HURRY!  The deadline is February 14, 2017

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Greetings from your new Library Director!

I thought you might want to know a little bit about me, since I'm neither a BSC alum nor from Alabama.

I was born in Richmond, Virginia, and finished high school in Charleston, South Carolina, before completing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College of William and Mary. From there I taught all subjects of third and fourth grade at a private school in Hinesville, Georgia, for two years. Several years of being a student worker in a medical library led me to complete a library degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

I worked at the LSU Libraries, beginning in the reference department and interlibrary loan, then moved into and managed the library systems division. After 24 years of service, I left as Assistant Dean of Libraries. While at LSU, I was very active in collaborative campus IT projects and with the statewide academic library consortium.

I was an Associate Director in a 21-branch county-wide public library system for two years, then decided to return to beloved academia. I was Director of the Library for Southern Polytechnic State University until its consolidation with Kennesaw State University in 2015, where I was Director of Special Projects for the KSU Library System.

My research, publication, and service are mostly around library technologies. 
My latest hobbies are photography, listening to all genres and ages of music, and cooking.

I'm very happy to have found a new home at BSC. Come by and say hello!

Nancy Colyar

Monday, August 22, 2016

Welcome Back to the Hilltop!

We at your BSC Library are thrilled to welcome both first-year and returning students back home to BSC. We look forward to helping you with all your library needs: materials of all kinds for checkout; space to study, meet, or watch films for class; help creating or finding answers to research questions; interlibrary loan for materials we don't have in the library at BSC; and computers to help you create or print your work (or any other reason), all provided by the friendliest staff around.

Poster announcing: Attention (you, too, returning students!) A food policy reminder: Food that drips, stinks, stains, sticks; including all caf food, subway, pizza delivery creates mess in your library *and is not allowed. Tables have been provided in the lobby, or take a break and enjoy your meal outside. Your library staff & fellow patrons thank you for your cooperation.
We do want to remind you of our policies in the library, especially with regard to food and drink. While the policy hasn't changed from previous years, we will be enforcing the policy completely going forward. We certainly don't want to be food police, but we also want to keep the library a clean, bug free, and pleasant environment for everyone, and stinky, drippy, sticky, staining food causes messes and inconvenience for everyone. So, as a reminder, covered drinks and packaged snacks are OK, but caf takeout, Subway, pizzas, or any other meals are not. Please comply with the policy and don't make us turn into meanies!

We also want to remind you of the library schedule for the fall semester. Regular hours begin August 28:

  • Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Special hours will be posted on the library website.

Thanks for checking out the blog and we wish you the best year possible at BSC, whether it's your first, middle, or last!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

The library will be closed this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for the July 4th weekend (that's July 2-4). We will reopen at 8am on Tuesday, July 5th.

We hope everyone has a happy (and safe!) Independence Day!