Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Break Hours

The library will be closed for the holidays beginning at NOON (this is a correction) on Friday, December 19th. We will reopen at 8am on Monday, January 5th.

We hope everyone has a fantastic and relaxing break!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Extended Library hours for final exams!

It's that time of year again, the dreaded final exams. To accommodate all your studying needs, the library will have extended hours through the end of exams:

Wednesday, Dec. 3: open all night (beginning today, library reserved for the sole use of BSC students, faculty, and staff)
Thursday, Dec. 4: open all night
Friday, Dec. 5: open until 10pm
Saturday, Dec. 6: 9am-midnight
Sunday, Dec. 7: 2pm-open all night
Monday, Dec. 8: open until 2am
Tuesday, Dec. 9: open all night
Wednesday, Dec. 10: open all night
Thursday, Dec. 11: open until 10pm
Friday, Dec. 12: 8am-5pm (community patrons welcome again)

Please keep in mind that on the nights the library is open all night, the Circulation Desk will close at 2am. Nothing will be checked in or out after that time. The Circulation Desk will reopen at 8am the following day.

Please call (205-226-4740) or email ( us if you have any questions!

HUGE thank you to SGA and the Campus Police for allowing us to keep the library open all night!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Library's Thanksgiving Hours

Heads up, everyone! The library will have altered hours this week for the Thanksgiving holiday:

Monday, Nov. 24: 8am-1am (normal)
Tuesday, Nov. 25: 8am-10pm
Wednesday, Nov. 26: CLOSED
Friday, Nov. 28: CLOSED
Saturday, Nov. 29: CLOSED
Sunday, Nov. 30: 2pm-12am (resume normal hours)

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Friendly Reminder

Students, mark your calendars! All books that have been requested through Interlibrary Loan will be due back by Friday, December 5! The library will not fill any more ILL book requests between then and January 5th, so make sure you plan ahead! (ILL article requests will still be filled.)

If you have any questions about Interlibrary Loan, feel free to contact the ILL department (226-4748)!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New color copier in the library!

Printing has changed (again) in the Library, but this time we think it will be a great change for everyone! The old laser printers have all gone away and have been replaced by three copier/printers instead, one on each floor:

LIBCOLOR -- on the main floor, by the reference offices (don't worry, it prints in black & white, too!);
LIBDOWN -- on the ground floor, just outside the ARC Lab; and
LIBTOP -- on the top floor, by the main staircase.

You can print to any of the three copier/printers from any computer in the building, but each computer will print by default to the copier/printer on the same floor (main floor computers default to main floor copier, etc.). Wireless printing will continue to be available, so if you're comfortably settled at a table on the top floor, you can grab your printouts without having to walk downstairs.

Color printing is now more convenient than before, with greater access and larger print sizes available. You may now print in color from any computer in the building. Just (1) choose LIBCOLOR as the printer, (2) open the printer properties, and (3) change the color mode from black & white to color, then (4) collect your pages at the main floor copier. Note that steps 2 & 3 may vary slightly from one program to another. You can also print in color via wireless printing.

We hope you'll find the new system faster and more convenient, and as always, don't hesitate to ask our staff and student assistants if you need help!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Movie suggestions needed!

Harpo and Chico Marx in "The Incredible Jewel Robbery"
It's that time of year again! The library needs your suggestions for our SGA Movie Collection! If it's a recent movie that has just hit the shelves, or something older and more obscure that you're sad we don't already have, or anything in between, we want to know about it. We've placed our Suggestion Box on the Circulation Desk, so please drop by to toss in your ideas, or send them to us at

A HUGE thank you to SGA for providing the funds to expand our collection!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Digging In

Mid-Terms are over and already the student energy is up in the Library. Now is the time to make sure that your grades will be what you want them to be.

One proven method of improving your GPA is to take advantage of such support services as tutoring. The Academic Resource Center provides peer-supported assistance through the Writing Center and the Math Lab. The ARC also provides drop-in and individualized tutoring in biology, accounting, psychology, and other subjects. 

Find out more about these and other tutoring opportunities from the ARC webpage.  Contact Stacey Thornberry at or 226-4750 with any questions.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall Break Hours

Fall Break is just around the corner, which means the library will have altered hours:

Tuesday: normal schedule (open until 1am)
Wednesday: 8am-10pm
Thursday: 8am-10pm
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: resume normal schedule

We hope everyone has a wonderful (and safe) break!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Check out the library's database trials!

October is Database Trial month! Heavily sponsored through the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL), the trials offer free access to new and emerging databases, or sometimes older databases, to which we don't currently subscribe (you may find some good full-text articles that we'd usually have to get through Interlibrary Loan!). Most trials run through the end of the month, so be sure to check them out while you're doing your research!

To get to the Database Trial page:  (You'll need to login with your BSC email information.)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Library Book Sale this week!

Bust out your wallets, everyone! The Library's annual Alumni Weekend Book Sale is this week!

Starting Thursday afternoon and running through Sunday (Oct. 2-5), we will have a massive number of books on a wide variety of subjects for sale on the first floor of the building. Hardcovers are $1 each, and paperbacks are 2 for $1. We will also have records for sale, which are $0.50 apiece, or 3 for $1. We can only accept cash or check (no debit or credit cards), so make sure you come prepared!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New bike rack!

In case you hadn't noticed yet, the library now has a bike rack! No longer will the bike riders of BSC be forced to plop their bikes down in the bushes, sprawl them in front of the book drop, or god forbid walk all the way from the bike rack by the Norton Circle! If you ride a bike, please take advantage of this wonderful addition to our library!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Library Piloting Later Hours for Fall Term

You asked for it, you got it! The library got a lot of great suggestions last semester from our student survey, one of which was quite popular: later hours for the library! Because of the overwhelming number of requests, we have decided to pilot later hours for the fall term:

Mon-Wed: 8am-1am
Thurs: 8am-midnight
Fri: 8am-5pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: 2pm-midnight

Please keep in mind that this is not necessarily a permanent change. We will collect data during the semester and evaluate library usage for the extended hours. If we see that people are using the library during the extended hours, we'll strongly consider making this a permanent change for future terms!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome new students!

To our incoming first-years and transfer students, welcome to the Hilltop! We hope you've had a productive and informative Orientation so far. As part of the get-to-know-BSC weekend, the library is hosting several information sessions designed to help you get acquainted with what we offer. This is tagged as a Required Event in your Orientation packet, so make sure you're there! The sessions are scheduled according to your Orientation color groups as follows:

11am: Red, Blue, Pink, and Brown groups
1pm: Black, Gold, Silver, and Green groups
2pm: Orange, Teal, Purple, and Yellow groups

Make sure you join your Orientation leaders at the library during your scheduled time!

We have also put together the new students' top 10 Frequently Asked Questions. Reading through it will likely answer most of your questions, and if it doesn't, we are available! Call the Circulation Desk (226-4740), check out our website, email us (, or just drop by! We're here to help you out, make sure you take advantage of it!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Library's August Hours

Summer term ends next week, and so the Library will have altered hours. Starting Monday, July 28, we will shift to Monday-Friday from 8a-5p, and we will be closed on the weekends. We will go back to our regular schedule on Wednesday, August 27. You can find a full schedule here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Congratulations to Kevin Lurey, 2104 Library Art Purchase Award Winner!

The recipient of this year's BSC Library Art Purchase Award is Kevin Lurey, who graduated from Birmingham-Southern this spring. His untitled piece was acquired by the BSC library in May and will be displayed on the ground floor of the building.  
Kevin Lurey, Untitled

The Art Purchase Award is funded through the library's used book sales, which enable us to purchase at least one outstanding piece of art from the Juried Student Art Exhibition each year.  Wander down to the ground floor next time you're in the library, to enjoy the work of some of Birmingham-Southern's talented artists... and check out the used books for sale in the lobby, if you'd like to contribute to making the library a more beautiful and interesting space!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Get ready to mark your calendars! The library will be closed this weekend for Independence Day, so make sure you all use that time to celebrate!

Friday, July 4: CLOSED
Saturday, July 5: CLOSED
Sunday, July 6: CLOSED
Monday, July 7: 8am-10pm (resume normal summer hours)

We hope everyone has a fun, festive, and safe 4th of July!

(You can find the library's detailed summer schedule here.)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The new BSC Library Catalog awaits your searches!

The BSC Library is pleased to introduce our new online catalog system, powered by OCLC WorldCat!  The public catalog is available for you to search at

If you have ever used to search the holdings of libraries worldwide, the new catalog will look familiar to you.  If you have never used WorldCat, we think you will find the new system very easy to use.  A Library Guide explaining how you can search the new system, activate your Library Account, and set up a WorldCat account is available here.

The contents of our new library catalog are the same as the old:  it holds records for the library’s physical materials, including books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, and magazine and journal titles.  It also includes records for (and links to) some of the e-books and e-journals that we own and some of our government documents.  Among the new features of this library catalog are easy options for citing items and creating bibliographies.  For fans of smart phone searching, a mobile version (still in beta mode) is available at

All current students, faculty and staff have accounts in the new system, and we will be checking out items to you in this system from here on out.  Please note: the library staff is still in the process of transferring lists of current check-outs from the old system to the new, so for the next couple of weeks some items may show up as "available" even though they are really checked out.  We appreciate your patience as we make this shift!

Our old library catalog (SirsiDynix Webcat) will remain available for consultation through June 30 but will no longer be updated.  The library's Discovery system, which allows people to simultaneously search the library catalog and many of the databases, will remain in place.

The new catalog system is a work in progress.  We are still learning about its many features (on both the public and technical sides) and will be adjusting local settings over the next few months.  Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about the new system: email or, or call us at 205-226-4740.  

Happy searching!

Friday, May 16, 2014

The BSC Library congratulates
our Graduating Seniors!
You are now prepared for a new and exciting chapter of your lives.  Don't forget -- along the way if you find yourself in a state of befuddlement seek out your nearest library and find some answers!

BSC Library Hours until Summer School are:

Friday, May 16:  8 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Sat. - Sun., May 17 - 18:  CLOSED
Mon. - Fri., May 19 - 23:  8 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Sat. - Mon., May 24 - 26:  CLOSED (Memorial Day Weekend)
Tues. - Fri., May 27 - 30:  8 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Sat. - Sun., May 31 - June 1:  CLOSED
Mon. - Tues., June 2 - 3:  8 a.m. -- 5 p.m.

Classes resume on June 4.  Check back for summer hours.

from i've learned in college

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Extended library hours for finals!

Final exams are coming up, and that means extended hours of operation for the library! (Many thanks to our awesome SGA for making this possible and also to Campus Police staff for making sure we are safe in the late hours of the night!)

The library will be open for the following hours:
Thursday, May 8: 8am - open all night (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Friday, May 9: 8am-10pm
Saturday, May 10: 9am-midnight
Sunday, May 11: 2pm - open all night (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Monday, May 12: open 24 hours (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Tuesday, May 13: open 24 hours (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Wednesday, May 14: open 24 hours (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Thursday, May 15: 8am-10pm
Friday, May 16: 8am-5pm

Also, as we come up on the end of the semester, please make a note that all Interlibrary Loan books will be due back on Monday, May 12, and no renewals will be given past that date! (However, we will still be able to get periodical articles and chapters in books past Monday.)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Provost's Forum: Dr. Shane Pitts

 Dr. Shane Pitts, Professor of Psychology, will present his lecture Ostracism-Motivated Perception; Disgust-Ambiguous Social Categorization; Race-Ascriptions of Humanity: A Psychological Research Potpourri this Tuesday, May 6th during Common Hour in Norton Theatre. A cognitive psychologist, Dr. Pitts' fascinating academic interests include memory distortions, implicit memories, and heuristics -- even the social cognition of stereotypes and prejudices.

This event is an EEIS credit!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Award for Excellence in Library Research announced!

Congratulations to Jake O'Leary, winner of the first annual Excellence in Library Research Award! The award, sponsored by the Birmingham-Southern College Library, is given to any current first- or second-year student whose paper submitted to the Southern Academic Review (SAR) best demonstrates an advanced understanding and appropriate use of the Library's services and collections. Mr. O'Leary's paper, "KP1019: Chemical Interactions with Nitrogenous Bases and Their Biological Significance," can be found online in the current volume of the SAR, Birmingham-Southern's annual student journal of scholarship.  Mr. O'Leary received a cash award and his name is inscribed on a plaque in the Library.

Congratulations also to the editors of SAR--McKenzie Davies, Sean McCarthy, and Lauren Chisholm--who received the President's Award during Honor's Day!

Past issues of SAR can be found online through the Library's Digital Collections, along with past issues of other student publications.
Jake O'Leary, BSC sophomore and inaugural winner of the
 annual Excellence in Library Research Award 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

BSC to host three musical showcases

On Monday, April 28, BSC will be hosting two talented musical showcases. The Jazz Band, under the direction of Ben Posey, will be performing at 4:00 PM on the plaza outside of Norton Center. The show will feature jazz standards, Latin music and a touch of ballroom dancing music. Later that night, at 7:00 PM in Bruno Great Hall, the One-A-Chord Gospel Choir, led by Valerie Harris, will perform uplifting songs and praise.

On Thursday, May 1, BSC's Southern Chorale will perform madrigals and Gabriel Faure's Requiem, under the leadership of Professor Jeff Kensmoe. This event will take place in the Hill Recital Hall at 1:30 PM. Talented Freshmen Hope Strawn and Nick de Castro will be the showcase soloists.

All three of these wonderful events count for EEIS credit! Be sure to come out and support BSC's talented artists!

Ebrary Ebooks to be replaced with EBSCO Ebooks Subscription

On May 1st the Library's subscription to Ebrary's Ebooks will expire. We will be replacing it with the new EBSCO Ebooks Academic Collection . If you are currently using Ebrary's content in your research, please be aware that after May 1st we may not have access to those materials. There is considerable overlap between the two databases, so it is possible that EBSCO will contain the material you are using, but it is best to wrap up any research using Ebrary's material before the subscription ends.

Please contact the Library staff if you have any questions! Thank you.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mark Lester's Provost's Forum Lecture is this Thursday!

Hello, everyone!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 24th at 11 AM to take your seats at the Norton Theatre! This is the perfect opportunity to hear from BSC's one-and-only Dr. Mark Lester, W. Michael Atchison Professor of History. He will give a lecture on his book called The Challenge of Biography: British Prime Minister H.H. Asquith (1852-1928) during a Provost's Forum. During his lecture, he will discuss the conclusions he has reached about Asquith in writing a full-scale biography of the British statesman, who served from 1908 to 1916. This is such an interesting topic, and it also counts as an EEIS credit!

Don't miss out!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Library Easter Hours

The library will have altered hours this weekend for Easter:

Thursday, April 17: normal hours (8am-midnight)
Friday, April 18: CLOSED--Good Friday
Saturday, April 19: CLOSED
Sunday, April 20: CLOSED--Easter Sunday
Monday, April 21: resume normal hours (8am-midnight)

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe three-day weekend!

Library still needs summer work-studies!

The Library is still looking for summer work-studies!

BSC students who are interested in working in the Library this summer, please leave your name and contact information at the Library Circulation Desk or send an e-mail to not later than April 30th.

Duties include but are not limited to checking out and checking in library materials, re-shelving returned materials, maintaining library collections, running errands, etc. Availability to work during the entire summer class term, June 4 – July 28, is required.

Interested students must complete the 2014-15 FAFSA ( as soon as possible and must meet all eligibility requirements for participating in the work-study program as determined by the BSC Financial Aid Office before being hired. Applicants need not be enrolled in summer classes to be eligible but must be enrolled during the 2014-15 academic year.

Thanks for your interest. We hope to hear from some of you very soon!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

'Jesus Christ Superstar' BSC Theatre Production

Come see the BSC Theatre's resurrection of  'Jesus Christ Superstar' -- the much-adored, one-of-a-kind rock musical that has captured the attention of audiences across the globe since 1971.This musical, which earned five Tony Award nominations in 1972 and another Tony Award nomination for "Best Revival of a Musical" in 2000, details the last week of Jesus' life in a post-apocalyptic future torn by military and religious polarization. Jesus offers this broken world a path toward redemption not rooted in restrictive law or violence.

To coincide with the production, Professor of Theatre Michael Flowers will present a Provost's Forum entitled "I Don't Know How to Love Him: Jesus and Judas Have a Go in the Musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar.'" This event is free and open to the public, and will be held on Tuesday, April 8, in the College Theatre/Mainstage during Common Hour (11am), with Rev. Jack Hinnen, college chaplain, and Dr. Amy Cottrill, BSC associate professor of religion, participating in the discussion. The cast will also be performing selected scenes from the musical.

As an added bonus, both of these events will count as EEIS credits!

Reserve your tickets by calling the Theatre Box Office at 226-4780 or buy online via link below.
Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 1-4:45 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for the general public; $10 for students.

Location, Dates, and Times
Birmingham-Southern College Theatre / Mainstage
April 10, 11, & 12 at 7:30 PM
April 13 at 2:30 PM 

Tickets for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Monday, March 31, 2014

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition to Open April 4

BSC students, drop by the Durbin Gallery in the art building to gain a cultural credit and see the BFA exhibition starting this week! An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. Three seniors in the college's Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program--Jordan Harvell, Richard Stump, and Susan Tuberville--will showcase their original artwork starting April 4-17 in the Durbin Gallery. Take advantage of getting another cultural credit and show some support for your fellow classmates!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Concert Choir's Last Homecoming Performance!

BSC's Concert Choir hit the roads on March 13th to begin their annual choir tour, led by Dr. Lester Seigel, Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music, with one of BSC's new faculty, Dr. Leon Couch III, as the organist. Joined by BSC President General Chuck Krulak, the choir performed at various places in Virginia and Washington D.C. throughout Spring Break, including the Vinson Hall for American Military Veterans in McLean, VA and World War II Memorial Centennial Plaza in D.C.

If you did not follow the choir in Washington D.C. or Virginia, now is your chance to listen to the 34 angelic voices right here in Alabama! The choir will conclude their tour on March 30th at 4 PM in Bluff Park United Methodist Church located at 733 Valley Street, Hoover, AL. Two major choral works on the choir's program are Aaron Copland's In The Beginning, and Bach's motet Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf. Shorter works, all drawn from various American traditional and classical composers, range from works by Williametta Spencer and Robert A. Harris to Dolly Parton.  This event also counts towards your EEIS credits, and what better way to receive an EEIS credit than to support your school's choir!

Mark your calendars, folks! This is a performance you will not want to miss!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Summer work-studies needed!

The Library needs summer work-studies!

BSC students who are interested in working in the Library this summer, please leave your name and contact information at the Library Circulation Desk or send an e-mail to not later than April 30th.

Duties include but are not limited to checking out and checking in library materials, re-shelving returned materials, maintaining library collections, running errands, etc. Availability to work during the entire summer class term, June 4 – July 28, is required.

Interested students must complete the 2014-15 FAFSA ( as soon as possible and must meet all eligibility requirements for participating in the work-study program as determined by the BSC Financial Aid Office before being hired. Applicants need not be enrolled in summer classes to be eligible but must be enrolled during the 2014-15 academic year.

Thanks for your interest. We hope to hear from some of you very soon!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dr. Jeff Barton to Deliver Provost's Forum

This Tuesday (March 25th) Dr. Jeff Barton, Associate Professor of Mathematics here at Birmingham-Southern, will deliver the Provost's Forum in the Norton Theatre at 11 a.m. during Common Hour. Dr. Barton will lecture on "Asking Embarrassing Questions" which will introduced a new public survey method that uses probability to provide anonymity for the respondents. (This event counts towards an EEIS credit!)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Break Hours

Attention spring breakers! If you are still on campus for spring break and need to come to the library, don't worry, we will be open the majority of the break! The library has modified hours to accommodate your spring break study needs:

Friday, March 17- 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 18- CLOSED
Sunday, March 19- CLOSED
Monday, March 20- 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Tuesday, March 21- 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Wednesday, March 22- 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Thursday, March 23- 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Friday, March 24- 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 25-  CLOSED
Sunday, March 26- Regular hours resume (2:00 PM- 12:00 AM)

Have a safe and fun spring break!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dr. Tim Smith, Provost's Forum!

This Thursday (March 13), Dr. Tim Smith will present his lecture "Bedazzled Baptist Bits: Relics and Images in Renaissance Siena," which will explore how sacred relics were displayed and received in the Tuscan city of Siena in the 15th and 16th centuries. The lecture will be during Common Hour in the Norton Theatre, and it counts as an EEIS credit!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

We need movie suggestions for SGA collection!

It's that time of year again! The BSC Library needs more student suggestions to help expand the SGA movie collection -- please submit! Whether it's a certain film in a more obsolete medium or just something we don't own, expanding and updating the media collection is an important part of library upkeep, and students play an important part in that selection process. The suggestions box is conveniently placed on the Circulation Desk, so the next time you check out a book or movie, feel free to throw a few suggestions in there or send them to!

A very large and grateful thank you to SGA for providing the funds to grow our film collection for the BSC community's use!

Harold Lloyd in Safety Last by Hal Roach, 1923

Sunday, March 2, 2014

BFA Art Opening Reception this Friday!

Birmingham-Southern will be opening an art exhibition for the current art majors to exhibit their own masterpieces. The exhibits will be on display from March 7-20 in the Durbin Gallery, Kennedy Art Center/Azar Art Studios. The art gallery will be open everyday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the opening reception on March 7 from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The students who will have their art exhibited are Gloria Fite, Drake Roberts, and Charles Smith. (The opening reception is an EEIS credit!)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

UAB Professor Dr. Angela Lewis at the Norton Theater: February 20th, 4 p.m.

In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Angela Lewis, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is scheduled to speak at BSC's Norton Theater this February 20th, at 4 p.m. Dr. Lewis, who teaches courses on American politics and the politics of race, plans to present on the work covered in her most recent book, Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood, published by Routledge in 2013. Her work mainly observes the influence that contemporary Black Conservatism has on black political behavior in the United States. Additionally, Dr. Lewis not only teaches courses at UAB but also actively participates in student organizations on UAB's campus and serves as a political analyst for a few radio stations centered in Birmingham.

To all BSC students, this event is classified as an EEIS Cultural Credit.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kevin Shook, Provost's Forum

This upcoming Tuesday (February 18), Professor Kevin Shook will present a lecture titled "Simulacrumedia" during Common Hour in the Norton Theatre. This lecture coincides with his art exhibition that opened in the Durbin Gallery earlier this month. The exhibition will be on display until February 27.

In the artist's words, "Simulacrumedia is an installation on the subject of media and its effects on social communication and how we perceive reality. The work explores the process of interpreting the world within a visual framework. This specific process stems from the ritual interaction society has with media: smartphone, laptop, newspaper, or billboard. This interaction creates a hyperreality that connects, yet distances, individuals from one another."

(This event will also earn you an EEIS credit!)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Provost's Forum: "Musical Rhetoric, the Affections, and Buxtehude's Keyboard Music"

On Thursday, February 13th, Dr. Leon Couch III will deliver a Provost's Forum on "Musical Rhetoric, the Affections, and Buxtehude's Keyboard Music." It is to be held in Hill Recital Hall at 11 a.m.

An assistant professor of music, Dr. Couch gives recitals and lectures throughout the country, and has also released a solo recording, Hamburger Rhetoric. Dr. Couch's areas of academic interest include music theory and organ performance. Read more about Professor Couch and his accomplishments on his website

Head over to Hill Recital Hall during Common Hour this Thursday to expand your knowledge of music. This event will count towards an EEIS credit.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

BSC Award for Excellence in Library Research

Students: Remember that paper that you cost you so many sleepless nights? Your hard work could earn you glory!

BSC’s student-edited Southern Academic Review is soliciting papers for publication in its next issue.
In conjunction, 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 published in The Southern Academic Review!

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 McKenzie Davies (, Sean McCarthy (, or Lauren Chisholm ( The deadline is February 14.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Art Opening: "Simulacrumedia"

This Friday marks the opening of the art exhibition "Simulacrumedia" by Professor Kevin Shook. The opening reception will last from 6-8pm on Feb. 7 in the Durbin Gallery, with a lecture by the artist to be presented on Feb. 18.

In the artist's words, "Simulacrumedia is an installation on the subject of media and its effects on social communication and how we perceive reality. The work explores the process of interpreting the world within a visual framework. This specific process stems from the ritual interaction society has with media: smartphone, laptop, newspaper, or billboard. This interaction creates a hyperreality that connects, yet distances, individuals from one another."

The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 27, and is free and open to the public. Normal gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:45.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dr. Doug Riley, Provost's Forum

Welcome back, Panthers! Spring term is officially here, and we hope you all had a great (and safe) January! The start of spring usually signals a mad dash to finish up those EEIS requirements, so with that in mind, the first opportunity for credit this term is this Tuesday (Feb. 4). Doug Riley, BSC Associate Professor of Mathematics, will deliver his Provost's Forum lecture "Exploring Mathematics through Writing" during Common Hour in the Norton Theatre. If you're interested in mathematics, or just short on EEIS credits, make an effort to stop by!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Welcome back!

Welcome back E-termers! The Library is again open for business. Hope everyone has had a great start to 2014!

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