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Starbucks Tentative Opening Date and Hours

Posted on 19 June 2014 | 9:46 am — 

Tentative Opening Date for Starbucks: August 15, 2014

Tentative Hours of Operation (same as Java City last year):

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30am – Midnight
  • Friday: 7:30am – 8pm
  • Saturday: 11am – 8pm
  • Sunday: 11am – Midnight

Location will accept Dining Dollars, Cougar Cash, Starbucks Gift Cards.

Location will serve a full menu including – full beverage line, premade salads and sandwiches, pastry case with full line of pastries, etc.

Any questions about Starbucks can be directed to Dining Services at 953-5354 or

Shelving and Multi-Purpose Room

Posted on 19 June 2014 | 9:38 am — 

moving the carriages into the building
Moving the carriages into the building.

some of the installation crew and transport crew
Some of the installation crew and transport crew.

moving the pieces of the puzzle
Moving the pieces of the puzzle.

Unique numbers enable installers to the puzzle together
Unique numbers enable installers to the puzzle together.

Shelving awaiting installation
Shelving awaiting installation.

Second floor - once shelving, will be configured with power, tables  and chairs
Second floor- Once shelving in up it will be configured with power, tables, and chairs.

More prep work for the multi-purpose room
More prep work for the multi-purpose room.

Continuing to prep for the multi purpose room
Continuing to prep for the multi purpose room.

Expanding Special Collections  Reading Room
Expanding Special Collections Reading Room.

Here’s What’s Happening!

Posted on 13 June 2014 | 11:58 am — 

The Music Room will become 3 group studies
The music room will become 3 group studies.

Parts of the static shelving that will be installed in the new mobile shelving
Parts of the static shelving that will be installed in the new mobile shelving.

Preparing ductwork for multipurpose room
Preparing ductwork for multipurpose room.

More prep work for the multi-purpose room
More prep work for the multi-purpose room.

nesting chair in new science center
Nesting chair in new science center.

Locating precisely where to drill holes for power
Locating precisely where to drill holes for power.

beginning to lay rails for the mobiles
Beginning to lay rails for the mobiles.

laying the flooring 3
Laying the flooring.

laying the flooring 2

laying the flooring 4

laying the floor covering 1

Continuing to prep for the multi purpose room
Continuing to prep for the multi purpose room.

Adding shelving to Special Collections Reading Room
Adding shelving to Special Collections Reading Room.

Here’s What’s Happening on the Second Floor

Posted on 3 June 2014 | 10:09 am — 

bringing the gypsum from the truck into the library

Bringing the gypsum from the truck into the library.

hoses carrying the  gypsum

Hoses carryingthe gypsum.

the first area for the pour

First area for the pour.

continuing the first area

Continuing the first area.

pouring and leveling  the gypsum

Pouring and leveling the gypsum.

note the boots!

nice boots


prepping for the pour

laying out the bases for the carriages

Laying out and building the bases for the carriages.

beginning to build the carriages -

Faculty user’s survey for the library

Posted on 21 May 2014 | 1:51 pm — 

Many apologies for not posting anything earlier. With the library renovation project and a few other projects like the iPad program and NBCLearn, I was a bit delayed in reviewing the faculty user survey. Here are a few comments and responses from that survey. More will follow in the weeks to come. As always I encourage you to contact me directly with your comments and concerns or use the library suggestion box.   And for the good of the order, I’m pleased to announce that thanks to Academic Affairs, we now have 30 more iPads for classroom use.

Name 5 things that would help your productivity?

library interface is not clean. hard to find things and do basic searches. reverting to previous versions helpful. It seems to change every year. Keep one system at the least, so we can learn how to use it. Interlibrary loan link is hard to find/buried – push it to a more prominent location

Response: We added the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) last summer after a yearlong campus trial. The new service is designed to help the novice researcher find something useful. The Discovery Service is also great for interdisciplinary work and serendipitous discovery as it makes associations and finds relationships users may not have considered. Please let us know what doesn’t work or doesn’t work well as we have the ability to refine the system to some extent. We definitely want it to work optimally for our users. We still have direct access to the catalog and the databases for the experienced researchers and have no intentions of taking those away. We are working on developing guides that do a better job of walking you through using our services and tools.

We agree, the ILL link at the bottom of the library homepage is not the most visible location.  Not to worry, a new library website is being designed as we type. It is our intention to make the new site easier to navigate and please let us know if it isn’t. Interlibrary Loan will be featured more prominently on the redesigned site.

An ipad training that happens during the semester and not during breaks. A writers’ group Library retreat time (a weekend? afternoons?) that is NOT during spring break or other breaks Students understanding how to use the library and do research on the internet

Response: We are planning 4 to 5 basic iPad sessions at varying times each semester to provide more opportunities for participation. Please help us by letting us know what times would be best for faculty.  Again, thanks to Academic Affairs, we now have 30 more iPads for classroom use.

The problem with a writer’s retreat that is not during the off-time is that our study rooms are designated for student use during the semesters. With 10,000+ students, we want to give them the maximum opportunity to achieve academic success during the semester.  You are welcome to use the faculty resource room 336 at your leisure, if you need a quiet space to work. We will work with Academic Affairs to explore other retreat possibilities.

We are working on developing guides that do a better job of walking users through using our services, tools and the research process. We also have librarians available to provide research consultations and instruction for students in your courses.

Continued strong support from ILI Establishing institutional repository for managing research data/results in compliance with NSF/NIH Money Time Faculty browsing room for print journals

Response: With support from Academic Affairs, the library has increased its Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services to improve deliver times for faculty.

An institutional or academic digital repository has been developed, is being tested and rolled out by targeting specific projects. Please contact Heather Gilbert in our Digital Services and Scholarship department for more details and participation information.

You are welcome to take print journals and other material into the faculty resource room 336 for browsing.

The only thing the library could help further is to consider providing faculty (even if only for the breaks) with carrels where we can leave books and other material for an extensive period of time.

Response: Currently we have some limited space in lockable cabinets in the faculty resource room 336. We will continue to explore other storage options.

The ability to access full-length articles from off-campus. When I (and my students) log in from off-campus the access becomes very limited, sometimes one or two full-length before it says we no longer have access, sometimes a few more. It basically makes working from home impossible.

Response: Unless otherwise stated, you should have access to the same databases from home as you have on campus using your myCharleston credentials. If you experience a problem accessing library databases from home, please contact us at  Please let us know what database you are attempting to access, the error or other message you receive, whether you are accessing from myCharleston, the library website, Google or etc.  Also, please contact us using the link above to make sure your article links have the correct proxy information when you place them in OAKS.

A better maintained scantron room, one that is unlikely to run out of printer ink or paper. 2. Everything thing else at the library is great – honestly, I can’t think of another thing.

Response: We’ve contacted IT regarding ordering more supplies to better stock the room.

Five things the library doesn’t already do? Hmmm… in grad school we had library carrels where you could keep books and notes so you didn’t have to lug things all over campus. That would help, but probably not possible here. It would also help to have the library cafe open during breaks.

Response: Again, we have some limited space in lockable cabinets in the faculty resource room 336. We will continue to explore other storage options.

The café in the library is in the process of transitioning from Java City to Starbucks. We will ask and hopefully Auxiliary Services will extend their hours during breaks due to popularity and increased revenue generating potential.

Two Week Look Ahead

Posted on 21 May 2014 | 9:12 am — 

The second semi with shelving arrives on Thursday morning, around 7 am.   We are expecting a total of 15 semi trucks  full of shelving.   Over the next two weeks, the shelving installers will be laying 2300 lin ft. of rail for the mobile carriages.  So there will be more drilling – probably thru the first week of June.  Immediately thereafter, another contractor will pour the concrete between the rails.  It will take a couple of weeks for the concrete to dry and then the flooring goes down and the shelving starts going up.

The woodworkers have begun work in special collections – everything starts with demo, and will be building more shelving  and exhibit cases.

The electricians will be working in the library on memorial day. Otherwise the contractors are working their normal schedules.

And the beat goes on….


Unloading and Laying Down Railings

Posted on 21 May 2014 | 9:09 am — 

beginning to lay rails for the mobiles

Beginning to lay rails for the mobile shelving.

one Big Truck

Truck delivering shelving and railing.

Addlestone Improvements Continued

Posted on 19 May 2014 | 9:19 am — 

the graduate study room is packed

The graduate study room is packed

the large study area on third floor

Large study room on the third floor

removing cork, preparing floor for mobile shelving

Removing cork and preparing the floor for mobile shelving

Special Collections Reading Room

Special Collections reading room improvements

expanding Special Collectins

Expanding Special Collections

Audubon cases are gone - and will be relocated

Audubon cases are gone and will be relocated

Using Emotional Intelligence to Ace your Interview

Posted on 8 May 2014 | 11:57 am — 

A Lowcountry Graduate Center article by
Jannette Finch, MLIS, Librarian, College of Charleston North Campus and Lowcountry Graduate Center and
Charles O. Skipper, PhD, PE, PMP, Colonel, United States Marine Corps (Ret), Chairman, Department of Engineering Leadership and Program Management, The Citadel School of Engineering

Nervous about your interview?

The interview process allows you to show that you have the necessary competencies to perform the job. One typical question often asked is, “Tell me about a time you handled a difficult customer.”

Why do interviewers ask this question? Your answer reflects something about your Emotional Intelligence (EI). By asking this question and others like it, interviewers are using a technique known as “targeted behavioral event interviews” to assess your level of EI. [1]

Many studies assert that EI is essential in the workplace and defines effective leadership. Daniel Goleman, author of the 1995 best seller Emotional Intelligence, comments that, “without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader.” [2]

The good news is that you, the job candidate, can prepare to answer EI probing questions and can develop and grow the soft skills that define EI. You can train yourself to recognize the moods, emotions, and desires of yourself and your coworkers. You can learn how to manage Emotional Intelligence through self-regulation.

So what is Emotional Intelligence, and how do you reveal that you have it during a crucial job interview?

The seminal definition by Salovey and Mayer is “the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and other’s feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.” [3]

In the Harvard Business Review Blog, Christina Bielaszka-DuVernay writes that although there are “multiple aspects to emotional intelligence, the three competencies below reveal a lot about a candidate.”

1. Self-awareness and self-regulation. The candidate understands their own needs and wishes and how these emotions affect behavior. They regulate their emotions so that any fear, anger, or anxiety they experience doesn’t spread to their colleagues or make them lose control.

2. Reading others and recognizing the impact of personal behavior on them. The candidate has well-developed emotional and social “radar” and can sense how their words and actions influence their colleagues.

3. The ability to learn from mistakes. They acknowledge their mistakes, reflect critically upon them, and learn from them. [4]

Before your interview, search for sample interview questions, learn to recognize what your interviewers are really asking, and then practice your answers. Your answers should be real examples from your life that show you have the self-awareness to read others, the ability to control your own emotional reactions, and that you possess the invaluable ability to learn from your mistakes.

Some great sample interview questions designed to reveal behaviors in competency areas such as collaboration, service orientation, resilience, courage and assertiveness, and many others are found in:

Lynn, A. B. (2008). The EQ Interview : Finding Employees with High Emotional Intelligence. New York: AMACOM/American Management Association.

Good Luck!


[1] Jacobs, R. L. (2001) Using human resource functions to enhance emotional intelligence. In C. Cherniss and D.  Goleman (Eds.), The emotionally intelligent workplace: How to select for, measure, and improve emotional intelligence in individuals, groups, and organizations (159-181). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

[2] Goleman, D. (2004). What makes a leader? Harvard Business Review Blog. Retrieved from

[3] Salovey, P. and Mayer, J. (1990). Emotional intelligence. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 9, 185–211.

[4] Bielaszka-DuVernay, C. (2008). Hiring for emotional intelligence. Harvard Business Review Blog. Retrieved from


Addlestone Improvements, Day 3

Posted on 5 May 2014 | 1:39 pm — 




Contractors erecting scaffolding  outside the library. They will remove a window on the second and third floor so they can bring in the tons  of steel that will comprise  the new mobile shelving.  There will be plywood window installed  temporarily.




The shelving company is dismantling all of the non-movable shelving.   We’ll put mobile shelving in some of this space (which stores books more efficiently), adding lots more seating for students and  power for their electronic devices.