Library Archives For Student Computing

Welcome Accepted Students!

Posted on 18 March 2016 | 5:39 pm

We’re sure you have many questions, and we’d like to help. For answers to your research and computing questions, please see our New Student Guide. To ask additional questions, visit … Read More

New Student Tutorials for OAKS 10.3!

Posted on 12 May 2014 | 9:54 am — 

The Library has created new student tutorials for OAKS 10.3.  Please feel free to share or embed these tutorials or our playlist in your classes. The tutorials are captioned and fully accessible for your students.  Individual tutorials are available on the Library YouTube Channel, below you will see our newly created OAKS 10.3 Student Tutorials Playlist.

Printing Update 1/30/14

Posted on 30 January 2014 | 3:53 pm — 

The vendor fix appears to be stable and working. There is a small connection problem that should be corrected by next week. If you experience any problems, please see the information desk. Once the connectivity problem with the printing application is fixed, IT will work on getting the campus wide printing up and running.

Thank you.

Printing update 1/24/14

Posted on 24 January 2014 | 4:20 pm — 

Students appear to be printing using the work-around in place with little or no problems. The vendor is still analyzing the data after yesterday’s system failure. Unfortunately still no resolution on the printing issue. The current system will stay in place over the weekend. Please see the information desk if you encounter any problems. I will publish another update on Monday.

Have a good weekend.

Printing update 1/23/14, testing in progress

Posted on 23 January 2014 | 3:00 pm — 

IT tested a possible fix to the printing problem in the Addlestone lab. Unfortunately the fix did not resolve our issue. The vendor will continue to analyze the problem and send us further information. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Thank you!

Printing Update 1/22/14

Posted on 22 January 2014 | 3:38 pm — 

As of today, we seem to be closer to finding the cause of the problem with the printing system; however, we still don’t have a fix. Without being too technical, IT along with the vendor have identified where problems are and are trying to find the source of the file damage. In the meantime, students may still print. Please help us, the environment and your fellow students by only clicking the print button once for each print job unless you intend to make multiple copies. I will continue to blog and tweet at least one update per day @JamesWilliamsI2 until the problem is resolved. Also feel free to email me at with any questions and concerns or submit comments here.

Google Drive Tutorial for College of Charleston Students

Posted on 23 September 2013 | 6:57 pm — 

This Google Drive Tutorial demonstrates how to set up Google Drive for College of Charleston Students. The tutorial also covers how to organize, find, and share files, open and preview files, and sync with Google Drive on a PC or Mac. This tutorial was created from the “Get started with Google Drive” tutorial from Google available at: Make sure to visit this site for additional tutorials.

Submitted by Jolanda-Pieta (Joey) van Arnhem, College of Charleston Libraries

Quiet in the Library

Posted on 3 April 2012 | 5:20 pm — 

Is a library supposed to be a quiet place? I’m sure there are as many arguments against the library being a “quiet place” as I can come up with in support of the library being a quiet place and there are several forums online where this is debated.  I was surprised (showing my age) that there is a show on MTV called the “Silent Library.”  While I won’t debate this point I will point out a few changes in recent years.

Most library research is now initiated via computer and information is printed via a printer.  The clicking keyboards and motorized printers certainly add to the noise in a library.  Books and journals are now in eFormat and are accessed via the Internet using a myriad of devices.  Nearly everyone on the planet has an Android, Blackberry, iPhone or cell phone and they’re not afraid to use them.  Apple users please don’t be offended as I placed them in alphabetical order.  I exaggerate here but you get my point.  Use of these devices certainly adds to the noise level in the library.  Also either the work, the students or both are more collaborative than in past years.  Maybe its social networking but students tend to be in groups more often.

While I won’t directly say whether or not libraries “should” be quiet, I will speak to students’ right to a quiet study environment.  We all learn and study in different ways, some of us need quiet to avoid distractions, others of us need additional stimuli like music in order to work more productively.  There are areas of the library where noise is permitted, (the first floor) and areas that are designated as quiet areas (the second and third floors).  The library with the help of Public Safety tries very hard to keep the noise down in the quiet areas of the library and we will continue do this.  But I must say that this is really a patron and more so a student issue.  Students should respect other students’ right to study in a quiet environment.  At almost every academic library I’ve visited and the closest one I can cite is Daniel Library at the Citadel, students will give you “the look” if you talk above a whisper.  In most of the libraries I’ve visited, students have no problem asking you to keep it down, they’re trying to study.  The environment is quiet when you walk in and the quiet is maintained. Students actively participate in preserving and exercising their right to study and learn in a quiet atmosphere.

Unfortunately, our library seems to be different.  Students will often sit at a table in a quiet area and proceed to talk.  When asked to hold their voices down, students feel as if they are being harassed as one response noted on the library survey. Students will take a phone call to the hallway or the restroom but then proceed to talk openly with others in the quiet areas. Well what do we do, what can we do?

First let me say that “we want students to be here!”  This is your library. There is limited seating on the first floor where talking is permitted; however, if the library were twice it’s current size it still wouldn’t be able to seat half of the entire student body at one time.  So, we need to learn how to respect the rights of others as we coexist as well as we learn how to defend our own rights.  Most of our students ask for the library to be a quiet place for scholarly pursuits and they deserve this.

Next, students should feel comfortable “kindly” asking others to refrain from talking in quiet areas of the library.  Again this is your space and these are your fellow students.  If a student doesn’t feel comfortable asking others to refrain from talking, students can report the problem to any of the service desks in the library, email Circulation or the Research Desk, call 843.953.8000 or 843.953.8001 or chat with a librarian using the Ask Us feature.  Please be sure to give an accurate description of the area you are in so that we may correctly address the situation.  I don’t like asking students to refrain from talking as much as they don’t like me asking them to refrain but I have no problem doing so to protect the quiet study environment.  I also suggest asking student organizations to help.  Tell your fraternity, sorority, club, group, SGA, committee members and friends to help preserve the academic atmosphere in the library. This library belongs to all of us, let’s work together so that it helps and benefits all of us.


Student Computing Support (SCS) has added a new Services page to their blog (available at:

The new “Services” page provides revised information about the Student Technology Center, camcorder loans, student support desk services, computer purchase discounts, and the laptop checkout program.  They will soon be expanding the “Security” page to include material about non-college Wi-Fi access and document security.

Computer Use Heightens as Exams Approach

Posted on 26 March 2010 | 6:06 pm

As we get closer to final exams, it will become increasingly difficult to find an available computer in the lab.  If you find that the computer you’re seated in front of is not working properly, please report it to one of the Computer Support Desk attendants so that we can repair it quickly.  Also, we have 10 laptops available for use in the library.  You can check one out at the Circulation Desk.

Addlestone Library is accessible only to College of Charleston students, alumni, faculty, and staff, Friends of the Library, PASCAL visiting patrons, or those with appointments for services offered in the library. Cougar Cards, Alumni cards, FOL cards, PASCAL institution IDs, or appointment emails are required for entry. Virtual services are available at