Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

August, 2010

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Under normal circumstances, October is a very busy time for the BDC. But October 2010 is extra busy. (There's that matter of opening a new Research Room and all attendent orientations and tours pursuant therefrom to consider, you know.) Ian Hill (Beaufort County's Historic Preservationist and the Library's stalwart partner in Archaeology Month programming) and I are scaling back a little for 2010.

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HRC member Coastal Discovery Museum is exhibiting a piece of an Atlas V rocket that fell out of the sky and washed ashore on Hilton Head Island back in May. Purportedly it was the first time such material has appeared on Beaufort County beaches. Telephone 843-689-6767 for information about this particular artifact and exhibits at Coastal Discovery Museum.

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Coping Strategy #3: Use the "Recommended Reading" lists, bibliographies at the end of the articles in the Library's "Local History and Nature Pages" as well as in other Connections entries as the starting points to find other ways to get the information you are seeking.

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As many of you may already know, the Beaufort County Library encourages reading in a myriad of ways.

Some folks like to read novels. Some folks do not.
Some parts of the library system collect novels. Some do not.

It comes as a disappointment to working novelists that the BDC does not actively collect or share novels through the Research Room or in the Local History sections at the branch libraries.

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Just in case you missed it, Kate Cerve, the Education reporter for the Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet, highlighted the Beaufort District Collection on Saturday. Click here for the full article.

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As I promised earlier this week: Copies of Twilight on the South Carolina Rice Fields are now available in the local history sections at all our Branch Libraries under call number 975.703 HEY.

Still not convinced that this book is for you? Here's what our own beloved USC-B Professor Emeritus and Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County Board Member, Dr. Larry Rowland, wrote in his review of this title for USC Press:

July, 2010

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Although we are deep in the details of inventorying and preparing the contents of the BDC Research Room for relocation, I've finalized the BDC @ The Branches Local History Program schedule for September 2010.

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Coping Strategy #2: Contact one of our fine BCL reference librarians for help with your local history, culture, environment or genealogical question.

Reference librarians do now precisely what we have done since 1876.

Reference librarians:

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Historic Beaufort Foundation is continuing its "Dinner & a Lecture" series on July 26th with a presentation about Heyward Family correspondence relating to demise of rice production during the mid-19th century. That evening, Dr. Allen H. Stokes, Jr. of the South Caroliniana Library and Margaret Belser Hollis, a Heyward family descendant, will lecture on the Twilight on the South Carolina Rice Fields drawing from the family letters written between 1863 and 1871. For more information about this HBF event, call Historic Beaufort Foundation at 379-3331.

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Actually, probably more than you think.

I'll be posting some strategies during the shutdown to publicize what your options are. Today's entry is about the "Virtual BDC."

While I was gathering up the statistics for BDC electronic resources for the South Carolina Heritage Health Index project currently underway through Clemson University, I was astounded by the number of hits received by the "Virtual BDC." I am very proud to share that last year (July 2009 - June 2010) the “Virtual BDC” had more than 30,000 hits.

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Extra! Extra! Extra!

The Beaufort District Collection 1st floor Research Room is closed for relocation as of Friday, July 16th at 5 pm.

If you have a question to ask BDC staff, you had best get it into our e-mail before this Friday at 5 pm. We're frantically trying to tie up all loose ends and on-going reference transactions before we go into shutdown.

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Emergencies happen when we least expect them and few understand the benefits of having a plan for how to react. This video from Common Craft uses three scenarios to introduce what should be in your emergency plan. It includes:

* Why a plan is important
* What to do if your family is separated in an emergency
* What to do if you must evacuate or stay home
* What to remember for those with special needs

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Local History Programs sponsored by the Beaufort District Collection are designed to open dialog about local topics of a historical, genealogical, cultural or environmental nature (50 or more years ago so we "cut off" around 1960) and to publicize the amount, breadth, and depth of our library resources on these topics. Programs are not intended to be the final word on any particular topic, issue, or philosophical discussion relating to the history, culture or environment of our area.

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This just in from American Libraries, Wed, 06/30/2010 - 04:17:

June, 2010

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The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office will lead "Virtual Library Advocacy Day," an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level, on Tuesday, June 29, 2010.

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If you want to monitor the progress of the installation of the compact shelving array in the new BDC Research Room, click here. Dennis Adams (whose office is right next door to the construction. Thank you, Dennis and everyone else who is being patient about the noise!) has agreed to take photographs every couple of days of the progress and post them into the "Beaufort County Library" FLICKR account for us.

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