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Faculty Library Newsletter

Departmental Budgets and Acquisitions

Check your departmental budget allocations, spending, and balance.

Review databases charged to your department.

Check the status of all your book, eBook and media orders - date ordered, date received, list, cost, call number assigned, etc.

Contact your liaison to order new materials.

Contact Head of Acquisitions to inquire about unfilled orders.

Change is Coming! OneSearch Discovery Tool gets a new look and feel in June!

Beginning in June 2020, Anderson University students, faculty, and staff have had a new tool for discovering articles, books, print and online journals, streaming audio, and more. 
The NEW OneSearch provides a single, intuitive search interface for print and electronic materials, but will have a new interface powered by Primo, an Ex Libris product. 
Users will have basic and advanced searching for all combined content. 
  • Search results will default to print and online materials available in or through Anderson University Thrift Library. 
  • You can expand your search to include other academic libraries in South Carolina and request 12 million books through PASCAL Delivers, the statewide rapid print delivery service.   
  • Content has been expanded to include almost all of our half million eBooks, streaming audio from NAXOS, and more.
Anderson University Thrift Library joins 54 other academic institutions in South Carolina in implementing the next-generation shared library system.  The migration is a joint project of the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL), supported by lottery funds from the SC General Assembly. The new system will increase efficiencies in managing electronic and print resources and will provide greater opportunities for collaborative collection building.  Harvard University, the SUNY Libraries Consortium and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois are also recent adopters of the same system.

Besides advanced search capabilities, the New OneSearch integrates many internal Library functions such as the Library Catalog, Circulation, Acquisitions, Cataloging, PASCAL Delivers, and more. You can also jump out of it into Ask-A-Librarian, Research Guides, Journal Search, and A-Z Databases.

  • See what books you have checked out and their due dates.
  • Renew books.
  • Place books on hold.
  • Borrow books from other libraries.

Former Anderson College Library Director, Annie Francis Blackman

undefinedAnnie Francis Blackman passed away in April.

She served as Anderson College's library director from 1969 until 1988. Prior to that she was chief librarian for Anderson County.

She was also an Anderson College alumni.


Excerpt from 1978 Columns Yearbook, p164.


Library Reserves Plan for 2020-21 - Be Prepared!

FYI - The Thrift Library does not wish to provide "physical" Course Reserves this Fall. Instead:

  1. Wherever possible the library will replace physical reserves with digital resources - preferably with unlimited users. You may then place a link to the resource in Canvas. We have already identified everything that was used two or more times and will purchase whatever digital items can be purchased.
  2. If digital resources are not available the library will scan and email you up to 1 chapter or 1/10th of a book for placement in Canvas.
  3. If more than one chapter is needed, the library will purchase up to three physical copies, allowing three scanned chapters.
  4. Unfortunately, less than 1/50th of the physical content - Books, DVDs, Games, etc., are avaible in a digital format.

We strongly recommend that you avoid "traditional' reserves this year if at all possible. Better to switch to a reliable, easy to access source.

To assist you have have compiled a list of course reserves from last year that can be posted to Canvas. Use the Course Reserves 2019-20 with hyperlinks spreadsheet posted below to find digital content. Or simply search OneSearch.

Contact your library liaison ASAP to discuss ways to prepare for the Fall Semester.


Free Textbooks - Fall 2020


The library has acquired 139 eTextbooks for the Fall Semester, the largest number ever. Want to save our student's $173,000? Post the provided links in Canvas and let your students know they have free textbooks at their disposal.

COVID-19 Library Policies - Fall 2020 - Touchless Checkout, Digital Reserves, Ask-A-Librarian, Online Library Instruction – things are going to look a little different this fall.

Social distancing

  • Lounge seating will be spread out.
  • Most tables will limited to 2 users.
  • 1 passenger on elevator.

Study Rooms 

  • Maximum of two users.
  • Maximum of two hours.
  • Mandatory 10 minutes between reservations.
  • Masks required in an enclosed space.

No coffee (unless someone invents a way to drink it through their mask.)

Three day quarantine - All library materials will be quarantined for three days upon return. Student workers will check them in and shelve them using gloves.

Open Stacks - Users will be able to browse the stacks and select materials.

Touchless Checkout - The library's two check out stations at the Front Desk will have sneeze shields installed with bar code readers placed facing the front. Patrons hold their AU IDs under the reader, then scan the barcodes on their books. Reciepts are emailed. 

Digital Course Reserves - Faculty are asked to switch from physical reserves to digital reserves. To successfully accomplish this, please contact your library liaison ASAP so that we can identify, purchase, and provide links for use in Canvas.

Public Computers

  • Computers have been spread out across the library. We actually have more. 
  • Please use hand sanitizer stationd nearby.

Ask-A-Librarian - This service tripled in 2019-20.. We will continue to promote its use 7 days a week as the preferred method of assistance.

Online Library Instruction - Although we can visit your class, we would prefer to do it online via zoom, LibGuides, canned videos, etc.

Mail Out / Scan and Deliver- For students unable to come to the library we have several delivery systems. More...

Want to get paid for creating an open source textbook?

  • The Thrift Library will soon announce a grant program for writing open source content, including textbooks - compliments of PASCAL.
  • $500 to $5,000 per grant.
  • Details will be released at the end of the month.

Library Home Page gets a makeover

undefinedTaking advantage of the New OneSearch and its integration of multiple library functions, the library has simplified its Home Page.

Gone are:

  • Find a Journal - Replaced by Journal Search
  • Multiple Research links - Combined into a single Research Assistance jump page
  • Library Catalog - Integrated into the NEW OneSearch
  • eBook databases - Integrated into the NEW OneSearch