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Ask Us for IT Help

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We’re making lots of changes this semester! We are excited to announce that we have invited folks from the IT Helpdesk to join us in the library. Seven days a week, there will be someone to help with your IT questions at the Ask Us Desk in the library. Want to learn more? Stop in drop by the Desk or reach out to us online and Ask!

New TexShare Databases

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TexShare has announced new resources and we’ve added them to our Database list. Thanks to this program, we now have access to: Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context, ChiltonLibrary (for auto repairs). Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Resource Center, Consumer Health Complete, Referencia Latina, and Sustainability Reference Center.


Google Scholar and Library Research

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Check out this tip when using Google Scholar from off-campus! This clip will walk you through linking to your library resources when searching Google Scholar. :)

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The Makerspace is Coming!

Media Center Hours are Changing - The Makerspace is Coming

The Media department will be closed on weekends and open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. We’re excitedly bringing a Makerspace to the library for all of your innovative needs. As more information becomes available, you’ll be one of the first to know!

You spoke, We listened!

New Sunday Hours

Beginning on May 20th, the library will begin opening and closing earlier on Sundays. The library will be closed May 26th - 28th for the Holiday Weekend. Summer hours (and those earlier Sundays) will be in place Tuesday, May 29th. Got questions? Ask Us!

Keep those suggestions coming!

Congratulations Shelby!

Shelby Gonzalez and Dr. Pat Carroll

We are very proud of Shelby Gonzalez, our Special Collections and Archives Department Library Specialist II, who was the winner of the 2018 Patrick J. Carroll History Student Engagement Award! Shelby also was awarded a Fall Graduate Scholarship for good academic standing.

As announced by the TAMU-CC Department of Humanities, "The Carroll Award is given annually to the History student who best typifies the values of intellectual, social, and civic engagement that Dr. Carroll demonstrated over his long professional career.  This year's award recognizes Shelby's exemplary work in the Special Collections Library, the classroom, and on the Hurricane Harvey Oral History Project."

Professor Laura Munoz nominated Shelby for the award, crediting her guidance and limitless service in the History M.A. graduate students' successful organization of the Hurricane Harvey Oral History Project. Dr. Munoz described the project as "an original and professional archival collection of oral histories that records and commemorates the university and local community response to Hurricane Harvey’s 2017 landfall in South Texas." With the guidance of Processing and Digital Assets Archivist, Alston Cobourn, Shelby has made the collection available at

Well done, Shelby!

Crime Scene Demonstration

Crime Scene Demonstration

We excitedly hosted a Crime Scene Demo, organized by the Criminal Justice Department, on Wednesday, April 11th at noon. Complete with blood splatter, wounds designed and applied by members from the University’s Theatre Department, and a victim portrayed by President Kelly Quintanilla, the event was informative, engaging, and incredibly fascinating. To see photos, visit the University’s gallery at We've added some Crime Scene resources to the Criminal Justice Guide, take a look and see what we found!

Outstanding Authors Speaker Series

Outstanding Authors

We are excited to announce that Dr. Kathy Smith and Dr. Murphy Smith have been selected as the library's next Outstanding Authors. Join us on Wednesday, April 4th at 2:00 pm as we celebrate their work. We are excited to welcome our first speakers from the College of Business. The presentation will be followed by a reception with time for questions and conversations with our speakers.

Library Resources and Campus Closure

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During Spring Break, the campus will be closed on March 14th for a planned power outage. System maintenance will require the campus to be without power for a few hours. Several library resources will be unavailable during this outage. Please plan accordingly. Have a safe and happy Spring Break!

Islander Pride!

Lauren Robinson

Research & Instruction Graduate Assistant Lauren Robinson was awarded the 2018 Sue Standford Texas History Student Award presented by the Book Finders (Corpus Christi) chapter of the American Association of University Women. Robinson, who was nominated by Dr. Robert Wooster for the award, received the honor for a research paper on Confederate nurses and her overall academic excellence. "It was so wonderful to be honored by this group, since my research emphasizes women and typically marginalized voices," Lauren said. She has also been awarded the Mirabal-Garza Endowed Scholarship in History for an oral history project focusing on her stepfather and his life, in particular his childhood experiences as a Mexican-American in South Texas. Congratulations, Lauren!

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers Return

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers Return

Our good friends from History Associates brought back the Dr. Hector P. Garcia papers. The papers and other items have been away for processing and digitization. There will be a formal welcome reception on Monday, February 19th from 4:00 – 5:30pm upstairs in the library. Original and selected digitized materials will be available for viewing. Join us and learn how this project will increase access to this collection.

What's This?

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Not sure what this new icon is all about? At the bottom of the library’s page you can get to our Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube accounts. You can also check out computer availability (the monitor icon) and find out which labs have plenty of room. We’re pleased to announce this new one though…the little pad and pencil? It’s our virtual suggestion box! Got an idea or a concern? Let us know about it. If you’d like us to get back to you, leave your email and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.

Faculty Librarians

Edward Kownlsar Teaching 2018

University Procedures have been approved granting professional librarians faculty status. The librarians are honored to join the ranks of faculty here on the Island. Do you know your librarian?

Additions to the National Film Registry

Antonio Fuentes

Rare Films from TAMU-CC Archives Receive National Recognition

Motion picture films from the Antonio Rodriguez Fuentes and Josefina Barrera Fuentes Family Papers have been named to the National Film Registry. The films, which were preserved through a 2015 partnership with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI), are among the 25 American films deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant.

Antonio Rodríguez Fuentes (1895-1988) and Josefina Barrera Fuentes (1898-1993) were longtime Corpus Christi residents who ranked among the most involved individuals in early local Mexican American community organizations. Mr. Fuentes was an avid amateur photographer.

The films named to the registry were shot with a French-made Pathex camera on 9.5mm film, a rare film format popular for a short time in the early 20th century, primarily in Europe. They can be viewed at More information about the papers is available at

Connect with Special Collections and Archives

Want to keep up with Special Collections and Archives? They've expanded their space and are working on some exciting new things! Check out their progress on Instagram.

Special Collections and Archives

Summer Edition of the InfoWave

Summer Edition of the InfoWave

Check out the latest edition of the library's newsletter - Learn about resources, services and changes to your campus library. Want to suggest a story? Let us know

Searching has Changed!

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Searching has Changed!

We’ve changed the search platform used in a Quick Search. The changes will be most obvious in the results list and the Journals list. This will offer better search results and improve linking to library content. Take a look around and see what you think!

If you have questions or if you need any assistance, please reach out to the Ask Us Desk or stop by and see a librarian.

Just can’t handle the new look? The old way of searching will be available through June 30th. You can search here until then:

Islander Cell Phone Photography Show

Cell Phone Photography Show

Don't miss the Islander Cell Phone Photography Show. Faculty, Staff and Students have captured some amazing things with their cell phones. The exhibit will be in the library until September 15th. For more information,