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Outstanding Faculty Speaker: Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library Presents Virtual Outstanding Faculty Speaker Series: Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi. Friday, November 19 from 11am to 12pm. Join us via Zoom:

Join us on Friday, November 19 at 11:00am as we celebrate the work of Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi. Dr. Mozzachiodi is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. His research focus is the cellular and molecular mechanisms of fear memory formation and retention. He investigates the universal problem of how an animal’s brain responds to fear and remembers it in a relatively simple brain. Ultimately, the collected results may help us understand the mechanisms behind neurological disorders and forms of mental illness such as posttraumatic stress disorder.

Visit our Outstanding Faculty Speaker guide for the Zoom link and password:

For any questions, please contact


Learning Commons Area Construction Updates

"Get ready for one of your new favorite spaces in the library!" a quote by Trisha Hernandez, Student Success and Diversity Librarian. "A one-stop shop for your tutoring and research needs!" a quote from Lisa Louis, Director of User and Research Services

Construction is still underway for our new Learning Commons Area in the first floor of the library. In our Construction Guide, check out our renovation schedule, the floor plan for the space, and get a sneak preview of the furniture that will start to arrive in the next couple of weeks. The Learning Commons will allow for more space to study and collaborate on projects and assignments. There will be space available to meet with folks from the Writing Center and meet with tutors and mentors!


Construction Updates: Furniture and Floor Plan Previews!

Construction Updates: Furniture and Floor Plan Previews

We’ve added more details about the new Learning Commons to our Construction Guide! Check out the floor plan for the space and get a sneak preview of the furniture that will start to arrive in the next few weeks. The Learning Commons will allow for more space to study and collaborate on projects and assignments. There will be space available to meet with folks from the Writing Center and meet with Tutors and Mentors!


Construction Updates

Graphic for Bell Library Construction Updates

Things are really starting to move! Electrical work will start this weekend and the computers in the area are being temporarily removed for the new carpet. Remember that our computer labs are available for use when there isn’t an instruction session scheduled. You can check computer locations and availability with CAiL (Computer Availability in Library). You can also grab a laptop at one of our checkout kiosks! Construction is also on schedule upstairs in our One Button Studios! The I-Create Lab might get a little noisy as we construct the new spaces. Updates and more information can be found on our Guide


Pardon the Noise

This week, construction will continue in our first floor area and it will be a bit noisy from time to time. For information on alternate quiet study locations, our renovation schedule (we'll keep you updated), and sneak peeks, visit our Construction Guide! If you have questions, send us an email at 


New and Exciting Improvements!

We're working on new and exciting improvements to the library this semester. Construction will begin on the new Learning Commons on October 11th. It's possible it might get noisy from time to time. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Our schedule (we'll keep you updated) and sneak peeks coming soon on our Construction Guide! If you have questions, send us an email at


New Content! Accessible Archives

Accessible Archives has added some new content, expanding the primary sources in their History collection. New content includes America and WWI, Military Camp Newspaper, Anatomy of Protest in America, Quarantine and Disease Control in America, The Women's Tribune and much more!


The Open Society Justice Initiative

The Open Society Justice Initiative publishes reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets exploring and advocating on issues of human rights and justice. Beyond its publications, the Justice Initiative represents individuals before domestic and international human rights tribunals. Its advocacy work targets national and regional policymakers and governments to advance human rights and the rule of law, and it supports local, national, and international efforts to expand access to justice. 


For more information about this initiative, visit: 


New! 24/7 Chat

Did you know you can get library help around the clock? Chat assistance is available 24 hours! If you do your best work late at night, we can help with that. Librarians from all over are on board to help you succeed. Library resources and research assistance are available whenever you need them. Now, you can always Ask Us!


EBSCO LearningExpress Library Resource

Improve your academic skills, explore careers, and prepare for college admissions tests and occupational exams with our library resource EBSCO LearningExpress Library. Visit to get started today!


Library Closure: Tropical Storm Nicholas

picture of rainy weather on campus

Due to anticipated weather and road conditions from Tropical Storm Nicholas, the library will be closed Monday, September 13, through Tuesday, September 14. Virtual assistance and access to library resources will be available on the library's website. The library building will reopen on Wednesday, September 15. Please be mindful of the weather and road conditions. Stay safe Islanders!


EBSCO LearningExpress Library Resource

Improve your academic skills, explore careers, and prepare for college admissions tests and occupational exams with our library resource EBSCO LearningExpress Library. Visit to get started today!


Apply Now for the Open Access Publication Fund

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library, the Division of Research and Innovation, and the Office of the Provost are proud to support Open Access through the Open Access Publication Fund. During the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the University will offer $30,000 of funding to faculty and full-time researchers to underwrite publication charges for scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and books published in fully Open Access publications. Eligible authors may receive a maximum of $3,000 per fiscal year.

For more information, visit the Open Access Guide.


Islander Cell Phone Photography Show - Virtual Exhibit Now Open!

Our Online Islander Cell Phone Photography Show is now live! To view all of the photos, leave comments, and vote for your favorites, visit

Based on your votes, the top 10 photos will be selected as winners. These photos will then be physically exhibited in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library from August TBD - September 19 in our 1st floor gallery. 

For more information, visit our guide:


New Digital Exhibit! Arturo Vasquez, CPA

The Special Collections and Archives department at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library invites everyone to explore our new digital exhibit on Arturo Vasquez.

Mr. Vasquez was a certified public accountant, civic leader, and civil rights activist. He served as a Corpus Christi Independent School Board Trustee for 24 years and was an active member of AGIF and LULAC.

Visit our Online Exhibit today!

For more information, contact us at


Cell Phone Photography Show is Back!

It's that time again!! We encourage you to search through your cell phone and select 1-2 of your favorite photos to submit to this year's Islander Cell Phone Photography Show!! Similar to last year, we'll host the full show through a digital exhibit (with copyright protection) where you can vote on your favorite photos. The top 10 will be printed for the physical display in the Bell Library!! The deadline for submitting entry forms and photo(s) is Thursday, June 10.

Remember, the exhibition is open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni members, and retirees of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. 

For more information and details about submission requirements and the timeline, visit the Islander Cell Phone Photography Show guide.


Early building closure, but virtual services continue!

Hey Islanders, the library building will be closing early today (12 noon) and will reopen at 8 am tomorrow morning. Resources and virtual Ask Us Desk services remain available, so don't hesitate to reach out! Stay dry and safe!  

Image: Student waiting outside of the library for a pause in the heavy rainfall. Taken June 2017.  

Islander Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition - Now Open!


The Mary and Jeff Bell Library invites everyone to experience our sixth Islander Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition, both physically and online!  

The works by current and retired Islander faculty and staff will be on display on the first floor of the library Friday, May 7, through Wednesday, June 30.  Our virtual display, along with recorded artists statements and other interactive elements, will be available starting Friday, May 7 as well! 

Visit our Online Exhibition today!

For more information, contact us at 

Library Hours - Final Exams


 image of spring 2021 library hours

It's that time of year again! We all need a little more time in our day to get things done...The library has extended hours through the end of exams. Don't forget to reach out and Ask Us if you have any questions. We're here to help!

Now Available! Laptop Checkout Kiosks


 Laptop Checkout Kiosk Image

Need a laptop? You can check one out! The Mary and Jeff Bell Library is pleased to announce the arrival of our new laptop checkout kiosks! Twenty-four laptops purchased by CASA Title V Project GRAD are available for checkout in the library. Students can check out laptops during library hours for in house use, three hours at a time. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Grant (#LS‐246561‐OLS‐20).

Call for Entries: Islander Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library would like to invite you to participate in the Islander Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition!!

The exhibition is open to all faculty and staff members of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, either actively employed or retired. The work will be placed on display in the library from May 7 to June 30. Also beginning on May 7, photos of the submitted art will be made available in an online exhibit hosted on the library’s website along with artist statements and other interactive elements!

Artwork submitted must be new work (not previously submitted) and may include: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design, and mixed media. 

For more details and to submit your entries, visit:

Any questions regarding submissions or exhibit details should be directed to

Bell Library Virtual Services

The library continues to be here for you virtually through Saturday, 2/20!! The library building itself will reopen on Sunday, 2/21. In the meantime, remember to check out our large number of virtual services - from the Ask Us Desk to streaming services! Stay safe and warm!! 

Chat, Text, Call, or Email Us at: 

To access our hours, calendar, and research guides, visit our homepage: 

Watch documentaries, feature films, and educational videos on Kanopy: 

Library Closure Due to Inclement Weather

Library building will be closed 2/15-2/16, virtual services will remain available


Due to inclement weather, the Bell Library will be closed on Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16.

Our library services will continue online, including our Ask Us Desk services! (

Spring 2021 - Welcome, Islanders!

Sending a warm Island welcome to our new and returning students! Whether you are remote or in-person, we're here to help this Spring semester! Our library building is open Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm and classes start Monday, January 25, 2021

Here's to a safe and healthy Spring semester. For information and updates about our current precautions and response to COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 Archive Guide.

If you have any questions, contact us at – we’re happy to help!

Temporary Library Closure: January 7, 2021

Due to a campus water outage, the Bell Library will be closed temporarily today. We plan on re-opening tomorrow morning, January 8th, at 8am. In the meantime, our virtual resources and Ask Us services are still available. Take care, Islanders! 

For any questions, please contact us at 


Holiday Wishes from the Bell Library

Image of holiday lights in Lee Plaza

The library will close for Winter Break at 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 23rd. We will return on Monday, January 4 at 8:00am. Some services will remain virtual through the 11th as we safely return from the holidays. Stay safe and healthy!


Fixed!: Library Database Access Issues

We have solved the issue that we were having with library resources. Our databases should be accessible now!

For any questions, please contact us at

Library Database Access Issues

We are currently experiencing difficulty with access to library resources. We're working on a solution and apologize for the inconvenience.

For any questions, please contact us at

Library Finals Schedule and Happy Holidays

Below are our Library Hours for Finals and the Holidays. Hope you have a safe and happy holidays, Islanders!!

For any questions, please contact us at

Mary and Jeff Bell Library Fall Calendar 2020

Sunday, November 22: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Monday, November 23: 8:00am to 11:00pm

Tuesday, November 24: Last Day of Classes; 8:00am to 11:00pm

Wednesday, November 25: Reading Day; 8:00am to 12:00pm

Thursday, November 26: Closed

Friday, November 27: Closed

Saturday, November 28: Closed

Sunday, November 29: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Monday, November 30: Reading Day; 8:00am to 11:00pm

Tuesday, December 1: Final Exams; 8:00am to 11:00pm

Wednesday, December 2: Final Exams; 8:00am to 11:00pm

Thursday, December 3: Final Exams; 8:00am to 11:00pm

Friday, December 4: Final Exams; 8:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday, December 5: 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Sunday, December 6: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Monday, December 7: Final Exams; 8:00am to 11:00pm

Tuesday, December 8: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Wednesday, December 9: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Thursday, December 10: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Friday, December 11: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday, December 12: Fall Commencement; Closed


Virtual Outstanding Faculty Speaker: Dr. Daniel Bartholomay


Join us on Wednesday, November 11 at 3:00pm as we celebrate the work of Dr. Daniel Bartholomay. Dr. Bartholomay is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. His research sheds light on the ever-changing dynamics of gender and sexual inequalities, particularly in the realms of family and health. Dr. Bartholomay will be presenting some of his work on LGBTQ+ experiences, including a new project examining the strengths and challenges faced by LGBT+ people living in South Texas.

Visit our Outstanding Faculty Speaker guide for the WebEx link and password:

For any questions, please contact

Outstanding Faculty Speaker: Dr. Lon Seiger


On October 27 at 2:00pm we will be celebrating the work of Dr. Lon Seiger! In this socially-distant but hands-on event, participants will be guided in making their own art pieces and Dr. Seiger will be discussing our nature-deficit disorder and strategies to spend more time interacting with the great outdoors. The sign-up for this event is currently full. We're excited for this event and thank you to all who have signed up!!

For any questions, please contact us at

Banned Books Week Virtual Celebration and Exhibit

It's Banned Books Week, Islanders!! Join us on our Banned Books Week Guide to visit our our Virtual Banned Books Week exhibit and Open House. Have you ever wondered which Banned Book matches your personality? Want to learn the reasons why books have been challenged? How well do you know the Bell Library? In our Virtual Exhibit and Open House, you can take quizzes, scavenger hunt for clues, and be entered to win our Banned Books Week prize packs!! 
Also, we are happy to be featuring a physical Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse 5" exhibit, brought to you by Ryan O'Malley, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design, now on display in the first floor exhibition space of the Bell Library.
For any questions, please contact us at 

Congrats to our Islander Cell Phone Photography Show Top Ten Photos!

Congratulations to our top 10 winners of our Islander Cell Phone Photography Show!
  1. Cotton Stainer Bug, by Desarae Sullivan (Student)
  2. Gills galore, by Desarae Sullivan (Student)
  3. To Hold a Home, by Andrea Libby (Student)
  4. Morning Dew, by Andrea Libby (Student)
  5. Country Road, by Caleb M Flowers (Student)
  6. Look Here, by Judith Pope (Student/Staff)
  7. Beach Days & Summer Rays, by Judith Pope (Student/Staff
  8. Luna's Grace, by Cecilia Gamez (Alumni, Class of ’98)
  9. Daddy look, by David Fuentes (Staff/Faculty)
  10. Morning Gaze, by Natasha Raisanen-Ryan (Student)

These amazing photos will be put on display in the Bell Library this Fall. Stay tuned to the Bell Library's social media for an official date. Thank you to everyone who participated this year and made this an outstanding show!!


Circulation and Facilities Issues

Photograph of books in the Main Collection
Due to a facilities issue, the library will cease circulation of most materials located on the second floor. Items in this area include the Main Collection, as well as titles in the Oversized and Juvenile Collections. Media materials and items located on the first floor are still available for library use and checkout. For more information, please contact the library’s Circulation Department at 361-825-2340 or



Update: Bell Library Reopens

photograph of the bookshelves in the main collection

The Bell Library is open to students, staff, and faculty, Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm. Spaces and services will look a bit different. Continue to check the website and Guide for the most up to date information about library resources and services. For more information, please call 361.825.2643.

Online research support from the Ask Us Desk is available Monday through Thursday 8am - 8pm and Friday 8am - 5pm.

Curbside pickup of print materials will continue Monday through Friday 9:30am – 4pm.

We’re glad to be back! Stay safe and healthy Islanders!



Update: Library Hours and Services

Photograph of the library building

Curbside pickup of print materials will be available June 8th - June 19th (see details on our Guide).

The Bell Library will reopen to students, staff, and faculty on Monday, June 22nd. Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm. Some services will be limited during this time.

Access to all of the library’s digital resources will continue to be available 24/7. Online research support from the Ask Us Desk is available during the following times: Mon.-Thurs. 8am - 8pm Fri. 8am - 5pm

Interlibrary loan of e-resources will continue.

Please continue to check website and the Guide for the most up to date information about library resources and services. For more information, please call 361.825.2643.


Islander Cell Phone Photography Show: Call for Entries



Submit 1-2 your favorite phone photographs you've taken to our virtual Cell Phone Photography exhibit! The exhibition is open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni members, and retirees of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. 

All photos will be juried by the staff of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. Photos will be made available digital online but will be described as copyright protected. All who submit must sign a waiver acknowledging their understanding of this. The deadline for submitting entry forms and photo(s) is Monday, June 1.

For more information on the exhibit, important dates, and how to submit entries, visit our Cell Phone Photography Show guide.


COVID-19 Archive



From now until Thursday, December 31, 2020, the Bell Library is offering a COVID-19 Archival Service where community members and TAMU-CC students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to lend their stories to Special Collections and Archives. These can be in the form of photos, videos, blogs, interviews, artwork, journal entries, essays, "quaran-zines," memes, etc. Help leave your witness account of this time for future generations to study!









Library Closure


In support of the County's Stay at Home Order, the Bell Library will be closed to walk-in traffic at 5pm, March 26th. Access to all of the library’s digital resources (24/7) and online research support will continue uninterrupted. Our online research support hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday, 8am - 8pm
  • Friday, 8am - 5pm
  • Sunday, 12pm - 6pm


In addition, interlibrary loan of e-resources will continue. Please continue to check, our COVID-19 Guide, for the most up to date information about library resources and services. 


For more information, please call 361.825.2643.






Changes to Library Hours and Services


Photograph of a student in the Main Collection

Dear Bell Library Community,


For the safety and health of our community, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library are taking precautionary measures effective immediately. These measures include limiting our hours, temporarily suspending access to community members, and enforcing social distancing in the library spaces. For more information on these policies and others, please see below.


We feel that the library serves as an important space for students, staff, and faculty, so for the time being the library remains open and functioning on many levels. We will continue to provide the high level of service our community is accustomed to while considering the health of ourselves and our users.


As the Covid-19 situation is developing, please understand that these policies may change. Along with TAMU-CC administration, the Library is monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates in a timely manner as our policies shift in response to our community’s needs. More detailed information is available on our Guide.


Thank you for your patience as we work to provide the highest quality of service to our dedicated staff, students and faculty.


With much appreciation,

Your friends and colleagues at Bell Library






The Glass in Corpus Christi Bay: Turning Trash into Treasured Art Pieces


Join us on April 9 at 3:00pm as we celebrate the work of Dr. Lon Seiger. In this hands-on event, you’ll be invited and guided in making your own art piece – no artistic experience needed! Dr. Seiger will discuss our nature-deficit disorder and strategies to spend more time interacting with the great outdoors. A light reception is included in this engaging and fun experience learning about environmental pollution and how to reuse/recycle it into a hobby to make treasured art pieces.   

We’ll be providing everything you need to create your own artwork, so space is limited. Please reserve your spot today.




Inspire an Islander


Image of art supplies and a stencil with the word hope

The library is pleased to host the return of an interactive art exhibit! The Master of Science in Counseling Program and Chi Sigma Iota are installing Inspire an Islander inside the Bell Library on the first floor. Explore your creative side while fighting mental health stigma. The exhibit will be in place February 17 – 28th, come create and engage with campus resources and increase your mental health awareness. For more information, contact Julia CS LeClair



They're here!

Image of a calculator with a notebook

Need a calculator? We can help with that! The library will circulate calculators this semester for varying lengths of time. We have TI-503SV, TI-BAII Plus Financial, TI-83 and TI-84 Graphing, and TI-30xa Scientia models. Ask the folks at the Circulation Desk for more details.


Freddie Records 50th Anniversary

Image of promotion for the Freddie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Freddie Records, a leading independent Latin record label located in Corpus Christi and home to Grammy-winning superstars, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host the Freddie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration Event on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 7-11 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. In honor of this celebration, the library will display one-of-a-kind documents, photographs, records, and six of the Grammy Awards won over the years.
The event in December includes musical performances by the Tejano Legends, Lucky Joe, Vidal, Pio Trevino & Majic, along with dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email Margaret Dechant at


Outstanding Faculty Speaker Series

Outstanding Faculty Speaker Series, Featuring: Dr. Wendi Pollock

Come celebrate the work of Dr. Wendi Pollock who will be presenting on, "Using Data to Police Police-Problems".

Thursday, November 21
3:30 pm
Bell Library, 2nd Floor
Outside of Special Collections and Archives

The event is open to the public. Time for questions, conversation, and a light reception will be available after the presentation.

If you have questions about this event, please email

Related Research Guide: Outstanding Faculty Speaker Series by Jennifer Anderson

International Games Day

Super Mario game characters with the text International Games Day, Saturday, November 9 from 10am-4 pm

The library is excited for the return of International Games Day!

Saturday, November 9
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bell Library, 2nd Floor

Enjoy video games on big screens, board games, card games, giant chess, and table top games.

We will also be featuring a Harry Potter themed interactive escape room (are you up to the challenge)! The first five participants will receive an amazing gamer's swag bag.

For more information contact

Escape the Library!

Escape the Library: Harry Potter Edition November 4-8 (2019 International Games Week, open to faculty, staff, and students)

Can you Escape the Library? Join us once more for the library's 2nd Escape Room competition. This time with a wizarding theme!!

The escape room experience will take approximately an hour. To participate, form a team of 3-7 people, come up with a fun team name, then go to signup genius to sign up for one of the time slots available at various times November 4-8.

The escape room will also be running from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 9. A signup sheet will be available at the library starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 9.

Open to TAMU-CC faculty, staff, and students!!

Pop-Up Relaxation!

Tent set up in library with blankets, pillows, and tips and tools for relaxing

Need a break? Pop in and relax in our Pop-Up Relaxation Station. In collaboration with The University Counseling Center and Rec Sports, we've added a temporary relaxation spot on the first floor of the library.

Take your shoes off, curl up, and relax a bit with the help of aromatherapy, coloring, and other fun stress relief techniques!

Podcasting for Everyone

Student sitting at computer station in the I-Create Lab with headphones using podcasting equipment and software

Interested in creating your own podcast? The library can help with that! The I-Create Lab has podcasting equipment including recording equipment and audio editing software.

Read more about creating your own podcast in this blog post, Podcasting for Everyone…At Your Library!

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Hispanic Heritage Month, Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Is Hispanic culture under-represented in Wikipedia? Let's do something about it!

Thursday, October 10
12:00 - 4:00 pm
2nd Floor, Bell Library

Come engage in a conversation about the representation of Hispanics in Wikipedia and help increase that representation by directly contributing to related Wikipedia articles.

The event begins at noon with a panel presentation featuring Islander students and faculty.

This event is free and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit the event Wikipedia page, email, or call 361-825-3321.

Poetry Reading

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Petry Reading featureing Dr. Javier Villarreal and Juan M. Perez. 2:00 pm on October 1st, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, second floor

Join Dr. Javier Villarreal and Juan M. Perez on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 2:00-3:00 pm on the 2nd Floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library.

The two poets will read in both English and Spanish from their latest works.

This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, email, or call 361-825-3321.

Workshop: Painting 3D Objects

Two figurines of fantastical type creatures with the works Workshop: painting 3D Objects

Students have created some amazing things with the I-Create Lab’s 3D Printers. Come take your figures and pieces a step further and learn how to paint your 3D objects! Hosted in the I-Create Lab in Bell Library. Prepped figures and paint will be available for hands on learning!

See more upcoming library workshops.

100 Years After the Storm

Black and white photo showing storm damage from 1919 hurricane with the words, 100 Years After the Storm

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Historical Forum and the Mary and Jeff Bell Library are hosting “100 Years After the Storm,” featuring author, historian, guest lecturer, and Islander alumna Mary Jo O’Rear.

Friday, September 13
1:00-3:00 pm
Bell Library, outside the Special Collections

The event, which is part of “Remembering the Hurricane of 1919: 100 Year Anniversary,” is intended to commemorate the massive hurricane which struck the Corpus Christi Bay in 1919, burying downtown under ten feet of debris and killing as many as 1,000 people.

O’Rear is the author of “Storm over the Bay: The People of Corpus Christi and Their Port,” and served on six Texas State Historical Association committees. The program will also include a panel discussion by faculty experts along with a display of historical photos and documents relating to the storm. The event is free and open to public, with a meet and greet and light refreshments following the panel discussion.

For more information email

SPARC Leadership Fellow

SPARC logo with photograph of libraria, Lisa Louis

Ms. Lisa Louis from the Mary and Jeff Bell Library has been selected as a fellow in the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, an intensive professional development program to empower library professionals with the knowledge, skills, and community connections to lead successful open education initiatives that benefit students. The two-semester program blends online, peer-to-peer, and project-based learning to build a comprehensive understanding of the open education space coupled with practical know-how to take action on campus and beyond. Lisa is one of 27 fellows selected from a competitive application pool for the program's 2019-2020 cohort.

The Dean of Libraries, Dr. Cate Rudowsky shares that Bell Library joins TAMU-CC and the TAMU System in a commitment to offering students affordable learning tools, including open educational resources. As our campus moves forward on such initiatives, we are honored to have Lisa Louis, Associate Librarian Faculty, be selected for the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program. This well respected national program prepares open education leaders who can help take their campuses to the next level.

The SPARC Open Education Leadership Program spans two semesters, beginning with an intensive online course in the fall to build open education subject matter expertise. In the spring, Ms. Louis will work with a mentor to implement a capstone project that will help advance open education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and contribute back to the broader open education community as a whole. Lisa will join the rest of the cohort in attending the 16th annual Open Education Conference in Phoenix, AZ in late October.

Lisa believes that "this program will help me advocate more effectively for open education and affordable learning options at TAMU-CC. I am particularly interested in both open educational practices and in finding creative ways to support faculty who are considering moving away from traditional textbooks and toward open alternatives."

She explains that “We have been exploring the OER landscape for the past two years. We established an OER Task Force in 2017, with faculty from all the colleges, members of our Student Government Association, and other interested members of the TAMU-CC community. We have held events, including lectures, forums and a Community of Practice. We have spoken with students and faculty about textbook affordability and open options. We are looking forward to a second Community of Practice this year, as well as more events on the theme of open access and open education.”

"Academic libraries sit at the intersection of faculty, students, and high-quality resources, and therefore are essential partners in advancing open education on campus," said Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC. "A large part of what makes our program successful is the unique and valuable perspective each participant brings to it, and a vibrant community of practice develops amongst the cohort. We are proud to have Lisa among our 2019-2020 class."

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a member of SPARC, which is a global coalition dedicated to making Open the default in research and education. More information about the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program.

Why We Cancelled Lexis-Nexis

Graph of Lexis Nexis total retrievals from library website

This summer, Bell Library was faced with a choice. The database Lexis-Nexis, long a mainstay among library online resources, was coming up for renewal.

We could have just renewed it automatically. Lexis Nexis seems foundational. Essential, even. But some concerns brought us up short. Usage was way down over previous years. The price has gone up over the same time span. And there were some problems with the contract that the company wanted us to sign. The TAMU system has a Contracts Office, and there are rules that our contracts have to follow. The Lexis Nexis contract violated some of those rules, and we were informed that the company was notoriously unwilling to negotiate.

Lexis Nexis has been around a long time; since 1973, in fact. It began as a database of legal codes and cases from Ohio and New York, the U.S. Code and some federal cases. Over the years, it expanded to include more legal content as well as news sources which formed the Nexis part of the equation. Lexis Nexis has developed a lot of name recognition as a trusted information source.1 Last year, Lexis Nexis’ product for academic libraries was rebranded Nexis Uni, and the interface was completely revamped (some would say not for the better). Disappointing interface or no, the prospect of a library without Lexis Nexis was difficult to contemplate.

When we have to make tough decisions, we look at the data. As noted above, usage had declined sharply over the last couple of years.

It was hard to justify the expense of a database when usage had declined so much.

We also looked at how much of the content in Lexis Nexis is duplicated in other databases we subscribe to. In recent years, the library has added many news sources such as Access World News and Proquest Newspapers. We have also added Westlaw which duplicated much of the legal research sources available in Lexis Nexis. And there are other products for legal research, such as Hein Online, which are much less expensive (look for a trial of Hein Online to be offered sometime this fall).

Finally, we talked to people. We discussed it among ourselves and reached out to users. The question was presented to the members of Deans Council. Among the librarians, the sense was that it was sad to see an old warhorse database go, but there were compelling reasons to cancel and no strong arguments (indeed there were significant hurdles) to renew.

The moral of the story is: sometimes libraries have to make tough decisions. We can’t afford everything we want, and we also have to abide by TAMU System rules. When we must make these decisions, though, we try to make them thoughtfully, with the data and users in mind, and make wise choices.

1) Fun fact: in 1990, Lexis Nexis celebrated receiving 100,000 searches in a single day. Only two years later, Lexis Nexis received over 200,000 searches after Ross Perot, who was running for president at the time, mentioned the service in a presidential debate. Learn more on the first thirty years of Lexis Nexis.

Browsable DVD Collection

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Did you know that library has entertainment DVDs for check out? The new browsable media area is located on the 2nd Floor of the library in the back corner by the open study space area.

Browse the shelves for a documentary or entertainment DVD of your choice (we’ve got movies and TV series, new and old). Take the case to the Circulation Desk. They will locate the DVD and check it out to you.

You can check out 2 discs for 2 days.

Questions? Call 361-825-2793 or email Amanda Horne at

Library Updates

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Please Pardon our Progress!

We’re making some changes this summer. We’re switching to another library system that keeps all our resources together and helps us better analyze our collections.

What does this mean for you?

  • As we switch from one system to another: Access to your library accounts will be off-line for a week or two (6/26-7/2). The availability of items listed in our catalog might be incorrect as well (until about 7/12). Don’t worry, if you want to renew a book or check on the status of your account, our Circulation Staff are happy to help 361-825-2340
  • Finding Journals will look a bit different and if you use Course Reserves, these will get an upgrade as well. If you have questions about Course Reserves, please contact Amie Cuvelier
  • Portal, the library’s catalog will be integrated into our new system, so if you were accustomed to using Find Books, you can now jump into our catalog from the main search menu.
  • Blackboard is pleased to introduce Content Collection! This new tool allows the Library to share your e-reserve materials (assigned readings) directly inside your Blackboard account. If your professor assigns an e-reserve, you can find them with your course materials in Blackboard.
  • If you link directly to items in our catalog (books and other items) you will need to update these links in July. (We’ll be working on updating all our links too!) If you find anything that looks like it’s broken, please let the folks in Resource Management & Discovery know. 361-825-2356

We’re happy to help with any questions you have! Let us know what you think.

Read our blog!

Library Blog

Get caught up on everything happening at Bell Library by reading our blog!

On the blog we share

  • news and other important library information,
  • easy tips and tricks for getting the most out of library databases and other resources,
  • and discuss issues and new trends we face in the library field and how they affect you.

We’ll reveal behind the scenes details and insights into the inner workings of the library and have some fun along the way!

New Library Blog

Call for Entries

Islander Cell Phone Photography Show, Call for Entries

Through May 31: Enter your Photograph into the Fourth Islander Cell Phone Photography Show: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites all University students, staff and faculty to participate in the fourth Islander Cell Phone Photography Show.

The show features photographs captured by your cell phone, which will be displayed in the library’s downstairs atrium exhibition space from Wednesday, July 10, through Sunday, September 15.

Photographs must be submitted by Friday, May 31. Find more details and the entry form. Please note, this is a juried show and each applicant will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, June 5.

An opening reception will be held on July 11, from 6-8 p.m. in the atrium exhibit space. The reception is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at; or call ext. 3321.

Library Closing Early May 10

The Library will close at 8:00 pm Friday, May 10th

The Library will close early on Friday, May 10 at 8:00 pm. Have a great weekend!

Finals Hours and Activities

Blue background with white text, Library Schedule for Finals

We will be open 24 hours a day Monday-Thursday, with extended hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning the last week of classes through the end of the final exams period.

Library Schedule for Finals

When you need a quick break from your finals week studies, stop by either the downstairs or upstairs Finals Week Break Zones to grab some coloring sheets, word search puzzles, and more.

Looking for some motivation or inspired to motivate others? Visit the Board of Motivation or purge those negative thoughts by writing them down and placing them in the Bucket of Negativity on the first floor of the library. Keep with it, Islanders, you’re almost there!!

Take a break from the textbooks and enjoy coloring books, puzzles, games, and other fun activities available during final exams on the second floor of the library.

Books and Bagels at the Library

Enjoy free bagels, coffee, and giveaways, courtesy of the Islander Alumni Association, during Books and Bagels on Thursday, May 2, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on the first floor near the entrance.

Paws on the Island

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Paws on the Island is a great way to alleviate the stress of final exams and learn about the benefits of the University Counseling Center.

Thursday, May 2
1:00 to 4:00 pm
University Center, Lone Star Ballroom

PAWS Up, Inc. will bring their therapy dog teams and the Cattery will be on hand with kittens. The University Counseling Center will be offering a wide variety of stress relieving activities and you can learn about their services. All of the activities included in this event are scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Don't forget to participate and earn chances to win some amazing prizes!

Our Site Has Moved

Notice: Our website URL has changed from to Please remember to update your bookmarks.

Faculty: please update any library links in course materials, Blackboard, syllabi, etc.

Links containing 'rattler' will no longer function May 13, 2019.

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, April 1 - 30 Featuring: Blackout Poetry, Poem a Week, Book Display, and more!

April is National Poetry Month. Check out our Blackout Poetry display on the 2nd Floor. Create your own poem using someone else’s words. Just take a book page and bring new meaning to the text by blacking out some words and leaving others.

Inspire and Islander

Image of TAMU-CC wave sculpture at sunset

Inspire an Islander is back on campus! Whether you are juggling between assignments and exams, it's always good to have a creative outlet. Inspire an Islander is here for that! Let's go against the stigma on mental health by checking it out and submitting any form of art, poetry, media, etc.! There's also paint, paper, and markers available at the exhibit. Check it out on the first floor of the library.

History Harvest

Black and white photo of group in restaurant from the Alfonso Gomez Family papers

Help strengthen our community history. Bring letters, photographs, videos and other documents to the South Texas: iRemember History Harvest.

Archivists from the Mary and Jeff Bell Library will assess materials to determine if they are a good match for the archives' collecting scope. If you choose to donate, you will be provided with digital copies of the materials.

Saturday, March 23
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
KEDT Studios
3205 S. Staples St.

For more information, call 361.825.4500 or email

Library Hours for Spring Break

blue background with white text showing, Library Schedule Spring Break

Check out the Library's hours during Spring Break! Will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday, March 11 - 14, 2019. We'll be closed on Friday, March 15. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, March 16.

Open Education Week is Here!

Open Education Week 2019

Celebrate access to knowledge with us this week during Open Education Week (March 4-8). Education has always been about sharing, but the Internet has made this sharing possible at a wider scale than ever before and at a lower cost, thanks to digital communication technologies. Educators have taken advantage of these developments to produce and then share their classroom content and other intellectual property for free online so that learners anywhere in the world can use it. We call this content “open educational resources” (OER) and it is a rich trove of online learning for anyone to enjoy.

But there’s more to open resources besides just being free! Truly “open” educational resources aren’t just able to be used; they can also be remixed, redistributed, updated or edited, and otherwise altered to fit any context and then shared again with learners around the world. So “open education” can also be about having a creator’s permission to riff off their work to create something new and exciting.

Want to learn more? Visit the Open Education Week website. Interested in incorporating open educational resources into your class? Check out the Bell Library OER guide: And if you’re out in front of the library this week, look for our table! We’ll be talking open education and OER Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day this week.

For more information about open education or open educational resources, contact Lisa Louis at

I-Create Early Closure

Digital Learning Day 2019

The I-Create Lab will close early at 2:00pm on Thursday, February 28th for the Digital Dialogue Series and National Digital Learning Day Event. Laptop checkout will still be available during this time. Normal lab hours will resume on Friday, March 1st.

What are you waiting to create?

Jon Steele's Animal Crackers

Jon Steele's Animal Crackers

Come check out the art and photography of “Artist in Residence” Jon Steele. Mr. Steele is the fourth Artist in Residence selected from the Center for Coastal Studies. The program seeks to blend the arts and biological sciences to foster collaboration between different disciplines on camus. Artists stay at the Laguna Madre Field Station. Jon Steel’s Animal Crackers will be on display at the library until February 26, 2019.

Learn more about the Artist in Residence Program

I-Create Lab closing early on Friday

I-Create Lab closes early on Friday

The I-Create Lab will close early at 3:30 pm on Friday, February 15 for an Invent for the Planet event. We'll reopen on for regular business hours on Monday, February 18 at 7:30 am.

Learn more about the I-Create makerspace lab.

New Browsable Media Shelves

Row of shelves with DVDs

Things are changing with the media collection! For your convenience, we’ve created a new browsable media area. Located on the 2nd Floor of the library in the back corner by the open study space area, you can currently find over half of the DVD collection. We hope to have the entire collection moved upstairs before the end of the semester.

Browse the shelves for a documentary or entertainment DVD of your choice (we’ve got movies and TV series, new and old). Take the case to the Circulation Desk. They will locate the DVD and check it out to you. You can check out 2 discs for 2 days.

Questions? Call 361-825-2793 or email Amanda Horne at

Black History Month

Black History Month Spring 2019 logo

Look for book displays in the library and check out our Black History Month Guide! If you enjoy trivia, stop by our interactive trivia display and test your knowledge. Want to win prizes for your trivia knowledge? Visit the library’s Facebook page where we’ll post a daily BHM trivia question.

Be the first to answer correctly and you will be entered into a drawing for a weekly prize pack!! Prize Pack includes books – like Michelle Obama’s amazing memoir, t-shirts, Girl Scout Cookies, and other wonderful goodies!

Prize drawings will take place on February 8, 15, 22, and 28. Remember, the more questions you answer correctly, the more chances you will have to win! For more information, contact Trisha Hernandez at

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship

historic image of Dr. Hector P. Garcia speaking at general assembly.

Faculty, graduate students, and independent researchers are encouraged to apply for an annual award of $1,000.00 to conduct research in residence at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Special Collections and Archives. Learn more about the fellowship.

Want to know more about the collection? Discover our digital exhibits, finding aid and more.

If you have questions, please contact us at or (361) 825-4500. We look forward to hearing from you and aiding in the use of Dr. Garcia's papers, whether the digital versions or the originals housed in Special Collections and Archives in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library.

What's Behind the Plastic Curtain?

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It’s hard not to notice the giant plastic sheeting hanging near the computers on the 1st Floor of the library. You know, the one with all the warning signs. They are currently renovating office space for some of your librarians. We apologize for any noise or dust while the construction takes place and hope to be back in our offices soon. In the meantime, if you’re looking for one of us just stop by the Ask Us Desk.

Welcome Back!

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A warm Island welcome to our new and returning students. We're excited that it's time for the Spring semester to begin! If you have any questions, let us know – we’re happy to help!

I-Create Lab Opening!

I-Create Makerspace lab opens January 14, 2019

Excited about the beginning of the semester? We're even more excited to announce the opening of the our new I-Create Makerspace Lab! Be sure to stop in and check out this amazing new space and learn more about all the opportunities to make and create!

Happy Holidays!

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Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year from all of us at the Bell Library. The library will be closed for the winter break from December 18 – January 1. We will reopen January 2 at 8:00 am.

Closure for Network Upgrade

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We will begin work on our network on Monday, December 17th. No Internet access will be available that day. The library will then be closed from December 18th - 21st. If you need a computer before the 21st, please use the 2nd floor labs in Corpus Christi Hall (open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm).

The library will reopen after Christmas with interim hours beginning on January 2.

Interlibrary Loan Software Upgrade

stack of books with text, Notice: scheduled software upgrade

On Friday December 7, we’ll be busy upgrading our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) software. ILL services will be unavailable from approximately 3:00 – 5:00 pm but will then be back up and better than ever! Thank you for your patience.

For more information, please contact Brent Day.
Email –
Phone – 361-825-6557

Extended Hours for Finals

Blue background with text, Library Schedule for Finals

Beginning on Monday, December 3, the library will operate with extended hours to help you get through finals! We'll be open 24 hours Monday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 6th and again Monday, December 10th through Wednesday, December 12th. 

Here are other key days/hours to keep in mind:

  • Friday, December 7th - closed at 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 8th - open 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 9th - open at 9:00 am, will resume 24 hours
  • Friday, December 14th - open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 15th - closed

Paws on the Island

Alleviate the stress of final exams and learn about the benefits of the University Counseling Center with Paws on the Island.

Thursday, December 6
1:00 to 4:00 pm
University Center, Lone Star Ballroom

The PAWS Up, Inc. organization will bring their therapy dogs and The Cattery will be on hand with kittens – as petting an animal is proven to be a stress relieving experience. The University Counseling Center will be offering a wide variety of stress relieving activities and you can learn about their services. Don’t forget to sign up for the amazing raffle prizes!

For more information, email or call 361-825-2703.

New MakerSpace Name!

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The I-Create Lab will be creative hub for students, faculty, staff and the Corpus Christi community. A space where everyone can come and work on anything, from personal objects to school projects and where the only limits are how far your imagination can take you.

Opening in January 2019!

History Harvest

black and white historical photo of three men standing on the wing of a military airplane

Help strengthen our community history. Bring letters, photographs, videos and other documents to the South Texas: iRemember History Harvest.

Archivists from the Mary and Jeff Bell Library will assess materials to determine if they are a good match for the archives' collecting scope. If you choose to donate, you will be provided with digital copies of the materials.

In honor of Veteran's Day
Saturday, November 10
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
University Center Swordfish Room #324

For more information, call 361.825.4500 or email

Construction Update

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What’s that hammering you hear? Construction has begun on the Bell Library’s new MakerSpace! What's a MakerSpace you ask? It is a place for innovation, creativity and collaboration, where you can create anything you can think of. Your only limits are your imagination.

We’re hoping to open this new, awesome lab in January 2019. Check back soon for more information, but in the meantime, please pardon our noise and dust!

Find more details about the new Library MakerSpace.

Camp 72

movie still of woman staring into distance

Come watch a screening of Camp 72, a documentary about a quest for healing and justice after war. Tuesday, October 23 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the UC Lonestar Ballroom. Following the screening, Seema Mathur and Massa Washington will conduct a Q&A session.

Presented by The College of Liberal Arts and The Mary and Jeff Bell Library.

Open Education Conversation

Open Educational Resources Task Force and the Center for Faculty Excellence present: Open Education: A Conversation with Dr. David Wiley

Monday, October 22, 2018
UC Legacy Room 145
Reception @ 2:30 pm
WebEx Presentation 3-4 pm


Dr. Wiley is Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, an organization dedicated to increasing student success, reinvigorating pedagogy, and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources by schools, community and state colleges, and universities. He is also currently the Education Fellow at Creative Commons, an Ashoka Fellow, and adjunct faculty in Brigham Young University's graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology, where he leads the Open Education Group.

For more about Dr. Wiley, visit his website at:

New Super Quiet Study Room

Super Quiet Study Room being constructed

Are you curious about the large room being constructed in the back corner of the 1st Floor of the Library? It’s our new Super Quiet Study Room!

The previous Super Quiet Study Room was located on the 2nd Floor but that location is being converted into our new MakerSpace. The new Super Quiet Study Room is part of a series of renovations taking place over the next several months. The room will be bigger with more seating and desks than the old room.

Call for Nominations

Image of Dr. Murphy Smith speaking at the Outstanding Author Series Spring 2018

Each fall and spring semester a published faculty member is identified and offered a chance to speak at the Library’s Outstanding Author Series. Designed to help promote research and creative activity on campus and encourage communication about research interests and potential collaborations, the event provides an opportunity to share current research projects and publication history. We also allow time for a short question and answer period and light refreshments.

Nominations (and self-nominations) will be accepted through October 2, 2018. Once we have the nominees gathered, the Library Committee will select a winner.

Media Center Closed for Construction

To prepare for the construction of the new Makerspace, we will be closing the Media Center beginning Tuesday, September 4th and it will remain closed for the remainder of the Fall semester. Laptop checkout will move to the Circulation Desk and laptops will be available during normal library working hours.

Ask Us for IT Help

Picture of staff at the Ask Us Desk

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

TexShare Logo

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

Screen shot of Bell Library Online Tutorials Slide

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. :)

Click here to view clip

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?

Suggestion Box Icon from Web Page

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,