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2015 South Carolina Book Award Winners Announced

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COLUMBIA, SC, March 13, 2015  – The 2015 South Carolina Book Award Winners were announced this afternoon to attendees at the 40th Annual South Carolina Association of School Librarians conference held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.   The students of South Carolina have chosen: 

Discus October Training Events

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October is bringing cooler temperatures and some wonderful online opportunities to learn more about the resources brought to you by Discus - South Carolina's Virtual Library!  Some of the online sessions are mini-webinars, at just 15 minutes long.  Use the links below for additional information about these free sessions.  I bolded two trainings of possible particular interested to StudySC users!

Lowcountry Digital History Initiative

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Lowcountry Digital History Initiative

The College of Charleston has created online exhibits to highlight underrepresented race, class, gender, and labor histories within the Lowcountry region, and in historically interconnected Atlantic World sites.  You can see photographs, interact with maps, view letters, and read essays on topics such as The Orangeburg Massacre, the post-emancipation Carolinas, and the Charleston Hospital Workers Movement.  These are exceptional modules for the classroom or just to learn more about unique topics in South Carolina and regional history. 

StudySC's New Look

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StudySC has a new look! We now have a new color scheme and layout, but still have all the same great content about South Carolina.  But the important change can be seen best if you access StudySC with a tablet or smartphone. We now have a responsive design, carefully built so that you can easily navigate the site even on a small device!

Coming soon--we will be adding more links to DISCUS resources on each content page and including more links to multimedia such as podcasts and video from ETV.  

It Takes a Community

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While I was enjoying my day off on Presidents' Day, a teacher and her class were hard at work. A teacher at W.H. Chapman Elementary School in Spartanburg emailed me three problems on StudySC that her students had found on the site, all on the content dealing with famous South Carolina African-Americans. The date of birth was wrong for Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, the date of death was missing for boxer Joe Frazier, and the date of birth was written as two different dates in the linked article for Chris Rock.

Recreating 19th Century Face Jugs

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The technology blog Boing Boing has a wonderful article on the art show Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina, which exhibits both original face jug art from 19th century Edgefield county and an enlarged 3D version made with 3D scanning and printing technology.

New South Carolina People

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Henry Timrod

What does a Christmas plant, a pro-wrestler, the Great Awakening, Behaviorism, and poetry have in common? The people recently added to the South Carolina People section in StudySC! I have added 9 South Carolinians of note, including a poet, a legislator, a clergyman, and an explorer.

DISCUS Changes

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In 3 days DISCUS will be making changes to its current resources and adding a selection of new products. Due to these changes, some links in StudySC may be down temporarily as we update to these new products. I anticipate that we will be able to add even more direct links to great articles, maps, images, and other content in DISCUS to the pages in StudySC.

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