Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

September, 2011

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Besides working in the Library, I use library services to pursue personal interests.

(I believe in getting extremely good value for my property taxes and thus use the Library often. You should too! If you don’t already have a Library card, sign up now. September is “Library Card Sign-up Month,” after all.)

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The Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Hilton Head Chapter will host the next meeting Tuesday, Sept 20th at 1 pm at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn featuring Nena Powell Rice of SCIAA (South Carolina Institute of Anthropology and Archaeology).

The meeting is free and open to the public.

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People throughout the world will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 this Sunday. As Christine Watkins wrote on the first anniversary:

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To celebrate "Archives Month," the BDC is offering its 1st annual (2nd year) extra special "Behind-the-Scenes Tour" to individual members of the general public.

We do not give these tours for individual members of the public at any other time of the year.

Anyone over age 12 interested in learning more about the operations and preservation activities of the Beaufort District Collection is welcomed to attend. The program is free but registration is limited to 10 people per session.

We have two sessions planned:

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How to Get Your Beaufort County Library Borrower's Card: 

* Library Borrower's Cards are free to all Beaufort County residents ages 4 and up. (A parent or legal guardian is required to sign for children who are 4-14 years old.) 

* May be obtained at any branch library location upon verification of name and address. 

August, 2011

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Today marks the 125th anniversary of the devastating Earthquake of 1886. Folks from Charleston tend to portray that it was exclusively their disaster (similar to how the public perceives Hurricane Hugo in 1989). It was not. It affected all of the lowcountry and was felt from Florida to Maine and westward to the Mississippi River.

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For all you history teachers out there:

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If getting your final affairs wasn't already time consuming enough with wills, living estates, health care directives, "do not resuscitate" directives (the traditional written documents relating to one's inerrant demise from this world), now one has to decide what to do with one's personal digital affairs - e-mails, tweets, blog entries, images, etc. after one's death, too. 

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Ancestry Library Edition includes over 7,500 databases, delivering billions of records in census data, vital records, immigration records, military records, and more.

The BDC spends almost 1/3 of its materials budget allocation to provide this resource for our library customers to use inside our library buildings on our equipment. (Unfortunately, we cannot provide WIFI or off-site access to Ancestry.com products. Their rules, not ours.)

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You may recall the wonderful program that Sandy Dimke did for us back in March 2011 on preservation of digital photographs. Discussion was lively about what is best to do, when, and why. Everyone enjoyed the session immensely. 

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I am the presenter for Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Sheriff Ed McTeer at the Beaufort Branch Book Club meeting Thurs., Aug. 18th at 5:30 pm

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 SC LENDS, the consortium of 14 member public library systems in South Carolina, surpassed the 8 million mark in circulation on August 2nd. 

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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP), established at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 1998, documents the contributions of women in the military and related service organizations since World War I.

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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP), established at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 1998, documents the contributions of women in the military and related service organizations since World War I.

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