The Library Is Your Resource at Trident Tech

Unlike its former location, the Lowcountry Graduate Center now resides on a campus with a full-fledged library. The main library on the Thornley Campus – i.e., the main campus off Rivers Ave. in North Charleston – is now open and available for use to all graduate center students and faculty. The library is located in building 510 directly across campus, southeast from Relish, the restaurant in the 920 building that houses the LGC. 

How To Find Research Materials 

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the library’s activity has been virtual, even after it reopened. Graduate students associated with the LGC have access to several advanced databases at Trident Tech in both business and medical fields. The library is a member of the PASCAL library consortium. PASCAL, or Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries, includes the College of Charleston, The Citadel, the University of South Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina State University, and many more member institutions. Students can also search their home institutions’ online library collections using the consortium’s shared library catalog system. The catalog searches all 56 member-library collections within the consortium. 

For graduate students requiring physical resources – e.g., books – they can be ordered through PASCAL Delivers or the Inter-Library Loan system. In addition to the time required for materials to arrive at Trident Tech, they must be quarantined for three days due to COVID. Students may afterward return a book to its home library collection from any participating PASCAL member, including Trident Tech. 

The library has some limited workstations to keep patrons distanced and there is plenty of plexiglass separating everyone. Staff wear gloves and sanitize constantly. Everyone in the library is required to wear a mask to protect everyone around them. 

Visiting the Libraries 

Trident Tech also has two additional libraries downtown at Palmer Campus and in their Berkeley County campus that are currently closed. Both will also be available to students taking courses at the Lowcountry Graduate Center if and when they open, once COVID no longer dominates life across the globe. 

“The big misconception about the library itself,” says Charnette Singleton, Dean of the Libraries at Trident Tech, “is that there is no talking allowed. “You can’t have a party, but it’s not silent.” The library is a place for sharing, collaborating, and group work. For those more comfortable with the old pin-drop library paradigm, there is a designated quiet area. 

Online Library Resources 

Many students never set foot into the library, although they use the numerous online resources associated with the library regularly. They also at times require assistance from librarians. For that, Trident Tech’s live online chat function has been busy during the pandemic with one-on-one assistance. 

Singleton recommends that first-timers visit the library’s website and click on the tutorial on the left bar of the menu. That provides access to videos guiding the user to books, articles, research guides, and chat. Librarians can also be reached through email and telephone during posted business hours. 

“Welcome to TTC!” says Singleton, on behalf of her library staff. “If there is anything the library can do to help support you, we will either do it directly or facilitate it from your home institution so you’re successful in your program. It’s the nature of libraries: we’re here to help.” 

Read more regarding the benefits and resources of the LGC’s new home and how you can achieve success during your semester!