Monthly Archives: September 2013

Be in the know about flash drive use on campus

Based on the fifty (or more) questions the library staff has entertained in the past week, it sounds like there is still some confusion regarding the use of flash drives.  I’m hoping I can clarify the procedure for using flash drives on campus.

No, your flash drive is not malfunctioning, and no, the computer is not broken, either.  The issue is the permissions for student logins do not allow you to open a file directly from or save a file directly to a flash drive.  Instead, you need to copy the file from your flash drive to your U: drive or save a file to your U: drive and copy it to your flash drive – depending on what you are trying to accomplish.  This is made a little trickier by the use of a portal to access many of the programs, which is why you also can’t open a file directly from your U: drive and instead need to open the correct program before you can open your file.

I have written up the following instructions to outline the procedure.  I want to say a quick word about file management.  It is always a good idea to know where you are saving your files as you work on them, therefore, I thoroughly encourage you to employ “save as” rather than just the save button.  Be sure you pay attention to where you are saving the file – note the drive letter, folder, etc.  Please feel free to see us in the library for any help.

Using USB Flash Drives at King’s College

For security reasons, files cannot be opened directly from, or saved to, a USB flash drive.

To OPEN A FILE ON YOUR FLASH DRIVE, follow these steps:

Log on to the computer with your username and password

Insert the flash drive into the USB slot

Click on “My Computer” on the desktop (Windows XP) or “Computer” (Windows 7)

Double click on the removable drive


 Slide this window to the right

 Open another “My Computer” or “Computer” window

 Double click on your U: drive


 Slide this window to the left

 Your screen should now look something like this


 Drag and drop the file on the removable disk (window on the right) onto the U: drive  (window on the left)


 Now open your portal by double clicking the Internet Explorer icon and choose the  program you wish to use to open the file

 To save a file to a flash drive, reverse the process by first saving the file on your U: drive  and then dragging and dropping it on your removable disk.


New School Year = New Books!

Hooray for the beginning of the new school year!  We have some great new books in the library.  Please allow me to tell you about them.

The United States of Paranoia by Jesse Walker – Are you interested in conspiracy theories?  Do you wonder where these stories come from, and if there is any truth to them?  Mr. Walker takes the reader through an exploration of several conspiracy theories. He discusses where the conspiracies originated, how the stories changed over time, and what the stories mean even if they are found to be untrue. The book also includes detailed notes for each chapter and an index.

The End of the Suburbs: where the American dream is moving by Leigh Gallagher – While the claim that the era of the suburbs is indeed coming to an end is disputed, Gallagher does explain what effect the burst of the housing bubble has had on where we decide to live and the ways in which the “American Dream” has changed.

Fevered: why a hotter planet will hurt our healthand how we can save ourselves by Linda Marsa – In what is not your “typical” global warming book, Marsa addresses the toll a warmer planet takes on our health, a topic she feels has been largely overlooked.  Marsa also includes information about what we can do to prepare for an even warmer future planet.

We Are Anonymous: inside the hacker world of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olson – If you want to learn more about the mysterious hacker group Anonymous, this is the book for you!

This is just a sample of new offerings King’s College Library has for you.  These titles, as well as other new library books, are available to be checked out.  Come take a look!

Be sure to check out our New Books board on Pinterest –