March 25th, 2014

Happy Birthday Gloria Steinem!












In synchronicity with Women’s History Month, trailblazing civil rights activist and proud feminist Gloria Steinem celebrates her 80th birthday this Tuesday, March 25. Visit your library and imagine, dream and plan. Take another look at the displays commemorating this important month, and maybe check out one of Steinem’s books! Ask your friendly librarian at the front desk to point you in the direction of our wonderful selection of books covering the civil, feminist and pacifist movements in the United States.

March 20th, 2014

Women’s History Month


Arriving on the heels of Black History Month, comes Women’s History Month—a time to reflect upon, rediscover and rejoice in all the milestones that American women have achieved in the past century. On August 18, 1920, women finally gained the right to vote in this country. Since then, the United States has watched and cheered as its female citizens worked munitions factories during World War II, joined forces with the pacifist and civil rights movements in the 1960’s in the struggle for equal rights, began serving in greater numbers in the two houses of Congress, ran for President of the United States, served as estimable and long-standing Supreme Court Justices, and worked in solidarity for the freedoms and happiness of all people world-over.

The next time you come into the Midlothian Library, take a look at the displays in honor of Women’s History Month. You will find books providing detailed histories of women in the U. S.—covering race, age, and class, contemporary and classical artists, female poets and playwrights, and numerous and fantastic novels by the likes of Louise Erdrich, Charlotte Bronte, Kate Chopin and Leslie Marmon Silko.

March 7th, 2014

Spring Break Hours










We hope everyone enjoys their break next week- March 10-14th!  The libraries will be open throughout the week, but with reduced hours.  Please come by and keep us company while we “rain” in the new (and hopefully warmer) spring season!

Both campus libraries will open from 7:30a.m.-5:00p.m. Monday-Friday, 3/10-3/14.  The libraries will be closed on Saturday, March 15th.  

If you have any questions while we are closed, please feel free to use the Ask-A-Librarian service on the library homepage or by clicking here.

Have a safe and relaxing break!

February 25th, 2014

19th Annual JTCC Literary Festival









What is one thing librarians love?  You got it- celebrating literature in all forms!  Come out and support the 19th annual Literary Festival at JTCC. The festival kicked off on Tuesday, February 25th and will continue until Wednesday, March 5th.  Events will be held on both campuses.  For more information please visit the college’s homepage.

Come out and hear from award winning authors, works from your fellow students and faculty, and show off your speaking skills!  There is still time to enter the Student Speech Contest.  You can find more information about the contest on JTCC’s Facebook page.

Literary Festival events include:

Roy Kesey Reception, Reading and Book Signing
Tuesday, February 25
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Midlothian Campus
Hamel Hall, room H109

Student and Faculty Readings
Thursday, February 27
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Chester Campus
Bird Hall, room B124

Theatre Presentation of Finnegan’s Awake
Thursday, February 27
A staged reading of an original work by John Joyce, a relative of James Joyce
7:00 p.m.
Midlothian Campus
Hamel Hall, room H109

Student and Faculty Readings
Tuesday, March 4
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Midlothian Campus
Hamel Hall, room H109

Student Speech Contest
Wednesday, March 5
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Chester Campus
Bird Hall, room B124

All of the above events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the John Tyler Literary Festival, contact Jeff Landon at or 804-594-1473.

February 19th, 2014

New Library Web Site 2/21/14











Even though the snow last week caused a bit of a delay, the new JTCC Libraries’ web site is ready to launch this Friday, February 21st!  Please visit the library site on or after Friday to find access to all your favorite resources right from the library homepage.

The new site gives students instant access to top resources, library events and news, all JTCC’s databases and tools, library staff information, and much more!   While the new page may have a new look and feel, all the resources you used before are still available!

We designed this page with students in mind, so please take time and give us a little feedback!  You can find a link for “Feedback” on the bottom of the library homepage.  The library staff want to make the research process easy for students, so please let us know how we are doing!

If you are having any trouble viewing or using the new site, please contact the library to let us know about difficulties or errors.  You can call, email, or contact us in person!  Happy researching!


February 6th, 2014

African American History Month












African American history is American history. Brush up on your history! Come into the Library during February and take a look at the displays celebrating African American History Month. Featured books include the topics of politics, new fiction, literature of the Harlem Renaissance, essays by noted African Americans from the 19th century, music, autobiographies, poetry and more.

This year’s theme is the Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Act. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 declared discrimination based on color, race, creed, sex or national origin to be illegal and foundationally undemocratic. The Act came on the heels of years of protests, sit-ins and freedom rides by African American citizens and their compatriots; acts which were all too often met with suppression and racially-motivated violence.  Its eventual passage into law marked a turning-point for millions of Americans, who had heretofore faced systematic prejudice, bigotry, isolation, lack of opportunity and physical and psychological violence merely because of the colors of their skins.


January 24th, 2014

Spring 2014 Workshops!

Have you ever gotten frustrated trying to find research and/or sources for your paper?  Don’t worry, we have all been there!  To help with all your research needs, the JTCC libraries host workshops every semester to help with various library-related topics.

This semester is no exception!  For Spring 2014, your dangerous book-pushers (JTCC librarians) are proud to announce the workshop series, Keep Calm and Ask a Librarian. eeds, the JTCC libraries host workshops every semester to help with various library-related topics.

This workshop series is designed to:

  • Help students navigate and use the most popular library resources
  • Explain different information literacy topics (plagiarism or citation)
  • Introduce new technologies to make research, writing, and studying a breeze
  • And much, much more!

To find the workshop schedule, visit the JTCC Library homepage’s activities section.  The schedule is updated throughout the semester, so please stay tuned for all the upcoming sessions! 

Workshops are open to all JTCC students, staff, and faculty.  Registration is not required to attend and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.   SDV 100 students are allowed to use workshops as activity credits if the workshop has been approved by his/her SDV 100 instructor.  Please contact either campus library for questions regarding workshops.

Happy researching!

January 3rd, 2014

Fiction Friday: The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat

Dubbed the Supremes when they were in high school, Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean have been friends for over 40 years. Odette, born in a tree and fearless has inherited her mother’s ability to see and talk to the dead. Clarice, very proper and a gifted pianist has finally had enough of her handsome husband, Richmond’s infidelity. Barbara Jean still a stunning beauty confronts her alcoholism and her past. These are friends who will hold your hand, your secrets and your feet to the fire when needed. In short, the friendships that everyone wants to have.

When Odette is diagnosed with lymphoma, Barbara Jean’s husband dies, and Clarice’s Richmond has chested one too many times, a tumultuous year begins for the Supremes. With humor and grace author Edward Kelsey Moore chronicles their joys and misfortunes that range from laugh-out-loud funny to heartbreakingly sad.

Recommended for fans of Maeve Binchy or Fannie Flagg.

The Supremes At Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat 307 pages

December 27th, 2013

Aimless Love

How would you like a cool office in Washington D.C. complete with a telephone that never rings? All you have to do is become Poet Laureate of the United States. Of course it helps to have some published poetry. And it helps to have published poetry that makes the everyday exceptional and not just beautiful but heartfelt. And it helps to have beautiful, exceptional, heartfelt poetry that is notable enough to get you a guest spot on The Colbert Report.

Billy Collins who was the Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003 explains the history, job duties and the above office description in an interview with Stephen Colbert aired last week. At the end of the interview Collins and Colbert read from Collins’ new book, Aimless Lovein this clip from the show:

The Colbert Report
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Aimless Love 256 pages

And Collins’ other works:

Horoscopes for the Dead

The Apple that Astonished Paris


December 17th, 2013

Coming soon…a new way to print!

ePRINTit logo


The John Tyler Libraries are happy to announce a new pay for print system coming in the Spring 2014 semester!

In early spring, both campus libraries will introduce ePRINTit,  a new printing kiosk with tools to help students with all their printing needs.

The new ePRINTit system features:

  • Payment using a credit or debit card- no cash required!
  • Prints from mobile devices or library workstations.
  • Credit of $1.00 on each student account.
  • Low-cost options- .10/page for b&w and .50/page for color.

Please stay tuned for details and instructions on using this new system.  Contact the library for any questions or concerns.


October 18th, 2013

What’s all the pink about?

October is all about awareness. Help the John Tyler libraries spread consciousness by learning more National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).

It’s more than wearing pink, its helping others learn about this disease and how to overcome this challenging diagnosis. Every October, NBCAM partners with health and research associations, government agencies, and other supporting organizations to bring awareness and information to a disease affecting the lives of so many. Just this year, the United States will lose 39,000 people to this disease and add over 230,000 new patients (American Cancer Society, 2013).

Information from NBCAM and other sponsors is not limited to breast cancer patients, it’s for everyone. From patients, to survivors, to supporters, everyone dealing with this illness can rally together and find help through this wonderful organization and their resources. To find the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month site, visit and find more information about their organization and affiliates.

For more information available at the JTCC libraries, check out some of our resources- both online and in person!

American Cancer Society. (2013) Cancer facts and figures 2013. Atlanta, GA:
American Cancer Society.



October 11th, 2013

Some Library Resources at a Standstill











Having problems accessing certain materials through the databases and online article indexes?  Thousands of students, researchers, and academics across the country are having the same issues.  Due to the federal government shutdown, many of the online resources used by John Tyler students and staff are being affected by the closures.  Some popular sites are available with limited materials and updates, while others are completely closed down.  The restricted access during this period has caused interruptions to full-text materials and error messages for many users.  Please contact the library if you have questions about which resources are affected.

Users can expect an interruption in service when using the following:

Limited access only:

Currently unavailable:


Have questions about something you cannot access?  Please contact the JTCC libraries to verify that the issue stems from the federal shutdown.  We hope access will be restored soon.  Stay tuned to LibrarySpace for updates!


Photo courtesy of the University of North Texas, 2013.

November 1st, 2013

Fiction Friday: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

Out of work due to the Great Recession and dejectedly looking for a job, former web designer Clay Jannon stumbles upon a help wanted sign in an ancient, dusty bookstore—Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. After demonstrating his ability to quickly climb ladders and retrieve heavy books Clay is hired as the night clerk. Mystified by the strange merchandise, the quirky customers and Mr. Penumbra’s insistence on careful record-keeping of every transaction, Clay begins to unravel an enigmatic code linked to a secret society founded by a fifteenth century typeface designer.

Cleverly written and full of fascinating detail, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore will charm nerds. If you have ever wondered how to tie together Latin phrases, food service at the Googleplex, cracking DRM and promoting Ruby, the open source programming language this is the book for you.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore 288 pages

November 15th, 2013

Fiction Friday: The Paris Architect

Paris, 1942: After two years of German occupation the Nazis have increased their efforts to eliminate the Jewish population. Architect Lucien Bernard is approached by a wealthy businessman to design hiding places for Jews. At first both alarmed and appalled by the risk he is being asked to take, Lucien reluctantly agrees when he is offered an additional commission to design a factory. He becomes intrigued by the design possibilities in creating the hiding places as well as excited at the prospect of outwitting the Germans.

Though he begins with little sympathy for the Jews, when one of his designs goes terribly wrong Lucien becomes both more compassionate and more daring. But by doing so he is exposing himself to even more danger. The tension mounts when his mistress takes on a Gestapo officer as a lover and his newly hired draftsman, the nephew of another Gestapo officer, begins snooping around.

The Paris Architect combines historic detail, suspenseful storytelling, and character development. In addition, author Charles Belfoure describes the attitudes of the French toward both their occupiers and the Jews as well as the role of architecture in Nazi Germany in this debut novel.

The Paris Architect 364 pages

December 4th, 2013

Oxford’s Word of the Year Is…



Every year the Oxford English Dictionary selects a word to add to the quarter of a million entries in the OED collection.    These words are chosen by popularity from a list terms that can be culturally, technologically, socially, or politically driven.  In the past, technology has led the word selection with terms like GIF, unfriend, and podcast.  This year is no exception, “selfie” has taken to the top spot.

Have you taken a selfie, or a picture of yourself, using a smartphone or mobile device and then uploaded to a social media site?  If so, you are joining the millions around the world who have captured themselves at some moment in time.  Selfies are not a new phenomenon, but they have definitely skyrocketed into popularity with the increased use of social media apps like  Facebook and Instagram.   The word selfie first appeared in Australia in 2002, but use of the term did not become widespread until 2012 (OED Blog, 2013).

While some may consider selfies a vain habit associated with rise of social media, these types of pictures have been around for centuries.    Self-portraits have evolved along with the medium available at the time (OED Blog, 2013).  Centuries ago, a selfie would have looked like the Mona Lisa, but with today’s technology everyone can be their own Leonardo da Vinci.

Some of the other contenders this year include:

  • Bitcoin- noun, a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.
  • Schmeat- noun, a form of meat  produced synthetically from biological tissue.
  • Twerk- verb, dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.
  • Binge-Watch- verb, to watch multiple episodes of a television programme in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.

If you would like more information about Oxford’s word of the year, please visit the full article at Oxford’s Dictionaries Blog.


Picture and information courtesy of:

Oxford Dictionaries Blog. (2013). Retrieved from