October 14th, 2014

Tech Tips Tuesday: Library Tutorials


Ever been to a library information session with your class, but walked away worrying about remembering the torrent of information the librarians hurdled at you?  Don’t fear, the library tutorials are here!  On the library homepage you can find video tutorials that will guide you through the basics of using some of the most popular library resources.  If the tutorials do not cover all the information you need, be sure to check out the library workshop schedule to see if there is a session to give you the extra boost for acing your research assignment.

In addition to library tutorials and workshops, remember to utilize library staff members!  We are here to help with research, finding appropriate sources, citation, and everything else that goes along with the research process.  We don’t just sit around a read books all day! Our contact information is available from the meet the staff page.  Feel free to contact any staff member with questions.

If you are looking for the tutorials, you can access them with the links below, or visit our tutorials page on the library website.

Coming soon…Opposing Viewpoints!

If you still need help with the databases and it is after library hours, please feel free to use the Ask-a-Librarian service.  It is a 24/7 chat that links you with a LIVE person with access to JTCC’s library collections.

For questions about tutorials, please contact Molli Channell at the Midlothian library!  Happy researching!

September 30th, 2014

Inauguration Celebration!

To celebrate the inauguration of John Tyler Community College’s seventh president, Dr. Ted Raspiller (pictured below), the JTCC libraries will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd.  The libraries will reopen on Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 a.m.

For more information on inauguration, visit the official JTCC Inauguration page.

In addition to the early closing for inauguration, the JTCC libraries will also be closed the entire day on Tuesday, October 7th for Founder’s Day.   The libraries will reopen on Wednesday, October 8th at 7:30 a.m.

For any questions about the libraries closings for these two events, please contact either campus location.  804-706-5196 (Chester) or 804-594-1519 (Midlothian)

September 25th, 2014

Banned Books Week Challenge at the Chester Library



Looking for a challenge and a chance to win a prize while learning about banned books at the same time!?  Visit the Chester library this week to compete in the Banned Books Week Challenge!  Participants have until September 29th to answer the trivia questions and enter themselves into a drawing to win a $20.00 gift card from Barnes and Nobles!


Stop by the Chester library this week to fill out your entry form.

You can compete online too!  Complete the following online version of the trivia questions!

JTCC Banned Books Week Challenge 

For more information stop by the library or contact Ha Hoang at hhoang@jtcc.edu.

September 24th, 2014

Celebrating Banned Graphic Novels

This year’s Banned Book Week takes the graphic novel as its focus. Comics and graphic novels have only risen in popularity—and will likely continue to do so, and the format’s commingling of the worlds of narrative and illustrative can lead to confusion regarding audience, intent and tone.

The JTCC Libraries are proud to possess a growing, fascinating graphic novel collection! So, let’s turn our focus to two of our more infamous holdings:

Persepolis was published in 2000 by a young Iranian woman, Marjane Satrapi. Satrapi was born and raised in Tehran, leaving for Europe several years after the Islamic Revolution in 1980. Composed of two volumes, Persepolis recounts her childhood, her family’s hardships, her ancestors’ persecutions, and her growing love of books, art and rebellion.





Fun Home was published in 2006 by the already renowned graphic novelist Alison Bechdel. Bechdel’s serial comic—Dykes to Watch Out For—is an enduring classic for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) population as well as for other discerning comic-strip readers everywhere. Fun Home, too, functions as memoir, an auto-biographical recount of Bechdel’s childhood in a funeral home, her mortician father, and his closeted homosexuality.


Over the past ten years, both of these wonderfully written, beautifully drawn books have been challenged regarding the “appropriateness” of their contents. Both remain essential reads for any book lover curious about the world and all the amazingly different people in it.

September 23rd, 2014

The Popular Kids of Banned Books Week

Banned Book Week Continues….with the popular kids (a.k.a. the books with the highest number of challenges!)

By 2014, controversial books tend to face “challenges,” rather than outright banishment. To challenge a book is to lodge a formal, written complaint to the school or library declaring a book to be inappropriate to that institution’s audience. Such challenges are usually based on themes considered controversial—be they based on religious, sexual and/or violent issues covered in the book.

For example, in 2013 the following novels faced challenges based on the appropriateness of their content:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999), Stephen Chbosky.







The Hunger Games (2008), Suzanne Collins.






The Bluest Eye (1970), Toni Morrison.







The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2009), Sherman Alexie.







The Midlothian Library carries all of these controversial titles. If you want to find out what all the hype is about, come and check them out…challenge yourself!

September 22nd, 2014

Banned Books Week! September 21-27!


It’s finally here!  Every librarian looks forward to celebrating Banned Books week!  The John Tyler libraries are no exception!  The Library Space blog will highlight banned books every day this week.  To kick-off the celebration we are going to start with information about Banned Books Week and the history behind recognizing the importance of the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 because a drastic rise in the number of challenged or banned books cropping up in libraries, bookstores, and schools.  Since this program started, more than 11,000 books have been disputed in some way.  To raise awareness about open access and the freedom to disseminate information, the American Library Association (ALA) selected the last week of September to recognize this extremely important subject.  Banned Books Week is about more than libraries, as the organization states, “Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.” (Banned Books Week.org, 2014)

Banned Books Week is more than books, it is the freedom to learn and experience life as you choose.  This week speaks to the core principles of intellectual freedom.  Librarians like to think of themselves as guardians of information, so we naturally take up this cause proudly.  For more information on this week and ALA mission to promote intellectual freedom, visit their sites:

Be on the lookout for banned books from your John Tyler libraries!  Happy reading!

September 3rd, 2014

Webtastic Wednesdays- Bookless Libraries? Florida Polytechnic Says YES!


Did you ever think you would hear of a bookless library?  Book lovers should brace themselves- they are starting to become the new trend.

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida is the most recent library to add to the list of book-free institutions.  Instead of vast collections of printed materials, this library has over 135,000 items available in ebook format.  The newest university in Florida has replaced book shelves with computers, student work space, and collaborative areas.  Students still have librarians available to help and still have access to printed materials via the university’s Interlibrary Loan program, but the library itself does not house any printed collections.  In addition to some traditional library services, FL Polytechnic also boasts a demand driven purchasing system that automatically buys e-books the library does not own when the book is viewed twice.  While it is a different way of thinking of library collections, the mission is the same- to help students find and disseminate information, only this time it is 100% virtual.

The reasoning behind the bookless library is the curriculum of Florida Polytechnic.  The university believes that students studying mathematics, engineering, sciences, and technology should experience the most cutting edge technology to best prepare them for their career or field of study.  This hands-on learning experience will help develop the skills needed to perform best in their work environments.

Want more information on the new library at Florida Polytechnic or interested in other book-free libraries?  Check out some of the articles available from these news sources:

August 25th, 2014

Welcome Students!














The John Tyler libraries would like to welcome our new and returning students for the fall 2014 semester!  We are super excited to see all of you on campus. It has been WAY too quiet in the library over the summer!

Just a few reminders…

The libraries are back to the regular hours.  Both campus libraries are now open from:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Need help with research, resources, citation, plagiarism, or other library related stuff?  Ask us!  You can stop by in person, call, email, or use the Ask-a-Librarian chat service online.  Whatever works best for you!  Visit the Contact Us page on the library website for more information.

You can also try the library workshops for additional help!  The workshop schedule for both classes is available in the Events section.   All library workshops are open to students, faculty, and staff. Registration is not required.

And remember, if you are not sure about something, ask us!  We can help find the answer even if we do not know it ourselves!  Happy semester from your JTCC Libraries!



August 19th, 2014

We’re More Than Books!


With fall right around the corner, get a jump start on your semester by knowing all the JTCC library resources available to you.  Remember, the library is more than books!  We offer tons of online resources to help with research, citation, and more.  And the best part is…They’re FREE and (mostly) available online!

While we still specialize in finding you the right book, the library also has enormous collections of articles, journals, e-books, and other resources to support your research and information needs.  All database collections are available online and from your personal computers!  All you need to know is your myTyler log-in.  If you need help accessing resources from home, visit the Off-Campus Access page for more information.

Want to know how to use particular resources?  You can view library videos by going to the Tutorials page under Research Help on the our homepage.   Stay tuned to this page for new tutorials on popular resources!

Looking for extra help with research, citation, plagiarism, or something else library related?  No problem!  Both campus libraries offer workshops to help with information literacy subjects.  All workshops are open to students, faculty, and staff.  Registration is not required.  The full schedule for workshops is posted to the library homepage and on the Events page.

Working from home and need help?  We have you covered at home too!  Use the 24/7 chat service, Ask a Librarian, to answer your questions!  This service links you with a LIVE librarian that has access to JTCC’s resources.  They can help you find sources, cite your research, and much more. Feel free to use this service whenever it’s needed!  Please note, John Tyler librarians are not always available through this service.  If the outside librarian feels you may need help from us, they will forward your questions to John Tyler staff.  We will follow up with you to make sure your questions are answered.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all on August 25th!  Enjoy your summer!




July 31st, 2014

Reduced Library Hours 8/5-8/23


The JTCC Libraries will have reduced hours during the time between the summer and fall semesters.  Please check the library homepage at library.jtcc.edu to find the schedule for both campus libraries.   The following hours will be in effect:


  • 8/5-8/8: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 8/9: Closed
  • 8/11: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 8/12-8/15: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 8/16: Closed
  • 8/18-8/21: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 8/22: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 8/23: Closed


  • 8/5-8/6: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 8/7: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 8/8: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 8/9: Closed
  • 8/11-8/13: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 8/14: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 8/15: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 8/16: Closed
  • 8/18-8/21: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 8/22: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 8/23: Closed

If you have any questions about the library hours, please feel free to contact us!  Chester- 804-706-5195 and Midlothian 804-594-1519.

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 NBCAM.org 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

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
Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive


Aimless Love 256 pages

And Collins’ other works:

Horoscopes for the Dead

The Apple that Astonished Paris


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 http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/press-releases/oxford-dictionaries-word-of-the-year-2013/.

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.


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!

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.

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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.


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 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 jlandon@jtcc.edu or 804-594-1473.

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!

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 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.

April 22nd, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day library style!  Stop by either of your JTCC libraries to find titles on celebrating mother earth and the exquisite world around us!  Sit outside with the beautiful weather and enjoy one of the following books:

Beyond Earth Day: Fullfilling the Promise by Gaylord Nelson.

Join the father of the environmentalist movement, Gaylord Nelson, in discussing the urgent matter of preserving nature for generations to come.  The title is recommended for those who care deeply about our environment and what we can do to save it.




Flora of Virginia  by Weakley, Ludwig, Townsend, Gastinger, Terry and Fuller

Sit back and enjoy all the beautiful plant life that Virginia has to offer!  This in-depth volume contains all the vegetation found in the state and is the first formal update to the state’s flora since 1762.






Conserving the Environment  by Debra Miller

This work explored the social, political and economic issues surrounding the environment.  This work feature various opinions and views on different aspects of this topic.




Careers in the Environment by Mike Fasulo and Paul Walker

Want to explore fascinating careers dealing with the environmental sciences, look no further!  This book will guide you through possible career choices for this area of study.




Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change by Andrew Guzman

There is always a lot of talk of the environmental impact of climate change, but what about the effects climate change may have on humans.  Guzman describes war, famine and mass migration in relation to climate change if nothing is done to reverse the damage.

April 16th, 2014

Celebrate Poetry This April!


T. S. Eliot begins the elegiac The Waste Land with the following words:

April is the cruelest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

Every April, poets, poetry lovers, librarians, and students of all stripes rejoice in the unnecessary excuse to “Celebrate Poetry Month!” The next time you visit your library, take a look at the poetry books on display…ask your librarian for help finding that special, particular book of verse…recommend a collection of poems be added to the collection…write your own poem!

May 12th, 2014

Study Break- Finals Week

Finals.  The epic battle.

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!  The good news is, it will all be over soon!  In the mean time, stop by the library for research help, study rooms, and tons of resources to help win the battle of the finals!

May 13th, 2014

Study Break- Library Montage


The end of exams is finally here!  Help the JTCC Libraries celebrate by watching this great library montage!  We hope you enjoy the break and look forward to seeing you all again in the summer or fall semesters!

May 14th, 2014

Library Summer Hours











Yes the JTCC Libraries are open all summer long!!

During the summer break, the libraries will be open with reduced hours.  Please see the schedule for each campus library, they are different for Chester and Midlothian.


  • 5/14: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • 5/15-5/16: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 5/17: CLOSED
  • 5/19: 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 5/20: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 5/21-5/22: 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 5/23: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 5/24-5/26: CLOSED


  • 5/14: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • 5/15: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 5/16: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 5/17: CLOSED
  • 5/19-5/22: 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 5/23: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 5/24-5/26: CLOSED

Starting on Tuesday, May 27, the libraries will start summer term hours.  Both campus libraries will operate on the following schedule until Monday,  August 4, 2014:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


June 11th, 2014

Building Stories…A New Kind of Book

When you think of the physical make-up of a  book, you think of the cover,  the text block, and the back cover.   That’s pretty much it,  right?  Not anymore!  Times are changing and our books are too.  We are not talking about ebooks, rather book art, where books come alive!

The Midlothian library recently acquired a new piece of book art- Building Stories by Chris Ware.  In the 14 piece collection of  books, comic strips, maps,  a game board, and more, readers will find the story of a building’s occupants.  Depending on which piece of the book you start with, the story may turn out very differently reader to reader.  The reader chooses how to start and interpret the various parts and characters of the story.

Image courtesy of the Crossett Library https://www.flickr.com/photos/crossettlibrary/

If you would like to see Building Stories in person, please come by the Midlothian library.  This item is on reserves, so please ask the front desk for more information on viewing this fantastic piece of book art!

June 4th, 2014

Maya Angelou, National Treasure


America has lost a great treasure.  This week, the world said goodbye to an amazing teacher, poet, performer, activist, director, writer, and person. Dr. Maya Angelou, best known around the library as a great figure in literature, passed away on May 28, 2014.  She left behind a legacy of words, performances, and actions.  As she stated herself, “nothing can dim the light that shines within.”  The memory of Dr. Angelou shine bright in America’s culture, literature and art.

The JTCC libraries have a wonderful collection of Dr. Angelou’s work.  Please come by the Midlothian library to check out our display or visit the library website to request any of the available titles.

July 1st, 2014

Tech-Tips Tuesday- New additions to the Midlothian Library!


The Midlothian library is getting a technology upgrade!  Last week, the college’s IT (information technology) department started installing the new computers. The stations are all-in-one PCs that will allow for faster computing and more work space!

In addition to the new desktop stations, upgrades have been made to the operating system as well.  The computers use Windows 8, which will be taught in ITE courses this fall.  All stations have access to Microsoft Office 2013 and various programs for other JTCC courses.

Please come by the Midlothian library and test drive one of the new computers.  Also, please be mindful of installation.  We will try to keep interruptions to a minimum and appreciate your patience during this time.

We hope you enjoy these new additions!  Be on the look out for more Tech-Tips Tuesdays from the LibrarySpace blog!

July 11th, 2014

Fiction Friday- Heroes of Olympus (Books 1 & 2)

Since it’s summer, this edition of Fiction Friday is a bit different.  Instead of highlighting one book, we want to show you a whole, ever expanding series. The library figures that because of all this beautiful summer weather, you may need more than one book to keep you busy!

For today’s entry, we have chosen the Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. You might think, “Hey that sounds familiar!?”  It probably is if you followed the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series or watched the motion pictures!  This series is the continuation of the adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends, but with more adult characters, excitement, and a bit of a twist- a whole world of Roman gods, demigods, monsters, and other ancient fiends.

The first book, The Lost Hero, tells the tale of Jason Grace, who wakes up with no memory of his past, but in the company of two Greek demigods, Piper and Leo.  Jason, Piper, and Leo find their way to the Greek demigod camp Half-Blood to discover their true identities, powers, and the quests facing them.  This story ignites a chain of events that is earth shaking- literally, shaking from the earth goddess Gaea- for everyone.


The second book, The Son of Neptune, brings back the beloved Percy Jackson- except he has lost his memory.  All Percy knows is his name, that he is a demigod trained to fight, and one other name- Annabeth.  Once Percy discovers the Roman camp Jupiter for demigods, he meets fellow Roman demigods, Hazel and Frank, and start on an epic quest to retrieve his memory and the find out who or what is behind the name Annabeth.


There are currently two other books published in this series, The Mark of Athena and The House of Hades. Be on the lookout for another Fiction Friday post for those titles.  The next book in the series should hit library shelves around October 7th, 2014!  The Blood of Olympus promises tons of adventure and more earthshaking events for the heroes.

Happy reading from the dangerous book pushers at your JTCC libraries!

July 16th, 2014

Webtastic Wednesdays- World Cup Wiki Change Ups!

You may have heard your JTCC librarians rant against using sources like Wikipedia for research.  Well, there are good reasons for those rants!  The World Cup in Brazil gave us one more example of why Wikipedia is fun, but not reliable for research!

Did you watch the final match for the U.S. against Belgium?  If so, you know the American goalie, Tim Howard, was the standout player of the match and saved the U.S. from a terrible defeat.  Shortly after the loss to Belgium, according to Wikipedia, Mr. Howard obtained quite a distinguished position during the game- the U.S. Secretary of Defense.  Because of his recording setting performance, saving 16 of 18 shots on goal during a World Cup quarter final, some of his fans decided he had earned this new title and took to Wikipedia to set things straight.















While this example is pretty funny and lighthearted, it highlights the inherent problems of using a forum like Wikipedia for information, especially when conducting research at the college level.  Anyone can edit Wikipedia, and we mean ANYONE!  Occurrences like this one have happened before.  Comedic news host Stephen Colbert has encouraged similar antics on Wikipedia articles regarding elephants.

Please note, the library has no problem with Wikipedia, but we do want to caution you about the problems that using any wiki source can cause.  While some information may be reliable and accurate, some of it is not.   If you ever need assistance accessing the resources the library has to offer (you don’t have to worry about the accuracy here!), please contact the librarians on either campus and we will be more than happy to help you find credible sources for college research.

The following articles are available if you would like to read more about the Tim Howard change or Stephen Colbert’s antics:



Thanks for reading the first edition of Webtastic Wednesdays!   Look for more posts coming soon!  Happy researching!

July 25th, 2014

Fiction Fridays- Heroes of Olympus Part 2!

Welcome back for part two of the Fiction Friday’s Heroes of Olympus!  For this week’s edition, we tackle the latest two installments of the newest series by Rick Riordan.

The Mark of Athena is the third book in this series. This leg of the adventure starts with Annabeth, Jason, Piper, and Leo on board of the Argo II approaching the Roman strong hold, Camp Jupiter.  With a warship on the horizon, the Romans prepare for war with the Greeks.   Annabeth is distraught, over the reunion with Percy, who has just come back from a memory problem triggered by the mother goddess, Hera, and over a mission given to her by her mother, Athena.  Annabeth must fulfill the demand of her mother, “Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me!”  The only catch is Annabeth may go mad trying to solve the quest.

The latest installment, The House of Hades, Percy and Annabeth are stuck in a place worse than Hades. After rescuing the Athena Parthenos,  they dive into the depths of Tartarus.  Their journey brings them face to face with the rising monster forces of the earth goddess, Gaea and some old enemies they sent to the pit.  While Percy and Annabeth fight their way through Tartarus, Leo and the others wonder how they will ever get the Doors of Death reopened to come back to our world.


If you want to read any of the titles from the Heroes of Olympus series, they are available from the Midlothian campus library.  Visit the library homepage to request these items.

Want to know what happens to the crew of the Argo II?  Find out with the final installment, The Blood of Olympus, on October 7, 2014.  If you want to read more about this title before it is published, visit the Good Read site: