Webtastic Wednesday- The word of the year is….

Webtastic Wednesday- The word of the year is….

Annually, the Oxford Dictionary's editorial staff selects a word of the year.  Last year, the prevalence of picture based social media like Instagram pushed the word "selfie" to the front of Oxford's list.  This year, another socially charged topic took the top spot.  So drum roll please...the word of 2014 is vape!  Vape is in reference to the growing number of electronic cigarettes that are an ever-growing market and highly debated in the healthcare field. To vape refers to the inhaling of vapor given off by e-cigarettes.  While the term vape has been…continue reading →
Library 101: Scavenger Hunt Style!

Library 101: Scavenger Hunt Style!

Want to discover the library in a new way?  Check out the Library 101 Scavenger Hunt!  This active learning workshop allows students to become the teachers.  Join a team, grab an iPad, and start learning about all the services, resources, tools, tips, and everything else the JTCC library has to offer! Teams will explore the library to answer seven questions.  The first team to finish first will receive extra points and have the best chance of claiming the first place prize! The next Library 101 Scavenger Hunt is on Monday, December 3rd at…continue reading →

Fiction Fridays Books that Bite! Spooky Titles for Halloween!

Looking for something to scare you tonight?  Check out some of this creepy titles available at the John Tyler libraries! Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen                  The Radleys by Matt Haig                 The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey                   Infected by Scott Sigler                   Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton                …continue reading →

Study Break: Zombies and the Quest for Brains!

With Halloween around the corner, we thought this video would be both timely and informative (and FUNNY!).  We hope you enjoy! What happens when Bob the zombie visits the library?  He leaves infected with knowledge! Interested in zombies?  Check out these titles from the JTCC libraries: Zombies and Calculus by Colin Adams                 Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth by June Pulliam and Anthony Fonseca                 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies by Matt…continue reading →

Webtastic Wednesday: TED Helps with Reading, Writing, and more!

  You've probably heard of TED Talks by now, but have you heard of TEDed?  From the conference that highlights thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and more, there is now an educational collection to help with popular topics in academics. Through the TEDed page, you can view lessons and series or search for your own TEDed talks.  The lessons area will break down the different disciplines that the collection covers.  The series section will link you to groups of videos addressing similar topics. Some of the libraries' favorites include: Comma Story How One Piece of…continue reading →

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 hurled 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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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: Chester: 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 Midlothian: 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.…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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. Chester: 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 Midlothian: 5/14: 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 5/15:…continue reading →

Study Break- Finals Week

Finals.  The epic battle. CollegeHumor's Favorite Funny Videos 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!continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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.continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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. GVSU student's Craigslist ad seeking someone to write his write essay for me Easily! Professional academic essay writers are working for You on Your essay.…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

Coming soon…a new way to print!

  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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →

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…continue reading →