And the word is: GIF

Each November since 2005 lexicographers (“n., a writer or compiler of a dictionary”) at Oxford English Dictionary announce the word that qualifies as word of the year. After watching word trends to determine what word best illustrates the current zeitgeist, the 2012 winner is GIF. You probably recognize GIF—an acronym standing for graphic interchange format—after all it has been around for over 25 years, but like the word “Google” before it, GIF is morphing from strictly a noun into a verb. From popular tumblr sites such as That Disney GIF to gymnastic GIFs…continue reading →

Library Workshops

The end of the semester is fast approaching. Are you confused about doing library research or citing the research you have done? Never fear! The library is here to help you. Workshops are being held now through December 7. So if you need SDV 100 credit in addition to research help join us for an informative hour. No registration is required. Midlothian Schedule Tuesday, 11/27 6:30-7:30PM “Tyler Tips: Research Databases Like a Pro” Friday, 11/30 3:00-4:00PM “Tyler Tips: Research Databases Like a Pro” Wednesday, 12/5 10:00-11:00AM “Who Said That? The Basics of Citing…continue reading →

Happy Thanksgiving!

No classes will be held November 21 - 25. The John Tyler Community College libraries will be closed the same days for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal hours will resume on Monday, November 26. Digital resources and Ask-a-librarian will still be available so researching can continue!continue reading →

Turkey Trouble? Go to TX

Turkey! Mashed potatoes! Cranberry sauce! Pumpkin pie! Get it all ready! Set the table! Serve it up! Whew! Are you a little overwhelmed with Thanksgiving Day preparations? Whether you are hosting a huge get-together, going potluck or even fixing a small meal at home, TX is the place you should be. No, not Texas—TX is the Library of Congress subclass that holds books on home economics including cookbooks. Whether you are looking for vegan recipes to please your vegetarian cousin (TX 837), tips for safe food handling to satisfy your finicky aunt (TX…continue reading →

Call for Entries

Are you an author or artist looking for venue for your work? If you are a current John Tyler Community College student, the literary magazine, Sherwood Forest, may be just the ticket. Printed in full color on high gloss paper with meticulous formatting, The Sherwood Forest Literary Review showcases the incredible talents of John Tyler students. Entries are judged by literary and artistic experts and first, second and third place winners are honored at the spring awards banquet. So sharpen your pencils, both lead and colored, and get those submissions ready. The deadline…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: The Yellow Birds

Tuesday’s post about Veterans Day, the annual John Tyler Community College Veterans Day Celebration, and military/veteran themed books brings us to today’s Fiction Friday. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, a graduate of VCU and a Richmond native, has received much attention including a feature in Parade Magazine and a National Book Award nomination. Although the story has been told many times—two friends meet in basic training, are sent to war, one of the friends dies—The Yellow Birdsgives the familiar tale a new voice. From the much praised opening sentence (“The war tried…continue reading →

Honoring our Veterans

Promoted as “the war to end all wars,” World War I began the tradition of honoring our nation’s veterans on November 11. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month saw the end of hostilities between the Allies and Germany. The annual Veterans Day Celebration at John Tyler Community College is scheduled for next Monday, November 12. To understand and appreciate the sacrifices veterans have made why not read a book about military service? The recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have…continue reading →

The Dog Stars

How you would fare in a post-apocalyptic world? Would you be able to find food, shelter and security? If you were one of a few survivors would you be able to endure the loneliness, boredom and solitude? The Dog Stars, a debut novel by Peter Heller, explores the response of one man to catastrophe. Following a flu epidemic which claimed the life of his wife and most of the world, Hig survives with the help of his neighbor, Bangley. But where Hig is compassionate Bangley is callous. And despite Hig’s compassion, he must…continue reading →