Flashback Friday: Cynthia Amrine’s Library Posters

  You may not know her name, but you've definitely have seen her work. Cynthia Amrine, an illustrator for children's books and school art, worked throughout the 50's and 60's creating deceptively simple illustrations for children. Her work is not overly stylized, it's clarity of purpose reflects its audience. And yet, Amrine's illustrations have taken on a lasting quality, not just because of her distinct style, but because her work was colorful, tactile, and absolutely iconic. 3016continue reading →

Flashback Friday: Vintage Library Posters from the Work Projects Administration

While library services have been changed with technology through the years, our mission remains the same, to provide communities with a space to convene, discuss, educate, challenge, and enlighten. Don't believe us? In today's Flashback Friday, one of a three part series, we explore government funded artwork for libraries across the United States. We start with these charming and eccentric Great Depression era silkscreen posters. Created by artists working in the Work Projects Administration between 1936 and 1943, most of these posters wouldn't feel out of place in a library today. The Work…continue reading →

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 3

In the previous two posts we have explored mobile apps of use to John Tyler students as well as apps for researchers and other students. In this third and last post we look at some great apps for book lovers, history buffs and others.     Recommended Mobile Apps for eBooks and Audiobooks  Google Play Books:  Google Play Books makes it easy to search and browse for thousands of classic, out-of-copyright titles that can be downloaded for free and read on your mobile device. iBooks:  iBooks is Apple's version of a mobile eBook…continue reading →

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 2

Yesterday we explored mobile apps recommended for John Tyler Students. Today's post includes apps of interest to all students and researchers. Recommended Mobile Apps for Research in Periodicals and Scholarly Journals         EBSCOHOST: EBSCOHOST's mobile app gives you a clean interface for browsing, reading, saving and sending articles from all of EBSCOHOST's databases. You will need to log-in using your MyTyler username and password. Mendeley: Mendeley is a free app for managing and sharing academic research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. IOPScience Express: IOPScience Express allows users to…continue reading →

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 1

Today we begin a three-part post on mobile apps of interest to the John Tyler community. When using your smartphone or tablet, mobile apps can be an advantage for studying and researching when you aren't near a computer.  Mobile apps are specifically designed to view on a smartphone or tablet; they usually have a clean design and larger text, making the site easier to operate on a small screen. All of these apps are free to download.  Some may require registration. Recommended Mobile Apps for John Tyler Students Blackboard Mobile Learn: This app…continue reading →