What were you doing in 1940?

  After a 72-year embargo the US Census department released the 1940 census data April 2, 2012. Hosted by Archives.com  and the "first-ever on-line release” the site promptly crashed shortly after going live, unable to handle the 37 million hits in the first hours. Bolstered by new servers, the curious can now search records for favorite family members. Want to know if Great-grandpa was really a World War I veteran or Grandma’s family really came from Russia? As of this writing the data has not been indexed by name, but if you know…continue reading →

TED Talks now on Films on Demand

The streaming video subscription service newly added to the John Tyler roster of databases Films on Demand, recently included more than 200 of the popular TEDTalks with more to come. TED, according to the website, is “a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.” Begun in 1984 TED stands for the intersection of Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The 1100+ TEDTalks range from funny to inspirational and from persuasive to informative. Films on Demand can be found on the library database page and may be access with your MyTyler login. Do you need any more…continue reading →

E-Reading Euphoria

Are you now the proud owner of an electronic reader? Are you looking for a source of free books to download to your reader? Look no further than the John Tyler Community College Library website! To make your downloading experience even easier I created this “recipe” for adding books to my Barnes and Noble Nook. See if it will work for you. Starting at the John Tyler Community College Library website I found the green bar that says “Find Articles.” I clicked the green bar then clicked “databases.” Under “Frequently Used Databases” I…continue reading →

Now showing: High quality streaming video!

Films on Demand, a service of Films for the Humanities, a leading provider of high quality educational videos is now available through the John Tyler Library. With 9,000 full-length videos and 100,000 clips covering 24 subject areas ranging from mathematics to music from history to biology there is something for everyone. Students can stream video to their home computer (with MyTyler log-in), instructors can show films to their classes or link clips to Blackboard. Some examples of the videos available in the Films on Demand database: Tolkien's Monsters (Cultural Anthropology, World Literature) Where…continue reading →

Wolfram Alpha: POWER SEARCHING

If you wanted an answer to a question the old model was: look it up in a book. The newer model says: Google it. An even newer model directs you to Wolfram Alpha, a computational knowledge engine. What is the difference? A search engine such as Google or Bing scans web pages and returns links to those pages matching the search query. Wolfram Alpha returns answers from its “own internal knowledge base.” Which is great if, say, you want to know the route an airplane would travel between Chicago and Tokyo rather that…continue reading →

Streaming video @ JTCC Library

American History in Video brings high-quality streaming video to JTCC. American History in Video gives students and faculty online access to 2,000 hours of  vintage newsreels, archival footage, and award-winning documentaries. View synchronized, scrolling transcripts for each video Search transcripts with keywords Create playlists and clips Share clips via permanent URLs through Blackboard or email Access on and off campus via desktop or mobile Use without copyright concerns More features HERE. Try it out: FDR and his dog Fala. Questions? Contact the Midlothian library (while Chester library is closed) at 594-1520.continue reading →

OverDrive: Listen to a bestseller!

Too busy to read? Try an audiobook! "Read" while you workout, learn a new language during your commute, or relax with a symphony. OverDrive is the library’s source for audiobooks, eBooks and portable video. Download titles to your personal computer or mobile device—anytime! OverDrive provides a FREE app for iPhone and Android eBooks and audiobooks into a single app Over-the-air downloading Browse, checkout, and download on your phone Titles include: All-audio French by Living Language: Get ready for that spring trip to Paris. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks: Loved the movie? Read the…continue reading →

Two dollars…I need my TWO DOLLARS

Who says a dollar isn’t worth anything anymore?  At JTCC one dollar buys twenty (20!) laser copies. Only ONE DOLLAR for the matching value card—amazing! What a bargain! Kidding aside, you DO pay to print in the library. 5 Cents/Page= Great Value. Bring CASH: students need two (2) ONE DOLLAR BILLS or one (1) FIVE DOLLAR BILL to purchase and load a print card. The vending machine is in the library and accepts $1 and $5 only. No credit cards, no debit cards. Bring your allowance, your tips, your brother’s wallet—it all works…continue reading →