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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

The Ig Nobel Prize

The world is a strange, fascinating and sometimes hilarious place. Nothing brings that idea to light better than the Ig Nobel Prizes awarded by the Improbable Research organization. Motto: Research that makes people LAUGH then THINK. This year’s honors, presented September 12 in the 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, were conferred by actual Nobel Prize winners. Honorees included a study on dung beetles using the Milky Way for navigation, whether listening to opera music prolongs the life of mice with heart transplants and, my personal favorite, in psychology, "'Beauty Is in…continue reading →

Free to Read What You Want to Read

It is one thing to be told you must read a book, say for a class assignment, but it is something else entirely to be told you must NOT read a book. Yet according to Bannedbooksweek.org, last year 464 challenges were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom. Since 1981 the American Library Association has set aside the last week in September to call attention to the threat of censorship in schools, libraries and bookstores. This week, September 22-28 take a look at the most challenged books in the U.S., some of which…continue reading →