Some Library Resources at a Standstill

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 users.  Please contact the library if you have questions about…continue reading →
The Ig Nobel Prize

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

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 →

What Matters in Jane Austen

January 28, 2013 marked the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Pride and Prejudice. Its author, Jane Austen, is as popular as ever. Pride and Prejudice alone has had at least four film adaptations. A search in the library database Literature Resource Center on Jane Austen yields 843 results. And now this statue of her famous hero, Mr. Darcy, has been erected in Hyde Park, London. Though of course not from Austen’s text of Pride and Prejudice, the statue’s resemblance to Colin Firth in the 1995 BBC production is uncanny. If your interest…continue reading →

Oh My Bears!

Bear feeding at the Wildlife Center of Virginia on May 23, 2013. Spring 2013 has not been kind to the black bears in Virginia. The Wildlife Center of Virginia has admitted 19 black bears for treatment—a record number. The center, located in Waynesboro, cares not only for black bears but for all native wildlife—birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians. During the cubs’ treatment you can join internet users from all over the world in watching the black bear cubs and other patients on the center’s live Critter Cam.  Two video cameras are trained on…continue reading →