The Popular Kids of Banned Books Week

The Popular Kids of Banned Books Week

Banned Book Week Continues….with the popular kids (a.k.a. the books with the highest number of challenges!) By 2014, controversial books tend to face “challenges,” rather than outright banishment. To challenge a book is to lodge a formal, written complaint to the school or library declaring a book to be inappropriate to that institution’s audience. Such challenges are usually based on themes considered controversial—be they based on religious, sexual and/or violent issues covered in the book. For example, in 2013 the following novels faced challenges based on the appropriateness of their content: The Perks…continue reading →
Banned Books Week! September 21-27!

Banned Books Week! September 21-27!

It's finally here!  Every librarian looks forward to celebrating Banned Books week!  The John Tyler libraries are no exception!  The Library Space blog will highlight banned books every day this week.  To kick-off the celebration we are going to start with information about Banned Books Week and the history behind recognizing the importance of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 because a drastic rise in the number of challenged or banned books cropping up in libraries, bookstores, and schools.  Since this program started, more than 11,000 books have…continue reading →
Webtastic Wednesdays- Bookless Libraries?  Florida Polytechnic Says YES!

Webtastic Wednesdays- Bookless Libraries? Florida Polytechnic Says YES!

  Did you ever think you would hear of a bookless library?  Book lovers should brace themselves- they are starting to become the new trend. Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida is the most recent library to add to the list of book-free institutions.  Instead of vast collections of printed materials, this library has over 135,000 items available in ebook format.  The newest university in Florida has replaced book shelves with computers, student work space, and collaborative areas.  Students still have librarians available to help and still have access to printed materials via…continue reading →
Welcome Students!

Welcome Students!

The John Tyler libraries would like to welcome our new and returning students for the fall 2014 semester!  We are super excited to see all of you on campus. It has been WAY too quiet in the library over the summer! Just a few reminders... The libraries are back to the regular hours.  Both campus libraries are now open from: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Need help with research, resources, citation, plagiarism, or other library related stuff?  Ask us!  You…continue reading →
We’re More Than Books!

We’re More Than Books!

 With fall right around the corner, get a jump start on your semester by knowing all the JTCC library resources available to you.  Remember, the library is more than books!  We offer tons of online resources to help with research, citation, and more.  And the best part is...They're FREE and (mostly) available online! While we still specialize in finding you the right book, the library also has enormous collections of articles, journals, e-books, and other resources to support your research and information needs.  All database collections are available online and from your personal…continue reading →