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 →

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 →

Tech-Tips Tuesday- New additions to the Midlothian Library!

  The Midlothian library is getting a technology upgrade!  Last week, the college's IT (information technology) department started installing the new computers. The stations are all-in-one PCs that will allow for faster computing and more work space! In addition to the new desktop stations, upgrades have been made to the operating system as well.  The computers use Windows 8, which will be taught in ITE courses this fall.  All stations have access to Microsoft Office 2013 and various programs for other JTCC courses. Please come by the Midlothian library and test drive one…continue reading →

Coming Up: Library Workshops!

Time to brush up on your research skills and maybe get a little SDV credit! Join us for some awesome workshops! Wednesday, June 13  11:30am   Find It, Cite It                                    Midlothian Library lab Tuesday, June 19         4:00pm     Is This Any Good? Evaluating Library Research   Midlothian Library lab Wednesday June 20  10:00am    The Nuts & Bolts of Research   Chester Campus, Trailer E-1 Wednesday, June 20  1:00pm     Is This Any Good? Evaluating Library Research   Midlothian Library lab Thursday June 21      10:00am      Untangling the Web                    Chester Campus, Trailer E-1…continue reading →

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 →

Learning the Internet Way

Take a spin around the information superhighway and just look at all the stuff you can learn. One lesser known source of culture, education, and entertainment is Talks at Google. In 2005 Google began inviting authors to speak to Google employees at their Mountain View, California corporate headquarters. Now expanded to all the Google offices and including chefs, musicians, filmmakers and “innovators capturing the popular and intellectual zeitgeist of the day.” Google graciously shares these chats on its subsidiary, YouTube. Some of the speakers featured are: Tina Fey author of BossyPants talking with…continue reading →