And the word is: GIF

Each November since 2005 lexicographers (“n., a writer or compiler of a dictionary”) at Oxford English Dictionary announce the word that qualifies as word of the year. After watching word trends to determine what word best illustrates the current zeitgeist, the 2012 winner is GIF. You probably recognize GIF—an acronym standing for graphic interchange format—after all it has been around for over 25 years, but like the word “Google” before it, GIF is morphing from strictly a noun into a verb. From popular tumblr sites such as That Disney GIF to gymnastic GIFs…continue reading →

Great Debate!

Three debates down and two weeks before the election: are you more confused than ever? For an historical view of presidential debates have a look at these video clips from the library database, Films on Demand. The 1960 debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon is often cited as a turning point in that year’s election. For the first time the debate was televised, a huge advantage for the tanned, telegenic Kennedy. Even in this clip, Nixon, recovering from the flu, appears pale and awkward—not a quality voters look for in a president.…continue reading →

How’s your Golgi apparatus?

Are life sciences getting you down? The library has resources to help you study and learn. Some resources may be just a click away. On the web you can find: Scritable, a web site developed by Nature magazine with information on cell biology, genetics, and other life sciences. DavidRothman.net with links to medical illustrations. Innerbody.com for easy to understand, colorful anatomy illustrations. Study stack for flash cards in biology and many other subjects. Try the stack at the end of this post to test your knowledge of cell biology. Click the card for…continue reading →

Flashback Friday: Vintage Library Posters from the Work Projects Administration

While library services have been changed with technology through the years, our mission remains the same, to provide communities with a space to convene, discuss, educate, challenge, and enlighten. Don't believe us? In today's Flashback Friday, one of a three part series, we explore government funded artwork for libraries across the United States. We start with these charming and eccentric Great Depression era silkscreen posters. Created by artists working in the Work Projects Administration between 1936 and 1943, most of these posters wouldn't feel out of place in a library today. The Work…continue reading →

Library Workshops!

Time to brush up on your research skills and maybe get a little SDV credit! Learn how to cite with confidence, evaluate web results and take a look at the new library catalog. Join us for some awesome workshops! Midlothian Schedule Tuesday, 10/9 2:30-3:30PM “Is This Any Good? Evaluating Library Research” Thursday, 10/11 6:30-7:30PM “Tyler Tips: Research Databases Like a Pro” Friday, 10/12 11:00-12:00PM “Who Said That? The Basics of Citing Sources In APA and MLA” Monday, 10/15 10:00-11:00AM “Tyler Tips: Research Databases Like a Pro” Tuesday, 10/16 5:15-6:15PM “Who Said That? The…continue reading →