Web Truthiness

  Have you ever seen this “quote?”Full of misinformation, out-right untruths, and deception, the internet can also be a source of facts and information to support the research you do for both college and in your personal life. But how do you tell the difference? And are some websites more reliable than others? The John Tyler Community College Library can help you in your search for trustworthy information.  We have tips on our web page for evaluating websites.  There is much more to web researching than Wikipedia or even Google Scholar so we…continue reading →

Now showing: High quality streaming video!

Films on Demand, a service of Films for the Humanities, a leading provider of high quality educational videos is now available through the John Tyler Library. With 9,000 full-length videos and 100,000 clips covering 24 subject areas ranging from mathematics to music from history to biology there is something for everyone. Students can stream video to their home computer (with MyTyler log-in), instructors can show films to their classes or link clips to Blackboard. Some examples of the videos available in the Films on Demand database: Tolkien's Monsters (Cultural Anthropology, World Literature) Where…continue reading →

Read all about it! Historic newspapers @ Library of Congress

Ever wondered what happened on this day in 1915?  Travel back in time using the Library of Congress online historic newspapers! LOC digitally archives newspapers from all over the US; read the real paper--ads included.  Get firsthand accounts of historic events, like the election of Abraham Lincoln or the sinking of the RMS Lusitania (which brought America into the first World War.) Check out local papers that are no longer in circulation.  The Richmond Planet was the oldest African-American newspaper to be published AND it was started right here in Richmond.  Don’t miss…continue reading →

World’s Newest Country: South Sudan

On July 9, 2011 just 5 days after the U.S. celebrated its 235 birthday the newest country, South Sudan, declared independence from its northern neighbor, Sudan. According to the CIA World Factbook, “when Sudan gained its independence in 1956, it was with the understanding that the southerners would be able to participate fully in the political system.” Unfortunately that has not always been so. After 2 conflicts and more than 2.5 million deaths the South Sudanese voted in January 2011 to form their own country. Located near the horn of Africa, South Sudan…continue reading →

Retirement Planning for Millennials (no kidding!)

The U.S. Census Bureau has released population predictions for 2050. If you are a Millennial, the generation defined by Pew Research as being born between 1981 and 2000, you can expect to retire about that same time. What changes can you expect? The world will definitely be more crowded, the population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2040. Due to lower fertility rates China will no longer be the most populous nation. It will be replaced by India by 2025. The U.S. will remain at number three and the only country in…continue reading →

Vintage books from PsychNet: How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis was a reformer, journalist and photographer who lived and worked at the turn of the 20th century. His stories and photographs chronicled the desperate poverty of tenement dwellers. Riis's work brought the hidden world of urban slums to middle class eyes--and to those of political leaders like Theodore Roosevelt. His work led to reforms in building codes, child labor laws, and schools. Read the book--and see the fascinating photographs--for yourself. How the Other Half Lives is full of real-life details told in a straighforward style. It also contains the tenement photographs for which…continue reading →

Streaming video @ JTCC Library

American History in Video brings high-quality streaming video to JTCC. American History in Video gives students and faculty online access to 2,000 hours of  vintage newsreels, archival footage, and award-winning documentaries. View synchronized, scrolling transcripts for each video Search transcripts with keywords Create playlists and clips Share clips via permanent URLs through Blackboard or email Access on and off campus via desktop or mobile Use without copyright concerns More features HERE. Try it out: FDR and his dog Fala. Questions? Contact the Midlothian library (while Chester library is closed) at 594-1520.continue reading →

The Icing on the Cake: true stories from StoryCorps

Ever wondered what stories your family might have to tell? StoryCorps helps America listen and remember. In less than a decade, StoryCorps has recorded and preserved over 30,000 interviews; children interviewing parents, husbands telling romantic stories about their wives. All of the interviews are stored at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. In "The Icing on the Cake" Connie Alvarez interviews her mother Blanca Alvarez about coming to America. Blanca tells of how she and her husband struggled to support themselves and their family. Daughter Connie looks back and finds…continue reading →

OMG in the OED! LOL

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) calls itself "the definitive record of the English Language." Unlike standard dictonaries, which have current meanings and spellings of words, the OED is a historical dictionary. The OED defines current words, but also traces the history of words through real examples. Think quotes and examples (3 million in all) from literature to film to cookbooks. The print version of OED is a huge text (20 volumes) and has its own shelf and stand in the library. The OED recently launched an online version. Every three months the OED reveals…continue reading →

Feed Your Family with Your Own Mini-farm: Cindy Conner at Fool for Art

Nationally known speaker Cindy Conner shares techniques for the backyard food gardener. Come learn to feed yourself using organic GROW BIOINTENSIVE tools to make your garden productive all year long. This workshop is presented during the Fool for Art festival—a free community event held by John Tyler Community College. Details Saturday, April 9, 2011 • 11:00 a.m. John Tyler Community College Midlothian Campus, A113-115 About the Workshop GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-farming is a system that combines nutrition-based food production with closed-system soil fertility management, emphasizing reduced space. Learn about the eight elements of…continue reading →