Address is Approximate: Study Break Week

Address Is Approximate from The Theory on Vimeo. Google Street View + stop motion animation = Amazing! A personal project by director Tom Jenkins. From the Vimeo description: A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View. Enjoy this study break...and good luck on your exams!continue reading →

World Record Rube Goldberg Machine: Study Break Week

The history of the world in 244 steps! From the YouTube description: The 2011 Purdue University Rube Goldberg machine shattered the world record for most steps ever successfully completed by such a machine. In 244 steps the "Time Machine" traces the history of the world from Big Bang to the Apocalypse before accomplishing the assigned everyday task of watering a flower. The record has been sanctioned by the Guinness Book of World Records and the World Records Academy. The library is open regular hours during the exam period...study for your OWN world record!continue reading →

Documentary: From Place to Place

Produced by Porch Productions , From Place to Place recounts the stories of three teenagers who have “aged-out” of the foster care system. Although too young to stay in foster care, they have not yet developed the inner resources to succeed in either life or school. While legally adults they continue to need nurturing, encouragement and positive reinforcement on their way to becoming full-fledged grown-ups. Sadly, they are not getting it. This documentary follows them over a two year period from the streets of Missoula, Montana to the halls of Congress where they…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 →

Anatomy and Physiology via web: Google Body

Can't get to the library to study with the box of bones? Need a quick skull refresher before your final? Try Google Body! With Google Body you can: View and move detailed model of the human body in 3D See systems individually or together Add or subtract labels Search for organs, bones, muscles and more Share the exact view with other students with the exact URL Google Body only works with Google Chrome, Firefox 4 Beta, or other browsers that support WebGL. (Chrome and Firefox 4 are both free downloads.) Study Anatomy in a…continue reading →

Black History Month: Golden Age of Jazz

Experience the Golden Age of Jazz as if you were there! Photographer William P. Gottlieb passed his collection of 1,600+ photographs of jazz musicians--most taken between 1938-1948--into the public domain. The Library of Congress curates the collection and has made them available online through Flickr. Over and over, Gottlieb captures the essential personality of the musician. See big names--Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald--up close and personal. Gottlieb's respect for the music and musician shines; he was an early jazz fan and had the first newspaper column on jazz. Take a moment and travel back in time! More…continue reading →

Choose Privacy Week: May 2-8

Intellectual freedom is not only the right to read what you like, to say what you like, and to protest what you like. Intellectual freedom is also the freedom to read, search, and learn in the digital age…without Big Brother watching over your shoulder. Or at least, not watching without your permission. The American Library Association has declared the first week in May to be Choose Privacy Week. The ALA wants to begin a national conversation about privacy rights in the digital age.  How much of your identity and privacy are you giving…continue reading →