JTCC Reads Campaign 2020: Pick Our Spring ’21 Read!

Starting in the spring of 2021, the Center for Teaching & Learning and the Tyler Libraries will launch JTCC Reads, a college-wide read of a single book to spark discussions with one another.  This program is designed to create deeper connections within the Tyler community.  We hope to inspire conversations and deeper reflection from the book's topics, ideas, and experiences to better our commitment to student success, equity, and inclusion.  These discussions will also enable us to expand our vision and become more knowledgeable about our students and our colleagues. Before we launch…continue reading →

Banned Books Week: Finding Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is almost upon us, and Tyler Libraries are gearing up to celebrate some of our favorite banned books: the ones people try to say are verboten and request that libraries remove from their collections. It may seem strange and unusual, but the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media all the time regarding attempts to challenge or ban books in communities across the country. Many different groups try to challenge or ban books, but according to the ALA, parents challenge books…continue reading →

Tyler Tips: How to Library in a Pandemic Part 2

The pandemic has changed many aspects of life--including the library space. Here is Part 2 to our tips on how to library during the pandemic. Conquer the library catalog. Gone are the days of the big bulky cabinet with book record inscribed on a small white card. You can search for any library print book using that white search bar on the main library site (or use this direct link). Getting too many results? Use the filters to narrow down your results to precisely the kind of resource you want. Request books! Yes, you can…continue reading →

Tyler Tips: How to Library in a Pandemic Part 1

Not only has the pandemic changed our jobs, grocery stores, restaurants, gyms, and schools, the pandemic has also changed our libraries.  Social distancing means reserving space for current students only. Wearing a mask on-campus means it's sometimes uncomfortable to spend hours in the library like you used to. Libraries are essential to learning--whether educational or personal. So how can you use the library successfully through the challenges of the pandemic?   Know your allies. Your library staff is your ally to getting the most out of your library's resources. How can you connect with…continue reading →

Database Spotlight: Tumble Book Library

Databases are normally a student's source for scholarly material. But Tumble Book Library is a database devoted to children's literature. Whether your're studying Early Childhood Education or just trying to find material for your child's own studies at home, Tumble Book has something to offer. A new subscription for the library, it offers a wide variety of children's education material: Story Books: Start with picture books appropriate for various age levels. E-books: Find chapter books and early readers for children of different reading levels. One of the marquee features is a Kate DiCamillo collection, featuring the author's…continue reading →