New Books, New Partnership: Discover the Latest in Nursing at Durham Tech Library

New books on nursing at Durham Tech Library
Durham Tech Nursing students should seek out our Nursing Subject Research Guide for additional resources

The library is happy to share WRAL’s new story regarding Durham Tech’s new Academic Practice Partnership with Duke Health, which aims to “streamline the education and employment journey for students [who are earning a degree to become a registered nurse].”

Leading nursing students to quality information and scholarly resources is one of our vital responsibilities as librarians and we are frequently adding new resources to keep up with the challenging pace of healthcare developments following the COVID-19 pandemic.

While nursing students might primarily know the library for our access to Board Vitals, CINAHL Plus, and science databases such as ScienceDirect, the library is frequently adding high-quality books on the career and specific medical practices learned by our hard-working students in nursing programs. Prepare for a career in the field or sharpen your knowledge of current practices and nursing topics with these new nursing titles.

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A New Face in the Library: Welcome, Adrian!

Adrian Knight, May 2023

The Durham Tech Library is thrilled to introduce our new library team member, reference librarian Adrian Knight (he/him). Adrian has worked in the NC Community College library system for several years and most recently comes to us from College of the Albemarle.

A traveler since infanthood, Adrian currently has 48 stamps on his passport with Italy as his favorite place he’s visited so far and was actually born in Vatican City. He also loves cooking (especially Italian food) and is excited to explore the Triangle and Durham food scene. He has five siblings and is a proud middle child.

Adrian is a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Psi Chi Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, PFLAG, NAACP, and is a Little Brother for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Adrian has a real passion for reading and getting other people to like reading. He’s especially excited to work with teens and help them rediscover or discover a love of reading beyond what’s assigned in the classroom. He mostly reads and watches supernatural and horror things but is also a big fan of murder/mystery. Adrian is a big reader– ask him about anime or graphic novels!

Stop by the Main Campus during the Library’s summer hours to meet him and keep reading to learn about what Adrian has been reading–Gail Z. Martin’s Deadly Curiosities!

deadly curiosities by gail z. martin

A supernatural antique shop employs a psychic and a vampire to protect regular folks from dangerous magical objects. Book one in a four book series.

Title: Deadly Curiosities (check out the Novelist description and related reads)

Author: Gail Z. Martin

Genre: Supernatural Murder Mystery

This book was read by Adrian Knight, Reference Librarian.

Why did you choose to read this book?

This book was a suggestion by NoveList, a database available through the library (login using your Durham Tech username and password) that shows you suggestions of similar books that you are reading, have read, or just genres, subjects that you like, or are interested in reading.

What did you like about it?

It’s a supernatural book and that always catches my attention, but the supernatural element isn’t overplayed, it blends in well with the “real” world. I also really liked the way the series pays respect to the Afro-Cultural folklore and mythology and how it is an integral part of the storylines.

What feeling did the book leave you with?

That I wanted to fight supernatural entities, then I realized I actually DO NOT want fight monsters and demons and mad gods.

Who would you recommend the book to?

Anyone who like supernatural books, but the supernatural element isn’t hitting them in the head.

Or anyone who checks out Novelist and finds it on their suggested reads. 🙂

Reading Greatly in 2023: The Durham Tech Library Reading Challenge

A little unfinished business first–

Need to fill out your 2022 challenge form? Here it is! Since we’re a little late releasing the new list this year (and everyone deserves a little grace sometimes when we’re able), you’ve got until Friday, January 13, 2023 to complete and submit the 2022 Reading Challenge form.

If you’ve already filled it out, no need to do it a second time.

Want to revisit old challenges? Check out our new Read Great Things Challenge LibGuide website for the ghosts of reading challenges past.

Durham Tech Library Read Great Things Challenge 2023

What is the Read Great Things Challenge?

The Read Great Things Challenge is a personal reading challenge sponsored by the Durham Tech Library that encourages folks to diversify and/or increase their reading goals by completing books throughout 2023 that fit into at least 10 of the following 12 categories:

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Exciting Library News: Durham Tech Library selected for Traveling Archivist Program (TAP)

The Main Campus Library Archives Room--boxes and notebooks on shelves
Library Archive Room

The N.C. State Historical Records Advisory Board has selected Durham Technical Community College Library as a 2022 participant in the Traveling Archivist Program (TAP).

A team of archivists from the State Archives and partner institutions will serve six organizations this year with virtual consultations, on-site training, and supplies to improve preservation and access for document, photograph, and/ or film collections.

TAP’s purpose is to help repositories improve preservation and access for archival collections. Library Director Julie Humphrey, Reference Librarian Alexandra Deyneka, and Library Technician Lorell Butler will serve as partners in this project.

The Traveling Archivist Program is supported with federal funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The Durham Technical Community College Archive documents and preserves the history of the college, its leaders, employees, students, and its role within the local community. The college was founded in 1961 as the Durham Industrial Education Center. As our college celebrates its 60th anniversary, we understand our vital role in the city of Durham’s history. The Library’s Archive collects and houses college publications, administrative files, yearbooks, course catalogs, accreditation documents, photographs, newspaper articles, bulletins, newsletters, media, meeting minutes, marketing materials, ephemeral items, and related materials.

Check out some of the archival materials below that were displayed in our recent 60th Anniversary front window display.

Full window display for the College's 60th Anniversary featuring materials from the Archives.
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Your Voice, Your Vote 2022: Have You Registered?

As you may have noticed if you listen to the radio or watch local news, election season is upon us once again.

While national elections make a lot of noise, local election outcomes have the ability to impact folks’ day-to-day lives, so if one of your 2022 goals is to be more civically engaged, participating in local elections can be a good place to start.

vote nc

This Friday, April 22 is the deadline to get or update your voter registration in order to participate in primary elections.

Wait! Does this mean that you won’t be able to vote in future elections if you don’t register now? Nope. You can register and vote in future election, but it’s always good to get in your paperwork early.

Curious about how to register to vote in North Carolina and information about voter’s rights, your ballot, and more?

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New Books Courtesy of the Durham Tech Foundation: Jazz, Law, and NC History

When generous individuals choose to give to Durham Tech Foundation, they directly support efforts to lift students up and help instructors succeed in the school’s academic mission. This collective support can build to something as momentous as the recent announcement about Durham Tech’s Housing Initiative.

Today, we’d like to highlight a recent gift from our foundation in honor of two long-serving Foundation Board Members, Judge Willis P. Whichard and vocalist and writer Lois Deloatch, in recognition of their volunteer leadership. Students and staff alike can check out these exciting new books, such as Ted Gioia’s comprehensive The History Of Jazz and the state-history resource North Carolina’s Revolutionary Founders.

Continue reading to see more about this recent addition to Durham Tech Libraries and get links to the books through the library.

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Read Great Things Challenge 2022: Five Years of Reading Together

A little unfinished business first–

Need to fill out your 2021 challenge form? Here it is! 

Need to fill out your 2021 SPRINT form? We’ve got you– here it is!

If you’ve already filled it out, no need to do it a second time.

New year, new Read Great Things Challenge categories! 2022 marks the fifth year of our reading challenge and we’re excited to have you in our community of readers.

What is the Read Great Things Challenge?

The Read Great Things Challenge is a personal reading challenge sponsored by the Durham Tech Library that encourages folks to diversify and/or increase their reading goals by completing books throughout 2022 that fit into at least 10 of the following 12 categories:

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MacArthur Fellows, Class of 2021: A Durham Tech Alum & More!

On September 28, the MacArthur Foundation announced the recipients of the 2021 Fellowship Grant (sometimes referred to as the “Genius” grant) and a Durham Tech alum is among the 25 individuals “who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

Awardees receive an unrestricted $625,000 to further their pursuits. 

Read on to learn more about the fascinating research from the Durham Tech alum winner and see what materials we have from these visionaries. 

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Library Announcements and News– Fall 2021 Newsletters

News! For youse! To use! 

The Library has two new excellent librarians that have joined our team and lots of exciting things going on this semester. 

Click through and then on the images (or the links above the images) to read our Fall 2021 Employee & Student Newsletters.

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