New Resource: Universal Class

New Resource! Universal Class

Durham Tech Libraries is happy to announce a new database with exciting professional development opportunities: Universal Class, a learning platform that hosts full-length courses and offers accredited continuing education certificates upon successful completion.

Durham Tech students may have heard of other online continuing education platforms such as Khan Academy or Goodwill’s GCFLearnFree. The course topic variety and assessment structure offered by Universal Class makes it an excellent alternative to those platforms. Class topics range from personal finance lessons to soap making, making it an exciting addition to the professional and educational skills gained in Durham Tech programs.

Durham Tech students and faculty will need a Durham Tech library card number in order to access this database. This can be obtained with a Durham Tech ID card at our Main Campus Library or Orange County Campus Library locations.

Continue reading this blog post for an in-depth look at utilizing Universal Class to reach and expand your lifelong educational goals.

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Explore Shakespeare & other English Classics with Digital Theatre+

Digital Theatre+. English & Theater Resources for Instructors & Students

Earlier this year we highlighted an exciting new addition to Durham Tech Library’s resources, Digital Theatre+. We’re revisiting it today to share how instructors and students alike can enjoy rich resources like streaming videos of live theatre, literary theme analysis, and more.

Click “continue reading” to see a real example of how, with Digital Theatre+, students and instructors can transform their understanding and discussions of a classic text. We use Macbeth as an example, but there are a number of other titles available to explore.

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Explore the stage with our live theater database Digital Theater+

Durham Tech Libraries recently added a very exciting new database resource: Digital Theater+!

When Durham Tech students and instructors use Digital Theater+, they can explore high quality videos of award-winning plays, dig into the history of various genres of theater, and enjoy a Spotify-like curation of stories by theme. It’s an all-encompassing theatrical experience*.

*Stage fright not included.

Continue reading to see what the fuss is all about!

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Out Loud in the Library: Spanish Language Collection with Tracey Callison

Hello, hello, hello!

The podcast is back after a short break and this time I spoke with Durham Tech librarian Tracey Callison about our new Spanish Language Collection. She put in the leg work to make this happen. Find out how a library collection gets put together, why having more Spanish language materials is important, and what Tracey is reading! (Hint: She’s reading one of our favorites!)

Out Loud in the Library: Durham Tech Library Podcast

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Music for this podcast was made by Robert Isaacs. 

New Spanish Language Collection available in the Durham Tech Libraries

Thanks to grant funding from the Durham Tech Foundation, the Durham Tech Library now has a brand-new Spanish Language Collection!

Close up of some book spines with the new ESPAÑOL (Spanish) stickers on them

Containing nearly 300 titles in print (100 of them brand new!) at the Main Campus Library and over 300 new ebooks/audiobooks available via the Dogwood Digital Library, the Spanish Language Collection is now available to all Durham Tech students, staff, and faculty. 

This collection is a complement to our Spanish language courses (SPA) at Durham Tech and provides a variety of reading material by some of the Spanish-speaking world’s most celebrated authors and some books in translation, including collections of short stories, poetry, and children’s books. 

There’s something here for everyone! Keep reading for more information about our print titles, our digital titles, and our new and updated Library Resource Guides (LibGuides). 


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Meet AVON

Alexander Street Academic Video Online (AVON)

Can’t get enough streaming video?

You’re in luck–the Durham Tech Library now has more online video content! 


AVON (Academic Video Online) is a new library database we’re excited to offer.  It features 70,000 searchable, citable, closed captioned titles spanning a wide range of subject areas (allied health, art, automotive technologies, business, counseling, communication studies, criminal justice, engineering, history, psychology, sociology) and even feature films and award winners. 

Want to see some of AVON’s options? Keep reading! 

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110+ Languages Are At Your Fingertips: Transparent Language Database Now Available FREE Online

Want to listen to your favorite anime in Japanese? Want to read primary sources for your research in German? Just want to brush up that language you studied for years in school, but somehow can’t seem to remember at all? 

We are excited to announce that we now offer Transparent Language Online free to all students, staff, and faculty at Durham Tech.

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New tech equipment for students, faculty, and staff to borrow!

Do you need equipment to better participate in your online class meetings, record a class lecture, or narrate a PowerPoint presentation?  We now have webcams and microphone headsets available for checkout.  Are you an AFA student who needs high-quality digital images of your artworks?  We now have a Canon PowerShot digital camera for your photography needs.  

You can make an appointment to schedule an equipment pickup at the library by emailing library@durhamtech.edu or calling 919-536-7211.  
Technology Borrower’s Agreement Form is also required upon checkout.

This loaner equipment program was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-246155-OLS-20).  We were grateful to use the funds to purchase equipment for our college community.

Please continue to let us know how we can help support you this academic year.  

Over 200,000 E-books Are Now Available from EBSCO for a Limited Time

EBSCOhost has offered Durham Tech temporary access to its eBook EBSCOhost company logoAcademic Collection to help students and instructors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Durham Tech has set up a trial subscription with EBSCOhost for its eBook Community College Collection. Between the two collections, that’s over 200,000 e-books, 88,000 of which are unique among Durham Tech’s current e-books.

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