North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Endows Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. Library Collection

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has awarded $50,000 to the Durham Technical Community College Foundation to create the Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. Library Endowment. 

Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. served as president of Durham Tech for 27 years. Upon his retirement in 2007, he established The Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. Collection at the Durham Tech Library. Dr. Wynn generously supported the collection through personal philanthropy until his passing in July 2018. The library is very proud of Dr. Wynn’s collection and we are thrilled that that we can sustain and grow it in the years to come to honor his memory and legacy.  When students ask about the special collection it is a wonderful opportunity to tell them about our inspirational former president and his commitment to education, passion for service, dedication to the community, and his vision for the future.

photo of Dr. Wynn
Dr. Phail Wynn Jr., President,
Durham Technical Community College

Dr. Wynn’s collection promotes cultural awareness, tolerance, diversity, environmental conservation, sustainability, and peace. The collection is located on the upper level of the library.  Here are some new titles recently added to the collection.  Visit our display window at the entrance to the library and ask a staff member if you would like to borrow any of the materials on display.

New art books available in the library

The library recently added nearly twenty new contemporary art books to our collection thanks to the Art Resources Transfer program sponsored by The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.). The D.U.C. distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city libraries, schools, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide.  By enriching library collections with art resources, the program fosters arts education, literacy, and access to contemporary art. We are excited to offer these books to support the college’s Associate in Fine Arts program.  Book content includes art exhibition catalogs, essays, photography, sculpture, painting, portraiture, mixed media, and more.

Here is the complete list of art books received with descriptions: Art Books donated by the DUC Jan 2018

Some of these books are featured on a display downstairs on the lower level of Main Library.

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New resources for the new year!

The library provides more than 95 databases and online resources for students, faculty, and staff. Here is the complete list of all databases that can be browsed by name, subject, or database type:

For remote off-campus access, use WebAdvisor login credentials.

The following new resources have just been added!

Mango Languages: Language-learning software with over 70 world language courses and over 17 ESL courses.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text: Database of nursing and allied health journals with additional materials that include evidence-based care sheets, audiovisuals, and continuing education modules.

Testing and Education Reference Center:

A testing and education preparation resource that includes in-depth information on college, graduate, and professional programs, professional training, and entrance tests alongside practice tests for entrance exams, certifications, and licensing exams.


Consumer Reports via MasterFILE:  Popular collection of product reviews and recommendations for cars, appliances, electronics, personal finance, and health information.

Cypress Resume
:  Easy-to-use résumé building tool and cover letter resource.

NoveList Plus: Book recommendation resource covering fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks.

ProQuest Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection: 3.5 million digitized pages of historic newspaper content from the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Automate: Database with authoritative and up-to-date auto repair and service information on more than 38,000 vehicles.

Biography Reference Center: A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies on popular and historical figures.

For database descriptions and information on additional resources, view our New Resources handout 2018.

Don’t hesitate to contact library staff with any questions.  Happy browsing, reading, researching, and language learning in 2018!

Films on Demand New Titles: U.S. Elections, Chernobyl and Other Topics

Through NC LIVE the Durham Tech library offers Films on Demand, which is a collection of almost 30,000 award winning documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels.

This collection of video resources is updated regularly. September brought 164 new titles, many of which cover U.S. elections. Other topics in the September additions include energy and the environment, terrorism, human rights, medicine, space exploration and numerous other topics. Continue Reading →

New ebooks available from North Carolina publishers

NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide public and academic library consortium, has added 980 new ebooks to Home Grown, a collection of fiction and nonfiction works from North Carolina-based publishers. The new additions were purchased with the generous donations of North Carolina libraries and feature a wide variety of titles, including novels by popular North Carolina authors, poetry, young adult, short stories and nonfiction. Readers may enjoy new titles such as And West is West by Ron Childress, and Southern Tailgating Cookbook by Taylor Mathis. The ebooks are available to all North Carolina citizens via the NC LIVE website.

Home Grown ebook categories


All Home Grown ebooks have unlimited, simultaneous user access, meaning that classrooms, book clubs, or any other groups can access the same ebook at the same time. NC LIVE partnered with six local publishing houses to provide the ebooks in this newest addition to the collection, including Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Crossroad Press, John F. Blair Publishing, McFarland & Company, Press 53 and UNC Press.

Home Grown ebook categories

Let the library staff know if you have any questions about this collection.


New Computer Books available

Want to brush up on your HTML skills, create an app, program with JAVA or SAS, repair a PC, or learn PHP 7?  Check out some of our new computer books selected by Tom Murphy, Assistant Dean, Information Technologies Programs. 

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Also explore, ebrary’s Computer and IT books e-book collection online.  There are more than 3,000 titles! Click on the Computers & IT collection to browse books or search for topics or titles individually.

ebrary ebook collection





Copyright Questions?

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Want to show a movie in your class? Wondering about all the memes you use in your PowerPoint slides? Have doubts about the famous essay you uploaded to Sakai?

We can help!

The Durham Tech Library now has a libguide to help you with all your copyright questions and concerns. It covers Fair Use, the TEACH Act, and books you can check out for more in depth information. 

We’ve included links to sites where you can find images and resources that are either without copyright restrictions, or under a creative commons license. Use this guide to determine whether your use of a work is fair, or covered under the TEACH Act.