Picture (Book) Perfect

Did you know that the Durham Tech Library has a whole collection of children’s picture books? Well, we do!

They are located against the wall on the lower level of the library. 

Books shelves with really cute picture books.
Look at all those cute books!

We have classics, awards winners, and freshly published titles for you check out. My personal favorites are the ones with dragons in them. Dragons are great.

Come by and check some out. I bet someone wants you to read to them!

Little girl holding out a book saying "pretty please."
From tenor.com.

New DVDs in the Library

Now that the weather outside is frightful, it’s time to stay inside and watch movies! Check out some of our new DVD titles.

Crash Course in Media Literacy

Media literacy is a topic that comes up often these days. But, what does it actually mean? What counts as media? What does it entail? How can we teach students the skills needed to digest media critically?

There is a Crash Course for that!

Click through the embedded video below or find the full playlist here.

Crash Course is a YouTube channel that was started by John Green and his brother Hank Green. (Yes, it’s that John Green.) These educational videos are free to watch, though if you are inspired to donate to their patreon it is appreciated. The videos span topics from history to science to economics. And, now they’ve added media literacy! The host of the media literacy videos is Jay Smooth. He guides viewers through twelve videos on media literacy past, present, and future. If you’re looking for just the skills portion skip to video number eleven, but all of them are worth watching. You can show these videos in class, embed them in your Sakai site, or even just mention them to students who are looking for some clarification when working toward understanding media.

Visit the Durham Tech Library’s Evaluating News Sources libguide for more resources on media and information literacy.

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Did you know that, since 1995, September 19 has been International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Wikipedia gives a brief history of this weird occasion, which originated between two friends playing a game of Racquetball.
So, I know you’re asking, “How do I learn to talk like a Pirate?” Good news! You’ve come to the right place. Your Durham Tech library has just the tool for you: Mango Languages. Continue Reading →

Celebrate Pride Month @ Your Library

Durham Tech Library is celebrating the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community this month.  We have a display of books on the lower level of the library.

Pride book logo

Image from www.dclibrary.org

Explore the library’s guide to LGBTQ resources for books, ebooks, DVDs, streaming video, and recommended websites: http://durhamtech.libguides.com/LGBTQ

Pick up a bookmark at the reference desk to join the celebration!

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Streaming Video from Films on Demand

Watch the film above, from Ken Burns’s powerful documentary on the women’s suffrage movement, which presents the early years of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and their alliance in the struggle for women’s rights.

Visit Films on Demand or click the titles below for more films and clips to celebrate Women’s History Month.  Films or shorter film segments can be easily embedded into Sakai course sites. Visit our display window outside of the library and our display rack downstairs for lots of books and DVD resources available for checkout.

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story Series

This four-part series traverses countries and continents to uncover key stories of the strong and revolutionary women that have made and changed the course of human history from 10,000 BC to the present day. The series geographical reach is just as ambitious, covering everywhere from ancient Greece to medieval France; from first-century Vietnam to modern America.

Silver Wings, Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots 

This is the true story of pioneering women, who for a brief moment in the darkest days of WWII, shattered the glass ceiling to become the first women to pilot American military aircraft. Survivors relive their personal experiences and the challenges they faced while ferrying aircraft, flying as test pilots and towing targets for live anti-aircraft practice. They also bring to light their sixty-six year long struggle for recognition and veterans rights.

Changing the Face of Medicine: Profiles of Achievement

A collection of stories and perspectives shared by thirteen veteran women physicians, surgeons, and specialists. The program conveys each doctor’s deep sense of passion and commitment to patient care, innovation, and research; it also illuminates the challenges these trailblazers had to confront in order to earn degrees and practice medicine.

 

Celebrate Black History Month with Streaming Video from Films on Demand

Watch the film above, an interview with inspirational Congressman John Lewis, or those below and visit Films on Demand for more films and clips to celebrate and honor Black History Month.  Films or shorter film segments can be easily embedded into Sakai course sites. Visit our display window outside of the library for lots of books and DVD resources available for checkout.

Films on Demand logo

Famous Americans: Famous African-Americans

Features Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and  many other African-Americans who fought for American independence, the abolition of slavery, civil rights, and had a great impact on society.

4 Little Girls

Spike Lee’s documentary about a racially motivated bombing that may have been caused by — and most definitely helped define — the emerging civil-rights movement championed by Dr. Martin Luther King and others. 4 Little Girls is at once a moving human account by family members and friends of the four girls who perished in the September 15, 1963 bombing, as well as an important historical account of the forces that shaped race relations in Birmingham and the nation in the 1960s.

This program reveals a long-running struggle for racial equality starting with Civil War– and Reconstruction-era events, moving through the blight of Jim Crow and the formation of the NAACP and other groups, and depicting the drama of King’s movement in varied, evolving phases. The work of Malcolm X, the rise of the Black Power movement, and the future of America’s ongoing equality battles are also examined.

This five-part series features an all-star cast who read from a collection of letters, diaries, speeches, and military records that document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-Americans across four centuries of warfare.

 

 

 

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: http://durhamtech.libguides.com/az.php

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!

Resources for evaluating news sources and avoiding fake news

Durham Tech Library has created an extensive online guide to help with evaluating and categorizing news sources.  You’ll find links to videos, infographics, articles, books, ebooks, handouts, games and activities, a research study from Stanford, and much more!

http://durhamtech.libguides.com/infolit

Feel free to link this guide to your Sakai course sites and share with students.

We also have some new books in the library for further reading and discussion on this important topic:

Overload

Call Number: PN 4888 .P6 S35 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weaponized Lies

Call Number: BC 177 .L486 2017

debunk it

Call Number: BC 177 .G736 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For fun, play the Factitious game to determine if stories are true or false.  This game was created by American University:  http://factitious.augamestudio.com/#/

Let the library staff know if you have recommendations for additional resources to add to the guide.