Where Have All My Librarians Gone? Library services while everyone is off-campus [Updated July 2020]

The librarians are still here for you, though we’re working remotely and with our new [unpaid] coworkers. Note: These coworkers are not very good at accurate typing, so will not be manning the chat.  

Shiba Inu dog reclining on pillows animated to be "typing" on a laptop (its paws are not touching the keys)

Well, what can we do (and what is a no-go for off-campus work conditions)? 

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Where Have All My Librarians Gone? Librarian contact info and library services while everyone is off-campus

The librarians are still here for you, though we’re working remotely and with our new [unpaid] coworkers. Note: These coworkers are not very good at accurate typing, so will not be manning the chat.  

Shiba Inu dog reclining on pillows animated to be "typing" on a laptop (its paws are not touching the keys)

Well, what can we do (and what is a no-go for off-campus work conditions)? 

Continue Reading →

Notable News from the Library

New APA citation manual coming soon! The 7th edition will bring exciting changes such as:

  • Single-space after periods!*
  • No running headers!
  • Accessibility guidelines!
  • Bias-free language guidelines!

And much more!

APA Publication Manual, 7th edition: The Official Guide to APA Style

We know you’re as excited as we are.


Noted literary critic Harold Bloom has died. The Durham Tech Libraries have over 350 titles in which he was a contributor, author, or editor.

According to his NPR obituary, 

Bloom had a photographic memory, and claimed he could recite all of Shakespeare, all of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and copious swaths of British Romantic poetry. He was widely respected in mid-20th-century literary circles,but over the years, he fell out of fashion, in large part for his outspoken disdain for fellow scholars who he deemed “resentniks” —Deconstructionists, feminists and multiculturalists, whose cultural politics,he felt, minimized the genius of the writers he lionized.


 Jenny Lawson, also known as The Bloggess and the author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy [available at the Main Campus Library], who is best known for her humorous takes on struggling with mental illnesses and love of weird taxidermy, is opening a bookshop in San Antonio called Nowhere Bookshop:

“Featuring new books, author events, unique gifts, and a coffee, wine and beer bar Nowhere Bookshop aims to be a space for folks to gather to share their passion for the written word.”

Nowhere Bookshop

* I’m telling you right now that you will pry my double-space after a period from my cold, dead, typing-class trained** fingers.

** Oxford Comma forever!

Free printing in the ERC lab!

Students– did you know that you know that you can get 10 free pages of computer printing in the library per day? You can, and there’s no catch– with your current ID in hand, just go to the computer lab in the main campus library. Our lab is down the stairs inside the library and immediately to your right.

Durham Tech offers 10 free pages of black and white printing for current students in both the ERC main campus library lab and in the Wynn Center computer lab. Both labs require current Durham Tech IDs.

It is quick and easy to get your ID or your updated ID sticker at Campus Security in Building 8.  There is no cost to get an ID or sticker, except if you are replacing a lost ID (the replacement cost  is $10).

Need to print more than 10 pages? Yes, sure, you can do that! The cost is 5 cents for each additional page over your first 10 pages. You can also print upstairs for 5 cents per page for every page.

How does it work? Easy! Just bring your current Durham Tech ID, which you’ll need to show at both the door of the library and again at the door of the lab. In the lab, log in to our computers using your Web Advisor username. Once you send your print jobs, the ERC computer lab monitor will release up to 10 pages for free and you will pick them up right there in the lab.

If you print more than 10 pages, the lab monitor will give you a bill, which you will pay at the front desk upstairs in the library. Then library staff will then release your print job and you will retrieve it in the lab.

Some questions we are frequently asked about lab printing:

Can I get my 10 free pages on the upstairs computers?
No. Free printing is available downstairs in the lab only.

Can I pick up my print jobs upstairs?
No. We can’t change the print job destination to upstairs.

Can I print double-sided in the computer lab?
No. The downstairs printers do not have that option.

Can I print in color from downstairs?
Yes, just select a color printer from the menu when you send your job. Cost is 25 cents per page.

Can I pay for additional pages or for color print jobs using a debit or credit card?
Sorry, we can accept only cash to pay for print jobs.

Can I print in the ERC lab without my current student ID?
No, you must have your current Durham Tech ID with you every time you enter the lab.  The lab monitors cannot look you up or accept other forms of ID.  If you are in the library without your ID using your one time library courtesy pass, you can still print at the computers upstairs for just 5 cents per page.

Do you have any questions? Let us know. We look forward to seeing you in the library!

It’s National Library Week!

Yellow rectangle with the words "Because of you libraries transform"National Library Week is April 10th-16th.  This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.”

Over the week, we’ll be digitally unveiling our new posters featuring Durham Tech students about ways that the Durham Tech libraries are here to help you transform into your most successful self. The posters will also be on display by the end of the week around our campus libraries for you to see in person.  Come on in and check them out*!

*Figuratively– these posters are not to be taken out of the library, but you’re more than welcome to take a book or DVD home!

 

Starting the New Semester Successfully

Welcome back! In honor of starting the new semester with success in mind, this week, we’ll be posting some tips for success both for faculty, staff, and students!

Look for upcoming tips on academic success, digital tools to organize your academic and personal life, and other ways to start the semester out on a positive note!

Good luck!

Success Baby Meme

And some library business: Please note that starting on Monday, August 24 all students will need an updated or current student ID in order to enter the library.  Student IDs can be obtained in security offices on all campuses.  Thanks!