Monday, September 14, 2020

DIY with "Films on Demand" and "Kanopy"

Spending more time around the house these days? Who isn't? How about putting some of that time to use learning a new skill or sharpening your knowledge base? Did you know that ACC Library Services subscribes to several high-quality streaming video sources? It's true! And in addition to providing you with access to loads of great films, some of these services such as Films on Demand and Kanopy contain fantastic "Do It Yourself" (DIY) videos, all of which are accessible via the computer or device of your choice.

An award-winning streaming video platform, Films on Demand spans a variety of subject areas to enhance and enrich the learning experience. Just some of the DIY subject areas available via Films on Demand include:
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  • Basic Car Care
  • Basic First Aid
  • Child Care
  • Cooking
  • Coping and Stress-Relief Strategies
  • Exercise, Health, and Wellness
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Haircutting and Hairdressing
  • Massage Therapy
  • Motivational Strategies
  • Sewing

An award-winning, on-demand streaming video service that provides access to more than 30,000 films, Kanopy also makes available DIY videos covering many subject areas such as:
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  • Alternative Health and Healing
  • Aromatherapy and Massage
  • Beauty and Skin Care
  • Business, Leadership, and Management Skills
  • Classroom Management and Teaching Techniques
  • Cooking and Food Technology
  • Gardening
  • Haircutting and Hairdressing
  • Health and Wellness
  • Martial Arts
  • Stress Management

Both Films on Demand and Kanopy are available by clicking the hyperlinks (or logos) above. In addition, you can locate them (and many more high-quality databases) via Library Services A-Z List of Databases page. 

Once you've connected to either resource, to search for the topics listed above or other areas that may interest you, use the search box located near the top of the screen or click "Advanced Search" (in Films on Demand) or "Browse" (in Kanopy).

Keep in mind that if you're attempting to access either Films on Demand or Kanopy from an off-campus location, you'll need to login with your ACCeID and password. What's more, Kanopy (not ACC) requires that you create an additional (free) account before gaining access to it.

Now's a great time to increase your skills and knowledge and ACC Library Services is here to assist with Films on Demand and Kanopy.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

New Books List



Like many book lovers and information seekers, we are always looking for the next read. Be it fiction or nonfiction and all the sub-genres in between. If this is you, the ACC Libraries has you covered with ebooks, videos, and more!

Every month, the ACC Library gets in several new books that are available to ACC students, faculty, and staff! This list can be found on the main page of the library website under the What’s New section. This is a great resource to stay up to date with additions to the collection and aid in broadening your horizons through the many subjects we purchase books for!


http://library.austincc.edu/eresources/newbooks/

When pulling up the list of new books, there are two list options to choose from, General and Health Science.

Once you've picked a list, select a month from the drop-down menu. From there you can choose a subject area to browse by or scroll down. (Disclaimer, not all areas will have new books for that month.)

Check out a sample of the books available to you below! Don't forget to leave a comment with your new book find!

New Books Highlight

Librarian standout picks for June.











Looking for more up to date information? Follow the ACC Libraries on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Drama Online

 As Shakespeare wrote, "All the world's a stage..." and Drama Online brings that stage to you! 




Watch Plays on Demand

Drama Online contains 325 hours of video recordings of award-winning classic and contemporary plays produced by some of the world's great theater and production companies, including, The National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, BBC Studios, Genesius Pictures, and more.    

Listen to Plays at Home or on the Go

Choose from over 400 audio plays to listen to while relaxing at home, traveling in the car, or going through your favorite fitness routine. Drama Online provides audio recordings of play texts from epics to comedies and everything in-between.

Read Your Favorite Plays Online

Highlights of the Drama Online playtext collection include: 
  • 1,700 playtexts from publishing houses Methuen Drama, The Arden Shakespeare, and Faber and Faber
  • 600+ modern plays from specialist theatre publisher Nick Hern Books 
  • 175 plays from The Playwrights Canada 
  • 125 contemporary drama plays from Aurora Metro Books


Access Critical Reviews and Scholarly Criticisms  

Drama Online not only provides access to playtexts and video and audio recordings of theatrical productions but also offers context and criticism of many of the most commonly studied plays and playwrights.


Learn Acting Techniques

Drama Online houses the PATAZ: Physical Actor Training program. A series of over 60 dynamic videos with accompanying audio commentary, reflection, and texts for today’s physical actor, teacher, and trainer. Using innovative camera work and editing processes, each film explores a term from A-Z, ranging from specific skills like Grounding and Balance to more abstract concepts like Energy or Craft. 


Whether you're a student of drama, an avid theatre fan, or a newbie to the world of theatre, Drama Online has something for you!




Friday, June 26, 2020

You can't see us, but we are here to help! ACC Libraries Online 24/7


ACC Libraries Online 24/7

Due to COVID-19, the physical locations of all ACC libraries are currently closed to in-person users. At this time, all book returns also remain closed. ACC students, faculty and staff will not be charged late fees for the items that they have checked-out.

As always, we are open online 24/7 and here to assist you with a variety of resources!

Access thousands of books online!

ACC Libraries have tens of thousands of e-books available 24/7 on your preferred device. You can access them via this page by publisher/platform name, or individually via the library catalog or by publisher/platform name through the A-Z List of Databases page. 


'Ask a Librarian' Chat Service

Our 'Ask a Librarian' chat service is available 24/7. You can also get help by phone or email us via our new 'Ask a Librarian' form.



Writing a research paper?

Find high-quality journal and magazine articles in our A-Z List of Databases tab.



You can't see us, but we are here to help!

All ACC Libraries are closed until further notice for walk-in business. However, we are working virtually, behind-the-scenes to assist students, faculty and staff. 

Visit our Library Information and Servies during COVID-19 Guide for the most up-to-date information and announcements.

You can also use our new Library and Research Skills Videos!






Saturday, June 20, 2020

Practice Tests

Do you need to study for an upcoming standardized test? Are you looking for free practice tests that you can complete on your computer? The ACC Libraries have the resources for you!