Monday, April 29, 2013

Ask a Librarian


Get help from a librarian when the library is closed

ACC Library Services is part of a group of college libraries that work together to help each other’s students late at night, in the wee hours of the morning, or anytime when the library isn’t open.

As we approach May intersession when ACC Library and ACC Librarian hours vary, you can still get help through our 24/7 chat service called AskAcademic. Professional, academic librarians will answer your questions, but may also refer you to an ACC Librarian for follow-up help.

Many ACC Library resources are available to you 24/7 such as e-books, Films on Demand, article databases and e-resources, even your library account. Through AskAcademic, we've extended access to library services by providing free, online research and information help for ACC students, faculty, and staff!


Go to the Library's homepage to chat with a librarian

The library's website has answers to a lot of FAQs, but a librarian can help you save time when you can't seem to find what you're looking for quickly.

If you need help figuring out which keywords to use to search the library's e-resources, help with citing sources in your research paper, or other general information about the library, then chat with a librarian!

ACC Librarians are available to teach classes upon faculty's request and always look forward to demonstrating what the library offers.

Remember, when the library is open you'll chat with an ACC Librarian, when the library is closed an AskAcademic Librarian will help you! 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is considered by many to be one of the greatest English poets and playwrights ever.  In addition to being an actor, he wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets. What's remarkable about his work is that his plays and the sonnets are all still popular.

Born on April 23rd in 1564 in Stratford upon Avon to John and Mary Shakespeare.  In 1582, while just 18 years old, he marries Anne Hathaway who was 26 at the time.  

Anne Hathaway

They had eight children. Their first child, Susanna, was born in 1583.  He began his career as actor and playwright in 1585.  It was in 1589 that he wrote his first play, Henry VIs , Part One.  

In 1599 the famous original Globe Theater opened and many of his plays were performed there.

Globe Theater

In 1613 the Globe Theater burns down.  However, it only took a year for the Globe to be rebuilt and reopened (1614).  Sadly, Shakespeare dies on April 23rd two years later in 1616.  His wife, Anne Hathaway lives for 7 more years and dies in 1623.  That is the same year that two of his fellow actors John Hemminges and Henry Condell publish a collection of 36 of his 37 plays for the first time in a collection called the The First Folio

Library Resources

ACC Library Services has print books, online e-books, films, and database resources on Shakespeare and his works in our library collection.  You can find and access almost all of the resources from the library webpage.   

Here are a few quick tips on how to look up and access Shakespeare library resources:

Print Books - Use the More Library Catalog Options link in the Quickly Find Books, Videos & More box on our homepage.  Then pick the Advanced Search link under More Search Options.  When it opens up change the first field to "Author," and type in Shakespeare, William.  Then pick BOOK in the Material Type box.  Hit search and you'll get 133  results for print books.  It's important to note here that you can have books sent from any to any other campus for you to pick up and check-out.

E-Books - These are books that you can read online.  Use the More Library Catalog Options link mentioned above and then hit the green Online e-Books box.  You'll get to a list of our online e-book resources.   

Streaming Video - Use the A-Z List of Resources in the right-hand sidebar to pull up a list of our online databases.  Go to the Alphabetical list of database titles and click the letter F.  Once it opens up choose Films on Demand.  When the page opens, use the drop down arrow in the search box and pick Titles.  Then type in Shakespeare,William and enjoy your 39 streaming videos.

Articles - Pick the Literature and Literary Criticism link in the gray-box mentioned above and use pretty much any of the databases that come up.  Remember when using these databases that search strategies can vary from database to database so use the help function in the databases to get relevant results.

Also, the Subject Guides listed under both the Articles & Research and the Research Help headings in left-hand sidebar can help.  Take a look the Drama and English guides for additional help in looking up information about Shakespeare and his works. 


Monday, April 1, 2013

April is jazz appreciation month

April 2002 was the first Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) celebrated.  In 2003, Congress passed Public Law 108-72 (SEC. 6) to commend the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History for establishing April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and honoring "jazz as one of the greatest cultural exports of the United States."  Since then, governors of several states have issued annual proclamations declaring April to be Jazz Appreciation Month in their states.  

Similarly, the United States Council of Mayors, at their 80th Annual Meeting in June 2012, joined other organizations in resolving to celebrate the month of April as Jazz Appreciation Month and to designate April 30, 2013 as International Jazz Day.  

In honor of this annual event, Library Services has dedicated a page of the Music Subject Guide to jazz.  Click on the Jazz tab 
--to view  videos from the Films on Demand streaming media collection
--to access a selection of print and e-book titles in ACC libraries
--to explore links to resources.

Not a jazz fan?  Resources on the Jazz page will help you learn more about the art form the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has tagged, "Born in America. Enjoyed worldwide." Its importance as an American institution led
the U.S. Postal Service to issue a Jazz Appreciation Forever Stamp in 2011.


The Music Subject Guide can be found at:

Take a look at the Jazz page and let us know what you think.