Monday, December 14, 2015

Confused about Textbooks !

image of textbooks
The Library does not purchase textbooks as a rule.
So why can we check out textbooks from the Library?

Although the Library does not purchase textbooks for all ACC campus libraries, we do shelve the ACC Student Support Center Textbook Collection at the Highland Campus Library.  
What is it?  It is a collection of textbooks selected for classes offered in workforce programs. These textbooks are purchased by the ACC Student Support Center through a grant to assist certain student groups to gain access to required textbooks. The majority of ACC textbooks ARE NOT in this collection.  Books are in limited supply and students should not depend upon this source for their required textbook.
Who can check the textbooks out?  Most students are not eligible to check out textbooks from this collection BEFORE the second week of classes. Visit with staff in a Student Support Center BEFORE the semester begins to determine your eligibility. Eligible students will receive information and required forms to begin the process.
Where do you go to check out a textbook?  AVOID LONG LINES -- Beginning the second week of classes, you can go to any ACC library and ask that an available textbook be sent to you at that campus for checkout.  See the list of available textbooks.
What is the Student Support Center?
ACC's Student Support Center provides specialized assistance and referrals to a select group of students who would benefit from additional assistance to overcome challenges and complete their education.The Support Center maintains a collection of textbooks for students to borrow and gives priority to students receiving assistance. Other students may request a loan after the first week of classes.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Streaming Films - Kanopy

Welcome to Kanopy, start watching now!

Go to the Library's A-Z list of databases and click on K for Kanopy:

If you are off campus, you will be asked for your ACC eID and password. (Depending on your computer's settings, you may need to accept the site's certificate.)

...start watching!

These are just a few of the many subjects

Film,  The Arts,  Business,   Education (K-12)  Global Studies & Languages,  Health, Media & Communications,  Sciences,   Social Sciences,  Technical Training

Read Kanopy's Blog Posts

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Makerspaces @ ACC Libraries: Welcome to the BatLab

The popularity of the maker movement can be attributed to the 2005 launch of Make: magazine. A publication which encourages its readers to create. Shortly after the magazine's inception they began offering Maker Faires throughout the country, thus spearheading the worldwide maker movement. In 2015, the maker movement is still strong. Communities of makers are connecting, tinkering, innovating, and learning in makerspaces worldwide. A makerspace is loosely defined as a space which provides individuals the opportunity to create, collaborate, learn, and explore. While they are not solely defined by their tools or equipment, a typical makerspace may include: 3D printers, digital media and production, electronics, robotics, tools for welding or soldering, and traditional arts and crafts materials.

In recent years academic libraries have embraced the maker movement by allocating space, staff, resources, and programs to provide a makerspace (or maker activities) within the library. John Burke, Library Director at Miami University Middletown, recently shared his survey results on academic libraries and makerspaces at the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries Conference. Burke suggests that makerspaces in academic libraries promote an atmosphere beyond the classroom where students (regardless of discipline or major) can experiment and learn. His full report is available here: Making Sense: Can Makerspaces Work in Academic LibrariesMakerspaces in academic libraries allow students to explore, learn, and create through participation in active learning, critical thinking, peer learning, and exposure to cutting edge technologies. The joining of makerspaces in libraries promotes equitable access to resources and technologies that a user may not otherwise have access to. This is also a core function of libraries.

This fall ACC Libraries is launching a pop-up makerspace concept coined the BatLab. The BatLab is a space which encourages: hands-on learning, student success and engagement, experiential learning, STEAM based learning activities, exploring, tinkering, creating, sharing, peer learning, co-curricular collaboration, and a no fear of failure attitude. The BatLab is open to current ACC students, faculty, and staff.
BatLab Attendees learning Arduino

The Library's approach is different from other ACC academic departmental maker-like-spaces and many traditional makerspaces in that it is not held in a dedicated space. In addition the Library will also be providing kits and materials for the ACC community to checkout, take home, and create. BatLab activities are also learning experiences with learning outcomes!

The Highland (HLC) Library and the Northridge (NRG) Library will serve as home base for many of the pop-up BatLab activities -- meet-ups, demo days, tech petting zoos and workshops. HLC Library will also serve as the central point for circulating the electronics and microcontrollers such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Internet of Things - Photon kits.

To learn more about the BatLab or connect with fellow makers, stop by a Maker MeetUp at the HLC Library on Friday's from 9 am - 12 pm. To follow the project and see its progress visit the online BatLab Makerspace Library Guide which includes links to resources, projects, kit information, and a calendar of upcoming events. Browse the Library's collection of books and ebooks on makerspaces and the maker movement, Arduino, 3D Printing, Raspberry Pi and more!

ACC Libraries BatLab Basic Project Kit (Arduino)

Available Soon @ A Library Near You!

Sunday, October 25, 2015


JSTOR's logo. JSTOR stands for "Journal Storage."
Want to impress your professor by using scholarly sources for your paper or project? Including articles from the JSTOR database in your research could do just that!

JSTOR indexes thousands of scholarly publications, especially in the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences. JSTOR also provides millions of pages of full-text, including primary source documents and books as well as journal articles, some written well over a century ago.*

Are you still trying to decide the specific topic for your paper or report? By searching a general topic in JSTOR, you are likely to discover all sorts of more specific topics that you can pursue.

For example, suppose the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt has just passed (it was fought on October 25, 1415) and you decide to write about Shakespeare's play Henry V, which features the English king's surprising victory over the French. But what exactly about this play would you write? JSTOR includes so many different takes on Henry V, it might be difficult to choose!**

Suppose you have an assignment to write a book review. JSTOR has thousands of book reviews to serve as models for writing one. In fact, JSTOR has a box that you can check to limit search results just to reviews (illustrated in the example below)!

This search filter can come in handy for other types of reviews as well. For example, perhaps for a paper on a play the information sources required by your professor include a review of an actual performance of that play. JSTOR is very likely to have reviews of several different productions of the play (as long as it debuted more than five years ago).*

Searching JSTOR:

From the library home page at, find the FOR STUDENTS menu on the left.  There, click on A-Z List of Databases.

1.  At the Alphabetical list of database titles, click on the J.
2.  Click on the JSTOR link. (If off campus, you will then need to log in.)
3.  Below the search box that appears, click on the Advanced Search link.

This search finds reviews of the book The Puritan Dilemma by noted historian Edmund S. Morgan.                                        

4.  Enter search terms in the search boxes that appear.
5.  From the drop down menu to the right of each search box, select the field in which each search term will be searched.  The default field, “Full-Text,” often yields useful search results.
6.  To add search boxes, click on the ADD FIELD + button below the last search box.
7.  Narrow by item types, such as articles, by clicking on the appropriate check boxes.
8.  Narrowing the search further by date, language, etc. is usually unnecessary.  When you are ready to execute your search, click on the Search button.

For more information on searching JSTOR, please feel free to consult with an ACC librarian. JSTOR also offers excellent guidance. JSTOR's tutorials include basic and advanced searching techniques, sorting and reviewing search results, and using JSTOR on a mobile device. Have fun exploring the wealth of scholarly resources JSTOR offers!


* Full-text coverage in JSTOR varies from publication to publication.  For most periodicals, an embargo on the most recent five years of articles is in effect.  That is, JSTOR often indexes a periodical up to the present without providing full-text to the periodical’s most recent five years of articles. For more recent articles, you may wish to search some of the other great databases that ACC's libraries provide.
                       Is this a rabbit, or a duck?

** Some articles that JSTOR has indexed are seminal works in a particular scholarly area of interest, such as Norman Rabkin's highly influential "Rabbits, Ducks, and Henry V," which discusses Shakespeare's ambiguous portrayal of the English king.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

National Hispanic Heritage Month - Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Spanish explorerSeptember 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month, with roots going back to 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.
The commemoration was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. September 15 is significant because it is Independence Day (1821) for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The month includes Mexico's Independence Day, Diez y Seis de Septiembre, September 16, Chile's, September 18, and Día de la Raza on October 12.
The 2015 theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month chosen by National Hispanic Heritage Month is Honoring Our Heritage. Building Our Future, while the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) announced its 2015 theme as Powering Growth and Influence - Promoviendo El Crecimiento y La Influencia.


U.S. Census Bureau. Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 provides statistical information and a poster.

The Library of Congress launched an online selection of recordings from its Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, a series of audio recordings of renowned poets and prose writers from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States reading from their work in their native languages. Fifty recordings are currently available.

San Antonio's Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas (HHCTX) advocates for the Hispanic legacy by ensuring the stories of Texas’ first pioneers, in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, are chronicled in Texas history.

Hispanic Texans: Journey from Empire to Democracy is a 51-page PDF guide from the Texas Historical Commission for heritage travelers. It features sites in ten heritage trail regions of the state. The guide can be downloaded to a smartphone for use on trips.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will hold its 28th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards program on September 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by the White House and "are considered the highest honor for Latinos by Latinos."

11 facts for National Hispanic Heritage Month. Krogstad, J.M. (2014, September 16). Pew Research Center. This site provides a current snapshot of the Hispanic/Latino population.

¡Del Corazon! Latino Voices in American Art. Smithsonian American Art Museum
Photographs, videos, and other resources are collected here to introduce Latino artists and their works.

Related Library Holdings

Stavans, Ilan, and Jorge J. E. Gracia. Thirteen Ways of Looking at Latino Art.
N6502.5 .S73 2014 SAC - South Austin Campus Library

Ramos, E. Carmen. Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.
N6538.H58 S65 2014 HLC and SAC

Hispanic Americans in Congress
"This Web site, based on the book Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822–2012, contains biographical profiles of former Hispanic Members of Congress, links to information about current Hispanic Members, essays on the institutional and national events that shaped successive generations of Hispanic Members of Congress, and images of each individual Member, including rare photos."

This PBS video “is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.” The program aired September 17, 2013 on PBS. Full episodes (about 55 minutes each) can be viewed online. See related PBS programming for Hispanic Heritage Month.



Baugh, Scott L. Latino American Cinema: An Encyclopedia of Movies, Stars, Concepts, and Trends.
PN1995.9.L37 B38 2012 SAC - South Austin Campus Library

Candelaria, Cordelia Chávez, ed. Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture.
E184.S75 E59 2004 Cypress Creek, Elgin, Eastview, Hays, Northridge, Riverside, and South Austin campus libraries

Herrera-Sobek, María, ed. Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions.
E184.S75 C455 2012 Elgin, Highland, Hays, and South Austin campus libraries
E184.S75 C455 2012 ebk Gale Virtual Reference Library

Leonard, David J. and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, eds. Latino History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. E184.S75 L3622 2010 Cypress Creek, Elgin, Hays, Pinnacle, Rio Grande, Round Rock, and Riverside campus libraries
Montilla, Patricia M., ed. Latinos and American Popular Culture.
E184.S75 L3674 2013 HLC - Highland Campus Library

Oboler, Suzanne and Deena J. González, eds. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States.
E184.S75 O97 2005 Northridge, Rio Grande, Round Rock, and South Austin campus libraries.
E184.S75 O97 2005 ebk Oxford Reference Online

Ruiz, Vicki L. and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, eds. Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia.
E184.S75 L35 2006 South Austin Campus Library

Stavans, Ilan, ed. Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States.
E184.S75 E587 2005 Eastview, Northridge, Round Rock, Riverside, and South Austin campus libraries.

Tatum, Charles M., ed. Encyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceaneras.
E184.S75 E588 2013 RVS and SAC
E184.S75 E588 2014 ebk Gale Virtual Reference Library


Kanellos, Nicolas, ed. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature.
PS153.H56 G74 2008 Elgin and Round Rock campus libraries

Ramirez, Luz Elena. Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Literature.
PS153.H56 R36 2008 Elgin and Round Rock campus libraries

Stavans, Ilan, ed. The Norton Anthology of Latino literature. PS508.H57 N65 2011 HLC - Highland Campus Library

Latin Music U.S.A. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2009.

"Latin music today has deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize, owing to fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, and rhythm & blues. This four-part documentary invites viewers into the vibrant musical conversation between the Latinos and non-Latinos that
have helped shape the history of the United States. It’s a fresh take on the origins of one of America’s most popular music genres, told by an extraordinary range of artists, including Marc Anthony, Carlos Santana, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Ricky Martin, Linda Ronstadt, and more. The program reaches across five decades to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. Narrated by acclaimed actor Jimmy Smits. Distributed by PBS Distribution." Each part is about 60 minutes in length.