Sunday, February 15, 2015

Discover Engineers Week

Founded by National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, Engineers Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. 

Are you studying to be an engineer?       Discover what the library can offer...

Films on Demand-

Engineering Video Collection 



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Black History Month

A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture,” is the 2015 theme for Black History Month. This theme commemorates the founding of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) by Carter G. Woodson in 1915.

To  celebrate:

Read or browse an eBook.

These books can be read online or downloaded to your device. Austin Community College Library Services has many resources related to Black history. Here are titles from several eBook collections that relate to the 2015 BHM theme.


E185 .C34 2012 ebk – eBooks on EBSCOhost 



Voices of the African American Experience.  E184.6 .V65 2009 ebk - Gale Virtual Reference Library

This work includes speeches, articles, mission statements, testimonies, letters, sermons, prayers, spirituals/songs, slave narratives, memoirs, essays, interviews, and more.

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century.  E185 .E545 2009 ebk - Oxford Reference Online

From the Reconstruction Era to the Civil Rights Movement the encyclopedia covers events and the influence of African American culture on American and global cultures.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas.   E185 .E54 2006 ebk - Gale Virtual Reference Library

This work includes the African diaspora: French Guiana, Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe, Suriname, the English-speaking Caribbean, the Netherlands Antilles, and more are covered, as well as North America and the United States.

Encyclopedia of African American Music.  ML101.U6 E53 2011 ebk - eBooks on EBSCOhost

Folk, religious, concert, and popular styles are featured, along with essays on a range of topics, genres, groups, individuals, and historical topics.

African Americans in the Visual Arts. N6538.N5 O86 2010 ebk - Gale Virtual Reference Library

This work provides entries not only on fine artists and film makers, but also includes comic strip artists and quilters.

Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema.  PN1995.9.N4 B433 2007 ebk - Gale Virtual Reference Library

These alphabetically arranged entries describe a wide variety of films portraying African Americans, with brief biographies of actors, producers, directors, and others who created the films.


Encyclopedia of African American Writing: Five Centuries of Contribution.... PS153.N5 A3444 2009 ebk - Gale Virtual Reference LibraryThis biographical work focuses on novelists, essayists, scholars, activists, critics, teachers, poets, playwrights, and songwriters.

Icons of African American Literature: The Black literary World.
PS153.N5 I35 2011 ebk - Gale Virtual Reference LibraryTwenty-four popular and culturally significant writers are examined, as well as a range of cultural topics, such as the black arts movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and the jazz aesthetic.

African-American Art.
N6538.N5 P38 1998 ebk - eBooks on EBSCOhostThe author examines works of the New Negro Movement of the 1920s, the Civil Rights and Black Nationalism era of the 1960s and 70s, and the emergence of new black artists and theorists in the 1980s and 90s.

Search the library catalog for books and for Films On Demand streaming videos.
Two representative films for the period from 1915 – 2013 are
Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940) and A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)  from the series The African Americans--Many Rivers to Cross.
You can search for additional videos in Films On Demand.  Use the search box to find titles or segments.

Find an article in a newspaper, magazine, or journal.  Find a hero.
 You can search a periodical database like Academic Search Complete or MasterFILE Premier to find relevant Black History Month articles in magazines and journals.  

Explore government and other websites.

These popular websites appear on many Black History Month lists of information sources.

Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)
National Archives

The African-American Mosaic
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture

National Civil Rights Museum

National Museum of African American History and Culture
(Smithsonian; opens March 1, 2015)

Black History Teaching Resources
Smithsonian Education

National Park Service

African American Odyssey
Library of Congress.  American Memory

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Digital Schomburg

Black History Month - Infoplease

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
King Papers Project at Stanford University

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

PBS African American World Black History Month