Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So long, farewell

After many years and many posts this blog will come to an end shortly. Other social media ideas are being considered in its place that can reach a wider readership. We in the library hope you have enjoyed the blog over the years.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The book was not there!

Yes, sometimes you look up the location of a book but when you go to the stacks it is not there. There is a very small percentage of book that have been returned but are temporarily on carts by the Information Services Desk, waiting to be shelved. If you can't find it, ask us or check yourself on the carts. You can see our staff here hurrying to get the books back in their proper place.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Quiet in the library

The library has historically been known as the quietest place to go to read and study. For much of the 20th century the word library would be synonymous with 'quiet', right after the word 'book'.
Times have changed. Librarians do not shush any more, even though we still are in cartoons doing it, like the one to the left.
The first floor of the library is the social floor. A modest level of talking and cell phone use is perfectly fine. We want you to socialize in the library. What we have done, in case you have not noticed, is add "brown" noise  through our noise filtering system. It is a form of sound-masking that reduces or eliminates pre-existing sound. So that "whooshing" sound you hear helps make a more comfortable studying environment and lets other concentrate on their work.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Research Guides

Don’t re-invent the wheel. Your time is valuable. The Library’s Research Guides provide overviews to the information sources available for each field of study. Each guide provides a road map to the best scholarly print and online resources associated with the field, and also comes with links to relevant tutorials and citation tools. Find the complete list of Library Research Guides at http://www.seminolestate.edu/library/research/guides

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Children's Books

Did you know that the library has hundreds of children's books. We call it the Juvenile / Primary collection and it includes chapter books, picture books, non-fiction and biographies. These books serves as a resource for education majors who may need the books for research, or for student teaching. However, anyone can check these out! Need a picture book for your kids? Want to re-read a classic from your youth? Come to the first floor of the library, row #15 by the circulation desk. Here are some classics:

Opposing Viewpoints database

Writing a persuasive essay? Preparing an argumentative speech? If so, Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a database you will want to use. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students understand and analyze today's important issues. This database is unique in the way issues are presented. Each issue is presented by an individual web page that includes a topic overview providing detailed coverage of its history and current state. Types of sources listed for further study include:

  • Pro and con viewpoint essays
  • Primary source documents
  • Biographies
  • Court-case overviews
  • Statistics
  • Academic and trade journal articles
  • Newspaper and magazine articles
  • Podcasts, images and video clips

Friday, January 3, 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome to Spring Term 2014 here at Seminole State College. For those of you who are new this term, or for those of you who are new to the SSC Library, here are a few highlights of our services.

Research Resources: The library has numerous books available for checkout for currently enrolled students. You can also borrow between campuses, and if you have a little time, borrow from all the state colleges too. Online library databases in a variety of subjects will direct you to scholarly articles; you can do this for free on any library computer or access them at home using your Seminole State log in and password.

Study Space: The library contains 32 computers in the downstairs open lab, 64 upstairs in the CTS lab and even the Instruction Room 32 computers when there is not a class going on. The computers in the labs are all networked to a printer, which costs ten cents per copy, paid for by money on your SCC ID. Upstairs is the quietest area to study, with ample soft seating, tables and study rooms of various sizes. Food and drink are allowed in the library except by computers.

Reserve Books: The library carries some course textbooks, kept behind the Information Services Desk. We don't carry all the course textbooks (we wish!) but only those the professors voluntarily donate.If you forget your textbook, or the Bookstore is out, come see us. They can be lent out for two hours at a time in the library.