Greetings from Turkey, TX

Did you know that legendary Western Swing musician Bob Wills is from a town in Hall County called Turkey? According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features, there are 4 places in the U.S. with the name Turkey:

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Turkey Creek Village, LA (pop. 443)

Turkey Creek, AZ (pop. 412)

Turkey, TX (pop. 396)

Turkey, NC (pop. 296)

Another Thanksgiving staple, cranberries, has 7 municipalities named after it – two in Pennsylvania.

The original participants of Thanksgiving, the Wampanoag and English settlers, still have a presence in the United States. 24.4 million Americans traced their ancestry to England. Meanwhile, there are 6,500 Wampanoag in the US, primarily residing in Massachusetts.

Impress your family this Thanksgiving with information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Around the World with World Politics Review

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranked three Lima, Peru establishments, including Chef Virgilio Martinez’s Central at #4, in it 2015 list. These accomplishments may be a part of the sustained economic growth that Peru has experienced since the mid-2000s. According to an article titled “Growing Pains: Urbanization and Governance in Peru” available through World Politics Review the World Bank predicts Peru’s economy to continue to grow at a 5% rate through 2016 and 2017.

World Politics Review is a new resource available through Texas State University Libraries’ Databases and is full of informative articles about the state of the world. WPR’s mission statement proclaims that it “provides uncompromising analysis of critical trends to give policymakers, businesspeople, and academics the context the need”. Written by “experts”, whose credentials are available by following their hyperlinked by line, WPR articles feature an array of topics from all points of the globe – including Polar Regions.

Articles are searchable by author, region, or issue. WPR offers shorter daily pieces as well as longer in depth works. A daily media roundup provides links to articles from other established international news outlets.

Accessing World Politics Review through Texas State databases will allow users to register with the service. An account with WPR allows user to sign up for email newsletter, sent either daily or weekly, and to create alerts by author or region. Also, registering allows users to have full access to the mobile app. EBSCO allows for advanced searchs of World Politics Review. The librarians at the RRC Library would be thrilled to help users navigate this exciting resource.

Library Snapshot Day 2015

Texas Library Snapshot Day logoThe Round Rock Campus Library along with Alkek Library in San Marcos participated in Texas Library Snapshot Day this past Tuesday, October 27th. Texas Library Snapshot Day is a statewide initiative in which libraries take a day to get a “snapshot” of how their patrons use resources. Staff at the Round Rock Campus Library handed out brief surveys to patrons and kept track of certain usage statistics.

On October 27th, 2015, 169 students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the community visited the Round Rock Campus Library. Students stated through the survey that they use the library in variety of ways, from a place to complete coursework and research to seek entertainment to job hunt or work on perfecting a resume, to name a few. Library computers were logged onto 74 times while the RRC Library homepage received 264 hits throughout the day.

The Texas Library Snapshot Day occurs only once a year. However, the Round Rock Campus Library is open year round (with the exception of holidays, days around Christmas and New Year’s, and Spring Break) to provide library services to the students, faculty, and staff of Texas State University. Take a moment to come in and find out more.