The Home Stretch

Welcome back from Spring Break 2018. We hope you enjoyed their time off, whether it was relaxing or invigorating. Whichever route you chose we hope it was safe.

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But now the Spring 2018 semester is in the home stretch and work will need to get done. The Round Rock Campus Library is a great spot to get focused.

The library is open Monday through Thursday 8:30am through 9:00pm, Fridays 8:30am until 4:00pm.

The RRC Library offers many resources and services that can help you out. There are 11 public computers available in RM 255 and another 27 in RM 255D within the library. These computers have access to the full Microsoft Office Suite, a number of Adobe products, and other pieces of software. They are also connected to both a black and white and color printer. And of course students have access to all of the Texas State University Library’s online resources through these computers.

Students will also have access to the library staff who are available to answer questions, help guide research, and assist with circulation. Librarians Anthony Guardado, Lynn Bostwick, and Josh Brynildsen are also available for research consultations. Please, Come In and Find Out More.

Spring Break 2018

The Round Rock Campus Library will be open during Spring Break. The abbreviated hours are as follows:

Monday, March 12th:              8:30am – 5:30pm

Tuesday, March 13th:              8:30am – 5:30pm

Wednesday, March 14th:         8:30am – 5:30pm

Thursday, March 15th:            8:30am – 5:30pm

Friday, March 16th:                 CLOSED

All of the normal services; computer access with printing, databases and online resources, reference and circulation collection, and reference assistance, will be available.

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If you are not able to travel to South Padre Island or New Orleans and your favorite band won’t be at South By Southwest this year … Come In and Find Out More.

The Common Experience: The Search for Justice

Earlier this month, Bryan Stevenson, lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, spoke at Texas State University as part of the LBJ Distinguished lecture series and the Common Experience programming. His book Just Mercy, the 2017-2018 Common Reading selection, focuses on the “The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century” theme of this year’s Common Experience.

Mr. Stevenson’s work does not begin or end with Just Mercy or his lecture in Evans Auditorium. Texas State University Libraries resources offer a number of pieces by and about Mr. Stevenson and his work; ranging from a transcript from an All Things Considered interview from 1993, to his 2012 “We Need to Talk About Injustice” TEDTalk, to an article published by the Boston University Law Review in January of this year inspired by Just Mercy.

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If Mr. Stevenson’s lecture left you inspired, engaged, or both, the Round Rock Campus library can connect you to further resources …. Come In and Find Out More!     

Copies of Just Mercy are available for free to Texas State student while supplies last in the RRC Library, room AVE 255.

Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865

Among the 125 online history resources available through the Texas State University Libraries’ database page there exists a database called Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830 – 1865. So much credit is given to Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Transcendentalist movement in the fight to end slavery that what goes forgotten is that there were countless members of African diaspora resolved to ending the institution. Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865 provides modern historians to those voices.

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The primary resources available through this database consist of essays to speeches to letters-to-the-editor from individuals as well known as Frederick Douglass to anonymous contributor signing as Always Ready. Also included are the papers of Black abolitionists from Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865 can provide a useful look into the African-American experience and the struggle to end slavery.  If you have questions about the resource feel free to contact the Round Rock Campus library … Come In and Find Out More.

MLK Resources

The Martin Luther King Day holiday was celebrated last week on Monday, January 15, 2018. This blog has been posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The life, teachings, works, and philosophies of the Rev. Dr. King should be present every day.

MLK resources are not in short supply. The King Center in Atlanta, GA offers a thorough website providing links it archived documents, a lengthy bibliography, and a “glossary of nonviolence”.

The Noble Prize website, which provides a page for every recipient, includes an illuminating entry regarding Dr. King’s 1964 Peace Prize. Audio and transcript of his Noble Lecture are featured, in which he states “[Violence] is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.” Video of his acceptance speech is also available.

Stanford University houses The Martin Luther King, Jr Research and Education Institute. Like the King Center, the Institute makes available on its website a searchable archive of King documents, resources, and bibliographies. It also includes resources regarding their Liberation Curriculum, which includes lesson plans and classroom resources.

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It should not go unmentioned that Texas State University Libraries also offers resources on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Come in and Find Out More.

Welcome to the 18th year of the Century

Every new year calls on the review of the past – what has come before. Progressing into the year 2018 provides a unique opportunity to focus on the events of 1918, 1818, and 1718. What has the 18th year of the previous three centuries brought us? What might 2018 have in store?


New Orleans and San Antonio would be established in early May of 1718; New Orleans by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville of the French Mississippi Company and San Antonio by Fray Antonio de Olivares of the Mission San Antonio de Valero.

Only a few months later, in July, the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn would die.


The influential minds of Frederick Douglass and Karl Marx would come into the world while Paul Revere and Abigail Adams would pass onto the next.

In New York City, Brooks Brothers would open for the first time. And in London Frankenstein would be published.

In South America, Chile would declare its independence from Spain.


The last Carolina Parakeet, a colorful parrot indigenous to the southern Appalachian region would die at the Cincinnati Zoo in February. The following July, the Romanov family would be executed in another violent moment of the Russian Revolution.

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In Mvezo, South Africa, Nelson Mandela would be born

.And in the United States, while Congress was establishing time zones and daylight savings time, Billy Graham and Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, would be born.

Happy Holidays

The Jewish holiday of Tu Bi-Shevat occurs on the 15th day of Shevat, falling on January 30, 2018. The Round Rock Campus Library is giving you plenty of time to prepare.

Tu Bi-Shevat, the New Year for Trees or Arbor Day, was the cut-off date for tithing regarding the production of orchards, determined by the rainy seasons within Israel. Evert W. van de Poll, in his book, Messianic Jews and their Holiday Practice: History, Analysis and Gentile Christian Interest, interprets the spiritual significance of the holiday as signifying “the goodness of God in creation; for others [Messianic Jews] it signifies the need for believers in Jesus to be like a tree that bears abundant fruit”.


Texas State University Libraries’ offers a number of ebooks and online encyclopedias filled with all sorts of information. The information concerning Tu Bi-Shevat was found in The New Encyclopedia of Judaism available through Credo Reference, the Encyclopaedia Judaica from Gale Encyclopedias, and Messianic Jews and Their Holiday Practice supplied by eBook Central. For more information on ebooks, digital reference books, or obscure Jewish holidays … Come In and Find Out More.


New year for trees. (2002). In G. Wigoder, F. Skolnik, & S. Himelstein (Eds.), The new       encyclopedia of Judaism (2nd ed.). New York, NY: New York University Press.               Retrieved from            pencyjud/new_year_for_trees/0?institutionId=1143

van, D. P. E. W. (2015). Messianic jews and their holiday practice : history, analysis and      gentile christian interest. Retrieved from

Ydit, M. (2007). Tu Bi-Shevat. In M. Berenbaum & F. Skolnik (Eds.), Encyclopaedia            Judaica (2nd ed., Vol. 20, p. 167). Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. Retrieved              from 50&sid=GVRL.encyclopedias&xid=26a1077f

Good Luck!

The Round Rock Campus Library would like to wish everyone the best of luck on their finals as the 2017 Fall Semesters comes to a close.

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We would also like to invite everyone to use our space and our resources as you prepare. Located in Avery Room 255, the RRC Library offers access to 38 computers loaded with the full Microsoft Office suite and access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud software. Both color and black and white printing is available. Further, librarians and librarian staff are willing to help.

RRC Library hours are 8:30am – 9:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am – 4pm on Fridays.

Come In and Find Out More …. And Good Luck!

Agriculture and Information

Texas State University Libraries offer access to numerous volumes of periodicals. Titles such as Time, Sports Illustrated, and Vogue can be located through the Libraries Periodical List. Of course, the Periodical List also links to academic and scholarly journals like Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, Mineral Economics, and Janus Head. Access to journals are essential to academic research, the Periodical List can make access easier.

The Periodical List can be located from the Round Rock Campus Library home page by selecting the “Databases” tab and revealing the drop-down menu. Following the link will lead users to the Periodical List page. Here known magazine or journal titles can be searched by title or ISBN. Below the search bar is a box of subjects providing links to lists of journals by subject. For example, Agriculture and Agribusiness has 1,108 titles affiliated with the subject. Following the link will provide users with a list.

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Journal Citation Reports, a service designed to “objectively determines the relative importance of journals within their subject categories”, lists Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environments as the most impactful journal of the discipline. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry and Agricultural Systems are ranked second and third. All three are available through Texas State University Libraries and can be accessed through the Periodical List. For more information about the Periodical List or its content, contact the RRC Library …. Come in and Find Out More.

Travel the World

Texas State University Libraries offer many, many resources through the databases page. Hidden with the box on the right, titled “Browse Databases by Type”, is a hidden drop-down menu offering another way to access databases. Amongst the options is a type called “Country Studies”. Hitting the “Go” button with this option highlighted will open a world of information.


One of the resources available is the Columbia Gazetteer of the World. Developed by Columbia University, the Gazetteer of the World offers users the opportunity to learn about the Norwegian fishing village of A or Zeeland; the Dutch province, the town in Michigan, or the North Dakota village.

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For information on Canadian Provinces, ProQuest’s CultureGrams is a terrific resource. Simply select “Provinces Edition” on the home page to access days’ worth of facts about our neighbor to the north. Fun Fact: Port Morien in Nova Scotia was the home to the first Boy Scout troop in North America. One rad aspect of CultureGrams is its recipe section. If you were interested in the Nunavut bread Bannock, also called palaugaaq by the Iqaluit, the recipe is available. The World Edition also features recipes. Check it out to discover Maqluba, a dish from the West Bank and Gaza.

The world is just a few clicks away through the Round Rock Campus Library …. Come In and Find Out More!