Happy Hanukkah

This week marks the annual celebration of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.  The festival commemorates the miracle of one day worth of lamp oil lasting eight, helping the Maccabees secure a military victory. The celebration is also regarded as “representing a spiritual illumination”. Further, it should not be overlooked it takes place during the shortest days of the year.

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Several religious traditions have a major celebration about light during this time of year. The Hindu faith celebrates Diwali in Autumn, as the daylight hours are near their shortest. And, of course, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, “the light of the world”, near the winter solstice.

The Texas State University Libraries offer many resources on religions and their holidays. For more information, Come In and Find Our More.

Round Rock Campus Faculty Speaker Series

Dr. Christopher B Jenney, PhD, MSc, IMBA, Assistant Professor at the School of Family and Consumer Sciences will be presenting “Addiction Medicine: Innovation in a Growing Epidemic” this Wednesday, November 14th as a part of the RRC Faculty Speaker Series. The event will take place at 6:30pm in Avery Hall, Room 256.

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Dr. Jenney’s research studies the effects of diet on addiction within individuals. Check out a few of his articles here:

Jenney, C. B., Alexander, D. N., Jones, B. C., Unger, E. L., & Grigson, P. S. (2016). Preweaningiron deficiency increases non-contingent responding during cocaine self-administration in rats doi://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2016.09.007

Jenney, C. B., Petko, J., Ebersole, B., Njatcha, C. V. N., Uzamere, T. O., Alexander, D. N., . . .Levenson, R. (2016). Early avoidance of a heroin-paired taste-cue and subsequent addiction-like behavior in rats doi://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresbull.2015.10.008

Jaremko, K. M., Thompson, N. L., Reyes, B. A. S., Jin, J., Ebersole, B., Jenney, C. B., . . . Van Bockstaele, E. J. (2014). Morphine-induced trafficking of a mu-opioid receptor interacting protein in rat locus coeruleus neurons doi://doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2013.12.003

The RRC Faculty Speaker Series host several lecturers each semester to discuss their research on a variety of topics. Be sure to check the Round Rock Campus home page for future dates and stop by the RRC Library …. Come In and Find Out More.


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!

58th Presidential Inauguration

U.S. SealOn Friday, January 20, 2017 the Inauguration Ceremony will take place for the next President and Vice President of the United States of American.  Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. will administer the Presidential Oath of Office to Donald Trump and Justice Clarence Thomas will administer the Vice Presidential Oath of Office to Michael Pence.  This will mark the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

The RRC Library plans to broadcast the Inauguration event on the digital message board in the main room of the library without sound and with closed captioning.

Additional information about this Inauguration Ceremony or other past ceremonies can be found at the following sites:

To learn more about inaugural events please “come in and find out more.”

Common Reading Book at the RRC Library

The Round Rock Campus Library is distributing free copies of What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes while supplies last, courtesy of the office of Dr. Edna Rehbein. What It Is Like to Go to War is the 2016-2017 selection for the Common Reading Book.

Common Reading

The Common Reading Program is a part of the annual Common Experience initiative. The theme for the 2016-2017 school year is “A Century of Conflict: Dialogues on the U.S. Experience of War since 1917”. A number of events including film screenings, concerts and plays, lectures, and author readings discussing the theme will take place throughout the year. A schedule of events and other resources can be found online at txstate.edu/commonexperience.

Please visit the Round Rock Campus Library in Room 255 of the Avery Building to claim a copy of What It Is Like to Go to War while they are available. If all free copies have been given away before you stop by, the library does have copies in the collection.  Come in and find out more.


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.


Texas State Library Snapshot Day Tuesday Oct 28, 2014


In October, libraries all over Texas take part in Library Snapshot Day to help show the incredible impact libraries have on learning. Libraries participate by collecting statistics, comments, and photographs to show what a typical day is like in the library.
October 28th is Library Snapshot Day at Texas State.

Love your Texas State Library? Then come visit us – share your thoughts, use computers, check out books, consult library staff, and, if you’d like, we’ll even take your picture. The images, comments, and statistics are used to promote Texas libraries.
Hope to see you here!

Tolkien Week 2014

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Tolkien Week, September 21-27, honors the author J.R.R Tolkien (along with his son and editor, Christopher) through promotion of the reading and enjoyment of his works. September 22 marks the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, the unlikely heroes of Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This occasion, known as Hobbit Day, falls during Tolkien Week.

RRC Library Assistant Alan Matthews elaborates. “Tolkien thought and wrote on multiple levels: epic storyteller, scholar of languages and language history, obscure humorist; he actually made puns in the languages he himself created. Why not savor his work on as many levels as we can, and have fun in the process? Our library has resources that let us do exactly that.” Click on the images above to find Tolkien’s works at the RRC Library.

Weather and work permitting, Alan plans to hold impromptu readings from Tolkien’s works by the fountain in front of the Avery Building this week. Check the library bulletin board, or ask a library staffer for more information.

Contributed by Alan Matthews, Library Assistant.