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The Round Rock Campus Library posted its first blog entry on August 25, 2014. Head Librarian Anthony Guardado wrote about the new chat service available to students to reach RRC Librarians while away from campus.

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This will be the final blog post.

We will be working over the next couple of weeks to remove the blog feed on the RRC Library homepage, replacing it with a Twitter feed. We launched a Twitter account (@TXSTRRCLibrary) at the end of August 2018 and have used the last several months to become familiar with the platform. Now we are ready to more actively display our new content. With a present Twitter feed we will be able to get more information to you more often. The feed will be updated at least daily, much more frequent than the alternating weekly schedule of the blog.

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We still have a chat service and we are certainly still here, so Come In and Find Out More. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.

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.

a menorah

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.

Caribbean History and Culture, 1535 – 1920

This past week the efforts of Christopher Columbus were recognized with the annual observation of his namesake holiday. Last May, the Texas State University Libraries added the Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920 database, providing insight to the new world Columbus’ explorations created.

cover page of Caribbean History database

Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920 presents a number of historical documents in the form of books, almanacs, and other ephemera. The primary sources are fully searchable and can be browsed by genre, subject, author, place of publication, or language. George Washington’s journal from his time in Barbados and a lecture from John Jay about the emancipation of the West Indies are available.

Check out the Libraries’ Database’s What’s New page to see what resources have been added. And stop by the Round Rock Campus Library ….Come In and Find Out More.

Skeletons

The Round Rock Campus Library is now housing three skeletons.

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These models have been acquired to help support the new medical professions departments moving to the Round Rock Campus from San Marcos.

Skeleton models can be found by searching the online catalog for models. This option is available within the “advanced search” feature. Select “model/ toy/ 3D object” in the Format menu. Or you can ask the RRC Library staff about the model’s availability.

Other models recently added include brains and intestines. This is a great opportunity to learn anatomy or throw a killer Halloween party…..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 2018 Spring Semester comes to a close.

Round Rock Campus Logo

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!

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.

image from Black Abolitionist Papers database

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.

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.

Cover Image of Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment

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.