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

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.


New Alkek Library Juvenile Books Now on Display at the RRC Library

Have you ever looked through the RRC Library Juvenile Collection and wondered if there were even more juvenile materials available through Texas State University.  Well yes there is.  To give you a sample each month the RRC Library will include in its collection some of the newest juvenile books that would normally be found in Alkek Library.  This collection of new books will change every month in order to refresh the collection with even newer juvenile books.  Any student, faculty, or staff of Texas State University may check these out any of the books on display and return the items to any University Library.  It is our hope that you will get a glimpse of the many items coming in to the library system and that you can request these items, and many more, from the Alkek Library.  We will of course continue to grow the RRC Library’s Juvenile Collection so make always attempt to make sure we offer a quality collection of materials.

New Alkek Library Juvenile Materials on Display at the RRC Library

So, come on in and browse many of the juvenile materials we have to choose from on any given month.

Color in the Library

Last year, American Libraries published a feature on the trending popularity of coloring programs for adults in libraries throughout the United States. The Round Rock Campus library will be joining that trend next week.

Alkek Library at the main campus in San Marcos began a coloring project during finals week of Spring 2015 with much success. The Round Rock campus will add to the phenomenon for this finals week of Summer 2016. Beginning Thursday, August 4th, crayons and paper with designs for coloring will be made available in the room 255, the main room of the library. There will be four designs to choose from and 8 colors of crayons to use to make you masterpiece. Your work is yours to keep, however, please return the crayons when you are through.

Proponents of the fad claim that coloring can help reduce stress and aid relaxation. This finals season let adult coloring at the Round Rock Campus Library ease you towards calm – Come in and find out more. Owl drawing

Leisure Reading Collection

Finals are over. You’ve got a couple weeks before summer classes begin. Grab a book from the RRC Library Leisure Reading collection and relax.

Leisure Reading fates and furies          Leisure Reading between the world          Leisure Reading Did you ever

The Round Rock Campus Library’s Leisure Reading collection contains popular non-fiction, popular fiction, and contemporary fiction. Several award nominated or winning works – Between the World and Me by Ti-Nehisi Coates (Winner of the 2015 National Book Award, non-fiction), Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff (Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, fiction), and Bill Clegg’s Did You Ever Have a Family (nominated for the 2015 Man/Booker Prize).

Give yourself an opportunity to read for simple enjoyment with the Round Rock Campus Library Leisure Reading Collection.

Pultizer Prize Winners 2016

Cover image for Barbarian Day by William Finnegan   Cover image for Black Flags by Joby Warrick   Cover image by The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

This week Columbia University announced the nominees and winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes.

The Pulitzer Prize, named after turn-of-the-century newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, has been awarded annually to since 1917 to works of journalism, literature, and music. The university libraries at Texas State University can help you gain access to the newly awarded Pulitzer winners.

A Sampling of Prize Winning Works:

Investigative Reporting – Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune are both available through the NewsBank-America’s News and LexisNexis Academic.

International Reporting – Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times

The New York Times is available in LexisNexis Academic

 Criticism – Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker

The New Yorker is available in through a number of databases including Academic Search Complete and Literary Reference Center Plus

 Fiction – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Available in Alkek Library

Biography or Autobiography – Barbarian Day: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Available in Alkek Library

General Nonfiction – Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick

Available in Alkek Library

General Nonfiction Finalist – Between the World and Me by Ta-Neshi Coates

Available at the Round Rock Campus Library


Let Texas State University libraries’ collection and databases keep you informed.

National Pastime Periodicals

Happy Opening Day!

Say it IS so! Publications dedicated to baseball are available through University Library databases. A journal titled NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture can be accessed through BrowZine, a helpful database that has an accompanying application for mobile devices (get acquainted here).   

NINE is a peer-reviewed journal according to UlrichsWeb. However, it is not alone in its standing as a refereed journal about baseball.  Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game and Black Ball: A Journal of the Negro Leagues are both available with full-text through America: History and Life with Full Text with Black Ball also being available in Ethnic Newswatch.

President Wilson throwing out first pitch

If you want to find more, visit the University Library’s Periodical List to find these journals and discover other baseball themed periodicals. The Periodical List is searchable by subject, so simply typing “baseball” will display all of the indexed returns. Follow the links to get full text access. There are also many full text eBooks on the game listed. Follow the links to access those works as well.

Supplement the start of baseball season with offerings from the University Library. Paul Goldschmidt would be proud.

New Juvenile Books Added: Use the Library Catalog to Find More Information

A new set of books has been added to the Juvenile Exhibit cases in Alkek Library ( If you click on the title for any juvenile book, you can see what awards a book might have won, an Accelerated Reader level if available, and see a clickable award note to see other titles that won the same award(s).  See the image below to identify the areas of the catalog with this information.

Remember the RRC Library also has a sizable collection of juvenile books on site.  These can also be searched in the library’s catalog.

Detailed catalog record of a juvenile book.

Modified from an entry on the Alkek Library Facebook page.

Texas State University Prof. Amanda Boutot is Interviewed in SAGE Education Streaming Collection

The University Library recently purchased the SAGE Education streaming collection as part of the SAGE Videos resource and look who we found: Texas State University Curriculum and Instruction faculty member Dr. Amanda Boutot’s discussion about Autism.

SAGE Video with Prof. Amanda BoutotBe sure to take a look at this and many other resources in this database.

Introducing EndNote

EndNote, a citation manager, is now available to students, faculty, and staff of Texas State University. Citation managers allow users to organize their research, develop citation lists, and perform a number of other operations. EndNote is unique in the depths that it offers users in compiling research: offering the ability to create up to 5,000 subject folders and subfolders, storing pdf copies of the full text articles directly in the software, and even searching a number of database without leaving the EndNote Software.

EndNote can be downloaded to your personal computer here

For further information on EndNote and other citation managers visit the LibGuide.

Or check out this video:


Let EndNote help you get organized!


New Juvenile Books in Alkek Library

The Juvenile Collection Exhibit cases in Alkek Library are now full of tons of new books which are also available to Round Rock Campus users! Click on this link to see what new books have come in, including tons of award winning titles. Make sure to use the Alkek to RRC Delivery Form to request these and many more be sent to the RRC Library for you to check out.


Modified from an entry on the Alkek Library News & Research Tips blog by Arlene Salazar, Alkek Library.