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.

Cover Image of "Nelson Mandela" by Kadir Nelson

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 http://libproxy.txstate.edu/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/nyu            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 https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.libproxy.txstate.edu

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 http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX2587520083/GVRL.encyclopedias?u=txshracd25 50&sid=GVRL.encyclopedias&xid=26a1077f

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!

Welcome: Fall 2017

The Round Rock Campus Library would like to extend a welcome to all the students new to Texas State University’s Round Rock Campus and welcome back to all returning students.cropped-3ofus.jpg

Beginning Monday, August 28th, the RRC Library will return to its normal hours of 8:30a-9p Monday through Thursday and 8:30 through 4pm on Friday. For holidays and hours during intersessions check here.

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 and Josh Brynildsen are also available for research consultations. Please, come in and find out more.

Take a Dip in the Cool, Refreshing Waters of Streaming Media

It is too hot to go outside. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it could also be a danger to your health.

Now, one may argue that staying indoors with the blinds drawn for months on end will stifle one’s ability to explore and become familiar with the world. My rebuttal would be that all Texas State University students, staff, and faculty have access to the University Library and its content, which includes a number of databases that offer access to streaming movies.

From the Library’s Databases page, you’ll notice a column on the right side of the screen. At the top of the column you’ll find several links, one marked “streaming”. Follow this link to the list of databases offering streaming media, including movies.


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At this point you may argue, “Come one, these are all gonna be bland and boring educational documentaries design for academic instruction. That isn’t something I’m going to want to watch while I’m trying to enjoy my summer out of the heat.” This time my rebuttal would have to be, “You’re wrong.”

Kanopy, a streaming film service, provides access to many, many films that make up the Criterion Collection along with many other feature films. And while documentaries are very much available, the films are popular documentaries, made for the wider population with the intent to entertain as well as inform. Recent films, such as I am Not Your Negro and American Anarchist are available.

Films on Demand is another service offered through the University Library. This database offers streaming documentaries from the likes of PBS, featuring their always engaging Frontline series and Ken Burns productions, the History Channel, and HBO, where you can watch the creepy new film about the Slender Man.

Like most databases available through Texas State, Kanopy and Films on Demand are accessible from home, however, feel free to Come In and Find Out More.

American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month


Since 1994 the United States has observed American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month (previously referred to as National American Indian Heritage Month) during November. This month the U.S. Census Bureau has presented a number of statistics about America’s Native American population.

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6.6 Million

“The nation’s population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including those of more than one race. They made up about 2.0 percent of the total population in 2015”.



“The percentage of Alaska’s population identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, alone or in combination, in 2015, the highest share for this race group of any state. Alaska was followed by Oklahoma (13.6 percent), New Mexico (11.8 percent), South Dakota (10.3 percent) and Montana (8.3 percent)”.



“The number of federally recognized Indian tribes in 2016”.



“The percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives, alone or in combination with other races, age 30 and over, who were grandparents living with at least one of their grandchildren in 2015”.



“The percentage of single-race American Indian and Alaska Native householders who owned their own home in 2015. This is compared with 63.0 percent of the overall population”.



“The percentage of single-race American Indians and Alaska Natives age 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home in 2015, compared with 21.5 percent for the nation as a whole”.


For more information on Native America, check out these books from the Round Rock Campus Library – Come in Find Out More.

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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. In fact, this month marks the 20th anniversary of the inaugural National Poetry Month developed by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.

National Poetry Month

Texas State University Libraries offer a number of poetry related resources. Check out call numbers PS301 – 326 for American poetry (you’ll find poetry in other languages throughout the Ps) for books in the stacks. Library databases offer further access to poetry, particularly Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, and Litfinder. Poets will often read from their works at the Alkek Library in San Marcos. This week, Thursday, April 14th, Lisha Adele Garcia and Tomas Q. Morin will be reading at Alkek’s Instant Theatre from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.  


National Poetry Month is one of the largest literary events in the world. Let the University Library help you be a part of it.


Did you know that many Texas State University courses have an online guide developed specifically for that class? Texas State University librarians, through a service called LibGuides, are able to create research guides with tutorials and links directly to discipline specific resources. Are you overwhelmed by the volume of resource available to you through the University Library? Let the library’s Course Guides point you in a more efficient direction.

Image of a page from a LibGuide

Course Guides can be found here for Round Rock Campus classes and here for classes held in San Marcos. Guides are listed alphabetically by course name and number, often the professors name is attached. Not every course has a guide to go along with it, librarians tend to create guides to go along with instruction. However, it is likely that a similar class or a class within the same department will be able to point you to valuable resources.

Let Texas State University LibGuides lead you to the resources you need!

Music Databases

Texas State University has done a good job of lining up its Spring Break with the music portion of the South by Southwest events (the Round Rock Campus library will be open for most of that week – check out hours here) providing an opportunity to explore new music. However, downtown Austin isn’t the only place where new tracks can be discovered.

The University Library offers a number of music databases that feature streaming content. American Song places an emphasis on American folk music ranging from boogie-woogie to zydeco with much of the content available for streaming. Jazz Music Library streams full albums from many of the genre’s greats.

Homepage for Contemporary World Music

Contemporary World Music features streaming music from all over the world. If you’re interested in tunes from the Nakhichevan region of Azerbaijan, Contemporary World Music has it. If you’re curious about the sounds of Galibi in the Marowijne district of Suriname, Contemporary World Music has it.

Why fight the crowds downtown when much of the world’s music is available through the University Library’s databases? Come in and hear more.