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”.

 

19.5%

“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)”.

 

567

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

 

5.7%

“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”.

 

53.1%

“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”.

 

27.1%

“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.

LibGuides

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.

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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.

Greetings from Turkey, TX

Did you know that legendary Western Swing musician Bob Wills is from a town in Hall County called Turkey? According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features, there are 4 places in the U.S. with the name Turkey:

Turkey

Turkey Creek Village, LA (pop. 443)

Turkey Creek, AZ (pop. 412)

Turkey, TX (pop. 396)

Turkey, NC (pop. 296)

Another Thanksgiving staple, cranberries, has 7 municipalities named after it – two in Pennsylvania.

The original participants of Thanksgiving, the Wampanoag and English settlers, still have a presence in the United States. 24.4 million Americans traced their ancestry to England. Meanwhile, there are 6,500 Wampanoag in the US, primarily residing in Massachusetts.

Impress your family this Thanksgiving with information from the U.S. Census Bureau.