Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weeding Project

During the 2013-2014 academic year the TCTC library has weeded 938 print and 1926 electronic books.

Some librarians are “savers”. Others are “tossers”. These terms refer to an individual’s propensity for keeping books (and now, electronic sources). In the dim, dark past (say, up to about the mid 1960’s) most libraries had to beg for materials and wouldn’t DREAM of getting rid of things no matter how out-of-date the information was, because then there wouldn’t be any books on the shelves. But in the early 1960’s as the Russians outdid us in the space race and governments began generously funding libraries practically everywhere, libraries filled their shelves up, and librarians were happy. They MIGHT have even gotten rid of a few things they didn’t need. This lasted until the mid-1980’s sometime. Funding dwindled as taxpayers expressed frustration and politicians made “no new taxes” promises.

The funding looked like this, in a totally unscientific graph of my own devising:

As you know, the mid-1980’s was a LONG TIME AGO. Unfortunately for many libraries, that’s when time seems to have stopped if the copyright date of the majority of the books on the shelves is any indicator. Many libraries still have a glut of books from 1960 through 1980. Obviously, some information doesn’t get old. The words in “Tom Sawyer” are still the same as they were when Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens wrote them. The same side still won, say, World War II, no matter what the copyright date of a history book might be, but as history is analyzed, new insights and information can be added. But other information goes out of date… some very quickly, other more

Monday, July 14, 2014

Connecting with the TCTC Library

The library utilizes a few of the social media tools that are available.  We have Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Each of these serves different purposes but all tie together to let you, as a person of TCTC, know that we have a variety of services.  Our Twitter feed usually lists interesting points of the day which could include trivia or quotes.  Our Facebook will usually show various pictures of the staff and other activities that the library participates in. Our Twitter is also linked to Facebook.  Our newest endeavor in social media is Pinterest. Our account there has boards on assignments, citation guides, and new books.

Besides social media, the library offers a table of contents service for professional journals titled Journal*Browse.  We develop this website for you.  You are able to go into it at any time to see current journals in your field.  We do need individual input from you to develop this service.  See examples of Journal*Browse at   We have guides developed for Sci/Tech, Tutoring, HR, English, Comprehensive Studies, and the Library.  If you need a Journal*Browse developed, please contact Jessica Scott at

We have monthly display themes.  This year’s displays will be based on the below concepts:
·         July - Summer Fun
·         August – Back to School
·         September – Early Childhood
·         October – Hispanic Heritage Month
·         November – Culture and Customs of…
·         December – Cookbooks
·         January – Popular Fiction
·         February – Black History Month
·         March – Nonamerican Authors
·         April – General Country Displays
·         May – Popular Magazine Display
·         June – Books a Million Trip

The library also has a PR campaign every year. This year it is “TCTC Libraries:  The heart of your research”. Look for more information on this campaign as the year progresses.

And finally, remember you are reading the library blog!

Facebook: Tri-County Technical College Library

Twitter: @tctclibrary


Are there other ways that would help you connect to the Library?  If so, contact the Library Director, Marla Roberson at

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Film on Demand and TED Talks Videos - A great combination!

TED Talks is a nonprofit organization devoted to the concept of spreading ideas in short, powerful talks. The library utilizes a database called Films on Demand that provides access to over 600 different TED Talks videos. Are you interested in topics such as Autism, energy production, the power of body languages, or the creation of books? If so, these TED Talks topics, along with many more, can be found in our Films on Demand database!

To access the TED Talks videos in our Films on Demand database, simply CLICK HERE!

If you are off campus, you will be asked to use a password to access this database. Your password for all of the library databases is your T number, with the T.

Take a moment to check out some of the videos in this database. You will be surprised at what you will learn!

Monday, June 30, 2014

July is National Ice Cream Month!

July is National Ice Cream Month. In observance of one of my favorite deserts (no matter the flavor,) I wanted to provide our readers with a little information about ice cream. Made of frozen cream or butterfat, milk, sugar and various flavors; ice cream was derived from ice desserts that Marco Polo was exposed to in China. By the 1670s, Italian cooks made the treat from both water and milk ice recipes. In the U.S., ice cream was manufactured in Philadelphia. One may enjoy a bowl or treat such as the ice cream soda (invented in 1874) or a cone. After WWII, scarcity of dairy caused a shortage of ice cream manufacturing. A video clip about this disastrous shortage is available via the link below. Although the manufacturing process has changed (to include additives and preservatives for many popular brands,) the concept of a creamy and cool treat. While we’re enjoying the summer heat, let’s take time out of our busy summer schedule to cool off  by eating a spoonful, bowl or cone of ice cream!

By, Alydia Sims

Monday, June 9, 2014

130,000 new ebooks!

The library is happy to announce that we now have access to 130,000 new ebook academic titles.  This Ebsco academic collection is supplied by PASCAL until June 2017.  This collection is funded by the SC Lottery funds.

Example of the titles are:

·         Creating Jazz Counterpoint: New Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues; Hobson, Vic.

·         The President's Ladies: Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis; Dick, Bernard F.

·         The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality; Walters, Suzanna Danuta.

·         Dilemmas of Adulthood: Japanese Women and the Nuances of Long-term Resistance; Rosenberger, Nancy Ross-Project Muse.

·         Seismic Japan: The Long History and Continuing Legacy of the Ansei Edo Earthquake;  Smits, Gregory-Project Muse.

·         The Hermit's Hut: Architecture and Asceticism in India; Ashraf, Kazi Khaleed-Project Muse.

·         The Global Organ Shortage: Economic Causes, Human Consequences, Policy Responses; Beard, T. Randolph-Osterkamp, Rigmar.-Kaserman, David L.

·         The Global Limits of Competition Law; Sokol, D. Daniel.-Lianos, Ioannis.

·         The Future and Its Enemies: In Defense of Political Hope; Innerarity, Daniel-Kingery, Sandra

·         The Failed Promise of Originalism; Cross, Frank B.

This collection is integrated into our MegaSearch option.  It is also highlighted as one of our featured resources on the library home page at . The Featured Resources link will take you directly to the collection.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A New Database for Students!

The Tri-County Technical College library recently acquired a new database called NetAdvantage. Students taking courses that will require the acquisition of business-related information will find this database extremely helpful. The database offers direct access to Standard & Poor’s products, such as industry surveys, stock reports, corporation records, The Outlook, and mutual fund reports.

NetAdvantage offers many many benefits to students. An ability to access Standard & Poor’s research, data, commentary on stocks and funds is available to students. Additionally, students can access private company information and hard to find data on more than 85,000 companies that are not publicly traded. Biographies of corporate executives are also available to students, through this database. Data from this resource can also be downloaded into spreadsheets.

The students at Tri-County Technical College now have access to a wonderful business database. We are thrilled to be able to offer it to the students attending the college!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

“Hard Skills” vs. “Soft Skills”

Students learn a lot of things in college.  At least, faculty and staff HOPE they do!  One category of knowledge is called hard skills and is in the description of the class on the student’s schedule:  Math 140, History 201, Psychology 120 – in other words, mathematics, history, and psychology.  Hard skills also include the name of the career students choose to enter, such as teaching, engineering, welding, nursing, etc.  Job descriptions for open positions in these fields often list hard skills specific to that profession.  While sometimes there are proficiencies in hard skills shared across professions, many types of employment have a list that is unique.

Our students come here to acquire the hard skills that will get them a job in the field they want to enter.  An ability to develop increasingly difficult or higher-level hard skills can take a person through years of schooling after high school, and a person good at this can often get several advanced degrees.  A wall full of diplomas will probably get a person hired, but good soft skills will keep a person working.  This is the other type of knowledge we hope students are developing during their time here.  Soft skills are abilities like time and project management, empathy, impulse control, emotional intelligence, cooperation, responsibility, and motivation.  These skills can be transferred to any field of work and also to one’s personal life.  Good soft skills make for good team players, whether that team is a work group of six energy rate specialists or a couple in a romantic relationship.  No employee wants to collaborate with someone who is unable to work effectively with other people, and very few individuals can sustain long-term relationships with that person either.

Position announcements often give a more detailed description of the hard skills needed to fill an opening, but if you look closely at the requirements, you’ll see the soft skills in there as well.  Here’s an excerpt for job requirements for a community college librarian, with the soft skills highlighted (by me) in yellow:

Students universally hate team projects.  I hated team projects when I was a student, that’s for sure.  But as I’ve told dozens of students, there is no job in existence in which you don’t have to deal with people, so developing good soft skills in college is just one more way we prepare our students for success in the workplace, and in their personal lives as well.

By, Sue Andrus