Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Freshman Fifteen

First time college students, especially those living away from home for the first time in their lives, often encounter the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen” by this point in the semester.  Everyone is excited to eat a delicious Thanksgiving  or Christmas dinner, but not everyone’s pants still fit.

Several factors play into weight gain in college.  Students who played a sport in high school don’t play in college, students living on their own are faced with cooking for themselves or eating a fast food diet, and all students, whether still living at home or not, lead more sedentary lives because of the increased time spent studying.

College is a time of adjustment.  Students are faced with increased academic expectations in their classes and must also adjust to a different physical and social environment by attending a different school with different classmates.  For some, the addition of fifteen or so pounds seems like the end of the world because their weight had never been an issue before.  Others choose to ignore it in hopes that it will go away on its own.  But some students start paying attention to how much they eat and drink and balance that out with exercise.

The TCTC Library has a selection of books that can help with “The Freshmen Fifteen”:

Sue Andrus
Instruction Librarian

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Destruction of School Property

Fall 2014 has been a wonderful, successful semester for many students, faculty and staff members who are dedicated to higher education of themselves or others. Since many of us are in the midst of finalizing assignments, study sessions, presentations, and grading, etc.; the TCTC Library would like your help! We have noticed an increase in the destruction of our library books. Over the past few weeks, as tensions and stress levels have increased; we have noticed that many of our books have been returned with pencil, pen and highlighter marks, as well as liquid stains, dog-earring pages, leaving tabs or post-it notes, bite marks (perhaps from a pet or small child) and exposure to the weather. When TCTC Library items are returned in such condition, we charge a $50 book fee and a $5 processing fee. If the item is not owned by TCTC Library but was borrowed via ILL or PASCAL on behalf of TCTC (students, staff or faculty), the replacement fee is $100. Please keep this in mind when checking out and returning library materials. We strive to make the library an inviting, safe and patron-friendly academic environment for ALL. Please remember to treat all borrowed materials with care as we strive to keep book fines and replacement charges as low as possible.

Alydia C. Sims, M.Ed

Friday, November 14, 2014

Books and Movies

Every year, hundreds of movies are made and released to the big screen. Did you know that a large portion of those movies are actually adapted from books? This means many readers and movie-goers will face an important question: Should I read the book first?  This is where the libraries at TCTC can help!

The following is a list of books-turned-movies coming to theaters in the next few months. The TCTC libraries conveniently have them waiting for you to check out:

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (book|movie)
This is the third and final book in Collins’ extraordinarily popular The Hunger Games trilogy. The movie, however, is only covering part of the book.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will be released to theatres November 20, 2015.
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (book|movie)
The full title of this book is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.  It was also an Oprah’s Book Club pick in 2013.
Release Date: December 5, 2014
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (book|movie)
This is the prequel to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Even though The Hobbit is less than 400 pages long, it was split into a movie trilogy.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The third and final installment is entitled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage

4. American Sniper by Chris Kyle (book|movie)
The full title of this book is American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. It is also co-written by Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.
Release Date: January 16, 2015
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner

5. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (book|movie)
This is the first book in the erotic romance Fifty Shades trilogy. It has topped numerous best-seller lists around the world, despite its poor critical reception. In fact, Fifty Shades of Grey has the record for the fastest-selling paperback of all time.
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

6. Serena by Ron Rash (book|movie)
Ron Rash is a popular local author. He currently holds the title of Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. He was born in Chester, SC and grew up in Boiling Springs, NC.  He holds degrees from both Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University. Serena is his fourth novel.
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Toby Jones

7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (book|movie)
Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy. The third book, Allegiant, will be split into two movies
Release Date: March 20, 2015
Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort

8. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (book|movie)
The second classic novel on the list (the other being The Hobbit) and the only book from the 19th century!
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Stars: Juno Temple, Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen

Allison C. Read
Tri-County Technical College
Easley Campus Library Coordinator

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

EBL Ebooks Library - available now

Through PASCAL (Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries), the Library now has access to EBL Ebook Library, which is a product of ProQuest Business.
 EBL offers content across all academic and professional subject areas. It features nearly 350,000 titles from hundreds of academic publishers. It provides a user-friendly interface with a system that surpasses the traditional model that limits access to one person at a time. EBL system of non-linear lending limits the total number of lending days per year per book but enables multiple-concurrent access. Patron can browse books and can perform full-text search within the browser. Books can be read either online or by downloading ebooks in PDF onto a PC, laptop or PDA for off line use.
EBL is currently on the Library home page as a Featured Resource.  Please see for the link.
Kultida Dunagin, Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness


Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the library wants to bring your attention to the disease and its characteristics. Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. When breast cancer is detected early, at a localized stage, the survival rate is 98%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms. Currently doctors have determine that women should schedule their first mammogram by the end of their 40’s or early 50’s. Breast cancer can be diagnosed through multiple tests, including a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy, yet the first option should be the mammogram unless a doctor has suggested otherwise.
Once a person is determined to have a malignant tumor or the diagnosis of breast cancer, the healthcare team will determine breast cancer staging to communicate how far the disease has progressed. Types of breast cancer include ductal carcinoma in situ, invasive ductal carcinoma, inflammatory breast cancer, and metastatic breast cancer. There is a lot of misinformation out there. Make sure you know the facts about breast cancer. To learn more ask your doctor or check out the National Breast Cancer Foundation website at:

By: Alydia Sims
Acquisitions and Cataloging

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Struggling Students

It’s Week 9 of the fall semester, and by this point most students have had at least one major test or assignment in each course.  Some of those students are shocked by the grades they receive on those assessments.  First time college students hear that “college is different from high school”, “college is HARDER than high school”, and “you really have to study all the time” but usually don’t make any changes to their previous behavior, assuming that what worked in high school will continue to work in college.  Maybe it won’t work QUITE as well, so students believe that will translate into one letter grade below their usual high school performance, and they’re okay with that.  But it usually translates into two letter grades worse, now it’s past mid-term, the “last date to withdraw” is rapidly approaching, and there are limited opportunities to raise those D’s and F’s up to the C’s and B’s that transfer to 4 year colleges and keep a LIFE scholarship.

I see the looks of panic on those student’s faces as they struggle to get back on track.  There are almost 2,000 students writing some kind of English research paper this semester, and by now many have realized how incredibly important their grade on that one assignment is going to be.  They approach the librarians warily, afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed to ask for help locating sources for their papers, but they know they need assistance so they overcome their reluctance.  Other students, however, see that their grades are slipping but are spinning their wheels and trying to prove that they can do it all on their own and don’t ask for help from any services the college provides, like the Tutoring Center or Career Services.  Or even worse, they just put it in neutral and do…..nothing.  Faced with a setback, they give up and wait for the end of the semester.  Inevitably the D’s and F’s from midterms become final grades and these students’ belief that “I’m just not college material” is reinforced.

As an instructor in a Learning Community, I see how the skills and behaviors taught in the communities can help students overcome this common setback.  Students often do NOT see it, however, and tend to look at the content of the COL 105 class as something that can only be used in that class.  Or worse, they consider it “busywork” and don’t bother to do it, as if these instructors just loved grading their writing so much that they thought up dozens of different ways to annoy students just for the heck of it.  Because the writing assignments are not particularly challenging academically, students decide to perform a version of ER “triage” and attend to the most pressing issue first and cram for a Chemistry test.  However, if they had taken the “time management” portion of the Learning Community class and applied it, they’d be able to do all of their assigned work and still pass the Chemistry test.   The transfer of concepts between one class (COL 103, for example) to another (CHM 110 here) is often one of the hardest things for new students to understand.

--by Sue Andrus, Instruction Librarian

Monday, October 6, 2014

Down time reading at the TCTC libraries

At the TCTC libraries, you can find plenty of sources and information to help you with your studies.  You rely on the library for all things academic; whether it’s for homework help, sources for a big paper, or crunch-time during exams. But did you know you can also rely on the library for down-time?

We have many newspapers and popular magazines to read.  I usually work over at the Easley Campus library and, even though our library is small, we have plenty to read!  If you are interested in the local news, Easley has you covered!  We subscribe to both The Greenville News and The Easley Progress.  The same goes for the Anderson Campus library – they subscribe to USA Today and The Anderson Independent-Mail.  The main TCTC library in Pendleton has newspapers from all over the tri-county area, as well as USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

What about those magazines I mentioned?  Our Easley branch has favorites like Field & Stream, Garden & Gun, and Southern Living, to name a select few.  Anderson has Horse Illustrated, People, and Time.  And that’s just a sample.  The Pendleton library has so many I can’t even name them all… just take a look for yourself!

Maybe you don’t want to catch up on the news or gossip.  Do you prefer a lengthier read?  All three library locations have popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from.  You can catch up on the latest young adult series or read a book before you see it at the movies.  You can get help for your personal finances or find a fun recipe.  It’s up to you at the TCTC libraries!

--by Allison Read