Category Archives: Our Collections

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

“May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.” (http://asianpacificheritage.gov/)

Explore this topic further in our new film database, Kanopy.*

*Please note: to access library databases off campus, you will need to enter your Jagnet username and password.

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

Earth Day 2017

Earth Day will be celebrated around the world April 22. Join in the celebration by visiting the library and checking out one of our many books or videos on the topic. Here is an online video to get started, Planet Earth: Seven Ways to Help Save the Planet, found in the database, Films on Demand. *

Additionally, Green Planet Films and The Green Interview films have many titles that may be of interest.

Enjoy Earth Day festivities with the Biology Club on April 20th at 11:00 am in the Pecan Campus Courtyard.

 

* Please note:  If you are off campus, you will need to enter your JagNet username and password to access library databases.

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

 

Women’s History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are all joining in celebrating and commemorating the role of women in American. Explore the wealth of information found at: http://womenshistorymonth.gov/

Additionally, more on this topic can be found in the library’s database, NewsBank, in the Special Report for Women’s History, shown below. *

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Or, watch a streaming media video on the topic in the database, Films on Demand, by selecting Women’s History Month found under the heading, Featured this Month, shown below. *

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*Please note: to access library databases off campus, you will need to enter your Jagnet username and password.

 

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

Who Knew? Finding Bestsellers in the Library

Does the end of the semester have you feeling stressed? Relax with a bestseller at the library. To find a listing of these titles, go to the library’s homepage and click on the Library Catalog link. On the next page, in the drop down selection for Location, choose Bestsellers, as shown below, and search. Or, simply come in and browse the bestseller shelving display.

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Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

 

Collection at 3201: Number One – Landscape

Collection at 3201 is a project to promote accessibility and visibility of South Texas College’s Permanent Art Collection to students, faculty, staff and the community. We invite faculty and staff to pick an artwork from the collection and talk about how it has influenced the way they see the world. We hope this intersection of art and ideas inspires learning about art and culture in the Rio Grande Valley.

Sylvia Benitez, Guadalupe, Guadalupe, Oil on canvas, 84 x 72 inch. benitez

Contributed by Jessie Rodriguez, STC Library Art Gallery

When I look at Guadalupe, Guadalupe by Sylvia Benitez I am reminded of a Sigmund Freud quote: “the mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.” The analogy works here. Like the tip of the iceberg, what can clearly be seen in Benitez’s Guadalupe, Guadalupe is a view of a natural landscape depicting an inky orange sunrise at the Guadalupe River near her home in Seguin, Texas. Though the work is skillfully painted, I’m most drawn to the part of the painting that draws the subconscious mind. The emotions and feelings lie underneath the surface like the base of the iceberg that stretches far below the ocean. Beyond what we see, landscape painting, the viewer is transported into pockets of distant shadows and allowed to discover and walk into the depths of the painting or the corners of the subconscious mind. The viewer is drawn in, transported, submerged into the memory of the previous dawns and the context of those experiences.

Benitez’s large scale painting alludes to the Romantic era of the 1800s and explores the vastness of the natural world in her landscape paintings. By placing the horizon line lower in the painting, she creates a dreamlike atmosphere of a bright orange morning where we can catch a glimpse into a moment in Benitez’s vision. The dreamlike environment that she paints draws the viewer into this otherworldly realm. What fascinates me about Guadalupe, Guadalupe is how sublime the nature is even with the gestural brushstroke landscape. It becomes a vehicle for expressing a range of psychological and emotional states by the artist. Although I could never know the emotions and feelings going through an artist’s mind, I can only interpret what it means to me and connect in a more spiritual way or remember a feeling that I only experienced at a certain time and place.

Sylvia Benitez trained as an abstract painter in the 1970s at the University of Maryland. She moved to NYC in 1980 and lived there for twenty years until eventually relocating to Seguin, Texas. Her painting was accepted into South Texas College’s Permanent Art Collection in 2016.

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Who Knew? NewsBank Database – National Hispanic Heritage Month

Need to research a local topic? NewsBank Database is a great place to start by following the link to Lower Rio Grande Newspapers and searching your topic. If you need ideas for a topic, follow the links to Hot Topics or Find a Topic. Check out one of the October Special Reports, such as 2016 Elections or National Hispanic Heritage Month. (To access this link to the database off campus, you will need to enter your JagNet username and password.)

Additionally, explore National Hispanic Heritage month at the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian.

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Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

Who Knew? Finding a Journal Online

To find a journal or magazine online from the library homepage, click on Journal Locator in the left hand menu as shown below. On the next page, type in the journal to be searched, for example, OT Practice and then click on Full Text Access when it appears. This will bring up the link to the Database that has this journal with the years of coverage included. Follow the link to the Nursing & Allied Health Database which has OT Practice journals from 2006 to present.

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Once inside the database, shown below, one can either search the journal for the topic of interest or browse through a particular issue by clicking on year, then month and choosing the issue.

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Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

New Database: Statista

New Database: Statista

 

August 11, 2016

The Library has added Statista to its online database collection.  Statista provides forecasts, studies, reports, statistics, and infographics from approximately 18,000 sources. Statista includes subject dossiers and industry reports for market and industry research.  It also provides domestic and foreign data on social and demographic trends.  Searches can be refined by filtering and sorting.  Search results can be downloaded in various formats together with citation information for use in presentations.  Statista can be accessed from the Library’s Databases page at https://library.southtexascollege.edu/resources/databases/

 

Contributed by Jesús Campos, Director of Library Technical Services.

 

Who Knew? Credo Reference Database

 

Need to find a resource with background information or an overview of a topic? Check out the library’s database, Credo Reference, which has hundreds of subject encyclopedias that can be cited instead of Wikipedia. *

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*Please note: If you are off campus, you will need to enter your JagNet username and password to access library databases.

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell