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Transforming Our World: Social Movements

Artwork by Josue Ramirez
November 5th at 3:00 p.m. – Virtual Panel on Art in Social Movements

[Cover image: Josué Ramírez]

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Transforming Our World” a series that examines the ways in which physical and social changes to our environment have influenced the work that some artists create. Each first Thursday of the month at 3 p.m., the library will produce a lecture that discusses the many facets of our surroundings that impact each of us: our natural environment, the upcoming election, social movements, and personal health. Each conversation will connect a visual artist whose work has been influenced by these changes with other professionals and will include both local and non-local perspectives.

On November 5, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., Library Art Gallery Coordinator Gina Otvos will speak with Josué Ramírez, visual artist and content creator for NetaRGV and Dr. Theresa Gatling and Marsha Terry, co-founders of Village in the Valley in a virtual panel about how art can help us understand and recontextualize social movements.

Panel Poster

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, contact gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

Family Reading Night 2020

South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Library will once again host the annual “Family Reading Night” event on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 4 (outside of the Library’s west side entrance by the book drop).

This year we have transformed the event into a drive-by parade, and are requiring face coverings as well as following social distancing guidelines for the well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community users.  The night’s festivities include a book distribution by South Texas Literacy Coalition via curbside.

This free event, which is open to the public, is held in conjunction with Reading Week. We know that the event cannot be structured the same as past years, but we believe this event is very important and have developed a plan to continue this tradition.

“We want to help children develop a love of reading and to encourage Valley parents to read with their children,” said Lillian Carrillo, Mid-Valley Campus Librarian. “Our college’s libraries are a gateway to the community, and we hope that participants will not only take advantage of these fun activities, but also learn more about some of the great services that the college has to offer.”

The library is located in Building E1.200 at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. For more information about the event contact Lillian Carrillo at 956-447-6663.

Family Reading Night 2020

Database Spotlight for AtoZ Food America

Explore AtoZ Food America

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

 
AtoZ Food America contains recipes in all course categories (appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, snacks, and beverages) for six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines. This database covers food culture with articles such as Classic Dishes, State Foods, Top Agricultural Products, Special Occasion Foods, Ethnic and Geographic Influences, Special Ingredients, and Food Trivia. AtoZ Food America is mobile friendly and will automatically adapt to the screen size of any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

What does AtoZ Food America provide?

  • Contains over 2,500 Recipes
  • Ability to create a Personal Recipe Book
  • Students can use AtoZ Food America to find information on food culture and recipes for report writing
  • Access to classic recipes for every region, state, and ethnic cuisine
  • Culinary schools use AtoZ Food America as a research tool for both recipes and food culture

You can access AtoZ Food America from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.


Yunuen Sigler

Transforming Our World: Civic Engagement

Yunuen Sigler
October 1st at 3:00 p.m. – Virtual Panel on Civic Engagement
[Cover image: Yunuén Sigler, Digital Illustration created for Jolt Initiative]

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Transforming Our World” a series that examines the ways in which physical and social changes to our environment have influenced the work that some artists create. Each first Thursday of the month at 3 p.m., the library will produce a lecture that discusses the many facets of our surroundings that impact each of us: our natural environment, the upcoming election, social movements, and personal health. Each conversation will connect a visual artist whose work has been influenced by these changes with other professionals and will include both local and non-local perspectives.

On October 1, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., graphic designer Yunuén Sigler will speak with Sadie M. Hernandez, Content Coordinator & Curator at United We Dream, Melissa Arjona, STC Librarian and Co-founder of South Texans for Reproductive Justice and moderator Andres Sanchez, videographer and podcast host in a virtual panel about civic engagement and how artists can contribute to the field.

Civic Engagement Panel Poster

For more information about the 2020 Elections, view the STC Library Elections Research Guide & STC Library Civic Engagement Guide:

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, contact Library Art Gallery Coordinator, Gina Otvos, at gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

Transforming Our World: Through Poetry

In conjunction with the Library Art Gallery’s virtual artist lecture series, “Transforming Our World: The Changing Climate,” we will continue the conversation through a series of live poetry workshops, and we invite members of the community to submit poetry throughout the Fall semester. One of the overarching themes of both series is how creative expression can be a means of understanding the changes around us and coping with stress, especially in our current climate of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At these live poetry workshop sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the changes they are seeing and experiencing, and try their hand at creating “flash” or spontaneous poetry in response to a prompt.  The three poetry workshops will center around the first three themes explored by the virtual artist lectures:  Environmental, Political, and Social changes.

Join the conversation at the dates and times below:

  • September 10th, at 3:00pm – Environmental Change – View recording on YouTube.
  • October 8th, at 3:00pm – Political Change – View the recording on Facebook.
  • November 12th, at 3:00pm – Social Change

Note:  Zoom links will be provided on the day of the event.

Additionally, STC Library will be producing an anthology of community poetry titled, “Transforming Our World: The Changing Climate,” that will include poetry submitted by students, faculty, staff, and the community.  Poetry submissions will be accepted on the themes of “Environmental Change,” “Political Change,” and “Social Change,” during periods listed below. Submissions will then be compiled into a digital anthology and made available for download.

September 10 – December 10:  Poetry Submission Form for Environmental Theme
October 8 – December 10:  Poetry Submission form for Political Theme
November 12 – December 10:  Poetry Submission form for Social Theme

Note: Submission forms for each of the three themes will be available during the corresponding dates.

Poetry Submission Guidelines:

  • One poetry submission per person, per theme.
  • Authors must be a minimum of age 6 to submit their work.
  • Poetry submissions must relate to the given themes.
  • Poetry submissions must not be previously published.
  • Poetry submissions must be appropriate for all ages – no foul language, no graphic/explicit depictions of violence or sex will be accepted.
  • By submitting a poem, you and/or your legal guardian agree to allow STC Library to include your work in the anthology, and to make reproductions in part or in whole with author credit as needed for marketing and promotional activities related to the anthology, without compensation.
  • Submissions must be typewritten.
  • Poems up to fifty (50) lines maximum will be accepted, and must not exceed this limit.
  • Only the first 300 poems submitted that meet all the above criteria will be accepted, per theme.
  • Poetry submissions by STC students, faculty, or staff will have an indicator in the anthology.

 

Daborn

Transforming Our World: The Natural Environment Panel


September 3rd at 3:00 p.m. – Virtual Panel on Our Natural Environment
[Cover image: Erica Daborn, Ahab’s Revenge, Charcoal on canvas, 70 x 203 in.]

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Transforming Our World: The Changing Climate,” a series that examines the ways in which physical and social changes to our environment have influenced the work that some artists create. Each first Thursday of the month at 3 p.m., the library will produce a lecture that discusses the many facets of our surroundings that impact each of us: our natural environment, the upcoming election, social movements, and personal health and self-care during Covid-19. Each conversation will connect a visual artist whose work has been influenced by these changes with other professionals and will include both local and non-local perspectives.

On September 3, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., visual artist Erica Daborn (M.F.A. Painting, Royal College of Art in London) will speak with Ernesto Herrera (M.S. Biology, University of Texas RGV), Elizabeth Hollenbeck (M.L.S. Texas Woman’s University), and Tamara Mekler (M.A. Earth Systems, Sustainability & Conservation) in a virtual panel about our natural environment and how artists can contribute to the field.

environment poster

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (Must use Jagnet Username & Password):

Artstor

ArtSTOR

Mimi Smith. (1963 – 1965). Recycle Coat. [Fashion, Costume and Jewelry]. Retrieved from https://library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10310738532

 

 

Films on Demand iconFilms on Demand

“The New Environmentalists illustrates how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change.”

Films Media Group. (2015). From Myanmar to ScotlandFilms On Demand. https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=99118&xtid=162914.

 

SmartHistorySmartHistory – “Art & the Environment” Short Courses

Guided learning in less than an hour about “both man-made and natural changes to the environment” in Art History.

 

 

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, contact Library Art Gallery Coordinator, Gina Otvos, at gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

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American Sign Language

Interview with American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Program Faculty

South Texas College Librarian Angelica Maria Garcia had the opportunity to sit down with Jovonne Delgado and Jorge Solis, faculty members from American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Program to learn more about the different pathways one can take if interested in obtaining a certificate in Deaf Support Specialist or Trilingual Interpreter Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science in American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Specialization.

 

Interested in taking the journey through the American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies program? Find out more on information on their department website!

Juneteenth Featured

Juneteenth Observance 2020

South Texas College Library Hosting 2020 Juneteenth Observation
Series of events to celebrate the history of African American culture in McAllen

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The South Texas College Library and the RGV Juneteenth Committee observe Juneteenth 2020 with three days of virtual programming beginning June 17th – 19th on the STC Library Blog: https://library.southtexascollege.edu/tag/juneteenth/.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States, enacted on June 19, 1865, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Texas. It is celebrated every June 19 and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five states, including Texas.

McAllen celebrations and events will begin on Saturday, June 13 and run until June 19, 2020, with a proclamation of the historical observation with McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. Clean-up events, cultural arts and book displays, a documentary and screening are just some of the events scheduled for the celebration this year highlighting the theme “Perfecting Unity.”

“It is important to recognize the historical and cultural contributions of African Americans to the city and appreciate the value of diversity. We are devoted to ensuring the equitable and inclusive treatment of all citizens and visitors to our community,” said Mayor Darling. “In fact, now more than ever, we need healthy and respectful dialogue that addresses the issue of race relations of this and every community in the United States. I hope everyone in the community can come take part of this celebration.”

McAllen’s celebrations will be capped off with a brief reflection service on Friday, June 19 that will begin at Bethel Garden, 1322 S 16th St., starting at 10:00 a.m. Immediately following the ceremony, a “CARavan” will take off from Faith Fellowship Church, 600 S. 21st St., and make its way to McAllen City Hall, 1300 W. Houston Ave., for a proclamation celebration at 12:00 p.m.

Here in the Rio Grande Valley, the African American community continues to grow, especially in McAllen where the African-American population is roughly 1% of the total 143,000 residents.

For a full list of events and activities go to the Rio Grande Valley Juneteenth website at http://juneteenthrgv.com or contact the South Texas College Library at (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit: https://library.southtexascollege.edu.

  1. “Just a Ferry Ride to Freedom”


“Just a Ferry Ride to Freedom” showcases stories about the Texas-Mexico border and its connection to the Underground Railroad.

About the film, the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) at UTRGV says, “Rooted in pre-Civil War Texas along the Rio Grande between the emerging cities of Laredo and Brownsville, this film highlights mixed-race ranches in Hidalgo County and illustrates how culturally diverse the Rio Grande Valley really is. Lifeways developed during that time still influence life along the border and across the US today. Featured in the film are community leaders, ranchers, scholars, and historians who find out how a just a ferry ride across the border to freedom altered the course of US history.”

2. Mural of Bethel Baptist Missionary Church & Booker T. Washington School

Interview with muralist Cristela Cano about her painting located at South 16th St and Booker T. Washington Avenue. The mural depicts the importance of the African American church and the Booker T. Washington School that were a part of what was once a thriving African American neighborhood in McAllen.

Interview with Mrs. Lula Eugene Stroud, a former student of Booker T. Washington school:

Juneteenth 2019 Tribute to Mrs. Stroud; This video was prepared for the Juneteenth 2019 Tribute to Mrs. Lula Eugene Stroud. It is comprised of a portion of her 2018 UTRGV oral history interview along with images of Booker T. Washington School, Bethel Garden, and Restlawn Cemetery., 2019-06-18. University Library, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas. https://archive.org/details/StroudTribute_Juneteenth2019 

3. McAllen City Hall – Reading of the RGV Juneteenth Observance Proclamation (Proclamation begins at 8 : 30 after community speakers)

Juneteenth 2020

Explore Credo Reference

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

 
We currently find ourselves in an era of unprecedented access to information; however, successfully navigating this ocean of data requires a strong foundation of information literacy skills. Credo Reference is an information skills solutions provider that serves libraries worldwide.

Credo Reference is an information skills solutions provider that serves libraries worldwide. We build platforms and instructional materials that enable the flexible configuration of content, technology, and services for the purpose of connecting learners, faculty and teachers, librarians, and publishers. Credo promotes knowledge building, problem-solving and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional, and personal lives.

What does Credo Reference provide?

  • More than 3.8 million full-text articles from 133 publishers.
  • Quick research tutorials
  • Mind Maps available for most topics to assist with finding related topics
  • Large collection of images and maps
  • Easy to use citation tools, and read aloud functionality

You can access Credo Reference from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Sabrina De Anda.