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)

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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.


Ceramic Virtual Demo: Carla Hughes

The South Texas College Library begins video series for online students.Carla Hughes
The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents a virtual ceramic demonstration with Carla Hughes, a complete instructional video on mug making. The ceramic demonstration will premiere on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 8 am.

About her artwork, Hughes says, “As the world seemed to become more and more polarized, I began to see pots as a way to bring people together. If you have beautiful serving pieces, aren’t you going to want to invite people over for meals? Aren’t you going to want to fill the pots and then the people with nourishment? Won’t those bright colors and unique pieces help set the tone for optimism and cooperation? Potential mealtime conversations are the driving force behind my making pottery.”

Carla Hughes received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.

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 Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/LibraryArt.

Explore Science Direct

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

 
Have you explored Science Direct yet? Science Direct has a vast collection of journals and eBooks in the sciences and humanities field. Built on the widest range of trusted, high-quality, interdisciplinary research, ScienceDirect helps you find answers to your most pressing research questions, stay on top of your field and gain in-depth insights into trending research topics as you take your next steps in discovery. ScienceDirect provides access to more than 16 million articles, 2,500 journals, 250 full open access journals, 39,000 books and 330,000 topic pages to help researchers discover more insights, achieve more breakthroughs and move their research forward.

When researchers encounter unknown terms and concepts, they require contextual knowledge to move forward. ScienceDirect Topics help researchers on the path to discovery by connecting them to key topics and critical context sources that are vital to their understanding. ScienceDirect Topics combines cutting-edge technology with essential content to enhance the research process. They make it simpler for researchers to explore comprehensive and credible interdisciplinary research and knowledge.

What does Science Direct provide?

  • More than 2,500 peer-reviewed technical, health and scientific journals spanning 24 scientific disciplines
  • Reading History keeps track of your most recent viewed articles
  • Enhanced PDF article viewing that shows outlines, citations, recommendations, in-article references and author links
  • Refine your search by using subdomain for better results
  • Over 1.2 million articles on ScienceDirect are open access

You can access Science Direct from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Library Specialist, Michael Gutierrez.


Learning Art Techniques with Author/Illustrator-Carolyn Dee Flores

Please grab a comfortable seat, a pen, notebook, and sit down to enjoy this video presentation with Author/Illustrator Carolyn Dee Flores.  The video is tailored to Art students at South Texas College, a professional sharing her expertise about different techniques and ideas.  The video is approximately 60 minutes in length.

https://carolyndeeflores.com/

Explore Directory of Open Access Journals

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

 
Have you explored the Directory of Open Access Journals yet? DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ covers the areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. All data is freely available. Primarily used to identify open access journal titles and forty percent of them are searchable at the article level. Journals can be browsed by title or by broad subject area. Articles are searchable by article author or title, ISSN, journal title, abstract, or key words. DOAJ’s mission is to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language.

What does DOAJ provide?

  • Search over 14,000 journals from over 133 countries
  • Over 4.8 million articles
  • 277 technology journals
  • Articles in Spanish
  • Peer-reviewed journals

You can access Directory of Open Access Journals from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Library Specialist, Michael Gutierrez.


Dream Believer


South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery presents “Dream Believer,” an exhibition featuring UFO themed artwork by artist Esther Pearl Watson and community artists. The exhibit opens June 1st and will be on view through December 1, 2020. The STC Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 W Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd created a zine exercise called, “Half Empty. Half Full.” You can link to it here.Zine exercise tutorial

Watson’s paintings can be seen featured in this video with music by her daughter, Lili Todd.

Watson also collaborated with the band “Cocoon” to make a music video using her paintings.

Student work inspired by zine exercise: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oao23z83whummyo/ClassWork_2020_.pdf?dl=0

STC’s 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 the gallery at (956) 872-3488 or gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.