Friday, December 2, 2011

National Book Award Winner

National Book Award Winner, Jesmyn Ward

In 2008, the book review magazine Kirkus Reviews published a short review of Jesmyn Ward’s first book, Where the Line Bleeds. The review said her book “serves up a world that has been little depicted: the rural African-American South, a place of grinding poverty but enduring loyalties, tragic but somehow noble at the same time.” It also called the book “[a] promising debut” (Kirkus Reviews link to be hyperlinked to ‘Kirkus Reviews’ above: ).

That promise was in part filled Wednesday evening November 16, 2011, when the winners of this year’s National Book Awards were announced at the Cipriani restaurant on Wall Street in New York, and Jesmyn Ward’s name was called for her new novel about life during Hurricane Katrina, Salvage the Bones (book link in our catalog to be hyperlinked to “Salvage the Bones”{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER ).

Ward’s reaction to the announcement was recorded in an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s blog, Speakeasy: “I was shocked. I couldn’t believe my name had been called because the whole time I was sitting there thinking, okay, just breathe. Whatever is happening, just breathe through it” (WSJ Speakeasy link to be hyperlinked to ‘Speakeasy’ above: ).

Now that we have moved beyond the peak in activity on the internet generated by the announcement of this year’s National Book Award winners, it will be interesting to see how these writers – and more writing about them – develop. As of this writing, there is very little literature on a writer as new and young as Jesmyn Ward. But that will probably soon change.

With previous winners of this award including some of America’s greatest authors – i.e. William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Susan Sontag, Don DeLillo, and Jonathan Franzen – it is all the more remarkable that Jesmyn Ward grew up poor, and that she was the first member of her family to attend college. She learned her craft from reading the greats that came before her. In a recent Times-Picayune article ( ), she discusses the influence some of them had on her development.

In the speech she delivered after winning the award ( ), Jesmyn Ward reflected on life’s shortness and unpredictability. She says she chose to commit herself to writing because “I wanted to do something with my time here that would have meaning. To celebrate her accomplishment, the Library will display her books through the month of January in the company of some previous National Book Award winners.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

The holidays are a time of cooking, eating, feasting, sharing and celebrating with food.  For most people food is far more than the calories we consume, it is bound up with culture, tradition, family, history,  lifestyle, place, and identity.  Celebrate the holidays with Delgado Community College Libraries and devour a book about FOOD!

Friday, May 6, 2011

DCC Libraries are going green in May

As part of our green awareness we will be showcasing the following databases:

AGRICOLA contains bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library. This database contains more than 4.8 million citations. The citations are comprised of journal articles, book chapters, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports related to agriculture. AGRICOLA encompasses all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, agricultural engineering and technology and earth and environmental sciences. 

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) is a new online resource that offers authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies and discusses issues on the environment, sustainability and more. GREENR is an important part of a new generation of solutions from Gale designed with users in mind. GREENR is interactive and current, allowing users to navigate issue, organization and country portals. It's a one-stop site dedicated to studying sustainability and the environment.

Monday, April 4, 2011

April Databases of the Month - Popular Databases

AtoZ MapsOnline is the world’s largest subscription-based database of royalty-free world, continent, country, and state maps. Included in the 4,000+ maps are: outline maps, modern and antique maps, animal and plant species distribution maps, topographic, thematic, political, scientific, environmental, climate change, fire, earthquake, and current event maps. 

A multi-disciplinary database, with more than 6,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,100 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 10,100 journals and a total of 10,600 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database is updated daily and features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for nearly 1,000 journals. 
Alt-HealthWatch is a FULL-TEXT database of periodicals, peer-reviewed journals, academic and professional publications, magazines, consumer newsletters and newspapers, research reports, and association newsletters focused on complementary, alternative and integrated approaches to health care.

An invaluable, in-depth record of contemporary art history, JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary content to support scholarship and teaching. It includes over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and unrelated titles. Beginning in 2011, current issues for more than 150 journals will be available on JSTOR as part of the Current Scholarship Program.
Additional collections include valuable primary source content complementary to the academic journals and monographs. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references. The content is expanded continuously with a current emphasis on international publications as well as pamphlets, images, and manuscripts from libraries, societies, and museums. 

Films Media Group is the leading source of high-quality video and multimedia for academic, vocational and life-skills content. Films Media Group serves the education community through its four brands: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.

Looking to change your career? Careers Internet Database can help you decide what your next step might be. It gives detailed reports on 21st-century professions from accountants to zoologists. Careers Internet Database also permits browsing for career personality traits such as creating, helping, organizing and more. It even features a brief, basic career test that will match interests to specific professions. In addition, it links to salary calculators and education planners. 

ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.

Not a pro and con database, Global Issues in Context ties together sources to present a rich analysis of issues - social, political, military, economic, environmental, science related, health related, cultural - and headlines in world hot spots. It provides information seekers with a framework to better understand 21st-century issues and events while highlighting global connections and the interdependence of all nations. Global Issues in Context focuses on broad issues, such as war, genocide, terrorism, human rights, poverty, famine, globalization, world trade, nuclear proliferation, and global warming, as well as more specific events and topics in the news that are related to these broader issues. It also includes detailed information on nations to provide a foundation for cross-cultural studies and, International periodicals and news sources that bring additional insight and currency.

and how it works!

History Study Center is an online resource providing a vast collection of digitized primary and secondary sources for the study of history. It is suitable for a wide range of users, from high school students looking for quick and reliable facts on a historical topic, to researchers examining hard-to-find primary source texts. History Study Center covers global history from ancient times to the present day. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips. Study Units offer editorially selected material on over 500 historical topics.

Access over 10,000 news, business, and legal sources. The outstanding news coverage includes deep backfiles and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources. Use the included Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. This product also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations® service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

SIRS Knowledge Source® is a comprehensive database portal which is comprised of several distinct reference databases including SIRS® Issues Researcher, SIRS® Government Reporter, SIRS® Renaissance, and SIRS® WebSelect. It provides relevant, credible information on social issues, science, history, government, and the arts and humanities.
SIRS Knowledge Source acts as both an integrated search portal to all of these SIRS® titles and as a standalone resource, providing schools with compelling, multidisciplinary learning assets for enhancing student achievement. With it, educators can integrate technology effectively into the curriculum-increasing technology literacy for all users. These attributes and others meet NCLB requirements, qualifying for purchase through funds such as Title II-D and IV-B.

April - National Library Week - Create a story about your library!

When I first started working in the library, I was a little surprised how the system worked. The librarian and her assistant helped me out a lot. There was no question too big or too small. No matter how many times I asked a question, they are patient enough to answer that question and give an explanation if needed. I have learned a lot since I have been employed at Delgado’s library.
-Rachel Mitchell
Westbank Campus
Librarian Clerk

Why Did I Decide To Become A Librarian
I became a librarian because of my Mother.
At a young age, my Mother (the English teacher) instilled in me the love of books and the inquisitiveness for  knowledge.  I remember the first time that she took me to the public library and I was able to actually get my own library card!  During the summer months, I would check out the maximum number of books  for each week that the library allowed (12). Then, I would take my library books and lock myself in the car so that my imaginary world would not be interrupted by anyone!  The thicker the book, the better because the imaginary world lasted longer!  My Mother is 95 ½ years young and to this day whenever she enters a library; she will stop, stand in awe, and let the surroundings engulf her as though she were entering a “temple”.  I guess she is-a “temple of knowledge and wonderment”!  For that gift, I am  forever grateful!
-Carol Craft

As a child we did not have a lot of money to purchase books and therefore during the summer we made weekly trips to the library.  We often walked with neighbors to the Gentilly library near Dillard University.  We lived near the race track and that was quite a walk, especially considering the fact that my mother had only one leg and walked on crutches.  Those books transported us to foreign places and adventures and a great love of reading developed.  Books can take you everywhere even if you have to walk to begin your adventure.

-Melanie Deffendall
Director, Irma Thomas Center for W.I.S.E. Women
Coordinator, College & Career Success Skills
Sociology Instructor

Growing up, I always had my nose in a book.  Family, friends, teachers, and everyone I met told me I should be a librarian, so I could read books all day.  Oh boy, were they wrong!  As a librarian, I never have time to read.  At least I get to help others discover the pleasures of intellectual pursuits!

-Ariella Shaffer
East Jefferson

As a graduate student from out of state, the Delgado library played an important role in helping me complete my master’s thesis.  Without the professional staff and large collection I would have never been able to make my deadline for graduation.

-Eric Stortz MLA, East Jefferson Campus

*Why did you decide to become a librarian?”

I became a librarian because it matched my value system, skills and interests.

A little history…

It seems as though I was born with a natural interest and curiosity in technology, more specifically at the time, electronics. In my early teens, I actively demonstrated this fascination by dismantling shortwave radios and telephones to see how they worked.  One summer I talked my mother into ordering one of those Heathkit 4-band shortwave radio kits so that I could assemble radio from scratch.  I succeeded! 

Later on in life, as I progressed through additional years of education, I decided during my college years that I wanted to help people too. 

I tried social work, which didn’t satisfy my hunger for technology.  After graduating with a degree in Social Work, I went back to school  and  earned a certificate in electronics from ITT and later found work in that field. 

For years I pondered the dilemma of how to get two seemingly opposite worlds together as a career.  

In a constant state of restlessness, I moved to a number of different cities.  Upon my return to New Orleans, I reassessed my career options and discovered the field of Library and Information Science.  Returned to school, got my MLIS… which now affords me the opportunity to serve and help others  via computer based technology!

-Rodney Clare Jackman, MLIS

*Why did you decide to become a librarian?

Most people think librarians become librarians so they can read all of the time.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  There is little time to read on the job.  In fact, most reading for the job is done on personal time.  What librarianship does provide is an environment of cognitive challenges requiring physical mobility and constant adaptability.  It is a safe place to find what is needed without prejudice or judgment.  Librarians never know what or how information will be sought.  Finding accurate Information is complicated and requires many skills: deciphering the information being requested from the user’s statements or questions, knowing where to go for the best source, determining the best format, or finding an economical way to get what is needed.  A good librarian can guide a user to accurate information by carefully listening to the user and asking questions.  There are many behind the scenes tasks that make a library relevant and usable.  Items have to be chosen for multiple users and within a budget.  Then the items are processed so that they can be located using a classification system with labels or pathfinders for electronic resources.  Librarianship is always stimulating and plays an important role in having a knowledgeable and informed society.   It is a profession that requires a multitude of skills with challenges every day.   The rewards are quiet and often unseen like having satisfied users finding what they are looking for, getting the information needed, or providing a safe place to find help.   I became a librarian to be the face for these services.   

-Sharon A. Robinson
Head Librarian
Charity Campus

I decided to become a librarian after volunteering in my neighborhood library.  The librarian and her assistant taught me not only the mechanics of librarianship but the “heart” of it too!   I value and practice these lessons today.
-Gera Bridgewater/Slidell Librarian

Why I want to be a Librarian
Story teller
My mother read a lot to me as a child and by age twelve I knew what I wanted to be in life: a writer. For as long as I can remember, stories have shaped my life, both on the screen --movies and on the page. I’ve never felt comfortable in front of people, or confident to judge other’s writing so I knew becoming an English teacher was not for me. I had never thought of possibly becoming a librarian until my last semester at Loyola. I was doing an independent study on slave narratives, specifically Solomon Northup’s biography Twelve Years a Slave.  There was not much information to be found on Northup and the only scholar who did an intense study on him, Sue Eakin, unexpectedly died in 2009. Nearly all of (Ms) Eakin’s research was in Alexandria, Louisiana where she taught. It seemed everywhere I looked, I ran into a wall. I went to the library seeking help which I found teaming up with a reference librarian. This guy, I forgot his name, found everything I had been looking for during the course of a week, in a half an hour! I was SO JEALOUS!  The next day, while in a meeting with my career counselor, Jan Moppert, I recited the previous story.  She asked me, “Have you ever thought about becoming a librarian?” The rest is history or I should say the present…

I need my library because it gives me a place to study, check out books, and do research. It is quiet, comfortable, and also helps me with my reading. Reading increases my knowledge and inspires me to learn more.
-Kia McFarland
Student Worker

My name is Luisa Mejia and I’m a student library aid at DCC, City Park Campus. I need my library for many valuable reasons such as is a pleasant place to work, it’s a big resource for students to get their assignments done with not much effort since the library is so necessary.
-Luisa Mejia
Student Worker 

It all began on May 12th of 2003, my first day at work.  I never saw myself working in a Library setting but here I am almost 8 years later and I love the atmosphere that Moss Memorial Library at Delgado Community College City Park Campus and my coworkers bring to my working environment.  It has been quite the experience and I'll do it all over again.  The library is a plethora of knowledge and to miss out on it, is like missing out on your future.  Never underestimate the power that a library has in order to shape your future.  Don't miss out...I'm glad I didn't.

-Gifford Ann Davidson
Library Specialist 2
Technical Services