Friday, June 3, 2016

QQML Conference in London

One of our librarians had the pleasure to present research at the 8th annual Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference in London this May.

Special topics included: 
  • Library Worldviews, Designs, and Methods
  • Transforming Research Using New Media
  • Information Sharing and the Social Impact
  • Web Services and Technologies
Some Helpful Hints when Researching:
1. Your problem is not as unique as you think.
2. You have more data than you think.
3. You need less data than you think.
4. More useful methods are more simpler than you think.

 Janine Smith, librarian over the Sidney Collier site, presented research relating to her Native American heritage and tribal college library websites.

What she took away from the conference were two important concepts that apply to all producing any type of research whether it is a simple essay or forty-page bibliometric study.

1. Tell the story behind the data. This will help your readers connect to your research.

Data - Intellectual
Stories - Emotional 

2. Save the time of the reader. You should consider what is most important for the reader to know and why should they care. 

Highlights of the Trip Included:
A trip to Oxford, including viewing Trinity College and the Bodleian Library
St. Paul's Cathedral
Westminster Abbey
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
British Museum
Viewing of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in the Globe Theatre
Warwick Castle
A trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare's hometown and final resting place

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LIBRARIES TRANSFORM! National Library Week April 10-16, 2016

National Library Week (April  10 - 16, 2016) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2016 National Library Week is "Libraries Transform."

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
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Delgado Community College Libraries Transform!

Library Student Services

  • Circulation: Borrowers are limited to five items per subject at time of checkout with a maximum of 15 books
    • Books: Two weeks with two renewals providing there is no hold request on the item.
    • Circulating Videos:  (All Campuses) Two weeks (Slidell) One day. 
    • Reserved Materials: One or two hours OR one or two days as designated by the instructor.  (Reserve materials are located at the Circulation Desk.)
  • Reserve Items: Reserve materials (books, articles, videos etc.) have been set aside at the library by faculty members for use by the students of Delgado Community College. The materials are owned by the faculty member who placed them on reserve or the library. These are high-use materials with a shorter loan period to accommodate the demand.
  • Reference:  Users may request reference assistance by calling the Reference Office on your campus/site:
    Reference questions may also be submitted via the web by using the Ask A Reference Question form. A response will be emailed within 24-32 hours.
  • ILLiad (ILL Electronic Request Management System): In order to request materials through interlibrary loan, all users must register through ILLiad, the interlibrary loan system. After registering, users can request interlibrary loan materials through ILLiad, check the status of their requests, and view a history of requests submitted through ILLiad.
  • Printing: Printing is available from the Library computer labs with the use of a Delgado I.D. card. Black & White prints are 5 cents per page.
  • eReaders: The eReaders will be pre-loaded with your selection of titles. eReaders can be checked out at the Delgado Community College Libraries Circulation desk.
    In order to check out an eReader, Patrons must present a valid Driver’s License and a current DCC ID. Users must be in good standing with the library.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Did your New Year’s resolutions fizzle out like New Year's Eve fireworks? Do you find yourself frustrated that there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything on your to-do list? Are you crunched for time when an important deadline is looming? 

To stay on track, maybe some reflection is in order. What exactly is your plan?

Perhaps you should try setting S.M.A.R.T. goals.

S.M.A.R.T. goals criteria:

·         Specific—This can be a broad statement of your ultimate goal. What is it you are hoping to achieve? For example, “Start a career in Business Management.”

·         Measureable—Your goal should have quantifiable steps that indicate progress, such as “Complete my Associate’s degree by 2016.”

·         Attainable—This criterion answers the question “How?” Is this goal realistic and achievable given your resources?

·         Relevant—Make sure your goal is worthwhile and rewarding.

·         Time-bound—Set target dates for every step in achieving your goal.

S.M.A.R.T. goals help you to stay focused on your efforts and help you plan your activities to aim for outcomes, not individual tasks. Making them measurable helps you stay on track and meet your target dates and benchmarks. You should evaluate your progress periodically and adjust as necessary.

For more information on S.M.A.R.T goals and other goal-setting strategies, check out The Freelance Cat or Cengage Learning's Engaging Minds blog, geared to college students.

Good luck with setting and achieving your goals!

Image from The Freelance Cat used under a Creative Commons license.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Have you checked out the Charity School of Nursing (CSN) Library?

The Charity School of Nursing (CSN) Library supports the student and faculty on the Charity Campus. The library is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and is located on the third floor of CSN Campus. (504) 671-1274.

CSN Library provides the following services:

  • Print and electronic resources in the collection. 
  • Seating for quiet study
  • Three collaborative study rooms
  • A puzzle table for reflective time. 
  • 30 computers available for student use. 
  • Charity Nursing School history is housed in the library including the following items donated by the Charity Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.  
  • 1950's Nurse Uniform and Cape
    Memory Quilt
  • The lobby area is open during building hours, so that students can have access to printing and copying outside of the library’s hours of operation.
The Nightingale rooms are used for group study (3 or more students).
Faculty also use the rooms to hold clinical groups.
The rooms have 70” interactive monitors/computers so students can view, listen, and work on class assignments together.
Charity School of Nursing:
450 S. Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA  70112
(3rd floor Room 301)
(504) 571-1274
Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Monday, February 22, 2016

Come to Delgado City Park Library for help with MLA Citation!

What is MLA Citation Style?

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.

Where can I get help using MLA Citation Style?

Delgado Library has several sources to provide students with help using MLA citation styles. The following are some options students can use.

Reference Books
These books are located at City Park campus Library presently located in Building ten, in the Reference Room. These books are non-circulating, which means they can only be used in the Reference Room. The Reference Room is open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. (504) 671-5328.

Title: MLA handbook for writers of research papers
Author: Gibaldi, Joseph
Call Number: 808.027 G43m6, (4 copies)

Title: MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing
Author: Gibaldi, Joseph
Call Number: 808.027 M11 (2 copies)

Circulating Books
These books are located at City Park campus Library presently located in Building ten. Books can be checked out using your Delgado ID and can be used for two weeks. Delgado City Park Library is open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  (504) 671-5317.

Title: The nuts & bolts of college writing
Author: Harvey, Michael
Call Number: 808.042 H34n

Title: Doing honest work in college: how to prepare citations, avoid plagiarism, and achieve real academic success
Author: Lipson, Charles
Call Number: 025.324 L76d (please allow 24 hours for librarian to retrieve from the new building)

Please feel free to visit Delgado City Park's Reference Room for further information about our resources for MLA style citations! 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cool resources to check out for Black History Month at Delgado City Park Library

Delgado City Park Library has many books, DVDs, and e-books to help you enjoy Black History Month! 

Title: African American almanac:
400 years of triumph,courage and excellence
Author: Bracks, Lean'tin L.,
Electronic Library Resource: 973.0496073 23
Available as an e-book on Delgado Library's website

Title: All power to the people [videorecording]:
the black panther party and beyond
Author: Lew-Lee, Lee.
Call Number: DVD 271 Part 1 Media Collection
                         DVD 271 Part 2 Media Collection
2 copies available at City Park Library

Title: For all the world to see: visual culture
 and the struggle for civil rights
Author: Berger, Maurice.
Call Number: 302.23089B49f
1 Copy available at City Park Library
Title: Malcolm X: a life of reinvention
Author: Marable, Manning
Call Number: 297.87092m 2012
1 copy available at City Park Campus Library

Title: The One: the life and music
of James Brown
Author: Smith, R. J.
Call Number: SMIT2012 1
1 Copy available at City Park Library,
Popular Reading Collection

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Delgado Community College Libraries Presents: Study Tips for Spring 2016



(Click the links below. Then click the link that says "Click For Access". This will take you to the resource you've chosen.)

Write on Math: Taking Better Notes in Math Class (E-Book)

Write On! Math is an e-book that offers specific strategies and projects designed to keep students engaged during math class, strengthen their mathematics, and teach technical writing skills. This e-book also helps students learn how to take better notes in math class.

Real Life Teens: Preparing for College (Video)

Real Life Teens is a 19 minute video, designed to help teens prepare for college success. Subjects include ways to prepare for college; the importance of graduating from high school, SATs and their importance, the importance of choosing the right college, developing good study habits, where to ask for college preparation and future careers. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. 

Effective Study Skills is a 30 minute video  that helps students learn how to achieve academic success by learning study behaviors that lead to high achievement. This video gives specific suggestions in the areas of listening, note-taking and outlining and effective time management. Emphasis is placed on preparing for classes, paying attention and developing a positive attitude.