New STEM-H eBooks @ JSR Libraries

Through the the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), JSRCC libraries now offer two new STEM-H eBook databases.  These subject-based e-book collections provide extensive, current resources in the STEM-H related fields, and support STEM-H curricula at the college.

Springer eBooks

Springer eBooks offer high quality Springer print book publications in a digital format. This collection covers Behavioral Science, Biomedical and Life Science, Computer Science, and Earth and Environmental Science. This purchase adds over 2,000 titles published in 2013 to JSRCC’s digital collection.

SciVerse Science Direct eBooks

SciVerse ScienceDirect eBooks includes nearly 700 titles from Elsevier’s most current 2013 collection. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. This collection includes titles from Physical Sciences, Engineering, Life and Health Sciences.

Both collections can be access through the library’s catalog, or directly through the vendors’ site listed on the library’s database pages.

Databases A-Z

Databases by subject

Guide to Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

Check out a recent guide compiled by Eleanor J. Goldberg and Michael LaMagna which lists and reviews open resources on the Web including full-package courses, videos, repositories, and textbooks. This guide was published in the June 2012 issue of College & Research Libraries News.

Charles Dickens- 200th Birthday Celebration!

February 7, 2012 marks the bicentenary of Charles Dickens.

According to a literary exhibit at Southern Methodist University, this Victorian author “was born February 7, 1812, and wrote more than 34 major novels until his death on June 9, 1870. Two hundred years after his birth, his literary legacy remains unparalleled. His 19,000 published editions ranks behind only the King James Bible and Shakespeare in number of editions published.”

From the exhibit catalog: “The world loves Charles Dickens because Charles Dickens loved the world. He was a man who would today describe an automobile ride with the same gusto as he described a mail coach ride; a broad minded man whose religion and philosophy embraced all of mankind, not merely the Englishman; a man who believed that foreigner and countryman were both works of the same Divine Creator; a man who believed and taught that all men were brothers. Although considered a Victorian, he was actually a man that transcended time periods. This is why the star of Dickens does not show any signs of waning.”

His books remain topsellers in the age of the Kindle.

Explore the myriad ways you can experience this great literature at JSRCC libraries- print books, online books, downloadable audio books, videos, streaming videos, and more!

Listen to audiobooks on your iPhone or other mobile device

Visit the library’s OverDrive Digital Media Collection web site to download and listen to audiobooks on your iPhone, Windows Phone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or other portable device.  This media collection includes over 1000 titles.  Fiction titles include:  drama, historical fiction, literature, mystery suspense, poetry, and science fiction & fantasy.  Nonfiction titles include: biographies, current events & politics, and history.

To download the OverDrive app for your mobile device visit the OverDrive Media Console web site.

If you need assistance on checking out audiobooks from the OverDrive collection or downloading audiobooks on your mobile device, contact the Reference Desk.

What is the oldest book in the library??

Thanks, Jason for your great question! Our staff has been busy working on it and here is what we’ve found:

First we have to come up with a working definition of “book” because in today’s library a book can take many forms- print, digital, audio, and more.

It is difficult to track the oldest print book on the library’s physical shelves by using the catalog. The oldest book by publication date in our library is:

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, which was originally published in 1776- however our copy is a 1937 reprint.

We all agree that the oldest print books we own were published in the early 1900s (original copies, not reprints). Here is one of our oldest original books at JSRCC Library: The South in the Building of a Nation, published in 1909 right here in Richmond.

We also have access to online books with publication dates going back as far as the 1500s. Digitization of ancient books makes these astounding collections accessible with a few mouse clicks on some of the library’s research databases. Look at English Verse Drama to pull up online copies of  dramas from the 16th century and beyond,  including the works of the great William Shakespeare. African-American Poetry, 1760-1900 will provide a reading from early American books of poetry.

Many university libraries own special collections and archives that include very old books (early publication dates and original copies, not reprints). Community college libraries generally do not own the special collections found in college and university libraries. To ensure the well-being of rare books and manuscripts, extensive climate control and security is usually needed.

Now with the ability to digitize these old books, you can read them through your computer. To visit some special collections online in the Richmond area, look at Special Collections at VCU Libraries, University of Richmond, and Library of Virginia. Most of these digitized collections include photographs, manuscripts, maps, and other items, as well as books. Go even further, over to Charlottesville, and you’ll have access to one of Virginia’s best special collections libraries at the University of Virginia.

In a future post, we’ll explore the question, “What is the oldest book in the world?”

Thanks again for a great question, Jason!

Print books, ebooks, and audio books make great holiday gifts

 

Not sure what to get a family member or friend this Christmas?  Books, in any format, make great gifts for the holidays or any occasion. For family & friends who own ebook reading devices, consider purchasing ebooks.  And don’t forget audio books for those who prefer listening to books. For more gift ideas, check out these sites:

Audiobook of the Year 2010

Audies are annual awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. Don’t miss this year’s Audie Winner, Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales! Here’s complete information on audiobooks at JSRCC Library.

 A review from Audiofile Magazine:

NELSON MANDELA’S FAVORITE AFRICAN FOLKTALES
Nelson Mandela [Ed.]
Read by Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, et al.

What a special collection of preserved and retold folklore, creation stories, and fables from Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and all over the African continent! Some of the stories lend themselves better to a more dynamic reading, and those are the most successful ones in this format—CCH Pounder reading “Sannie Langtand and the Visitor” is a standout, as is Don Cheadle’s performance of the charming “Fesito Goes to Market.” Not all of the celebrity narrations and individual productions are as successful—it’s particularly distracting when words are obviously dubbed in, for example—but as a whole, the collection is funny and magical, enhanced by wonderful music from Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela (and don’t miss the illustrations, included in a bonus PDF). That this is a benefit production makes it even more special—bravo.