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Civil Rights in America

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 16:27 -- Kelly Bradish

February is African American History Month. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has selected the theme "Civil Rights in America" to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The signing of the Civil Rights Act is pictured below and in our lobby display case.

Take a look at this LibGuide with resources from the Library and elsewhere, including links to documents, video, and books in our catalog.

Additional resources can be found in video databases like Films on Demand and by searching the catalog.

LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton (public domain)

Library will be closed March 11

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:30 -- Kelly Bradish

The Library will be closed on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 for the installation of a new HVAC unit. This is during Spring Break.

If we are notified of any changes to this planned maintenance, we will post updates here and on social media.

Our Spring Break hours are:

Friday, March 7: Closing at 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, March 8 & 9: Closed
Monday, March 10: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 11: Closed
Wednesday-Friday, March 12-14: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 15: Resume normal schedule

ALSO: The Teaching and Learning Commons/IT will be closed to walk-ins on March 11. They will be reachable by phone and email. Please call 304-367-4810 or email or

Collection news: New eBooks from Springer

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:09 -- Kelly Bradish

We are pleased to announce the addition of Springer eBooks to our collection!

Springer's eBook collection includes book series, monographs, textbooks, and major reference works for the copyright year 2014. Content from 2005 is also available.

Subjects covered include science and engineering, math, business, education and more.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to explore this collection, so that you can jump in when it's time to do research. As always, please let us know if you have any questions!

2014 content - additions will be made to this collection throughout the year

2005 content - includes more than 3,040 titles


Learning Express Library offers software help, test prep and more

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:52 -- Kelly Bradish

Whether you are preparing for a test like the Praxis, looking to brush up on math or another subject, or hoping to learn more about programs like Excel, the Learning Express Library has free online tutorials, practice tests and more that you can use.

All you need to do to get started is create an account using a computer on campus. Once you've created an account, you can access the Learning Express Library from anywhere.

Here are just a few examples of some of the tutorials available:

  • Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word
  • Windows and Mac Operating Systems
  • Test Preparation: ParaPro Assessment, PPST: Praxis I, Praxis II, EMT, Nursing, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT
  • Grammar, reading, writing, math, science
  • Computer & internet basics

Now is a great time to make sure you're on track with the skills you need this semester. Please Ask Us if you have any questions!

Learning Express Library

VITA tax preparation canceled for Saturday, Feb. 15

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:24 -- Kelly Bradish

We have been notified that VITA tax preparation for Saturday, February 15 has been canceled. Please help spread the word.

More VITA dates and locations are listed here.

For questions about the schedule, call Trudy at (304) 367-4261.

Campus closed as of noon Thurs. Feb. 13

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 14:01 -- Kelly Bradish

Classes are canceled & campus closed at noon today. This includes the Library. Check your school's website for more info. Stay safe!!

ProQuest maintenance Saturday evening

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:45 -- Kelly Bradish

We have been notified by ProQuest of the following upcoming downtime:

On February 15, 2014, ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.

As a result, ProQuest databases will not be available starting at 10 p.m. Saturday, February 15 for approximately eight (8) hours.

Databases from other providers will be unaffected during this time, and you can access them here.



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