Films On Demand update

Films On Demand added 212 new videos in September, bringing our streaming video collection up to 22,276 titles. Take a look!

New titles

Take a look at the new books we added to our collection in September. You can find these and everything else in our collection through our catalog, MnPALS Plus. Here are a few of the new titles on our shelves. Check them out!

HM851 Digital Age QA76.76 Linux Bible QK128 Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie

RA971.35 RJ61 Caring for Your Baby and Young Child RM237.65 Practical Paleo

TJ808 Energy Alternatives TL269 Brakes TR790 Traveling Photographer

Adult Learning Center

Adult Learning Center is one of several modules in the LearningExpress Library database, described in a previous blog post.

 

This module is ideal for busy adults who want to improve their math, reading, writing, and grammar skills. You can learn or review each of these subjects with tutorials, then test your understanding with practice tests and learn more with ebooks like Algebra Success in 20 Minutes a Day and 501 Questions to Master Everyday Grammar and Writing. If you’re working on becoming a U.S. citizen, there is also a practice test with questions taken from the official naturalization test, plus ebooks like Pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam and The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Green Card.

 

Don’t forget you’ll need a personal account in order to use LearningExpress Library. It’s free for DCTC students; just click on the blue Register button near the lower right corner of the home page.

Banned Books Week 2015

“Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” —Article 3, Library Bill of Rights

Did you know there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from libraries and classrooms every year? Please join us in celebrating this year’s Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3) and our freedom to read. Take a look at the American Library Association’s lists of Frequently Challenged Books and check one out from our collection:

Check one out and exercise your First Amendment rights!

Free books and videos

Please see the latest spreadsheet of Library discards and contact Danielle if you’d like any of them. These are a mix of books and VHS that were donated to us, but which we have decided not to keep.

Computer Skills Center

Computer Skills Center is one of several modules in the LearningExpress Library database, described in a previous blog post.

 

For those who are new to computers, there are tutorials on computer and Internet basics as well as the Windows and Mac operating systems. More advanced users can keep their software skills up to date with tutorials on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Many of these tutorials are divided into separate courses, so you can pick the one appropriate for your skill level and learn at your own pace.

 

Don’t forget you’ll need a personal account in order to use LearningExpress Library. It’s free for DCTC students; just click on the blue Register button near the lower right corner of the home page.

LearningExpress Library

 

LearningExpress Library is a massive database of academic and career development resources, featuring hundreds of online tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks. There are tools for job search and workplace skills improvement; career certification and licensure exam prep; grad school admissions and college placement test prep (including ACCUPLACER); and skill-building resources for reading, writing, math, and basic science.

In the following weeks, I’ll be writing more detailed blog posts about each of the following modules:

You’ll need to create a free personal account in order to use LearningExpress Library. You can start by watching this introductory video, which explains how to create an account, find your way around the site, use the tutorials, and more. Or just dive right in and create your account by clicking on the blue Register button near the lower right corner of the home page.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy! Tomorrow be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Belay yer carousin’ and get to Mango Languages’ Pirate Language Course smartly!

After ye be speakin’ like a true gentleman of fortune, haul wind to Mango Languages, where ye will find more than 70 foreign language and ESL courses!

EBSCO eBooks update

 

EBSCO has updated their online eBook viewer, which works on desktop computers, laptops, and tablet devices. Our EBSCO eBook Academic Collection contains over 140,000 ebooks, so open one up and enjoy these key features:

  • Access anytime, anywhere – available for iOS and Android devices
  • Support for scrolling through the entire eBook to find relevant information
  • Updated handling to display PDF content without plug-ins or adjustments to browser settings
  • Support for researchers’ needs with cite, note, export and dictionary tools
  • Print, email, and save tools enable patrons to take chapters or pages directly from the viewer
  • Quickly download the entire eBook for further reading offline
  • A growing number of titles available in both PDF and EPUB formats, providing choices for users

 

See EBSCO’s Support Center for FAQ, help sheets, tutorials, and user guides, including how to access these ebooks on your mobile device. And you can always contact us if you have questions. Enjoy!

Credo Reference Topic Pages

Credo Reference is featuring the following Topic Pages this month:

 

Credo Reference includes 757 reference ebooks and more than 3.5 million full text entries. Take a look!