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  • Jewish American Heritage Month

    May is Jewish American Heritage Month!

    Jewish American Heritage Month was established in 2006 by the proclamation of President George W. Bush, and has continued every year by Presidential Proclamation. The goal is to honor and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Jewish people to American society, culture, and history.

    To learn more about Jews, Judaism, and Jewish culture, check out the nearly 100 books, audiobooks, and movies in the DCTC Library on these subjects. We also provide access to thousands of online resources – e-books, videos, and articles – covering Jews and Judaism. Finally, a list of websites gives more information on the specifics of Jewish American Heritage Month and related activities.



    Jewish American Heritage Month – National Museum of American Jewish History

    2021 Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month – The White House

    Jewish American Heritage Month – The Library of Congress



    May 12, 2021 • Uncategorized • Views: 861

  • Holocaust Remembrance

    Last week, several campus offices and organizations including the Library hosted a Holocaust remembrance event. You can view a recording of the event here. The primary activity of the event was watching the short film “But Some Survive“, which follows the life of Esther Latarus, a Polish Holocaust survivor.

    Why is it important to remember and study the Holocaust? You might have heard the phrase, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”, or something similar. Overall, it is important to learn the events, people, and influences of history that we might not make the same mistakes, and that we might improve on the things that were good. The Holocaust is one of those negative events of history that we need to study to ensure we do not repeat it. There were many factors which fell into place to allow the Holocaust to happen. Can you name even one of those factors? Could you recognize it if it were happening in your community today?

    By reading, watching, and talking about the Holocaust, you can start to understand how it could happen in the first place, and be a voice of truth in your community when you see similar activities happening today. Survivor stories are an excellent place to start. They create a human connection to history and make it realistic. The Library’s Holocaust Remembrance study guide has a section on survivor stories in written, audio, and video formats.

    Next, you might want to read a book or two giving some more context to the Holocaust. “The World Must Know” is an excellent book in the DCTC Library that provides more background information as well as images of people and locations. You might also seek out books on specific lenses of the Holocaust – perhaps the political or governmental environment, global actions and responses, specific actors like Hitler or Goebel, or what was happening in higher education.

    Finally, start and encourage conversations about the Holocaust among your family and friends. Perhaps you could ask elderly members of your family or community what they know about the Holocaust, or how people spoke about it when they were children. Ask children if they are learning about the Holocaust in school. You may encounter people who have never studied the Holocaust, and can learn alongside them. You may encounter experts, who will be pleased you are starting to learn and happy to share what they know and think. You might also meet people who don’t believe the Holocaust happened – “Holocaust deniers”, they are often called. They might be misinformed about history, at which point you have an opportunity to share what you have learned. They may also not want to believe such a horrible thing could have happened. This is a good time to gently agree that it was a horrible thing, and while no one wants to believe such ugly things of their fellow human beings, unfortunately that desire doesn’t erase history. Perhaps you could offer to read or watch some survivor stories with them, and be a compassionate friend.

    There are additional Holocaust resources available through our Library study guide. Consider spending a little time becoming familiar with a few stories of the Holocaust, so that you can stand up for what is right in your community.

    If you have any questions, please let us know at library@dctc.edu.

    April 14, 2021 • Topical • Views: 1038

  • Films on Demand update

    Films On Demand added 494 new videos in February and March. New videos cover topics including the Black church, American life during the pandemic, and the skeletal system. Take a look! As always, let us know if you have any questions: library@dctc.edu.

    April 14, 2021 • Collection Updates • Views: 775

  • New languages available in Gale resources

    Gale has recently updated their translations to include Haitian Creole, Nepali, and Swahili! There are over three dozen languages available for most Gale articles and e-books. Look for the translation symbol above an article to view which languages are available for that article or book.

    If you need help navigating any online library resources, please ask! We are here to help. Our email address is library@dctc.edu.

    March 30, 2021 • Collection Updates • Views: 971

  • Women’s History Month 2021

    March is Women’s History Month. Celebrate women’s achievements and history with these books, ebooks, and videos from our collection. Check out these sites for more information:


    March 15, 2021 • Topical • Views: 850

  • 4,059 new e-books!

    EBSCO added 4,059 new titles to their e-book collection in January. These are available freely to all DCTC students, faculty, and staff! Here is a spreadsheet of all the new titles if you’d like to browse through it. These are a few titles worth noting; click on the image to go straight to the book:


    If you have any questions about these or any other e-resources, please reach out to us at library@dctc.edu. We’re here for you!

    February 23, 2021 • Collection Updates • Views: 899

  • Films on Demand update

    Films On Demand added 642 new videos from October through January. New videos cover topics including conspiracy theories, teaching online, and electricity. Take a look!

    February 17, 2021 • Collection Updates • Views: 801

  • New Titles

    Here’s a preview of the new titles we added in December and January! You can find these and everything else in our collection by searching our catalog, OneSearch. Feel free to send questions to library@dctc.edu, and stop by the library to check out one of these books!

    book cover of a tree grows in brooklyn book cover of band of brothers book cover of clever girl finance

    book cover of copy this book book cover of the introverted leader book cover of psychology of effective studying

    cover image of small animal emergency and critical care for veterinary technicians cover image of surviving the dust bowl cover image of teaching effectively with zoom

    cover image of test success cover image of top gun cover image of weird minnesota



    February 16, 2021 • Collection Updates • Views: 796

  • Black History Month 2021

    February is Black History Month, a celebration of African American contributions to American history, culture, and society.
    Learn about black history with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection and check out these sites for more information:

    February 9, 2021 • Topical • Views: 991

  • New titles

    Here’s a preview of the new titles we added in November! You can find these and everything else in our collection by searching our catalog, OneSearch. Feel free to send questions to library@dctc.edu, and stop by the library to check out one of these books!


    December 10, 2020 • Collection Updates • Views: 979