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  • LGBTQ Pride Month

    June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ culture and history and a call to end prejudice and discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and identity. Learn more with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection and check out these sites for more information:

    June 17, 2021 • Topical • Views: 3048

  • 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: 254

  • 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: 295

  • 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: 298

  • Native American Heritage Month

    November is Native American Heritage Month, also known as National American Indian Heritage Month. Join us in celebrating the rich history, the variety of cultures, and the many contributions of Native Americans to the world. Learn more with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.

    Check out these sites for more information:

    November 19, 2020 • Topical • Views: 2768

  • Veterans Day

    Veterans Day is this Wednesday, November 11th. What is Veterans Day, and why do we celebrate it?

    Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. It was instituted by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 to commemorate the ending of World War I. At the time, World War I was referred to as “the war to end all wars”. It was hoped and believed that another global war would not be fought. While the war officially ended in June 1919, an armistice agreement (armistice means to stop open acts of warfare – like a cease-fire) went into effect at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th, 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month). Thus November 11th, 1918 is generally referred to as the end of the war. President Wilson said the day was to be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. Because of the belief that World War I was the last world war that would be fought, peace was something significant to be constantly celebrated and remembered. In 1938, Armistice Day was made a legal national holiday with parades and public speeches, as well as a temporary pause of business at 11:00 a.m.

    How did Armistice Day become Veterans Day? In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, veterans organizations urged Congress to change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all American veterans, not only those from World War I. Now Veterans Day is a holiday to celebrate all American veterans, past, present, and future. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Veterans Day, I encourage you to visit the Veterans Affairs page devoted to this holiday.

    What are some common ways of celebrating Veterans Day? Many towns still hold parades and ceremonies. Veterans are often invited to attend and/or speak at such ceremonies. Schools may hold assemblies with students’ family members who are veterans in attendance. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers an excellent teacher’s guide for planning a Veterans Day celebration. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs usually holds a Veterans Day program, but this year they are producing a video that will be posted on their website on Veterans Day.

    You can send a message to our DCTC veterans by filling out this form. You can also see a few DCTC students and staff who are veterans on the DCTC blog.

    If you are a veteran or in active service, or the family of a service member, we encourage you to visit our Military and Veterans Service Center for all the great campus resources available to you.

    Have a safe and happy Veterans Day!

     

    November 9, 2020 • Topical • Views: 345

  • Is it true?

    It is challenging to evaluate information in the media, with so many sources of news and so many opinions. How can you decide if what you are reading is true? Here are a few questions to try to answer that can help guide your thinking.

    1. Where did the information come from? Can you find the name of the individual or organization who published the information? Who paid for it? If the information is anonymous, that calls into question its reliability, because it means the author isn’t willing to stand by their words.

    2. Is this source reliable and qualified? Once you know who wrote or said the information, you can evaluate that source for reliability. Do they have some special training or knowledge that qualifies them to speak on the subject? If it is a journalist, are they an eyewitness or did they speak to eyewitnesses? Do they cite their sources? If the author is giving an opinion or evaluation, do they have education and experience in that field? Has the person’s writing proven reliable in the past?

    3. Can I confirm the information from another trusted source? Much of the information we’re reading hasn’t been seen or heard just once. Can you find another writer, journalist, or the like who has the same information, preferably from their own eyewitness account or speaking to different eyewitnesses? Do they have a track record of reliability?

    4. Can I detect bias? It can be challenging to identify bias; we all have a natural inclination to trust what we already believe ourselves. Try to suspend your own beliefs and see if you can determine the beliefs of the writer. Can you tell if they have an opinion on the subject? Do they use emotional words? Are they describing an event or trying to persuade you to believe their perception of the event? If it’s political, can you tell which party the writer is in?

    I hope these questions help guide you in being a discerning reader or viewer. If you need help finding credible sources for school work, please reach out to us at library@dctc.edu!

    October 30, 2020 • Topical • Views: 320

  • Cybersecurity Awareness

    October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)! Help spread cybersecurity awareness and encourage everyone to own their role in protecting Internet-connected devices.

    What can you do to help?

    • Keep software up to date
    • Consider what personal information you share online
    • Use multi-factor authentication when offered
    • Set long, different passwords with multiple types of characters for each account
    • Use a password manager to help you remember complicated passwords
    • Avoid using free, unsecured wi-fi, especially for sensitive activities like banking
    • Always assume someone has seen your posts, even if you delete them (act like there is no delete button)

    Want to know more? The Library has a great book titled “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar“, both in print and online. Check it out today! We also have numerous online resources to research cybersecurity; search the catalog here. You can also visit cisa.gov/ncsam for more information.

    October 19, 2020 • Topical • Views: 366

  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Learn more about the disease, its prevention, and treatment with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.

    Check out these sites for more information:

    And take a look at these videos from Films On Demand:

    October 12, 2020 • Topical • Views: 2127

  • Banned Books Week 2020

    “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. You can learn more with our Banned Books library guide. Here are some of the titles on the American Library Association’s lists of Frequently Challenged Books that you’ll find in our collection:

    • The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
    • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    • Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
    • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
    • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    • 1984, by George Orwell
    • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
    • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
    • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
    • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
    • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
    • The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
    • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
    • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
    • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
    • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    • My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
    • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
    • The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
    • The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
    • And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

    Check one out and exercise your First Amendment rights!

    September 30, 2020 • Topical • Views: 929