We get many interesting questions at the reference desk. “How do I do research about the feasibility of opening up a blues bar?” was just one of the questions we got in the last couple weeks.
To do research about starting a business, the Library’s Research Tools page is one place to start. We have access to databases such as “Business Source Premier” that focus on business topics. Also, we have Research Guides on a variety of topics. For this topic, the guides for Economics and Company Information can lead you to sources that will help you find information about current restaurant and nightclub trends. The Research Guide for Governmental Information can help you find demographic statistics, consumer information, and regulations to consider.
The topic of race and race relations has increasingly been in the forefront of news topics, social media post, classroom content, workplace chats, and family conversations. Some of the interactions have ranged along a continuum from the intellectually engaging to violently confronting. Regardless of your beliefs or position on the topic of race and race relations, have you considered that the concept of race may not actually exist?
Some scientist, biologist, and geneticist believe race is a concept created by man to serve personal purposes and intentions. For those that might want to explore further the topic of race as a social man-made concept I offer readings from the MVCC catalog and videos from You Tube to get you started.
BOOKS AVAILABLE AT MVCC
Faibanks, D. J. (2015). Everyone is African: how science explores the myth of race. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. Call Number: GN289 .F35 2015
Sussman, R. W. (2014). The Myth of Race: the troubling persitence of an unscientific idea. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Call Number: HT 1521 .S83 2014
Taylor, P. C. (2013). Race: a philosohical introduction (2nd Edition ed.). Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Call Number: HT 1521 .T36 2013
September is National Classical Music Month which makes this a great time to listen to some of your favorite classical pieces or discover some new favorites. The Naxos Music Library database is a vast collection of streaming classical music. It boasts over 2 million tracks with thousands being added every month. You have the option of searching by composer or title of work or you can browse through different geographical study areas and take guided tours through musical eras.
Naxos Music Library can be accessed from the Art databases on the Library’s Research Tools page. If you are using the database from off campus you will need to enter your MVCC username and password.
Additional classical music resources are available in the MVCC Library as well. Click here to see some of our books, CDs and DVDs on classical music. You can also search the Library Catalog for composers or classical works.
Need to record a podcast or narrate your powerpoints?
You can check out microphones and other recording equipment from the library to help you create podcasts, soundtracks, or other audio assignments. Or check them out for your own personal use.
For example, the iRig handheld microphone helps you easily make professional quality recordings with your phone or tablet—the microphone plugs into the headphone jack. A tripod stand is also available. You can check out the iRig microphone for 4 hours or for 1 week.
Cameras, headsets, laptops, microphones, cables, calculators, flash drives, adapters, and chargers are also available. Loan periods vary, depending on the item. Ask at the Circulation Desk.
MVCC Library would like to congratulate our very own Delphine Lytell on her nomination for Adjunct Professor of the Year! Delphine has dedicated almost two decades of service to our library, our students, and her profession. You may have been one of her students, as she is an “expert of all trades.” She has taught a myriad of classes including College 101, Library Information sessions, and even Psych. and History classes. Outside of the classroom she continues helping students who stop by the Reference Desk in the library. Her contributions to the college have been many from leading grant proposals to, most recently, working on our digital archives project for MVCC’s 50th Anniversary. She also continues to contribute to her profession by providing guidance to new (and seasoned) librarians who begin their journeys at MVCC.
We will find out who the college selects for Adjunct Professor of the Year later this spring, but in the meantime, please join me in congratulating Delphine on her nomination!
The MVCC Library loves to help you find answers to your questions. But sometimes, for some questions, there is a better way. For all your Thanksgiving turkey related questions, there is Butterball.
Butterball’s Turkey Talkline (1-800-BUTTERBALL) began in 1981 and answered 11,000 questions that holiday season. Now, the experts at Butterball answer more than 12,000 questions on Thanksgiving Day alone. And for the first time ever this year, you can text them your turkey questions at 844-877-3456.
The MVCC Library will be closed for the holiday from Wednesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 27th. Enjoy your break!
Are you sure or not-so-sure about your future career? The Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook site has data and facts about occupations in the United States. If you want to be an accountant, you can find out about the future need for accountants and possible salary. Or, if you are thinking about being a nurse or a retail manager, you can find information about those careers.
If you’re not sure about a career, you can do some browsing.
The BLS site has “You’re a What?” and “Interview with a …” features that highlight real people in real jobs. Here are some examples of jobs that may be new to you–