Did you know that a website can be officially authorized as credible? Read on before dismissing this assertion as a fake news story. Health on the Net Foundation (www.hon.ch) certifies websites that provide health and medical information. Websites affix the HONcode to a webpage to let you know it is “approved.” For example, go to the Mayo Clinic’s Diseases and Conditions page, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the HONcode. And Dr. Oz’s website? No code for him; however, give him credit for honesty since his site is clearly labeled: “This website is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.” So for credible medical and health information on the web be sure to look for the code. You can also use the foundation’s specialized medical search engine (HONsearch) to discover reliable medical information.
Important and happy news: Teri Terranova has joined Thigpen Library’s team!
Teri Terranova is the new Teaching and Learning Librarian at Thigpen Library. Her main areas of interest are in information literacy instruction and big data privacy/mining issues. She is looking forward to the start of the fall semester so she can meet Vol State’s new and returning students and faculty. She is excited to get into the classroom to work with faculty and students on assignments, as well as also providing research assistance in the library. Previously, Teri served as an Instructional Services and Reference Librarian in the state of Illinois, serving both community college and university students. Prior to a career in librarianship, she worked in finance and also co-owned a small business with her brother.
Teri earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts degree in Education, with an emphasis in educational technology, from Lindenwood University.
Being a new Tennessee resident, Teri can’t wait to begin discovering all that Nashville and the surrounding areas have to offer. She is already looking forward to exploring the Smoky Mountains with her Cairn Terrier mix, Francesca. If you have any travel or library/research/instruction suggestions or ideas, Teri would love to hear from you!
Did you know that the week of April 7 through April 13, 2019 is National Library Week? Now that you do, stop by one of your VSCC library locations and thank the library employees, all of whom work hard each day to provide you with access to quality resources and great services!
April Events at Thigpen Library in Gallatin:
April 8 & 9 from 8:30am to 10:30am (or while supplies last): power forward with your studies by grabbing some free coffee in the Library Lobby
April 11 from 2pm to 4pm: free popcorn in the Library Lobby (co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics)
April 29 & 30: Therapy Dogs will be back to give you some stress relief with their happy smiles and wagging tails! Light refreshments will be available while supplies last. (Co-sponsored with Office of Student Engagement)
April 29 & 30: From 3pm until 9pm each day, the Jim Moore Conference Room (214) in Thigpen Library is being made available for an “Adult Learners Study Session with Kids” — adults can study while supervising their children in this enclosed space. Caveat: there is no childcare provided so the parent/guardian is solely responsible for maintaining supervision of their children (and for ensuring a quiet environment) at all times.
April Events at Thigpen Library in Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston:
Granola bar giveaways are coming your way: April 16 & 17 at Springfield and the week of April 29th at Livingston.
A “Poetry Creation Station” is available at Cookeville: happening now!
April is National Poetry Month: rejoice! In celebration, Thigpen Library in Gallatin is offering a poetry books display and is giving away poems from our “Poetry Patch.” Compose your own poems at Thipgen Library in Cookeville: visit their “Poetry Creation Station.”
Here’s a poem about April for your enjoyment. Want to find yourself a poem or learn about a poem’s meaning? Search ProQuest’s Literature Online database.
 When the warm sun, that brings
 Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
 ‘Tis sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
 The first flower of the plain.
 I love the season well,
 When forest glades are teeming with bright forms,
 Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell
 The coming-in of storms.
 From the earth’s loosened mould
 The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives:
 Though stricken to the heart with winter’s cold,
 The drooping tree revives.
 The softly-warbled song
 Comes through the pleasant woods, and colored wings
 Are glancing in the golden sun, along
 The forest openings.
 And when bright sunset fills
 The silver woods with light, the green slope throws
 Its shadows in the hollows of the hills,
 And wide the upland glows.
 And when the day is gone,
 In the blue lake, the sky, o’erreaching far,
 Is hollowed out, and the moon dips her horn,
 And twinkles many a star.
 Inverted in the tide
 Stand the gray rocks, and trembling shadows throw,
 And the fair trees look over, side by side,
 And see themselves below.
 Sweet April, many a thought
 Is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed;
 Nor shall they fail, till, to its autumn brought,
 Life’s golden fruit is shed.
Longfellow, Henry W. April, Baltimore, 1831. ProQuest Literature Online, https://libproxy.volstate.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/2147524361?accountid=14861.