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Mobile apps. for your phone/tablet? Check!
Full text for popular magazines? Check!

Introducing the library’s latest digital resource:

Flipster

 

Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of Thigpen Library. Flipster is available on a trial basis through July only. Login with your My VolState/eLearn username and password from off-campus. Over 900 full text magazines are available and cover a vast range of topics (for adults and kids, too).

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Remember: Flipster is mobile!

*A note about the mobile application in iTunes per iPad testing: when you open a title in Flipster, you’ll see a “cookies must be enabled” message and then an excessive amount of white space. Scroll, scroll, scroll down the white space until you see the menu menu icon icon. From the menu, you can open up the magazine in the Flipster app.

Please help us determine if Flipster is beneficial to our patrons so that we can make good purchasing decisions. Try it out!

Please send feedback about Flipster to Sarah Smith, Director of Library Services, or via this form.

Look Out You Rock ‘n’ Rollers

“Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!”
“Turn and face the strange changes…”
—David Bowie*

It’s not just a classic pop song by David Bowie:
It’s what VolState Library is bringing to YOU via our LIBRARY WEBSITE (as well as our new Library-branded logo). [See below & thanks, VolState Public-Relations team!]

On Tuesday July 12, the Library will launch a new interface to our website named “PIONEER SEARCH” to honor Vol State’s very own Pioneers.  This new online presence is a front-end product called “Primo” by library vendor, Ex Libris, which is necessary in order to connect with the library’s entirely new back-end catalog called “Alma”.

Please BE PATIENT during this transitional period!
And please ASK US if you’re struggling to find what you need – we’re here to help!

LIBRARY  WEBSITE  CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES

TUESDAY JUNE 28 – FRIDAY JULY 15

FINDING Books & E-Books: continue to use the one-stop search box in the center of the library’s home page; starting on July 8 and through July 13, search eBooks only; the library’s old catalog works but does not reflect current data.

FINDING Newspapers, Videos, Lynda.com and NoodleBib:  as usual, use the direct links to these resources from the library’s home page.

FINDING Articles:

ASK A LIBRARIAN! 

USE THE LIBRARY’S GUIDES

  • Research guides will help you identify disciplinary-specific databases and other resources that are related to your topics. For example, if you want to research the psychological effects of social media use, you would use the library’s “Psychology” guide.

PROQUEST RESEARCH LIBRARY

  • This database provides access to articles on every topic – highly recommended!

SEARCH FOR A SPECIFIC DATABASE

Go to the green box named “Databases” on the library’s home page to locate an A to Z list of all the library’s subscription databases.

TUESDAY JULY 12 WEDNESDAY, JULY 13

Stay tuned as we roll out new instructions for navigating PIONEER SEARCH on Wednesday, July 13!

*Learn more about Bowie’s “Changes” [Source: Wikipedia] or listen to a version posted to YouTube.

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Super Tuesday Primary Elections

By Candace Lewis

For the politically-challenged among us, the tsunami-sized wave of frenzied media in a presidential-election year may not only bowl us over with confusion and bewilderment, but may also flood us with guilt for lacking intimate knowledge of the American electoral process.

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Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters; from Millennials Could Determine the Presidential Election—but Will They Vote?

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR AMERICAN ELECTORAL PROCESS…

March 1, for example, is “Super Tuesday”–that Tuesday in February or March of a presidential election year when the highest number of states hold their “Primary Elections”.

Sometimes called “nominating caucuses” or otherwise more simply called “Primaries,” this election asks citizens to vote for their preference of their political party’s presidential candidate or else to designate themselves as uncommitted to any candidate.  Primaries also avail voters in Tennessee a chance to choose as many political-party delegates as can be elected from their congressional district.

Delegate candidates commit themselves to represent a particular party hopeful like Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton  (in the voting booth, the delegate’s name may be seen alongside their chosen candidate) as their party’s nomination for Presidential candidate in the November General Election.  Should a delegate win enough votes in the Primary, they’re then certified to attend their party’s national convention in order to confirm their voters’ nomination preference on the convention’s floor in the summer.

HOW MARCH’S PRIMARIES ARE SIGNIFICANT IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS…

Historically, the order & timing of state Primaries shaped the field of candidates hopeful for their party’s nomination as presidential candidate.

Early Primary results would help winning candidates both to gather momentum as summer party conventions approached and to marshal significant resources such as the endorsement of an intra-party rival who–upon failing to win any support in early Primaries–might have withdrawn from the nomination race and asked their supporters to endorse a party front-runner.

States were therefore compelled to hold their Primary as early as possible in order to exert influence over other states & to sway influence with a prospective future U.S. President.  To reduce this crush of so-called “front loaded” primaries, national-party rules were changed as of 2008 to require state Primaries be held after February in all but four (New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa & Nevada) of the United States.

HOW TENNESSEE’S PRIMARY IS SIGNIFICANT…

With early state Primaries no longer clinching a particular hopeful’s party nomination, the key to winning a presidential nomination shifted from winning particular state Primaries to winning delegates.

For this reason, Tennessee voters join those from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, Virginia and Oklahoma to choose 1,010 party delegates up for grabs in the so-called “SEC Primary”.  This powerhouse coalition of Southern states–so named after the well-recognized south-eastern conferences (SEC) of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college sports–significantly strengthens the electoral voice of its constituent states by creating a larger pool of party delegates than any single SEC state could avail by itself alone.

By offering nomination hopefuls this significant chunk of delegates, the SEC Primary entices the campaign trails of party candidates to ramble South in order to woo delegate voters.  In turn, such local visits generate media coverage and local buzz about the candidates and the platforms of issues each one is building as those that will be important to him or her as an elected President.

HOW YOUR VOTE IS SIGNIFICANT IN TENNESSEE …

Your vote in a Tennessee Primary election thus weighs the scale of those delegates pooled in the SEC Primary who will go forth to represent a Southern voice on party-convention floors over the summer.  Recognizing this, Tennessee opted to join the coalition of SEC-Primary states to make your vote matter in the process of choosing America’s own leaders.

So make your Primary vote matter by making it happen on March 1: vote at the polls and represent not only yourself but this state in this significant process in American democracy!

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Photo: Theresa Thompson; from https://flic.kr/p/5z2jST

RESOURCES

Qualifying Procedures – 2016 Presidential Delegates from the Secretary of State, Tennessee

Everything You Need to Know about Delegate Math in the Presidential Primary from the Washington Post

Everything You Need to Know About the Presidential Primaries from the League of Women Voters

Why the Presidential Primary Elections Are So Important from AboutNews

Note from Sarah Smith: find information about the history of elections, current news coverage, and anything else election-related from Thigpen Library’s collections.

Lynda.com Access @ Vol State

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Flyers posted at VSCC locations declare:

[blockquote author=”” link=”” target=”_blank”]Learn a new skill free! Do something today that will benefit your future. Full access to Lynda.com content will be available to VSCC students, staff, and faculty in: JANUARY 2016. [/blockquote]

What does this mean?

Lynda.com is the “gold standard” leader in online training content. Lynda.com offers 6,000 courses in 5 languages  + more than 110,000 tutorials with new content added weekly – available 24/7. Topics and courses offered by Lynda.com includes:

  • Developer Training + Tutorials (learn how to code, build web applications, program …)
  • Design Training + Tutorials (learn graphic design skills, Illustrator or InDesign, typography …)
  • Web Courses + Training (learn web design and user experience [UX] skills …)
  • Photography Courses + Classes (learn everything from gear to technique including lighting, photo editing …)
  • Business Courses + Training (learn Microsoft Office applications, project management, negotiation, leadership, and marketing …)
  • Education + Elearning (learn new classroom technologies and instructional techniques …)
  • 3D + Animation + Tutorials (learn how to build virtual worlds through animation and 3d modeling applications  …)
  • Video Training Tutorials (learn videography skills and applications such as iMovie and Final Cut Pro …)
  • Audio + Music Tutorials (learn how to record, mix, produce and sound engineer …)

With Vol State’s access to Lynda.com *you* will be able to learn the skills you need to be successful: in your VSCC classes, in your workplace, and in your life.

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Don’t forget –

Lynda.com will be available from the library’s website in JANUARY 2016!

Lynda.com is being made available at Vol State through a partnership between the Information Technology Department and Thigpen Library. The college subscription is funded by TAF.