Now Hiring Student Workers: Positions at Chester

The Chester campus Library still seeks student workers for the Summer semester! Strong candidates do not need library experience but must be detail-oriented and willing to assist their peers and Tyler library patrons while staffing the information desk. Basic duties include shelving books (we will train you, do not worry!) checking items in and out, and assisting patrons with their questions (as well as other various assigned tasks). Eligibility: Candidates must be enrolled in at least one Summer 2021 course to be considered for the position. This is also a NON work/study position,…continue reading →

Mental Health Monday: Thankfulness

For many Americans, November & December traditions revolve around feasting, sports, and reuniting with family. Perhaps yours include a parade, baking, gift-giving or a shopping tradition. Our family Christmas traditions start in November with early gift-giving. Maybe your family doesn't celebrate holidays, but still enjoys the seeing each other during rare days off.  Traditions may be different this year. But the benefits of giving thanks have not changed.  Many end-of-year holidays focus on light--the holidays of Diwali, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa all intrinsically celebrate light close to year's end. These…continue reading →

Database Spotlight: GALE Interactive – Human Anatomy

Studying anatomy remotely can be tough. The Library has access to a database to make it a little easier. GALE Interactive: Human Anatomy is an interactive database with 3D models of the human body. You can search by Body System (cardiovascular, skeletal, etc.) or select a Region of the body and analyze each system in it. Even if you choose a Region to study, you can study the region layer by layer, as shown in these examples. You can rotate around the images and switch views, removing different layers to get a closer look at each different system. See the…continue reading →

Mental Health Monday: Coloring is Good for You

Did you know completing repetitive motions in a craft, like pottery-making, sewing, carpentry, and more, can help alleviate stress? Coloring is one of the most accessible of all these crafts where the body can use repetitive motion to help re-focus and alleviate tension. In an article on NPR, Malaka Ghalib talks to various art therapists who use basic art techniques like coloring, clay sculpture, and drawing to help patients dealing with anxiety & stress (Ghalib 2020). Most of us can't visit an art therapist when we're stressed out or blue, but we can…continue reading →

Tyler Tips: How to Library in a Pandemic Part 2

The pandemic has changed many aspects of life--including the library space. Here is Part 2 to our tips on how to library during the pandemic. Conquer the library catalog. Gone are the days of the big bulky cabinet with book record inscribed on a small white card. You can search for any library print book using that white search bar on the main library site (or use this direct link). Getting too many results? Use the filters to narrow down your results to precisely the kind of resource you want. Request books! Yes, you can…continue reading →