Welcome to The Yocum Library of Reading Area Community College's Blog!

For many years we have published a print newsletter for the RACC community that provided information on the library's staff, resources, and services. In order to provide information on a more timely basis, we decided to switch to the blog format. We hope that you enjoy learning more about The Yocum Library of RACC.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Word of the Day

exiguous  \ ig-ZIG-yoo-uhs, ik-SIG- \, adjective;  
1.scanty; meager; small; slender: exiguous income .

Quotes:
His exiguous  nautical pension is hardly enough to pay for the one cockroach infested room which he inhabits in the slum area behind Tatwig Street...
-- Lawrence Durrell, "Justine ," 1957

There is an exiguous  anthropological plot, concerning some papers improperly filched from a dying missionary, and an even more exiguous  adulterous plot.
-- A.S. Byatt, "Barbara Pym," Passions of the Mind , 1991

Origin:
Exiguous  is related to the term exigent  and comes from the Latin word exiguus  meaning "scanty in measure or number."

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Denzel Washington Venn Diagram

*Denzel Washington loves glasses, hats, and facial hair. Take a look at the Oscar winner's film credits - may as well be a list of a head accessories and mustaches. Matter fact, we're pretty sure that his "Training Day" Oscar was actually for Best New Goatee. This venn diagram sums it all up. (via Maxim)




*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/16/the-denzel-washington-ven_n_425766.html

Meet the Yocum Staff -Troy Bowers


Name: Troy Jonathon Bowers
Position in Library: Library Assistant
Educational Background: B.A. English Kutztown University
Favorite Book: Atlas Shrugged, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Timequake
Favorite Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums, Magnolia, Lord of the Rings
Favorite Area of Library: The parking lot when I'm on my way home.
Special Interest: Comics as Literature, Coral Reef Aquarium Husbandry
Hobby: European Board Games, Reading, Hiking

Friday, October 24, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

1:25 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Reserved-Ms. Jackson
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Nancy Jackson ORl102 (31) Intro to Library PowerPoint presented by Ms.
Patricia Nouhra

Word of the Day

cline
 \ klahyn \, noun;  
1.Linguistics . (in systemic linguistics) a scale of continuous gradation; continuum.
2.Biology . the gradual change in certain characteristics exhibited by members of a series of adjacent populations of organisms of the same species.

Quotes:
The cline  of register, then, represents the progression followed by social groups and individuals as the meanings which they exchange develop an increasing cognitive and functional complexity.
-- Helen Leckie-Tarry, "Language and Context," 1995

We can best begin with a concrete illustration: the frequencies of inclusive/exclusive oppositions, which now form a global cline .
-- Johanna Nichols, "Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time," 1992

Origin:
Cline  is derived from the Greek word klÄ«nein . It entered English in the 1930s.

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For our Regular Patrons - The Yocum Library Survey

Help us help you.

Please take this short survey to help us evaluate RACC's Yocum Library services and resources.

If you complete the survey, as a "thank you" you will receive a coupon good for checking out 6 films at one time from The Yocum Library. With this special offer, you can plan for a long weekend of "binge watching" your favorite shows. Thank you for your help.

The survey will take about 5 minutes. There are 8 questions.

Here is a regular link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZCHBCWJ

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Reserved-Mrs. Moyer
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Mrs. Lois Moyer ORl102 (28) Intro to Library PowerPoint presented by Ms. Kim Stahler.

Word of the Day

tutoyer
 \too-twah-YEY; Fr. ty-twa-YEY\, verb;  
1.to address (someone), especially in French, using the familiar forms of the pronoun “you” rather than the more formal forms; address familiarly.

Quotes:
An officer doesn't tutoyer a subordinate, unless they work closely in the same unit.
-- Kevin G. Karpiak, edited by William Garriott, "La Police," Policing and Contemporary Governance, 2013

People will sometimes formally admit somebody into their friendship circle by saying, “You may tutoyer me.”
-- Gerard Van Herk, What Is Sociolinguistics, 2012

Origin:
Tutoyer entered English in the late 1600s from the French word of the same spelling. In French tu is the informal form of address, and so to use it with someone is to display familiarity rather than deference.

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Library Humor


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Reserved--Ms. Greene
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Jodi Greene ORl102 (30) Introduction to the Yocum  Library presented by Ms.Kim Stahler.

4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. Reserved-Ms.Greene
Where : Yocum  Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Jodi Greene ORl102 (30 Introduction to the Yocum Library presented by Ms. Kim Stahler.

For our Facebook Patrons - The Yocum Library Survey

Help us help you.

Please take this short survey to help us evaluate RACC's Yocum Library services and resources.

If you complete the survey, as a "thank you" you will receive a coupon good for checking out 6 films at one time from The Yocum Library. With this special offer, you can plan for a long weekend of "binge watching" your favorite shows. Thank you for your help.

The survey will take about 5 minutes. There are 8 questions.

Here is the Facebook link to our new student survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZC8GVZ7

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

8 a.m.• 9:30 a.m. Reserved - Ms.Lightcap
Where: Yocum Instruction  Area
Description: Ms. Eileen Lightcap COM051 (20) Evaluating Internet sources*presented by Ms. Kim Stahler.

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Reserved- Ms. Lightcap
Where: Yocum Instruction  Area Description:
Ms. Eileen Lightcap COM018 Foundational Studies (20) Finding books and e­ books* presented by Ms. Kim Stahler.

11 a.m. -  12 p.m. Reserved-Dr. Blakely
Where: Berks Hall 503
Description: Dr. Pamela Blakely ORl102 (29) Intro to Library PowerPoint presented by Ms. Brenna Corbit.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Reserved- Ms. Kwitkowski
Where : Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Teresa Kwitkowski  COM051 (16) Finding and evaluating Internet sources presented by Ms. Kim Stahler.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Reserved - Ms. Nina Mollica
Where: Library Instruction area
Description: COM 051 (20) ProOuest - find one article presented by Ms. Kim Stahler.

6 p.m. • 7:20 p.m. Reserved--Ms. Kwitkowski
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Teresa Kwitkowski  COM051 (20) Finding and evaluating Internet sources presented by Ms. Marcina Wagner.

Library Humor


Word of the Day

conk
 \ kongk, kawngk \, verb;  
1.to go to sleep (usually followed by off  or out ).
2.to break or fail, as a machine or engine (often followed by out ): The engine conked out halfway there .
3.to slow down or stop; lose energy (often followed by out ).
4.to lose consciousness; faint (usually followed by out ).
5.to die (usually followed by out ).

Quotes:
The poor thing was so exhausted she probably conked  out the minute she hit the bed.
-- Bonnie K. Winn, "Family Found," 2014

In fact, things got so exciting that Archie collapsed his camp bed and had to be retrieved in a highly agitated state, but they both finally conked  out at around one...
-- Gil McNeil, "The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club ," 2009

Origin:
Conk  is of unknown origin, but it may be imitative.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Word of the Day

deiform
 \ DEE-uh-fawrm \, adjective;  
1.
godlike or divine in form or nature.

Quotes:
Here chiefly, in the aggrandizement of a huge and fearsome animal to deiform  proportions, does Melville surpass all other poets of his century in the rejuvenation of myth.
-- Newton Arvin, "Herman Melville ," 1950

Deiform  by nature, they return to the Creator through the interior powers of memory, intelligence, and will.
-- Timothy J. Johnson, "Sermones Dominicales and Minorite Prayer," Franciscans at Prayer , 2007

Origin:
Deiform  comes from the Medieval Latin word deiformis , a combination of dei-  (meaning "god") and -formis  (meaning "having the form of").

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Save this Date - November 11


5 Costly Financial Aid Mistakes Community College Students Make

Community college students who don't apply for scholarships
and financial aid may be missing out on thousands of dollars in tuition assistance.

*Loading up on classes to qualify for more student loans sets students up for failure, experts say.

By Kelsey Sheehy June 24, 2014 | 10:30 a.m.

Financial aid helps put college within reach for millions of students, but a few common mistakes and misconceptions can cost students thousands.

Community college students, who are more likely to be first-generation students and less likely to have college counseling before enrolling, are more susceptible to these errors.

Experts at community colleges and college counseling centers say these five mistakes are ones students often make on the road to financial aid.

[Find two-year schools in your state with the U.S. News Community College Directory.]

1. Procrastinating: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is available Jan. 1, but students often don’t apply until the last minute, says Matt Falduto, director of one stop student services at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa.

"So many students wait way up until a month before classes start, and that just doesn’t give them enough time to complete the process and make sure everything is in place before the semester starts," he says.

Students who put off applying could also miss out on certain grants and scholarships that are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, he says.

"The timing is really crucial," he says. "They really need to get a jump on it ahead of time."

2. Not applying for aid: "Many community college students, especially nontraditional students, don’t take the time to apply for financial aid," says David Metz, director of financial aid at Columbus State Community College in Ohio.

Often, students simply don’t know financial aid is an option, or they think they won’t qualify because of their income.

More than 60 percent of full-time community college students worked at least part time during the 2011-2012 school year, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. That figure jumped to nearly 75 percent for part-time students, who accounted for 60 percent of all community college students in fall 2012.

Students who forgo the FAFSA could miss out on state and federal grants – which don’t need to be paid back. They may also miss out on low-interest loans that offer repayment protections rarely available with private bank loans.

[Learn how to avoid common FAFSA mistakes.]

3. Overlooking scholarships: Bypassing free money is rarely a wise move, yet many community college students do so on a regular basis, says Paula Dofat, director of college counseling at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, an all-female charter school that focuses on math, science and technology.

"Students don’t realize that there are numerous scholarships offered by their community college," Dofat says. "Usually it's just a matter of submitting a one-page essay and an unofficial copy of their transcript and thousands of dollars may become available to them."

Howard Community College in Maryland, for example, awarded just over $1.3 million in institutional grants and scholarships to students during the 2013 fiscal year, which students could use to cover tuition, books and transportation costs. The school plans to award an additional $2.5 million in grants and scholarships this fall, thanks to an influx of funding from the Howard County government, says Elizabeth Homan, with the school.

4. Borrowing too much: Community colleges are significantly less expensive than four-year universities, but students often borrow more than they have to.

Average annual tuition and fees for students attending public, two-year colleges in their communities were just $3,260 in 2013-2014, compared with nearly $8,900 for those enrolled as in-state students at four-year public universities, according to the American Association of Community Colleges' annual fact sheet.

[Get advice on how to maximize your savings while attending a community college.]

The lower cost, coupled with the fact that a majority of students are only enrolled part time, means students may be able to foot the bill for at least part of their education as they go.

http://www.usnews.com/education/community-colleges/paying/articles/2014/06/24/5-costly-financial-aid-mistakes-community-college-students-make